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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★½ Watched 24 Mar, 2016

    Back in 2011, IGN (Imagine Games Network) came out with a list of the 100 greatest comic-book superheroes in the history of American pop-culture. I'm sure if you are reading this, a whole bevy of superheros are running through your mind right now, and no matter which one you're currently thinking of right now ... you can bet your bottom dollar it made the list.

    It should come to no surprise to anyone on who wound up respectively as #1…

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2016

    Everyone comes to a part in their lives where they don't feel "fulfilled" ... sometimes to the point of just going through the daily, predictable, mundane motions of life because we feel that nothing will ever change. There are those instances where something "different" does come into our lives, and one of two things can happen ... you can either "embrace it", or shut it out completely making you afraid to change in the process.

    Enter writer-director Charlie Kaufman's (writer…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Jan, 2016

    Nearly every film will be derived from one of three basic premises: "Man vs. Man" - your typical story about a "protagonist" and his goal(s) with an "antagonist" standing in his way of that goal ... "Man vs. Nature/Unknown" - your basic story going up against something mysterious, or elements out of his control ... or "Man vs. Himself" - your basic "coming-of-age" story, or your main protagonist having to deal with an "inner struggle" in order to reach his…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Dec, 2015

    "Over-the-top" is perhaps the best way to describe acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino and his career as a filmmaker ... a career in film that includes "non-linear storytelling" ... exotic carefully placed (sometimes offensive) dialogue ... unique quotable characters ... blood-thirsty revenge ... "shedding the red" ... the occasional "twist" ... and ending with his every so explosive shootouts. Add all that up, and you can see why he is not only one of the most popular and acclaimed directors, but…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Dec, 2015

    We all know the story by now ... in 1977, a film came out by a daring, ambitious, filmmaker named George Lucas who dared to dream. He created a film that would go on to not only change film-making forever, but would go on to touch the lives of generations of people. Of course, I'm talking about "STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE". Followed by its iconic masterpiece of a sequel in 1980's "EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK",…

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi 1983

    ★★★★ Added

    Continuing my countdown every two months of each "STAR WARS" film, leading up to "Episode VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS" which we are now less than a week away from, we have now arrived at the "finale" of the countdown ... the episode of the "STAR WARS" saga that ended the original trilogy, that started all the way back in 1977.

    With the immense success of "A NEW HOPE" and "T.E.S.B.", of course "RETURN OF THE JEDI" was to be met…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2015

    One occupation these days that is immensely scrutinized, is that of the news journalist ... whether it be in television or in the newspaper. Anyone who has ever worked in journalism (or those who worked "around" it) know how difficult of a job it can be ... from "choosing" a story, to "uncovering" the story, to researching it, and then finally presenting it to the viewing public ... all the while, maintaining some level of journalistic integrity that wouldn't jeopardize…

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2015

    After over 50 years ... six actors that had the honor of arming themselves with the Walther PPK ... and countless Bond villains, henchman, women, and martinis shaken not stirred, we have now arrived at the 24th entry of the James Bond franchise, titled "SPECTRE".

    This latest adventure for everyone's favorite British secret service agent comes to all of us at a very unique time. Its comes at a time where this is the final Bond film under MGM's current…

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★★★ Added

    Continuing my countdown every two months of each "STAR WARS" film, leading up to "Episode VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS" which we are now less than two months away from ... we have now arrived at the portion of the countdown, where I believe "STAR WARS" hit its absolute peak ... its absolute zenith ... its absolute apex ... a benchmark of storytelling and film-making that is so high, its unlikely that a "STAR WARS" film will ever reach these heights…

  • The Walk

    The Walk 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2015

    Every dream and every goal that every individual on this earth sets their sights on always begins with the same thing - one big "step".

    Such is the case with a French street performer named Philippe Petit, who on August 7th, 1974, captured the world's attention by attempting (and pulling off) the impossible - a wire-walking performance between the roofs of the World Trade Center's North and South Towers, 1,350 feet in the air. This part-mad, part-amazing feat was written…

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Oct, 2015

    There is a fine line between deciding what is "right", and what is "smart" ... and its something that everyone of us will decide at some point in our lives ... just not as extreme as what is presented here in "SICARIO". That line comes at a deep crossroads here in director Denis Villeneuve's latest.

    In recent years, Denis Villeneuve (2013's "PRISONERS" ... 2014's "ENEMY") has distinguished himself as one of modern cinema's most vital filmmakers. No singular feature of…

  • Pawn Sacrifice

    Pawn Sacrifice 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Oct, 2015

    Watching "PAWN SACRIFICE" reminded me of a line once said in a "Bond film" that perfectly describes this film. In the 1997 Bond film "TOMORROW NEVER DIES", actor Jonathan Pryce's bond villain of "Elliott Carver" states in the film:

    "The distance between insanity and genius, is measured only by success."

    That can easily describe director Edward Zwick's (1989's "GLORY" ... "1998's "THE SIEGE" ... 2003's "THE LAST SAMURAI" ... 2006's "BLOOD DIAMOND) latest of "PAWN SACRIFICE" ... the comprehensive take…