REVIEW: “The Raid 2″

REVIEW: “The Raid 2″

I’m not sure if anyone expected “The Raid: Redemption” to be such a worldwide success, but that’s exactly what happened with the 2011 Indonesian martial arts picture from writer and director Gareth Edwards. Now we get “The Raid 2″, a sequel armed with a bigger budget and much more ambition. This first film was built … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Video Games: The Movie” (2014)

REVIEW: “Video Games: The Movie” (2014)

Can a documentary on the history and evolution of video games appeal to those without a care or connection to the industry? It’s a reasonable question and one that was swirling around in my head as I sat down to watch Jeremy Snead’s Kickstarter-funded new film. The blandly titled “Video Games: The Movie” seeks to … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Funny Games” (1997)

REVIEW: “Funny Games” (1997)

Michael Haneke has a reputation for torturing the characters in his movies as well as his audiences. I’ve found this critique to be a bit harsh, but after seeing his 1997 Austrian psychological thriller “Funny Games”, it’s a little easier to see where people are coming from. Haneke’s signature style and filmmaking techniques are all … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Snowpiercer”

REVIEW: “Snowpiercer”

Every revolution has a cost and the cost is high in Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi action flick “Snowpiercer”. This is the Korean filmmaker’s first feature since “Mother” from 2009. “Mother” was my first exposure to Bong Joon-ho and my christening of sorts into the art of Korean cinema. “Snowpiercer” is a much different film yet it … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

REVIEW: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

While it may have one of the clunkiest movie titles of 2014, that hasn’t stopped “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” from raking in loads of praise from critics and even more cash at the box office. I have to admit I’m surprised at how this franchise has found life again. I love the … Continue reading

REVIEW – “Life Itself”

REVIEW – “Life Itself”

A countless number of aspiring couch critics have spoken of the role that Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert played in nurturing their desire for film criticism. The various incarnations of their groundbreaking and one-of-a-kind movie review program entertained, broadened, and inspired generations of film fans. Siskel and Ebert became synonymous with film criticism and while … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Night Train to Lisbon”

REVIEW: “Night Train to Lisbon”

It was considered a talky and drawn out bore by a handful of critics, but I found Bille August’s 2013 drama “Night Train to Lisbon” to be a soothing and almost cathartic film despite its occasional lapses. It’s a swirl of mystery, romance, self-examination, and character study that does at times trip over itself and … Continue reading