Category Archives: Movies
You’re Next (2011; U.S. release date 2013)
Director: Adam Wingard
Starring: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg and AJ Bowmen
Slicing and dicing just doesn’t cut it anymore. Straight-up slasher flicks are nowhere as popular as they once were. Most of the popular horror movies I’ve come across lately involve the supernatural, a science fiction twist, monsters, grisly torture contraptions, found footage, or Kristen Stewart. That last one is a horror for very different reasons.
After too many sequels and remakes, slashers films have become stale, predictable and cliché ridden. It’s easy to understand why the average movie fan has outgrown the basic plot of a masked man on a killing spree. In several ways, You’re Next is a tip of the hat to a subgenre of slasher films: the horror home invasion movie. But can You’re Next breathe new life into a dying subgenre of film?
To The Wonder (2012)
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams
The process of financing and marketing a major motion picture often requires the attachment of a bankable high-profile actor. In the case of Terrence Malick’s Tree Of Life, getting Brad Pitt as the lead actor put the film on the radar of mainstream moviegoers. Whether big stars produce big office results is another story altogether; it certainly wasn’t the case with The Rum Diaries starring Johnny Depp.
I tend to follow the films of directors I admire more so than big name actors. Of the few films I’ve seen directed by Malick, I regard them as challenging and evocative works of art. Tree of Life is a movie that’s off the beaten path for me but I deeply connected with it. For these reasons, I’m curious if Malick’s follow up film To The Wonder would be another hidden gem.
Sidekick Reviews is making a list and checking it twice. On the list are Chris Pine, Tom Hanks, JJ Abrams, Sandra Bullock, Spike Lee, Tom Hiddleston, Ron Burgundy, Benedict Cumberbatch & many more. Let’s find out who’s naughty and nice in movie news this past year!
Better watch out and continue reading after the jump.
Man Of Steel – Movie Review & Discussion (Spoilers)
Director Zack Synder’s Superman reboot delivered destruction, spectacle and a bold new take on a revered character. Man of Steel is a good summer blockbuster, breaking box office records with the biggest June opening ever in the U.S. but it’s missing something from making it great.
Continue reading my discussion with Cibarra as we give our uncensored thoughts on why ‘Man Of Steel’ is less than super, the humanity of Superman and on the controversial ending. Read the rest of this entry
This is a spoiler lite review of Christopher Nolan’s neo-noir classic titled ‘Following’, the first feature film from the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
“You ever um … been to a football match just to let your eyes rise, go over, drift across a crowd of people, and then slowly start to fix on one person and all of a sudden that person isn’t part of the crowd anymore? They’ve become an individual, just like that.” says a young man in the opening monologue of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Following’.
Back in 1998, before the success of ‘Memento’, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘Inception’, Nolan wrote and directed a no-budget movie he filmed with his friends over several weekends. The inspiration for ‘Following” comes from Nolan’s own experience of feeling isolated despite being surrounded by millions of people in his home city of London.
Zero Dark Thirty Movie Review: Under Cover Of Darkness
Many of us vividly remember what we were thinking and feeling when we first heard of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The opening minute of Zero Dark Thirty takes the audience back to the tragic events that brought to light the hidden evil of al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for the attacks, and its founder, Osama Bin laden. Against a pitch black screen, an audio montage captures emergency distress phone calls from 9/11; hitting a raw nerve that is still sensitive to many Americans. Similar to the visual motif of redaction used in an early movie trailer, the darkness soon gives way to a bright light.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Review
• DC Universe, Animated Original Movie
• Release Date: September 25, 2012
For many of us, there are times when we wish we could watch our favorite movies or read a book for the first time all over again. One of the joys of catching up on graphic novels and DVD/Blu-Rays is the excitement of experiencing something new. A lot of pop culture art/entertainment that appear to be new are actually recycled or reinterpreted from eras gone by. But there’s something about retelling the stories of enduring superheroes like Batman that holds meaning for each new generation. The following is a straightforward and spoiler free review of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1:
Can Peter Jackson recapture the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth more than ten years after the debut of Fellowship of the Ring? If the enthusiastic fan reaction at the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Jackson’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand is any indication, Hobbit Mania is about to set the world on fire … again.
The Hobbit Controversy
Despite being one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012, the making of The Hobbit has been mired in controversy. After nearly two years of pre-production, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) announced he was no longer directing the prequels to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. During production, disputes with the actors union over employment laws almost caused the movie to be filmed overseas.
In April 2012, early footage of The Hobbit sparked a heated debate over the use of 48 frames per second technology versus the standard 24 fps. At the world premiere, animal activists called for a boycott of the film and held posters saying “3 horses died for this film” and “Middle Earth unexpected cruelty” after allegations that more than 20 animals were killed in the movie’s production.
5 Reasons Why Hobbit Mania Is Taking Over
Middle Earth … Again
Bringing The Hobbit to the big screen has been a battle in and of itself for director Peter Jackson. Through the turmoil and controversy, the one thing that will continue to endure is J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic and the legacy of the Hobbit. If you are not already excited, here are some reasons why you are about to be infected with Hobbit Mania!:
The Avengers – Movie/Blu-Ray Review & Discussion