Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2016: Classic Horror: King Kong

There's a slight change of plans with this month's blindspot selection, with me opting to jump ahead and watch Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's King Kong, instead of my originally scheduled pick of The Mummy. It's a bit of a stretch to lump King Kong in with my theme of classic horror, with the film being more of an adventure film, however this giant ape is one of the most iconic movie monsters and is well worth talking about.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

The X-Men face their greatest foe in X-Men: Apocalypse. En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) is the world's first mutant, who was worshiped as a god in ancient Egypt, before he was betrayed and entombed for thousands of years. Upon awakening in 1983, En Sabah Nur decides to destroy the world and remake it in his own image. To do this, he recruits his "four horsemen" of Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who recently suffered a spirit breaking loss. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) try to stop En Sabah Nur's plan, with the help of young mutants Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters).

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2016 CAST Awards Announced

The Cinema Appreciation Society of Toronto has announced their awards for the 2016 edition of the Hot Docs Film Festival. Fourteen individuals contributed their picks for the top documentaries of the festival, with David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's stranger than fiction investigation story Tickled coming out on top. The other top films include Jay Cheel's How to Build a Time Machine and the rotoscoped school shooting reenactment Tower.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: My Millennial Life

The challenges faced in the lives of five 20-somethings are documented in My Millennial Life. Millennials are considered to be one of the most educated generations. However, at the same time these individuals face great difficulty finding full-time employment and a quality of life on the same level of their parents. Hope, Tim, Emily, James, and Meron are five 20-somethings, who are trying to eke out an existence in the modern world.

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Sean Kelly

Review: Hevn (Revenge)

A woman seeks vengeance against the man who molested her sister in Hevn (Revenge). Rebekka (Siren Jørgensen) arrives at an isolated hotel situated in the fjords of Western Norway. Posing as a travel reporter named Andrea, Rebekka states that she wants to interview the hotel's manager Morten (Frode Winther) for an upcoming article. However, Rebekka has a completely separate agenda, since twenty years prior her younger sister Emma (Rakel Hamre), who recently committed suicide, was molested at 13 by a then 19 year old Morten. Blaming him for her sister's death, Rebekka plans to lay out a trap for Morten to ensure that he doesn't harm anyone else.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sean Kelly

External Review: KISS Rocks Vegas

In November 2014, KISS invaded Las Vegas for a nine-show run at the Hard Rock Hotel. Adapting their over-the-top stadium rock show for a smaller casino venue, the band hits the stage and plays all of their hits from a more than forty year career.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: The Nice Guys

A private investigator and enforcer reluctantly team up to locate a missing woman in The Nice Guys. Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a private investigator in 1977 Los Angeles, who is currently looking for a missing girl named Amelia Kutner (Margaret Qualley). However, Amelia doesn't want to be found and hires Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) to tell Holland to stop the search, breaking his arm in the process. However, when Healy himself is attacked by thugs looking for Amelia, he decides to hire Holland to try and unravel why she went missing in the first place.

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