The warm holiday spirit was alive at the Midland for 9.65 the Buzz’s Homegrown for the Holidays event that featured local acts The Beautiful Bodies, Making Movies, and Rev Gusto with semi-local band The Mowglis and their tourmates Royal Teeth.
Tag: film review
2013 has been a great year for independent filmmakers, bring such titles as “Fruitvale Station,” “Mud,” “Upstream Color,” “Frances Ha” and “The Spectacular Now” just to name a few. This may be a shift in the way movies are made, showing more confidence in up-and-coming filmmakers, or it may mean nothing at all. Perhaps the independent releases this year are just more noteworthy than usual and if so, I hope this trend continues. David Lowery has added one more to the mix with his feature length debut “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”
Teen romances, senior year struggles and coming of age stories are nothing new. But while most of these sorts of films fall into soap opera territory, “The Spectacular Now” tells the coming of age story in a way that hasn’t been accomplished quite as effectively. This film really is spectacular for its simplicity, genuine storytelling […]
“You’re Next” is full of dark humor and brutal violence, complete with an ass-kicking heroine straight out of a comic book.
‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ packs in the action, but does it have enough punch for non-readers?
All studios are looking for the next “Twilight” or next “Harry Potter” and the next contestant for that title is “The Mortal Instruments” book series by Cassandra Clare. The first film adaptation from that series, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” actually does a good job staying mostly true to the book, but in its action-packed, rollercoaster of a ride, non-book readers might have some trouble keeping up with the complicated world of the Shadowhunters.
It is definitely the summer of comedies. With all of the big-budget action movies flopping this season (“The Lone Ranger,” “After Earth,” “Pacific Rim,” etc), the comedies have soared. Strong comedies like “The Heat” and “This Is The End” were extremely successful home runs. “We’re The Millers” is poised to continue the trend. With a stellar cast and fantastic script, all the right things fall into place for this flick.
I am really tired of movies these days trying to push the boundaries on what can be included in an R rated movie. In the early 2000s, it was the “Saw” movies with their excessive gore and torture. Nowadays, it seems like sex is the new hot button issue in movies. But just because you are allowed to put these sort of ideas into movies doesn’t mean you should. Unfortunately “The To Do List” is going to be one of those movies added to that category.
It takes a lot for a movie or TV show to really make me laugh out loud. Of course, I think plenty of them are funny, but I can probably count on one hand how many movies have made me truly laugh out loud. But let me tell you, that is all I was doing during “The Heat.”