Directed by Sam Mendes
Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz
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 (2015)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon
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
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 (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 professionally 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
I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to horror, I am a huuuuuuge wimp. I am strong enough to keep staring at the screen in times of horror but I am not above leaving the light on that same night at bedtime. Despite this, there are a number of Halloween films that even wimps like myself can enjoy despite the puddles of urine that pool beneath us in terror. So without further ado here is RDR’s top ten Halloween films. Grab your blankies kids. Continue reading RDR’s Top Ten Halloween Films
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan
Can’t Bridge the Plot Lines Gap
By Mason Manuel
When I heard the news that Spielberg would be teaming up with Tom Hanks to bring a new historical drama to the screen, I was all but frothing at the mouth in excitement. Saving Private Ryan is in my opinion the greatest war film ever made and the thought of being given a new one, this time focusing on the Cold War as opposed to WWII wad a dream come true. Perhaps because of this, I walked out of the theatre slightly disappointed. While my hype levels were certainly too high to be met, the worst thing is that Bridge of Spies has so much potential and never fully capitalizes on it. Continue reading Bridge of Spies Review
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Directed by Denis Villenevue
Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
Not a Hit…Man
By Mason Manuel
Are my puns getting tiresome? If you have to ask I guess… yeah. You know what else is getting tiresome? Underdeveloped female characters. Especially when they have so much potential by being played by talented actresses. Unfortunately this plus some drastic pacing issues makes mediocrity of what would otherwise be a rather entertaining movie. Continue reading Sicario Review