SBox Recommends: Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Movie Review)

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What is it that makes Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast so special? I asked myself that on the way to the theater yesterday and found that answer is actually quite complicated. Like many, I consider the movie a masterpiece of an animated film and one of Disney’s best animated features ever made. It may not be my favorite, but I’d be a fool to not see how impressive a film that really was. I believe the reason we all feel this way about it is that it perfected the Disney princess story in a way that hadn’t been done before. The way it was told, the way it was presented, and the way it wore its animated skin like a glove, is all just a fraction of what made it so beloved to this day.

Now here we are 16 years later to revisit the tale as old as time in a new way. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Movie Review)

SBox Soapbox: Why I’m Conflicted About X-Men’s Future

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A couple weeks ago, I got to see Logan on opening weekend. It was a movie I’ve been looking forward to since the first trailers came out, due to how promising the premise was and how stylistically different it seemed to be from other comic book movies up to this point. The idea was brilliant, and I’m so happy to report that the actual film didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Not only is it one of the most unique films in the X-Men series as well as the whole comic book subgenre; it may actually be among the best. I highly recommend the movie to just about everyone, especially to fans of the X-Men film series that’s been with us for nearly 17 years so far.

X-Men is an immensely impressive series all things considered. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and to an extent the DC Extended Universe) have been dominating the comic movie genre in recent years, X-Men has outlived just about every other such franchise thus far. Just think about how many adaptations its outlived: The Dark Knight, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Hellboy, Blade, Fantastic Four, and the list keeps going. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Why I’m Conflicted About X-Men’s Future

SBox Recommends: Get Out (Movie Review)

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Talk about a movie that just sneaks up on you out of nowhere. My experiences with this movie prior to seeing it only trace back to last month. My brother came to visit one night, and I was talking about all the movies I was looking forward to in 2017. I was rattling off several big name films like Logan and Wonder Woman before he says “Have you heard of this movie, Get Out?” I and the rest of my family answered no, so we decided to watch the trailer together. I was impressed, curious, and bewildered by the film’s director’s credit: Jordan Peele? As in Key & Peele without the Key? As in Peele, the cowriter and co-lead of Keanu?… Now you have my attention. Let’s see how it turned out! Continue reading SBox Recommends: Get Out (Movie Review)

SBox Soapbox: My Uneducated Oscar Predictions 2017

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This weekend marks probably the most important dates on the movie buff calendar: The Academy Awards. We’ve been talking about it for months now, but the day has finally come for us to see which films, actors, directors, and musicians will receive the highest honor in Hollywood (you know, other than money). By now, many should have your bets placed and your predictions set as Sunday night draws closer and closer. Some may be wondering my own predictions for the awards, and boy do I have them…They may not be well founded predictions in the world, but they’re predictions nonetheless. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Uneducated Oscar Predictions 2017

2016 Movie Countdown: Bottom of the Barrel (#45-41)

Welcome, one and all, to the new and revised 2016 Movie Countdown. For those who didn’t see my recent update post click here for the full details of this change. Basically, the original format I started this series on was hard to maintain in a timely fashion. That’s why I decided to change things up, so I can complete the countdown just a bit easier. Hopefully, this new format will also be more easily digestible to you guys, too, so you won’t have to keep up with 45 separate posts.

As you can see, I’ve restarted the countdown back to #45 to demonstrate how future installments will go. For those joining us for the first time, this series is an annual tradition where I rank every film I saw in the previous year from least favorite to favorite. It’s not a best and worst list per se. It’s just my personal favorite films of 2016. This year I will be discussing 45 movies (see the full list here) across 5 posts separated by categories: The Bottom of the Barrel, The Mediocre, The Good, The Great, and finally the Top 10. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Bottom of the Barrel (#45-41)

SBox Quickie: Marvel’s Kingdom Hearts Chances May Have Risen

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Yesterday I was completely blind sighted by the teaser for The Avengers Project. It’s been less than 48 hours since I saw the less than one minute trailer, and yet my mind is still racing in regards of what this game will be. It’s funny what the mind can do with so little information isn’t it, but Square-Enix’s name alone is enough to make me hyped. After all, any opportunity to literally be an Avenger is one I’ll gladly take.

Currently there’s not a lot of information for me to cover or interpret. Perhaps at a future date I’ll make an Analysis of the trailer or something like that, but right now all I can do is make somewhat wild guesses as to what it’ll be. Though you know what Square-Enix game I can talk a bit about? Kingdom Hears III. Continue reading SBox Quickie: Marvel’s Kingdom Hearts Chances May Have Risen

Bloggers Recognition Award

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Well, ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened. Today I stand before you not as the dashing young lad you always knew. For after years of hard work and dedication (not to mention countless bribes), where I’ve dodged various occupational ailments from carpel-tunnel to writer’s block, my life is about to change forever. I am pleased to announce my nomination and acceptance of the prestigious Bloggers Recognition Award (aka BRA)! Indeed! What are the odds that I’d end up with a BRA yet Deadpool wouldn’t get an Oscar nom?…Too soon? Continue reading Bloggers Recognition Award

2016 Movie Countdown: Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (#37)

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“It’s not working! You’re only making them sexier!”

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is the sequel to the 2014 comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron.

A couple years after kicking the Delta Psi fraternity out from next door, Mac and Kelly Radner have finally managed to sell their house with the only obstacle being a 30-day escrow period for the new perspective buyers. All is well and good until three college girls, who aren’t fond of the way frat parties are typically handled, create a sorority of their own. They move in (you guessed it) right next door to the Radner house. With the clock slowly ticking for the escrow and the girls having to party to afford their rent, a standoff ensues. The Radners’ only hope now is for old enemies to reunite and take Kappa Nu down. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (#37)

2016 Movie Countdown: Barbershop – The Next Cut (#38)

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I got robbed twice, and got my ass beat by the second robber for giving all my money to the first… She wasn’t playing!

Barbershop: The Next Cut is the fourth (or third main-series) film in the Barbershop series.

Things have been different ever since Calvin Palmer merged the local beauty salon with his barbershop. New staff, new clientele, and new topics of discussion. Though one more unfortunate new change is the neighborhood. Chicago has become rampant with gangs with violence and death occurring daily. After hearing that his son is in danger of joining a gang, Calvin and the staff decide to use their barbershop to do some good. They announce a 48 hour ceasefire at their shop, offering free haircuts to everyone as long as no further violence ensues. Will it be enough to heal the city? Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Barbershop – The Next Cut (#38)

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