Review: “John Wick 3: Parabellum”

The word "Parabellum" is derived from the Latin phrase "If you want peace, prepare for war."  It's also the name given to the most widely used 9mm rounds used.  Both sides of this double entendre fit John Wick's third chapter perfectly, teasing the glorified action-porn that follows. For those new to the series, "John Wick" [...]

By |2019-05-15T20:25:54-07:00May 15th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Hustle”

It's time for yet another gender-swapping remake!  It's no secret that "The Hustle" is a remake of Frank Oz's 1988 "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which is itself a remake of Ralph Levy's 1964 "Bedtime Story."  Screenwriters Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning receive writing credits on all three films.   The plot structure of these three films is [...]

By |2019-05-10T19:13:32-07:00May 10th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”

The live-action videogame based children's movie is perhaps the most cringe-worthy genre to assault theaters.  Time after time, studios churn this junk out, putting far less effort into the films than they do any of the games they are based on.  As shown by the recent Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, if you alienate your fanbase, [...]

By |2019-05-10T16:30:04-07:00May 10th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile”

"Few people have the imagination for reality" is the quote "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" [EWSEV] opens with.  At first, it seemed like an odd choice for what was to follow.  It's not the only creative choice in the movie that felt a bit unusual, but this is far from your typical True Crime [...]

By |2019-05-01T21:29:24-07:00May 1st, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|2 Comments

Review: “Red Joan”

A film based on the “true story” of the KGB’s “longest serving” English spy, who wasn’t caught until she was in her 80s, and played by Dame Judi Dench?  It sounds like an amazing premise for a fascinating film!  Sadly, the summary is far more interesting than the movie, but that’s the magic of marketing. [...]

By |2019-04-26T09:14:43-07:00April 26th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

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