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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...

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 ...

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….  

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...

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Review

The first Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (BEMH) was phenomenal, so I was super excited to see the second. I was not disappointed! This cast is so good, they have the perfect chemistry on screen and the writing for these projects is very clever. The whole project revolves around Dev Patel getting married and also building plans to open up a second hotel. Differences: this is a bit darker, a little more fiery, the depth of the characters is a bit deeper, and somehow Dev Patel is even MORE manic than the first. Each film has a message, the first was “Everything will be all right in the end, if it is not all right, it is not yet the end.” This one is “There is no present like the Time.” If you liked the first, you’ll like the second. If you didn’t, it’s a ...

Seventh Son Review

Seventh Son. A book of note and a cool idea. Based off of a couple of different concepts and themes from John Delaney’s “The Wardstone Chronicles”, and his books like “The Last Apprentice”. Of course, there is another set of books not by Delaney called “Seventh Son” that follow the same premise, and it’s about the return of of a Jesus-like person. Before I begin, as always I will start with the end. Don’t bother seeing this in theaters or on-demand. Wait for the cable release. The concept fell flat- it’s VERY shiny, has a fun cast, and the graphics/effects are phenomenal. Base concept- the Seventh Sons of dudes are supposed to be better/faster/stronger, and their Seventh Sons are supposed to be like super-unicorns. I saw this movi...

Interstellar: A Long-Time Coming Review

Warning: Spoilers below. If you have not seen Interstellar, do not continue reading. If you have (or for some strange reason you don’t care), and are interested in hearing my thoughts, please proceed. If you have seen Interstellar as many times as I have (I work at the IMAX theater at the Udvar-Hazy Center), you know that it’s a great movie. However, you also know that it’s not without its faults. First, the ending is somewhat of a disappointment. In addition, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Finally, the humor is so subtle that it’s hard to recognize when it is presented to the audience. These factors shouldn’t discourage someone from seeing the film, but are in need of mentioning. The film is set in the future where civilization has been forced into an agricultural society. Fo...

Star Trek Into Darkness – A Non-Trekkie’s Review

I am not a Star Trek person. I’ve never seen the TV show or any of the “original” movies. My only exposure to Star Trek has been the various quotes and items that have been embedded into pop culture. Everyone knows the names Captain Kirk, Spock, and the Starship Enterprise, lines like “Beam me up Scotty” or “Set phasers to stun,” and of course “Live Long and Prosper” with accompanying hand sign. This pretty much sums up my knowledge of Star Trek. That is, before I saw the JJ Abrams reboot movies. I saw Abrams’ first Star Trek movie when it came out in 2009 and really really liked it. Not enough to want to dive into to the original TV series or anything, but I liked that world that Abrams had introduced me to. Then May saw the retu...

Hot New Movie Review: The Hangover part III

This movie sucks. Don’t waste your time. …   Thank you.   …   Seriously though it features the fat guy, the dreamy guy, the guy with glasses and the asian doing stupid things in a broken world. They jumped the shark after the first one. If you have to go to the movies so that you can shut your kids or your significant other up for 90 minutes, go take them to Iron Man 3 or Star Trek. If you’re an adult you will probably also enjoy Gatsby or Pan and Gain. But seriously don’t waste your money on this pile of crap.    

Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby is Great!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is arguably the greatest novel written in the history of American Literature. It is known for being littered with “enchanted objects” (The Green light, the color yellow, the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleberg etc), unlikeable characters, and achieving (or not achieving) the so called “American Dream.”   This past Friday, May 10th, Baz Luhrman’s much anticipated film version of the novel was released in theaters. It was met with much contention, critics didn’t seem to like it, jazz age purists were wary of the soundtrack being full of modern hip hop, and fans of the book worried that Hollywood would ruin their precious novel. Screw all of them, Gatsby was GREAT. A prefect blend of modernity, jazz, and all of that literar...

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