Category Archive: Action and Adventure

John Wick (2014) for the Holidays

This movie begins in media res which means in begins in the middle or at the end, as it may be, and that seems like a good opening for a great movie. John… Continue reading

Dunkirk (2017) tries to quiet war

Dunkirk (2017) is a well-written film, with threads of plot and action weaving through three separate structures, quietly merging into a nicely woven full story.  I could not believe how quiet this movie… Continue reading

Is Need for Speed (2014) really that slow?

Need for Speed seems to have a good premise but more than six critics I’ve read call this movie a “slog”.  What’s a slog?  It’s a really slow movie.  But this is a… Continue reading

Does Flash Gordon (1980) try too hard to be funny?

Flash Gordon (1980) could be the biggest cult hit of the 80s, and I think it’s as popular as Escape From New York or They Live.  It could be close.  Flash Gordon has action, likeable… Continue reading

Dawn of the Planet of the Franchise

In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), the apes haven’t dominated the planet yet, because this here is a continuing franchise.  Yay.  Probably the most impressive thing about this movie are… Continue reading

Passengers (2016) is good when it’s tedious

I watched Passengers to find out if the rumors were true: is this really a crappy space movie with great stars? Yes, it does have good performances, so the acting really isn’t a problem,… Continue reading

Action Island: Featuring Kong vs Sam Jackson

Kong: Skull Island (2017) is a different kind of Kong Kong movie, with the action turned up to 11, and everything else turned off.  I think Jurassic Park is a good example of… Continue reading

King Kong 1976 – A precursor to 2017?

The 70s remake of King Kong hasn’t dated well.  The thing I like about the original Universal monster movies is that they are pretty much all rewatchable to this day.  However, this one… Continue reading

Where Eagles Dare (to explain things)

Where Eagles Dare (1968) is a decent movie, if you’re patient.  It is very well-made and I love the environments, the story, and all the actors do a great job.  However, this is… Continue reading

How is Assassin’s Creed crap?

The reviews are right.  Assassin’s Creed (2016) is crap.  It’s a terrible movie.  Was this a quickie?  Or some rookie’s pet project?  How is this so bad?   There are some great people… Continue reading

Star Wars: Rogue One Movie Review

Star Wars: Rogue One (2016) is a good movie.  It’s not a perfect movie and it’s not the best Star Wars movie ever made, and I’m guessing it’ll be forgotten about in about… Continue reading

Magnificent Seven (2016) forgets the obvious

Magnificent Seven (2016) forgets the most obvious things about the Magnificent Seven.  This movie touts its connection to The Seven Samurai, and it’s pretty much the same story.  Still, the 1960 version is… Continue reading

How bad is Star Trek V? Where are the good parts?

Okay, so Star Trek V is a bad movie.  We know that already.  It’s got stupid and corny acting and the effects stink, but are there any good parts?  So begins The Search for… Continue reading

Blood Father (2016) Review

A father helping a daughter in trouble is a cliché, but Blood Father (2016) does it right.   I think Mel Gibson knew everybody was going to watch how well he performed in this movie,… Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond (2016) is entertaining, it’s just really forgettable.  This movie is maybe comparable to Star Trek Insurrection or Star Trek Nemesis because it’s a one-shot deal, except Beyond has better effects.… Continue reading

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