Universal Soldier: Regeneration: Action Flick Friday

Goddamn, this is one bleak action movie! CINEMATOGRAPHY: For a straight-to-video action movie, this one actually looks pretty good. I was scrolling through Google and I learned that the cinematographer was Peter Hyams who directed Running Scared, which is one of the best buddy cop films ever made! The best thing about the cinematography isContinue reading “Universal Soldier: Regeneration: Action Flick Friday”


My head hurts. REPPED: I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nolan handle action any better than he does in Tenet. When it’s not trying to be overtly complicated, Tenet works as an absolutely thrilling action film with some of the best set pieces in Nolan’s career. Once again, Nolan’s collaboration with cinematographer Hoyte van HoytemaContinue reading “Tenet:”

Jack Reacher: Action Flick Friday

Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise are the Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro of action films. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Caleb Deschanel’s cinematography is efficient in the best way possible. There’s nothing deep or innovative going on with the camera work, but it’s efficient enough to keep the story moving along without losing the audience’s attention. The cinematography trulyContinue reading “Jack Reacher: Action Flick Friday”

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: On Second Thought Thursday

The shining example of what not to do in a team-up movie. AT FIRST, I WAS LIKE: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was the film I remember watching regularly while growing up. I couldn’t fathom people hating on this movie when I was younger. I thought the characters were great and in my young andContinue reading “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: On Second Thought Thursday”


I’ve never related to a character more than when he had the urgent need to poop in the midst of heightened stress. REPPED: Nolan replaces the high concepts and expository dialogue for a more stripped down and visceral experience. Dunkirk has a lot in common with a sirloin steak; they’re lean, mean, and satiating. WithContinue reading “Dunkirk”

Brawl in Cell Block 99: Action Flick Friday

The best late-night movie you’ve never seen. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Benji Bakshi’s cinematography is so grimy and I love it! From the medieval aesthetic of Redleaf Prison to the brutal fight sequences, there’s absolutely nothing sexy or stylish about Brawl in Cell Block 99; it’s blunt and it’s nasty all the way through. I admire the cinematography’sContinue reading “Brawl in Cell Block 99: Action Flick Friday”

The Place Beyond the Pines: On Second Thought Thursday

There’s a reason why Drive and The Place Beyond the Pines don’t have Gosling talk all that much. He’s got a funny yell. AT FIRST, I WAS LIKE: CINEMA!!!!!! I loved The Place Beyond the Pines on my first viewing and I thought Ryan Gosling’s performance as Luke Glanton was dynamite. He’s good at aContinue reading “The Place Beyond the Pines: On Second Thought Thursday”

The Princess Bride

This feels like an early blueprint for Pirates of the Caribbean. REPPED: Fantasy is such a great genre to play around with because you’re able to run wild with setting and character and The Princess Bride is filled to the brim with colorful characters. The biggest standouts were Andre the Giant and Mandy Petinkin whoContinue reading “The Princess Bride”

Interstellar: An Odyssey Through Space and Time

Haven’t felt this close to a Nolan film in quite some time. REPPED: The cinematography takes Nolan in an entirely new direction! Nolan and Pfister may have broken up, but that’s ok because Interstellar is the beginning of a new relationship between Christopher Nolan and Hoyte van Hoytema. It still looks like a Nolan film,Continue reading “Interstellar: An Odyssey Through Space and Time”

Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown

Yes, Never Back Down got a sequel but does it deserve a sequel? Is it better than the original? Let’s examine the pieces! CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Beatdown is one ugly-looking movie. It’s so dull and lifeless that it actually looks like it was made for tv rather than for film. Despite how ugly it looks, theContinue reading “Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown”