Friday, December 13, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The second installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy has finally hit theaters, but does it live up to the first film?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug picks up right where An Unexpected Journey left off: The Dwarves and Bilbo continue their quest towards Erebor to reclaim the dwarven homeland, while dark forces continue to rise in Dol Guldur, hinting at the coming evil. The Desolation of Smaug has the dwarves meeting the wood elves, some nasty spiders, and the men of Laketown, but most importantly of all, Smaug, the last dragon in Middle Earth. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Ben Affleck Is The New Batman

When I initially heard about Warner Bros. announcement of their new choice for Batman, I was confused and unhappy, but is this really such a bad decision after all?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

With a name like Kick-Ass 2, it’s obvious that this film is a superhero sequel with some balls.
The first Kick-Ass told the story of everyday fan boy Dave Lizewski’s transformation from loser to the first real-life superhero, Kick-Ass. He meets other heroes, such as the tough-as-nails 11-year-old Hit Girl, beats up thugs, and eventually takes down a dangerous mob boss. However, as Dave’s father stresses in this new installment, in the real world, actions always come with consequences.
Chris D’Amico, son of the previously mentioned, and previously murdered mob boss, is out for revenge as the world’s first super villain. In the mean time, Hit Girl and Kick-Ass part ways, with Hit Girl attempting to live a normal life away from the mask, while Dave delves deeper into the world of caped crusaders, joining up with a team of heroes known as Justice Forever.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

5 Things Audiences Do That Are Destroying Modern Movie-Going

It seems that recently, film audiences have been having a hard time enjoying films. In fact, it has even become trendy to see a new film, and immediately post to Facebook or Twitter about what you didn't like about it. 

Of course, sometimes harsh criticism is well deserved. It's not wrong to genuinely dislike a film, regardless of how popular it is or how much money it is making. However, it seems that many modern movie-goers head to the cinema with the sole purpose of picking apart a film to highlight even the most minor, trivial problems. On this list, we'll take a look at some of the worst things audiences tend to do, and why they're ruining everyone else's fun at the movies.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Only God Forgives (2013)

When his older brother is killed, Julian (Ryan Gosling), a kickboxing club owner, is sent out to seek revenge by his controlling, criminal mother. Set against a Bangkok backdrop of neon lights and bloodied fists, Only God Forgives was a change of pace for Drive's director Nicolas Winding Refn.

The Conjuring (2013)

After the groundbreaking success of Saw and Insidious, there were no doubts about how director James Wan's newest fright-fest The Conjuring would terrify and amaze horror audiences around the world. Unsurprisingly, Wan didn't fail to deliver one of the scariest films in recent years.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

6 Movie Pairs You Should Watch As Double-Features

Unfortunately, the double feature has become a dead art form. As movie-goer attention spans decrease, and movie running times continue to increase, double-features are no longer marketable and appealing to the majority of audiences around the country. Most recently, Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse was released as a double-feature, and Pixar's Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were shown as a special 3D double-feature in anticipation for the release of Toy Story 3. However, just because you can no longer see two films back-to-back in a movie theater doesn't mean you can't set up your own movie nights. The following pairs are films with similar themes, characters, plots or any other connection that make them work together perfectly as a double-feature.