Never Look Away – An engrossing and sweeping emotional drama

On DVD ‐ August 20, 2020

         

         Never Look Away, the sweeping period drama from German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck covers nearly three decades spanning war, the role of art, young love and the trauma of a nation. With an over three-hour running time, the film truly fits the definition of an epic in all the right ways with stunning cinematography and score, powerful and harrowing direction and a strong ensemble cast. 

         Never Look Away follows Kurt Barntert and his growth and rise as an artist among the tapestry of WW2 and post WW2 Germany. His life is impacted by the war in severe ways including the …

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

On DVD ‐ December 27, 2014

Having been a huge fan of Moonrise Kingdom, I had high hopes for The Grand Budapest Hotel. When the first trailer was released, it looked fantastic. And it is.  From the opening moments, The Grand Budapest Hotel is fantastic. The production design and direction is brilliant, the performances are excellent and there is a good layer of humor and emotion balanced nicely.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is told through a series of flashbacks about an Author (Jude Law) who goes to The Grand Budapest Hotel and ends up interviewing an older Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham). In the 1930’s, he was …

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Dawn of The Planet of The Apes Review

On DVD ‐ December 01, 2014

When Dawn’s predesccessor Rise came out in Summer 2011, it was one of the biggest suprises of the year.  I did not have high expectstions but it ended up being one of my favorite movies of that year. Following that, I had high expectations for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes. Dawn easily supassed them with brilliant CGI and motion capture, fantastic direction, cinematography and script coupled with great performances and an incredible musical score that add up to one of the best movies to come out so far in 2014.

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is set …

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X-Men : Days of Future Past Review

On DVD ‐ June 23, 2014

The summer movie season has been very strong so far. Godzilla was a blast and Edge of Tomorrow was a fantastic sci-fi action movie. 22 Jump Street was a lot of fun as well.  X-Men : Days of Future Past continues the strong Summer movie season of 2014. The old and new casts are fantastic, the action is thrilling and well done and the script hits emotional beats that work.

X-Men : Days of Future Past is about Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) who is sent back in time by Professor Xaiver (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) in order to stop Boliver …

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22 Jump Street Review

On DVD ‐ June 17, 2014

21 Jump Street was a very fun movie. 22 Jump Street is a very fun sequel that contains some of the funniest scenes of the year. There is also a strong level of meta (self-referential or making fun of it’s self)  humor that works very well but does get tiring and it’s all backed by a fantastic cast.

22 Jump Street opens with a recap of 21 Jump Street as if 21 was the first season of a TV show and 22 is the second. After a botched drug take down, Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) end up back …

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