Movies new and old, from the most artistic of films to the campiest of films. They all get reviewed here and not from some stuffed up suit that forgets why people actually go to the theater to see films.
Tired of reading a review only to end up at the theater disappointed? I am here for you because I am just like you. I'm a film collector that enjoys all sorts of films. From Star Wars to Black Swan and from Fight Club to Half Baked with everything in between, I will let you know what films you should go to the theater to see or rent from red box or even check out on netflix.
It has become obvious to everyone by now that Marvel and there partners have a cash cow with their movie franchise(s). Instead of taking the easy way and just releasing a film to make money, they have taken each work very seriously and try to make each film in their Marvel universe its own entity while still being part of the same world. Captain America: The Winter Soldier sets a new standard and sets the bar high for all the movies to follow it.
The Winter Soldier isn’t your typical comic book movie. It is a political tale that deals with spies and ideals from the 40’s clashing with the modern world plus a group planning world domination. A common theme is trust and choosing what to believe. Add that to incredible action scenes with unbelievable fights and enough drama to add to the human element and you have Marvel’s new standard bearer in their universe and a movie that will be tough to top.
A top notch cast powers the film; from Captain America himself (Chris Evans) who doesn’t get the credit he deserves to Agent Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) who does a wonderful job adding more layers to her character and all the way to realistically evil and mastermind Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has something for everyone. Exciting and nail biting, The Winter Soldier will have you on the edge of your seat. We here at MJR definitely recommend this film for viewing and think you will want to see it more than once, just like us.
A story within a story within a story is the best way to try and describe The Grand Budapest Hotel. Set in a small European town, we get Wes Anderson's latest foray into filmmaking. Anderson’s unique gift for storytelling added to the superb cast help to make The Grand Budapest Hotel a fun quirky movie that has tons of originality.
The Grand Budapest Hotel deals with its concierge and his staff during the 1930’s. Told through two narrator’s we get a story that tells us how a lobby boy managed to become the owner of such a once prominent hotel. Throw in a case of murder, a jail break and a very dangerous family out for revenge and a lot of money and you get one of Anderson’s better works.
With a cast that has an all star lineup of some of Hollywood’s best, it is hard not for us here at MJR to recommend The Grand Budapest Hotel. Fun and original it is worth the price of admission, but this is a film that will be just as enjoyable on the small screen.
Lucy is shaping up to have the potential to steal the top sci-fi film of the year, lets hope it doesn’t disappoint. Scarlett Johansson stars and that only adds to the appeal. Lucy hits theaters in August.
Noah is the story of the first apocalypse and it just goes to show that even way back when mankind had a fascination with the end of the world. Darren Aronofsky directs and helped write the script for the story and as usual, the beauty of his filmmaking comes through in great visuals and settings.
Noah brings together a fantastic cast with some great credentials, but even they are not enough to save this film from itself. For those unfamiliar with the story Noah was a descendant of Seth, one of the three children of Adam and Eve and their only remaining descendant that had not fallen into the wickedness of men. At some point he starts receiving these prophetic dreams warning him of the world becoming drowned in water and he must save all the innocent creatures or he world by building an ark.
The story never really captures the audience however and even the introduction of the watchers to help protect against an army of Cain's descendants who do everything they can to get aboard the ark don't add to the appeal.
We here at MJR despite being big fans of the cast just can’t give this our approval. Noah just doesn’t manage to hold our attention and its pace has us wondering what time it was. At best it is a rental, but we suggest you wait until it is free on television.
"What do you do? You laugh. I’m not saying I don’t cry, but in between, I laugh. And I realize how silly it is to take anything too seriously. Plus, I look forward to a good cry. It feels pretty good."
300: Rise of an Empire brings the audience back to ancient Greece directly where 300 left us last, the death of Leonidas and his brave 300 Spartans. Rise of an Empire is both a sequel with parts prequel thrown in helping explain the rise of Xerxes and how he came to be and gives the viewer an understanding on why his empire targeted Greece.
Rise of an Empire doesn’t quite capture the magic that the original 300 had. Visually it isn’t as impressive and the film tends to rely on CGI created blood that isn’t fooling anyone and there is a lot of it. There are many positives about the film however. The way that the writers take actual events and people from history and enhance it with their own plot twists and creations is a remarkable thing that is only helped along by the casting.
Two key casting additions for 300: Rise of an Empire were Eva Green playing Artemisia and Sullivan Stapleton as the Greek hero Themistokles. Both actors turned in fine performances and besides having a steamy hate filled sex scene, help fill in the rest of the back story which help to explain what led to the Persian-Greek war.
300: Rise of an Empire is a fun action packed film with violence, sex, blood, guts and glory not to mention the mesmerizing voice of Lena Headey. While not necessary to see at theaters, we here at MJR do recommend checking it out. It will help boost your testosterone.