Category Action

Jurassic World

Some movies can be deemed “critic proof.” These are films that, regardless of the actual quality of the film, many people are still going to see. Most Marvel superhero movies, for instance, could be considered critic proof. The general public will see Avengers 5: Iron Man Gets a Hernia despite many reviews arguing against said […]

Spy

It opens with a sweeping tracking shot traveling over blue water towards an enormous European chateau, while the John Barry-esque score plays on the soundtrack. Inside, impeccably dressed millionaires hob-knob with other impeccably dressed millionaires. A smoothly debonair man in a tuxedo slips undetected downstairs. Already, we’re laughing in the audience, as we’ve seen countless […]

Tomorrowland

     “Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.” — The Amazing Criswell in Plan 9 from Outer Space. There’s a sense […]

Mad Max: Fury Road

This doesn’t happen. It’s been thirty years since the last Mad Max film. Thirty. It’s been seventeen years since George Miller has directed a live-action feature film. There have been rumors and rumblings and mumblings from Hollywood for years about this film. As far back as 2000, when I was a senior in high school, […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron

There is a moment deep into Avengers: Age of Ultron that has an understated eloquence and beauty unusual for the wam-bam, thank you Captain attitude of these recent Marvel movies. It is night at the Avengers’ headquarters, and a key superhero is looking out at the New York City skyline, floating above the floor. Director […]

Furious Seven

The Fast and the Furious films are aggressively ridiculous. These movies are like the Velveeta of modern cinema; gooey, delicious cheese. For fourteen years, the adventures of Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Connor, their friends, enemies and frenemies have dominated the American action landscape like no other franchise. Yes, The Fast and the Furious films are a […]

The Guest

Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett’s The Guest sets out to subvert the action and thriller genres, much like their film You’re Next wanted to play with horror film conventions. Though they have a little bit more success here than they did in You’re Next, the basic problem remains the same: their film isn’t […]