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Warning: Spoilers From Albert R. Broccoli’s and Harry Saltzman’s Eon Productions, in association with MGM Studios and Sony Pictures, comes the twenty-fourth official installment of the billion-dollar James Bond franchise, Spectre, directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes. The film stars Daniel Craig in his fourth (and possibly final) outing as the sleek British agent. Spectre begins with James Bond (Daniel Craig) operating beyond his brief and tracking down an international criminal named Marco Sciarra to Mexico City during a Day of the Dead celebration. After the audience is exposed to the single strangest opening credits sequence for any James Bond film ever, synced to Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall,” we meet Bond back in London, where M (Ralph Fiennes) is furious with him for all the collateral damage he caused in Mexico City. He orders Q (Ben Whishaw) to implant a tracking device into Bond’s bloodstream. Moneypenny (Naomie Harris)…

It was a night chock full of politically charged acceptance speeches and live performances at the 2015 Academy Awards on Sunday. It was also a night marked by (mostly) well-deserved wins. A good number of the awards were distributed wisely; others were anything but spot-on. We will be focusing on the winners which truly deserved their awards, as well as the rightful winners of others.   Well-deserved Wins: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) -Best Picture -Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) -Best Original Screenplay (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo) -Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki)   Birdman is a film that truly lived up to its hype and deserved every one of its awards. The fact that the Academy was smart enough to give credit where credit is due is a sign that they are perhaps coming back to their senses. Birdman is the first truly phenomenal…

As you might be aware, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) has received a total of nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Innarritu), Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), and Supporting Actress (Emma Stone). It seems highly unlikely that Birdman will walk away from the night without any well-deserved wins. It is, after all, a serious contender for the coveted Best Picture award. Here are five simple reasons why Birdman deserves Best Picture. It would be yet another mistake on the Academy’s part if the film doesn’t win, and will probably be the greatest injustice since Goodfellas losing to Dances with Wolves. It Isn’t Political  Far too many Best Picture winners get the award by hitting the audience over the head with an attempt at a political, social, or historical “message.” We have seen this demonstrated time and time again, especially within the last…

This month sees the 15th Anniversary of the release of Fight Club, a film based on author Chuck Palahnuik’s 1996 novel. The film stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton (who was at the time fresh off his Oscar nomination for 1998’s American History X) and Helena Bonham Carter, all three of whom were in their prime. 1999 is considered by many to be one of the greatest years of cinema, appropriately so due to such films as the science-fiction masterpiece The Matrix, Sam Mendes’s Oscar-winning American Beauty as well as Stanley Kubrick’s final directorial effort Eyes Wide Shut. Fight Club, on the other hand, was a film which the world was not ready for at the dawn of the new millennium. Its strong emphasis on violence in association with masculinity served as a catalyst for controversy. Some feared that it would inspire impressionable youths to imitate the various acts of assault…

What does Warner Brothers/DC need to do in order to stand toe-to-toe with the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I admire that DC isn’t attempting to copy Marvel by releasing standalone films for each of their superheroes before they are all featured together in the Justice League films. We know for certain that Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg will be showing up alongside the title heroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, although we are in the dark about how much screen time they will have and the size of their roles in the film. One could argue that they are trying to cram too many characters into this film. My faith in the film comes from the fact that Academy-Award winning screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo) is the writer. Future DC films need good writers in order to be financially as well as critically successful. My advice for DC would be…

The Film Godzilla is very well directed and well-acted. The film really makes you feel as if this situation is actually occurring. The CGI is top notch and the score by Alexandre Desplat is never misplaced. It always fits and captures the excitement of each scene.  Overall, Godzilla is a film that I would highly recommend to any viewer who enjoys giant monster movies and knows how to be patient with films. Gareth Edwards did not make this film for the summer audience. He took the right approach by making it for the fans. Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Picture and Audio Quality Godzilla arrives on blu ray with a stunning transfer and a lossless 7.1 DTS-HD audio track. In simpler terms, it looks and sounds nothing short of perfect. Some have complained that the picture is too dark and that it is extremely difficult to see what is going on.…