Summer movie season has come and gone for 2015. Around this time of year people start looking forward to the primary Oscar competition, but we at LTBM would like to take a moment and reflect on the summer movies.
When two young lovers flee their homes in a tiny New England town to start a new life, the island is turned inside out with the search to find them. Written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, and shot in Wes Anderson’s signature quirky style, this 2013 Oscar- and Golden Globe- nominated movie is a sweet story about love, family, and finding a place to belong. Continue Reading
Review by Logan
How does a man become Wilson Fisk?
I am a pretty big Ben Stiller fan. I enjoy most of his comedies and I enjoy most of his dramas. The Museum movies I have enjoyed several times, as well as Mystery Men and Something About Mary. I was one of few people it seems that enjoyed Walter Mitty, let alone watched it multiple times. Along came Polly cracks me up. And I love the Madagascar series. However, there are a few like Tropic Thunder and Zoolander that just do not leave me desiring to watch it again… ever.
So skimming through new releases I find While We’re Young and seeing that Naomi Watts played his wife in the film, I was pretty excited to rent it.
Review by Logan
Comic book movies have quickly become the new craze. After long failing with catastrophes like Batman & Robin, Ghost Rider, and Superman Returns, the industry seems to have finally found a way to successfully adapt comics to the big screen. That has opened the door for comic books beyond the superhero fare to gain their shot at the big-time, with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman being given the green light for an adaptation and, of course, Kingsman: The Secret Service.
In 2013, Lee Daniels tried to capture the spirit and heart of the civil rights movement in his biopic, The Butler. Daniels decided to span three generations within that story and the movie suffered some due to that. It was tough to connect with the characters in their experiences because we were so quickly moved onto the next trial. With Selma, Ava DuVernay focuses her lens on a specific event in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.; the march from Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL in 1965. Honing in on this event allowed her to explore the depths of the people themselves, and succeed where The Butler fell short.
Originality in story structure is hard to come by these days, most especially in the superhero genre. Origin stories have been done over and over again, to the point that, for most beloved comic book characters, they become unbearably superfluous. Even when it comes to Daredevil’s story, we’ve seen it before: a boxer’s son is in an accident where chemical waste gets into his eyes. In the absence of his sight, his other senses kick up and he gets a radar sense. Then his dad is killed because of the politics behind boxing, and he vows justice Batman style.
Jake Sully: All I ever wanted was a single thing worth fighting for.
Review by Elliott
Avatar, not to be confused with Avatar: The Last Air Bender(The best animated series ever made), is one of if not my favorite movie of 2009. That’s saying a lot consider there were a bunch of great movies that year, like; Up, Sherlock Holmes, and Zombieland just to name a few. Apparently I wasn’t the only one that liked it, because it ended up grossing 2.8 billion worldwide, which dwarfed its whopping $280 Million production budget. However, the amount of money a movie makes certainly doesn’t correlate with how good it actually is. For the many that loved it, there was a comparable number who didn’t and were very vocal about it. Despite its polarizing effect, everyone recognized that it was one of the most breathtaking films ever made, which resulted in it winning 3 Oscars. Regardless of whether or not you liked it, I think it has a number of good messages, which is why I decided to review it. Continue Reading
Rant by Nate
In the circles I run with at my church, I’m considered the young pup, i.e. young in faith and age, at least compared to my brothers and sisters. As a matter of fact, the youngest couple at our fellowship group is 60. I greatly appreciate that as they have much spiritual wisdom to impart, especially as it relates to walking with the Lord on a daily basis. You’ll never hear a more fervent and sincere prayer than the one that flows from the lips of my mentor as he prays.
“Los Angeles: once upon a time.” From the moment it begins, The Fall sets the stage for a fairytale; we expect beauty, magic, and wonder—and The Fall delivers. What begins as an unlikely friendship between an injured five-year-old girl and a paraplegic young Hollywood stunt man, transforms into an epic tale of love and loss, as well as life and death. Filmed over a period of four years in eighteen different countries, rich with metaphor and sparkling with vivid imagery, The Fall is not only visually stunning, but also intensely emotional.