Month: October 2015

“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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War Room

War Room opened in theaters across America on 28 August 2015. As of this writing it is still in theaters and apparently, despite the usual detractors and numerous scathing reviews, the film is resonating with people across the nation. The faith based pic managed to garner a 97% Audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the most popular movie rating sites in the country. Some critics may think it’s cheesy, but this film must be doing something right. Having been a born again Christian for 35 years now, it’s difficult even as an amateur film critic to be completely objective about a film like this. It made me cry. And any movie that makes me cry, instantly receives a 10 for 10 rating,whether Christian or secular. Many Christians, as well as other believers pray regularly, and War Room focuses on prayer, that extremely important aspect in our daily lives. The “cheesy” War Room opens with a solemn elderly MissClara (Karen Abercrombie) standing before the grave of her late husband. Her grief is obvious, and you automatically assume she makes frequent visits. Despite the mourning, there is still a certain resolve that she manages to convey. Her personal loss is naturally tragic, but her inner strength compensates for it. In another part of town, there’s another tragedy in the making. A family is falling apart, beginning with one of the...

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Giant (1956)

 Once in a while, there comes a movie that is just too good, and it makes you wonder at all the things went into making that particular film. And in fact, this is one of those films that does it so well, it is can truly stand the test of time. That film in particular is 1956’s “Giant”, an epic if there ever was one. Based off the novel of the same name by Edna Ferber, the movie adaptation goes into great detail how a relationship between a man and a woman takes its toll throughout the course of time. At almost three hours long, “Giant” feels like an epic deserving of its run time. With a memorable cast that includes Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor, it also includes James Dean in his final film role delivering a magnificent performance. “Giant” is a classic in every sense of the word that pretty much everyone should at least see once in their lifetime. The story involves a wealthy Texan named Jordan Benedict (Hudson) coming to Washington, D.C. to purchase a horse. However, he falls in love not just for the horse, but for the rider named Leslie (Taylor), and pursues to marry her. The two eventually move back to Jordan’s ranch in Texas to settle down and start a normal family. They also meet Jett Rink (Dean), who, much later...

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