Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4881806/

Score: 6/10

Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom achieves whole new levels of crazy and stupid. It’s a completely nonsensical story that follows the classic horror tropes of characters doing deliberately stupid things. I still sort of enjoyed it in a perverse way, but this movie is fucking stupid.

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Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3778644/

Score: 7.3/10

I didn’t know what to expect when I started watching this movie. I’ve definitely been a victim of Star Wars fatigue and the idea of another spin-off like Rogue One is unappealing. However, Solo: A Star Wars Story has turned out to be one of my favorite Star Wars movies, maybe even my favorite Star Wars movie since Disney bought the franchise. The biggest weakness of this film in my opinion is likely also its most attractive attribute to prospective movie goers, and that is its connection to the Star Wars franchise.

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Movie Review: Ocean’s Eight

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5164214/

Score: 6/10

Ocean’s Eight is technically a sequel to George Clooney’s Ocean’s Eleven movie series. Ocean’s Eleven was originally a remake of Ocean’s 11, also a heist movie that came out decades ago. It’s an okay movie where the biggest attraction of the movie is the many celebrity faces in the cast in addition to the celebrities who make cameos.

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Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Details: Released in 2018. Stars Alicia Vikander. More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1365519/

Score: 6.7/10

Tomb Raider is a remake of movies of the same name which were based on the video games of the same name. The story is loosely based off the Tomb Raider game that was released in 2013. This was an okay movie. If I were to pick out the biggest weakness of this movie, I would say that Alicia Vikander does not have the acting ability to portray visceral, grueling, survivalist emotions. A substantial part of this movie required that.

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Movie Review: Ready Player One

Details: Released in 2018. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Stars Tye SheridanOlivia CookeBen Mendelsohn. About two and a half hours long. More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/

Score: 7/10

Ready Player One is a children’s film. It is also a testament to the power of nostalgia and how just a drop of it can move an audience. After watching this movie, I know that it is mostly fluff. It’s a flimsy, fairly shitty story. And yet by the end of it, the movie still made me feel some emotions. If anything, I guess Ready Player One is proof that movie goers (such as myself) are indeed suckers and just dropping a few images from our childhood is all it takes to amuse us.

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Movie Review: Deadpool 2

Details: Released in 2018. Stars Ryan ReynoldsJosh BrolinMorena Baccarin. About two hours long. Official site is https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/deadpool-2

Score: 7.4/10

Deadpool 2 does what a sequel should do. It’s Deadpool with a bigger budget, more action, more special effects, more cameos, and about the same amount of jokes.

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Anime Movie Review: Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

Details: Also known as Gekijô-ban hagane no renkinjutsushi: Shanbara wo yuku mono. Released in 2005. About an hour and forty-five minutes long. You can watch it at crunchyroll.com here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/fullmetal-alchemist-the-conqueror-of-shamballa

Before Attack on Titan, the title for most shocking dramatic anime would likely have gone to Fullmetal Alchemist. I’m not talking about Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. If you didn’t know, there were two Fullmetal Alchemist series. The first aired from 2003 to 2004 and the second was Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood which aired in 2009 to 2010 and was meant as a retelling of the original series that was more in line with the manga. The first series is one of my favorite anime’s of all time because of just how devastatingly sad and shocking it was. Unlike Brotherhood which sought to simply glaze over plot elements that already occurred before deviating from the original story, the original series gave its shocking plot points sufficient time to develop for maximum emotional impact.

Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa is the definitive conclusion to that original series. It does its best to wrap up loose ends, provide color to the jarring ending of the original series and ends on the same bittersweet melancholy tone established in the anime. There will be spoilers ahead in relation to the original anime and a synopsis of the premise of the movie.

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Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Details: Released in 2017. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Dane DeHaanCara DelevingneClive Owen. Directed by Luc Besson.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comes from the director of The Fifth Element and obviously so. If you’ve seen The Fifth Element, then you can clearly see the influences in art direction from that film, except updated with the computer effects of today. Also like The Fifth Element, Valerian is a beautiful movie with incredible imagery, but a mostly nonsensical plot.

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