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Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 11/05/2013 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberpatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti

Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality, Running time 134 minutes, Drama/Historical/Biography

Compare to: Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Movies like this don’t get made that often. I don’t mean movies about slaves or how one man triumphed the white system when everyone was against him. I certainly don’t mean movies like The Butleror Lincoln, where much meaning is lost through all the Hollywood “doctoring.”

Movies like 12 Years a Slave are rare in their authenticity to the source, the engaging way in which they’re told, and it’s ability to make you cringe without ever looking away. Director Steve McQueen has done it again, in a story that’s both amazing and horrifying. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Counselor

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 10/25/2013 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt

Rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language, Running time 117 minutes, Drama/Thriller/Crime

Compare to: Layer Cake (2006), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

It seems when Cormac McCarthy writes anything, be it a novel or screenplay, he creates characters with a dark past, a very intense present, and a world where anything can happen. The themes are there, the dialogue is real, and the film can be as thought-provoking as you want it to be.

Now, a beginning, middle and end? That’s where things get a bit difficult to explain. Continue reading

Movie Review: Prometheus

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , on 06/07/2012 by Taylor Holt

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce

Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language Running time 124 minutes, Action/Sci-fi/Horror

Compare to: Sunshine (2007), The Thing (2010)

To define what I just watched might take more than a single review. I don’t want to describe the movie with the impression that I’ve never seen anything like it before, but rather to process everything I’ve just watched and decide how much I loved and how much better other aspects could have been. One viewing might not be enough. That being said, Prometheus is one heck of a thing to watch, regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of the Alien series. We can all even further implore the recovery process to forget the last two Alien VS. Predator films. It seems the creators of Prometheus have already, thanfully for us. Continue reading