Author: Diego Crespo

Biggest Movie News of SDCC 2014

You smell that? That’s the smell of Comic Con cooling down. This year the smell wasn’t too surprising. And by smell I mean footage and announcements (Minus a few). Don’t want to read through all of them? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with the biggest movie news coming out of SDCC 2014. In recent years, it’s come down to the Marvel vs DC Saturday showdowns during the Hall H presentations. This year was a little different as neither studio made a big announcement, instead opting to showcase what they were already working on. DC is technically a subdivision...

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Blade Runner

Overview: In the near future of 2019, Harrison Ford is forced to mumble and grumble while hunting down a group of replicants. Warner Bros.; Rated R; 116 minutes. Los Angeles 2019:  Based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Blade Runner presents a grim future for Los Angeles. The streets are cluttered with people, cars fly overhead. The night atmosphere is one of constant rain, often coated with a blue hue, while daytime in the city is covered in yellow smog reflecting the sun through a film of pollution. The scenery is a clear homage...

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The Purge: Anarchy

Overview: Another night where all crime is legal but for some reason people only resort to murder. Universal Pictures; Rated R; 103 minutes. Purge Your Expectations: When a small horror movie is made for 3 million dollars and makes almost 30 times that at the box office, you’re going to get a sequel. That’s what happened with last year’s The Purge, a home invasion thriller with an outlandish concept in the back, but a focus on generic home-invasion thrills. And I mean really generic. The Purge wasn’t the worst movie of 2013 but it had some of the stupidest characters...

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Good Movies Will Survive

“All those moments will be lost in time. Like tears in rain…” that’s how I often feel about movies that get lost under the radar. I’m sure you’re familiar with the feeling. You watch a movie that you end up loving, implore other people to watch it, but then you find out it made fuck-all at the box office. Granted, we shouldn’t need to worry about box office intakes. Yes, it’s tragic when a great movie doesn’t get the money it deserves. But it shouldn’t deter us from going out and enjoying these movies ourselves and/or showing it to...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Overview: A movie about apes on horses with machine guns also utilizes symbolic metaphors about the darkness in our society. 20th Century Fox; Rated PG-13; 131 minutes. Dawn of a Great Franchise: When Rise of the Planet of the Apes hit theaters, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What more material could be explored with this franchise? Like all great science fiction, the Apes franchise has always been about exploring social implications and elements of our own humanity. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes thoroughly traverses the waters of social commentary about protecting your family, racial prejudice, and war,...

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PSA: Stop the Dark and Gritty Reboots

In case my last few articles haven’t made it clear: I live for the summer movie season. For me, walking into a summer movie season is like walking into the titular bar from Cheers with everyone greeting me “Norm!” (Only my name is not Norm. It is Diego). It’s the time of year where everyone gets together to sit down in a giant air conditioned room to watch a movie that entertains, thrills, and provides straight up good fun. But then, at the height of a summer season filled with incredible blockbusters, I stumble across the latest Batman v...

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5 Things We Want From Pacific Rim 2

Pacific Rim 2 was officially announced last week and I just have to start off by saying, I love this.  Because I love Pacific Rim. I love the cartoonish fun of watching giant robots fight giant monsters. I love the colorfully simplistic characters. I love the world Guillermo Del Toro built with his distinct designs for the Kaiju, Jaegers, and sets. But most of importantly, I love the unflinching optimism it represents; humanity putting aside old rivalries and working together for the greater good. Even characters like Hannibal Chau, who would have been a pointlessly minor villain in a...

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5 Ways to Fix Transformers

“Kill it. Kill it with fire. Toss some biblical plagues at it. Hand Michael Bay over to North Korea. Throw some more air conditioners at him.” Those were my first thoughts out of Age of Extinction, the Transformers sequel that might somehow be worse than Revenge of the Fallen and is the worst summer blockbuster I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know how it happened but there are 4 Transformers movies. This is the physical manifestation of why we can’t have nice things. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways to fix the...

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Overview: In a Summer Movie Season full of classic blockbusters in-the-making, Age of Extinction stands out… because of how fucking awful it is. Paramount Pictures 2014; Rated PG-13; 165 minutes Less Than Meets the Eye: Upon entering the theater to watch the fourth Transformers movie (I still can’t believe there are four of these fuckers) I thought to myself, “At least it won’t be as bad as Revenge of the Fallen.” And that really just goes to show that I am almost as stupid as Michael Bay needs me to be. An hour into the movie I thought “Oh...

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Why Haven’t There Been Any Good Video Game Movies?

As I return from the awe and majesty of E3 2014 (ALIEN ISOLATION) I couldn’t help but ask myself:  Why the hell haven’t there been any good video game movies? With all these exciting new games and story possibilities, the potential is there. Big video game franchises are notable enough to support box office numbers (The Resident Evil franchise continues to make money somehow). Not to mention, there have been plenty of talented people out there who have been in line to direct video game adaptations. Just back in 2007, Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, was in...

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Jersey Boys

Overview: Clint Eastwood’s best movie in several years still lacks a spark. Warner Bros; 2014; Rated R; 134 minutes. Old Dog, Old Tricks: Clint Eastwood has put his Unforgiven days behind him. He’s an old dog in the directing chair and doesn’t have any surprising tricks. His movies look authentic, and Jersey Boys feels sincere enough, but it also feels like the safest execution of this story. Chronicling the musical career of the Four Seasons is ripe with potential for “Oscar Bait” but the stakes are low throughout the entire movie. Eastwood’s direction is just fine, but only just. It’s not lazy but with a story that feels a little too familiar (Even for someone who’s never seen the Broadway musical) the direction requires some flare. Misplaced Intentions: Several actors from the original musical return and the result is rather disappointing. I imagine the performances would be aces on stage. Here they’re uncalculated performances, ranging from over-the-top to utterly ballistic. Even Christopher Walken feels like a cartoon version of himself. A director like Baz Luhrmann would have served the actors’ extreme performances well. Luhrmann’s heightened sense of reality and operatic scope always leaves a mixed response with audiences, but at least it would have been worth talking about. Eastwood does have an eye for visual satisfaction. The camera moves around the beautiful 1960s sets with a smooth hand. Unfortunately,...

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Monstrous Patience is a Virtue

Monster movies are not inherently action movies. While there may be action and destruction in a creature feature, specifically scenes of chaos and havoc in a populated area, this is not always the intended purpose. The prime function of a monster movie – as with any movie – depends on who is behind the camera and what message they want to share with the audience. Maybe Steven Spielberg wants to tell a tale of men playing God and how “life uh… finds a way” or, hell, maybe Ridley Scott just wants to explore the depths of the horror genre...

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In Defense of Your Least Favorite Movies

The Internet. A new frontier for fans of pop culture. It can be a fun and exciting place. But, the internet also harbors dark energy. Dark energy that lashes out at personal opinions on pop culture-related items. It’s essentially a new type of accepted bullying. I understand that fans often feel entitled to certain properties. While it’s important to stay true to the nature of adapting said properties, there also has to be an original idea behind the property so the director/writer is able to make their own mark. When these movies drop the ball and deliver something sub-par,...

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In Defense of Sequels and Reboots

There are more ways to make movies nowadays than ever before. New methods of moviemaking are increasing by the year. Think about it. At this rate, we’ll be seeing a dozen movies released in a single week at some point in the future (that’s probably not true but you never know and one can certainly hope…). With this influx of moviemaking possibilities, there is also the fear that we get shortchanged in this unspoken deal with Hollywood. Movie companies are producing more sequels and reboots than ever before, and unfortunately, the majority of them aren’t very good. Okay, they’re...

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The Long-Term Franchise Potential of Spider-Man

*Spoilers for Spider-Man movies/comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and many more pop-culture products your little heart desires. If Any Character Deserves A Giant Franchise (With a Two-Part Finale), It’s Spider-Man: Spider-Man is the perfect superhero in terms of relatability. Think about it. Most superheroes start their career as older, more weathered veterans of a cruel world. Peter Parker isn’t molded into a sociopath like Bruce Wayne. He wasn’t given a super-soldier serum like Steve Rogers. And he’s not the last of his species, granted the powers of a god like Superman. Peter Parker doesn’t experience true tragedy before he...

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