Movie Reviews

As a former Audio Soundtrack Producer / Engineer I offer an insider look at movies, television and webshows.

Mad Max: Fury Road (Movie Review)

“Hope is not a strategy. If you can’t fix what’s broken, you’ll go insane.”

For Fury Road, think of Mad Max and Beyond Thunderdome but do not carry the early franchise with you. This is not a sequel, or a prequel, or a remake. It is another...Read More »

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie Review)

I generally start my reviews with some insight drawn from the message of the film. However, some movies are about the ride, not the destination.

As for the plot, well, a bad guy appears and the Avengers must defeat him, or her, or in this case a him-ish it....Read More »

Ex Machina (Movie Review)

It is a long held sci-fi tenant that machines, even artificially intelligent ones, will be coldblooded. That emotion, compassion, or empathy, is the result or domain of warm-blooded organisms only. However, nothing in human existence bears this out. We have not yet developed truly intelligent machines,...Read More »

Chappie (Movie Review)

Artificial Intelligence, consciousness, self-awareness, misfits, conscience, there is so much I could say that I have, in fact, written a lengthy book on these subjects and even that barely scratches the surface. There are millions of considerations, and millions of stories to tell, and Chappie is one of...Read More »

Kingsman: The Secret Service (Movie Review)

Take James Bond and give him a Marvel Universe style villain, shake, do not stir, add a pinch of Get Smart with a garnish of Monty Python, and you have Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Loosely based on an Icon comic book, it is the story of a super-secret service, hidden...Read More »

Jupiter Ascending (Movie Review)

Usually I start my reviews with some relevant observation or correlation based on one of the movie’s motivating statements. Some movies do not make statements. There is nothing wrong with a B or C grade message-less movie. I can say that, as I have written a...Read More »

The Theory of Everything (Movie Review)

The body is a bounded vessel. The mind ignores those boundaries.

There is nothing I can say or add about Stephen Hawking. If you do not know who he is, well, Google him. A fragile body houses a brilliant, insightful, mathematical mind. Despite his physical limitations...Read More »

The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies (Movie Review)

What marks a true friend? Can a thief, someone who has stolen from you, still be your friend? How much treasure is blood worth?

The question many folk have asked is; can you make a feature length film out of a single chapter? I suppose you can,...Read More »

Interstellar (Movie Review)

Newton’s Three Laws of Motion:
1. An object at rest or in motion will maintain its state until acted upon by another object.
2. Mass times Acceleration equals Force.
3. (Colloquial) For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Or, to coin the film, to move forward...Read More »

Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (Movie Review)

Art: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings (Merriam-Webster).

What is art? There’s the definition. I feel certain that you can point to something that you believe to be art, or artistic, or artful. But...Read More »

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Movie Review)

Sin City - A Dame to Kill For

It isn’t the medium, it’s the message. However, there are those rare cases when the reverse is true.

There are not many messages in Sin City, regardless of which of the movies you pick. The message is the medium. These are Frank Miller graphic novels, and it...Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy (Movie Review)

Guardians of the Galaxy

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. (Unknown origin. Sometimes thought to be Arabic, though there is no specific evidence as such. There is an equivalent 4th century, BC, Sanskrit formulation of the concept. The earliest recorded English version was in 1884.)

Sometimes a story...Read More »

Lucy (Movie Review)

Lucy (the movie)

The idea that humans use only 10 percent of their brains is a myth. In the 1890’s, Harvard psychologists William James and Boris Sidis conducted tests in the accelerated raising and training of the child prodigy William Sidis, who effectively reached an adulthood IQ more than 240. ...Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Movie Review)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

In my book, On a Sphere’s Edge, there is this line, “We are us, and they are them, and it is always us against them.” It is sad to think that, no matter what we might do, no matter how far we...Read More »

Maleficent (Movie Review)


Like a coin, a tale has two sides, and so does a spell. Be careful what you wish for, for you do not know which side of the coin you will get.

We all think of the evil witch, Maleficent, from “Sleeping Beauty”. But nothing springs from nothing....Read More »

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