War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Slackers Gotta Slack: Let’s Play Movie Catchup!

So I’ve been bad about writing reviews this month. Because summer and shit. You know how it goes. Eating too much barbecue, doing things outside, occasionally getting super depressed thinking about how the inevitable heat death of the universe is coming for us all. The usual stuff. And hey! I managed to tackle Spider-Man: Homecoming, so that’s an accomplishment. But I still have drafts sitting open for Baby DriverWar for the Planet of the Apes, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets that, let’s be honest, I’m not going to finish. So I figured, screw it, let’s just drop a quick review for each into a single post. That way, we can get caught up! Continue reading “Slackers Gotta Slack: Let’s Play Movie Catchup!”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Is Aggressively Okay

After the rebellion successfully claims District 2, the Capitol’s remaining military resource, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the rebels infiltrate the Capitol to reclaim Panem and their lives from President Snow (Donald Sutherland). But taking the Capitol isn’t as easy as it seems. Continue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Is Aggressively Okay”

katniss in mockingjay part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Drags as Much as the Book

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is now the reluctant face of the rebellion against Panem’s Capitol and its leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Meanwhile, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and the other victors remain prisoners in the Capitol, each of them being tortured into revealing information about the rebellion or speaking out against it. Continue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Drags as Much as the Book”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Finally Shows Us the Dark Side of Killing

Yesterday, I spent about 13 hours on planes and in airports, which sucked. On the bright side though, I had time to re-read Catching Fire before seeing the movie (and I’m not kidding when I say I went straight from the airport to the theater). I love re-reading books before I go see their film adaptations. Not because I want to moan and groan about how they’re nothing like the books (It’s stupid to think something created for a print medium would translate the same in a visual medium). I just like seeing how things get interpreted. But I know some people care about the films staying true to the books. So, just for good measure, this movie is about 75-80% accurate, which is pretty good by Hollywood standards.
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Now You See Me movie

Now You See Me, Now You Were Paying Too Much Attention to Tiny Details

So I’ve been reading a lot of discussions and criticisms of Now You See Me, and while some of them make good points about pacing or character development, the ones that I find the most ridiculous criticize the “magic.” Continue reading “Now You See Me, Now You Were Paying Too Much Attention to Tiny Details”

Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths: The Next Pulp Fiction?

I feel like Seven Psychopaths was one of those movies that came out of nowhere. One minute, it didn’t exist, and then there were suddenly TV spots and previews for it everywhere (kind of like the first Paranormal Activity). I kept telling people I wanted to see this movie, and they just looked at me like I was crazy—like I was actually heading to a corrections facility to check out an odd numbers of psychopaths. Continue reading “Seven Psychopaths: The Next Pulp Fiction?”