Movie Reviews

Star Trek Into Darkness
Published by on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11:30pm | 0 Comments

Star Trek: Into Darkness reviewed for the Perihelion Science Fiction Magazine. 

Upstream Color
Published by on Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 5:00am | 2 Comments

It has been nearly a decade since Shane Carruth dropped his 2004 ultra-low-budget, ultra complex sci-fi time travel thriller Primer on the Sundance Film Festival. Between that time and now, he found difficulty working with studios and the weight of larger budgets when developing the now abandoned A Topiary.

The Great Gatsby
Published by on Monday, May 13, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

I read The Great Gatsby for the first time a year ago in anticipation for the film’s late 2012 release, however the film was postponed until this past weekend. Yet, it was not until the tragic ending of the film that I reached an understanding of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, now considered a masterpiece. Although it made a soft landing during its initial publication, the novel was nearly forgotten by the time of the author’s death.

Published by on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Evangelists dominate Sunday morning services in their mega-churches, yoga gurus instruct scantily-clad men and women to contort their bodies in heated rooms, and self-help authors coach their students to create image boards. This is just a small sample of people who lead religious or spiritual lessons to millions of men and women looking for their place in the world, or even their own bodies.

Iron Man 3
Published by on Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

How does a massive cinematic franchise return when it unlinks itself from the convergence of another colossal franchise? How does one re-assimilate into society after a major traumatic event, perhaps war, between countries, between galaxies? Iron Man 3 follows Tony Stark’s post-Avengers’ life, the role that disfigurement has on traumatized individuals, and the very real implications of military and terrorist-industrial complexes.

Published by on Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Oblivion reviewed for Perihelion Science Fiction Magazine. 

Cloud Atlas
Published by on Friday, May 3, 2013 - 5:00am | 1 Comments

What could have been a messy attempt to tell a complex story, Directors Andy & Lana Wachsoki and Tom Tykwer have properly maintained the central themes and motifs across disparate characters and timelines with love and compassion.

The Place Beyond the Pines
Published by on Monday, April 29, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Predestination may force certain individuals to chase their supposed privileges or reject them entirely. In The Place Beyond the Pines, we see the catalysts and the outcomes of these polarities test the role of revenge on an intimate family feud. This melodramatic thriller is told in three parts, from the perspectives of two men and their genetic legacies.

Published by on Friday, April 26, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Skunk (Eloise Laurence) is a young girl with Type 1 Diabetes who begins to decorate an abandoned domestic trailer with her older brother Jed (Bill Milner), a place they can escape to when necessary. They live with their father Archie (Tim Roth) and an au-pair, Kasia (Zana Marjanovic), in a British cul-de-sac shared with two other families. There are the Oswalds, whose patriarch is a widower struggling to raise his three crude and promiscuous daughters.

The Hunt
Published by on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

The innocence of children extends to their truthful interpretation of the world. I particularly remember times when I was a child where I would say things that were accurate but faux pas in terms of conventional manners. Moments such as these are looked at as humorous because children really do not know any better. In The Hunt, we see how a young child’s interpretation of her surroundings clashes with her and another adult’s innocence.