Tag Archives: James Cameron

Trailer Thrash VI: Iron Man 3, Die Hard 5, The Evil Dead… 1.5?

Every Saturday, Check the Reel features Trailer Trash, a close look at previews, trailer, and sneak peeks for films not yet released. What does the rest of the year promise for theatres and Netflix accounts? Which are the masterpieces? Which are the … Continue reading

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ParaNorman: What Brave Should Have Been

After The Dark Knight Rises, I told myself, “That’s it for summer.” There was still another month-and-a-half of $200-300 million budget blockbusters to go, from Bourne Legacy to the Total Recall remake, and this weekend it ends with a literal bang as Expendables II rolls into … Continue reading

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Star Acting vs. Responsibility to Narrative vs. The Amazing Spider-Man

Every time someone says The Amazing Spider-Man is better than Sam Raimi’s trilogy I cringe. In fact, it hits me right in the heart, because as a critic I aim to understand how and why people respond to films in certain … Continue reading

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Why is it called “Brave”?: Pixar’s Problem of Flow and Gender

Do I need to explain why Pixar’s awesome? It’s a given by now, and I’ll only add that they prove a company made up of self-motivated artists devoted to their craft can enjoy continued commercial and critical success. That said, I … Continue reading

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Prometheus: A Cinematic Identity Crisis (Plus a Second Look at Alien 3 and Resurrection)

For those who were worried Ridley Scott’s Prometheus would mindlessly follow the formula of the first Alien movie, you can rest assured: Prometheus has no idea what movie’s formula it wants to follow. Is it the original Alien, with its dank interiors and growing, … Continue reading

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