Independence Day Review

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With the 4th of July coming up and after watching the pretty bad sequel (review)., I decided to rewatch and review the original alien invasion flick that we all love.

Independence Day, or the odd alternate title ID4, is a ’90s alien invasion movie starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum who must save the world using a… computer virus (There may be spoilers, the movie is 20 years old folks)? It’s a lot more fun than it sounds.

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The Conjuring Movie Review

With the imminent release of the sequel, I have decided to review one of my favorite horror movies of all time.

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No one is allowed to play Hide and Clap around me. Ever.

The Conjuring is the “true” story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), paranormal investigators who investigate strange occurrences surrounding a family in Rhode Island.

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The Shawshank Redemption Review

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Out of all the movies on my Spring Break Watchlist, this was the one I probably needed to watch the most.  It was always the movie that was most shocking to people when I mentioned I’d never seen it, especially given this hobby of mine.  It wasn’t that I hadn’t wanted to necessarily; I had just never gotten around to it.  Well I did today, and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint.

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Star Wars: Original Trilogy Reviews

We are continuing the Star Wars theme here with reviews for the greatest movie trilogy of all time.  These were much easier to rewatch and review than the prequels were.  If you need to catch up on my Star Wars related content, you can find reviews for the prequels here, our prequel podcast here, and my top 10 Sci-Fi movies here.

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Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy Reviews

The things I do for you guys… I rewatched all 3 of these movies completely to ensure that they were fresh for this review and for the podcast this week (spoiler alert- this is the topic for that).  So… you’re welcome. Anyway, let’s get this over with.  My reviews for some movies that, well, aren’t very good. Also, there may be spoilers.  Just a heads up for those lucky enough to have not seen these movies.  Continue reading “Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy Reviews”

Rocky Classic Movie Review

Classic Movie Reviews are occasional posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.

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With Creed coming out this week, I’m looking at the film that started the series.  Normally, when a film that is part of a franchise comes out, I review all of the films from that franchise.  However, giving worthwhile reviews would entail watching Rocky V again, and, well no one wants to watch Rocky V again.  I mean, come on, I reviewed all of the Hunger Games movies last week and there are only but so many bad movies I can stand.  But we aren’t talking about the Hunger Games here. Or Rocky V. Or bad movies for that matter.  So let’s get to the review of arguably the best boxing movie ever. Continue reading “Rocky Classic Movie Review”

The Hunger Games Franchise Classic Movie Review

Classic Movie Reviews are occasional posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.

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The highly popular Hunger Games franchise is finally and mercifully coming to a close this Friday.  Because of that, I’m taking a look at the previous 3 movies.  I know a ton of people love these movies, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why.  As always with the franchise reviews, these will be shorter than normal reviews.  If you want to hear a more in depth discussion on these movies, it was the topic of our podcast last week.  Check that out here.

Disclaimer: No, I have not read the books.  I watch movies.  A movie franchise should stand alone from whatever book franchise it’s based on.  I read the Harry Potter books and never found myself defending the movies based on things I found in the book.  It shouldn’t and doesn’t matter.  Rant over.

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Die Hard Classic Movie Review

Classic Movie Reviews are occasional posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.

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After forcing myself to watch/rewatch the Hunger Games movies this week (look for a podcast this weekend and reviews next week), I needed to cleanse myself with some movies I think are actually good.  Die Hard was one of those (and I’m watching Top Gun as I write this).  Because of that I’ve decided to do a classic movie review on a movie that’s actually a classic, and also my favorite movie of all time.

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Casino Royale/Skyfall Double Classic Movie Review

Classic Movie Reviews are occasional posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.

As I’ve done in the past, I’m reviewing several previous movies in a franchise before a new installment (Mission Impossible movies, Terminator movies).  This time I’m looking at Casino Royale and Skyfall before Spectre comes out. I’m leaving out Quantum of Solace because I don’t like it and didn’t want to rewatch it to give it a proper review.  As always, these reviews will be a bit shorter.

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Prisoners Classic Movie Review

Classic Movie Reviews are once a week posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.

Because Sicario is getting a wide release this week, I decided to go back and look at another movie from the director, Denis Villeneuve.

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I’ve watched this movie several times now and each time it’s made me want to go hug my kids and never let them out of the house again.  I don’t even have kids…

Prisoners is a kidnapping story in which the daughters of two men (played by Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard) go missing.  A young detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) is tasked with finding them.  The movie explores exactly how far each man is willing to go to save the girls before it’s too late.

From just a synopsis it may seem like Prisoners is a pretty by the book kidnapping movie.  But it is far from it. The story is phenomenal and dives deep into the psychological thriller aspect and what each of the characters will do to get the girls back.  Hugh Jackman’s character in particular goes to very extreme and sometimes disturbing lengths at times.  Despite how disturbing some of his actions are, I personally find it hard to blame him.  And I think most fathers would do close to the same things if their daughter went missing.  Not only do I like that aspect of the story, but it also takes some interesting turns.  Just when you think you know what’s going on, the movie proves you wrong.  In addition to the great story, the acting is phenomenal. This is particularly true for Gyllenhaal and Jackman. Those guys hardly ever miss for me in a movie and this is no exception.  The directing, cinematography, and the pace are all also very good.  The movie is long at about 2 and a half hours (normally a complaint for me) but it doesn’t feel that way and keeps you invested the whole time.

There isn’t a whole lot wrong with the movie.  There are a couple minor subplots that aren’t completely wrapped up or just aren’t needed in the movie.  Some people may not like the ending even though I personally did.  I also could have used a little more backstory about the families and about Gyllenhaal’s detective, although it would have been hard to fit in with the already long runtime.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone. Although parents should be cautious because it is a very dark and realistic feeling movie which may freak you out.  Just to think there are people out there that do things like kidnap children is a little horrifying.  Those people get a -infinity/5 from me, but Prisoners gets a solid 4.5/5.

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