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  • Pawn Sacrifice

    Pawn Sacrifice 2015

    ★★★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…

  • Black Mass

    Black Mass 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Sep, 2015

    One of the biggest hurdles faced by director Scott Cooper (2009's "CRAZY HEART") with his third feature film (and first film based on real life events), is that he’s treading on fairly sacred ground by making a gangster movie with the onus of films like "THE GODFATHER" and "GOODFELLAS" still well-instilled in people's minds. While at times, "BLACK MASS" is somewhat cut from that same mold, it presents a film that is more than capable of having its own identity,…

  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977

    ★★★★★ Added

    Continuing my countdown every two months of each "STAR WARS" film, leading up to "Episode VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS", we have now arrived at the portion of the countdown where the journey all began ... a long time ago, in that galaxy far, far away.

    The day was May 25th, 1977 ... a day where cinema, pop-culture, and countless lives would be changed forever when an ambitious filmmaker named George Lucas presented a film that no one, not even him,…

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jul, 2015 1

    Sometimes when an acclaimed film franchise hits its 5th chapter, the creative juices begin to run a little dry ... its at this point where sometimes you get that "Geez ... another one?" kinda feeling. Luckily with the "MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE" series, and here with its latest chapter of "ROGUE NATION", you won't get that feeling at all ... as a matter of fact, instead, you'll get that feeling of "Give me more!".

    The five (and counting) installments in the "MISSION:…

  • Southpaw

    Southpaw 2015

    ★★½ Watched 30 Jul, 2015

    Combine "ROCKY III's" rebuilding-the-champ drama ... "ROCKY V's" loses everything and had to earn it all back ... "CINDERELLA MAN's" parenting struggles ... and the flash and dash of "THE FIGHTER's" tough, neighborhood grit ... and what you get is cinema's latest boxing-drama to hit the silver screen in "SOUTHPAW".

    Director Antoine Fuqua’s "SOUTHPAW" seems like the perfectly and ideally timed film. Usually at this time of the year, is when tent pole fatigue starts to set in a bit…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Jun, 2015 3

    Disney Pixar studios has undoubtedly been nothing short of a "top-tier" film studio over the last 20 years ... ever since their debut film of 1995's "TOY STORY", they have churned out one great film after another (with a few hiccups in between). Not only are Pixar's films great, that both kids and adults can relate to. but they are films that also teach us "lessons" about ourselves and everyday life ... it has ranged from our "beginning", "evolving", and…

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005

    ★★★½ Added

    Continuing my countdown of reviewing every "Star Wars" film every two months until we hit "Episode VII: The Force Awakens" ... we have now hit the final chapter of the prequel trilogy, with "SW: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH" - the one film of the entire Star Wars saga that is better than most people give it credit for.

    After the "disappointment" that was "PHANTOM MENACE" ... and the "poorly-received, near abomination" that was "ATTACK OF THE CLONES"…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2015

    Oh what a lovely day it is ... when you go to the theater, see an amazing film, and you're still thinking about it two weeks later after you see it.

    Thirty years after Mel Gibson's stoic savior "Max Rockatansky" walked off into the sunset and Tina Turner at the end of 1985's "MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME" ... mainstay director George Miller has brought the post-apocalyptic franchise trucking back to life with the innovative, sensationally mounted, and overall insane -…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★½ Watched 30 Apr, 2015 2

    Ever since the end of 2008's "IRON MAN", where after the end credits of that film we saw Samuel L. Jackson's "Nick Fury" lurking in the shadows of Tony Stark's mansion, to tell him about the "Avengers Initiative" ... it has been and amazing and astonishing look at Marvel Studios’ rapid cinematic rise over the last seven years, winning not just the hearts and minds of longtime die-hards, but of men, women and children the world over. For me, while…

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather 1972

    ★★★★★ Added

    This will be the shortest review I ever post.

    Simply put ... this film (and "Part II") are the very definitions of "apex epic filmmaking". There is nothing I can say, that hasn't already been said about this undeniable masterpiece. Anyone who disagrees, is just flat out wrong. While I still prefer "Part II" the most out of all three films, this film is not far behind.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002

    ★★ Added

    Continuing my countdown every two months leading up to "STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS", I have now arrived at the portion of my countdown, where I think "STAR WARS" hit its lowest point ... with arguably the worst Star Wars film out of the six thus far.

    After so much hype surrounding 1999's "STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE" when it came out (and ending up as the massive disappointment it eventually became) ... it…

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★½ Watched 09 Mar, 2015

    When director Neill Blomkamp first came onto the scene in 2009, he arrived with a bang ... his debut film of "DISTRICT 9" was such an immense smash, it garnered four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations. One of the things that made "DISTRICT 9" so good, was that the film lead the audience for quite some time in deciding who the villains were - the aliens or the humans - until you realize it was…