Author: Anton Reyes

The House Collapses in House of Cards Season Five

Overview: After formally declaring war on ICO, President Frank Underwood must fight off enemies of all sorts to secure the office of the Presidency. 2017; Netflix; TV-14; 13 episodes. This review may contain spoilers. Act I – We are the Terror: This year, Netflix’s flagship television series, House of Cards, lost itself its original showrunner, Beau Willimon. With a show that had already spent four seasons depicting the contemporary political climate as theater, as a historical battlefield, and as reality television now without its main showrunner, one could argue that it really doesn’t have anything more to offer. However,...

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The Pirates’ Life For Me: Pirates of the Caribbean & Character-Centric Narratives

Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy could be celebrated as one of the best trilogies of all-time. Okay, arguably. Everything from Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer’s epic score, to Dariusz Wolski’s stunning cinematography, to Verbinski’s fantastic direction, all these elements cement this trilogy as a breathtaking fantasy adventure. However, most don’t see it this way. Often, the most well-thought criticisms towards the trilogy usually fall along the lines of pacing issues, the “overstuffing” of characters, and identical plot devices used repeatedly. All this comes off as neglectful of what the trilogy is trying to be: a swashbuckling adventure...

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Brings Death to Life

Overview: The crew of the Covenant, a colonist ship bound for a distant planet, intercepts a message that leads them to an uncharted planet and home to a familiar threat. 20th Century Fox; 2017; Rated R; 124 minutes. Covenant: There are two essential films to watch before seeing Alien: Covenant. One is the 2012 film Prometheus and the other is the 1979 film Alien. One is a predecessor to Covenant and the other is what Covenant’s story is supposedly leading up to. Both are directed by Ridley Scott. While there are other Alien films, these are the two to...

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AE’s 2017 Summer Preview

The summer season is finally here, and all movie fans know to skip the beach and head to the local cinema, for this is the time of year to feel glorious excitement in the form of moving pictures. There’s no need for summer road trips when cinema can transport you to wild, fascinating places like outer space, or significant eras of human history, or pubescent Tom Holland’s New York apartment. The summer movie season has got it all. These are the movies audiences have been hyped to see for months on end (as well as the movies that studios...

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Five Ideal Directors for ‘Venom’

As predicted by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Hollywood is learning the wrong lessons after the success of the very bloody, very rated R Deadpool film. Gunn warned of the possibility of greenlit R-rated superhero films that’ll try to be “like Deadpool.” The first confirmation of that came a few weeks ago when Sony Pictures announced their upcoming Venom movie for an October 2018 release. The film will have no connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which Venom foe Spider-Man is currently a resident of, and will aim to be very rated R. This news is strange...

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