REVIEW: “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

REVIEW: “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

After a couple of shaky early installments the “Mission Impossible” franchise seems to have found its stride. Personally I’ve never considered any of the films bad, but a couple definitely showed a dip in quality. But 2011’s “Ghost Protocol” gave the series a new and stable identity. It was an action-packed blockbuster anchored by an … Continue reading

2015 Blind Spot Series – “The Bicycle Thief”

2015 Blind Spot Series – “The Bicycle Thief”

“The Bicycle Thief” came out during a difficult time of recovery and transition. It was November of 1948 and World War 2 was over. Italy was in political and economic turmoil. It was this setting that inspired the filmmakers of Italian neo-realism. Director Vittorio De Sica was first known as an actor but began directing … Continue reading

REVIEW: “What We Do in the Shadows”

REVIEW: “What We Do in the Shadows”

These days good comedies are a rarity which makes finding one all the more special. The genre’s landscape is overloaded with obnoxious raunchy comedies and shallow Sandler-esque toilet humor. If you aren’t a fan of those two brands finding an enjoyable modern comedy may be a chore. But “What We Do in the Shadows” is … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Ant-Man”

REVIEW: “Ant-Man”

Marvel’s cinematic universe has become a powerful presense at the box office. This has allowed Marvel Studios (and owner Disney) to branch out into what could be more obscure territories for moviegoers other than comic book fans. We saw it first in the insanely successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” – a film about a fringe … Continue reading

REVIEW: “San Andreas”

REVIEW: “San Andreas”

It looks like this is the big one – earthquake that is. You know, the massive ‘mother of all earthquakes’ that leaves epic-scaled devastation which is prime fodder for a summer popcorn audiences. And trust me, “San Andreas” has the summer popcorn movie cred. It is loud, often silly, filled to the rim with corny … Continue reading

Random Thoughts on the “Batman vs Superman” Comic-Con Trailer

Random Thoughts on the “Batman vs Superman” Comic-Con Trailer

San Diego Comic-Con has evolved over the years. That can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. What started as a comic book convention has evolved into a full-blown entertainment extravaganza. Movie fans have grown accustomed to a host of new reveals from an assortment of superhero, horror, or sci-fi films. … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Jurassic World”

REVIEW: “Jurassic World”

When will they ever learn? Sure, the idea of mixing living, breathing dinosaurs with a theme park sounds like a lucrative can’t-miss idea. But three movies have proven that it leads to nothing but disaster (and a boatload of box office cash). The Jurassic Park franchise has laid dormant for 14 years so it shouldn’t … Continue reading

2015 Blind Spot Series: “My Life to Live”

2015 Blind Spot Series: “My Life to Live”

“My Life to Live” “Vivre sa vie” or “My Life to Live” is a French New Wave film that also feels distinctly different from some of the more prominent movies of the highly influential movement. Director Jean-Luc Godard released the film in 1962, two years after his groundbreaking debut “Breathless”. Viewers will undoubtedly see similarities … Continue reading