Author: LeBrainBoy

“Beauty and the Beast” Film Review

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2771200/ As directed by Bill Condon, Disney’s current re-imagining of their classic animated film, Beauty and the Beast, yields a stronger, more emotionally satisfying story in an exceptionally worthy live-action adaptation, sure to become another perennial family favorite, enjoyed and loved by all for years to come. Yes, there is much to love, here. By now, we all know the setup…, an arrogant young prince (Dan Stevens), cursed by an enchantress for his cruelty, must live out his life in the form of a frightening Beast until he learns to love, and to be loved in kind. The...

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“Jodorowsky’s Dune” Video Review

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935156/ Jodorowsky’s Dune is a nearly flawless documentary that chronicles in loving detail Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mystical and philosophical journey to see his vision for his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” realized during the mid-’70s. Long before George Lucas astonished the world with his fusion of repurposed Republic serials, foreign films and B movies as the space opera Star Wars, Jodorowsky’s Dune, if executed as conceived, would have been, to this day, cinema’s greatest achievement in speculative fiction filmmaking. The epic tale of Jodorowsky’s journey, directed brilliantly by Frank Pavich, retold in chronological sequence, entertains and delights the viewer...

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” Video Review

Folks, this is Marvel’s world, we just live in it. From the perspective of one who has been immersed in geek culture since a very early age, of one who has collected 4-color pulp masterpieces since entering adolescence, comes a dejectedly discouraging testimony…, X-Men: Apocalypse is not the ultimate X-Men movie, nor is it a Marvel mutant saga actually worth watching; it’s not very exciting, it’s even less captivating, and it’s almost no fun, at all. Taking place in the same timeline continuum as X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse — directed with workmanlike...

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“Crimson Peak” Video Review

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2554274/ Guillermo del Toro crafts another filmic feast in Crimson Peak, a Gothic horror mood piece that, while not as substantial or a surprising as one might hope, still delivers his trademark breathtaking visuals to stunning effect. The film opens in Buffalo, New York, 1887. A young Edith Cushing (Sofia Wells), accompanied by her father, Carter Cushing (Jim Beaver), attends the funeral for her mother, struck down by cholera. Later that night, we learn that Edith possesses the power to see the spirits of the departed, as her mother’s terrifying ghost (portrayed by del Toro regular, Doug Jones) visits...

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“Kong: Skull Island” Film Review

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562/ Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and company have clearly invested a substantial amount of time, effort, energy, and money to bring King Kong roaring to vibrant, dynamic, colorful life, with somewhat mixed results. As deeply impressive as are the filmmaking skills and special effects craftsmanship on prominent display, so too are some frustratingly puzzling decisions — the results of many of the filmmaker’s storytelling choices — also on display, with equal prominence. Yet this beautifully photographed film is a terrifically entertaining piece of popcorn cinema. The story opens in the early ’70s, as Bill Randa (John Goodman), a senior...

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