Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim is awesome. It's big, it's brilliant, it's epic, it's Guillermo del Toro. It's also, most importantly, a completely original intellectual property tied in no way to any previous movie, TV show, video game, or other brand or product. Sure it has its influences, Evangelion, Voltron, Power Rangers, Godzilla, but it's an original big budget film that is loads of fun. Which means you need to see it so that Hollywood will take chances and do more films like this. In fact, if you go see Pacific Rim, you won't just be having a good time, you'll be improving the cultural landscape of the world! That's right, you'll be a HERO.

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World War Z

World War Z

As we are all aware, the zombie has made a huge resurgence in recent years in pop culture. In the past this monster was reserved for cheesy B movies but now, it is the subject of Hollywood blockbusters and serious cable TV network shows (A&E's The Walking Dead).  World War Z is such a movie, based loosely on the novel written by Max Brooks, that depicts a zombie outbreak on a worldwide scale. What I found most intriguing was seeing the events unfold from the perspective of the government and the people who can actually do something about it instead of a band of survivors who know nothing of the worldwide situation.

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Man of Steel

Man of Steel

Wow. What a movie. Man of Steel is without a doubt, the Superman movie I personally have been waiting for. I enjoyed Superman and Superman II well enough for what they were, though I've never really liked Christopher Reeve in the role and the inherent goofiness of the tone and effects back then have always taken me out of those films. I won't really mention III and IV because, let's face it, there's no reason to. And Superman Returns has only one great sequence in it, the plane rescue; otherwise that movie is a gigantic mess. And while Man of Steel is not without its issues, it is definitely the best big screen representation of The Last Son of Krypton to date. Some SPOILERS follow so I recommend you see the movie before reading this.

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The Hangover Part III

The Hangover Part III

If you're like me then you were probably VERY disappointed with The Hangover Part II. While it was funny and had some exciting moments, it was basically an uninspired cut and paste of the original film with the word "Bangkok" replacing any instances of the words "Las" and "Vegas." It was also a bit disgusting and mean-spirited and left me with a bad taste in my mouth (I feel so bad for Stu). But thankfully The Hangover Part III is ​exactly what the first sequel should have been, an original sequel with it's own story that doesn't copy beat for beat the story from the first film.

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

I'm going to do my best here to not spoil anything or go into too much detail. That being said, if you really care about this movie it might be best just to see it and then read this review.​ Ok? Here we go!

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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

It’s hard to believe that Iron Man 3 is Marvel’s seventh film since it created its own studio to produce movies. I still remember the post credits sequence from the first Iron Man when Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury stepped out from behind Tony Stark’s couch and teased what would end up being one of the greatest comic book movies of all time. But now that The Avengers has happened Marvel is pushing on into what they call Phase II which will lead into The Avengers 2. Iron Man 3 is the first part of Phase II, followed by Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy. I think it’s safe to say that there is a lot to look forward to.

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Oblivion

Oblivion

...aaaaand I’m back. Wow, I haven’t written a review since Christmas! But summer is fast approaching and all of my favorite kinds of movies are finally starting to come out! Like for example, Oblivion, which stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, and Morgan Freeman.

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Django Unchained

The western seems to be a dying breed. The most recent iterations I can think of that were any good would have to be the remake of Appaloosa or the remake of 3:10 to Yuma. And while those were fantastic films they were released in 2008 and 2007 respectively; and they were remakes. Thankfully Quentin Tarantino has come along and given us western fans a truly great film that is entertaining, smart, and original.

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