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Movie Review: Transcendence

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 04/18/2014 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Clifton Collins Jr.

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality, Running time 119 minutes, Sci-fi/Drama

Compare to: The Lawnmower Man (1992), Hollow Man (2000)

When making a movie about a man whose mind is actually uploaded into a computer, it’s not necessarily a good idea to go through every excruciating detail of how the characters are meant to do this and the subsequent actions that follow; we can accept some scientific liberties in the name of entertainment.

What’s a little more difficult to accept is when everything just happens and then pow, onto the next scene. Something cool is about to happen- we promise! Continue reading

Movie Review: Dark Shadows

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 05/11/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz

Rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking . Running time 113 minutes, Horror/Comedy/Fantasy

Plays like: Beetlejuice (1988), Death Becomes Her (1992)

I really can’t get a general idea of how many people are tired of the Burton/Depp collaboration, but then I look at 2010’s Alice in Wonderland and numbers don’t lie; people just can’t get enough. I can, but I’m only one man and I don’t pay for the movies anyway. Nevertheless, after seven films together, the pair don’t show any signs of calling it quits. Their latest attempt at blending humor and the macabre, Dark Shadows, based on the 70s horror soap tv show, is a perfect example of Burton’s directorial style as well as how little he has refused to evolve his storytelling beyond special effects. Whether or not this is a good thing is up to the viewer, of course. Continue reading