Mad Max: Fury Road

Kennedy Miller

Kennedy Miller

Two days after seeing George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, it is still hard to know where to start this review. Just about every write-up I have seen of the film has been glowingly positive, and the professionals have described the movie with an eloquence I can’t hope to match. It also has an incredible 98% rating on “Rotten Tomatoes,” meaning that average movie-goers are enjoying it too. Interestingly though, most of the hype concerning Fury Road has to do with the sheer force of its cinematography, and not its plot.

As a post-apocalyptic thriller, Fury Road is a visually stunning assault on the senses – which is intriguing considering Miller’s almost monochromatic color palette. Read More

Edge of Tomorrow

Warner Bros./Village Roadshow

Warner Bros./Village Roadshow

After weeks of waiting, the Mysterious Mr. C and I were finally able to see Edge of Tomorrow, the new Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt action flick, last Friday! While we had wanted to see it the weekend it came out, we were visiting family and ended up going to see A Million Ways to Die in the West instead (Short review of that – I almost walked out of the theater twice, and almost fell asleep once!).

Since the movie had been out for a little while, I had started to see somewhat ambivalent reviews of the film, as well as a Bloomberg Businessweek article that asked if Cruise was even still a movie star. As such, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but was still looking forward to the film.

Having now seen it, I think it is safe to say that Edge of Tomorrow has been getting short shrift in the media. Yes, it is reminiscent of Groundhog Day and many of the other alien invasion movies – or war films for that matter – that have come out over the years, but it is craftier and more clever than those analogies suggest.  Read More