The 3 Movies You Didn’t See in 2015 (But Should)

I know what you’re thinking…Ex-Machina, right? It’s on everyone’s list of the most under-rated movies for 2015. Which is weird, because it’s one of the most talked movies of the year, scored 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and brought in more than double its budget in box office. Everybody saw that one already. Instead we’ve got three movies […]

The Hateful Eight Review

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Kurt RussellSamuel L. JacksonMichael MadsenJennifer Jason Leigh

Needs More Hate

by Mason Manuel

The Hateful Eight is like that little brother you had that your parents loved so much that he got away with everything, so he kept pushing the envelope just because. Quentin Tarantino is back with another one of his signature gory, hilarious pieces with a Western-ish setting. Along for the ride is his troupe of usual actors including Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, and Kurt Russell. Most of the staggering run time circles around a mainly male posse solving their personal problems with shotguns to the face, which is not exactly groundbreaking for Tarantino, but if the formula ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But unlike his previous films, the violence does not feel like it has much purpose behind it. Violence is there for violence’s sake. Despite Tarantino being the writer of some of the strongest women in cinematic history, the single woman in the cast mostly gets the ever loving sh*t beaten out of her and talked over constantly by her much more present male co-stars. The Hateful Eight feels like Tarantino is just making controversy for controversy’s sake, and that’s disappointing given his track record; but that’s not to say it is a hell of a fun film. Continue reading The Hateful Eight Review

In the Heart of the Sea Review

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Directed by Ron Howard

Starring Chris HemsworthBenjamin WalkerTom Holland


 Just Keep Swimming

By Mason Manuel

The tale of the Essex is one that will live in infamy thanks to the fictionalization of the tale by Moby Dick scribe Herman Melville. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before we got a movie adaptation. But I had hope. Apollo 13 director Ron Howard was manning the helm, and I thought if anyone could do the larger than life story justice it would be him. We even have a star studded cast with Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Cillian Murphey (Batman Begins) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall). Sadly, this film would have fared better if it had stayed in the depths. While there is plenty of sea faring adventure to behold here, In the Heart of the Sea never captures the true soul of the men who came to battle with the legendary white whale.  Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea Review

Why’s It Classic?: It’s a Wonderful Life


by Joey Halphen

Every era or generation has classic movies, but how do they remain so over time? Against such movies as What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? or  Some Like It Hot or Bringing Up Baby, why does It’s A Wonderful Life remain timeless? I watch more screwball comedies and dramas than anything else. I love movies like it’s a wonderful life greatly. I watched these movies that will live past this generation likely years to come. Continue reading Why’s It Classic?: It’s a Wonderful Life

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Passing the Saber

By Mason Manuel

  Being born after the original trilogy was released in theatres, I never got to have that feeling of wonder and awe after watching a Star Wars film. Sure, I saw the movies later and the abominable prequels, but they never felt like they were for me. They were for a generation that came before. But no more. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is everything it needs to be and more; a palate cleanser with refreshingly engaging stories and characters that can be loved by present, later, and older generations alike. So thank you J.J. Thank you for giving me my own great Star Wars film (hopefully great trilogy from the other directors) to get the same feeling that nerds before me did. But enough of me gushing. How does it hold up against RDR standards? Well… Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Trailer Fix: December 2015

So many awesome trailers have been released over the past few days, it can be difficult to keep up with them! That’s why the Dude Crew has put them all together for you in one convenient spot!

First up is X-Men:Apocalypse, showing us the young versions of the comic book cast fighting against their greatest foe yet.

Continue reading Trailer Fix: December 2015