Category: Movies & Music

What you should be watching in October

By MICHAEL EMERSON The Cabin in the Woods At first glance, this film may look like your average run of the mill gore fest filled with clichés and in the beginning, it is. A group of college kids visit a remote cabin out of range of any form of communication. The kids proceed to have a short-lived vacation in said cabin. That fun is quickly snuffed out when zombies attack them. But the film picks up in the second half as the audience realizes the film actually is a meta-parody of the horror genre. The third act hides what would be surprising to the most hardened horror fans. While not traditionally scary, the film is incredible and should be watched by anyone looking for some Halloween fun. Blood Lad If you ever imagined Nightmare Before Christmas as an anime this would be the closest thing to it. Main character Staz is the vampire area boss of a parallel world filled with monsters and spirits. It has a modern shine but the main characters are all based off the iconic movie monsters including Dracula, Wolf Man and Jason Voorhees. Blood Lad is a  funny show filled with plenty of laughs and interesting fights between the different characters. Shaun of the Dead One of the mighty Cornetto trilogy, this parody of Dawn of the Dead produces more laughs than scares...

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Movie review: The Expendables 3

By: MICHAEL EMERSON They say “the third times the charm,” but in the case of the third Expendables movie the charm wears thin. The Expendables 3 is the latest in Sylvester Stallone’s passion project of getting his buddies together. While the other 2 movies were in the realm of “so bad it’s good” self-awareness, the final in the trilogy takes itself too seriously. This time around, the Expendables crew goes on one of their “covert” missions, only to run into an old enemy played by Mel Gibson. After things take a turn for the worst, the leader, played by Stallone, decides to decommission the old team and replace them with fresh youngsters. You’ll notice that one of the problems of this film, and the franchise in general, is that you’ll never remember the names of the characters being played by the aging action stars. The director spends too much time on character development instead of emphasizing the action formula that viewers come to watch. A positive of the film is the genuine comradery between the actors as they talk and crack jokes at one another. This doesn’t translate well in theaters. Action should have been the main attraction. Speaking of actor interaction, the younger cast shows only a modicum of personality but quickly disappears into the background. This series had potential for novelty: the movie shows what a...

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Summer movies

By MICHAEL EMERSON Guardians of the Galaxy: What started out as an incredibly risky venture turned into one of the best movies of the summer breaking box office records and creating a whole slew of characters for kids and adults to enjoy. Obscurity aside, the movie was an introduction not a continuation, a return to epic space operas helmed by a director whose previous work includes Super, which  didn’t scream family friendly adventure. Marvel gambled and in doing so solidified their reputation in the film industry as being able to make good films about anything. Guardians sets a wonderful precedent to other studios that it’s okay to be different, to have fun and most importantly to take a chance and discover the next Guardians of the Galaxy. X-men: Days of Future Past: A time travel plot with a comic book origin will undoubtedly have “Back to the Future” vibes. The new cast integrates with the old perfectly; great acting from both sides comes together to make one good movie. Action, comedy, visual effects, period piece charm and a spot-on cast makes up a versatile film and the reason why “comic book” movies are so popular. 22 Jump Street: The creative minds behind 21 Jump Street, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, have come together to create a sequel to the action/comedy film. 22 Jump Street is not only as...

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier mixes believable special effects with great characters

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set in the Avengers franchise and a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film continues the story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he adapts to present day and tries to keep up with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s secretive shenanigans, while continuing his plight against the forces of evil that plague the country.

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