Archive for emma stone

Movie Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 10/30/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Zach Galifianakis,

Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence, Running time 119 minutes, Comedy/Drama

Compare to: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

It’s great to watch a film where you can really tell the actors involved treated this like it was going to represent everything they’ve ever done. Or as though it’s the last movie they’re ever going to do.

While comparisons between leading man Keaton and his onscreen counterpart, Riggan Thomson, are inevitable, one can only hope the comparisons begin and end at the two playing a superhero before superheroes were popular. Because Riggan is a few tools short in his shed. But it seems that’s exactly what Keaton needed to burst from his interesting supporting roles and back into the spotlight. Continue reading

ZRE Podcast #18: In Defense of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , on 05/14/2014 by Taylor Holt


Spoilers ahead!

So like, UMM, people are like, CRAPPING all over this movie and like, I just don’t understand all this hate, y’know?

Even though TASM2 is raking it in at the box office (Yeah- I said it), many critics are outright bashing the movie as if they were being paid to(!). Which, in turn, creates a bunch of negative Nancies. What, you didn’t like it either? I bet we cover your complaints in our extremely awesome podcast as well as an explanation for the X-men clip. Order in the court, betch! Continue reading

ZRE Podcast #16: Amazing Spider-Man 2- Pleasing the Fans or the Mainstream?

Posted in Podcasts, Reviews! with tags , , , , on 05/02/2014 by Taylor Holt


Spoilers Ahead! That is, the few things the trailers didn’t already give away.

Being fans of the comic, Josh and I are a bit more torn on how to approach this movie. As comic book fans or as a movie alone? Are they the same thing or do they need to be separated to be critiqued fairly?

We also discuss villains we’d like to see adapted regardless of…uh…adaptability. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 05/02/2014 by Taylor Holt


Spoiler Free!

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Chris Cooper

Rated PG-13 for for sequences of Sci-fi action/violence, Running time 142 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: Ghostbusters 2 (1989), Hellboy (2004)

Once The Avengers was realized as a hit, it became pretty clear comic book movies and more so big-budget Action movies wouldn’t be the same. Sequels and spin-offs, references and hints at future films are everywhere; we can’t escape the advertising or the news of future sequels when the current installment hasn’t been released.

So while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffered from the Sequel Syndrome as I’ve decided to call it just now, the movie itself is enjoyable, with just enough drama for you to be invested. Perfect? No. Far from it. But asking for perfection in a series at all is a bit much anyway so settling for fun isn’t a bad compromise, if a compromise at all. Continue reading

Movie Review: Gangster Squad

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 01/23/2013 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Michael Pena

Rated R for for strong violence and language, Running time 92 minutes, Action/Crime/Drama

Compare to: The Untouchables (1987), Tombstone (1993)

It’s funny how attracted people are to the lifestyle of gangsters and killers. No matter what they’ve been exposed for doing, people never tire of the old school ways of suits, guns, cars, and basically just doing whatever you want, regardless of what side of the law you’re on. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 07/02/2012 by Taylor Holt

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen

Rated PG-13 for sequences of action violence , 136 Minutes, Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Compare to: Batman Begins (2005), Captain America (2011)

If you’ve read either of these articles I’ve written in the past month, you should know I’m a pretty big Spider-Man fan. Those are here and here. Even after what Sony did to him in The Spider-Man series, specifically Spider-Man 3, I never blamed Peter Parker for what happened. So upon hearing that a new Spider-Man series was in tow, I was in amazement (no pun) and confusion, like many people. Another one? Already? Reboot?

The marketing hasn’t been too kind either. From multiple clips and trailers, to releasing posters that are far too similar to Sam Raimi’s trilogy as well as letting a twenty-five minute version of the movie online only to take it off after a day or so; this new one didn’t seem to have much going for it. Then I was actually able to watch the film that was big-budgeted, yet had a lot on the line; thankfully, it is a solid movie and if another trilogy is spawned from this one, I won’t mind. Continue reading