Chronicle Review

Chronicle (2012)

Directed by Josh Trank

Starring Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell

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By Mason Manuel

First-entry superhero movies of today have the troublesome burden of dishing out an origin story while still fichronnding time for the hero to have a new adventure of their own. While this is all well and good in moderation, the protagonist is usually someone hard to step into the shoes of. We are not aliens from Krypton, victims of radioactive spider bites, or chosen bearers of mystical rings. For the most part, we are just regular people. So the interesting and scary question Chronicle tries to answer is, how would someone use superpowers if they were someone like… you? The screenplay written by Max Landis and directed by Josh Trank takes a fascinating dive into the human character of three very different boys when they are suddenly given the reigns of an unstoppable power. Continue reading Chronicle Review

Spectre Review

Spectre (2015)

Directed by Sam Mendes

Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz

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A Ghost of Its Former Self

            When Skyfall was finally released in 2012, many Bond fans including myself were blown away. Not only did the action thriller continue to show a more raw and vulnerable spy than ever before, but it had been directed by a man who had barely shot an action scene in his life. I stand by my statement at the time, naming Skyfall the best Bond film only behind From Russia with Love. With that in mind, Spectre had a great deal to live up to. Not only was it following one of the best entries in the franchise but it had to move on from Bond’s interesting relationship with Judi Dench’s M. Unfortunately, Spectre does not overcome its grand predecessor, and while certainly fun, it leaves much to be desired. Continue reading Spectre Review

The Walk Review

The Walk (2015)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon

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High Flier

I like to believe that at some part of every persons’ life, they have their moment. That day, hour, minute, or split second that changes their life forever. The sad thing about these moments? They don’t linger. It’s often a one and done and if you didn’t have your wits about you when it happens then you could have possibly just missed the greatest moment of your life. Capturing the wonder of such an event on screen is no easy task, and yet I am pleased to say that director Robert Zemeckis has succeeded in doing so with flying covers. The Walk is a visceral experience that, despite some clunky storytelling and acting, legitimately makes you feel 110 stories high. Continue reading The Walk Review

First Night in the New House Review

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Here’s a quick review for some quick horror! You know that creepy feeling you get when you move to a completely new place for the first time? New people, new town, everything is alien. First Night capitalizes on that sense of unease, focusing on a family who, you’ll never guess, spends their first night in their new home. Although the picture only lasts for a quick five minutes, it is notably well directed and leaves you wanting more by the time the credits roll.  Continue reading First Night in the New House Review

Mercy: The Story of the Artist Review

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A Bloody Good Time

What a lady killer. Or a killer lady. Or a … something. Either way, Mercy Noble is the coolest female horror protagonist to walk the screen since the first Scream came out. Kirsten Wight portrays your average run of the mill millennial killer to perfection with deadpan eyes that hint at something darker behind them. Her terrific performance, mixed with an impressively engaging story for a short makes Mercy one of the best Indie horror films this year. Continue reading Mercy: The Story of the Artist Review

Little Pieces Review

Little Pieces (2015)

Directed by Adam Nelson

Starring Finnian Nainby-Luxmore, Graham Cawte, Isabelle Glinn

A First Step

            Low budget films are usually a coin toss. On one side, you have a film that is really difficult to create professionallylittle due to budget constrictions. On the other, you have the opportunity to make something truly great that exceeds all expectations. Continue reading Little Pieces Review