Film Review #2: The Revenant (★)

Film Review #2: The Revenant (★)

Read the first review of the “The Revenant” HERE! If there was an award for Endurance Test Film, I’m sure that The Revenant would be #1 with a bullet. However, putting your cast and audience through a lot does not a good movie make and The Revenant, as directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, is a […]

LAFF Review: Sin Alas (★★)

LAFF Review: Sin Alas (★★)

Sin Alas is a confounding film. On the one hand it’s a wonderful look into a culture that we don’t particularly see, at times searingly acted, and an admirable attempt at surrealism. On the other hand, it is an, at times, incomprehensible mixture of memory and modern day that goes off the rails. The movie, […]

LAFF Film Review: It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (★★★)

LAFF Film Review: It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (★★★)

Charisma is an interesting power that actors have at their disposal. When used properly, an actor with charisma can render you completely unable to look away from the screen and elevate even the weakest material. Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg are two actors how have within them this kind of charisma. Both are incredibly likable […]

LAFF Film Review: How He Fell in Love (★★★)

LAFF Film Review: How He Fell in Love (★★★)

One of the toughest things about movies that deal with affairs is not the likability of the characters, but in how we as an audience feel about the choices the characters make in order to start the affair. People may not agree with many of the choices made by characters in How He Fell in […]

AFI Fest Film Review: American Sniper (★★½)

AFI Fest Film Review: American Sniper (★★½)

AFI Film Festival: That quiet stillness you hear in the air during the AFI Fest could have been during one of the tense pauses during sniper battles, but I’d prefer to think of the stillness as movie fans anxiously waiting to see what Clint Eastwood would have in store. After all the director has been […]

Comic Con: The Maze Runner (★★★)

Comic Con: The Maze Runner (★★★)

There probably won’t be a film to hit in September that will be more entertaining than The Maze Runner. The film, which screened for fans, has the look and the makings of being a franchise film. Does that excuse it from its faults? Probably not. The technical merits and strong acting carry the film with […]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (★★★½)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (★★★½)

Very few sequels outdo their predecessors.  Some will credit Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II as the greatest sequel of all-time while I find the wonder and amazement in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as the best science fiction film of all-time.  When the first trailers started to appear for Matt […]

La Bare (★★★)

La Bare (★★★)

It’s no surprise that when actors do research for a role, that it can take on a life of its own. They are a part of the storytelling process and in being forced to go deep into the characters, often find new avenues of bringing these stories to life. For that reason, it’s probably not […]

Comet (★★★½)

Comet (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Much like the comets and shooting stars that Del and Kimberly are waiting to see, Comet is a film you have to wait for to fully get. Not that waiting is a bad thing mind you. In fact it’s the anticipation of what might be said next or revealed visually that […]

My Name is Salt (★★★)

My Name is Salt (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Thoroughly composed and crafted there are going to be few documentaries are gorgeously made as My Name is Salt, the documentary playing in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival. That beauty stands in such opposition with the hard manual labor the subjects that are the center of the doc […]

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (★★★)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (★★★)

When I managed to catch the first How to Train Your Dragon film on television I did so with a little bit of nonchalance. I had heard the film was good but it never seemed interesting to me via the marketing or reviews. By the end of that screening though, I fell in love with […]

100 Days (★★★)

100 Days (★★★)

Produced by Stacy Fan (Wen-Si) and Weiko Lin (Wei-Ke), ‘100 Days‘ (TUC) was written by Megi Hsu, in collaboration with Weiko Lin, and directed by the Emmy-winning Henry Chan. This film features Johnny Lu (Sze-Ming) as Bo Dan and Tracy Chou (Cai-Shi) as XiaoWei. The rest of the cast, though small, are filled with big […]

The Monuments Men (★★½)

The Monuments Men (★★½)

Well now, I certainly can see now why this movie was bumped from the 2013 awards season. George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men isn’t a bad film at all, but it is a rather disappointing one, and probably best suited to be a bit removed from its betters in the Oscar rush. On its own, this […]

Unhung Hero (★★★)

Unhung Hero (★★★)

Alternately hilarious and informative, Unhung Hero chronicles one man’s journey to come to grips with his issues with his penis size. A self-proclaimed cockumentary, this documentary explores not just the concern of a guy with below average size, but what drives perception and the concept of manhood. Unhung Hero begins with introducing us to Patrick […]

The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition (★★★)

The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition (★★★)

The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition, arriving on Blu-Ray tomorrow screened in front of critics two weeks ago and I happened to be attendance to catch the flick I missed during the summer movie season. One of the reasons why it fell by the wayside was that after seeing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the luster on this […]

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