Caleb Sommerville

Caleb Sommerville

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Freelancer @stetmediakc, journalist, writer, photographer, editor, movie-watcher, music nut, dad, Star Wars geek, & saved by grace.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

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    I don't really know how to review this movie. It kind of stands alone. Only Fury Road is a two-hour car chase that continuously builds tension. Only Fury Road includes missing frames and bizarre CGI-enhanced zooms that make the frantic action even more frenetic. Only Fury Road includes a mutant guitar player with a chrome flamethrower guitar that provides pseudo-diegetic music. Only Fury Road can be called Mad Max but actually have us meet, get to know, genuinely care about,…

  • Oculus

    Oculus

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    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hmm.
    This was enjoyable in that I was able to spot some of Flanagan's later trademarks. The intense heavy family drama disguised as horror, the truly terrifying actual horror, the interlinking time jumps (used wonderfully here and in most episodes of The Haunting of Hill House), and the ability to spot extremely talented child actors. This, Hill House, and Doctor Sleep all have fantastic child actors.
    But the movie itself, divorced from Hill House and Doctor Sleep, is fine. Karen…

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  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

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    Somehow my first Kurosawa film. I know, I know.
    Darkly hilarious and full of great lines ("I'm not dying yet. I have to kill quite a few men first.") and groundbreaking shot composition, it's immensely enjoyable to watch Mifune the master growl and slice his way through the town of gangsters.
    A true classic in every sense of the word.

  • Die Another Day

    Die Another Day

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    I haven't seen this is 15 years, but boy has it not held up.
    Quite possibly the worst Bond movie ever. I completely understand why they rebooted the entire franchise after this disaster.
    The one-liners are groan-inducing ("Well, the fun is about to come to a dead end." "You know, I've missed your sparkling personality." "How's that for a punch line?") The set design is late-90s at it's worst. The gadgets are video-game-tier. The story is one giant eye roll.…