Flash Review: Ender’s Game

  Fifty years after mankind nearly went extinct following an attack by an alien threat known as the Formics, Ender Wiggan is selected as the newest member in a Battle School which trains the next generation of commanders. Ender and his classmates compete in zero gravity war games in hopes that they will be promoted up the ranks…

Reviews from 40,000 feet

A few weeks ago I took the nine hour flight from Moscow to New York City on Aeroflot Airlines. Instead of spending the time looking at the disconcerting hammer and sickle logos on the airline cutlery or wondering about the overly sexual wecome videos encouraging me to turn off all electronic devices, I took full advantage…

Flash Review #4: Frozen & Wreck-It Ralph

The winding history of Walt Disney Animation Studios offers a compelling tale that rivals many of the films churned out by the group over the last 80 years. Since its founding in 1923 (an unimaginably long time ago) as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, the company has swung back and forth between unparalleled success to middling insignificance and occasional near-disaster.…

Flash Review #2: Purge the Only End

The Purge: Anarchy (2014). 6/10 Something about this franchise is endlessly fascinating. It sets itself apart from similar thrillers by offering some form of explanation for its incessant violence. Most slashers and “survive-the-night” movies provide a basic premise and objective (survival) but no real reason or substance propping up the story. When charged with justifying the…

Flash Review #1: 300 Lego Colonies

The Lego Movie: 9/10 All things considered, the animated movie front has delivered a steady stream of quality films over the last decade and beyond. Even with a recent near-drowning in sequels, many new series have been happily embraced by audiences. Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s The Lego Movie provided arguably the freshest breath of air to the genre in some…