There was no need for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay to be split into two different films if only to rake in more money at the box office. I’m reviewing both of these films together because I see zero way in which I can review them otherwise. While telling the story in two parts, it is still one comprehensive story. This splitting of films is nothing more than a cash grab no matter how you look…"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2"
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second film of the thrilling series based on the Suzanne Collins novels to hit the big screen. Much like the first film, the second film brings justice to the book. Yes, there are changes from the book but they work in the long-term. Mind you, it’s been just over a decade since reading the books but I jotted down some notes upon the film’s release. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer…"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games marks the tenth anniversary of its theatrical release in 2012. It’s hard to believe how much dystopian young adult novels/movies dominated the conversation over a decade ago. Nowadays, not so much or at least it certainly seems this way. While The Hunger Games ultimately gets to finish, we cannot say the same about a franchise like Divergent. It’s a shame because Divergent should have been…"The Hunger Games Marks 10th Anniversary"
Friends with Benefits brings nothing new to the romantic comedy genre but it’s so much fun watching Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Volcanoes in 1997. Planet-killing meteors in 1998. Friends with benefits in 2011. Funny enough both films featured the stars of 2010’s Black Swan. Mila Kunis’s Black Swan castmate was seen just over six months earlier in No Strings Attached. Both films were being made at the same time. It’s just unfortunate that there…"Friends with Benefits Is Fun To Watch"
Roland Emmerich’s 2009 sci-fi disaster thriller, 2012, offers thrills and destruction at the end of the world with amazing visuals to boot. We follow the film through the lens of two different characters, geologist Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and novelist Jackson Curtis (John Cusack). On a trip to India in 2009, Adrian learns that neutrinos are heating up the Earth’s core. This information is quickly presented to White House Chief of Staff Carl Anheuser (Oliver…"2012: Disaster Thriller Is Our Worst Nightmare"
Perhaps what’s so surprising about 1997’s Wag the Dog is how the political satire feels so realistic over twenty years following its theatrical release. It’s two weeks before Election Day and the president is caught making an advance on a Firefly Girl. Enter Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) and presidential aide Winifred Ames (Anne Heche). Their sole duty over the next two weeks is to keep the public distracted by any means necessary. If it…"Wag The Dog: This Film Feels Very Realistic"
Midway is now available to bring home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD following the digital release two weeks ago. Midway pays tribute to fallen American heroes even as the film may also be a spiritual sequel to an earlier Pacific-set World War 2 film, Pearl Harbor. Let’s get it out of the way right now. Roland Emmerich is certainly attracted to directing films that have a large amount of action in them. At…"Midway: Now Available on Home Video"
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film that gives us Han Solo’s cinematic origin story while staying true to the original Star Wars trilogy. WHILE I TRIED MY BEST TO AVOID THEM, THERE ARE POTENTIAL SPOILERS…SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. What is known about where the film sits within the Star Wars canon is that the events take place between that of Thrawn and Tarkin. It’s also set before the events of A New…"Solo: A Star Wars Story – Road to IX"
Midway pays tribute to fallen American heroes even as the film may also be a spiritual sequel to an earlier Pacific-set World War 2 film, Pearl Harbor. Let’s get it out of the way right now. Roland Emmerich is certainly attracted to directing films that have a large amount of action in them. At the same time, this film does not suffer from the problems that brought down Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor. For this, we’re…"Midway Is Better Than Pearl Harbor"
Zombieland: Double Tap reunites the cast but the fact that the film uses the same formula as its predecessor can only work for so long. The core four brings about a certain nostalgia. While they are safe from zombies and living in the White House, the fun can only last for so long. It isn’t long before Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) escapes this safe zone with Wichita (Emma Stone) and runs off for Graceland. Everything…"Zombieland: Double Tap Offers Nostalgia"