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)
Action-comedy is a genre that walks a fine line; too far in one direction and the other can falter. The result is either a funny movie with some action or an action movie with some cheesy one liners. Recent movies like Kingsmen: The Secret Service or Kick-Ass are prime examples of the perfect blend of entertaining action and hearty laughs. That sometimes can work or be a misfire, but those elements culminate in a perfect blend for Ben Wheatley’s latest directorial effort Free Fire. Continue reading Free Fire: Reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs [Review]
Brutal and unflinching at times, the subject matter of The Birth of a Nation is steeped in sincerity. Dating back to pre-Civil War, Nate Parker’s directorial debut does not shy away from a time where those who were oppressed by racial injustice had no hope. You’ve seen movies centered around slavery before. You’ve seen the muted colors that paint a dark, grim picture of this historical time period. And while it might feel familiar, The Birth of a Nation’s revolutionary story about one man’s faith turned upside down to the point that vengeance is his only answer to injustice results in a powerful message that is not just vital, but also resonates with how we move forward in the present. Continue reading The Birth of a Nation: A Gut-Wrenching, Yet Remarkable Journey Fueled by Conviction & Retribution [Review]
From Fox Searchlight Pictures and director/star Nate Parker comes the highly anticipated Birth of a Nation which chronicles a slave uprising in the South. Starring Parker himself, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith and Gabrielle Union, the film hits theaters October 7th, 2016.
[Press Release] – Danger has never seemed so alluring when “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on November 17. The film will also be available early on Digital HD on October 27.
It’s so refreshing these days to see a movie that’s not a sequel or prequel or reboot. That’s probably why I had no idea what this was going in; I’d forgotten I’d seen the trailer and there wasn’t that much hype over this one. So I had no expectations on this one and was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t quite get the title, but Wikipedia was there in the pinch – this was based on a TV show from the 1960s that ran for four seasons… huh. I guess it IS a reboot, nevermind then.