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: movie review
It should be said first that “Gravity” is one of the most visually and technically impressive films I have ever seen. Throughout “Gravity,” Cuaron utilizes the camera in ways that would not work if this were taking place anywhere other than outer space, moving around characters and their environment in a manner that would be intensely distracting or disorienting if done in a restaurant or someone’s apartment.
Ron Howard’s “Rush” is a thrill ride, but not in the way you’d typically expect from racing films. When it comes to movies about races, the surface has only been scratched when it comes to a true story about the personal lives of the professional racers and just how risky the sport is for all involved, but “Rush” excels at showing just how big both the personal and professional stakes are when it comes to racing.
Ten minutes into “Don Jon” and I was ready to walk out. I was disgusted — is this barrage of sexual images and vulgar jokes really what I had signed up for from the usually sweet and charming Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Fortunately, I stuck it out and because I did, I was treated to one of the most refreshing takes on relationships, and ironically, the importance of realistic expectations. “Don Jon” is like the Guido-version of “Pride & Prejudice.”
We’ve all sat around and wondered just what the world would be like in the next 100 years. How will technology advance? What health advances can we make? Will be exploring the stars? On the surface, “Elysium” is a science fiction fantasy that stargazes and dreams up answers to these futuristic questions. The dream is breath-taking and fascinating to watch unfurl on screen. Yet while the dream life on Elysium is beautiful, also wrapped in this story is a very dark, real and present drama regarding global healthcare and immigration issues.
You may have heard the Percy Jackson series touted as the next “Harry Potter” but with Greek myths instead of magic. And while the first Percy Jackson film adaptation was fun with a strong cast, it never really seemed like any real competition to Harry Potter. I must admit, I was a little surprised when the sequel, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” was announced with a mostly returning cast. Would this film be able to deliver? Sort of.
“Fruitvale Station” is first-time director Ryan Coogler’s fictional take on Oscar Grant’s last 24 hours leading up to his tragic death. Grant is played by relative newcomer Michael B. Jordan (hopefully you saw him in “Chronicle”) who does an almost perfect job of portraying a character who is trying so hard to do good but only because of the poor decisions he’s trying to leave behind and those affected by them.
“Despicable Me 2” is at least a notch below its parent film, but with the same directing (Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud) and writing (Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul) teams as the first one, it’s in the same ballpark of enjoyability. Fans of the first “DM” won’t be disappointed.
Superman is one of the most iconic characters in pop culture. Even people who haven’t picked up a comic or seen one of the many films or tv show iterations have heard the name and know the gist of Superman. So director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer’s big challenge with “Man of Steel” was how to present this character in a new way that we haven’t seen before — a way that stays true to what Superman is, but also doesn’t dull or ham it up. Interestingly, in the quest for a new Superman story, Snyder returns to the origin story and amazingly, he succeeds in making a mostly fresh and compelling tale in “Man of Steel.”
“The Internship” isn’t all bad. It has a stellar cast and there are some great comedy bits. However, after the build up for another Vaughn/Wilson project, it’s a little disappointing.