QSTORM REVIEWS THE MARTIAN

"My God, the cast is full of stars!"
"My God, the cast is full of stars!"

I recall seeing Matt Damon in Interstellar and being blown away by his breakdown when his fellow astronauts revive him after being marooned and isolated from all human contact on a remote planet for years. Matthew McConaughey's character embraces him and he is reduced to a torrent of tears and sobs. The camera hangs motionless on this scene for what feels like an eternity and I was totally convinced that I was looking at a guy who had spent a lot of time alone.

Sean Hill Reviews THE WALK

the walkTwelve people have walked on the moon. Only one has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. THE WALK tells the amazing story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), guided by his mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, who overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Which is Philippe walking between the top of the World Trade Center Towers….On a wire.

Sean Hill Reviews SICARIO

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When Arizona FBI agent and kidnap-response-team leader Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) uncovers a Mexican cartel’s house littered with dead bodies, it leads to profound consequences on both a personal and global level. Kate is recruited to join a covert black-ops mission headed by a mysterious Colombian operative known only as Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) along with special agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin). Even as Kate tries to convince herself she’s on a hunt for justice, she is thrust into the dark heart of a secret battleground that has swept up ruthless cartels, kill-crazy assassins, clandestine American spies and thousands of innocents. SICARIO explores the journey of an intelligence operation that pushes the rules to engage with those who don’t play by any.

Sean Hill’s Greatest Films of All Time #11 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

 

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“You know how many times someone told me I was good in my life? Two! Twice! Two times! This raise today and dancing at the disco!”-Tony Manero

I know what you’re thinking, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER?!! That disco movie?!?! Has he lost his mind??! No, I am happy to report that I am perfectly sane and yes SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a great coming of age story. Yes it has disco music but it is not is a disco movie. THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY is disco movie. Before I begin my discussion keep these things about the film in mind.

QSTORM REVIEWS EVEREST

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Fur men on the mount

In 1993, I watched a harrowing nerve-wracking film called Alive, about the plane crash of a Uruguayan rugby team in the Andes mountain range and how they managed to survive. Through no fault of their own, the passengers were plunged into hell merely traveling from point A to point B. Fast-forward to 2000 and I'm watching The Perfect Storm, about a fishing crew, desperate for money, who decides to sail through a confluence of storms in order to get back to shore and sell their catch before it spoils, allowing them to feed their families. Their decision was definitely risky, but one can understand the desperation to provide for one's family, which would drive anyone to behave in a foolhardy manner. Fast-forward a little later into the Aughts and I've got 127 Hours (young man trekking by himself in dangerous canyons and loses an arm), Into The Wild (young man decides to live in the wilderness and dies from consuming poisonous berries) and Grizzly Man (couple decides to live amongst grizzly bears. I don't need to tell you how that ends). I assume I speak for most people when I say that part of the enjoyment, thrill, suspense of seeing a movie is the fact that we as the audience identify with the protagonist, or the hero (or the anti-hero in some cases). When we see the hero on screen, we enjoy thinking subconsciously, well, he or she is doing exactly what I would do in that situation!  I suspect with the typical horror movie, seeing the hero do the exact opposite of what we would do provides the fun. With that in mind, Everest is the greatest horror movie ever made.

What Does The Success Of Straight Outtta Compton Mean For The Future OF Black Films?

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The hip-hop group N.W.A(Niggaz Wit Attitudes) consisting of  Eric Wright (Eazy E) O'Shea Jackson (Ice Cube), Andre Young (Dr. Dre), Lorenzo Patterson (MC Ren) and Antoine Carraby (DJ Yella), managed to merge the things they saw going on in their neighborhood into the revolutionary music they created.  Their biopic STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON chronicles their rise to fame and how they became the world’s most dangerous group. It is an exceptional entry into the biopic genre and is also one of the best films of 2015. As September 3rd 2015 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON has been #1 at the box office for three weeks in a row.

Sean Hill Reviews EVEREST

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On May 10, 1996, Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), the safety-conscious and leader of climbers Adventure Consultants, and Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) leader of another group of climbers, Mountain Madness, led their teams on an ascent toward the highest point on Earth: the summit of Everest, 29,029 ft. above sea level. This is essentially the cruising altitude of a 747.

Quick Take-Chloë Grace Moretz Takes on Aliens in THE 5TH WAVE

 

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In the new film The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated.  Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.  As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him.

Like most filmgoers Chloë Moretz came into my radar based on her performance as the foul mouthed Hit Girl in 2010’s KICK-ASS. She followed up that performance with another good role as Abby in the criminally unseen teen vampire film LET ME IN. Both films were released in 2010 and show how much range she has as an actress.

I WOULD DIE 4 REISSUES: LOOKING 4 THE PURPLE BANANA

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As of 4/18/14 Prince is in the news again and not for a name change or wearing assless pants on TV. He is in the news for his music. More specifically, his music from the 80’s. It was announced today that Prince will retain ownership of his master recordings he made for Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers retains the right to digitally remaster and re-release his old catalogue. Being a hardcore fan since 1983 this should be sending thoughts of Little Red Corvette’s and Purple Rain dancing in my head, however I am holding in a wait and see mode.