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“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...

John Hawkes Shines in True Story “The Sessions”

John Hawkes Shines in True Story “The Sessions”

By Wesley Emblidge

October 18, 2012

If there’s one thing you can safely call “The Sessions,” it’s original. It’s based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, a man with polio who is confined to an iron lung and decided he wanted to experience sex before he died. Mark, after consulting his therapist and priest, hired a sex surrogate to rea...

I shouldn’t even attempt to explain “Holy Motors”

I shouldn’t even attempt to explain “Holy Motors”

By Wesley Emblidge

October 16, 2012

Few movies have contained moments that truly baffle me, but when a person dressed as a leprechaun emerges from a sewer system into a cemetery, proceeding to eat the flowers off of people’s graves and kidnap a clothing model, I do have trouble knowing exactly what to make of it. “Holy Motors” is the...

“Argo” Solidifies Ben Affleck as a Great Director, but Remains a Lackluster Actor

“Argo” Solidifies Ben Affleck as a Great Director, but Remains a Lackluster Actor

By Wesley Emblidge

October 10, 2012

I've never really liked Ben Affleck as an actor all that much. He's been in very good movies, but his performance was never really a standout. That is, until he turned to directing. His debut "Gone Baby Gone" was a great surprise, and his follow-up "The Town" just reaffirmed him as a really great...

“Seven Psychopaths” is a Great Combination of “Adaptation” and “In Bruges”

“Seven Psychopaths” is a Great Combination of “Adaptation” and “In Bruges”

By Wesley Emblidge

October 10, 2012

From the very first scene of “Seven Psychopaths,” the new film by Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”), you can sense some of the films that inspired it. It opens with a scene very reminiscent of early Scorsase films, like “Goodfellas,” where two mafia henchmen discuss shooting people in the...

EMBLIDGE INSIGHT: Texting in Movie Theaters and How Apple Might Force People to be Decent Human Beings

EMBLIDGE INSIGHT: Texting in Movie Theaters and How Apple Might Force People to be Decent Human Beings

By Wesley Emblidge

October 9, 2012

As an avid movie fan, there aren’t many things I hate as much as someone pulling their phone out in the middle of a movie. Using your phone during a movie is so disrespectful, it’s second only to jumping up in front of the screen and yelling at the entire audience about some other movie your friend saw last week t...

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Manages to be a Solid Entry in the High School Genre

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Manages to be a Solid Entry in the High School Genre

By Wesley Emblidge

September 30, 2012

Being a high school student, I love a good movie about high school. I love the fun 80s movies like “Ferris Bueler’s Day Off” or “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” laugh hard at R comedies like “Superbad” and “21 Jump Street,” and get really invested with all the characters in “The Breakfast Club.” With “The Perks of ...

“Looper” Review: One of the Few Movies This Year to Meet its High Expectations

“Looper” Review: One of the Few Movies This Year to Meet its High Expectations

By Wesley Emblidge

September 28, 2012

When one thinks back on great time travel movies, certain movies come instantly to mind. The earlier films in the “Back to the Future” and “Terminator” franchises are great examples, but those were many years ago. Recently, the best time travel movies have been foreign (2007’s “Timecrimes...

Some of the best talents in cinema are all on top of their game in “The Master”

Some of the best talents in cinema are all on top of their game in “The Master”

By Wesley Emblidge

September 22, 2012

Some movies take a while to really figure out. It’s been over a day since I was awed by Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, “The Master,” and yet I’m still thinking about and trying to deconstruct it. It’s a film that demands a very specific audience, a very cold oppressive film that leads to a lot of people walking out of the theater ...