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Mad Max: Fury Road is Furiously Fantastic

It was over 35 years ago when writer-director George Miller introduced the world to Max Rockatansky, who you might know by the name of Mad Max. The cynical drifter was originally played by Mel Gibson and first appeared in the 1979 Australian movie titled after the character. Mad Max, grossed significantly at the box office and eventually became the first of a trilogy, being followed by two films: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thuderdome. The entire series met critical and financial success so it’s no surprise that three decades later, George Miller has brought Mad Max back to the big screen in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) who unintentionally joins a rebel named Furiosa (Charlize Theron), in a mission to return to her childhood homeland.

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A Million Ways To Die In The West

In this point of his career, Seth MacFarlane as become a writer, TV series creator, (voice) actor, and even a filmmaker that you either love or hate. With his dry, pop-culture infused sense of humor Seth has definitely found his niche. Moreover, he knows what his fan base expects, and he-most often than not-delivers on those expectations. In 2012 there was a big turning point for Seth’s career when he released his first feature length film, which he not only wrote (with his writing team) but also directed. Ted was such a big hit that there is a sequel already in the works, and it’s success has also allowed Seth to green-light a new project for his second directorial effort. Can his newest film, A Million Ways To Die In The West, be the film that expands Seth’s credibility as a filmmaker and as a strong comedic voice, or will it be an example of MacFarlane out his league?

Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron in A Million Ways To Die In The West

Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron in A Million Ways To Die In The West

A Million Ways To Die In The West comes from the same exact minds that brought you Ted (MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild) and it also happens to be Seth’s first on screen acting role. The film follows a sheep farmer, Albert (MacFarlane), who has recently fallen on hard times. He faces death at every corner, hates the old West, is the town’s coward, and lost his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried). However, when a new beautiful woman, Anna (Charlize Theron), comes to town his life gets shaken. While trying to win back Louise, Albert falls in love with Anna, only soon finding out that Anna is married to the most notorious gun-slinger in the country, Clinch (Liam Neeson). Albert now must gather his courage to survive and keep Anna by his side, or Clinch will make sure Albert will become just another victim.

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Prometheus

One of the most anticipated movies of 2012 is Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The movie follows a team of scientists as they travel through the galaxy on a spaceship called “Prometheus”. On this journey, the team tries to investigate and discover what gave birth to mankind on Earth. However, this journey becomes frightening as the team encounters alien life forms. Now, they must do all they can to survive, or else mankind might be on the brink of destruction.

Prometheus

Before I start my review there are a couple of things I would like to go over. First, let’s cover the meaning of the name Prometheus. I am sure there are a handful of people out there who do not know what the word Prometheus means, or where it came from. Interestingly enough, Prometheus was the name of a Titan in Greek mythology. He is credited for creating man from clay, and stealing fire and giving it to the humans. For this, Zeus handed Prometheus a severe punishment. Personally, I find this piece of information very interesting and I am more intrigued on the possible connections this is going to have with the movie. Second, I would like to go over Ridley Scott’s comments regarding if this movie is, in fact, a prequel to his classic Alien. Ever since this project was in development there have been numerous rumors regarding this movie. In the early stages some believed that this was going to be another sequel of the Alien franchise. As time passed many believed that this was going to be a prequel, and others believed it was going to be a whole new film. Well, both sides were correct. In an interview Ridley Scott states, “While Alien was indeed the jumping-off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien‘s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative.” There you go. For all the die hard fans out there, you can go into this movie and connect it to the original Alien, but don’t worry if you have not seen the classic 1979 film because Prometheus can stand on its own two feet.

Have you ever felt that your world was just flipped upside down? Or have you ever felt pure amazement and chills after witnessing something extravagant? Well, this was my exact feelings when I left the theater after seeing Prometheus. Finally, the summer blockbuster season has arrived, and is in full strength. This is a great movie experience and shows how fun, fresh, and exciting filmmaking can be. Ridley Scott, one of the masters of sci-fi, has returned to the genre and did not miss a beat. Prometheus is a truly thrilling and bone chilling ride that left me wanting more. This movie is near perfect for several reasons: the vision of Ridley scott, the brilliant performances, the powerful and intense script, and the major themes that this movie deals with.

Prometheus is a very beautifully made movie. During the opening sequences, there are some breathtaking shots of rivers, waterfalls, and nature. It felt as though you were gracing this beautiful land. Fortunately for the viewer, the beauty of the movie was not left behind in the beginning, and the movie got increasingly vivid and unique. The cgi and special features are done in such a tasteful manner, and are the best I have seen in a long time. You can see that every detail is paid attention to, and each aspect is in great hands. At times, it is difficult to tell what is cgi, green screen, a prop, a screen stage, or a special feature. Every part of the action seems real. My hat goes off to the special effects team. An award, or at the very least a nomination, is deserved. Another great aspect of the allure of the movie is the cinematography. The cinematographer, Dariusz Wolski (The Rum Diary), does a masterful job. The movie flows so smoothly from scene to scene, and you feel as though you are gently floating through space. The captain of the journey is Ridley Scott, and this is his best movie in years. His direction is spot on, and is very captivating. He allows the viewer to enter his wonderful world, and explore it like one of the characters. Scott allows each scene to be appealing, engaging, and intense. Another aspect that Scott does so well is he gets the best out of his performers.

As a collective unit this cast is a great one. They all interact with one another very well, but there are a few that stands out. By far the best performance of the movie goes to Mr. Fassbender. I have not seen many movies of his, but I now know what all the fuss is about. Michael plays a robot named David. David is a very intriguing character, and is the most cynical robot in space since HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. He seems like a loyal and nobel robot, who would be a good man to have by your side. However, his relationship with his creators (humans) is a disdainful one. They don’t view him as an equal and they talk down to him in a condensing way. This gives David a possible interior motive. Michael is very robotic in this role, and at times feel as though he is actually a robot. From the way he responds to people, to his every movement. He even holds a flashlight like a robot, if thats even possible. His performance is scary good. Another great performance is given by Noomi Rapace. She plays Dr. Shaw, and does a terrific job. Her wide range of emotion is very impressive, and the audience is with her every step of the way. There is a scene, and when you see this movie you are going to know what I am talking about, where you feel her pain. It is truly the most intense and horrifying scene I have seen in a long time. Her character is, perhaps, the most relatable character in the movie. She is driven by her faith, family, love, and most importantly her work. Another solid performance comes from the incredible and gorgeous Charlize Theron. Her presence alone can make any  movie that much better. In the movie she plays Meredith Vickers, who is the part owner of the spaceship. Majority of the time she is strictly business, and cold blooded. Meredith is very serious and she is there to make sure everybody does their job. At times it feels like she might be more of a robot than David. Theron plays her well. What helped propel the acting was the brilliant script.

Prometheus is a very smart thriller. The script is very well thought out, and contains a plot that is very scary to its core. Now, you might go into this movie expecting a pure horror fest like the original Alien. If you go into this movie thinking like that you are going to be disappointed. Yes, there are some terrifying scenes that will leave you on the edge of your seat. However, this movie does not rely on those same old scare tactics. Instead, this movie affects the viewer on a psychological level. The movie deals with something much scarier than an alien jumping out of nowhere, or an alien killing a person. This movie deals with themes and questions that have been asked since the beginning of mankind. Some of the themes are dealing with creator vs creation and religion vs science. These themes have been dealt with before, but not as scary as this. If there is a creator, he or she is obviously a much superior being than us. But then again, humans created David, and by no means are they better than David. It is a cat and mouse chase, and this time there might not be a winner. The unknown is a scary thing, and trying to find the unknown might be even more terrifying. This is the journey that the audience goes on. The religion vs science debate is very controversial and intriguing. A religious person must not ask questions or research, mostly because finding a clear cut answer will be impossible. However, they must have faith. It is the complete opposite for a scientist, they must keep asking the difficult question and keep searching for the answers. The movie will make you do two things. It will make you decide if you are on the religious side or are you on the scientific side. The other thing the movie will do is it will leave you asking more questions.

Who created us? Why did they create us? Why are we here? What purpose do we have in life? Where do we go when we die? These are all the questions that this movie asks its audience and its characters. These are some of the oldest questions of civilization, and we still have no answers for them. The movie doesn’t try to answer all of these questions completely, but they do hint that there might not be anything out there. When you put life into perspective it is very fascinating and scary. Life is very precious and it all starts with a small strand of dna. The universe is a huge one, and we are all small aspects of it. Are we really naive to think we are the only living race in this universe? One thing is for sure, some questions are better left not answered.

The cast includes: Michael Fassbender (Shame), Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Idris Elba (Thor), and Guy Pearce (Memento). It was written by John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof (Cowboys and Aliens). It was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien).

 

3 .5 out of 4 stars

 

-By Louie Coruzzolo

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Young Adult

From the creative team that brought you Juno, comes this 2011 film, Young Adult. The movie follows the life of fiction writer, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron). Mavis is the type of girl that garners all of the attention. She was the it-girl in high school, and was even prom queen. Her looks have not faded, and she is still as gorgeous as ever. She lives in the great city of Minneapolis, and is an independent woman. Everything seems perfect on the outside, but when she receives the news that her ex-boyfriend is happily married with a newborn daughter everything goes amiss. Mavis suddenly decides to travel back to her home, which she always dreaded. There she plans to win back her ex, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). Along the way, she befriends a former “loser” from her high school, Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt). Does Mavis have enough charm to accomplish this plan, or is this going to blow up in her face?

Charlize Theron in Young Adult

It is safe to say that this movie is going to be either loved or hated by its viewers. If you enjoyed and really liked Juno, then you are probably going to enjoy this film. I watched this film for the first time this week, and at first I was left in the middle. I didn’t hate the movie nor did I love the movie. I felt this movie left me with no feelings about it. However, over the week the movie has grown on me, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Young Adult is a black comedy that deals with a character, Mavis Gary, that can be seen as one of the most unlikeable characters in recent years. She is a self-centered, shallow person. Mavis only cares about materialistic things, and about her self. She walks around like she is one of a kind, and that she is much better than the rest. At first this is very off-putting for the audience. Why should we care about such a distasteful human-being? However, if you think about it we have known this very character our whole life. She has been a sister, a cousin, a girlfriend, a classmate, or even a friend. We know this person very well, for better or for worse. To offset this character, the movie presents us with a very nice and quiet man. Matt Freehauf is a down to earth person, who was brutally attacked in high school by some jocks. The reason why he was attacked was because people thought he was gay. However, he was not gay, and once people found out he was not gay people didn’t feel bad for him. Everybody moved on, and he was left alone. It is very sad to see what happened to this poor man, but he has a good heart and is intelligent. Matt is a person that you would sit back and have a few beers with, and that is just what Mavis finds out. These two characters could not have been more polar opposites, but they find a way to become friends. This relationship allows us to see who Mavis is as a person. Some of it is good, and some of it just tragically terrible. This relationship between the two characters is what makes this movie so good.

The performances are strikingly good. The surprise of the movie is Patton Oswalt. Most of us know him from the popular tv series, King of Queens. In this, he shows us a side of him that we never saw before. He is funny, sad, and assertive in this role. It is very pleasant to see Patton in this, and hopefully he gets more chances in the future. However, the star of the movie is the wonderful Charlize Theron. Many of us have been waiting for Charlize to grace the big screens again. Her last major movie was Hancock back in 2008, but she has done some small films in 2009; however, this is her first huge role in some time. Don’t worry, Charlize does not disappoint in this one. She seems refreshed and committed, and it pays off. Charlize plays Mavis so well you begin to despise her every move; however, at the same time she brings a like-ability to the character that you begin to like her. I don’t think many actresses can pull that off, and Charlize does it so easily. She goes from funny to completely wicked in a breath, and it is great to watch.

As the movie goes along, the audience learns more about Mavis’ past. We soon find out that her life was never as perfect as it seems. Once we learn about a tragic event in her life, we start to feel very sorry for her. The interesting thing about this movie, is that before we found out what happened to her I started to feel bad for her. Now, why is that? This character is not that good of a person, and she probably deserved most of the things that came her way. But why did I feel sorry for her? She would’t have felt sorry for me, in fact if she was real, she probably wouldn’t have even known that I existed. Then it hit me, could I feel bad for her because she was and is the so called it-girl. Do I feel bad for her because she is breathtakingly beautiful, and that beautiful girls should always get what they want. Am I that shallow? If so I am just as bad as Mavis. This was the realization that made me love the movie more. Our culture is very shallow, and it is made for people like Mavis. This movie represents and shows this so well. Hopefully, I am not shallow and I just have a tendency for feeling bad for people who are in a terrible, awkward situation. Because this move made me think about this, it made the watching experience very unique.

Director, Jason Reitman, works his movie magic again. He balances the comedy and drama scenes so well, and it is a lot of fun to watch. Unfortunately, this movie is not his best work, and it almost leaves you wanting a bit more. For me, there is not a significant change in Mavis, or in story that can leave the audience completely satisfied. And for this reason the movie is not a great one, but it is still enjoyable and good. If anything the movie taught be two valuable lessons. First, no matter if you are a jock, nerd, prom queen, popular, or a loner we are all human beings. We all share the same emotions and we all feel pain. Second, don’t try to relive your past. If you relish in the past, you are not going to make any progress, and soon you will be wasting your life away. So at the very least, go out and pick up a copy of Young Adult. You might just learn something about yourself and society.

The cast includes: Charlize Theron (Monster), Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille), Patrick Wilson (Insidious), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight). It was written by Diablo Cody (Juno), and directed by Jason Reitman (Up In The Air).

 

3 out of 4 stars.

 

– By Louie Coruzzolo

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Snow White and The Huntsman

The 2012 movie, Snow White and The Huntsman, is a different interpretation of the well known classic fairy tale, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. The movie follows the evil queen, Ravenna (Charlize Theron), and her reign of terror. When Ravenna finds out that Snow White is fairer than her, she decides that Snow White (Kristen Stewart) must be killed. After Snow White escapes her captivity, Ravenna calls on the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to capture Snow White. However, does the Huntsman have what it takes to turn in the innocent Snow White, or does he fall head over heels for the fairest of them all?

Snow White and The Huntsman

This movie isn’t your mother’s Snow White. Instead, Snow White and The Huntsman, is a movie that leaves you with mixed feelings. At times this movie showed great promise, and that it can be a fun, entertaining movie. However, majority of the movie, leaves you unimpressed and bored. The movie is filmed as if it was an adventure epic. There are a handful of fighting and running around scenes, but those scenes soon become dreadful to watch. The plot and story of the movie is a classic one that has been seen before, and the themes are the same. There is the good vs evil aspect, and beauty vs real beauty, but the writers still left in many plot holes. For one, there is too much jumping around. We start off the movie with Snow White as a young child and then within seconds Snow White is a twenty-two year old girl. The opening scenes are very enjoyable as we almost see the story through Ravenna’s eyes. It appears that this movie might follow the evil queen, but within in a blinks eye we are following Snow White. Then we get quick clip of Ravenna dipping herself in a bath of white liquid, and then we are thrown right back to Snow White. Sometimes your are better off not asking what just happened because you are not going to get answers. The transitions of the movie are not done well at all. It appears as though there might be two different movies.

The cast of the film is a very interesting one, and that might not be a good thing. Kristen Stewart is out of her league being cast as Snow White. She is very underwhelming and shows no emotion in this role. Throughout the movie, it feels like you are watching Bella Swan running around confusedly looking for her Edward. I suppose Chris Hemsworth does a good job at playing the Huntsman. However, he is still obviously  in his Thor mode. He still plays a big, tough man that throws around a weapon. This time there is no hammer, but a giant axe. Oh what a difference. I can’t blame Chris for this, he just got done with The Avengers and is getting ready with Thor 2. Nevertheless, I am interested to see him in something totally different. Last, but not least is the talented and always beautiful Charlize Theron. She is by far the best part of the movie, and turns in a solid effort as the evil queen. Her portrayal as Ravenna is a very compelling one. There is something in her past that lead her to be this evil. Whether it be the curse her mother puts on her, or her terrible experiences with men. Charlize is very intriguing, yet some feel that she overacts in this role. That might be true, but when playing an evil queen with magical powers how can’t you overact? I think you can tell that she had great fun with this role, and it is equally fun to watch her on screen. The seven dwarfs make an appearance, and they provide just enough of comedic relief and energy that this movie needed.

Kristen Stewart was recently on the Today Show, and she describes this movie as a horror movie. Snow White and The Huntsman may be a lot of things, but horror is not one of them. Well, I guess the audience can experience horror watching two hours of this movie, but I digress. Snow White and The Huntsman is not a great movie, but it is not the worst movie either. it is watchable for a date night, or if you have nothing better to do. The real villain of this movie is the producer, who is also the producer of Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. If his goal is to take classic tales and turn them into lackluster, underperforming movies then he is doing a great job. But some stories are better off not retold.

The cast includes: Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Ian McShane (Kung Fu Panda), Bob Hoskins (Hook), and Ray Winstone (Hugo). It was written by Evan Daugherty (Killing Season) and John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). It was directed by first time directed Rupert Sanders.

 

1.5 out of 4 stars.

-By Louie Coruzzolo

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