Friday, August 29, 2014

Top 10 Films of 1992

1. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
Tarantino Reservoir Dogs, Best movies of 1992, Best Tarantino movies

2. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
 Best Movies of 1992, Best Clint Eastwood movies, Clint Eastwood Unforgiven

3. A Few Good Men (Rob Reiner)
 A Few Good Men Tom Cruise Jack Nicholson, Best Tom Cruise movies

4. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
 The Crying Game movie

5. Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
 Malcom X Denzel Washington Spike Lee

6. My Cousin Vinny (Jonathan Lynn)
 My Cousin Vinny, Joe Pesci My Cousin Vinny Tomei

7. Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley)
 Glengarry Glen Ross movie

8. Aladdin (Ron Clements, John Musker)
 Aladdin 1992, Aladdin movie, Robin Williams Aladdin, Best Robin Williams movies

9. Scent of a Woman (Martin Brest)
 Al Pacino Scent of a Woman, Best Al Pacino movies, best of 1992

10. The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann)
 Daniel Day Lewis, Last of the Mohicans movie

Monday, August 11, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Marvel's latest installment, Guardians of the Galaxy, gives us an expanded look into their superhero universe. With Guardians of the Galaxy, we get to see the stories of these lesser known heroes come to life.

Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax are the Guardians of the Galaxy, a team formed to protect to world (and galaxy) from all forms of evil. As a powerful orb gets in the wrong hands, they try to do just that, protect the galaxy.

 photo guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-teaser-rocket_zps2aa2c3c7.jpg Guardians of the Galaxy was a big risk by Marvel. It features lesser known heroes and it's much more Sci-Fi based than it's previous films (Rocket is a talking raccoon while Groot is a talking tree than can only say 3 words).

The fact that it was able to cash in on a 90+ million dollar opening weekend -on par with Captain American 2- is a testament to the Marvel Brand (and marketing). It's a strong statement that we'll be seeing a lot more superheros in the future.
I admit, the superhero genre has become a bit over saturated lately, but Guardians feels different.

 I am Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy GrootSure, at times it can fall into some of the typical superheroe cliches, but that's more of a fault with the genre than the film. Unlike most superhero films, it avoids the familiar origin stories of all these characters and gets the point much more quickly.

It also takes on a lighter tone with a more comedic approach and a killer soundtrack.

With tremendous charisma and screen presence, Chris Pratt (Quill) steals the show. Without him, I don't think the movie would have worked as well as it does. As more of a supporting player throughout his career, I hope this movie can finally put him on the map.

Guardians of the Galaxy works as a sci-fi adventure, a superhero film, and an underdog film. It's just a film about a band of misfits who come together for a greater good.

With  fresh characters and dazzling visuals, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the better starts to a franchise in recent memory. It's a blast.