Netflix has established the reputation of releasing very impressive TV shows and movies. When I first saw that Ozark was a “Breaking Bad” type show, I was immediately all in. Breaking Bad is the greatest TV show of all time. I recently finished Ozark and I’m here to say that it is nowhere near the level of Breaking Bad, but it is still a cool show with some really intense moments and solid performances from Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. I’m interested to see where they go with it from here. Continue reading Ozark: Interesting & Intense But Doesn’t Achieve Greatness (Review)
If I had to pick one word to describe Bloom, the second album from Atlanta based band Separations, that word would be aggressive. I admit, I had not heard of this band until very recently, and came upon Bloom with no preconceptions. From the simple album art, consisting of the title in colorful letters over a white background, I expected something in the vein of shoegaze. I was very wrong. The first track, “Hollow”, was like having my door kicked in as it builds for only a few moments into an explosion of drums, and a bass heavy riff. The album is nothing short of explosive. While the melodic breakdowns begin to balance it out, a little more breathing room in the music would be a huge benefit to the overall album, like a cool down lap after a long sprint. Continue reading Separations Shows Growth in New Aggressive Album ‘Bloom’ (Review)
When’s the last time you watched a drama and it was more terrifying than a horror movie? A Ghost Story manages to provoke almost every emotion you can think of. But don’t be misled. It is NOT a horror movie. It is just haunting because of how Director David Lowery conveys certain death, loneliness, and time. It is more of poem than a film. The simplistic nature of A Ghost Story is executed beautifully to make it one of the most thought-provoking films of 2017. You’ve never seen anything like it. Continue reading A Ghost Story is Life, Death & Time Conveyed Like You’ve Never Seen (Review)
Christopher Nolan has worked his way up to not only one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, but also one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. His nonlinear storytelling combined with consistent use of practical effects give his films a very unique look and feel. With Dunkirk, I was extremely anxious and slightly nervous because the early reviews were saying that it was Nolan’s best film and his masterpiece. I kept thinking, there is no way he can top Inception or Interstellar right? Well I’m here to tell you guys, he very well might have. Dunkirk is a beautiful film that tells a story from three different perspectives with very little dialogue and exposition. With virtually no blood or cursing, it’s definitely the most unique war movie I’ve ever seen. Continue reading Dunkirk is a Masterpiece: Palm-Sweating Visual Storytelling at its Finest (Review)
From Dreamworks Studios and director Rupert Sanders, comes the science fiction thriller Ghost in The Shell, based on the acclaimed manga series created by Masamune Shirow. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt and Juliette Binoche, the film is available now on Blu-ray/DVD! Continue reading Ghost in The Shell is The Most Underrated Film of 2017 (Blu-ray Review)
War For the Planet of the Apes is the first Planet of the Apes movie I’ve seen since the remake with Mark Wahberg. I was asked why I would start in a trilogy on the third film. The answer is: because that’s what came out this week. The other answer is because a film should stand on its own merits, even if it’s the third in a trilogy. You should never have to have seen/read/listened to something else, in order to enjoy a movie. Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes is The Most Emotionally Satisfying Film I’ve Seen in Ages (Review)
From 20th Century Fox and director Matt Reeves comes the third film in this incredible revitalisation of the Planet of the Apes franchise titled ‘War For The Planet of The Apes’. Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Terry Notary and Karin Konoval, the film hits theaters July 14, 2017. Continue reading War for The Planet of The Apes: Steve Zahn is a Glimmer of Hope in a Depressing but Impressive Third Act (Review)
Castlevania premiered on Netflix over the weekend. Categorised as an animated show, the first season consists of four episodes with each one lasting no longer than 25 minutes. Due to the short length of the first season along with my shared interest with Fox Force Five News’ Editor in Chief, Keven Skinner, we have each reviewed Castlevania from our own perspectives, and consolidated our reviews into one overall rating of the show.