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Glass (2019) Review

AN ORIGIN STORY FINALE


 

Director M. Night Shyamalan has always been the case of cinematic scrutiny and sometimes movie frustration when it comes to his feature films. While he had directed movies like 1992’s Praying with Anger and 1998’s Wide Awake, many moviegoers were introduced to Shyamalan with his 1999 supernatural horror The Sixth Sense, which starred actor Bruce Willis and young upcoming actor Haley Hoe Osmond. From his critical acclaim from both critics and moviegoers of that movie, Shyamalan followed The Sixth Sense with the 2000 superhero movie Unbreakable, which starred Bruce Willis again as well as actor Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles. While not as met with universal acclaim as he did his previous film, Shyamalan’s Unbreakable was well-received and has gain quite a cult following amongst its viewers. After Unbreakable, however, Shyamalan’s movies were less-than satisfactory, with many (critics and moviegoing audience viewers alike) finding the films like 2002’s sci-fi thriller Signs, 2004’s psychological mystery The Village, 2006’s fantasy drama The Lady in the Water, and 2008’s post-apocalyptic psychological film The Happening to be subpar and weaker movies to what both The Sixth Sense and (to a lesser extent) Unbreakable were able to achieve in movie entertainment, with some sighting that Shyamalan’s weak story / script handling as well as his commonplace “twists” that appear at the end of the film. Even worse were some completely deplorable cinematic motion pictures, including 2010’s The Last Airbender and 2013’s After Earth, which were met with both critical and commercial box office failures. In 2016, Shyamalan released Split, a psychological horror film that starred actor James McAvoy, that regained the public’s interest in the director’s movie, citing the feature as a welcomed “returned to form” for Shyamalan’s works as well as receiving critical positive reviews and praise alike and garnishing roughly $278 million against its $9 million production budget. Now, two years after the success of Spilt, Universal Pictures (along with Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse Productions) and director M. Night Shyamalan present the follow-up sequel to both Unbreakable and Spilt with the crossover motion picture titled Glass. Does Shyamalan’s latest feature find strength within superhero origins or does the director’s ambition exceeds the narrative story he wished to tell. Read more

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) Review

REYNOLDS AND JACKSON SHINE

IN THIS OTHERWISE DULL MOVIE


 

The “buddy cop” genre of films has been awhile for quite some time. While it doesn’t redefine the main staple genres of motion pictures (i.e. action, comedy, drama, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.), this subgenre category of films was popular during the mid to late 80s and early 90s, with such films like Die Hard, Point Break, Lethal Weapon, and Beverly Hills Cops amongst many others. Eventually, the genre, which was heavily focused on more grittier action and drama, switched to a comedic side, producing raunchier R-rated comedies pieces like The Heat, 21 Jump Street, Ride Along, and Hot Pursuit, and CHiPs. Now, Millennial Films, Lionsgate Films, and director Patrick Hughes present the newest iteration of the buddy cop genre with the movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Does this film rise to the challenge and change up the status quo of these particular motion pictures or does it fall into formulaic pit of predictability? Read more

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review

A PECULIAR “PAGE TO SCREEN” TALE


 

If you’re looking for a film that has dark and quirky and imaginative, then chances are that you’ve probably seen a few movies done by Tim Burton. Director, producer, writer, and animator, Burton has run the whole gambit of filmmaking, showcasing his talents in various projects throughout the years. While he’s had a hand in multiple film genres of movies from quirky fantasies (Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to blockbuster-esque style films (Planet of the Apes, Batman, and Batman Returns), to musicals (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and The Nightmare Before Christmas), there has always been a “signature” look, feel, and tone to them all, a special touch that only Burton’s creative mind (be it good, bad, or downright kooky) could’ve dreamed up. Like all directors, Burton has had his fair share of success and failures throughout his film career, with more recent film projects falling in the latter category (i.e. Alice Through the Looking Glass). Now, director Tim Burton (along with 20th Century Fox), prepares his newest feature film to the big screen with the “page to screen” adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Does Burton find his groove with this “peculiar” tale or is it failed jump book to film? Read more

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