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The Book of Life

This didn't quite seem like a kids' movie, despite being animated -- after all, it's about people dying and going to the afterlife -- but kids' movie it was, and again I felt a little weird about being in the theatre. I really think it would have freaked me out a little when I was a kid, though of course I'm a coward.

I just had to use a picture of La Muerte's wonderful hat.

Dracula Untold

At least this time there's a different problem with the movie -- this one was edited too much, as opposed to last week, when it wasn't edited nearly enough. It's too bad there isn't a way to average them out somehow, except then we'd end up with a movie about a vampire trying to find his missing wife while fending off scary hordes of rampaging Turks and reporters.

A nice picture of Luke Evans in his very cool dragon armor.

Gone Girl

Ben Affleck playing a sociopath usually works out all right, and this movie was no exception. When he doesn't have to try to show normal human emotion I like him a lot better, much like Keanu Reeves. As it turns out, what I should have been worried about was the editing, or maybe it was just that Gillian Flynn, the author of the novel this is based on and who also wrote the screenplay, wouldn't let anyone edit anything out.

Nick awkwardly attempts one of those 'smiles' he's heard so much about.

The Equalizer

It's only getting worse -- not only are they still remaking shows I haven't seen, they're remaking shows I've barely even heard of. I didn't even know this was a remake until a friend of mine casually mentioned that he wanted to see this movie because he'd liked the TV show. Then I vaguely remembered the show's existence, though I thought the main character was a retired cop. He isn't, in either incarnation; he's ex-CIA, though of course the movie version is at least 27 times scarier than the TV version due to ratings issues.

What do you see when you look at Robert? One scary guy, that's what I see.

The Maze Runner

All these movies based on post-apocalyptic-style teen novels are starting to blur together, but I'll see what I can do. It was a little odd -- I mean, you'd expect Hunger Games to attract a range of ages because it was a hugely popular book, and even Divergent attracted more than just the teen crowd, but this time around I really felt like I was in the wrong theatre.

The maze from above. Looks intimidating, doesn't it?

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

As far as I can tell, it's absolutely no use trying to figure out where this movie fits in with the first movie. I almost gave myself a headache trying to work it all out. But some people who were dead at the end of the first Sin City are alive here and some who were dead are still dead, even if they're not quite gone. Marv (Mickey Rourke, Immortals) certainly doesn't seem dead or ghostly, though he is stuck being everyone's go-to guy when they want revenge and don't have the muscle to manage it by themselves.

A nice picture of Joseph Gordon-Levitt to help make up for his lack of plot.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I've mentioned before that I don't generally remember the names of the directors unless they're either incredibly good or incredibly bad. Guess which category Michael Bay fits into? I think the first one of his I saw -- at least the first one where I knew it was one of his movies -- was when I rented Pearl Harbor, somewhat against my better judgment given that Ben Affleck was in it, so it's no surprise that his name gives me some pretty bad flashbacks sometimes. Technically he's the producer here, but that doesn't help much.

I went with Shredder, because he's at least visually interesting.

Guardians of the Galaxy

I'll admit, the previews for this made me a bit nervous. For one thing, the whole idea seemed like an odd choice for the next Marvel movie, since Guardians of the Galaxy was never a hugely popular title. I vaguely remembered the angry talking raccoon and the green woman, but that was about it, so I wasn't sure this was such a good idea. Also, John C.

Not actually a scene in the movie, but still a good cast shot.


The old saying is true: being a legend isn't all it's cracked up to be. At least not when you're Hercules, in this case the older, sadder sort of Hercules played by Dwayne Johnson (The Other Guys), who finished his famous Twelve Labors long ago and now wanders around the Mediterranean as a mercenary for hire.

The legend takes time out to play with his cat. I mean, the Nemean Lion.


First of all, it's wrong to say we only use 10% of our brain, or "cognitive capacity", as it's called here. The fact is, just sitting around listening to music lights up a good portion of the brain with activity, and concentrating on solving a problem involves even more, much more than a mere 10%. But it sounds good, doesn't it? Admittedly it makes us seem like underachievers, but it also lets us imagine a time when the world will be a utopia simply because we've all figured out how to unlock our full potential.

Lucy plays with electrical impulses, Matrix-style.
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