Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Review – Furious Seven

Posted by Zak Wojnar On March - 31 - 2015 0 Comment

“Dominic Toretto. You don’t know me. But you’re about to.” In the cutthroat world of Hollywood movie-making, there are not many franchises which can limp their way to seven or more entries, and even fewer which can inspire one to issue a statement as seemingly ridiculous as the one I am about to make: Furious  [ Read More ]

Wild Pitches That Strike Home

Posted by Ken Burke On March - 23 - 2015 0 Comment

As you can read in my detailed review of three options that you might have at your local movie houses—one for sure, as it’s playing actively all over the world, but the other two may be considerably harder to find—there are some varied choices to be found in current offerings that should provide something useful  [ Read More ]

Double Dev (Patel, that is) Delights (mostly, that is)

Posted by Ken Burke On March - 17 - 2015 0 Comment

While Dev Patel’s characters in both of the current, competing releases, Chappie and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, aren’t exactly the central focus of these respective movies they are critical in energizing the two plots which deal respectively with: (1) the challenges faced by humanity when true sentient consciousness emerges in a computer-driven robot  [ Read More ]

Hidden Sides of Public Life

Posted by Ken Burke On March - 10 - 2015 0 Comment

The odd but somewhat appropriate pairing of new cinematic options for you in Maps to the Stars and Focus, with analysis contained in my most recent detailed reviews, presents us with stories that take place behind the standard facades of normality, whether that “normality” is the exaggerated, meta-media world of Hollywood filmmaking or the sites  [ Read More ]

Final Oscar Catch-Ups and Some Newer Offerings

Posted by Ken Burke On March - 4 - 2015 0 Comment

Now that the dust has settled from the recent Oscar award decisions for films released in 2014 (details on the winners, along with my somewhat-correct predictions available if you’re still interested in looking them over) I’ve finally had a chance to see some of the now-somewhat-passé (but still worth seeing) contenders (including a couple of  [ Read More ]

Oscar Predictions for 2014 Films

Posted by Ken Burke On February - 19 - 2015 0 Comment

 I invite you to read my new posting at my Film Reviews from Two Guys in the Dark blog site (although I’m the only one writing reviews, but it’s a long story …), which is my cluster of predictions for who will win the Oscars—to be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015—for feature, documentary, and short  [ Read More ]


    By now 2014 is getting to be a distant image in the rear-view mirror but it’ll stage a notable comeback this coming weekend (Sunday, Feb. 22, 5:30pm PST/8:30 EST, ABC TV) when the Oscars are given out for what the majority of about 6,000 voters determine their opinions to be for the top  [ Read More ]

Review – Jupiter Ascending

Posted by Zak Wojnar On February - 12 - 2015 0 Comment

“I love dogs.”   The Wachowskis have unlimited chances. The way I see it, they made The Matrix, and thus can do whatever they want, forever. Speed Racer was ahead of its time and Cloud Atlas was too esoteric to ever stand a chance, but Andy and Lana Wachowski are back at bat to take  [ Read More ]

Review – Fifty Shades of Grey

Posted by Zak Wojnar On February - 12 - 2015 0 Comment

“I don’t make love. I fuck. Hard.” After months of casting shake-ups, on-set drama, and fevered anticipation, Fifty Shades is finally upon us, and it doesn’t totally suck. It kind of sucks, but not totally. And that wasn’t supposed to be a fellatio joke, but I suppose that’s out of my hands now. Anyway, Fifty  [ Read More ]

Spider-Man Joins the MCU, 4 Marvel Films get Pushed Back

Posted by Mark Bridge On February - 10 - 2015 0 Comment

The prayers of Marvel fans have finally been answered and Spider-Man will now be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Marvel and Sony has announced that a partnership has been reached where Spidey will be introduced into an upcoming Marvel film (most likely Captain America: Civil War) before headlining a solo film on July 28th, 2017,  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be a Woman (just ask these two)

Posted by Ken Burke On February - 10 - 2015 0 Comment

  Now that the critics groups’ awards have all been conferred and the nominations from the industry guilds are in place, those of us in the hinterlands (an odd concept for a place like the San Francisco area, but where “small film” release schedules are concerned it’s often true here more than you’d think) are  [ Read More ]

Got Violence? Here’s Plenty for You

Posted by Ken Burke On February - 3 - 2015 0 Comment

I’d like to call your attention to my latest detailed review, this time a tale of two early Oscar-potential-buzzers from two well-respected directors featuring some notable actors, one of which, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, did grab six Oscar noms (Best Picture, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing) in anticipation of that upcoming Feb.  [ Read More ]

Sorrow, Silliness, and Sex (somewhat), So Take Your Pick

Posted by Ken Burke On January - 27 - 2015 0 Comment

Now that the Oscar nominations for 2014 film releases have been announced, there’s been some time for controversies to build over such topics as exclusions (here, there, and everywhere but primarily about Selma’s director and lead actor being left out) and red-blue clashes over content (primarily about whether American Sniper is a jingoistic pro-war diatribe—as  [ Read More ]

Oscar Yes, Oscar No … And Something Else Entirely

Posted by Ken Burke On January - 21 - 2015 0 Comment

Among the good things about being an unpaid film critic blogger is that I don’t have to meet deadlines, write my reviews to a prescribed length, or submit to someone else’s idea of how my postings should be edited; however, among the bad aspects of this (including that “unpaid” part) is that when other areas  [ Read More ]

Oscar Nominations 2015

Posted by Mark Bridge On January - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The nominations for this years Oscars were announced this morning, and I can safely say there were no real surprises or any noteworthy snubs except for maybe The Lego Movie not being nominated for best animated film.  I’m not even upset that Christopher Nolan did not get a nom for Best Director for Intersteller.  It  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News

Catching Up with Some Late 2014 Releases

Posted by Ken Burke On January - 12 - 2015 0 Comment

I took a little time off from blogging over the recently-concluded holidays so my latest detailed review attempts to catch up a bit with many of the films released recently as a couple of them might be up for major awards (although there are much stronger contenders still to come in my postings intended for the  [ Read More ]


  There’s an odd congruency between two new offerings at your local theaters, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and The Imitation Game, with the first being pure fantasy and the finale of Peter Jackson’s latest Middle-earth trilogy while the second is based on the true story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, cryptographer, and  [ Read More ]


You could make the observation that the two movies I’ve done a detailed review of this week have a common thematic element of the chief protagonist in each one being a man in mid-career transition (based on the events of these narratives you could also make an argument for mid-life crisis, but that would likely upset  [ Read More ]

I’m Walking Here… But You May Not Want to Join Me

Posted by Ken Burke On December - 14 - 2014 0 Comment

Back in 1995 a woman named Cheryl Strayed was at her wits’ end even though she was only 26: She was already divorced; she’d fallen in very deeply to alcoholism, heroin use, and any available sex; plus, her mother, who’d been a lifelong source of comfort and support after they left her abusive Dad, died  [ Read More ]

Sons On The Run

Posted by Ken Burke On December - 6 - 2014 0 Comment

One connection shared by two otherwise completely disconnected movies that are currently in circulation, Horrible Bosses 2 and John Wick, is how their plots turn on the actions of the ego-driven, idiotic sons of powerful antagonists who set out to make life miserable for the various protagonists in these stories.  While you can get plenty  [ Read More ]

Still Hungry After All These Years

Posted by Ken Burke On December - 1 - 2014 0 Comment

By now you’ve likely had an opportunity to see the latest cinematic chapter of The Hunger Games, the one where the final book in Suzanne Collins’ source-material-trilogy was cut into two movies with Mockingjay—Part 1 now raking in enormous sums of cash all over the globe (closing in on $500 million worldwide after only 2  [ Read More ]


Posted by Mark Bridge On November - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
star wars

Ever since the final shot of Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith ended, fans have wondered if we would ever see another Star Wars film again.  After all, Lucas said he originally planned on 9 films but he settled for 6.  Lucas stated on several occasions that he was done with the franchise.   [ Read More ]

Categories: Featured Posts, Movie News

First Official Trailer For PAN

Posted by Mark Bridge On November - 25 - 2014 0 Comment

There has been a lot of interpretations of the Peter Pan tale on film.  From retellings (Peter Pan 2003) to sequels (Steven Spielberg’s Hook), but no one has ever told Peter Pan’s origin story.  Filmmaker Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) has decided to take up that challenge and tell the story of Pan’s beginnings in the  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News

Official JURASSIC WORLD Teaser Trailer

Posted by Mark Bridge On November - 25 - 2014 0 Comment
jurassic world

We will never forget the spectacular Steven Spielberg film called Jurassic Park that made the early 90’s a dream come true.  With the use of CG and practical effects, we were able to see dinosaurs come to life in an extremely believable vision.  Some audiences (not me) and critics were less thrilled with its sequels,  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News

Oscar Isaac to Play Villain in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Posted by Mark Bridge On November - 24 - 2014 0 Comment

Well this is some interesting development I can say I didn’t see coming.  The lead villain of X-Men: Apocalypse has been cast.  According to Variety, the role of Apocalypse will be played by Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, inside Llewyn Davis).  There were rumors of Tom Hardy, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and anybody with a charismatic but  [ Read More ]

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