Gone Girl, based on the same titled novel written by Gillian Flynn –who also wrote the film’s screenplay–, is David Fincher’s third collaboration with music composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. If you’ve seen The Social Network or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo then you are more than familiar with the haunting masterpieces these artists have been creating over the last five years. This film takes you through what appears to be a missing person case, with the media viciously pointing their finger at Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) for the disappearance of his wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike); Uncovering details that question what really took place.
Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes off where Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes left us… in awe. I think, most of us at least. Needless to say Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is great! Without intentionally spoiling anything, here’s a brief overview of the theatrical film and a little behind the scenes.
Godzilla (2014), directed by Gareth Edwards, has been a very much anticipated film this year. Many of us Godzilla fans were both excited and nervous for its release, we all remember what Roland Emmerich did with the last American rendition of the Japanese classic monster movie in Godzilla (1998). I honestly didn’t know how I felt after watching Godzilla (2014), it’s taken me three weeks to finally familiarize myself with a certain emotional value the film awakens and that is relief! Thank Godzilla, this film was a breath of fresh atomic nuclear fire compared to the last American-made one and here are just a few reasons why.
Monster vs. Monster vs. Monster
More like a 2v1 but this film goes back to what Godzilla is all about, Kaijus fighting one another and destroying the city! Emmerich kind of failed us when he turned Godzilla into a giant preggo mutant lizard searching for a nesting ground. This new film, however, brings back the intense city-crushing battles we are use to with the Japanese films. Remember King Ghidora?
Godzilla’s New Look
While a bit on the chunky side, Godzilla does look more similar to what we imagine when thinking “Gojiraaa!!!”. He fits right in with other Godzilla renditions from every other Godzilla film, leaving Emmerich’s Godzilla (1998) out of place once again. One thing that I was hoping for in Godzilla (2014) – and this isn’t necessarily a rule by any means, but something that appears in some of the older Godzilla films – was some charm and character to the giant monster king… Maybe a dance or two, some humorous taunting etc. While I was looking for this, I cannot really knock on the film for leaving it out because it would have changed the vibe entirely. A post credits scene would have been cool too… Perhaps a King Kong reference?
Two New Kaijus!
Yep, of course… Other Kaijus for Godzilla to fight are almost standard in the films. In Godzilla (2014) his rival Kaijus go by the title M.U.T.O. (Mass Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) and they are awesome… That’s all I am going to say for now and that one of them has wings! Here’s a glimpse of one cocoon, use your imagination.
There you have it, a new Godzilla that looks more like Godzilla; Two new giant monsters, one dirt crawler and one night stalker; Bryan Cranston and that guy from Kick-Ass, but who cares about the humans right?
Overall it was a great film, especially when comparing it to the last American Godzilla attempt. Giant monsters fighting each other and destroying cities is usually a deal maker for me so of course it’s worth seeing and buying when released.
Do we have any Godzilla fans in Delaware?
Sources: www.forbes.com | www.fandango.com
Director Josè Padilha, that guy that directed those movies you’ve never heard of, has created a remake of a film we’ve all heard of… Robocop. This 2014 rendition stars actor Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy, the only character to make it from the original to the remake… Obviously. This wouldn’t be much of a Robocop film without Robocop himself… Err, itself?
Anyways, there are a few differences between the films. [Read more…]
Her (2013), written and directed by Spike Jonze, is a very emotional love story that takes place in the future and has you self reflecting throughout its entirety while laughing and holding back a few tears here and there… Of course, I don’t speak for myself… [Read more…]
I’ve watched yet another remake, this one fielding much more anticipation than Carrie(the last remake I reviewed). This film is titled Oldboy, a revenge story about a man who is imprisoned for 20 years in what appears to be a faux hotel room and then mysteriously freed. Oldboy (2013) is directed by Spike Lee and based off the original Oldboy (2003) South Korean film by Chan-wook Park which is based off the Japanese manga titled Old Boy, written by Garon Tsuchiya. While I am not going to compare this movie with the manga, I will mildly contrast the two films as most people intending to watch Oldboy (2013) are fans of the original Chan-wook Park film.
With that being said, if you’ve viewed the trailer for both movies(which I will include at the bottom) you will notice that their stories are very similar, with varying elements (e.g. the protagonist in Lee’s rendition of the film is imprisoned for 20 years rather than the original 15 years). This modification to the story, along with quite a few more, definitely makes Oldboy (2013) fresh and leaves you guessing as to what will happen next even if you’ve seen the original numerous times. Expect all of the great scenes you remember from Oldboy (2003) to be in this remake as well as some new exciting moments and twists.
I admittingly may like the 2013 remake a tiny bit better than the original, with a few exceptions. The hammerfight scene in Lee’s film was not nearly as entertaining and convincing as the original rendition. However, without spoiling anything, I felt that Oldboy (2013)’s climax was much more satisfying. Both films are awesome, of course, but this review is really about the 2013 remake. Whether you are a fan of the original or not, go watch this film! It is suspenseful, creative, and overall one twisted story that will have you hypnotized from start to finish… and perhaps clenching on a few scenes.
That’s right, with Black Friday just passing and Christmas around the corner, ’tis the season to enjoy this beautiful snowy weather, traffic, and many nights of shopping! You will find in Delaware that plenty of trees now bear colourful lights and the ground may be covered in a layer of snow. We didn’t get much steady snow during the week of Thanksgiving so I decided to take advantage of the few days that provided slight snowfall and sequentially photograph various areas in Delaware, some of which are most likely very familiar.
The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie White, a shy girl who is alienated from the world by her mother Margaret White, played by Julianne Moore. She finds herself bullied at school and unleashes her telekinetic wrath on the town once she has been pushed to the point of no return.