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Gone Girl Movie Review – October’s creepiest movie for all the best unexpected reasons

It’s the kick-off for Oscar season, and what better way to start the spookiest month of the year than with a terrifyingly creepy film? Although not without its casual (and minor) gore, Gone Girl’s scare-factor isn’t about flying heads and slashing knives but rather something that’s much more frightening – that of the human condition (Yikes!). The movie is…

Frozen’s Elsa Character Analysis – We Are All Elsa

(Warning: Mild Spoilers. ) I want to talk today about one of the most amazing characters to be cranked out of Disney. Queen Elsa. Though she has definitely been embraced by the LGBT community, in a very strong way she also represents anyone who has ever had to suppress a part of their true nature.…

Wolf of Wall Street Review – Crappy people being crappy people, on drugs.

Wolf of Wall Street Review So The Wolf of Wall Street… it certainly strays from the usual fare of what I watch and review here, but I thought it was a film that’s certainly worth covering for both its good and its bad (and hey, it’s Oscar season!). Not for the obvious reasons, though, as…

Catching Fire Review – The film takes the best parts of the book and makes them better.

Spoiler Warning – contains heavy spoilers for Hunger Games (first book/ film), light spoilers for Catching Fire (second film). Every now and then a live action adaptation does it right – like, really right – and Catching Fire was an absolutely wonderful translation from book to film. All but the nit-pickiest of fans can expect…

Thor 2 – The Dark World Review

I’m actually really glad to say that Thor 2 was an unexpectedly wonderful addition to the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe, which I have grown to adore in the past few years. Right before Avengers was released, I set out to watch all the MCU films that I had missed (and re-watch a few) and personally…

Elysium 2013 Review – Not So Hidden Message

Elysium 2013 Review IzzieBytes Rating: 4/5, A- Characters: 4/5 Story: 4/5 Acting: 4/5 Effects: 5/5 Music: 4/5 The Summer of Sci-fi continues with Elysium, a dystopian adventure with a thinly veiled message about privilege, poverty, and the very controversial issues of universal health care and immigration. After District 9’s resounding success, writer / director Neill…

Pacific Rim Review – Decidedly Not Transformers

IzzieBytes Rating: 4/5, A- Characters: 3/5 Story: 4/5 Acting: 3.5/5 Effects: 5/5 Music: 4/5 Having kicked things off with Oblivion back in April, this summer’s blockbuster-hopefuls list has had a decidedly Sci-Fi flare, which admittedly has me spending far more on tickets than I have in several years. The downside, however, is that the genre…

Is the Assassin’s Creed film already starting out on the wrong foot with white-washing?

It was brought to my attention recently that there’s an Assassin’s Creed movie in the works, which got me a little more excited than I expected. The honest truth is I’ve played maybe two hours of the entire series (which I promise I’m hoping to change very soon). But it’s always intrigued me a ton;…

SOPA / PIPA, Fandoms, and the Entertainment Industry

I managed to spend about an hour at the NY/NJ Tech Group emergency meetup / protest yesterday. Listening to the very influential speakers and just the general chatter really got me thinking about what SOPA/PIPA means to me. I’ve never been an angel. I was a huge pirate during my high-school / college years; at…

Movie Review: Sucker Punch

IzzieBytes Rating: 3/5 , C+ Characters: 2/5 Story: 3/5 Acting: 4/5 Effects: 5/5 Music: 4/5 Overview: Sucker Punch is one of those movies you that if you go in expecting nothing but eye-candy, you come out with a little more. But if you had high-hopes for an in-depth, moving film, then you’ll  end up pretty…