Shazam Fury of the Gods

Shazam Fury of the Gods

The truly frustrating thing about “Fury of the Gods” is all the potential it contains.  I honestly feel that this movie got a lot of hate because bashing on DC is the fun thing to do right now.

My major criticism of this movie is the special effects.  At points in the movie, the special effects are vibrant and brilliant.  You honestly believe there is a real-life dragon on screen, then in the next scene, the same dragon appears to be something from a video game recording or clip art.

Zachary Levi does a great job, but his age is a huge contrast against the rest of the teenage team.  I am glad I did not see this in theaters, yet it is a solid movie for streaming.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Diving once again into the Spider-Verse is a delight; unlike many well-worn and exhausted Marvel products, the potential of this franchise feels endless.  This might be the best superhero movie since “End Game” and “into the Spider-Verse.”

The animation is so vibrant that you must see this movie on the big screen.  Across The Spider-verse is, quite simply, one of the most entertaining comic book movies of the last few years.

Non Spoiler – Spoiler alert.  Be advised that this is a two-part story.  I feel compelled to state that as the majority of the movie goers around our seats were upset when “To Be Continued” came across the screen at the end.

65

65

65 is essentially a big-budget version of a simple, made-for-streaming creature feature, nothing more and nothing less.  Adam Driver isn’t at his best in this outing but his costar Ariana Greenblatt shines.

My biggest issue with 65, it felt like I had already watched this movie when it was called “After Earth.”  Wait for it to stream, but it is worth a viewing, especially if you like dinosaurs.

John Wick: Chapter 4

John Wick: Chapter 4

While the action is absolutely terrific, it really is the cast that keeps this train running.
Expect three hours of furious fistfights, stylish cinematography, and some of the industry’s best stunt performances.

If you are an action junkie, you need to see this on the big screen.

Othy’s Top 5 Movies of 2022

Othy’s Top 5 Movies of 2022

Honorable mention – Violent Night. – Silly and fun.  This could make it into everyone’s Christmas movie rotation.

  1. Everything Everywhere All at Once. I am glad to see my favorite Goonie back on the big screen.
  2. Glass Onion – A Knifes Out Mystery. Lacks the charm of the original, but is still a blast.
  3. Prey. – Incredible visuals and story with a small budget. I hope we get more from this world.
  4. Top Gun: Maverick. – This was almost a perfect movie. One to be viewed on the big screen.
  5. The Batman. – Matt Reeves brought Batman’s world to life.

Othy’s Worst Movies of 2022

Othy’s Worst Movies of 2022

Honorable mention – Morbius. – There are so many things wrong with this movie.

5.Fantastic Beast: The Secrets of Dumbledore. – You would think with a world as big as Harry Potter’s they could give us a good story. This movie was a mess.

4.Uncharted. – Two hours of Mark Wahlberg playing Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland playing Tom Holland.

3.Elvis. – Most will disagree. I wanted a movie about Elvis not about Colonel Tom Parker.

2.The 355. – I didn’t know an action movie could be this boring.

1.Thor Love and Thunder. – Enough with the jokes and give us a compelling story.

Dunestone’s Top 3 Movies From Our 100th Episode

Dunestone’s Top 3 Movies From Our 100th Episode

For the 100th Episode, the DuneStone crew selected their top three movies they have reviewed over the course of all their podcasts.  Here are their results.  (comment if you agree or disagree)

Eric’s Top 3 – 3: Uncut Gems – 2: The Fundamentals of Caring – 1: Blindspotting.

Russ’s Top 3 – 3: An American Pickel – 2: Moonlight – 1 Uncut Gems

Othy’s Top 3 – 3: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – 2: Hearts Beat Loud – 1: The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Batman

The Batman

As a huge fan of Batman, I was very excited back when this movie was first announced with Ben Affleck directing and starring.  Things changed quickly when he dropped out of directing and was replaced with Matt Reeves and Ben returning as Batman.  Then in a quick turn, Ben dropped out of staring which allowed Matt to direct his version of Batman.  And what Matt delivered was a spectacular masterpiece.

The Batman has themes from movies such as Chinatown, Seven, and Zodiac all rolled into one.  Matt took heavy influences from multiple comic books such as Year One, The Long Halloween, and Earth one.  The Batman is visually astonishing and something fresh that most comic fans have been yearning for.

Robert Pattinson killed it as Batman, not so much as Bruce Wayne (we will talk more about that on our podcast review).  Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Jeffery Wright (James Gordon) and John Turturro (Carmine Falcone) all turn in outstanding performances.  In my mind, both Paul Dano (Riddler) and Colin Farrell (Penguin) stole the movie.  I am excited we will see more of Colin as OZ on his HBO Max spin off series.

That Batman is smart, thrilling, engaging, and entertaining ride through a Gotham City that I hope to see revisited many more times.  Make sure to see it on the big screen before it goes to HBO Max on April 19.

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The Batman

The Batman

A most interesting take on The Batman that works so well. We have grown accustomed to seeing the Dark Night as a fully fleshed out character. We expect Suave Bruce Wayne by day and caped crusader by night. Was there not bound to be problems in the beginning, growing pains and doubts. The theme of questions saturates this film with more layers then an onion. Pattinson embodies this character with loathing and angst so well. This film somehow transported me back to the first time I saw Brandon Lee as the Crow and I liked it.  I heard Colin Farrell was in this movie. I never saw him, but I felt his energy. Go see The Batman. Don’t wait to stream it. Sit in a dark theater and spend three hours in this universe Matt Reeves has so skillfully built.

~Russell Rushing

Worth

Worth

Worth is a substantial film about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund that addresses whether it is possible to put a price tag on a life.

Michael Keaton delivers some of his best work since Birdman in Worth.  “Worth” is an intelligent and empathetic drama that’s definitely worth your time.