Month: November 2014

Forrest Gump (1994)

 With this movie, everyone has at least heard or seen it at least once in their lives. “Forrest Gump” is a remarkable drama that tells the tale of American pop culture through a man’s eyes. This in turn, has made the movie become a part of American culture as well. After 20 years, the film is still quite good, but does it hold up? While there are problems with the film, there is no doubt denying that the movie is well-recognized into popular culture; even if one has not seen this movie, it is still recognized for what it is worth. “Forrest Gump” is an entertaining movie that despite the problems, people need to see at least once in their lives. The story involves a man named Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), sitting on a park bench, waiting for the bus to arrive. As time passes, he tells random strangers his life story. This includes him becoming both a football and ping pong hero, becoming the captain of a shrimp boat, serving in the army, and running across the country. All the while, Forrest falls in love with Jenny (Robin Wright), the girl of his dreams, for whom he is waiting at the bench. And that’s all I have to say about that. “Forrest Gump” is definitely a good movie to enjoy. The story, based off the book by Winston...

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Pontypool (Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly) CAPSULE REVIEW

Title: Pontypool Studio/Distributor: IFC Midnight/Maple Pictures/Crescent Road Pictures Cast: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrank Alianak, Rick Roberts, Daniel Fathers, Beatriz Yuste, Tony Burgess, Boyd Banks, Hannah Fleming, Rachel Burns, Laura Nordin, Diane Gordon, Daniel Park, Yvonne Moore, Raffaele Carniato Director: Bruce McDonald Writer: Tony Burgess (adapted from his novel of the same name) Synopsis: Big city radio jockey Grant Mazzy was from his old radio job and has been relegated to hosting an early A.M. radio show in the small Ontario town of Pontypool. On this particular morning, Grant and his staffers, station manager Sydney Blair & technical assistant Laurel-Ann Drummond, finds themselves facing a virus that is rapidly spreading and causing its victims to speaking incoherently and committing unspeakable, gruesome acts. Now a solution must be found before things take a turn for the severely worse. The Long of It: Ever since my brother & sister introduced me to horror movies, I’ve been a big fan of the genre. Whether it was great or straight-up mediocre, gory or spooky, there’s something about horror that leaves me wanting more. Then, I noticed that there was a string of horror movies that came from many places all over the word: the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, Asia, Canada. Most of Canada’s horror films came from cutting edge visionaries like David Cronenberg, who always made it a mission to ensure...

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

 This movie is edited to the format of having one continuous shot, with a few brief moments of cuts thrown in. The following film that is being reviewed today is a masterpiece of cinema. What film is this you ask? Why, it’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”, a film that will blow the viewer away after watching it. There is so much to talk about this movie, it is too much to actually discuss; you just have to see it for yourself. “Birdman” is a great look at an actor’s ego being pushed to the limit, and the choices he must make to maintain it being in balance. The story follows a washed up actor named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), who rose to fame by playing a superhero named Birdman. Unfortunately, Riggan cannot let go of his past as he tries to make a comeback on Broadway. Here, Riggan must deal with the demands of actors, his production team, his family, and ultimately, himself to get back to reality. “Birdman” is a fantastic piece of film that needs to be seen. Alejandro González Iñárritu who directed the feature, as well as co-wrote it, made this movie work with a great script and superb direction. While the music of simply drums is the only soundtrack you hear, it represents the action being taken by our character Riggan, and...

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St. Vincent (2014)

 This movie opens up with our main character telling a very dry joke, which sets up the tone for the rest of the film. “St. Vincent” is a comedy that puts focus on one grumpy old man trying to come to terms with his life. The resulting effort is a gem of originality that has not been seen in quite some time. While the movie does go into dramatic territory, and there are some issues with the story, the film is great by showing what age can do to a comedian, and still poke fun at life. “St. Vincent” is a unique comedy that shows a more human side to those who are grumpy. The story involves an old man named Vincent (Bill Murray) trying to keep his life in check, while adjusting to modern society. He gets new neighbors in the form of Maggie and Oliver Bronstein (Melissa McCarthy and Jaeden Lieberher respectively); Maggie must work long hours at the hospital, so she lets Vincent oversee the care of Oliver, and the two become good friends. Along the way, Vincent must cope with financial issues, a drinking habit, gambling, and his wife who is in a home. Life pretty much sucks for Vincent. “St. Vincent is a remarkable comedy. The script, written by Theodore Melfi (who also directed the film), offers at how old age can effect a...

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

 Ever since Disney purchased Marvel back in 2009, we have gotten a lot of good action/superhero films that have a strong connection to their continuity. However, with today’s feature, Marvel and Disney are branching out and creating something completely different. The finalized product is the motion picture for today “Big Hero 6” based off Marvel’s comic book of the same line. What’s interesting about this particular project, is that Disney is including this film into their main animation line-up; odd for a superhero flick. While the movie does suffer a bit from the story department, the rest of the movie is full of great action, and using a great moral in the process. “Big Hero 6” may not be a giant when it is compared to its big budget counterparts, but it is definitely a start in something quite unique and interesting. The story involves an alternate universe where the cities of San Francisco and Tokyo have merged together in order to create the city of San Fransokyo. Here, we have our main character Hiro (Ryan Potter) wanting to be a scientific genius like his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney). Tadashi has created a super robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit) that can function as a fully-fledged hospital. Unfortunately, an explosion at the science lab at the local college campus kills Tadashi, scarring Hiro in the process. Things get even more...

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