Author: meger22

“The Martian” Review

Out of this world – It’s hard to define what a true sci-fi flick looks like given what we have seen over the years. Tune into the SyFy channel on any given Friday night and you will find things that you never thought would make it on TV, and yet there is an audience for that. Ever wonder why that is? I know I have, but given my lack of knowledge on the genre, I steer clear of understanding it. Instead I take it for exactly what it is and hopefully that’s enough in the end. It was for “The Martian,” a film that you wind up appreciating more and more the longer you watch. The story here…follows the survival of one Mark Watney (Matt Damon) after the mission he was part of on Mars went south. Rarely would weather cause a mission to change, but that’s exactly what happened on Mars when a wind storm came crashing down on the Ares III crew. Forced to leave the planet and mission, commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) instructs her crew to board the escape ship. Only during their exit, Watney is hit by flying debris and presumed dead. Stuck between potentially saving one or killing everyone, Lewis takes off leaving Watney behind. The next day Watney awakes to the oxygen alarm in his helmet and quickly seeks refuge inside the...

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Movie Review – ‘Black Mass’

Crime starters – I love mob movies. Sure, it’s been awhile since we had a really good one to sink our teeth in, but that’s mostly because this has never been a genre you want to oversaturate. Instead you want to forget about them until something like “Black Mass” is released.  Then and only then you will reengage and remember what it’s like to sit through one of these amazing stories. They may or may not always be based on real events, but that won’t deter from the pure enjoyment you will have watching the drama play out on the big screen. What’s it about? Based on the 2001 book by Dick Lehr, Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, the story here follows one James ‘Whitey’ Bulger (Johnny Depp) and his notorious mob career in Boston, Ma. In charge of what was known as the Winter Hill Gang, Whitey operated primarily out of South Boston with the help of guys like Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi (Rory Cochrane), Kevin Weeks (Jesse Plemons) and Johnny Martorano (W. Earl Brown). And for a while, Whitey really never overstepped his boundaries, but after the sudden death of his son and losing his mother, Whitey sort of flew off the rails. It was then his old childhood friend John Connolly’s (Joel Edgerton) plan started...

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Movie Review – “Straight Outta Compton”

Boyz n the Hood – Many will see the word ‘boyz’ and think it’s just a clever way of saying boys. And while that’s mostly true, it probably would have never stuck around had it not been for the rap group N.W.A. and Eazy E’s debut hit ‘Boyz-n-the-Hood.’ This simple play on words, along with some crafty lyrics was the crux behind gangsta rap which after a brief introduction in the late 80s became widely popular in the 90s thanks to N.W.A. alums Ice Cube, Eazy E and Dr. Dre. “Straight Outta Compton” not only shows the rise and fall of this hip hop sub-genre, it shows the all-too revealing culture behind it. What’s it about? It all begins sometime in 1987 where a group of friends from Compton decide to put their heads together and form N.W.A. The hope was to tell “their” story about living and growing up in Compton, one of the most treacherous neighborhoods in the U.S.  It was raw and nothing like anyone had heard before, but the more beats Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) spun, the more confident they all got with what they were doing. And slowly people started to take notice, beginning what appeared to be some underground movement against society and those authorities trying to bring them down. At the center was Eazy E (Jason Mitchell), who trusted his friends Ice...

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Movie Review – ‘The Lorax’ shows its colors through numbers

  An orange glow? No matter where you come from or what you were into as a kid, the name Dr. Seuss is one we all know.  Sure, maybe some more than others, but it’s still a name that has crossed over generations and will continue to. For a long time, Dr. Seuss was a name we mainly saw in books too, but after the late Theodor Seuss Geisel died in 1991 all that changed, because nine years later his widow Audrey would finally open the doors to anyone wanting to adapt one of her late husband’s books into a major motion picture. Since then, Dr. Seuss adapted films have earned over $776 million worldwide and that doesn’t even include the $121 million “The Lorax” has pulled in the last 10 days. Pretty impressive, when you figure it took nearly 60 years for any one Dr. Seuss film to make it to the big screen. I just wish a little more thought would have gone into this latest adaptation, which was OK, but not as good as it could have been.  The story here follows…young lad and “Thneed-Ville” resident Ted Wiggins and his urge to go outside the box, that was his town, and find a ‘real’ tree to impress a girl.  You see, the trees in Thneed-Ville were blown up trees, like a lot of other things, so going...

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Movie Review – ‘Act of Valor’ shows its Navy colors through reality

Setting the scene– More and more these days in Hollywood, we are starting to see directors take an idea and infuse a whole lot of realistic values into it. Sometimes more and sometimes less, but either way it’s a unique way of telling a story that otherwise might not have been as raw or exciting. It doesn’t always work, but the concept is great if there’s a pretty decent pallet to start with. So, when I saw the trailer for “Act of Valor,” I had a feeling this could be one of those cases, just never thought I would be blown away in the manner that I was after sitting down to experience it. What’s it about?  It’s hard to exactly know where the stories came from that makeup this film, but mostly, it follows a team of Navy SEALs on a few token missions. And we’re not just talking about ‘any’ mission, as ‘any’ mission by a SEAL is one that is essentially “off the books.” You know, missions to pull back a vital U.S. CIA agent (Rosalyn Sanchez) who was kidnapped or to take down a drug extremist(Alex Veadov), who we later find out is connected to a ruthless killer in Abdul Shabal (Jason Cottle). So, as we watch these SEALs travel the world to put out indirect fires set by Shabal, you start to realize this...

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