Star Trek Beyond finds itself in an unenviable position in the hotly-contested Summer blockbuster season. It’s not that the movie celebrates the 50th anniversary of the franchise – in of itself a significant milestone that matters very little to anyone outside of ardent fans and pop culture enthusiasts. It’s not just the skepticism surrounding the film since Fast and Furious director Justin Lin assumed the helm after some behind the scenes shuffling. It’s not even that there was a lot of mixed reactions regarding the last film, Into Darkness (I personally loved it).
Okay, maybe it has a little to do with the latter. The movie series reboot has been a financial success but remains divisive with long time fans. The plot twist in Into Darkness (spoiler alert: Cumberbatch is Khan) lead to criticisms of the franchise relying too much on well-worn Trek history when the purpose of the movies was to take Trek into new territory unburdened by the show’s past. Whatever the successes of the previous films, any new film would best be served by diving into Trek‘s core tenant: boldly going.
Thankfully, Star Trek Beyond follows through.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron is a surprising film. Not because of the solid script or impressive action sequences. It’s not because rarely have we seen a comic book spectacle on this scale (are you taking notes, DC?). No, Age of Ultron is surprising because, for a decent chunk in the middle of the film, the action comes to a sudden stop as our heroes reflect. It’s a slice of character psychodrama that we don’t see very often. Age of Ultron is the better for it. But it doesn’t quite save the film from being something of a downgrade from the previous film.
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This was the track that made me a Raveonettes fan, and one of my favorites from the “garage rock revival” … Continue reading Monday Morning Music: The Raveonettes, “Attack of the Ghost Riders”
On Christmas Day in 2008, my brothers and I got together on one of those rare days that we all had off, and went and saw The Spirit.
Ah, the innocence of youth.
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Let’s get this out of the way right now: Guardians of the Galaxy is a hell of a lot of fun.
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Hercules, the summer action vehicle for pro wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, is an easy movie to dismiss. Aside from being released during a quiet period in the summer movie season, the marketing for the film is misleading. The trailers lead you to believe the film is akin to Clash of the Titans (an egregious example is a scene where a man lashes a flaming whip around Hercules’ neck. Spoiler alert: the whip is absolutely not on fire in the film), when in fact it’s closer to Gladiator.
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So the Super Bowl wasn’t the Broncos lovefest most were expecting – I mean, wow – but the commercials were … Continue reading Kia and the Matrix Commercial
This looks ridiculously cool. Can’t wait to see Prometheus. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftuxbvGwiU] Continue reading Prometheus Trailer
I got to see Captain America this past weekend. What did I think of it? You’ll have to head over … Continue reading Captain America Review