Crimson Peak

A movie of atmosphere and cool ghost effects that were tiring without the fundamentals of a good story. It’s also more proof that story trumps talent. That means a better story could’ve succeeded with a B-list cast and/or director or could’ve been a classic with this talent. Structure It took 45 minutes to get to […]

Oldboy (2013)

More like, hoo-boy, what were they thinking? Character Look at the recent John Wick and The Equalizer to understand the most glaring flaw with this movie. In Wick, Keanu Reeves was out of the business and the injustice done to him (albeit questionable) sparked his revenge. In The Equalizer, Denzel was a regular working man, […]


A great idea and fun imagination…that went nowhere. Plot There was no A Story. It seemed that Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) would’ve used her powers to destroy the entire criminal network, but no. That also would’ve been the typical route to take so kudos to Luc Besson for trying something different. Yet, the new plot direction […]

Sex Tape

It’s tempting to think that the story mistakes might have been overlooked had there been more and better laughs throughout the movie. But really, it wasn’t funny because of the mistakes. Let’s compare Sex Tape to the recent and successful Neighbors because they were both R-rated comedies involving young couples with a problem. Opening Moments […]


It was a good idea in general to turn the villain into a hero. As for the details… Objective/Stakes and Character After cursing the king’s baby daughter, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) didn’t do anything and had no objective. She remained in the shadows, casted minor magic here and there and that was it until Act III. […]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Unbelievable how they repeated some of the mistakes from Spider-Man 3. Too bad there is no cosmic justice that would transfer the Spidey rights back to Disney’s Marvel. Structure/Plot That’s what a movie looks like when there is no A Story, just a bunch of subplots. Character Electro was one of the worst comic book […]

After Earth

The movie came out on cable and, stupid me, I watched a little out of curiosity to see why everyone disliked it. Character The father Will Smith was presented as a type of superhero in having no fear and that made him unrelateable. Then he was an a-hole with his son Jaden Smith. Jaden himself […]