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Why’s it Classic?: Alien

Alien (1979)

Directed by Ridley Scott

Starring Sigourney WeaverTom SkerritJohn Hurt

By Courtney Adkisson

Over generations of film and cinema there are various “classic” films within history. The idea of a classic film is the genre that is universal or worldwide and has maybe changed the views of the film industry and/or the audience. They are meant to be iconic stories that leave an impact on the audience. Classic films can be of any genre as well but it is mainly a powerful, well-known story that literally lasts through decades because of the contents. Sometimes the reason it is so famous as a “classic” film is because they were considered ahead of its time like in 2001: Space Odyssey. However, I watched an even more intensive sci-fi genre film that will probably live even past this generation. Continue reading Why’s it Classic?: Alien

The King’s Speech Review

The King’s Speech (2010)

Directed by Tom Hooper

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Bonham Carter

I Have a Voice!

By Courtney Adkisson

The King’s Speech has a life of it’s own. It is one of the few movies I watch through pure enjoyment (even if the story itself is overall dramatic). But maybe you will, like me, be intrigued. This is all due to the simplicity of the story but also it’s complex conflicts. To be honest, the conflicts are very original for a film story (especially one based on a real person). Here’s what I really got out of it. Continue reading The King’s Speech Review

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review


Solid Throughout

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

  “Sun will soon be setting.” I smiled to myself. This was the announcement I had been waiting for from my nifty little iDroid gadget. Ahead of me lay a base with some very yummy resources ripe for the taking if I could pull it off. The problem? I needed to do it stealthily or else I would be swarmed by a gang of Russian soldiers. Luckily I had come prepared. Continue reading Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review

The Martian Review

The Martian (2015)

Directed by Ridley Scott

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor


A Heavenly Masterpiece

by Mason Manuel

Beautiful. Now that’s a word I never thought I would use to describe the lifeless surface of Mars to be sure, but Director Ridley Scott moved to prove me wrong in his latest film starring Matt Damon and Jessica ChastainScott’s ability in space has not been demonstrated so well since Alien, doing so much with so little, using quick multi-camera strategies along with vast establishing shots to show just how alone yet alive protagonist Mark Watney is. The film is a spectacle in terms of both presentation and performance, showing humanity at its finest and most desperate and captures the humanization of characters flawlessly. The Martian blasts away my expectations with stunning special effects and heartfelt character moments and is easily on of Ridley Scott’s defining masterpieces. Continue reading The Martian Review

The Scorch Trials Review

The Scorch Trials (2015)
Directed by Wes Ball
Starring Dylan O’Brien, Aldrich Killan, Giancarlo Esposito, Kaya Scodelario

Not a Scorching Success

By Mason Manuel

     Not being a fan of the original novels, I was pleasantly surprised by 2014’s The Maze Runner. The world built was interesting, many of the characters were multifaceted and the plot had some genuine thrills. This year’s entry in the series The Scorch Trials tries to repeat the same formula, though sadly with much less satisfying results. Upon the original’s success, Trials gets more breathing room to be bigger and explore than its’ predecessor but never takes advantage of the opportunity. Instead, the plot falls down more into the basic teen drama house that Hunger Games and Divergent has built by focusing more on the borderline ridiculous villains and inconvenient love triangles between people that are way too good looking to be living in the world they inhibit. Continue reading The Scorch Trials Review