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Dark Tower Movie Review

I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind. I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. I kill with my heart. WOW! What a fun movie. The Dark Tower, from Sony, is an adaptation of a series of 8 Stephen King novels published between 1998 and 2004. It’s REALLY dark and angsty. I thoroughly enjoyed having an adaptation that was dark and brooding. A troubled youth, learns he has the ability to dream into another world, and seeks it out. Thought crazy by his peers and parents he ventures into this other universe to find the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and save The Da...

Valerian – Movie Review

Very few movies have the ability to make me audibly say “WOW” in the theater. I did that four times in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It is easily one of the most visually stunning movies I’ve ever seen and evokes the same imagination and wonder as Avatar and Tomorrowland. That’s right, I said it. Luc Besson (heavy on the O, apparently, I always pronounced it BEHson, it’s BehSOHN) is a mad genius. I create worlds for a living and he made me look like a 4-year-old playing “make-believe” in the front yard. To set the tone at the very beginning of the movie, we’re thrust into space. From the moon landing to the establishment of the first space station, we see humankind evolving. 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. Then the inevitable happens,...

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Movie Review

Being a teenage boy is hard work. You have to balance school, sports, band, girls, changes in your body, and being Spider-Man. Wait what? Peter Parker, the story we’ve seen a thousand times with Toby, Andrew and now Tom Holland. However, I must say that with the full support of Marvel and the reuniting of Spidey into the MCU, this one had a totally different feel. A new high-tech spidey suit from Tony Stark, high school woes, a goofy mascot best friend, a love interest that goes sideways with a crazy twist, TWICE. Spider-Man is coming off the heels of his Avenger Team-Up from Civil War, (we see clips of that in the film, pretty cool actually to see it from the kid’s point of view), and he wants nothing more than to drop out of school and be an Avenger, unfortunately there is a ...

Baby Driver – Movie Review

This weekend saw the release of one of the coolest films I think I’ve ever seen… Baby Driver. The music, cinematography and editing on this were SO tight, I think they probably spent months in post production syncing every scene. Baby is a driver, not just that, he’s a phenomenal driver, but due to some unfortunate circumstances he’s had to drive for some very bad people doing some very bad things. This is the story of how that all changed once he fell in love with a girl named Debora. The baddies played by John Hamm (Hammsome, as he’s called by many) Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Eiza Gonzalez are BRILLIANTLY depicted with just the right amount of crazy. Ansel Elgort and Lily James do brilliantly as the young lovers just waiting for their break in life to run ...

Wonder Woman – Movie Review

If you haven’t seen this in theaters, do it, do it now, then do it again tomorrow. I absolutely loved this movie. It’s empowering and shows a very underrepresented strong, confident yet vulnerable woman. She’s beautiful, powerful, and wonderful. In the tradition of female badass characters like any character Lena Headey has every portrayed, Mad Max’s Furiosa, Scandal’s Olivia Pope, Katniss, Rey and of course, Ripley, Gal Gadot carries the torch superbly in this film adaptation of the classic comic book series Wonder Woman, from DC Comics. DC will probably not pick up exactly from the books, given the success of the movie and the inspiration it is providing to countless girls across the globe. Just like 10 years ago when every boy wanted to be Iron Man I saw DO...

The Book of Henry – Movie Review

So, I want to preface this by saying that I always enter a theater with an open mind, and a bottle of water. I actually liked the film overall, despite the darkness….  

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

  Is there a more well known hero in entertainment, be it books, film, or even theater then King Arthur? I’m sure Robin Hood ranks up there but in the end it’s the OG equality crusader and his Knights of the round table. His fame is thanks mostly to the literary works depicting his adventures as his film outings to date haven’t exactly been widely well received. I’m not including myself in that, I love and have to the best of my memory always loved everything King Arthur. I’ve watched the Clive Owen version a dozen times, love Excalibur, hell, I even remember being enamored with a Saturday morning cartoon in the early 90’s that re-envisioned King Arthur and his knights as a high school football team that was transported to Camelot by Merlin…my bar isn’t high. You know what else I’ve a...

Nate’s Suicide Squad Review

Suicide Squad arrived this past weekend with much anticipation and with Batman v. Superman not receiving a lot of love, fans look to Suicide Squad to give the DCEU a boost. For those who do not know the team very well, Suicide Squad is a team comprised of villains formed by government offical Amanda Waller. If one of the villains step out of line or tries to escape, Waller detonates a bomb that located in the back of their neck. Now Suicide Squad is not terrible, but It’s not all that good either. It is entertaining in spurts with fun characters. However the editing is a mess that leaves the movie as a whole just kind of meh. Starting with the positives, Suicide Squad is a fun movie in spurts. Most of the fun comes from the cast. Margot Robbie nails the role of Harley Quinn, Will Smith bri...

The Roundabout Suicide Review

So, a bunch of us went and saw Suicide Squad last night at the new Dolby Theater in Tysons AMC. Rumble seats and leather recliners, it’s a glorious theater experience. Overall Review: Fun, fun and more fun. See it in theaters. Pick it apart review: So many holes, pacing issues, and a quagmire of weird cinematography/editing/musical choices made a lot of the characters hard to connect with, despite a bunch of opportunities, which is what you need to do in a big ensemble like this, so it kinda falls apart. Nevertheless, it was fun and I’d like to see more. Overview: this bunch of jokers (pun, terribly intended) is forced to team up to defend the world from evil. In this instance, it’s an evil within. Click above for the spoiler, otherwise go to the movie and comment your th...

Batman: The Killing Joke Movie Review

  Batman: The Killing Joke is one of the most famous Batman comics in the superhero’s history. The Killing Joke follows Batman as he tries to tracks down The Joker after he as kidnaped Commissioner Gordon. The graphic novel was controversial in it’s day for it’s disturbing content and because of that the movie adaptation has received a R rating.  While The Killing Joke does not quit live up to expectations of die hard Batman fans, there is plenty a creepy and insane moments to sink your teeth into. First off, The Killing Joke does make use of the R rating with the Violence and disturbing imagery. The movie is brutal, minor characters are shot in a head and at one point a severed hand is seen flying across the screen after an explosion. The Killing joke has a chilling...

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