‘Blade Runner 2049’ Film Review

Grade: A

In 1982, a filmmaker named Ridley Scott (‘Alien’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘The Martian’) took us to a world never before imagined by the human mind. In this world lied breathtaking sights, new and innovative technology, and ideas that would shape life as we know it for the future. No matter how many times this world has been revisited, it still manages to captivate all who visit it to this day, remaining a cultural phenomenon and an experience to witness; it was the world of ‘Blade Runner’! Now, 35 years later, Director Denis Villeneuve (‘Arrival’, ‘Sicario’) takes us back to that same world; only this time, almost everything has changed. The sights we saw have evolved into colorful giants of virtuality and 3-dimensional realism; and while some of the technology remained the same, the world itself has expanded into a bigger, fully realized city of danger and possibilities; The year is now 2049!

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‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Since late 2009, when James Cameron’s spectacular ‘Avatar’ came out and became the highest grossing film at the time (until J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ broke that domestic box-office record a few years back), 3D was mainly used as a marketing gimmick in order to bring in the big bucks. Not to say that CG is a bad thing; I don’t mind looking at colorful characters or immersing myself in a world of beauty. I am starting to catch on to the techniques filmmakers are using. CG is looking more noticeable; making it really hard for me to “feel the moment” so to speak. There are times when the CG in Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ looks noticeable, but if one were to sit back and relax, you could immerse yourself in a world of beauty and realize that things aren’t as bad as they seem.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Film Review

Grade: B

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Poster

I was excited for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ after seeing the first major trailer which showed the original cast (including the likes of Chris Pratt, a green-skinned/sexy Zoe Saldana, an excitable Dave Bautista, a CGI-raccoon with Bradley Cooper’s close-to-Italian accent, and a tiny version of one of everyone’s favorite repetitive could-be annoyances in tree form.) doing some action/comedy exercises intercut with Sweet’s ‘Fox on the Run’. I was given more exciting action, humor, brightly colored footage compared to the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s dimly lit cinematography, and excitement that thrilled me.

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‘Akira’ Classic Film Review.

Grade: B-

Akira Movie Poster

‘Akira’ is considered by many to be an important film that paved way for future science-fiction classics, such as ‘The Matrix’ by The Wachowskis. It was also the film that was said to have introduced Anime to the Western part of the world. I have been wanting to see this film for a few years now; once I saw it in Target, the “movie critic” in me told me to buy it, considering it to be an important addition to my collection of film. (and what a wide variety I have.) After finally watching the film last night, I admit that it is definitely not the greatest Anime film I’ve seen in my life.

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‘Arrival’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Arrival Movie Poster

I have heard that there was some buzz surrounding ‘Arrival’; as usual when it comes to films that market mystery and intrigue. Especially when it comes to alien invasion films. The main mystery surrounding this film comes from the question on a lot of these posters: “Why are they here?”. It’s a question that has been asked since the first alien invasion movie ever made. But what makes ‘Arrival’ seem different is the originality it has.

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Jacob’s Top 10 Science-Fiction Movies of the 80’s.

Science-Fiction is one of the most loved genres of the 80’s, and with the time I have tonight; I will give you my Top 10. Some of these movies you may wonder what happened to, (No spoilers) but it has been hard work to figure out the ones that stood out to me the most. I love 80’s movies, and have a fondness for science-fiction when it comes to that decade. Here they come now!

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‘Morgan’ Film Review.

Grade: D

Morgan Movie Poster

I saw enough potential for ‘Morgan’ to be a great movie. The way the trailers presented this film were enough to convince me to see something directed by Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott; instead, I think Ridley should have helmed his production here. Coming straight from directing the funny, yet tense masterpiece ‘The Martian’, Ridley decided to make this film happen; and while it is a breath of fresh air to see something that seems original, yet clichéd, the problem comes from its confusing and complex script written by Seth Owen.

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