Earth gets an extra special Christmas present when a comet brings on… MoreEarth gets an extra special Christmas present when a comet brings on the zombie apocalypse in Night of the Comet. And who better than a pair of teenage high school girls to fight off the armies of darkness? It is, perhaps, the absurdity that makes this film such a beloved cult classic. Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney are perfectly cast, and do an excellent job at capturing the lighthearted comedic undertones of this campy '80s horror/comedy. Night of the Comet is a fun adventure with thrills, scares, and laughs. "They Came. They Shopped. They Saved the World!"
An entertaining thrill ride, Push is exciting and action packed.… MoreAn entertaining thrill ride, Push is exciting and action packed. After receiving a vision, Cassie, a psychic who can see the future, seeks help from a telekinetic named Nick in order to find a mysterious case that she'll be able to use to save her mother. While it's a little derivative, the film does present a unique and intriguing vision of a world with people that have supernatural abilities. And, the abilities are depicted with some interesting visual effects. Starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, and Djimon Hounsou, the film is well cast and the performances are pretty good. There are some issues with the tone and the character development, but overall Push is a solid science fiction thriller.
Nothing spoils a Christmas like the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Twelve… MoreNothing spoils a Christmas like the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Twelve Monkeys presents one of the most challenging and intriguing perspectives on time-travel; tackling issues of time paradoxes, alternative time-lines, and predestination. Both Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe give strong performances, but it's Brad Pitt's performance that's the most captivating (stealing every scene he's in). Twelve Monkeys is a bold film that's dark and complex, yet is fully engaging, with a provocative story that challenges audiences (and continues to on repeated viewing).
A stereotypical espionage thriller, The Numbers Station is competent… MoreA stereotypical espionage thriller, The Numbers Station is competent enough but isn't very engaging. When a US secret intelligence base is attacked a CIA agent and a cryptographer have to hold off a strike team and regain control of the dispatch system in order to stop a series of assassinations. John Cusack and Malin Akerman lead the cast and give solid performances. However, the writing is rather poor and employs some insane logic in regards to how the CIA works. While it's fairly entertaining and delivers some thrills, The Numbers Stations is formulaic and predictable.
First Blood is a smart, well-crafted film that delivers a great… MoreFirst Blood is a smart, well-crafted film that delivers a great action-adventure, along with a compelling drama. Sylvester Stallone gives traumatized Vietnam vet John Rambo real depth and emotion, delivering one of his best character performances. Brian Dennehy and Richard Crenna also give strong performances that heighten the drama, and add to the moral ambiguity of the film. First Blood is a dark, provocative film that challenges the audience and addresses some important social issues (that are still relevant today).
Dark and gritty, Cop Land is a compelling and intense crime drama.… MoreDark and gritty, Cop Land is a compelling and intense crime drama. The sheriff of a small New Jersey suburb outside of New York City comes to realize that the cops living in his town are dirty and on the take from the mob. With an all-star cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro, the performances are especially good. And, writer/director James Mangold does an impressive job at developing the characters and at building suspense. Additionally, the costumes and set designs help to create an authenticity that really helps to draw the audience into the time period of the film. Cop Land has some issues, but delivers a remarkably captivating thriller.
Exploring the nature of dreams and ideas, Inception is a powerful… MoreExploring the nature of dreams and ideas, Inception is a powerful psychological thriller from writer/director Christopher Nolan. The story follows a security expert who puts together a team to go inside the mind of a wealth tycoon and break into his subconscious. The plot structure is well-crafted, and cleverly builds in ambiguity to allow for multiple interpretations. Additionally, the concepts presented are incredibly fascinating, and Nolan does an excellent job at developing this world and at setting up the dream sharing process. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, and Cillian Murphy lead the cast and deliver extraordinary performances. Inception is a visionary and ambitious film that's remarkably compelling.
Steven Spielberg's Gremlins is a hauntingly frightening, but… MoreSteven Spielberg's Gremlins is a hauntingly frightening, but tremendously hilarious film. Featuring Phoebe Cates, Corey Feldman, and Judge Reinhold, Gremlins is quintessential '80s. It's both a horror film and a heartfelt story about friendship and family. Aside from the great creature effects for Gizmo and the Gremlins (which have become iconic), Jerry Goldsmith's score is phenomenal. "The Gremlin Rag" is a simple yet creepy theme that embodies the mayhem and the terror of the gremlins. Without the guidance of Spielberg, this film could have become just another B-movie, but under his helm Gremlins has both comedy and heart to go along with the scares.
From DreamWorks Animation comes the delightful family comedy The… MoreFrom DreamWorks Animation comes the delightful family comedy The Croods. The story follows a caveman family that is thrown into upheaval when their home is destroyed, forcing them on a quest to find a new place to live. Featuring the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, the cast is especially good and does a great job at delivering the lighthearted comedy. And, the visual style creates a fantastical and imaginative prehistoric world unlike anything that has been seen before. Entertaining and fun, The Croods is heartwarming comedy that delivers a lot of laughs.
"How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?" A fascinating and… More"How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?" A fascinating and provocative documentary about quantum physics, What the Bleep Do We Know!? is incredibly creative and visionary. The film explores the nature of reality and the effects that the mind has on it. The ideas presented are really exciting and mind blowing. However, the film overreaches when trying to apply the concepts to religion and psychology. And, a few of the experts interviewed have questionable credentials and speak beyond the scope of physics. Yet overall, What the Bleep Do We Know!? is an engrossing film about the endless possibilities of the mind.