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“Not Fade Away” Review: Buy the soundtrack, not a ticket

“Not Fade Away” Review: Buy the soundtrack, not a ticket

By Wesley Emblidge

December 21, 2012

Nostalgia is a tool that must be done very carefully when used in film. If it’s too heavily relied on, it can alienate the audience that isn’t from the referenced era. However most films are able to achieve a good balance between nostalgia and story, letting it take a backseat to the characte...

“On the Road” Review: Just as Boring as the Book

“On the Road” Review: Just as Boring as the Book

By Wesley Emblidge

December 19, 2012

I feel like I should disclose something to preface to this review: I didn’t particularly like Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” when I read it. I liked the writing style, and thought Kerouac’s overarching description of how his generation acted was somewhat interesting, but I found the narrativ...

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Review: A Successful, If Lesser, Return to Middle Earth

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Review: A Successful, If Lesser, Return to Middle Earth

By Wesley Emblidge

December 14, 2012

I was tired when I sat down for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” but excited nonetheless. The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy created one of the best-defined and most expansive universes in modern movie history, but managed to do so while still keeping an engaging story. Unfortunately for “The Hobbit,” it lacks...

“Deadfall” Review: Too Mediocre to Be Bad or Good

“Deadfall” Review: Too Mediocre to Be Bad or Good

By Wesley Emblidge

December 6, 2012

Some movies aren’t bad, they aren’t good, they just kind of...exist. There aren’t any big flaws within them, but not enough good elements either. “Deadfall” is certainly one of those movies, where everything is generally alright, and the few things that standout aren’t even that great....

“Killing Them Softly” Review: In America, You’re On Your Own

“Killing Them Softly” Review: In America, You’re On Your Own

By Wesley Emblidge

December 2, 2012

“Goodfellas” was the first Scorsese movie I ever saw, and to this day, it remains my favorite. If I was to guess, I’d say that writer/director Andrew Dominik (the wonderful “Chopper” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”) feels similarly. “Killing Them Softly”...

“Life of Pi” Review: Ang Lee’s Massive Technical Achievement

“Life of Pi” Review: Ang Lee’s Massive Technical Achievement

By Wesley Emblidge

November 21, 2012

There are a number of films coming out this year based on books that many considered unadaptable. “On the Road,” one of the less ambitious of the adaptations, failed to translate into film. “Cloud Atlas”, difficult due to the massive scope of the novel, looks incredible and is one of my m...

“Anna Karenina” Review: Theater and Film Combined with Middling Results

“Anna Karenina” Review: Theater and Film Combined with Middling Results

By Wesley Emblidge

November 16, 2012

Theater is an art I can admire and see the value in, but it’s never been one I’ve enjoyed all that much. I’m never really able to connect, all I really see is the actors reciting lines, rather than characters interacting. Maybe it’s due to how much I love movies, but for whatever reason, plays tend not to work for me. So...

“Lincoln” Review: Unfocused and Overstuffed, But Still Manages to Be Rousing and Entertaining

“Lincoln” Review: Unfocused and Overstuffed, But Still Manages to Be Rousing and Entertaining

By Wesley Emblidge

November 15, 2012

In general, biographies of big historical figures are avoided today, with filmmakers usually choosing to highlight only a specific event in the person’s life. We've seen it recently with films like “My Week With Marilyn,” “Frost/Nixon,” or “A Dangerous Method.” Steven Spielberg ha...

“Skyfall” Review: This May Be the Best Bond Yet

“Skyfall” Review: This May Be the Best Bond Yet

By Wesley Emblidge

November 11, 2012

The Bond movies have always interested me in the way they’ve changed to fit the time period. The first film in the series, “Dr. No” way back in 1962, if a movie that I think really isn’t very good. Sean Connery is great in the role of Bond, and the films get better as they go on, but the first film is ...

“Flight” Review: Reaches Maximum Altitude Too Early

“Flight” Review: Reaches Maximum Altitude Too Early

By Wesley Emblidge

November 3, 2012

It’s been a long 12 years since director Robert Zemeckis made his last live-action film. Ever since “Cast Away” in 2000, he’s been lost in the uncanny valley, making a number of motion-capture animated films that ranged from creepy looking (“The Polar Express”) to laughably bad (“Beowulf”). Zemeckis is a director I really like, “Back to the Future...

“Wreck-it Ralph” Review: A Great World Built Around Video Games

“Wreck-it Ralph” Review: A Great World Built Around Video Games

By Wesley Emblidge

November 3, 2012

I don’t really play video games that much. Maybe to pass time, I’ll play some game on my phone here and there, but I don’t have an Xbox or a Playstation or anything like that. However just because I don’t play them that much, I still know about games, gaming culture, and a lot of classic video game characters; I know who Mario is; I know what Pac-Man looks like; I’ve ...

“Cloud Atlas” is an incredibly ambitious and fairly successful film

“Cloud Atlas” is an incredibly ambitious and fairly successful film

By Wesley Emblidge

October 25, 2012

After seeing “Cloud Atlas,” the new film by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, a number of people asked me what it was about, but I was at a loss for words. “Cloud Atlas” is one of the most insanely ambitious movies of the past decade, and it’s a film we’ll likely be talking about for years. On a basic level, the film is six...