Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War May04

Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War

Avengers Infinity War Review by Sean Robert Lay 2007 seems like a long time ago. Movies based upon Marvel comic books were grasping for air and had one foot in their grave. Brett Ratner had just destroyed the X-Men, Daredevil was a total garbage pile, Hulk was an (slight pun intended) abomination and Peter Parker had just emo danced all over our broken hearts. An announcement was made in that year everyone scoffed at immediately. Marvel wanted their chance to make their mark with what few properties they hadn’t prostituted away to other companies and Iron Man was in production. It couldn’t be good? Right? I mean, it was a character that no...

Review Of Black Panther Feb25

Review Of Black Panther

Black Panther from Marvel Studios reviewed by Sean Robert Lay “Irresponsible man-child is forced into growing up, putting selfish needs aside, learning a lesson about power and responsibility and coming to terms with the hero he needs to be” Sound familiar? If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it should. Going back to Iron Man, moving on to Thor, Antman, Doctor Strange…they’re all interchangeable characters in the same plot. Selfish, but good-hearted man gains powers. Shirks responsibility. Some devastating event occurs and he learns the true meaning of being a hero just in time to stop whatever generic villain Marvel didn’t...

WONDER WOMAN Movie Review Jun01

WONDER WOMAN Movie Review

Wonder Woman I really like Wonder Woman a lot, as I wrote about HERE Just back from the opening night of Wonder Woman and I loved every minute of the film. From the opening with Diana getting a package from a friend and then fading to her origin to the very end of the movie with her jumping into action again. Lilly Aspell played Diana as a child and was so good, her posture and expressions foreshadow who she will become. I also loved Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, strong and wise and regal. Robin Wright was Diana’s Aunt, Antiope and played the role beautifully. The Diana becoming Wonder Woman part was a nice blend of things taken from the...

REVIEW OF A MAN CALLED OVE Nov08

REVIEW OF A MAN CALLED OVE

A Man Called Ove Written and Directed by Hannes Holm; based on the novel by Fredrick Backman Starring: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Ida Engvoll Ove is a Swedish curmudgeon with OCD. Only the occasional person will bother to find the softy underneath. When the story opens, his wife has died and he is attempting to join her. If this sounds grim, it is in spots. But the grimness gives way to humor or sentiment quickly. And yet it never lets the story run away with it. A Man Called Ove is about as faithful to its source as any movie I’ve seen this year. It took the strengths of the book, cast it perfectly, and told the story efficiently and...

AMERICAN HONEY Reviewed Oct28

AMERICAN HONEY Reviewed

Written and Directed by Andrea Arnold Starring Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough Andrea Arnold’s American Honey brilliantly captures the aimless, lost generation now designated the millennials. This is a road picture that finds no romance on the road itself, but only in the gyrating bodies and music of a vagabond group of magazine salesmen lead by its quasi-cult leader, Krystal. We make the journey along with Star, a nineteen year old with no place to go and nothing to do although none of the dozen youth in her van sees life very differently. They are content to knock on doors by day and have sex, smoke pot, and dance at night....