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Holmes & Watson (2018) Review

A SKETCH COMEDY DISASTER


 

The game is afoot” is the classic moniker catchphrase that’s accompany with the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes. Created by Sir Author Conan Doyle, the character of Sherlock Holmes (and his residence 221B Baker Street in London, England) has enchanted readers and viewers alike, following the clever English detective (usually set in the Victorian era) as he solves cases and mysterious. The character has plenty of other friends and enemies along the way, including Dr. John Watson (Sherlock’s faithful companion assistant), his brother Mycroft, and Scotland yard’s Inspector Lestrad, Sherlock’s landlord Mrs. Hudson, and his longtime rival Professor James Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes has become a classic literary character for decades, translating beyond the writing page as been feature in other mediums and facets, including the realm of TV and movies like 1939’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1959’s The Hound of Baskerville, 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes, 1986’s The Great Mouse Detective, 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, BBC’s crime drama TV show Sherlock (2010 to present), and (most recently from the time of this post) 2018’s Sherlock Gnomes. Now, Sony / Columbia Pictures and director Etan Cohen present the latest cinematic iteration of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes with the comedy film Holmes & Watson. Does this find movie “follow the clues” to comedic gold or does get lost within its own mystery and paradoxical conundrum laziness? Read more

Kubo and the Two Strings Review

IF YOU MUST BLINK….DO IT NOW!


 

While Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and Illumination Entertainment jostled for position as the “dominating powerhouse” of animation features, Laika Entertainment, a stop-motion animation company has been producing cartoon films and building a steady reputation for the quality and care of their movie’s presentation, including features like ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Coraline. While other animated companies find their usually groove in traditional styles for the genre, Laika’s films are more advanced, offering more artistic invention and bringing a more mature themes / sophisticated messages to the proceedings. Now, Laika Entertainment, Focus Features, and director Travis Knight bring the newest animated film to life with the movie Kubo and the Two Strings. Does this latest animation feature enchant its viewers or is it a dull picture with bland cartoon razzmatazz? Read more

Hail, Caesar! Review

LIGHTS, CAMERA…ACTION


The Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan Coen) have had critical acclaim with their feature films. Directing more than 15 movies together and spanning different genres, the brothers have classic hits with such films like Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men, which garnished several academy awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition to their directorial filmmaking, the Coen Brother also lend a hand in screenplay writing (mostly to their owns films) as well as other film endeavors including Unbroken and Bridge of Spies. Now, with Universal Pictures, the Coen Brothers present their newest film with the satire comedy to old Hollywood in Hail, Caesar! Does this movie play homage to Golden Age of filmmaking or is it too much nostalgia of Hollywood yesteryear? Read more

Spectre Review

THE SPECTERS OF SPECTRE


 

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 with several different actors stepping into the role of 007. The most recent incarnation of this comes from British actor Daniel Craig, who has exploded on-screen with a more “gritter” and action-oriented Bond with his films Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall. Now, after three years of being away from the silver screen, Daniel Craig’s Bond returns in the new movie Spectre. Does this latest theatrical chapter of 007 meet its high expectations or is it just another run-of-the-mill James Bond flick? Read more

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