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The Dark Tower (2017) Review

A FILM THAT HAS FORGOTTEN

THE FACE OF HIS FATHER


 

In the world of literature, Stephen King is an acclaimed author who has taken readers into the varying different worlds of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and dark fantasy. His books, which consists of novels, non-fiction books, and short stories / novellas, have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide, with many being adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows.  This includes Stand by Me (The Body), Shawshank Redemption, (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption). The Mist, Under the Dome, Carrie, Children of the Corn, The Green Mile, It, and many others. However, with all these books, short stories, and novellas being adapted (on both the big and small screen), one of King’s most popular series titled The Dark Tower series has yet to be adapted. Considered to be his “magnus opus” of his writing, King’s The Dark Tower series is comprised of eights installments (nine you include a prequel novella) and tells of the tale of a “gunslinger” named Roland Deschain and his quest toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical. Now, Sony / Columbia Pictures and director Nikolaj Arcel present the very first film adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower series with the movie The Dark Tower. Does this page to screen film do justice to its celebrated source material or does something truly great get lost along the way? Read more

Pacific Rim Review

MAN AND MACHINE BECOME ONE


 

Another golden oldie from my old movie blog. Enjoy! Giant monster and/or mecha movies are super popular in western society. From the famous yet kind of cheesy Godzilla movies to the flashy Japanese anime, this idea of larger than life creatures / robots has spawned a genre unto itself and has amass a large following of fans. This idea for movies is very sparse in America as it’s limited to only a handful of movies like Godzilla (the 2000 version), Cloverfield, and the Transformer movies. It’s clear that it’s not as popular as it is overseas as studios will usually forgo this movie genre and instead to do a genre that is more well-known to viewers of the American audience. Warner Bros and director Guillermo Del Toro have taken a chance with this idea and gives us Pacific Rim. Does this giant monster / mecha movie further open the doors for this genre to be more commonplace in movie theaters or is it a dazzling mess of a film that should destroyed by Godzilla himself? Read more

The Jungle Book Review

THE RETURN OF THE “BEAR” NECESSITES


 

Written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894, The Jungle Book is a classic in the world of literature, collectively making up a selection of tale from Indian fables with the usage of anthropometric animals in manner of learning moral lessons. With its success over the years (rather centuries), Kipling’s The Jungle Book has been adapted many times, manly focusing the adventures of the young man-cub Mowgli. OF these adaptations, the most famous comes in the form of a cartoon with Disney’s 1976 animated feature film The Jungle Book (again focusing on the tale of Mowgli). Many other adaptations have been made (some good, some okay, even some that were just “blah”), but none better than Disney’s classic cartoon film. Now, continuing their trend of revitalizing their illustrious cartoon legacy into live action films, Disney and director Jon Favreau brings another adaption of Kipling’s tale to life with The Jungle Book. Is this newest iteration of Mowgli’s tale worth watching or does it get lost in its own jungle?

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Zootopia Review

WELCOME TO ZOOTOPIA


 

The Walt Disney Animated Studios has produced some colorful and timeless tales, each one carrying its own signature. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book to The Lion King to Frozen, these movies have transcended the animation genre, producing memorable stories of appealing characters, memorable conflicts, and a dazzling array of colorful animation (with almost each one different from the other). In short, the Walt Disney Animated Studio has endured the eras of movies as millions of people (young or old) has experience the joy and love of Disney’s cannon lore of animated movies. With the box success of their last film (2014’s Big Hero 6), the Walt Disney Animated Studio is now ready to debut their next animated feature (#55 in their illustrious catalogue) with the film Zootopia. Does this newest movie stand tall and proud in Disney’s library or is it a cartoon flop?

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