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Initially I was surprised at the almost complete lack of buzz for Last Knights. It has Morgan Freeman in it so what could go wrong, right? Yet in spite of having both an actor of legendary status such as Freeman, well-known actor Clive Owen, and some pretty nice action scenes somehow the film manages to be uninspired. Read further to find out why.
I approached Whiplash expecting to like it. I underestimated it and it floored me, I loved it. I'll describe my expectations: I expected a witty, good enough, coming of age indie flick with the sly direction of a flashy youth. I expected milk chocolate, and was served dark with red wine. At first I was cautious, we start on black with the pitter patter of drums until boom! Heavy bass and the title emerges 'WHIPLASH' in humble size upon the screen. Okay fine with me; and then our ambitious drummer orders some snacks at the theater, and a montage rips across the screen: close up on a stream of soda, the tightening of a cheese lid. Impressive display sure, but necessary to exercise over some popcorn and soda? Hardly, or so I thought.
Every month, a boy is carried up an elevator into a glade. He has no memory, no purpose, no place, but a maze surrounds the glade and its mysteries beckon. The Maze Runner is a high-tension, thrill ride of a film based on the excellent young adult book by James Dashner. Feeling like a mix of Lost and The Lord of the Flies, it does a great job of pulling the audience in and not letting you go until the credits roll. While it has its flaws, its benefits outweigh its faults and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes films like The Hunger Games.
Universal Studios scored a comedy hit this Summer with Seth Rogen’s Neighbors, which saw him as a family man square off against the Zac Efron-led fraternity that moves in next door. Now the film is about to hit on the blu-ray and I got a chance to check it out ahead of time to see if the film is worth adding to your home entertainment shelf!
Marc Webb’s first Amazing Spider-Man film was fairly polarizing for fans, with many people either really loving it, or really hating it. Despite that, the film was still a success and Sony is banking a lot on the future of the Spider-Man brand. This Friday sees the first of a few planned sequels and spin-offs, that should give a good indication of where the franchise is heading. Is it going in the right direction? Check out my full review to see what I think!
Saving Mr. Banks is a sweet, family-safe Disney film that tells the story of the making of the classic movie, Mary Poppins. As it turns out, there’s an interesting story to be told and, with some strong acting from its cast, Saving Mr. Banks will hook and keep most audiences engaged.
Ender’s Game is a movie I went into wanting to love. I first read the book back in High School, and it has been high on the list of books I recommend to others ever since. It’s a book with engaging characters, poignant social commentary, and well-thought out tactical action. It’s written for adults, uses gritty violence to powerful effect, and pulls you in like only the best books can. So I walked into the theater with high hopes and deep fears. Thankfully, the movie mostly succeeds, and though it wasn’t everything I had hoped for, I enjoyed Ender’s Game thoroughly.