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2nd Run Theater: CHAPPiE (2015) – Short Circuit’s Opus

After the less well received follow-up, Elysium (2013), from the much well-deserved and praised, District 9 (2009), Neill Blomkamp had a lot to prove (to me) with CHAPPiE.  I’m not going to say that I loved this flick because I didn’t, but I did find it to be refreshingly honest and whimsical in its dark, gritty, South African way.  Seeing the obvious inspirations of Robocop … Continue reading 2nd Run Theater: CHAPPiE (2015) – Short Circuit’s Opus

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2nd Run Theater: Furious 7 (2015) – Zero to Awesome in 3.2 Seconds

I wasn’t late to the Fast & Furious franchise, but I started out as a seething dissenter to the original movie.  I thought the whole premise to be hackneyed and found pure joy in not being on the “up and up” with the fervor for the movie.  By the time 2 Fast 2 furious (2003) came out, I was solidly in the “get the heck … Continue reading 2nd Run Theater: Furious 7 (2015) – Zero to Awesome in 3.2 Seconds

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2nd Run Theater: Seventh Son (2015) – A Medieval Country-Western

I’ve never seen a medieval country-western before.  I think the closest to that sort of feel was Ladyhawke (1985) with Rutger Hauer, Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer.  The sort of galloping into the sunset with shields and broad swords feel that gives the unique sense of leather, sweat and steel – with a twang.  That was sort of how I felt watching Seventh Son.  I … Continue reading 2nd Run Theater: Seventh Son (2015) – A Medieval Country-Western

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2nd Run Review: Jupiter Ascending (2015) – More Like “The Dissension Of My Patience”

Eddie Redmayne (Balem Abraxas) may be up for the lead role in any Rolling Stones biopic because quite frankly his lips-to-head ratio is nothing short astounding.  Now, his character in the movie on the other hand, well… on to the mini-review. Humanity has prided itself on being the center of the universe.  God’s creation in His own image, but what if there was a twist … Continue reading 2nd Run Review: Jupiter Ascending (2015) – More Like “The Dissension Of My Patience”

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2nd Run Theater: Taken 3 vs. John Wick – Whoa. I Know Kung-Fu.

The credit I give both movies is that they are some spectacularly choreographed action movies.  The action scenes are entertaining, and while they defy belief, belief is not really required – just your undivided attention.  In both flicks you have your aging or aged protagonist, anti-hero whose thrust into a situation that is seemingly out of their control and go headlong on an action/adventure romp … Continue reading 2nd Run Theater: Taken 3 vs. John Wick – Whoa. I Know Kung-Fu.

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2nd Run Theater: ‘Birdman’ (2014) an Ode To The Ridiculousness of Fame

Wow.  I have to say that I was a little taken by surprise by how much this movie touched on the magnitude, potency, fallibility and tragedy of fame in such an interesting and compelling manner.  I’m not going to say this movie was the most enjoyable for me this year, but it was certainly up there. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a washed-up Hollywood actor … Continue reading 2nd Run Theater: ‘Birdman’ (2014) an Ode To The Ridiculousness of Fame

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2nd Run Theater: Big Hero 6/ Edge of Tomorrow/ Justice League: Throne of Atlantis/Interstellar

I had some time to kill over the last few days, thus I decided to catch up on a few movies that I’ve been eager to see for a while but just didn’t have the time to get around to since my schedule has been really hectic lately.  Anyway, here we go. Big Hero 6 (2014) Based on Marvel Comics super-science team of the same … Continue reading 2nd Run Theater: Big Hero 6/ Edge of Tomorrow/ Justice League: Throne of Atlantis/Interstellar