Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

The Revenant Is NOT Leo’s Best Performance

Leonardo DiCaprio wants an Oscar for Best Actor bad. In fact, there are hundreds of memes about his thirst for that little gold statue. But never have we seen an entire movie dedicated to the struggle that is his quest for Academy recognition. Until now, that is. Continue reading “The Revenant Is NOT Leo’s Best Performance”

tom hardy and charlize theron in mad max: fury road

Mad Max: Fury Road Isn’t Just Car Chases and Explosions

In post-apocalyptic Australia, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) is captured by the War Boys, an army from a society called The Citadel, which is ruled by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who owns the only water source in the area and is viewed as a god by his subjects. After Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), one of Joe’s best war machine drivers, deviates from her course on the road to get gasoline, Joe realizes she’s helping his breeding wives escape and sends out his War Boys to capture her. When Max is strapped up to one of the war machines on the hunt for Furiosa, he and War Boy Nux (Nicholas Hoult) suddenly find themselves caught up in helping Furiosa protect the wives from Joe and the War Boys. Continue reading “Mad Max: Fury Road Isn’t Just Car Chases and Explosions”

Batman vs. Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises, Falls, Growls…

Before I start this movie review, I want to take a moment to mention the infamous violence that will unfortunately and quite possibly forever be associated with The Dark Knight Rises. I’m not going to debate about gun control or the lack of emergency preparedness because such politicizing would be insulting to the victims and their families; and I certainly won’t assume to understand the motives of a person who had a mind to kill innocent people he never knew. But I want you to think, as I did during the movie, about this event in terms of our love-hate relationship with violence.

I, for one, am not someone who believes that watching violent movies or playing violent video games makes people violent. Do I think it overexposes us to violence and makes us numb to it? Yes. But a violent mind is bred biologically, psychologically, and behaviorally—not manipulated solely by sources of entertainment. Now that you understand where I’m coming from, I want to you to think about something.  Continue reading “The Dark Knight Rises, Falls, Growls…”