Review by Gene
Rocky is one of the most well known and beloved characters in movie history. Sylvester Stallone has accomplished quite a bit with this punchy, blue-collor “everyman”. Along the way many other characters in the series of films have notched out their own corner in our memories. Who can forget the shy, humble working girl that would inspire one of the most famous lines ever; “Yo Adrian, we did it!”. Or the crotchety old trainer who would just as soon verbally abuse our champ as protect him. And of course who can forget Rocky’s original foe; Apollo Creed.
Review by Tres
Re-watching Return of the Jedi brings back some great memories from my younger years. Being the oldest guy on our blog I can say I actually remember every release of the original 3. Return of the Jedi in 1983 was a much anticipated film for me. I was under 10 when I first saw Star Wars: A New Hope. I had matured to a grown 12 year old now with RotJ. I wanted to be the first there, that didn’t happen because I couldn’t drive. However, it was the first family film that my (step)dad took all of us to. It was a good evening. I sat mesmerized at the graphics, the film, what would happen with Luke and his dad, Vader, and what about Yoda?
Had I forgotten any of Empire? (This was before our family ever had a VCR.)
Review by Nate
Roger Ebert once said that it was difficult to see Star Wars: A New Hope “simply as a motion picture, because it has so completely become part of our memories.” I emphatically agree. As a matter of fact, the film has so thoroughly captured us into its tractor beam we not only get gleefully lost in the galactic tale of jedi knights and the struggle against the Empire, we also long to bring the universe back with us into our own. Continue Reading
Review by Gene
There is little disagreement among fans that episode III is the best of the prequels. I would definitely agree with that, and I’ll even take it one step further. For me, Revenge of the Sith comes pretty close to the quality of the original trilogy.
Review by Tres
My oldest son, now 21, was young when the prequels started coming out; he was only 8 in 2002 when this movie was released. He enjoyed watching them, and I was pretty Blah about them. I haven’t seen the prequels in at least 6 years and just watched I & II.
Chancellor Palpatine: And you, young Skywalker; we shall watch your career with great interest.
Review by Elliott
Growing up, whenever we visited my Grandparents, the first thing I would do was run down to their basement and watch one of the original trilogy movies on VHS. Before the age of 10 I probably had seen them each a hundred times. As I got older I started reading the books/comics and playing lots of the video games. Needless to say I’m a big fan. The Phantom Menace came out in 1999, which is when I was just starting High School. At the time I was blown away and loved every minute of it. However, as time has gone on, I’ve become a little more objective. My goal with this review is to briefly go over the plot, pull out some moral application and conclude with what I liked and disliked about the movie. Continue Reading
Review by Amber
In the action-packed finale of The Hunger Games series, Panem is in the midst of a massive uprising. War and death are everywhere. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her friends and allies are in a fight to the death to free their homeland from the oppressive rule of the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). While Mockingjay falls under the post-apocalyptic sci-fi fantasy genre, it raises a lot of questions that are (chillingly) relevant to both historical and current events. Continue Reading
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.
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
The Fantastic Four.
Marvel’s Original family/team of superheroes.
One of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s most beloved creations.
This movie that Fox created by running along and jumping on the Marvel success band-wagon…