REVIEW: Westworld – “The Riddle of the Sphinx”

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of the fourth episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the fourth episode of the second season of Westworld (“The Riddle of the Sphinx”), William (played by Jimmi Simpson) tests Jim Delos (played by Peter Mullan), Bernard (played by Jeffrey Wright) somehow comes across an old friend, and we find out who ‘Grace’ (played by Katja Herbers) actually is. Continue reading “REVIEW: Westworld – “The Riddle of the Sphinx””

REVIEW: Westworld – “Virtù e Fortuna”

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of the third episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the third episode of the second season of Westworld (“Virtù e Fortuna”), Dolores (played by Evan Rachel Wood) fights the first battle in the war for Westworld, Bernard (played by Jeffrey Wright) and Charlotte (played by Tessa Thompson) find Peter Abernathy, and new parks are shown to us for the first time. Continue reading “REVIEW: Westworld – “Virtù e Fortuna””

REVIEW: Westworld – “Reunion”

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The following is a spoiler-filled recap/review of the second episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the second episode of the second season of Westworld (“Reunion”), Dolores (played by Evan Rachel Wood) gets a glimpse of our world, the Man in Black (played by Ed Harris) teams up with an old friend, and young William (played by Jimmi Simpson) convinces Jim Delos (played by Peter Mullan) to take an interest in the parks. Continue reading “REVIEW: Westworld – “Reunion””

REVIEW: Westworld – “Journey Into Night”

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of the first episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the first episode of the second season of Westworld (“Journey Into Night”), Bernard (played by Jeffrey Wright) has trouble remembering what happened since the massacre at the end of season one, Maeve (played by Thandie Newton) finds a new friend to guide her in her search for her daughter, and William (played by Ed Harris) learns about a new game. Continue reading “REVIEW: Westworld – “Journey Into Night””

REVIEW: ANNIHILATION (2018)

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The following is a review of ANNIHILATION — Directed by Alex Garland.

There is this really sad quote about daring cinema that I once found as I was searching the Web for some interesting thoughts on the film industry. Actor and filmmaker Sean Penn reportedly once said that “if you put three thoughts into a movie, you’ve broken the law and no one will come [see it].” It is a quote that I’ve used before to describe cerebral cinema that was rejected by audiences. But I think the quote’s best companion piece is Alex Garland’s ANNIHILATION, a smart science-fiction film that was literally cast aside by a major studio because the film ‘broke that law.’
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REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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The following is a review of Thor: Ragnarok – Directed by Taika Waititi

Are you the kind of person whose idea of a good time is watching a Norse God beat up countless of faceless goons on a rainbow bridge while Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song plays? If that is a ‘yes,’ then there is a pretty good chance that you are going to fall in love with Thor: Ragnarok, which also includes a scene where the Hulk fights a supersized wolf. It sounds too good to be true. It isn’t. Continue reading “REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)”

TRAILER RECAP: Thor: Ragnarok – Teaser Trailer

Thor: Ragnarok is one of the most intriguing superhero films this year. It’s being directed by Taika Waititi, who is primarily known for What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The two previous Thor films were directed by, first, a fantastic Shakespearian actor-director and, then, a TV director most known for his work on Game of Thrones and The Sopranos. Based on this trailer, Waititi’s version may not take itself as seriously as one might’ve feared.
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REVIEW: Creed (2015)

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The following is a review of ‘Creed’, a Ryan Coogler film.

The boxing saga that is the story of Rocky Balboa is immensely popular, with it having been relevant and present since 1976. Interestingly, we’ve seen a Rocky-film in every decade since John G. Avildsen and Sylvester Stallone first gave the Italian Stallion an opportunity against Apollo Creed in the 1977 Academy Awards Best Picture winner. Creed is a soft reboot of the franchise set 39 years after the events of Rocky, and I was surprised to feel that it might be the best film in the Rocky Balboa-saga. Continue reading “REVIEW: Creed (2015)”