Movie Review – The 5th Wave

the others

In an instant, The Others appeared. Their origin, motives, even their appearance remains a mystery. The world watch the lone spaceship circumnavigate the planet, only to hover over a suburban Ohio town. A high school Junior and otherwise pretty average kid Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Moretz), survival meant gym class. As the story starts in medias res, Cassie now survives with a scavenged M4 rifle, a few bottles of water and protein bars from abandoned gas stations. The remnants of her humanity remain in her diary, as Cassie faces danger at every turn.  Continue reading “Movie Review – The 5th Wave”

MOVIE REVIEW: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

My initial reaction to director Mira Nair’s adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist was one of spite and, truth be told, a little bit of anger. It’s very easy for an American to view this movie and be upset by it, as 99% of the Americans portrayed in this movie are painted as ugly, stupid, and ignorant; there are exactly zero sympathetic white Americans to be found in this movie. But there’s one quick, almost throwaway sequence early in this movie that attempts to disarm the viewer and explain its motif, and that has to do with our perceptions. With this scene in mind, one can almost understand the director’s intentions with this movie, and the perspective can be appreciated, but it doesn’t keep The Reluctant Fundamentalist from being a bit of a mess.
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Goon will be a cult classic, I just know it. 

Like Over the Top, or films like Men at Work, people will watch this thing repeatedly when it comes out on DVD, recite it like Super Troopers, and re-enact it like Fight Club

I think I might be one of those people, regardless of how much I initially disliked the film.

Goon is the story of Boston bouncer Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) who’s recruited by a minor league hockey team to protect their most valuable asset: super-talented forward Xavier Laflamme (Marc-André Grondin) who’s recently suffered a major blow to his ego. It turns out that Doug might be the next incarnation of legendary enforcer Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), a rugged customer on the brink of retirement who Doug is destined to fight on the ice (see above). The thing is, Doug has a heart of gold. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Goon”