Category Archives: Jacob’s Corner

Goosebumps Movie Review

Like most people my age, I can specifically remember staying up late and hanging on to every word of an R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book. The Haunted Mask, Welcome to the Dead House, A Night in Terror Tower, One Day at HorrorLand, I read them all. The original Goosebumps series was a collection of sixty-two children books published from 1992 and 1997. They were the best things at those book fairs we had to go to during class in Elementary school.

Jack Black voices Slappy the Dummy in Goosebumps

Jack Black voices Slappy the Dummy in Goosebumps

Stine would be my gateway to horror-fiction, I had seen plenty of scary movies by that age, but I’d never read a horror story. Needless to say, I was hooked. Then came the television show, which I also enjoyed as a kid. But time came between me and the Goosebumps novellas. But years later, I would watch the trailer of a new movie, directed by Rob Letterman, that would bring all great memories back.

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Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks have worked together on four films together if you include the new movie, Bridge of Spies. They collaborated on Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, and The Terminal—all outstanding pieces of work. This team reminds me of one from some time ago, director Frank Capra, and actor Jimmy Stewart. A masterful storyteller and a damn good actor. Bridge of Spies is no different; it is another wonderful partnership that provides true art.

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

 Bridge of Spies tells the story of American insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is chosen to legally defend Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a man accused of espionage during The Cold War. However, he quickly learns that though he was picked to show the world America was going to give Abel a fair trial, that the case might not be as impartial as he imagined. After a series of events, he is recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), an American pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down in the Soviet Union.

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Pan Movie Review & Film Summary

Pan is the new Peter Pan telling from director Joe Wright. It’s a prequel, which tells the story of a twelve-year orphan, Peter (Levi Miller), who is kidnaped by a group of pirates and taken to Neverland. It is there he discovers that he has a destiny bigger than he could have ever imagined—to become the hero, that never grows up.

Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller in Pan

Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller in Pan

Now, let’s cut to the chase! Pan was a complete disaster. I’ve been a fan of the J.M. Barrie character and story since childhood, and this by far, is the worst version I’ve ever seen.

So, after I looked over my notes as I walked out of the theater, I realized there was no possible way I could create a concise review with the written information. So, as a fun, little exercise and a nod to a hero, Mr. Roger Ebert, I’ve decided just to share these very notes with you. Enjoy!

The following are notes that I took during the screening of Pan. Some of these may contain minor spoilers.

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The Walk Movie Review & Film Summary

The Walk is the latest film from Robert Zemeckis, the same director who brought audiences Cast Away, Back to the Future, and most recently Flight. Zemeckis is known for his powerful, visual story-telling and his stunning visual effects. Those signatures are clearly written all over this new film, which tells a fantastic, true story. The Walk, for the most part, is exhilarating, fun, and even quite touching.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk

 The Walk tells the story of high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), whose dream it was to one day walk a wire across the recently built Twin Towers, at the World Trade Center. In 1974, after gathering a team of “accomplices,” they left Paris, went to the United States and did their best to make Philippe’s dream come true. The movie is based on the novel that Petit wrote, To Reach the Clouds, where he recounted the events of this incredible stunt.

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The Martian Movie Review

The Martian is one of the best adventures that you will go on this year. It is a dazzling science-fiction film that packs an emotional punch. I sat among the people in the theater in awe of what was unfolding on screen. I laughed, I cried, and I laughed again. Simply put, this picture is a great time at the theater. I know, I’m just as surprised at that statement as you are. I recommended you see this beautiful movie on the biggest screen in town, as soon as possible. Because the visuals your eyes will fall upon are breathtaking.

Matt Damon in The Martian

Matt Damon in The Martian

The film follows NASA astronaut and botanist Mark Watney. He was left on Mars by his mission crew when a fierce storm hit the planet, and seemingly killing him. However, now alone and very much alive he must figure out how to sustain a limited amount of supplies, and he must find a way to contact Earth to bring him home. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, was based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir, a New York Times Best Seller.

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Sicario Movie Review & Film Summary

Sicario is easily one of the best movies of the year. I sat there in awe as the credits began to roll; I was amazed at what I just witnessed—it moved me. It challenged me emotionally and intellectually. It forces audiences to look in the mirror, to show us something we might not be very proud of. It’s a smart film that looks stunning, and it packs an incredibly massive emotional punch. That being said, it’s a picture that you can’t miss!

Benicio Del Toro in Sicario

Benicio Del Toro in Sicario

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the man who brought us Prisoners, Sicario tells the story of an ideal FBI agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), who is enlisted by an elected government task force. This task force, which is being run by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro), takes a closer look at the escalating war on drugs. More specifically, the drug war that takes place around the border of Mexico and the United States.

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The Intern Movie Review

The Intern follows 70-year-old Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), who after retirement and the passing of his wife, is looking for something to do with his time. He is looking for a purpose. Oddly enough, he stumbles upon an internship for senior citizens at a fashion website company, run by a woman named Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Once he starts, he discovers he is the personal intern to Jules, a woman people consider “impossible to work with.”

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern

The film, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, falls on the chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro. Luckily, their chemistry hits almost instantaneously. They click as soon as their paths cross, their characters just don’t know it yet. The majority of the film is about new school and old school, the veteran and the rookie. A story that is nothing new to moviegoers, but it’s more about spending time with Jules and Ben. That’s what makes it enjoyable. De Niro almost feels like a life-long friend. A character you can trust and just like to be around. Jules is difficult at first, but we all know she is a big softie deep down. At least that’s what the trailer told us.

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Everest Movie Review & Film Summary

I walked out of Everest failing to understand why anyone would ever want to climb a mountain. That being said, I respect any brave soul who’s done it. I just don’t know why they did it or why they’d want to. After seeing this picture, I learned the painful consequences of taking on such a feat. I guess that is what makes reaching the summit of a mountain so powerful, most people just aren’t mentally or physically equipped to do it. Nonetheless, Everest, was an extremely effective movie that gave me an experience too close to the real thing.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Everest

Jake Gyllenhaal in Everest

 The film takes place in 1996, and tells the story of two expeditions, Mountain Madness and Adventure Consultants, that plan to climb the earth’s highest mountain. The two-hour movie follows these expeditions, lead by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal), as they ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest. However, these valiant climbers are about encounter a deadly storm they didn’t see coming. The film was directed by Baltasar Kormákur.

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Black Mass Movie Review

Ever since I saw the teaser trailer for Black Mass, I wondered if it would be the return of the movie star, Johnny Depp. I’ve been waiting for said return for years. The Hollywood superstar began catching the eyes of audiences in the late 80s. He became a heartthrob, and shortly after he would start delivering some incredible performances. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco. Depp was becoming one of the best actors of our time. Blow and Pirates of the Caribbean would follow.

Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp in Black Mass

Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp in Black Mass

After Pirates, he became a global phenomenon. But as the years went on, the performances got weaker. It seemed he was more worried about cool makeup and crazy outfits than actually delivering a moving performance. Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, and the worst of all, Mortdecai. That’s right, it was earlier this year when Depp hand delivered one of the worst movies/performances I’ve ever seen. But just months later, I’m happy to announce—Johnny Depp is back.

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

I’m quite sad to say that Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, was nowhere near as fun as the first film. After seeing countless young-adult novels being adapted, I was quickly growing tired of the subgenre. All of them fell short to The Hunger Games, but some were nearly unwatchable. I remember I’d just watched The Giver, and I thought that was the end of the YA phenomenon. But I was wrong. I went into The Maze Runner and had a great time. I thought it was fun, exciting, and fresh. So, like many people, I was looking forward to the sequel—unfortunately I was disappointed.

Dylan O' Brian in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Dylan O’ Brian in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials follows the story of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the other Gladers who recently escaped the Maze. They are brought to a secret facility, where they discover there weren’t in the only maze, as other survivors from other mazes were brought there as well. However, it doesn’t take long for Thomas to discover this place might not be the haven it claims to be. So, the Gladers and Thomas must escape and see what is really out there.

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