Monday, November 9, 2015


Wow, I still can't believe how bad this movie was. No wonder Daniel Craig is lashing out at the press. If I was in this film I'd be lashing out too. I can totally feel Daniel's pain after watching this film. 'Spectre' is a shadow of the modern Bond franchise. Everything the previous Bond films did right, 'Spectre' gets wrong. When Bond was rebooted so to speak with Craig, the filmmakers broke all of the "Bond rules" and got back to the basics. The villain in 'Casino Royale,' Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) tortured Bond with a bar of soap, a piece of rope, and a chair. There were no sharks, laser beams, crocodile farms,venomous spiders, or elaborate setups. Bond's fighting style also changed. Bond's new fighting style was vicious, hard, and inelegant-- similar to Jason Bourne. Bond didn't even care which way he received a martini as long as he got it. The new Bond was updated for the new generation, as is always the case. Unfortunately, 'Spectre' is a failed attempt to go back in time to the Bond films of old. For reasons listed just doesn't work,

I preface my review by saying that the opening scene of 'Spectre' in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead celebration is absolutely spectacular. It's also done in a single take and it's breathtaking. It made me want to dress up in costume and go to a Day of the Dead parade. The only thing this film has going for it are the exotic locations. Similar to other Bond films, the locations are absolutely gorgeous. However, beautiful locations without a developed storyline do not make a good movie. The reason 'Skyfall' was well received was because it had a decent storyline, along with incredible visuals, a great song, and stunning scenery. I wish I could say the same for 'Spectre.'

Thursday, October 29, 2015


I really enjoyed 'Bridge of Spies,' but it wasn't nearly as exciting as I expected it to be. From the first shot one could definitely tell this is a Steven Spielberg film, which is a good thing. Say what you want about Spielberg-- too much melodrama and over sentimentality-- but he's an exceptional director. You don't remain an A-list director in the pit of hell that is Hollywood for 45 years without being good. And make no mistake Spielberg is the best of the best. Is 'Bridge of Spies' well executed? Absolutely? Is it well acted? Yes! Is it intriguing? Of course. But...there's nothing refreshing or thrilling about this tale. Perhaps that's to be expected, as this is based on a true story and must be bound by realism. If you've seen the trailer then you've seen the film. The thing I most remember about 'Bridge of Spies' is how dashing Tom Hanks looks in a nice suit. I don't think that was supposed to be the major "takeaway" but...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


This is the land of wolves.
[Alejandro to Kate]

After watching 'Mad Max: Fury Road' I was convinced that I wouldn't see another five star film this year. I was wrong. Flawlessly directed by Denis Villeneuve ('Enemy' and 'Prisoners'), 'Sicario' draws you in with the very first scene of Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and her partner Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) leading a FBI kidnap recovery team into a den of death right on American soil. Their team uncovers a cartel house in suburban Arizona that has 42 bodies buried in the walls. It's a sickening sight that only gets worse as the film wears on. From the moment the swat team bursts into the hell house until the final scene, there is a palatable tension laced throughout the film. The terror is so tangible that I sat on the edge of my seat as if I were watching a horror movie, because that's what 'Sicario' feels like...a horror movie with real-life monsters.

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Oh how I wanted to love this movie! I've been looking forward to this movie for over a year...then it came out. The movie was so disappointing that I wasn't sure I had the heart to review it . To get myself into a romantic mood while writing this review I decided to watch for 'You've Got Mail' with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks for the 20th time. Hopefully, my review will be nicer because of it.

Monday, October 5, 2015


Science fiction and Ridley Scott have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly or Mulder and Scully. Admittedly Scott has had some craptastic failures and has made some very questionable decisions-- the most recent ones being 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' and 'The Counselor,' but when Scott gets back to his roots, magical things happen. Say what you want about Scott (and I have), but he knows how to do science fiction. The proof is in the pudding because 'The Martian' is a fantastic film from start to finish. It manages to remain fresh and innovative throughout thanks to Scott's pacing. But perhaps the biggest kudos should go to Andy Weir, the author or the book, because the material the movie is based on is so exceptional that it would be difficult (albeit not impossible) to mess it up.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


'Apollo 13,' 'Dangerous Liaisons,' and 'Poltergeist.'
Yes I am college educated, but clearly I didn't pay attention in class because most of my education has been through film and television. I have been marinating on this post for a while. I have made this list Part 1 because I could go on and on. So instead of one mammoth post, I will create a series of posts over the next few months. This may be a good idea for a blogathon, so if anyone would like to make their own posts about "things they learned from the movies," please feel free! The more the merrier.

Monday, September 7, 2015


I haven't done a fangirl post in a while. I will try to occasionally pop my head in, but I may be going on another hiatus until I finish my classes this semester. We'll see. I would love to blog all day every day if I could. Unfortunately real life prevents me from doing so. I will try to post a few upcoming reviews for 'The Martian,' 'Spectre,' 'Hunger Games,' and 'Sicario.' I had originally planned to post a review for the 'Fantastic Four' remake, but I couldn't bear to waste two hours of my precious time to see it. I love movies, but I'd rather use that time doing something else rather than watching a terrible movie. It got such bad reviews I figured what would be the point? Sometimes I change my mind and decide not to bother with a film. I'm sure in this instance I was right to do so. *Sigh. Jenna and Allie were brave enough to watch so read their review.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Ok, I've been seriously behind on this blog this month. I just started grad classes again. Grad classes means I'm using my writing talents to write papers. *Sigh. I finally was able to watch 'The Walking Dead' spinoff 'Fear the Walking Dead.' Color me not so impressed. The original pilot for TWD was magic--brilliant and terrifying. It's what happens when you get an acclaimed film director like Frank Darabont to direct a television pilot.

Monday, August 10, 2015


As you can note from reading my blog, I love all types of films, primarily science fiction/fantasy films, but my second favorite genre is action films. My favorite film this year wasn't a science fiction film, but an action movie, namely 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' So the premiere of the most recent 'Mission Impossible' film got me thinking--why are there so many bikini shots in action movies and why are they excessively highlighted in the trailers? Most action films appear to feature a mandatory "bikini shot" of a scantily clad woman, who is either in a bikini or perhaps nothing at all. These flashes of boob and butt don't have anything to do with the storyline and seem to be placed in a montage of fast cutting scenes with no dialogue, which is typically toward the middle or the end of the trailer. Who needs dialogue when you can have "TNA?"

Monday, August 3, 2015


Well, thanks to a bug in Blogger's crappy engine I lost my entire 'Mission Impossible Rogue Nation' review. It was saved throughout, but somehow replaced itself with another draft post I've been working on. This has never happened to me before. Moving to Wordpress looks better each day. Thankfully my images were saved on my computer, but as for the rest of it. Oy. Hopefully this review will not be colored by the frustration of having to retype (and remember) what I just wrote.
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