Oscar nominations are in, and we like a lot of what the Academy has chosen to honor. Eight nominations for Arrival? Love it. Kubo and the Two Strings with a nomination for visual effects? Unprecedented. Fantastic. Finding Dory not given a cursory nomination just because it's Pixar? Great. And then we get to the original screenplay award... The Lobster has... Continue Reading →
Our Top 5 Movies of 2016!
Welp, it's that time of year again. Fuck the Oscars, I'm sure everyone is just dying to know what two WordPress hacks thought of the year in film. So let's get right to it, shall we? Jaden's Picks Welp, 2016 sucked politically and celebrities-you-love-not-dying-ly, but it did not suck in film. While last time around we were... Continue Reading →
Is there such a thing as a good cliche?
Here's a counfounding situation- let's say you make a movie. This is an animated, PG movie aimed at kids and their parents. And you put a lot of effort into making the animation realistic and beautiful and your casting department nails the voice cast. (As in they do a good job with it, get your... Continue Reading →
Byzantium- Movie Review
DISCLAIMER: I have a very different opinion on this movie than my fellow Living Author, Philip. Saoirse Ronan has finally made herself known to movie buffs around the country with her Golden Globe nomination for best actress for Brooklyn, with plenty of Oscar buzz building. While I was not too thrilled with the movie, as you... Continue Reading →
The Martian- Movie Review(s)
On Friday, both Joshua (JA Prentice) and I went to see Ridley Scott's The Martian in theatres. I had read the book, (and wrote a review about it!) he had not. We do, however, both love science-fiction and critiquing things. After a brief odyssey involving the world's most specifically placed and inconveniently timed traffic-jam which forced us to watch... Continue Reading →
Ex Machina- Review
Singularity is nothing new in the world of sci-fi. The idea of humans creating a machine with artificial intelligence so powerful as to be indistinguishable from human processing is something my personal heroes, Philip K Dick and Isaac Asimov, wrote about rather often. It seems a particularly popular subject right now, as two highly well... Continue Reading →
A Writer’s Review on- Jurassic World
The many existing reviews of Jurassic World that I've seen all mention some of the same things I noticed, a derivative plot, weak characters, even weaker character development and, of course, the rampant product placement. The list goes on but I'm not going to cover what's already been done. I'm here to provide a writer's... Continue Reading →
Inside Out- review
From time to time here at LAS, I'll be posting my thoughts on movies that I watch. Pixar's Inside Out gets the honor of being the first movie to get critiqued. But first... backstory. (Oh, and mild spoilers!) I first heard of this endeavor two years ago, back when writer/director Pete Docter could only say it was... Continue Reading →