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Ear Candy Podcast #1: A Quiet Place

 

Mike and Mason review the latest horror blockbuster, A Quiet Place. Hilarity ensues.

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The Fate of the Furious Review

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Take a Shot Every Time They Say “Family”

By Mason Manuel

When a film franchise has eight films on its belt with still more to come, to get an even basically decent entry could be considered a modern miracle. Yet after a rocky middle, the Fast and Furious films have done considerably well after the mini renaissance it went through with Fast Five. Now with The Fate of the Furious (or F8: cue eye roll) the momentum doesn’t slow, but doesn’t really pick up either. In short you get exactly what you expect from a franchise that’s main star is Vin Diesel. But that’s not all bad. Continue reading The Fate of the Furious Review

The Discovery Review

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Cutting the cord has never been more appealing than the age we live in now. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have shown themselves more than worthy of creating original films and series. Netflix in particular has been absolutely killing it as of late with so much new original quality content it’s a bit difficult to keep up. However, that is no excuse to not see The Discovery. A film focusing on the poignant question of “what is the meaning of life, if the afterlife is real?” stays in your mind long after the credits roll. Though the story and pacing do fight around some issues, the feelings and thoughts raised from the ideas of the film have remarkable effect.  Continue reading The Discovery Review

John Wick: Chapter Two Review

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Back in Black

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

High octane action. Tightly choreographed action. A next to silent protagonist. These are the hardly new qualities of most gritty action flicks since the 70’s. But the 70’s did not have Keanu Reeves. Nor did it have the tight direction of Chad Stahelski making every shot have weight. John Wick: Chapter Two takes the formula of the 2014 original and goes bigger and better in every possible way. Expanding on the underground assassin network that made the Wickverse unique along with more of Keanu doing his normal punch first and ask questions never routine makes for another successful entry in what is shaping up to be a stellar action franchise. Continue reading John Wick: Chapter Two Review

Finding Dory Review

Just Keep Swimming

Nostalgic reboots seem to have a curse of sorts. I’m not talking about meeting fan hype or even being committed to the original material, rather, I am talking about long awaited sequels/reboots retreading the exact same steps as the original in an attempt to recapture the magic. That does not necessarily mean that the sequel will be a poor film, but it does leave a great deal to be desired. Such is the case with films like The Force Awakens, Point Break, and unfortunately Finding Dory. Though the long awaited Pixar adventure is more than enjoyable, the over-familiar plot makes for a black mark on an otherwise beautiful piece of art. Continue reading Finding Dory 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

Goosebumps Review

Not the Cheap, Heartless, Cash Grab You Thought it Was

            Seriously, these days what films are not inspired by a book or “true story”? Ever since the Eragon movie, whenever I see the latest teen novel or emotional story being “adapted to screen” I get the shivers. Of course there have been exceptions like The Hunger Games series but the majority of movies are straight crap that profit off of young people’s nostalgia. Suffice it to say, you can imagine my skepticism as I walked into the theatre for Goosebumps. I read plenty of the short horror stories when I was a kid but was not immensely attached to them so I figured I could suffer through the latest blow to my cherished childhood memories. Surprisingly, I found I didn’t have to. Goosebumps is a surprisingly fun, even heartfelt film that simultaneously manages to pack in the creeps for kids and adults alike. Continue reading Goosebumps Review