Author: Mike Votto

Everest

In order for a film based on a true story to work, most of the time it has to revolve around a story just on the perhipery of a much larger known narrative. Everest is about the famous 1996 climbing disaster that killed eight people, and while there have not been any meaningful film adaptations, the story has been told in brilliant fashion in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. With that being said, if you are familiar with either Krakauer’s riveting account or the history of the event, Everest doesn’t really bring much else to the table. There is rarely a moment...

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Unfriended

This movie is so fucking bad that not only do you want every character in the movie to die, but you want everyone involved in the making of the movie to be severely inconvenienced somehow. This horrendous piece of shit is why people say horror films are dead. I would never wish a viewing of Unfriended on my worst...

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Jurassic World

For the first time in a long time, a Jurassic Park movie was fun again. After two substandard follow-ups to one of the greatest blockbusters of all time, director Colin Trevorrow has rejuvenated the franchise with Jurassic World by embracing the thriller/action elements of the first film, even if the dialogue and characters are a bit rough. Ultimately, this is a story about big ass dinosaurs killing humans, causing mayhem, and fighting each other – mission...

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Everything in Mad Max: Fury Road is on point: the chase sequences (aka the entire movie) are bonkers, the cinematography is awe-inspiring, Tom Hardy plays a wonderful second-fiddle to Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, and the wackiness of it all is so refreshing and unrelenting you’ll feel like you need a cigarette after watching it. It doesn’t sit there and dwell on motivations, backstories, nor does it attempt to setup a sequel – this film is just concerned with kicking your mind’s ass for 120 minutes. Mad Max: Fury Road has more excitement packed into it’s two hours than all of...

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This Week In Trailers: April 25 – May 1

Fifty Shades Darker Super weird to release a teaser trailer for a movie that 1) doesn’t have a director, 2) hasn’t even entered pre-production, and 3) just saw the release of the first film only four months ago. Basically it is just Jamie Dornan standing there looking like the empty shell of a human being that Christian Grey was in Fifty Shades of Grey. HARD PASS. Irrational Man There is an ebb and flow to Woody Allen releases – he has two or so mediocre entries then one fantastic entry. For example, we got the great Vicky Christina Barcelona,...

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