In a time when the terms “prequel” and “reboot” are treated like swear words in film communities, the new Planet of the Apes series stands as a proud example of what these can be. This conclusion of Caesar’s chronicle is an achievement in storytelling, effects work, and sound and builds upon the groundwork of the past two installments. However, where ‘War’ really stands out in cinema is in emotion and ...

With great intellectual property rights comes great responsibility. Marvel and Sony are finally working together to bring us a Spider-Man movie set in the popular, ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (which is the 16th movie in the massive franchise). The movie has all of the fun and excitement that are standard fare in the MCU while also taking Spidey in a fresh direction. After the epic events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’...

After some terrific work on both Doctor Strange and the Marvel Studios fanfare, Michael Giacchino returns to the MCU to deliver the score for Sony’s ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ directed by Jon Watts. The movie is a lot of fun and the best iteration of Spider-Man on the big screen. It is a real treat for Marvel fans. Here are first impression thoughts on Giacchino’s music. This is one of the MCU’s best scores! Giacchin...

Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe has finally produced a good, solid movie. It has taken four movies over four years, but ‘Wonder Woman’ has broken the mold to be an adventure for audiences, fans, and critics to all enjoy. DC has taken a step back to focusing on plot and character in order to craft a grounded story separate from their past three attempts. Despite it not being perfect, this first modern female superhero film is insp...

Just saw the new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’. Geoff Zanelli’s score was really spectacular and fit with the world of PotC so well. I was elated. There were a lot of old themes that come back and the new themes felt at home here. It did seem obvious at times how the temp was used though. I am looking forward to hearing this score on the soundtrack. Read my first impression thoughts below. The PotC series...

With the arrival of the 8th Fast & Furious movie it is clear that this franchise is far from running out of gas. Toward the beginning, Dom says about a weighed down car “remove everything that isn’t the engine”. In that spirit, all the staples that keep people come back to this series are here including (naturally) tricked out cars, global locales, family, high stakes, disrespect for physics, unconventional names for tit...

This is the Batman that we need and deserve right now. Following up on the unexpected success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has combined the world of toy building blocks with one of the most popular and pervasive characters of fiction. This movie is exactly what DC and their fans needed. It is a fresh take on the Caped Crusader, has a lot of heart, features fun characters, and (unlike every other DC movie) is endlessly funny. Batman / Bruce ...

Today, the title for Star Wars – Episode VIII was announced as THE LAST JEDI. This certainly has an epic feel to it that was hinted at even in The Force Awakens’ opening crawl. Announcements like this are always followed by fan responses, so here are mine. Many people aren’t too concerned about the actual title that is given to a particular work, but I feel that they are very important as those few words will come to represen...

After more than 11 years, we get the 3rd xXx movie and it’s hard to know what purpose is intended with this movie. Is it here so that Paramount can retain rights to one of the few franchises they have? Is it so that Vin Diesel’s other movies this year look better by comparison? Is this simply a large vat where all of the bad ideas from the increasingly popular Fast & Furious franchise can be dumped? More importantly though, do the produce...

Here is my list of some of my favorite parts of different movies from 2016. I tried to stay away from most of the usual categories and do some that are different than most. Let me know if you have any comments and share with people what some of your picks would be. Enjoy! – BEST MOVIE: 1st ‘La La Land’; 2nd ‘Captain America: Civil War’ ‘La La Land’ is one of the most joyful, beautiful, and emotional mo...

2016 Movie Favorites
Movies / January 2, 2017

Here is my list of some of my favorite parts of different movies from 2016. I tried to stay away from most of the usual categories and do some that are different than most. Let me know if you have any comments and share with people what some of your picks would be. Enjoy! – BEST MOVIE: 1st ‘La La Land’; 2nd ‘Captain America: Civil War’ ‘La La Land’ is one of the most joyful, beautiful, and em...

LA LA LAND Review
Reviews / December 14, 2016

‘La La Land‘ is a glorious and masterful piece of cinematic art. Damien Chazelle, who directed last year’s bold ‘Whiplash’, gives us another The main characters are vibrant and well fleshed out, the cinematography and lighting are among the very best that audiences have seen making each shot dynamically picturesque, and (of course) Justin Hurwitz’s original songs are all very fun and deeply drive b...

MOANA Review
Movies , Reviews / December 14, 2016

We are truly in the middle of the next Disney renaissance. Disney animation has hit another home run with their latest feature, ‘Moana’. This story continues their long legacy of being fun for the whole family, with state of the art animation, catchy songs, timeless messages, and characters that audiences will love. This new adventure directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasur...

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Review
Movies / November 16, 2016

Welcome back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Several years after the release of the final Harry Potter movie, we finally return to this world (though 81 years before those events). The characters, environment, and culture are all entirely new. This movie has the perfect amount of old material mixed with elements from the original series. Most reboots are guilty of either being too new to feel connected (i.e. ‘ 10 Clover...

DOCTOR STRANGE Review – 11/3/2016
Uncategorized / November 3, 2016

Doctor Strange is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most unique and conceptually creative movie. Marvel has taken us through World War II and inside numerous science experiments; we have seen the far reaches of the galaxy and into worlds the size of an ant; plus we have explored the conflicts between fantasy realms and the struggles of a heroic civil war. After all of this, in our current landscape of remakes and rehashed ideas, ...

The Light Between Oceans Review – 8/31/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

As 2016’s dismal summer movie season comes to a close, The Light Between Oceans truly is a light for audiences. Successfully adapting a book is always a challenge for film studios. Very few movies are said to do justice to the book. I have not read the book and cannot judge those qualities. Even though some people may find elements of this movie disagreeable or badly paced, this story is worth telling as it addresses simple con...

SUICIDE SQUAD Review – 8/4/2016
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Suicide Squad is a movie that is clearly full of potential. Warner Bros, DC, and director David Ayer have a lot of ambition for this new entry in the DCEU focusing on a disjointed team of supervillains. Once again though, DC shows its incompetency at making a truly solid films while struggle to build a compelling universe (and this time it isn’t even Zack Snyder’s fault). Admittedly the movie has intriguing characters and...

NERVE Review
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Movies serve a range of purposes. Some movies are meant to merely entertain, others frighten, some want to pull on our emotions, and there are even those movies that strive educate audiences. The new young adult drama / thriller Nerve shines a dark light on the ever more influential world of social media. I fully expected this movie to be another B-list movie marketed for college students. Impressively, the movie feels original, is f...

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Review – 4/14/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

‘Captain America: Civil War’ is without a doubt both Marvel’s best crafted movie and their most entertaining movie. After achieving the formidable title of highest grossing series of all time last year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to pave new ground for the ever expanding superhero genre. ‘Civil War’, which opens Phase 3 of Marvel’s universe, exceeds all expectations for fans. Una...

THE JUNGLE BOOK Review – 4/11/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

In recent years, remakes of classic films have become more and more common. Some of these are triumphant revivals of a stalwart plot, while some that we wish to forget about are nothing more than an ill-conceived cash-grab from a tired studio. Jon Favreau‘s new family adventure ‘The Jungle Book‘ is the rare reiteration that improves upon Rudyard Kipling’s original telling of this well-known story and the 1967 ...