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...

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Review – 3/29/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Mystery in film making has become practically an art form. From older films such as ‘Se7en’ and ‘Memento’ to new ones like ‘Gone Girl’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’, these movies are driven by an audience’s need to place meaning behind the sounds and images before them. It is an ambitious style that directors such as JJ Abrams, Christopher Nolan, and Bryan Singer have utilized masterf...

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Review – 3/22/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

After the universal success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the comic book characters of DC are finally coming together on the big screen in the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU). Three years after the release of Superman’s latest iteration ‘Man of Steel’, director Zack Snyder returns to deliver what has the potential be the superhero fanboy’s (and fangirl’s) dream, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice&...

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Review – 3/9/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

With its ambiguous title, unexpected trailer, limited information from cast and crew, and no known connection to the original Cloverfield, the new mystery thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane was possibly the most secretive major production in recent memory. Producer JJ Abrams has been a master of mystery and secrecy famously used in such well-known projects as LOST, Super 8, and (recently) Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fortunately, these un...

HAIL, CAESAR! Review – 2/2/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Filmmakers love to share a tribute to classic cinema. In recent films such as ‘Hugo’, ‘Trumbo’, and ‘The Artist’, we see a fresh view of old movie making. With their dramatic comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’ the Coen brothers (Joel & Ethan) use their exuberant style to show homage to the golden days of Hollywood. Despite being confusing and unfulfilling at times, the film boasts smooth cinema...

ZOOLANDER 2 Review – 2/9/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

The 2001 comedy hit ‘Zoolander’ is possibly Ben Stiller’s most entertaining movie and role. The idiotic fashion model has been parodied repeatedly and become a pop culture icon. It was bound to happen that stiller would return to play Derek Zoolander someday and fans would be eager to see his story continue. But similar to the bizarre clothing featured throughout, this movie is noticeably out of fashion. Sadly, R...

EDDIE THE EAGLE Review – 1/21/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

With the 2016 Olympics only a few months away, Eddie the Eagle is a perfect movie to feel the triumph and aspiration of these Olympic heroes. Sports movies are a genre of their own that is often fit into a standard mold and are known to be predictable. Eddie the Eagle feels fresh by staying true to traditional style and by helping the audience to experience a sport that we never attempt, let alone compete in. The movie follows the tr...

THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Review – 10/20/’15
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

‘The Last Witch Hunter’ feels very much like it was adapted from a mediocre novel or an obscure graphic novel. Surprisingly, despite the fact that this would’ve helped the movie, there is no direct outside source material. Witches have been the focus of countless pieces of fiction over thousands of years. After more lighthearted and fun stories such as Harry Potter and The Wizards of Waverly Place, witches here retu...

THE MARTIAN Review – 9/29/2015
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Book to film novel adaptations are a dime a dozen today. Director Ridley Scott’s new movie ‘The Martian’ is a survival/rescue movie that has so much for movie-goers to love about it. The extensive plot is thrilling, enjoyable, inspiring, and strikingly intellectual. Not only does the film feature few flaws, but there are numerous aspects in which the movie absolutely excels in movie making. The casting, performances...

THE INTERN Review – 9/16/2015
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

The Intern is a comedy that everyone can enjoy. It features refreshingly likable characters, a charming story, and a lot of gut-busting humor. This movie is a story of a fish out of water story, of friendship, relationships, working in business, and the challenges and advantages that the classic “age gap” presents. Strangely, the movie feels like it would be a dime-a-dozen romantic comedy if the two characters were closer...

EVEREST Review – 9/15/2015
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Wow! After having watched such a monumental and riveting film, this may be the most difficult movie review that I’ve so far written. For a few minutes after the movie ended, I was completely speechless as my mind was too aghast by what I had just seen to begin searching for ward to articulate my feelings. My emotions are still reeling from the intense and gritty narrative depicted in such detail. ‘Everest‘ is a tale...