Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Movie Review: Victor Frankentstein

Hopefully, this will get me back on track with this blog.

If there's one thing to say for the new movie, Victor Frankenstein, it's definitely colorful. The 19th century aesthetic is vibrant and lively, with excellent costumes, sets, and machinery being used to create a new life scientifically. If only some of it could have been used on the movie itself to save it from a weak story.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Season Six of Community vs. Season One Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Community has been fighting in a television Hunger Games since its inception and with every reaping it has changed, evolved into something newer and stranger in order to endure its competition and satiate the voraciousness of its audience. Originally it was about a disgraced lawyer trying to endure a school so far beneath him it would be in China while he's in the International Space Station. Slowly, the show began to take shape as a self-aware-meta-satirical-referential-homeopathic-2edgy4me-japanese-game-show where everyone is simultaneously in on the joke and the butt thereof. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Chris Pratt will never not be adorable. That's probably the best reason Guardians of the Galaxy works so well. And I guarantee someone who sits behind a big mahogany* desk realized that, deciding to cast him in what would become likely the best movie of the summer. Sure the film has a bit of a head start, what with the movies that came out earlier cluttering that part of the brain reserved for long term memories. The only real contender against it would be its bookended Marvel counterpart Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but that came out in April so it doesn't count. Shut up, that's why.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West

In the follow up to his directorial debut with Ted, Seth Macfarlane travels westward in order to upend the former Hollywood tradition of glorifying old frontiersmen with decades of films centered around cowboys and gunslingers, sheriffs and bandits. It was once believed there was a nobility to the rugged individualism of Cowboy life; living off the land, working hard, a statement about social and economic hierarchy in the position of labor against their capitalist employers/barons, etc. It was also cheap to make movies out of them. The most notable were the westerns that came out of Italy, so named "Spaghetti Westerns". Hundreds were made in the span of two decades, of which the ones that come out on top were directed by Sergio Leone and starred Clint Eastwood. They generally follow an understood path. A law bringer comes to a lawless territory and cleans up, be the criminals bandits, killers, or Native Americans. Lessons about honor and loyalty are had at the expense of innocents caught in the crossfire.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Movie Review: Maleficent

I don’t think kids are stupid. Nobody really thinks kids are stupid. Nobody, until money is involved, that is. At that point, if you’re wrong you have the potential to lose a lot of it. One could be offended by that thought, but then realize they do the exact same thing for adults as well. Remember when everyone got worried that no one could follow Inception, and it turned out that what they were talking about was a movie where half the characters are there to exposit or be exposited to in order to make sure that the audience understood the situation? Maleficent, for all the goodwill of the cast, crew, and the corporation that created it, doesn’t trust that its audience will be able to follow along with anything but its already simple story. A movie for kids shouldn't be a political thriller, but for one that wants to tell a new side of the story it holds off on saying much that's different. What it does say is in order to rewrite the story from the original (a la Wicked) but doesn't go far enough to actually create a new story, instead meandering in a version of the original with confused circumstances and little in the way of actual characters. There's nothing offered other than a sharp performance by Angelina Jolie in the title role. Very mild spoilers to follow.