Archive for May, 2016

When Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland hit theatres in 2010, Disney was rushing to make live action remakes of all of their older, more popular animated features. Though it was met with mixed review, the film at least had the good sense to bring a bit more darkness into a world filled to the brim with lunatics. The larger problems of two dimensional characters and incoherent storytelling could be forgiven for bringing author Lewis Carrol’s whimsical world back to life. While the first film may have possessed the allure of being a new spin on an old tale, Through the Looking Glass is nothing but a cash grab hoping that the same formula will work twice. Though the created CGI world does admittedly look impressive, the terrible story cohesion and character writing makes for a tale best left on the bookshelf. (more…)

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Sic Parvis Magna

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

I had been forced behind flimsy cover in the form of a stump that was being disintegrated by bullets by enemy forces. My primary weapon was clicking on empty and my subpar pistol was close to following suit. Frantically looking around for escape, I saw only one option. With fingers crossed, I sprinted away from my homey stump (which had all but been shredded into a twig) and jumped straight off a ledge. But Nathan Drake is far from suicidal. With a lucky throw, my multipurpose grappling hook snags a tree branch and flings me straight into enemy territory, allowing me to perform a kickass superman punch on an enemy soldier. Without pressing any buttons Drake suavely picks up the enemy’s rifle full of yummy ammo with a cocky “let’s do this” for good measure. Completely unscripted, with next to no helping hands from in game mechanics, this scene illustrates the beautiful combat developer Naughty Dog has created to make their best game ever, and quite possibly the best of the year. (more…)

A House Divided

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

Good ol’ Cap is back and better than ever. As is Iron Man… and Vision, and Ant Man, and so on and so on. Captain America might get a bit overshadowed in his own film, but Civil War takes the underlying clashing ideologies of each character and fleshes them out to great depth, resulting in smart resolution or entertaining conflict. The Russo Brothers, high off of their Winter Soilder fame, come back to direct yet another one of Marvel’s best films to date, with awesome action, relatable characters, and a surprisingly large amount of heart. If not for a somewhat sloppy third act Captain America: Civil War would be damn near perfect, but there is still plenty to love in this latest adventure. (more…)

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May the Fourth be with you dude crew!

Star Wars holds a special place in many hearts for a myriad of reasons, but its true magic comes from its ability to speak to numerous generations. Every entry in the series (yes, I mean every entry) has set the world abuzz with fan theories, controversy, and  sales records of byproducts. Conventions, video games, action figures, lego sets, and more have absolutely littered the merchandise industry since A New Hope was first released in 1977. The space opera also taught viewers about the power of good. Friendship, loyalty, and courage were valued traits in the universe that made every kid want to be a Jedi beacon of hope in a dark galaxy. The definitive battle between good and evil spoke to all on a special level and created a movie phenomenon, the effects of which will be felt for generations more to come.  (more…)

We have had the privilege to guest star on a number of podcasts from different hosts and liked the idea so much that we decided to make our own! We have started an awesome partnership with coretemparts.com, taking over their TV Ate My Brain Podcast for their Game of Thrones Edition. Our first episode is up and live so click the link below, check it out, and let us know what you think!

http://coretemparts.com/2016/05/tvamb-game-of-thrones-602-home/

 

 

Keanu Review

Posted: May 2, 2016 in Movie Reviews
Cat-itude

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

Comedy icons Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make their first foray into making their own film with catnip Keanu. In a sort of reverse John Wick, the friends go off on an epic quest up against insurmountable odds all in the name of rescuing the cutest damn cat in the world (and I say that as a dog person).The duo do an impressive job for their first outing into film, creating a hilarious romp with surprisingly deep characters instead of falling into what could easily been a half hearted money job.  (more…)