Author: GSP

Rated: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

“Sometimes, a man rises from the darkness.”

“All things considered, The Dark Knight Rises is a perfect way to end Nolan’s Batman trilogy. This isn’t to say that the film itself is perfect – it’s not – but that it checks all the right boxes for a good finale movie. The movie opens some time after The Dark Knight took place; combining the consequences from those events with the origin story from Batman Begins to create a new story that is also a very familiar. Therefore, as a stand-alone film it is not as successful, but as the finale of the story it works.”

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Rated for Redux: Total Recall (1990)

“Get your ass to Mars!”

“Previously, it seemed that cult films were the most popular choice in Hollywood for remakes. Recently, though, that trend has changed to incorporate big-budget movies. Total Recall is yet another entry into the later remake department. The original film was a big-time blockbuster, with big-time actors, and big-time thrills. It simply blew audiences away with its balls-out approach to action, violence, and story telling.”

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Rated: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

“I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Wes Anderson is perhaps one of the most distinctive directors of our time. Moonrise Kingdom is Anderson’s latest movie. It combines the artistic aspects that he has been experimenting with on his previous films, now in a more fully developed manner, and applies them to a story where they thematically make sense. Anderson tricks the audience into seeing the story from the eyes of a child, and in doing so, his work comes alive in a way that just didn’t happen before.”

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Rated: How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

“All we gotta do, is one of us has to catch a bear!”

“Since her death 40 years ago, Marilyn Monroe has become a legendary cultural icon and arguably the most celebrated actress of all time. In her short 15 year acting career she was featured in a good number of films, yet only a handful of those films went on to transcend their contemporary pop-culture status. How to Marry a Millionaire is an excellent example of this. This is one of Marilyn Monroe’s best known films, yet it doesn’t really seem all that special or unique.”

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Rated: Everything Must Go (2010)

“I’m no different than any of you. I just don’t hide in my house.”

“While we all know Will Farrell as a comedy film tour-de-force and Saturday Night Live standout, he actually has done some dramatic work. 2006’s Stranger Than Fiction is the best example, but there’s also Everything Must Go. Farrell’s latest exploration into dramatic territory finds him in one of those tongue-in-cheek, sweet-but-sad, philosophical films. What is most interesting is the way that Farrell makes his character’s struggles enjoyable to watch. Therefore, this film (and to a lesser extent, Farrell’s performance) is less about being a dramatic masterpiece, and more about entertaining the audience by making a serious situation somewhat whimsical.”

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