Elysium

ELYSIUM: The Hippo Wants a Friend

Elysium (2013) – Directed by Neill Blomkamp – Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, Emma Tremblay, Faran Tahir, and William Fichtner. I skipped ELYSIUM when it was in the theaters because what I was hearing from all of my friends was that it was a disappointment. Watching it…

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JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND: The Thunder Cookie

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – Directed by Brad Peyton – Starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman, and Kristin Davis. Maybe it’s just a consequence of getting older, but it’s nice, on occasion, to watch a family friendly movie that is incredibly simple, straightforward, and likable. There’s nothing cool…

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UNDER THE SKIN: Would You Like to Touch My Neck?

Under the Skin (2013) – Directed by Jonathan Glazer – Starring Scarlett Johansson. UNDER THE SKIN is the perfect palate cleanser for the coming summer movie season. It’s far from a perfect movie, but the steadfast refusal of Director Jonathan Glazer to give us anything close to a quickened pace in SKIN forces you to…

Upside Down

UPSIDE DOWN: What If Love Was Stronger Than Gravity?

Upside Down (2013) – Directed by Juan Diego Solanas – Starring Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall, and Blu Mankuma. I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not I want to post this reaction. There are movies that are worth our derision. When Big Hollywood spends over $150 million to make a soulless mess…

Hunger Games Catching Fire

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE: Love Is Weird

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) – Directed by Francis Lawrence – Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer. Click here for a review of THE HUNGER GAMES. I…

Warm Bodies

WARM BODIES: We Even Have Almost Conversations Sometimes

Warm Bodies (2013) – Directed by Jonathan Levine – Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, John Malkovich, Dave Franco, and Rob Corddry. WARM BODIES makes me smile about as much as any movie in recent memory. While it doesn’t achieve the inconceivable heights of The Princess Bride, Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel…

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SOURCE CODE: It’s Time Reassignment

Source Code (2011) – Directed by Duncan Jones – Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden, Russell Peters, and Scott Bakula. Much like The Adjustment Bureau and About Time, SOURCE CODE is a science fiction movie where the sci-fi sits beneath the story. It’s not that science fiction is absent from…

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THE HOST: This Body is Mine

The Host (2013) – Directed by Andrew Niccol – Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher, Chandler Canterbury, Diane Kruger, and William Hurt. Aliens have taken over the Earth. The Earth has never been better, but it’s better because aliens have taken over the Earth. The Aliens are glowing strands of collected light…

Branded

BRANDED: Fat Will Be the New Fabulous

Branded (2012) – Directed by Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn – Starring Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey Tambor, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, and Rachel Davies. BRANDED is a massively stupid fucking movie. When I saw the trailer for BRANDED in the theater, I laughed and said, aloud, “That is the dumbest trailer I have…

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RIDDICK: I Got Civilized

Riddick (2013) – Directed by David Twohy – Starring Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Batista, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, and Karl Urban. Let’s pick a random fight between two movie franchises that are not at war with one another just because I’m not entirely sure what to say about a movie…

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APOLLO 18: Where’s the Other Cosmonaut?

Apollo 18 (2011) – Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego – Starring Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins, and Michael Kopsa. APOLLO 18 is one of those films that I respect more than I like. I love not only the idea but the approach. This is smart, low-budget film making. With a main cast of just two…

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ABOUT TIME: My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

About Time (2013) – Directed by Richard Curtis – Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Lindsay Duncan, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, and Richard Cordery. Every so often, it’s nice to remember that science fiction doesn’t need robots and explosions and spaceships and aliens to engage an audience. ABOUT TIME is not a…

Storage 24

STORAGE 24: These Things Just Happen

Storage 24 (2012) – Directed by Johannes Roberts – Starring Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock, Jamie Thomas King, Alex Price, and Ned Dennehy. I really like the look, feel, and sensibilities of the modern British horror film. There’s a slickness to the movies, but there’s also a firm foundation of solid, real…

RoboCop 2014

ROBOCOP: Let’s Do This, Tin Man

RoboCop (2014) – Directed by José Padilha – Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Aimee Garcia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Zach Grenier. SPOILERS AHEAD – SPOILERS AHEAD – SPOILERS AHEAD – SPOILERS AHEAD Dear Hollywood, STOP GIVING US FUCKING ORIGIN…

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EUROPA REPORT and GRAVITY: It’s Time to Go Home

Europa Report (2013) – Directed by Sebastián Cordero – Starring Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, Sharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz, Dan Fogler, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Gravity (2013) – Directed by Alfonso Cuarón – Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Orto Ignatiussen, and Ed Harris. I hate the artificial pitting of one…

The Dinosaur Project

THE DINOSAUR PROJECT: I Think It Works

The Dinosaur Project (2013) – Directed by Sid Bennett – Starring Richard Dillane, Peter Brooke, Matthew Kane, Natasha Loring, Stephen Jennings, Andre Weideman, and Abena Ayivor. I’ve been binging on low budget movies lately, lots of films by Asylum and the like, and when you start making that your norm, your expectations recenter themselves. Maybe…