Whenever I see the title of the new film horror flick Oculus, my first thought is always – “Wow, they made a movie about the Virtual Reality Video Game makers, should be interesting.” My second thought is, what is the plural of Oculus? Oculi? I didn’t know what to expect when walking into this movie, but it did star two of my favorite actresses Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff and former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan. How did it go wrong so fast?
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A lot of folks have been talking about the reinvention of Mathew McConaughey AKA the McConaissance, but what about the recent return of the never aging Kevin Costner? After disappearing for a few years, he’s on the come back trail. In his latest, Draft Day, he returns to a genre he’s synonymous with– the Sports Movie.
It is hard to argue that Captain America The Winter Soldier isn’t the best Marvel movie to date (although, I still think The Avengers is better), but it lacked something and I’m not sure what it was. Watching this film, I couldn’t help but think of this as Marvel’s version James Bond done the way I’ve always wanted to see. It is technically flawless, has a fabulous cast, amazing action and a great, great story but still….
I have a certain stylistic rules I adhere to when writing film critiques—for example, I do not write from the first-person perspective. But, because Veronica Mars wonderfully, and refreshingly, breaks most rules of film making and execution, I have decided to break my own rules in order to give the film the review it deserves.
Reviewing film, or any medium for that matter, requires two elements: a standard for evaluation, and an objective perspective. On the second point, because movies provide such a visceral experience, it is often difficult for a reviewer to differentiate between the positives and negatives of a piece of cinema and their own personal preferences for what they enjoy in a film.
Liam Neeson has taken some lessons from Miley Cyrus, apparently he can’t stop doing films that are derivatives of his popular Taken franchise. They should have just called this “Taken 3” and called it a day. At times it almost seemed like Non-Stop was going in that direction until the writers realized what they were doing and changed the plot mid-stream without any backtracking to explain the sudden shifts or dropped story threads.
The LEGO Movie is a prime example of why movie theater owners are right to complain about trailers. I felt like I saw the movie and was ready to love it before I even walked in the door. Imagine my disappointment when it ended up being different than the advertising campaign.
The Collector feels a bit like a cheep knock off of the SAW franchise complete with booby traps, decapitations, body parts being severed and a good amount of blood. It starts off strong, but fades midway through. It has one solid idea that doesn’t contain any nuance or depth.