Posts Tagged ‘film’

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Back to School

Marvel and Sony made waves when the news of their new, complex partnership would allow Spider-Man to finally take part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the highly praised Civil War appearance, fans have been eagerly waiting to see what Spidey’s creators would do with control over one of their most popular characters. The answer to said waiting? Marvel straight up knocks it out of the park with star Tom Holland embodying everything that makes the friendly neighborhood spider guy so damn wonderful. (more…)

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Cutting the cord has never been more appealing than the age we live in now. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have shown themselves more than worthy of creating original films and series. Netflix in particular has been absolutely killing it as of late with so much new original quality content it’s a bit difficult to keep up. However, that is no excuse to not see The Discovery. A film focusing on the poignant question of “what is the meaning of life, if the afterlife is real?” stays in your mind long after the credits roll. Though the story and pacing do fight around some issues, the feelings and thoughts raised from the ideas of the film have remarkable effect.  (more…)

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Back in Black

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

High octane action. Tightly choreographed action. A next to silent protagonist. These are the hardly new qualities of most gritty action flicks since the 70’s. But the 70’s did not have Keanu Reeves. Nor did it have the tight direction of Chad Stahelski making every shot have weight. John Wick: Chapter Two takes the formula of the 2014 original and goes bigger and better in every possible way. Expanding on the underground assassin network that made the Wickverse unique along with more of Keanu doing his normal punch first and ask questions never routine makes for another successful entry in what is shaping up to be a stellar action franchise. (more…)

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Reviewed By Nicholas Vandeloecht

You know, with this movie being called Nocturnal Animals, I was half-expecting to see a fox, a deer or even a cat, but in the film’s kickoff I got a whoooooole lot of something else instead. Nocturnal Animals is both written and directed by Tom Ford and is based on Austin Wright’s 1993 novel named Tony and Susan. This movie features an all-star cast of Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer and Laura Linney and tells what is best described as a three-part tale. The opening part is set in present day and shows how Adams‘ character Susan leads this posh lifestyle as an artist in this artsy high-class snobbish world while struggling with the strained relationship between herself and her current husband played by Hammer. Near the beginning of the movie, she receives this manuscript from her ex-husband Edward, played by Gyllenhaal, who is this writer that wants to share this story with her to achieve a certain purpose. (more…)

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Reviewed by Mason Manuel

A Stale Conception

The promotion of slavery is one of the darkest blots on American history. As such, much like the Holocaust and the massacres of the World Wars, such traumatic events deserve to be remembered and chronicled in the art of today. However, a simple retelling is not enough. Chronicling true events is well and good but they still need to set themselves apart from other stories that have already been told. While The Birth of a Nation is an unarguably powerful film, it does little to nothing to set itself apart from the countless predecessor slavery biopics. (more…)

Sully Review

Posted: September 10, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Sully is the Captain Now

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Reviewed by Mason Manuel

A great film is normally so because it is greater as a sum of its parts rather than relying on one novel idea. The same could be said of the famed incident dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson.” For those unfamiliar, on January 15th, 2009, a commercial airliner lost both engines and was forced to make a controlled descent into the Hudson River. The captain of the plane, Chesley Sullenberger (A.K.A. Sully) masterfully landed in the extreme conditions and managed to do so without losing a single passenger. But none of that would have been possible had it not been for his capable co-pilot, the coast guard, multiple ferrymen, and brave passengers that helped follow and execute emergency procedures.  Sully may focus on the titular captain but rather than become a melodramatic biopic the film works hard to give credit to all whom it is due and become something more. (more…)

Layla Review

Posted: February 3, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Every time I review an Indie film I have to go over the same issues; production value, making something out of nothing, and overall director’s talent. Sometimes films with the most limited of resources can still make something extraordinary, and I am all the more impressed because of it. But these are the minority. Most of the time low production value means low quality of film. Sadly, this first attempt from Jump Cut UK’s Jakob Lewis Barnes falls under the weight of its own ambition and low budget. (more…)

The Revenant (2015)

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring Leonardo DiCaprioTom Hardy

“I ain’t afraid to die anymore, I’ve done it already.”

Leo Earns His Oscar
By Mason Manuel

Let’s get one thing straight here right off the bat. Leo does not get raped by a bear. OK? Moving on.The Revanant is not for the faint of heart. Loosely adapted off of Michael Punke’s 2002 novel of the same name, the film follows the brutal revenge story of trapper Hugh Glass. Glass was a trapper in the wild days of an infant America who was left for dead after being attacked (attacked not raped, seriously who thought that was real?) by a vicious bear. The characters are played by a half frozen all-star cast including Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy who come out swinging the some of the best acting of their respective careers. (more…)