Category Archives: Reviews

Eternals (2021) Review

ETERNALS ASSEMBLE!   There is no question that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (better known as the MCU) has been a dominated juggernaut superhero superpower within the cinematic realm; projecting a continuative narrative of a shared cinematic universe of various heroes of men, gods, and monsters told within a fantastical blockbuster spectacle. The success of this lucrative franchise, of which that

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Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Review

A DISHEARTENING TEEN MUSICAL   In the age of cinematic storytelling, Hollywood has always turned to other source materials for inspiration. Some have been based on a “true story” or event, while others have taken “loosely” based on certain scenarios (i.e., alternative history). Naturally, the ideas of popular properties from the likes of video games, literary novels, and television have

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The Addams Family 2 (2021) Review

A SHALLOW ANIMATED SEQUEL   In 2019, MGM Studios released the animated film The Addams Family, a CGI cartoon film that was based on the iconic “creepy and kooky” macabre family from the classic TV show. Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tierman, the film, which starred the voice talents Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Finn Wolfhard,

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Halloween Kills (2021) Review

A MIDDILING “MIDDLE” CHAPTER   In 2018, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions released the horror slasher film Halloween, the eleventh installment in the Halloween series and the direct sequel to the original 1978 feature. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak, is sets 40 years after the events of the

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Dune (2021) Review

A GRAND VISUAL SPECTACLE AND A TRUE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE   A future beyond our amazement and wonder, but is rooted in humanity, the evolution of mankind, the trappings of power, and the dangers of blind fanaticism. Sci-fi author Frank Herbert depicted such science fiction nuances and thematic messages within his 1965 release novel Dune; bringing to light a master class

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The Last Duel (2021) Review

I SAY BEFORE ALL OF YOU, I SPOKE THE TRUTH!   Director Ridley Scott has taken viewers on various cinematic journeys throughout his career as a film director; depicting several key movie scene moments that have become both memorable and timeless in their own right, with a special affinity towards iconic in pop culture references. While 1977’s historical drama The

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The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Review

A MIDDLING TENOR THAN A HIGH SOPRANO   The Sopranos…. a crime mafia drama that revolutionized television throughs its various story, muliti–faceted characters, and edgy violence that broke the conventions of syndicated TV series; paving the way for a new generation of TV series that followed in its footsteps in the following years. Created by David Chase, the series revolves

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No Time to Die (2021) Review

A FANTASTIC AND CHARACTER DRIVEN FAREWELL ADVENTURE TO CRAIG’S 007   The man (James Bond), the myth (Bond), and the icon (007). Such are the names that come to mind when speaking about Ian Fleming’s most notorious spy super sleuth: James Bond. Moreover, the Hollywood feature films of Fleming’s character of Bond have become more iconic, spanning over 53 years

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Cinderella (2021) Review

A FLAT, CRINGEWORTHY, AND MESSY FAIRYTALE RETELLING   A royal ball, a kind-hearted fairy godmother, a wicked stepmother, a glass slipper, and a girl named Cinderella. Yes, I’m talking about the iconic and popular fairytale of Cinderella, which has seeing its various forms and retelling throughout the ages. While many believed that the tale originated with many of the other

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Review

SOON COMES CHAOS, CHAOS SOON COMES!   In 2018, Sony Pictures released Venom, a superhero origin movie that was to focus on the classic Spider-Man villain. Directed by Reuben Fleischer, the film, which starred Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed, follows new journalist Eddie Brock, who unwillingly gains superpowers after becoming the host of an alien symbiote, who calls

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