A Man and His Movies

Soundtrack proves more effective storyteller in ‘Not Fade Away’
By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14 THE ROUNDUP 5.5 out of 10 With the exception of the jazz themes from Marlon Brando’s “The Wild One,” I have never enjoyed a movie soundtrack. While I’ve never doubted the importance of music in helping to set the tone of a film, it’s very rare that a song selection or score has the same impact when taken away from the visuals. “Not Fade Away,”…
‘Red Dawn’ proves great remake of good 1980’s film
By Andrew Marini ’13 THE ROUNDUP “Red Dawn” – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson 7 out 10 When I saw that Chris Hemsworth was going to be starring in a remake of the 1984 film “Red Dawn” that helped propel Patrick Swayze into his stardom, needless to say I was excited. The original “Red Dawn” circulated around a group of Midwest born teenagers who take up arms…
‘Lincoln’ delivers dramatic, poignant impact
By Aakash Jain ‘14 THE ROUNDUP “Lincoln” — Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones 9 out of 10 Directed and produced by famed storyteller Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln” takes viewers back to a time when there were only 34 U.S. states, the average American could not afford to paint his house and civil war convulsed the nation. Partly based on “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,”…
‘Cloud Atlas’ embodies new movie techniques
By Jonathan M. Gornet ’14 THE ROUNDUP “Cloud Atlas” starring Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Barry, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae and Jim Broadbent 9 out of 10 A fascinating feat of its own, “Cloud Atlas” accomplished the task of combining six different stories each unique to its own. It definitely went above and beyond standard movie plots. The movie conveyed a relatively new concept of multiple dimensions, especially in the…
‘The Bourne Legacy’ draws tough comparisons

By Chase Bayless ’15
“The Bourne Legacy” starring Jeremy Renner and Rachael Weisz

7.5 out of 10

In the fourth installment of the “Bourne” series, Jeremy Renner takes the lead role as Aaron Cross, a special agent from the same program that created Jason Bourne.

‘Expendables 2’ shows it stars and stripes
By Brett A. Mejia ’13 THE ROUNDUP 8 out of 10 What happens when you put Rambo, the Terminator, John McClane and the Transporter into one movie? The answer: an explosive action packed lead filled movie called “The Expendables 2”. Directed by Simon West, “The Expendables” shows how a group of action stars can mesh together and create a super-soldier team. Did I also mention that the legendary Chuck Norris…
‘Dark Knight Rises’ lives up to hype
By Andrew Marini ’13 THE ROUNDUP “Dark Knight Rises” – Starring: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt 9.5 out of 10 Trying to follow the performance of the record breaking “Dark Knight” is near impossible, but yet again Director Christopher Nolan and actor Christian Bale find a way to impress. Set in Gotham eight years after the events of “Dark Knight” in a city that seems to have…
’Rock of Ages‘ more rote than rock

By Julian De Ocampo ’13

“Rock of Ages” – Starring: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hugh, Diego Boneta
2 out of 10

Rock is dead – and good riddance.

Not all rock mind you – just the hyper-masculine hair-metal that serves as the subject matter of Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages,” a film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name.

‘Men in Black 3’ worth the 10 year wait
By P. Erik Meyer THE ROUNDUP “Men in Black 3” debuted May 25 and is a clear improvement over the second film released in 2002. Although it seemed to diehard MiB fans that the film was taking forever to make, the 10 year wait was worth it. The film is set in two different periods, present day and the late 1960s. Although there are still the main characters of the…