Review:’ X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Simply put, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the best X-Men movie to date, and a strong contender for best comic book movie as well. DOFP tackles an iconic comic book and handles it exceedingly well. It’s a daunting storyline, complicated with time travel, multiple casts and exceedingly high expectations, … Continue reading

Review: ‘Broken Allegiance’ by Mark Young

Broken Allegiance is the first in the Tom Kagan series by Mark Young. It follows a hard-nosed detective in the Santa Rosa Police Department who specializes in gangs. While trying to tie down a witness to break up a notorious gang, Kagan’s sometimes aggressive and reactionary decisions bring consequences following … Continue reading

Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

SOME MINOR SPOILERS INCLUDED IN THIS REVIEW! Peter Jackson’s middle chapter to The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug (TDOS) is good, but not great. We pick up right where An Unexpected Journey (AUJ) left our band of adventurers. Immediately, the film jumps into a quickly paced series of events. … Continue reading

Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

NO SPOILERS! It isn’t often that a sequel outdoes it’s predecessor in nearly every way, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, does just that. Granted, sequels have the benefit of not having to establish the world and characters, but that’s what makes Catching Fire so unique. While the world is setup, … Continue reading

Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

*This review contains only minor spoilers – merely a short recap of the film’s beginning to establish context. Thor and Asgard offer Marvel it’s biggest cinematic challenge (likely until Guardians of the Galaxy) in terms of story and characters. It’s a mystical world filled aliens, realms, and strange beasts. It’s … Continue reading

Review: ‘Gravity’ – Stunning, Breathtaking and For Once Worth the 3D

Let’s put it this way – Gravity is now in my top three favorite films of all-time. Previously my top three were The Empire Strikes Back, L.A. Confidential and Casablanca. Gravity is now in that top three, although it’s spot is being internally debated. It’s that good. If you haven’t seen … Continue reading

Review: “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” – ‘Pilot’

After a seemingly epic wait, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (AOS). finally debuted last night on ABC. I want to divide this post about the show into two parts. First, a short review of the episode. Second, a look back at an article I wrote on August 29, 2012 after the … Continue reading

Review: ‘The World’s End’

The conclusion to the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy is as funny as it is an appropriate progression of growing up. The World’s End, directed by Edgar Wright, stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in a coming of age story, told from the inebriated perspective of a group of friends who … Continue reading

5 Minute Review: ‘Monsters University’ Is Filled With Lessons and Fun

Appropriate for a film about college, Monsters University is absolutely filled with lessons about friendship, growing up and achieving your goals. Pixar smartly decided that a prequel better suited Monsters, Inc. and it allowed a new aspect of this world to be explored. Nearly all the familiar faces are back, … Continue reading

Review: ‘Man of Steel’ Ressurects Superman

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder had a daunting task ahead of him – how to re-launch a Superman film (and hopeful series) that stands apart from the Richard Donner classics and stands on it’s own. With the help of executive producer Christopher Nolan and writer David S. Goyer, Snyder … Continue reading