November 26, 2014

A Blu-ray Review with Flying Colors: The Wind Rises


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Miyazaki's masterpiece...

Over his storied, five-decade-long career, Hayao Miyazaki has been responsible for some of the most breathtaking animated films ever to grace a cinema screen. From the whimsically delightful to more serious, adult-themed fare, his body of work transcends the boundaries of age, culture and gender. On that note, some may view his final film, The Wind Rises, as a sad occasion, for it marks the end of a legendary filmmaking career. On the contrary, it should be cause for celebration, for it represents the crowning achievement for one of Japan's most influential artists and storytellers.

Purely Platonic Blu-ray Review: The F Word


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Friends without benefits...

When people think of romantic comedies, they generally think of films that appeal exclusively to the female demographic. And while that's definitely true more often than not, once in a while a movie comes along that surprises us. Take, for example, The F Word, a film which presents both a male and a female perspective on a topic members of both genders can relate to, in which Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star as a couple of characters who seem destined to be together, if not for one tiny problem — they're stuck in "the friend zone".

November 23, 2014

Eye of the Blu-Ray Review: Into the Storm


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Nothing but grey skies...

As moviegoers, we have a long-standing fascination with disaster epics. They're guilty pleasures, and we can't seem to get enough of them. Enter director Steven Quale's meteorological action-thriller Into the Storm, a movie which can best be described as Twister meets The Blair Witch Project. In it, a group of storm chasers tracking a monstrous weather phenomenon that has targeted Northern Oklahoma find themselves caught in its deadly and destructive path — all while cameras roll, capturing every moment of their harrowing ordeal on film.

November 21, 2014

A Film Review in Revolt: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1


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The beginning of the end...

Together we stand, divided we fall. It's a recurring sentiment that has echoed throughout The Hunger Games film series, from its debut entry in 2012 to 2013's Catching Fire. But nowhere does it resonate with more fervor than in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the penultimate installment in the mega-hit young adult franchise, which sees Jennifer Lawrence once again reprising her role as bow-wielding protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Only this time, it's no longer a game. And it's not just her life at stake, but the life of every single person in Panem.

November 19, 2014

Oh, What a Blu-ray Review: Jersey Boys


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(Not just) all about that bass...

From Chicago to Dreamgirls, Little Shop of Horrors to Les Misérables, Hollywood has been mining Broadway's arsenal of stage productions — especially those of the musical variety — for cinematic gold for decades. With that in mind, the latest stage-to-screen adaptation, Jersey Boys, has been a long time coming. Originally brought to the stage in 2005, Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons has gone on to play to sell-out audiences worldwide. And now, nearly a decade later, it has made its transition to the silver screen, courtesy of director Clint Eastwood.