• Out of Time

    Out of Time

    ★★★

    One of my favorite Denzel roles. A sweaty fighting against the pace of time thriller set in the humid climate of Florida. Silky smooth jazz score offset against a love affair that quickly evolves into a insurance Sam that threatens to ruin the integrity of a police chief. Denzel is entertaining to watching in these kind of characters; guys who are into dirty stuff but are likable and conjure enough goodwill to make you root for them to escape from…

  • The Stepford Wives

    The Stepford Wives

    ★★

    This is how you don’t engage in satire. Every piece of social commentary and comedic but doesn’t have any subtext to its message; it’s like the friend who tells the punchline to every one of their jokes. Dated comedy is the piece of hair found on  your dish of freshly ordered food. The writers lack any confidence in getting their purpose across without being as obvious as a thief committing a robbery in broad daylight. Wanted to love it because…

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★★

    “It’s cool, that you’re strong and I respect it, I do. But in the end, everybody breaks, bro. It’s biology” 


    The significance of Zero Dark Thirty rests on one question; At what cost does it come to achieve a goal that has become the heart of our obsession? Morals, empathy, humanity are ideals that all humans should strive but there may not be a place for those virtues when it comes to hunting down terrorism or being involved in a…

  • Revolutionary Road

    Revolutionary Road

    ★★★

    Suburbia standing in as a metaphor for prison and stagnant hopelessness. The American Dream that looks like a nice savory piece of cake on the outside is a different kind of beast once time is taken to dig deep. Married couples breaking off at the seems engaging in a push and pull battle for their own autonomy and freedom to live by their own individualistic visions. White picket fence, big house, healthy finances, and class status proving to be a…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    “You see, George, you’ve had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?” 

    Hard to measure how much we mean to someone in our daily existence. Easy to get lost into what we don’t have instead of stepping back and cherishing what we do have. We all have dreams and aspirations that we want to achieve and when that doesn’t come to fruition, it’s common to count our lives as a failure…

  • 21 Bridges

    21 Bridges

    ★★

    Another chip off the ol’ “a crime takes place that eventually gives way to an unknown corrupt cop syndicate” action movie rollercoaster. This is not criticism to the sub-genre but more of a response to how generic this film executes it. By the time we have reached the destination of the big twist, it’s been foreshadowed to the death and easy to see coming like a train at the railroad tracks blaring its horn. Cast is good but easily used…

  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    ★★★

    This gets a bad rep and it’s unwarranted. Sure the runtime is unnecessarily 2 hours, some weird visual effects, and a surprising lack of Samara Weaving given the promotion of the film hinted at her being a bigger factor. Outside of the downsides, this is a decent origin story for Snake Eyes and features attractive cinematography and pulse pounding action moments (even though the action still feels like it could have a reached a level higher). Sad that the G.I…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★

    It’s a Tony Scott film so the big draw is high octane action and interesting protagonists with swell names. Those elements weren’t the sticking point for me; what was is the personal story of a man chasing the ghost of his father and seeking to be the best wile also carry traits that could aid in his downfall or potential demise in the high achievement field of being a fighter pilot. Cruise’s magnetic performance drives the film to a top…

  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender

    For a film based in fantasy elements, none of the fascination and excitement surrounding a story of this caliber ever show up. Dull doesn’t begin to describe this big mistake of a live action adaption from the famed Nickelodeon show; easy to mentally check out after the first hour has assaulted the senses. Much effort to holding the hands of the audience with shameless passages of expository dialogue that points out moments happening on the screen, a simple story to…

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    The Asphalt Jungle

    ★★★★

    Strong contender for the best heist film ever made. A incredibly crafted dance of tension, intelligence, and Shakespearean tragedy. The criminals are not just tough off balanced guys who be called monster; each thief brought into a jewel heist has characterization that isn’t asking for full empathy but proves the audience a three dimensional crook rather than a mindless goon. Lack of score is a smart choice using the natural sounds of the setting to create pressure and demand attention to the incredible dialogue. No questions, this is a must watch.

  • I Am Legend

    I Am Legend

    ★★★★

    “Light up the darkness” 

    The agony of stark isolation and life altering circumstances are not enough to keep the gifts of hope and heroism buried in the ground. Even with the whole world becoming a barren wasteland of tragedy and horror, there is always an opportunity to make it better by sheer will and heart for something greater. One of Will’s best performance carrying the adapted story on his broad shoulders and expertness for the dramatic like only he and…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    Cold winds, bodies covered in blood, primal screams of rage, thirst for revenge, loved ones murdered in cold blood, birth of new life, blistering tides of water, spirits, and conquering your fate. The Northman leaves nothing untouched delivering a historical fable worthy of excellence. Eggers’s attention to detail in resurrecting the era of the Vikings remains unmatched; the prose of the dialogue, costume design, the retelling of ancient myths proves that the director’s vision was brought to life even with…