Movie Review: The Revenant (2015)


The Revenant is based on the true story of a group of pelt traders in 1823 (in the region that is now South Dakota). When one of them, “Hugh Glass” (DiCaprio) is left for dead by the rest of his party, the struggle for survival goes up a notch. The movie’s chief source of inspiration comes from a modified tale in a novel by Michael Punke bearing the same title.

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Release: Dec 18, 2015
Runtime: 135 minutes
Rated: PG-13
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega,
Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Peter Mayhew 
With the much-celebrated Star Wars reboot, J. J. Abrams takes over where George Lucas left off. And what can we say of his efforts? Abrams has now a robust reputation for breathing life back into dying franchises, like Star Trek, and introducing them to a younger, higher energy generation. In the case of Star Trek, I’ll begrudgingly admit that there was some true innovation there, but in the “The Force Awakens,” he simply dishes out what people wanted to see more of—a ripping off of the original Star Wars movie themes and reselling them to the public…without the public knowing it.

It’s been more than 30 years after the fall of Darth Vader and the old Empire, but the new power struggle this time around is only a repackaging of the old one – passing through the Republic stage, to now a “First Order” phase (I can only imagine this means the new empire thinks they are so badass that they discount the efforts of their predecessors and call themselves the “first”). These enemies are as or more dramatic than they’ve ever been portrayed before, but let’s look at the cast overall because, well, that is where the film’s best writing shows itself.

Movie Review: Point Break (2015)


Kathryn Bigelow’s cult-classic Point Break was way ahead of its time when it hit screens in 1991. But the film industry being what it is, it had to be remade like everything else today. The plot of the new film by Ericson Core (“Invincible”) comes together organically enough, but Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez (the stars this time around) may just be causing Patrick Swayze to roll over in his grave!

Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur (2015)


Dinosaurs and people didn’t co-exist (unless you’re a young-earth creationist and you think they did), but for most of the world, they are known to be separated by millions of years. But according to screenwriter Meg LeFauve, the asteroid 65 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs was a near-miss and didn’t hit the earth. 

Movie Review: Creed (2015)


Ryan Coogler takes over as director for the new Rocky revamp, Creed. Yes, the Italian Stallion whom we all came to love as a poor, struggling boxer on the cold streets of Philadelphia now passes the torch to a young, promising boxer. The boxer: Adonis Creed, the illegitimate son of Stallone’s old adversary-turned-best friend, Apollo Creed.

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