Posts by: Chris Jalil

There are very few movies nowadays where the conclusion comes close to unpredictable. The Dark Knight Rises had me wondering months before its release. Christopher Nolan had the power to kill Batman in his hands. It would be his final movie, as no sequel was confirmed, and rumors had been circulating like wildfire. This was an instance where something could actually happen. It didn’t.

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Hollywood has sold out. Not that I have a problem with that, but this is an argument that has no rebuttal. Thought-provoking cinema has been replaced with one-size-fits-all fairy tales. You’ve got the hero, the distressed damsel (no matter how tough she initially seems), and the happy ending. Nothing less, but rarely anything more.

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Appreciation for Anticipation: As soon as it gets here it’s gone. Can’t this be said of all great things? Movies definitely subscribe.

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Iron Man 3

On May 4, 2013 By

More bitter than sweet. Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne grins at the audience, at Alfred (Michael Caine), a cowl nowhere to be seen. He’s done. There was a lot of talk about whether the Iron Man series would continue after its third installment.

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Oblivion

On April 20, 2013 By

Star Wars meets Inception. And it works. Unfamiliar machines rule the earth; they suffocate it, running it dry. With sparse resources and even fewer companions, a man stands at the center: curious. Insubordinate. You can just hear the clichés coming: “One man… blah blah… to save the world.” And Director Joseph Kosinski is counting on it. He wants you to bank on familiarity. He smirks as you roll your eyes at his trailer. He’s got you.

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A solid showing. The war rages. Robb Stark (Richard Madden) fights for the Iron Throne, to attain justice, or maybe just to battle boredom, and all the while, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) licks his wounds and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) amps up her armada with soldiers who evidently don’t need their nipples (or their balls, for that matter). And the Lannisters, of course, play the game of whispers in the wind. But was this production the remarkable comeback we all yearned for—anxiously anticipated with fan mugs in hand?

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The man that rendered physical comedy relevant once more, Jim Carrey, is a profound influence on the minds of modern moviegoers. His unforgettable mug evokes nostalgic smirks and chuckles as fans recall his outrageous portrayals of larger-than-life characters in surreal circumstances. The Jerry Lewis of his generation, this extraordinary actor’s keen ability to play the heartstrings is only paralleled by his mastery of the elusive funny bone.

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The success of Skyfall can be attributed to any number of the film’s cogs. Its locations unapologetically stole the audience’s breath, its plot intrigued, and the dialogue was as sharp as ever. Upon exiting the theater, I didn’t have a problem with any of that. It was the quintessential Bond film. I did, however, take issue with the villain.

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The “Why you should now boycott Cartoon Network immediately” piece. So I was on my way home from campus one fine morning not long ago when I decided it was the perfect moment to contemplate reviewable material. Of course, I wanted to stay away from the garbage that’s already been torn a few “new ones,” bias and all that. But at the same time, I was a little tired of praising the likes of Arrow and Modern Family again and again. So I chose to wake up early one Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. To succinctly sum up my first experience—I loved it. I was a kid again, and man, have visuals come far.

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The Big Bang Theory

On February 19, 2013 By

TV for nerds! What do you get when you toss a moderately attractive blonde in with a group of eccentric guys? It’s not “originality,” I’ll give you that. This device is basically the “ace in the hole” of comedy. Whether we’re talking about movies, television shows, or even plays, introducing a character to a remarkably unusual environment is sure to incite humorous interactions. The creativity lies in the choice of antithesis. Aspiring actress from Nebraska meets socially challenged geniuses, for example, radiates brilliance.

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So Dead Space 3’s finally out, and yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. Since Resident Evil has basically fallen off of the boat that is “survival horror” (both in their film and video game franchises), it’s been up to Electronic Arts and Visceral Games to maintain the mantle. And to bloody it up a bit, of course.

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Rules of Engagement

On February 4, 2013 By

What’s in a name? TBS is currently running promos for Cougar Town, dispelling all preconceptions about the show’s errr… unusual title. (Seeing as any viewer forced to experience the pain that is the “comedy” mercifully cancelled by ABC understands that there’s no rhyme or reason for the heading.) As a TV critic, there’s only so much I can go on: those 30-second commercials that deceitfully build up the show, the production’s cast, and of course the allure of its name.

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