Tag Archives: 3D

THE GREAT GATSBY

Dream team DiCaprio and Lurhmann dazzle with ‘Gatsby’

THE GREAT GATSBY

First of all, I just want to offer a warning that it’s going to be very difficult for me to write this review without totally fangirling out over Leonardo DiCaprio. You see, I’ve absolutely adored him since the days of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and I am absolutely confident that he is the best actor of my generation. I should probably also mention that I think Baz Luhrmann is an incredibly inventive and talented director with an eye for visual flare and artistic use of music. With that being said, it should come as no surprise that I loved The Great Gatsby. Continue reading

Jurassic Park 3D

3D brings new dazzle to ‘Jurassic Park’

Jurassic Park 3D

When I was nine years old, I had my mind completely blown when I sat in the movie theater and watched Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park for the first time. The story, based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name, was gripping, the special effects were breathtaking and the movie was one of few I’ve ever seen that could genuinely classify as a cinematic adventure. After 20 years, Jurassic Park still holds up and now, with the addition of 3D, it’s set to dazzle the minds of a whole new generation. Continue reading

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ fails to sizzle despite visual wonders

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I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who wasn’t a fan of The Wizard of Oz. The 1939 film practically defines the term “classic” with iconic themes and visuals that have stuck in the collective mind of moviegoers for over 70 years. Sam Raimi promised stunning 3D and a Wizard-focused origin story, but really only delivered on half of that. Continue reading

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ a visual treat, but no ‘Lord of the Rings’

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson has finally returned to give us The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the kickoff film in his long-awaited cinematic adaptation of The Hobbit, which arrives 11 years after the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment in Jackson’s LOTR trilogy. This time, the stakes aren’t as high, the band of heroes is comprised mainly of dwarfs and Jackson’s special effects house, Weta, gets to show their stuff in cinematic 3D. But does The Hobbit live up to its legendary predecessor? Not quite. Continue reading

Life of Pi

‘Life of Pi’ a visual masterpiece

I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was going to see Life of Pi and she was adamant that I read the book before venturing off to see this film. Like most people I have found that the book is always better than the movie. Books always lend more scope, detail and feeling to a story as they can put in the character’s thoughts and feelings where that’s not always possible in a visual medium. I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but I felt that the movie was actually able to do something that a book could never do: put on one of the best visually entertaining spectacles I have ever seen. Continue reading

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man

Visuals and cast trump mediocre script in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Back in 2004, I wrote a Trashwire review of Spider-Man 2 under the pen name Dicky Cockerson At the time, Spider-Man 2 was the best Marvel movie to date, surpassing X2.  Although Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy is easily the best comic book adaptation in general, but when it came to Marvel movies, the Spider-Man movies were the best of the lot. Now director Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone bring us a new version of the comic book hero in IMAX 3D with some incredible POV shots and performances from the leads. The Amazing Spider-Man succeeds in washing out the horrible taste of Spider-Man 3, leaving fans hopeful that future installments can do what Sam Raimi‘s first two films did for the Spidey saga. Continue reading

DRIVE ANGRY

Drive Angry showcases Cage at his best

Nicolas Cage is one of those actors that doesn’t nearly get the respect he deserves. He’s an actor people like to pick on or make jokes about, but those are usually people that only know one side of Nicolas Cage. They only know Cage as the guy from National Treasure, The Rock, Con Air, or Ghost Rider. Few experience the other side of Cage with movies like The Weather Man, Vampire’s Kiss, Adaptation, Red Rock West, or The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, and that’s quite unfortunate. Continue reading

Gnomeo and Juliet

Gnomeo and Juliet brings Shakespeare to the back yard

The story of Romeo and Juliet has been told a zillion times, but it hasn’t been told using lawn ornaments or featuring a bevy of Elton John tunes. That’s where Gnomeo and Juliet comes in. Here, the star-crossed lovers are a couple of garden gnomes who come to life when no one is watching. They live in the adjacent yards of feuding English neighbors and their rivalry involves landscaping and lawnmowers. Continue reading

Disney's Tangled

Tangled carries on the tradition of Disney princess movies

I grew up during the golden age of the Disney princess. From Ariel to Belle to Jasmine, my childhood was filled with big-eyed, tiny-waisted damsels in distress who always fell in love with a boy outside of their sheltered world, or outside of their species in some cases. Let’s face it, nobody does animated fairy tales like Disney.Tangled takes the next logical step for Disney princesses with the classic formula done in snazzy new 3D computer animation. Continue reading

Dreamworks ‘Dragon’ delivers

Dreamworks has always been hit or miss for me. Their latest effort How To Train Your Dragon (available in 3D) is a hit. The animated film is about a young Viking named Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel (She’s Out of My League), who happens to be a little different. While most Vikings are immense warriors, Hiccup happens to be a scrawny apprentice to the local blacksmith. Hiccup lives in a village just like every other place in the world, except that instead of having mice for pests, they have dragons. Continue reading