All posts by Mark Miller

Alien: Covenant is Visually Rich & Emotionally Satisfying – I Love Michael Fassbender (Review)

I’ve been looking forward to Alien: Covenant for a while.  There’s something about this franchise that just gets me where I live.  Even when it’s combined with the Predator franchise, even when it’s Prometheus.  I just like bio-horror.  The face-hugger, those magnificent eggs, the chest-burster, the slick big-daddy aliens, the pulsating queens – I love all of it.  And Alien: Covenant has something else I love:  Michael Fassbender.  Fair warning, in this review I’m going to talk about him a lot. Continue reading Alien: Covenant is Visually Rich & Emotionally Satisfying – I Love Michael Fassbender (Review)

Snatched: A Mildly Funny Movie Badly in Need of a Script Doctor (Review)

I was going to see King Arthur: Legend of the Sword but in the spirit of Mother’s Day I went to Snatched instead. What a well timed release, this film is thematically perfect for the weekend it came out. I have to respect that – timing is everything and this couldn’t have been easy to pull off.  However it does mean that I skipped Charlie Hunnam’s glorious abs to watch Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn get away from bad guys.  Was it worth it?  Read on to find out. Continue reading Snatched: A Mildly Funny Movie Badly in Need of a Script Doctor (Review)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: Action Packed & Also The Funniest Movie of The Year! (Review)

I’ve been looking forward to the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel for a while now.  I loved the first one and the second one looked awesome.  And I’m here to tell you:  it was.  And that was even after the whole ordeal that comes with seeing something everyone else wants to see right away – we had long waits, the line cutters, the seat savers (actually that one was almost me), the guy with the crying baby who wouldn’t leave.  Even with all those, I still had a wonderful time.   Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: Action Packed & Also The Funniest Movie of The Year! (Review)

The Circle: Prescient, Timely & Suspenseful but Without Any Real Payoff (Review)

This week I went to review The Circle, a suspenseful movie whose premise is an exploration of the whole ‘Privacy versus Security’ debate.  I was not looking forward to this film; I thought it would be dry and boring but instead I found it terrifying. The Circle got me where I lived.  It tapped directly into my fears of being watched and judged and and kept that up for almost two hours.  I haven’t squirmed that much since ‘The Witch’.  So when I saw it got 5.7 out of 10 on IMDB and 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, I was shocked.  What happened?  Then I figured it out…. Continue reading The Circle: Prescient, Timely & Suspenseful but Without Any Real Payoff (Review)

Free Fire: An Object Lesson in The Value of Professionalism; This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Review)

I’m not a Tarantino fan.  While Reservoir Dogs (to name a move completely at random) was a great film, I did not like it. It’s not my genre.  I tell you this for the sake of context – I’m not the correct person to watch or like a movie like Free Fire. So if at times during this review I come across as unduly critical or harsh, that’s probably only because Free Fire wasn’t a campy homoerotic sci-fi thriller/comedy (like if Magic Mike and Guardians of the Galaxy had a baby and it was also a musical) Continue reading Free Fire: An Object Lesson in The Value of Professionalism; This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Review)

Ghost in the Shell: Visually, The Most Amazing Movie of The Year [Review]

Another Live Action remake of an animated classic.  I don’t remember the original anime very well – I haven’t seen it since the late 90’s and anime wasn’t quite as popular as it is now.  (That’s right – I liked it before it was cool.  I was a movie hipster; how times have changed.)  Surprising how this iteration brought it all back.  I knew exactly what should happen in places and then it DID.  Even in places I didn’t think would translate well from anime to Live Action.  The level of detail and the fidelity to the source material was impressive, at least what the parts I remember.  I’m going to compare this to the original a lot in this review.  That’s the problem with the remakes – unless the original is outright trash then I need to see both for context. Continue reading Ghost in the Shell: Visually, The Most Amazing Movie of The Year [Review]

Life: There are Scenes That Rival The First Time We Saw The Chest Burster [Review]

I wasn’t quite sure about Life.  It was either this or Power Rangers.  I’d seen the trailer for both, couldn’t decide, and since I heard Life was better, I went to that.  Especially when I saw Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds were both in there.  But alas no weightless shirtless workout scenes with those boys, which means I missed Dacre Montgomery’s abs for this.  Life had better be good. Continue reading Life: There are Scenes That Rival The First Time We Saw The Chest Burster [Review]

Beauty and the Beast: Staggeringly Beautiful, They Kept The Best & Fixed The Rest [Review]

I don’t get Disney’s current trend of remaking old animation classics into Live Action films.  Why is that necessary?  Maleficent was fun, it’s true, but that was told with a more sympathetic twist to the villain, which I love (plus the old Sleeping Beauty was badly in need of a rewrite).   But what was wrong with the 1991 classic B&tB?  Nothing, that’s what.  So I went into this new one wondering if it was going to be a waste of time.  I’m still not sure it needed to be made but I’m absolutely glad they did. Continue reading Beauty and the Beast: Staggeringly Beautiful, They Kept The Best & Fixed The Rest [Review]