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Suicide Squad

Too bad the squad didn’t die… Premise and Conflict It was bad enough that the reason for assembling the squad was largely the same as Batman’s line of thinking in the last movie, but SS was even worse because Amanda Waller did it before there was a threat. Even worse than that was the clumsiness […]

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 […]

Self/Less

The only good thing was the cool premise. Plot I was intrigued right away- what if one’s consciousness could be transfered to a new, “blank” body? Problem was, the movie didn’t explore that idea which was loaded with inherent drama and conflict. Instead, it explored another premise- what if the “blank” body was actually from […]

Terminator: Genisys

It was an interesting idea to twist the events of the first two movies. Too bad hardly any of it was understandable as the movie piled on one twist after another. Premise and Plot – Arnold Schwarzenegger as the original Terminator (T-800) befriended Sarah Connor when she was a little girl. That wasn’t a twist, […]

Jurassic World

An enjoyable update on the premise and visuals, a disappointing downgrade on the characters. Character Chris Pratt was always on the verge of being funny or cool as he was in Guardians Of The Galaxy, but ultimately he came off as a stick figure saying requisite lines. Another fine actor, Bryce Dallas Howard, also suffered […]

Down The Shore

A good little flick that easily could’ve made more of an impact. Premise It always felt like something was missing. When the French widower arrived in New Jersey, James Gandolfini assumed he was trying to scam him. But that sentiment didn’t last and it was hard to read the ex-husband of James’ sister. More dramatic […]

They Came Together

Premise It was a weak idea to spoof traditional romcoms long after they died. Then, the movie wasn’t even funny- and I’ve enjoyed so many romantic comedies that I’m familiar with the genre’s conventions and tricks. This flick was so over-the-top and direct it was painful and that’s why I stopped watching after 25 minutes, […]