Before Ready Player One began, we got a clip of director Steven Spielberg where he sincerely thanked us for watching his film. Oh wait – I’m thinking of something else, that didn’t happen. Apparently he was confident enough in his movie that he didn’t need to preface it with anything. And he’d be absolutely right – Ready Player one is fantastic. I loved the hell out of it. It’s one of the very few movies that lives up to its hype. Also it’s not a Sequel, a Prequel or a Reboot; it’s an adaptation on a book, which makes it practically original. Watching this film was a treat, from beginning to end, though I’m pretty sure I’m the exact target audience for me, so you might have to excuse me while I gush. Read more
No one in Hollywood has crafted more memorable blockbusters than Steven Spielberg, the most famous director the world has ever seen. And while Spielberg has strayed from the familiar path in recent years and focused more so on dramas, Ready Player One is right in his wheelhouse. Ready Player One’s storytelling and character development do not reach levels high enough for those looking for some kind of depth in this 140-minute virtual reality journey. But when it comes to the movie’s action sequences and visual effects, Spielberg delivers to the max in spectacular fashion, which should please both regular movie goers and fans of 80s pop culture familiar with characters from movies, television, and video games over the years. Of course, Ready Player One plays out just like a video game, but that’s what makes it such an entertaining blockbuster and more of what we have come to love about Spielberg in years past; he transports audiences to new, exciting worlds we’d love to be part of. And with this ridiculous, filled-to-the-brim nostalgic blast, he’s done it again.
I was torn between X-Men: Apocalypse and that new Tim Burton Alice movie, but thanks to the folks at Cracked.com for coming up with an After Hours episode that swayed me. I’m glad I went. I was expecting just another in the X-Men series – there have been some fairly mediocre X-Men movies… Maybe it was the abundance of handsome men, maybe it was the amazing special effects, but I found myself really liking this one. I guess I just like the X-Men in general. Read more
Is it me or was the movie industry REALLY prepared for Halloween this year? Last Halloween’s big release was Horns and I suppose The Book of Life counts too, but this year it’s been Ghosts (Paranormal Activity, Crimson Peak) and Witches (The Last Witch Hunter) and finally Zombies, which is this week’s review.