The Purge Election Year (**) Trying to wedge social commentary into a horror film

If they really wanted to improve these films, they'd drop the politics and ramp up the creativity. Give it less a feel of government crackdown and more a sense of random chaos that can't clean up after 12 hours.

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Captain America: Civil War (*****) Goes where the Avengers cannot

The story surges ahead and it really is quite centered, despite the number of characters involved. The premise is a simple one, yet the questions it asks are profound. It really extends on the premise on how we want to be governed. Do we want to fulfill our own destiny, or do we want to push that responsibility to the side in wait of the judgement of others who may or may not be wiser.

The Purge: Anarchy (**) needs to improve if it wants to be the new Saw, Paranormal Activity

The Purge: Anarchy - 2014 Writer and Director James DeMonaco Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Michael K. Williams In the second take of the dystopian series, we go outside the confines of the home to the streets of L.A., where, presumably, no one is safe. This is especially true for the lower and working class people. It … Continue reading The Purge: Anarchy (**) needs to improve if it wants to be the new Saw, Paranormal Activity

Homefront – Statham gets the “benefit” of Stallone’s experience

Homefront - 2013 Director Gary Fleder Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Rachelle Lefevre, Frank Grillo, Clancy Brown, Izabela Vidovic Screenplay Sylvester Stallone based on Homefront by Chuck Logan Stallone's film formula has been the equal to "he punched me first" for as long as I can remember.  Statham has been doing the same stuff since he stopped working with Guy Ritchie.  It was only … Continue reading Homefront – Statham gets the “benefit” of Stallone’s experience

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The enemy is not us

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 2014 Director Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a special kind of thrill.  In the small town of Seaside Oregon, Grouchnapper and I walked into a box theater which had less … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The enemy is not us

End of Watch: I’ve got your back

End of Watch - 2012 Written and Directed by David Ayer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, Cody Horn End of Watch is one of the most gripping police dramas made in many years.  Its power is in an immediate filming style which uses primarily smaller digital cameras … Continue reading End of Watch: I’ve got your back