Spoiler-Free Review of “Avengers: Endgame”

Forget everything you think you know about Avengers: Endgame, because the trailers are almost entirely useless and deceptive. Watching it was quite possibly the oddest blockbuster experience I've ever had: I walked into the theater thinking that I had a decent idea about what the film's narrative was going to be about, or at least [...]

By |2019-04-24T08:33:32-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Phoenix Film Festival World Cinema Shorts: Love, death and a three-headed dog

Melodi - Michael Kam (Singapore) In a tiny downtown apartment, a young man listens intently to his old, wheelchair-bound neighbor angrily berate the young servant girl that sadly cares for him. He peeks inside her apartment before being chased away by the old man and follows her to the bird store after she accidently releases [...]

By |2019-04-14T20:41:59-07:00April 14th, 2019|Independent Film, Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Hellboy” (2019)

2019's "Hellboy" is one of those films that has some great elements to it, and obviously had at least some departments working very hard on it, but the final product is such a mess that you're left more interested in what the hell happened to the movie, besides the movie itself.  Comparisons to Del Toro's [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:04:57-07:00April 11th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “DUMBO”

Tim Burton's 2019 re-imagining of the 1941 animated Disney classic is a weird piece of cinema.  Not weird in the Tim Burton way, but in the why-did-they-make-this and who-is-the-intended-audience way.   It's also a surprisingly scathing commentary on the corporate behemoth Disney itself has become. With the original having a runtime of just 64 minutes, it [...]

By |2019-03-28T17:10:17-07:00March 27th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Hummingbird Project”

Writer/director Kim Nguyen has assembled a great cast in "The Hummingbird Project", a "thriller" that who's plot suffers from acute mediocrity.  The story begins with Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and his cousin, Anton (Alexander Skarsgård), leaving the high-frequency trading company they are both employed at.  The firm, run by the effectively ruthless Eva Torres (Salma Hayek) [...]

By |2019-03-28T17:11:03-07:00March 24th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Highwaymen”

America has a habit of romanticizing those who fight against the "establishment."  Sometimes this has included individuals who have made positive social impacts on our country.  But often the public and media have idolized outlaws and criminals.  Stories of Bonnie and Clyde conjure young rebellious love; a pair of lovers who robbed corrupt banks during [...]

By |2019-03-28T17:12:30-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “US”

Jordan Peele blew critics and audiences away with 2017's "Get Out."  With such a strong directorial debut, many wondered what he would produce next?  What kind of film could possibly follow up that masterpiece?  Although there are sure to be many debates over which film is superior, "US" firmly establishes Jordan Peele as this generation's [...]

By |2019-03-28T17:12:38-07:00March 21st, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Captain Marvel

There are many movies in Marvel Cinematic Universe that are the equivalent of a king size candy bar: basically empty calories with very little nutritional value. They feel good while you’re eating them, but you afterwards you feel less than awesome. This is exactly how I felt watching Captain Marvel. As the credits rolled I [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:01:59-07:00March 7th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Alita: Battle Angel”

A team-up between billion-dollar director James Cameron and $7k-feature director Robert Rodriguez never sounded like a sure thing, especially when the project they choose to collaborate on is a live-action adaptation of a 90's era Manga/Anime series.   An unlikely collaboration such as this usually yields either brilliance or disaster, but "Alita: Battle Angel" is neither.  Instead, it captures the highs [...]

By |2019-02-14T22:42:21-07:00February 14th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments