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Layla Review

Every time I review an Indie film I have to go over the same issues; production value, making something out of nothing, and overall director’s talent. Sometimes films with the most limited of resources can still make something extraordinary, and I am all the more impressed because of it. But these are the minority. Most of the time low production value means low quality of film. Sadly, this first attempt from Jump Cut UK’s Jakob Lewis Barnes falls under the weight of its own ambition and low budget. Continue reading Layla Review

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The Revenant Review

The Revenant (2015)

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring Leonardo DiCaprioTom Hardy

“I ain’t afraid to die anymore, I’ve done it already.”

Leo Earns His Oscar
By Mason Manuel

Let’s get one thing straight here right off the bat. Leo does not get raped by a bear. OK? Moving on.The Revanant is not for the faint of heart. Loosely adapted off of Michael Punke’s 2002 novel of the same name, the film follows the brutal revenge story of trapper Hugh Glass. Glass was a trapper in the wild days of an infant America who was left for dead after being attacked (attacked not raped, seriously who thought that was real?) by a vicious bear. The characters are played by a half frozen all-star cast including Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy who come out swinging the some of the best acting of their respective careers. Continue reading The Revenant Review

Kingsman Review

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

 

“Manners Maketh Men”: How to Fight Like a Kingsman Agent

By Courtney Adkisson

 We’ve all been attracted by those James Bond spy movies. Nice tech, nice car and secret agents saving the world. But what if it was different? What if it was better? And…proper? Well I guess all spies are “proper” in their own way. But the Kingsman: The Secret Service puts James Bond spy agents to a whole new level. Not only does it have an incredible cast (Colin Firth, has to be one of my new favorite actors since The King’s Speech and Samuel L. Jackson is just crazy in this film), but I think there’s a whole other flavor to how these spies operate. There’s no real rules other than to survive. And if you cause trouble the leader, Colin Firth will certainly “teach you a lesson”. Continue reading Kingsman Review

The Secret Review

The Secret (2008)

Directed by Jon Rosling

Starring Steven Coward, Emily Batchford, and Nicola Haldane

Isolation never feels more devastating than when you are surrounded by your peers and feel completely alone. As a child, this feeling rears its ugly head too often and leaves us feeling alone and misunderstood. School as a kid can be the realization of all these fears at once. The frustrating feeling of being alone is what The Secret capitalizes upon and shows the horror it can induce. And what horror there is. Continue reading The Secret Review

August: Osage County Review

August: Osage County (2013)

Directed by: John Wells

Starring: Meryl Streep, Dermont Mulroney, Julia Roberts and so much more!

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Dysfunctional

By Courtney Adkisson

August: Osage County is a gripping film and not in the sense of an adventure movie or something that is fun or horrifying. I’m talking drama. Real drama. There are so many twists and turns you have no idea where it’s going to end up kind of drama. I titled this article for this film, Dysfunctional, however that is not even a strong enough word to describe the plot of this film. I give the writer tons of credit for creating such a fantastic story arc in scriptwriting/screenplay format terms. One of many reasons I decided to search the film was the reviews. An Oscar nominated cast puts on a star performance just as they have in their previous films. Continue reading August: Osage County Review

Chronicle Review

Chronicle (2012)

Directed by Josh Trank

Starring Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell

Super

By Mason Manuel

First-entry superhero movies of today have the troublesome burden of dishing out an origin story while still fichronnding time for the hero to have a new adventure of their own. While this is all well and good in moderation, the protagonist is usually someone hard to step into the shoes of. We are not aliens from Krypton, victims of radioactive spider bites, or chosen bearers of mystical rings. For the most part, we are just regular people. So the interesting and scary question Chronicle tries to answer is, how would someone use superpowers if they were someone like… you? The screenplay written by Max Landis and directed by Josh Trank takes a fascinating dive into the human character of three very different boys when they are suddenly given the reigns of an unstoppable power. Continue reading Chronicle Review

Spectre Review

Spectre (2015)

Directed by Sam Mendes

Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz

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A Ghost of Its Former Self

            When Skyfall was finally released in 2012, many Bond fans including myself were blown away. Not only did the action thriller continue to show a more raw and vulnerable spy than ever before, but it had been directed by a man who had barely shot an action scene in his life. I stand by my statement at the time, naming Skyfall the best Bond film only behind From Russia with Love. With that in mind, Spectre had a great deal to live up to. Not only was it following one of the best entries in the franchise but it had to move on from Bond’s interesting relationship with Judi Dench’s M. Unfortunately, Spectre does not overcome its grand predecessor, and while certainly fun, it leaves much to be desired. Continue reading Spectre Review

The Walk Review

The Walk (2015)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon

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High Flier

I like to believe that at some part of every persons’ life, they have their moment. That day, hour, minute, or split second that changes their life forever. The sad thing about these moments? They don’t linger. It’s often a one and done and if you didn’t have your wits about you when it happens then you could have possibly just missed the greatest moment of your life. Capturing the wonder of such an event on screen is no easy task, and yet I am pleased to say that director Robert Zemeckis has succeeded in doing so with flying covers. The Walk is a visceral experience that, despite some clunky storytelling and acting, legitimately makes you feel 110 stories high. Continue reading The Walk Review