All posts by Mark Miller

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]

Kong: Skull Island – Great action scenes; King Kong is Badass [Review]

I’ve never seen a King Kong film, this was my first taste of the franchise, and I must say I’m fond of him.  I mean I know about the original – King Kong goes to Big City and ends up climbing a building and swatting aircraft with one hand while holding Fay Wray in the other (that might not be right, like I said I haven’t seen it) but now I’m tempted to go back and watch it.  Kong:  Skull Island is really a lot of fun. Continue reading Kong: Skull Island – Great action scenes; King Kong is Badass [Review]

Logan: The Most Violent Bring-Your-Daughter-To-Work-Day Ever [Review]

Wow, Logan is not your typical superhero movie.  This latest X-Men movie is about endings.  It’s no secret that this is Hugh Jackman’s last performance of Wolverine and it’s also, apparently, Patrick Stewart’s last performance of Professor X.  It’s a sad thought, and that sadness is what Logan has taken and run with.  Logan is dying, Professor X is insane and dying and mutants are going extinct.  Let there be no mistake, this is not your typical Darker, Grittier reboot, this movie is a message and that message is, unequivocally:  “We’re Done Here”. Continue reading Logan: The Most Violent Bring-Your-Daughter-To-Work-Day Ever [Review]

Lion: Intense & Compelling – There Was Not a Dry Eye in The Theater [Review]

This week I saw Lion with a friend who recommended it. I’d never heard of Lion, didn’t know what to expect and this was the director, Garth Davis’s ‘feature debut’ (he hadn’t made anything else that I could compare to) so I really had nothing to go on.  The trailer looked like a made-for-TV drama, at least to me, but then I’m a little unfair to movies (and trailers) that are not my preferred genre.  But when we bought our ticket, the box office guy told us that it was excellent and that we were in for a treat.  I still didn’t know what this movie was really about going in. Continue reading Lion: Intense & Compelling – There Was Not a Dry Eye in The Theater [Review]

The Great Wall: Clunky but Original & Refreshing with a Subtle Max Brooks Influence [Review]

This week it was either the 146 minute long A Cure For Wellness or the much shorter The Great Wall.  Naturally I gravitated towards the film that had Matt Damon and monsters, which sounds like a very appealing combination to me.  Apparently (according to Wikipedia) this was released in China a few months back and then finally released here.  From what I gather it wasn’t all that critically acclaimed, here or in China (at the time I saw it, Rotten Tomatoes gave it 40%) but did it really deserve that rating? Continue reading The Great Wall: Clunky but Original & Refreshing with a Subtle Max Brooks Influence [Review]

The Lego Batman Movie: Hilarious, Brilliant & Gorgeous. A Treat to Watch [Review]

This week I saw The Lego Batman Movie.  Lego Batman was my favorite part of the Lego Movie and he’s my favorite Batman too. He’s so funny!   I was a little worried about taking the comedic relief of an already funny movie and giving it a full feature film.  Often that doesn’t turn out – just look at ‘Minions’.  But The Lego Batman Movie turned out pretty good.

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