I am losing my damn mind over this franchise, please Hollywood; stop making Paranormal Activity movies.
After six films to the series, The Ghost Dimension squanders and fails to deliver any worthy scares. It’s boring as hell and makes you ask the question, “Why am I watching this garbage in the first place?” In 2009, the first Paranormal Activity succeeded with its low-budget effects and mockumentary style. The film drew the audience in with its sheer haunting suspense. Now, all that has faded away with each sequel relentlessly being released year after year. With Ghost Dimension, we get the worst and most pointless one to-date. There’s no fear, suspense or fun anymore in this series. The film receives zero stars no questions asked. Please Hollywood, for my sanity put an end to this madness.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is rated R (Restricted). For language and some horror violence.
James Bond has been a cultural icon for more than 50 years. Created by Sir Ian Fleming in 1953, Bond has left his trademark from action spectacular, to gorgeous women, to vodka martini's ... "shaken not stirred" of course. With now 24 films and six actors that helm the name, I break down the worst to best, in my opinion, Bond films. Apologizes to Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again for not making the list only because they were not associated with Eon Productions.
The Last Witch Hunter is an ugly, grim and an overall brain-dead film.
The last witch hunter (Vin Diesel as Kaulder) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history … blah, blah, blah. In other words, Vin Diesel drowns by a flood of CGI action/fantasy garbage. The film is to bland to take serious and instead ends up being a fantasy cheese-fest. The film’s incomprehensible plot will leave viewers scratching their heads by the end. The Last Witch Hunter isn’t a letdown because you could easily see from the start it was going to miserably fail.
The Last Witch Hunter is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.
Steve Jobs is a grand skill of filmmaking; the acting, directing and writing all hit perfection. Bravo Danny Boyle.
Steve Jobs is one the best film of 2015, hands down. Michael Fassbender tears through Jobs' inner core, with the help of his superb teammates consisting of Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jeff Daniels. Director Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting) delivers a complex and stylish viewpoint of Jobs' life.
Fassbender unveils Jobs' infuriating and visionary mind from behind the curtain. This film is a high wire act based on a fascinating study of a flawed man with a dream. It’s a groundbreaking character study for filmmaking; you’re in for a real treat. Set backstage at three iconic product launches (1984, 1988 and 1998), Jobs takes us behind the curtain of the digital revolution to paint viewers a portrait of the brilliant mind at its epicenter.
Boyle leads the way with his craftsmanship and guides the audience on a speechifying roller coaster. The first act is shot in low-res 16mm film, where Jobs unveils the Macintosh to the world. After being axed by Apple, the second act is shot on glorious 35mm film, where Jobs presents NeXT cube at the beautiful San Francisco Opera House. Finally for the third act, Jobs returns to Apple and shows off the iMac in high-def digital.
Framed by whirling innovation and glorious cinematography (Alwin H. Küchler, Sunshine), Steve Jobs will send film lovers in a daze. The script, by Aaron Sorkin, an Oscar winner for The Social Network, is nothing short of perfection. Sorkin is Boyle’s main man, as he delivers brilliant script of an infuriating visionary. Yes, Steve Jobs will make you question certain topics as it exposes the cores and strands of humanity.
This sleek movie is a stand-alone film that ended with a blazing display of bravura. It receives the highest of highs … five out of five stars and is one of the best films of the 2015. Boyle’s film is go-to Oscar bait for this upcoming season. Go see this intellectually savvy movie, now. Steve Jobs is iNcredible.
Steve Jobs is rated R (Restricted). For language.
Beasts of No Nation finds writer-director Cary Fukunaga (director of True Detective, season one) at his most compelling, leaving audience numb to their bones.
One of the best films of the year and it was released on Netflix. In a time where TV shows are being produced at their highest through streaming services, the film industry just got a run for their money. Beasts of No Nation is raw and emotionally draining story of war’s human cost.
It's a hard film to endure, but in the end gives the audience a perspective of tragedy and empathy. Idris Elba is a powerhouse and Abraham Attah guides us through the eyes of innocence. A film so cutting it will make you re-view how to look at the world. In this story, we see a world of fire through the eyes of a young boy named Agu (Attah). Agu is a recent child solider under the command of a warlord (Elba) and his rebel army.
Agu’s family was slaughtered before his very eyes and his country is in the midst of a civil war. Beasts of No Nation will hurt your conscious and is not a film for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, this emotional roller coaster hits all of the highs in filmmaking and sheds light to the horrors of children soldiers. Elba will give the audience chills down their spine as the cold cutting warlord who doesn’t take no for an answer.
He trains his rebels to kill no matter what the cost. Elba will for sure receive an Oscar nom this holiday season. Also, introducing new talent and acting chops from a young Attah who guides the audience throughout the very depths of the badlands. Beasts of No Nation is powerfully written, acted and directed; leading its audience through a hellish journey contemplating the very nature of the humanity.
Morals are thrown out the window, which gives the audience the freedom to come up with their own interpretation and message. Beast of No Nation is a masterpiece for filmmaking and receives the highest of highs … five out of five stars. It will leave you numb to your bones and the very core of your humanity. So open up your laptop and go watch this raw story, now.
Beast of No Nation is rated R (Restricted). For disturbing graphic war violence including a brief rape, drug use, some nudity, and language including some sexual references--all involving child soldiers.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborate in this Cold War thriller, which sheds new light on old Hollywood classics.
This old-school thriller shows us the historic significance of the Cold War and film. It’s an important film for this generation and will hopefully leave its trademark for years to follow. Spielberg and his crew go back to the historic dramas, filled with grand writing, directing and acting.
Bridge of Spies is one of the best films of the year and is total Oscar bait. A script that is polished by Matt Chairman and the Coen brothers (Fargo and No Country for Old Men) tells the story of a hero insurance lawyer, James Donovan (Hanks), who is chosen to represent Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). Abel is arrested and is being charged as a Soviet spy, while Donovan is being called traitor for defending Abel.
The cards take a different turn of events in the film when an American U-2 spy plane is shot down over the Soviet Union and the pilot, Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), is captured. Now, the CIA recruits Donovan to negotiate with the Soviets for the exchange between Abel and Powers. This slow burning Spielberg film shows the heartaches of two countries on the brink of war and in the end, sneaks up on you.
It’s some of Spielberg’s best work since Saving Private Ryan. Hanks gives us another grandeur performance, while Thomas Newman’s score adds a since of tension to the drama. The film works best when “the standing man” and the Soviet bravely abide to their countries. Bridge of Spies surely will win many awards this Oscar season; rightfully so, Spielberg and Hanks deserve them. The film is flooded with realism and propaganda and in the end; Bridge of Spies is a damn near perfect film.
Bridge of Spies is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For some violence and brief strong language.
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