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Movie Review: ‘Poltergeist’ (2015)

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Last night, at my earliest opportunity, I made my way to the movies to see the Poltergeist remake that is opening in theaters this weekend. Every since the first trailer was released, my excitement for the movie grew because with each new promo thing we saw, it looked more and more like this new Poltergeist movie would be pretty much like the original film from 1982. I can tell you, without a doubt, that this new movie is a very faithful remake … it’s practically a sene-by-scene duplicate but with a few modern tweaks. While this new version does not surpass the original, IMHO, it’s fun enough for this Poltergeist fan to happily endorse it. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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Last night I met up with Eileen at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood to see an early showing of Mad Max: Fury Road. To be completely honest, it has been so many years since I’ve seen any Mad Max films that I went into this movie as if it were an entirely new story. Based on the trailers that we’ve seen, I knew I’d have a good time watching this movie … what I didn’t expect was just how much I would love it. It’s no exaggeration to say that this movie is a cinematic masterpiece. From start to finish, the movie is a feast for the eyes. The action is high-paced and the story is so entirely satisfying that at the end, I just sat there and marveled at what I just saw. It’s really early in the year to say so but I think Fury Road may be one of the best movies that we will get this year. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

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Last night, my friend Genevieve invited me to an early screening of the sequel film Pitch Perfect 2 which has been HIGH on my list of must-see movies of 2015. I loved the original movie so much that I had huge expectations for the follow-up. Going in, I knew that this second movie would likely not surpass Pitch Perfect in my heart of hearts but I was fairly certain that it would, at least, be entertaining and fun … which is why it PAINS me to say that PP2 is just an OK movie that, honestly, would be a huge fail for me if I didn’t love the original movie so much. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’

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Last night I finally got to see the much anticipated Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, which is in select theaters now and has debuted on HBO. This is a doc that I have been anxious to see for months now so I’m very glad I was finally able to check it out and see what all the hub-bub is about. I am happy to relay that I liked the documentary film very much … even if it is a very sad portrait of a very sad man. Kurt Cobain‘s entire life seemed pretty miserable. And even when he got everything he think he wanted, he got even more miserable. It seemed obvious to me, from watching this film, that Cobain was a man destined to do great things for a short while and then burn out entirely. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

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After I spent the latter part of my afternoon catching up with a re-watching of The Avengers, I met up with Darion and Omar for a sushi dinner before we made our way to the Arclight in Hollywood for an early showing of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie is really big — right from the start — so there is a lot to consider when reviewing the film. Overwhelmingly, I loved the movie … even if it had some problems. And any times there are problems in superhero movies, people tend to focus on the missteps far too much — IMHO. Even with the things that I would’ve liked to have seen done differently, I really enjoyed what Joss Whedon has done with the Avengers characters this time around. It’s clear the studio wanted a LOT of action in this sequel and what the studio wants, the studio gets … but thankfully, Joss was able to infuse his brand of genius into the story to give us a sequel film that is very worthy of it’s superior original film. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’

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Yesterday morning I met up with my friend Tamar and her new friend Julia for a morning hike up to the Griffith Park Observatory. The observatory is absolutely one of my favorite spots in all of LA so the was, you can imagine, really great. I’ve driven up to the Observatory plateau but yesterday was my first time walking up the mountain to get there. Rad. Last night, I met up with Tam’s dad Richard for a belated movie date with him. We decided to see the new sci-fi drama Ex Machina, which I liked a lot even tho it had a few problems. All in all, yesterday was a really solid Saturday. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Kumiko The Treasure Hunter’

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Last night I met up with my beloved Adriana for a late movie date that we kinda pulled together at the last minute. The last time we hung out, we saw the comedy What We Do In The Shadows but before the movie, we saw a trailer for a movie called Kumiko the Treasure Hunter. It looked really interesting to us so we decided to see it together. Based on the trailer for the movie, I was expecting the film to be a light-hearted, whimsically magical adventure story … but Kumiko is not that, at all. The movie is much darker, way more depressing than I was expecting but, even so, I found it a beautiful movie … even as the story got sadder and sadder. Trust me, Kumkio the Treasure Hunter is not the indie feel good movie of the year but it’s a movie that I did enjoy nonetheless. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Furious 7′

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My plan yesterday was to do absolutely nothing but then my friend Genevieve invited me to an early screening of Furious 7 so my plan quickly changed. I hadn’t seen Gen in ages so this was a great chance to spend time with her and since I’ve never seen a Fast and Furious movie before, I figured this would be a good time to start. I was a bit concerned that I might not know what would be going on in Furious 7 since I never saw any of the 6 previous movies but I quickly learned that the movie stands on its own. I have to admit, it was difficult to see Paul Walker in this movie but I have to say that it is a very fitting tribute to his memory. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief’

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Last night, I finally found the time to sit down and watch the HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief which was released in theaters on March 13 and premiered on HBO this past Sunday night. For months now, I’ve been hearing great things about this doc based on the book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. Over the years, I’ve heard many things about Scientology, upsetting things that were more fully explained in this doc, but seeing it all together in one sitting was a lot to take in. My range of emotions went from shock to disbelief to horror to sadness and since the doc is 2 hours long, there is a lot to feel from start to finish. The movie left me feeling a bit spent. It’s a movie that I would highly recommend but would caution viewers to be prepared to deal with a LOT in this film. More »

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Movie Review: ‘What We Do In The Shadows’

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Last night I met up with my dear Adriana for our second hang-out in two days. We met up in Pasadena, CA for a sushi dinner date, followed by a movie date at the Laemmele 7 Theater. She suggested that we see the vampire comedy film What We Do In The Shadows and I begrudgingly agreed … thankfully, because it was really a very fun, very funny movie. I must admit, I totally discounted this movie the first time I heard about it and didn’t give it a second thought until now. I even went into the theater with a huge chip on my shoulder, daring it to make me laugh. Well, it did make me laugh … a lot. I’m really glad I listened to Aide because we ended up having a really great night. More »

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