michael keaton

[Movie Review] A Warm and Welcome Homecoming for Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

spidermanhome_posterWith great power, comes great responsibility, John Watts. It’s one thing to have Spidey somewhat back in the hands of Marvel Studios, it’s a whole other thing to deliver a portrayal of Peter Parker’s alter ego that can wipe the slate clean from sins passed. Watts has come from ultra low budget horror, Clown, to helming what is hands down the greatest Spider-Man film to date.

Sam Raimi and Marc Webb both tried and–to certain degrees–failed to deliver crowd pleasing adventures for everyone’s favorite web-slinger. While these were not the first efforts to bring the character to the screen in one way or another, of the most modern attempts it would seem the third time (third iteration anyway) was the charm. Tom Holland’s first appearance in Captain America: Civil War gave legions of fans hope for the impending reboot as it certainly appeared that finally the tone and personality of Peter Parker and his arachnid alias had been captured. Spider-Man: Homecoming extends that and more with nearly the entire high school setting.  (more…)

2015 Academy Award Predictions

81st Academy Awards® Press Kit ImagesThe two most telling things I can possible say to anyone getting ready to read my ramblings about the Oscars is that (1) as of writing this I haven’t seen all the movies nominated and therefore can’t accurately speak for many of the nominations those movies have gotten (but I will try), and (2) I don’t necessarily care about the Oscars. I know what movies I saw in 2014 that I loved and many of them would have never had a chance to even enter Oscar discussions. Therefore the Oscars are more of a “cherry on top” should any of the movies I loved actually get recognition- and I’m not that big a fan of cherries.

I will say I do enjoy watching the Oscars….some of the time. I feel like the ceremony is too long and there are too many categories I don’t really care that much about. However, I do enjoy watching seasoned actors giving their acceptance speeches, especially if I’m a big fan of said actor/actress. In the event any of my favorite movies, actors, actresses, scores, and writers get recognized for movies I enjoyed during the year I get a pretty satisfying rush even having not been involved in their success. But seeing as how I don’t really hold the Oscars near and dear to my heart it’s more of a momentary celebration than anything I remember long after its over. So…all that being said aren’t you pumped for my predictions now? (more…)

Movie Review: Robocop

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The original ROBOCOP is one of the few older movies I held dear enough that the idea of a remake truly made me shudder. I’m normally not all that against remakes or reboots because I can usually understand or at least see an angle that updating would be beneficial, but I couldn’t here. Now that I’ve said that, I will now say that I still don’t see it, but color me shocked that I didn’t completely hate it.

This ROBOCOP reboot places the story in a world where robotic police are already the norm overseas in the war torn areas of the world. That’s not to say the locals are 100% thrilled with the idea, but at least there’s a sense of order for a change. The head of the operation, Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) wants to bring his robotics stateside but is met with resistance at every turn. So Sellars decides to try something new, to ease the public’s unease about a fully programmed robot policing them. The new idea is to make a robot that’s also part human, that can process human emotion and not execute solely as a robot. That’s where Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) comes in. Murphy is a cop that ends up on the wrong end of a crime boss’ hit list and is reborn as RoboCop.

The things this reboot does right, is introduce some of the moral injustices of the programming of RoboCop. At first he has the ability to use his emotions, but as that proves to be less effective at getting things done quickly, the forces that be decide to change the programming- effectively making the robot act as a robot but appear as though it is still part human and giving Alex the idea that he is carrying out the tasks. It’s only in the final acts that things really don’t fully compute. (more…)