Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

May 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Me and Mad Max go back a long way. I not only watched the films as a child, but pretending to be Max. He was a part of my childhood. Thus the Mad Max character is one that speaks to me. Consequently, it also meant my expectations were super high.

Mad Max: Fury Road is by the same guy who did all the previous films. Visually, it’s perfect. The visual aesthetics of the film are spot on. From the souped up, post-apocalyptic cars to the fantastically strange characters, the film captures the look and feel of the series and cranks it up a notch like never before. It also has a great supporting cast. The character actors do an excellent job in making their roles interesting, fun and immersive with the word. On top of that, Charlize Theron’s character turns out to be a much more important character than I realized going in. She’s like the Ripley of the film, whereas Tom Hardy is almost more of a Hicks. However, that’s one of my complaints about the film. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’…

Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’

May 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

When I first saw the trailer for Ex Machina back in October, I knew it was a film I wanted to go see. For starters, it had two actors that were going to be in the new Star Wars movie. But secondly, it looked like a good flick, something provoking and intelligent. I was not let down.

The movie opens with Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) winning a trip to visit a famous technology mogul named Nathan (Oscar Isaac). It doesn’t waste any time with the premise and quickly jumps to Nathan’s remote retreat. His estate is hidden away in a green valley between glacial mountains. It’s a beautiful setting, and one the film takes time to occasionally come back to. There Caleb meets Nathan and they make their awkward introductions. Nathan shows him around his extremely chic┬áhouse before breaking him in on the secret of why he’s here: to test an artificial intelligence. This is were Eva (Alicia Vikander) comes into play, the true star of the film. She is incredibly life like yet completely bizarre. You can see through parts of her body which reveal the mechanical workings within. Yet her face and hands are lifelike, as well as her personality and voice. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’…

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