Mad Max: Fury Road is insane, in the best possible way

mad max: fury road review

I had never seen a Mad Max movie prior to Fury Road, so my expectations were exactly nilch. I knew very little about the franchise, save for the fact that it kickstarted Mel Gibson's acting career, and that the last one was released way back in times of yore (1985, to be more specific). I actually almost skipped this latest entry--I'm not much of an action movie fan, and the crazy trailers just didn't tickle my interest. Alas, Fury Road is listed within the confines of science fiction, and I … [Read more...]

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a big ol’ pile of ‘meh’

Avengers: Age of Ultron review

What happened to Marvel films? They haven't been around long enough to show this much wear and tear. The first Iron Man movie came out in 2008--that was only seven years ago. It hasn't even been a decade yet. Come on. This is getting completely out of hand. Or maybe it isn't. In retrospect, maybe Marvel films aren't really all that they're cracked up to be. With the lone exception of the aforementioned Iron Man, the first Avengers, and to a lesser degree, Guardians of the Galaxy, I'm not … [Read more...]

Review: Ex Machina

Ex Machina Poster

    Lite Spoiler Warning: I do my best to keep spoilers out of my reviews, but sometimes this is easier said than done. I don't personally think that this review of Ex Machina contains anything that would ruin your movie-going experience, but those super-sensitive to minor (but important) details may wish to read this after watching the film. As per usual, you have been warned. End Spoiler Warning. Somewhere in the mystical ether where fictional characters frolic about, … [Read more...]

Review: Chappie

Review: Chappie

It's still very early, but 2015 has thus far been a terrible year for sci-fi movies. Predestination was a nonsensical puzzle, Project Almanac was found-footage garbage at its most predictable, and Jupiter Ascending was just way too out there to be anything more than mindless entertainment. I can't comment on Hot Tub Time Machine 2 because I (strategically) skipped it, but it was universally panned by critics. Surely Neill Blomkamp, the writer/director behind 2009's excellent District 9, can … [Read more...]

Review: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending Review

Jupiter Ascending is a film out of time and place. Had it been released twenty or thirty years ago, there's a good chance that it would have been well regarded, or, at the very least, been considered somewhat original. If this were 1995, I would tell you that the latest Wachowski outing is totally worth watching. I would also probably say that Jupiter Ascending is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a rollicking good time--one that needs to be experienced on the biggest … [Read more...]

Review: Project Almanac

Project Almanac Review

Somewhere in the year 2014, a geeky high school senior named David gets accepted into MIT after building a motion-controlled drone. He discovers soon thereafter that MIT tuition isn't cheap. Instead of applying for a federal loan or getting a part-time job, David goes through his deceased father's pile of stuff with the hope that he'll find an experiment that'll somehow make up for his lack of college funding. He finds the schematics for a time machine, and with the help of his equally geeky … [Read more...]

Review: Predestination

predestination review

Predestination is sci-fi genre fare at its most confusing. There is no "getting it" because it doesn't make any sense, and never once does it intend to. This is a film that will make your brain hurt without purpose. The problem? Well, it's a time travel movie. Time travel movies are always tricky because the very notion of time travel is ridiculous. There's always going to be a narrative hole--that dreaded paradox--and it's almost impossible to ignore. But that's not really the problem … [Read more...]

Review: The Babadook (2014)

Review: Babadook

I'm just going to say it: most horror films are crap. The worst ones rely solely on gore, loud noises, and the stupidity of their characters in an effort to "shock" audiences who either (a) don't know better, or (b) relish this type of cinematic garbage for who knows what reason. This is why I'm thankful for the recent surge of indie movies that deal with the supernatural. Once upon a time, "low-budget" horror meant cheap thrills--bad special effects, terrible acting, putrid writing--the … [Read more...]

Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1’ (2014)

Review: 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 1"

Let's go ahead and start things off by addressing the elephant in the room: the dreaded Part 1 descriptor that follows Mockingjay. It's a darn shame that Hollywood has started this trend of splitting up movies. Sometimes, it makes sense. Most of the time, though, it's done in the name of blatant cash-grabbing. I entered Mockingjay--Part 1 fully expecting an underwhelming experience. Like the entries preceding it, I was sure that this third Hunger Games film would have decent moments, only to end … [Read more...]

Review: Interstellar (2014)

interstellar Review

Let's say the Earth is in peril. Maybe it's dying. Where do we go? What do we do? How do we solve this problem? This is a scenario that should feel familiar to anyone who spends time at the movies, and these are questions that have been answered in sci-fi movies past. Most of them deal with it in the same fashion, more or less: fighting back. Zombie movies suggest that we simply adapt to our new surroundings. If there's an alien invasion in question, we use blunt military force, or, in the … [Read more...]