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Sunday, February 26, 2017

2016 Recap - The Movies


For me, 2016 was a pretty incredible year for movies with such a diverse mix of styles, genres, and countries represented. Indie films, festival films, foreign films, animated films, horror films, and big budget blockbuster films all filled movie theaters in a seemingly endless stream of talent and creativity. Of course, not all of them turn out as good as you hope they might (Independence Day: Resurgence, X-Men: Apocalypse) and others seemingly come out of nowhere to shine above all the rest (Train to Busan, Sing Street).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Underworld: Blood Wars - Movie Review


The Movie: Underworld: Blood Wars

The Director: Anna Foerster

The Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Charles Dance, Lara Pulver. Tobias Menzies, James Faulkner, Bradley James, Clementine Nicholson, and Daisy Head

The Story: Vampire death dealer, Selene fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. - imdb.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Great Wall - Movie Review


The Movie: The Great Wall

The Director: Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers}

The Cast: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Eddie Peng, Ryan Zheng, Karry Wang, and Willem DeFoe.

The Story: European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. - imdb.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cook Up a Storm (决战食神) - Movie Review


The Movie: Cook Up a Storm (决战食神)

The Director: Wai Man Yip

The Cast: Nicholas Tse, Jung Yong-hwa, Yan Tang, Bing Bai, Anthony Wong, and You Ge.

The Story: A Cantonese street cook and his chief rival, a French-trained Michelin-starred chef, discover they have a lot in common as they prepare for a world-famous culinary competition. imdb.com

Friday, February 17, 2017

2016 Recap - The Performances


In 2016, I watched a lot of movies. Probably more in one year than I ever have before so there was a lot of acting to take in. Most are passable and get the job done adequately and then there's a few that make you cringe and wish the casting director had made a different choice. Finally, there is a select handful that really catch my attention and never for the same reason. These performances are so unique, often very powerful, and, if nothing else, they are just fun to watch on screen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Lego Batman Movie - Movie Review


The Movie: The Lego Batman Movie

The Director: Chris McKay

The Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakas, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Conan O'Brien, Doug Benson, Billy Dee Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Seth Green, Jemaine Clement, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Adam Devine, Hector Elizondo, and Mariah Carey.

The Story: With the fate of Gotham City hanging in the balance, Batman aka Bruce Wayne must come to terms with one of his biggest fears.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

John Wick: Chapter 2 - Movie Review


The Movie: John Wick: Chapter 2

The Director: Chad Stahelski (John Wick)

The Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Tobias Segal, and John Leguizamo

The Story: "After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life." - IMDB.com

Friday, February 10, 2017

Split - Movie Review


The Movie: Split (The Visit, Unbreakable)

The Director: M. Night Shyamalan

The Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Sebastian Arcelus, Brad William Henke, and Betty Buckley.

The Story: "Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th." - IMDB.com

Friday, February 3, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro - Documentary Review


The Documentary: I Am Not Your Negro

The Director: Raoul Peck

The Story: "Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House." - IMDB.com

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