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Jaimie Alexander and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand

‘The Last Stand’ doesn’t quite deliver

Jaimie Alexander and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand

After seeing Jee-woon Kim’s I saw the Devil, I was looking forward to seeing more of his projects. I went out and found The Good, the Bad, the Weird and enjoyed that. So, needless to say, when I saw the trailer for The Last Stand my interest was piqued. I was expecting something as crazy and intense as his other work and couldn’t wait to see what The Last Stand had to offer. Sadly, the movie was a big disappointment. Continue reading

Red Dawn 2012

Kids fight modern-day commies in ‘Red Dawn’

Back in the 1980s when the original Red Dawn was released, Americans were terrified of the communist Soviet Union. In the new Red Dawn remake, it’s communists from North Korea invading Spokane, Washington. Thankfully, a group of kids, lead by Chris Hemsworth, are there to defend their town and their country. Continue reading

Colin Farrell in Total Recall

‘Total Recall’ remake doesn’t stack up against Schwarzenegger original

Let’s face it, Hollywood loves a remake. In a world seemingly out of ideas, films from the days of old are revamped with CGI and sold to a new generation who might not be familiar with the source material. The 2012 version of Total Recall is one of those films, remade from the 1990 Paul Verhoeven film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This time Colin Farrell stars as Doug Quaid, a simple factory worker who gets his synapses screwed up and discovers that the life he’s been living is lie. Continue reading

The Avengers movie

‘The Avengers’ gives fans the most bang for their buck

Our heroes set out to save the world

What do you get when you combine Hollywood’s most profitable superheroes in one film? You get action, effects, humor and fun. In other words, you get The Avengers.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or movies based on comic books are so not your thing, The Avengers are a team of heroes from various comic books who have been brought together by S.H.I.E.L.D., a secret military law enforcement agency, on a mission to save the world.

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Red Tails cast

Lucas challenges Hollywood with ‘Red Tails’

Red Tails, written by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder and directed by Anthony Hemingway, is based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the legendary African-American pilots of World War II. The film was first developed over two decades ago by George Lucas, but faced many challenges because studios believed a movie with an all-black cast couldn’t be profitable. It’s quite fitting that a film about these heroes, who overcame prejudice and adversity, can serve as an example to Hollywood that it’s possible to make a successful film with an African-American cast.  Continue reading

Caesar leads a revolution

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ a solid prequel

If you had told me a year ago that I’d really enjoy the prequel to a 1968 Charlton Heston movie starring James Franco and a bunch of CGI chimpanzees, I would have seriously questioned your ability to predict the future. Fast forward to today and I would have asked you for the lottery numbers because Rise of the Planet of the Apes was actually really fun. Continue reading

Green Lantern

Green Lantern confuses CG for story

It’s not every day we get to be excited for a new comic book movie like Green Lantern. No, we only get that excitement once every couple of months when Hollywood decides to churn out a new CGI-filled comic book adaptation. With a cast of Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness) at the helm, the film had fans excited. However, somewhere along the line, something went wrong with Green Lantern. Continue reading

Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins as Thor and Odin

Thor is great action movie fun

Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Anthony Hopkins as Odin

When I first saw the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans, I was sure it was a comedy. The ridiculous accents, the over-the-top action, the beards, all of it felt intentionally bad. Unfortunately, it seems like the filmmakers didn’t realize what a bad movie they had made. Thor is an entirely different story, an action-packed comic book movie that doesn’t make the critical error of taking itself too seriously. Continue reading

Emily Browning is Babydoll in Sucker Punch, directed by Zack Snyder.

Sucker Punch might miss the masses

Sucker Punch is not for everyone—let’s just get that out there right away. The film feels like Russ Meyer’s adaptation of a graphic novel version of Kill Bill.  Mix in a little Inception and some Alice in Wonderland, then throw in director Zack Snyder’s special brand of visual artistry and you’ve got a film that might not find an audience, despite its many merits. 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