SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY Review There are few things I am more passionate about than film music, and ‘Score’ is a soundtrack fan’s dream. This new documentary has been supported by people around the world (including myself) and truly represents how much diligence and passion into creating the emotional backbone for the movies we love. Beyond that though, ‘Score’ is a skillfully produced and delivered docume...

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...

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Review – 5/11/15
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Before seeing the emotional and humorous movie ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ the only thing I knew about it was that it was adapted from a book and received noticeably positive reviews at prestigious film festivals. The movie itself is much better than the underwhelming marketing led me to believe. The movie seemed like a good mix of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’, and &#...

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Review – 5/2/2015
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Gripping, Brilliant, Action-packed, Shawarma-less, Thrilling, Dark, Fun, An Awesome Blockbuster Sequel I often say that Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers’ (2012) was the least disappointing movie that I’ve ever seen. It was the first time four separate, successful superhero franchises had combined into a single blockbuster event. Now three years later, Marvel releases the sequel and its 11th movie, AVENGERS: AGE OF ...

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Review – 3/16/15
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ had a difficult task in becoming the movie everyone wanted. As a movie adaptation of a popular young adult novel sequel, the production team had to please fans of the book series, fans of the original 2014 Divergent movie, and casual movie goers while at the same time making a movie that was true to the book while being an interesting and entertaining movie at the same time. Robert Schwen...

PROJECT ALMANAC REVIEW – 1/28/15
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

 Project Almanac was certainly an interesting movie. I did not recognize the names of any of the cast members, or, for that matter, anyone involved with the project (besides the producer, Michael Bay). It is a lower budget film than I’m used to. It has had a variety of problems throughout production (including multiple title changes) and the release was delayed considerably. Plus I knew close to nothing about the film. So you m...

INTERSTELLAR Review – 11/4/14
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

On Tuesday (11/4) night at midnight, I watched ‘Interstellar’. This is the latest movie from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan (‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’, ‘Inception’, ‘The Prestige’). It is incredible. The best word that I have for it is a term I coined which is that it is inceptious (meaning complicated, confusing, and visually stunning; also of or pertaining to ‘Inception...

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Review – 12/13/14
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’, presumably the last chapter of this trilogy, is a fun ride, has delightful characters, is supported by a talented cast and crew, and may be the best of the trilogy. The plot continues the series with a new threat to the occupants of the New York City Natural History Museum. The movie is naturally a comedy and the humor takes many forms, physical, puns, visual, audio, slap-stick, ...

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Review – 8/5/14
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy met and exceeded the hype. Loads of fun from start to finish. That is the # 1 thing I would say about it, it was fun. That may seem too simple, but it is really the best word for it and is one that cannot be used in as fulfilling of a way to describe many movies today. I loved it. What a ride. It was adventures, unique, thrilling, comedic, action-packed, and (most of all) fun. It has a time-less...

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Review – 12/4/14
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

 “All’s well that ends well”, Shakespeare penned.  On Thursday night, Dec. 4th, thanks to and accompanied by my wonderful mother, we attended an advanced screening of the movie, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’. This is the third and final film in the anxiously anticipated Hobbit trilogy and the culmination to Peter Jackson’s six movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythic fantasy land...

EXPENDABLES 3 Review – 8/14/14
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

‘The Expendables 3’ was super action packed and loud. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more action packed movie and that’s not necessarily a good thing in this case. – The film world is no stranger to action movies and it seems like the # 1 goal of ‘The Expendables 3’ is to put as much action as possible into one movie. If that was their goal, they did a darn good job of it. In its relati...

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Review – 8/8/14
Uncategorized / October 17, 2016

Watching ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ was definitely an interesting experience. That was my first time at an advanced screening (not my last) which, in and of itself, heightened the experience. It felt like a more special experience knowing that if I even wanted to watch it again the next day, that I couldn’t (although, in general I don’t watch movies a second time in theatres). Everything was more in-the-mo...