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The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) Review

A MILD, BUT STILL

A POIGNANT HOLOCAUST FEATURE


 

From victories, hardships, and atrocities, the historical references of World War II have been well-documented, weaving the tales of thousands into an intricate tapestry of war. From the Europe to the islands of the Pacific Ocean, WWII in encompass many nations that faced violence of war on both the battlefield as well as the survival of civilians. While fought the war was fought on land, sea, and air, the holocaust genocide of the Jewish people, deemed unworthy by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, was a horrific event and a black mark of human history. Tortured, dehumanized, and forced into camps, the people of the Jewish faith faced a terrible deprivation during World War II. Some, who survived the war, have documented their accounts in books and interviews, presenting their experiences to lay bare for their entire world to see of such a dark period in history. As one could imagine, Hollywood, just like there fascination with war movies of World War II, has developed many movies depicting of such events, including films like Schindler’s List, The Pianist, Life is Beautiful, Defiance, The Boy in the Stripe Pajamas, and Woman in Gold just to name a few. Now, Hollywood has returned their camera lens back on the Holocaust as Focus Features and director Niki Caro present the film The Zookeeper’s Wife. Does this feature find courage and resolve within its hardship narrative or is it just a forgetful film with a wartime backdrop? Read more

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Review

BEWARE THE FROZEN HEART


 

After the success of Disney’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, the movie studios of Hollywood started to revive and reimaging famous fairy tale stories through a new cinematic lens. In the 2012, two films offered two very distinct takes on the story of Snow White. While Mirror, Mirror (directed by Tarsem Singh) was a lighter and whimsical family affair approach to the classic fairy tale, director Rupert Sanders took a more epic and darker tone with Snow White and the Huntsman. While the film, which starred Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth, had its fair share of being criticized (it might vary from person to person on what that is), Snow White and the Huntsman did make a favorable return on its production investment at the box office, paving the way for a potential follow-up feature. Unfortunately, do to some behind-the-scenes controversies between Sanders and Stewart, both director and actress left the future sequel project, leaving the production at a standstill. The state of the sequel was in limbo for quite a while until director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan took up the mantle with the film The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Is this quasi prequel / sequel worth a look or is an underwhelming fairy tale spinoff? Read more

Crimson Peak Review

HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL


 

Director Guillermo del Toro has a special affinity towards the realms of horror in his moviemaking. The 51 year old director / screenwriter has touched upon this in several of his media projects, including his fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth, his graphic novel adapation Hellboy (and its sequel Hellboy: The Golden Army), and in the FX television show The Strain (of which he produced). Last year, del Toro went big with the summer blockbuster Pacific Rim, bringing his own style in making a giant monster movie, which was both equally hefty in scale and in budget. Now Guillermo returns to the silver screen with a smaller and more imtinate horror feature Crimson Peak. Does the film resonate with horror chills or is it just another scary movie? Read more

The Martian Review

A GREAT AND ENGAGING

SCI-FI SURVIVAL FILM


 

For sometime now, the idea of venturing into to another planet has been the stuff of science fiction. The various and famous missions to the Moon were the first step towards reaching the lofty dream goal, eventually turning a gaze towards our planetary neighbor Mars to journey to. While no human has sent foot on the red planet (so far), NASA has been keenly studying Mars over the years, send off a rover to survey it (back in 1996) and the recently discovered news that rivers currently flow underneath its surface; a sign of another step closer towards one day colonzing the planet for mankind to live on. While that notion might many years away, many of the media outlets (books, TV, and film) have already dreamed up the possiblites of such outer space ventures. One such story has got the eye of 20th Century Fox and film director Ridley Scott, adapting the written science fiction work of author Andy Weir with the movie The Martian. Does this big screen adaption reach outer space excellence or is it a failed cinematic mission to Mars?
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