Movie review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Grade: B+

‘Merica! (Film still from Next Movie)

Happy birthday, ‘Merica! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday (and a day off from work) by going to a matinee showing of a movie that is: a) about one of the most revered presidents in American history, b) a completely fantastical retelling of said president and the Civil War, and c) about hunting vampires.

I legitimately enjoyed this film. A lot of the reviews I have read say that this movie takes itself too seriously, what with the somewhat ludicrous material, and should have aired more on the campy side, but I didn’t care. It was good ol’ fashioned summer blockbuster fun, and people need to lighten up already. As Richard Roeper so aptly stated: “Of course it’s ridiculous and tasteless and grotesque. It’s ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER.” Continue reading

Movie review: Prometheus

Grade: C+

I love you, Michael Fassbender.

Words cannot express how glad I am that Ridley Scott has finally returned to his sci-fi roots. This is not to say that I did not enjoy “Thelma and Louise,” “Gladiator,” or “American Gangster,” but I definitely could have done without “A Good Year” and “Kingdom of Heaven.” I consequently overhyped “Prometheus” in my head, though I suppose over-hype was unavoidable with the “TED Talks” featurettes and other promos they came out with months before its actual release. This movie was a valiant attempt to recreate the awesomeness that was “Alien”– it is admittedly something of a quasi-prequel to the “Alien” franchise– and it succeeded in certain areas (effects, action, casting, general storyline). However, it failed in others (cliched, formulaic, overly vague) and left me rather frustrated when I got out of the theatre. Continue reading