Monthly Archives: March 2015

Reexamination: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Sometimes, a chink in the armour can be found and reveal that the Film Reviewer is not infallible. In this instance, my original reading of Guardians of Galaxy was wrong. The review that was published after the release of the … Continue reading

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Concise Review: The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects is more than the sum of its twist ending. It is, in fact, a commentary on the nature of acting and its importance in filmmaking. By extension, the picture is about different people casting illusions, playing contrasting … Continue reading

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Concise Review: Legend (1985)

Ridley Scott’s 1985 picture, Legend, remains underrated as a pre-Lord of the Rings paradigm of great fantasy in cinema. Through its lush images, makeup effects, and acting, it stimulates the imagination and stirs the emotions. While many would argue that … Continue reading

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Concise Review: Chappie (2015)

Chappie, the new film from Neil Blomkamp will be a true litmus test for the director’s technologized corporate bureaucracy and urban street grit aesthetic. The interplay between both is, fortunately, fruitful due to the emotional resonance it garners from the … Continue reading

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Concise Review: Winter Light (1963)

Winter Light is perhaps the most underrated film in Ingmar Bergman’s vast cavern of cinematic output. It is also perhaps his biggest call to arms film in regards to demonstrating the power of the human face. The Theological grappling in … Continue reading

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Concise Review: They Live (1988)

They Live, the cult American science fiction film from John Carpenter is a fun, energetic, social film. It surprises in its central performance from Roddy Piper, who is emphatic and self knowingly goofy, and its overarching message still holds relevance … Continue reading

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Brief Examination: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

I greatly admire the Dark Knight Rises, the third, and final part of writer/director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy on the Caped Crusader. It attempts to do what few films in the comic book movie genre have tried to do. This is … Continue reading

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