Doctor Strange

In all honesty, about two-thirds of the reason I went to see this film in the first place was to see how they pulled off all those effects.

   I am glad I went. The VFX visualization and execution was stunning. The story was fun and interesting, as well, but would

The Martian

According to one source*, what astronaut Mark Watney had to do to survive alone on Mars was quite accurate.

   I hope you were not expecting to stay away from spoilers in the opening line. The plotline is pretty basic, though. A mission is interrupted by a storm and one


It is an odd feeling, walking into a theater to see a movie based on events you remember.

   I had a similar sensation when I went to see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a great film that I hope to see again and blog about in the near

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

   “My doctor said we can’t choose where we come from but we can choose where we go from there. I know it’s not all the answers but it was enough to start putting these pieces together.”
   “You can’t just sit

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The importance of color in this film really impressed me.

   The opening was cold, blue, not terribly unlike Gattaca, only it was a wide shot and not a close-up. It set up a similar tone. There was something wrong, to be sure, and something industrial. There was a


I was pleased and disappointed at the same time.

   I was pleased because there was more to the story than I was anticipating. I hadn’t heard much about it, believe it or not. Of course I knew the ship was doomed, and I had a vague notion of the


This film was quite clever and a lot better than I was expecting.

   This movie played a lot with color, foreshadowing, and sound. The pacing was good, and the story was engaging. There were plenty of little twists and surprises to keep the audience interested. There was also a

Now You See Me

Then again, “The closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.”

   This line, and variations thereof, are sprinkled throughout the dialogue is this incredible piece of showmanship. Of course, time after time this belief is proven to be correct, right up to the final twist. Since this is a

50 First Dates

Predictable, but different at the same time.

   The overall plot was what was predictable; a less-than-moral man falls for woman of his dreams, works to win her, and settles into a respectable life as they sail into a sunset. It was no real surprise when the couple splits, then

Beasts of the Southern Wild

It gave me a headache, but was decent otherwise.

   It starts without music, which I found interesting, and develops by recording Hushpuppy’s actions and reactions. The relationship she holds with living things is introduced early on, and remembered to the audience by heartbeats in the soundtrack. There are also


You know, I wouldn’t have put a Japanese cellist into an encoffining agency, but the story works.

   It works exceptionally well. Like Amadeus and The Red Violin, this film shows a lot about the importance of music in a culture. It takes a step beyond that, though,

The Maze Runner

I did not see that last twist coming.


   Of course, it makes sense once you realize it’s a setup for the sequel. This movie makes a great “first-in-a-series” film. Although there was significantly less humor than other “firsts” I have seen, the characters are engaging and the