Dope Review
Jul14

Dope Review

Dope is without a doubt one of the best things I’ll see this year. An unexpected, fully unpredictable comedy with an unflinching eye towards its subject matter that left my head reeling. And it made me feel completely uncomfortable every single second of its 103 min running time. That’s 6180 times I felt uncomfortable. Right away we get tossed into the lives of three good kids from “The Bottoms” of Inglewood,...

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Terminator Genisys Review
Jul06

Terminator Genisys Review

Is Terminator Genisys the Beginning of the End? For one moment consider this fact: The Human Centipede has a better score on Rotten Tomatoes than Terminator Genisys.  I have not seen Centipede and so I’m not going to make a statement about it being a good or not good film. I will just say that the majority of critics like this latest installment about machines taking over the world less than they like a movie about people having...

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Mad Max: Fury Road Review
Jun05

Mad Max: Fury Road Review

My 71 year old mother trusts Kenneth Turan of the L.A. Times more than me. She was visiting for the weekend and we were looking for something to do for a few hours. I had seen Mad Max: Fury Road already at that point and was telling her how gonzo crazy it was, that it existed in a realm I rarely see, and that I think we need more visionary films like this. I shared with her what I thought would be the opening line to my review and...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review
Mar29

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

I was not a fan of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I thought the movie was fairly silly but had this pretty cool ending credit sequence that made me think the graphic designers were smarter than the writers. So going into this sequel I wasn’t sure how I felt. My friend Big C informed me that he had watched the previous film that day in preparation. I think the idea of preparing to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is giving the...

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Snowpiercer Review
Mar29

Snowpiercer Review

I kept feeling like I was watching Brazil meets Under Siege 2: Dark Territory as I viewed Snowpiercer. That is certainly an upgrade for the Under Siege 2 appreciation society. Staring at the marquee to the theater I decided I would take a chance on this film which I knew nothing about. It was pride weekend in Seattle and nothing says gay pride more than sitting in a theater by yourself, about to watch a movie about a futuristic...

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Good Morning, Vietnam Review
Mar29

Good Morning, Vietnam Review

For the consistent readers of my reviews, you have probably figured out it is my style to put a little bit of my personal life in each. In the wake of Robin Williams’s death, I drew parallels to a friend of mine who took his own life in similar fashion. Robin Williams was a comedian, an improvisor of great distinction, and oscar winning actor. My friend was a comedian of his own crazy genius and a great improvisor as well. And I have...

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