Archive for November, 2015

The Secret (2008)

Directed by Jon Rosling

Starring Steven Coward, Emily Batchford, and Nicola Haldane

Isolation never feels more devastating than when you are surrounded by your peers and feel completely alone. As a child, this feeling rears its ugly head too often and leaves us feeling alone and misunderstood. School as a kid can be the realization of all these fears at once. The frustrating feeling of being alone is what The Secret capitalizes upon and shows the horror it can induce. And what horror there is. (more…)

Jingle Your Bells

By Mason Manuel

The holiday movie. Every year a new one rolls around with its’ own quirks and differences but usually rolls into the same formula. People have problems that all get solved thanks to the power of the holidays. With every year these entries grow more and more groan worthy which made me hesitant to put hope into Seth Rogan’s latest despite the track record his past few generally entertaining films have had. So does The Night Before break the holiday movie loop? Not really, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. In fact, thanks to some awesome storytelling and direction from Jonathan Levine, The Night Before has turned out to be one of my favorite holiday films ever. (more…)

Playtime is over nerds

Not the Cheap, Heartless, Cash Grab You Thought it Was

            Seriously, these days what films are not inspired by a book or “true story”? Ever since the Eragon movie, whenever I see the latest teen novel or emotional story being “adapted to screen” I get the shivers. Of course there have been exceptions like The Hunger Games series but the majority of movies are straight crap that profit off of young people’s nostalgia. Suffice it to say, you can imagine my skepticism as I walked into the theatre for Goosebumps. I read plenty of the short horror stories when I was a kid but was not immensely attached to them so I figured I could suffer through the latest blow to my cherished childhood memories. Surprisingly, I found I didn’t have to. Goosebumps is a surprisingly fun, even heartfelt film that simultaneously manages to pack in the creeps for kids and adults alike. (more…)

Play Violet for Me Review

Posted: November 18, 2015 in Movie Reviews

Play Violet for Me (2015)

Directed by Matt Mercer

Starring Najarra Townsend, Matt Mercer, and John Paul Romeo

Femme Fatale(s)

As a society today, we accept that a large amount of information about ourselves is out there for the taking. Our social lives are on Facebook, phones with all of our conversations logged can be hacked, and basically everything that makes us a person is available in some avenue of information. But what if someone knew so much about you that they became you? And you being alive posed a significant problem that needed to be dealt with… This scary question revolves around the relationship of two twin sisters, one of which that decides that the other needs to go. But which one is which? (more…)

August: Osage County (2013)

Directed by: John Wells

Starring: Meryl Streep, Dermont Mulroney, Julia Roberts and so much more!

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Dysfunctional

By Courtney Adkisson

August: Osage County is a gripping film and not in the sense of an adventure movie or something that is fun or horrifying. I’m talking drama. Real drama. There are so many twists and turns you have no idea where it’s going to end up kind of drama. I titled this article for this film, Dysfunctional, however that is not even a strong enough word to describe the plot of this film. I give the writer tons of credit for creating such a fantastic story arc in scriptwriting/screenplay format terms. One of many reasons I decided to search the film was the reviews. An Oscar nominated cast puts on a star performance just as they have in their previous films. (more…)

I may have slightly peed my pants during this one. I have failed you internet

Casablanca (1942)

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergaman and Paul Henreld

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Embraced in Casablanca, An American Classic

By Courtney Adkisson

For the first time (I have to admit), I have finally had the chance to watch Warner Brother’s classic Casablanca. This involved the famous characters of Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart, the lovely Ilsa played by Ingrid Bergaman and the very authoritative Victor Lazlo played by Paul Henreld. After watching it, I believe there’s something throughout the film that really shines. It’s a great film for everyone who loves films as a general hobby/decompressing activity, it gives you a bit of history with a very dramatic, romantic and conflicting twists. But who doesn’t like twists? (more…)