The Belko Experiment Review

Belko Experiment Thoughts

**Contains spoilers. Continue at your own discretion**

So I saw The Belko Experiment over the weekend, and was I impressed? No. Was I disappointed? No. The plot is one we’ve seen before (a la Battle Royale, The Circle, Lord of the Flies, etc), so I wasn’t expecting to walk into this movie blown away by some novel and innovative plot. It was interesting to see how no matter the circumstance, the same end always prevails with this genre of film.

I won’t go into too many specifics, simply because we know how these types of movies play out. The only thing lost by me providing a synopsis is the guessing game of who dies, when, and how. I do want to share a few thoughts that came up during the movie between my boyfriend and I though:

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Not Quite Netflix & Chill| Spring/Summer 2016 Movies I’m Looking Forward To

Spring-Summer 2016 Movies

I hate film critic reviews of movies, or “what you should look out for” things because they tend to veer on the side of obnoxious. Sometimes I don’t want to sit and revel in the amazing camera work….maybe I just want to zone out for 2 hours? Here’s a collection of movies I want to see this coming Spring/Summer just because. Let me know if you see anything you like!

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis. – IMDB.com

I’m not actually excited to see this movie, but I’m going to see it anyway. I love the superhero genre of film, and am eager to see how this whole Ben Affleck thing works out. I am not particularly fond of Man of Steel, as it is kind of boring to me, so…

I am excited (kind of) to see Superwoman and Aquaman make their big screen debuts. But that’s just about it. I don’t have any expectations, just kind of going in to see a good action flick. Not going to take anything to heart.

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Before I Wake (April 8)

A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps. – IMDB.com

If I am not mistaken, this is one of Mike Flanagan’s films. He directed, edited, and wrote Oculus, which is one of my FAVOURITE horror movies. No joke, as far as horror movies go, Oculus is amazing (I can’t say that about many films in this genre), so I have high expectations for this one.

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Jungle Book (April 15)

An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther. – IMDB.com

Grew up with this one, so seeing this is a no brainer. Plus, the casting is perfect.

 

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Barbershop 2: The Next Cut (April 15)

It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood. – IMDB.com

Loved Barbershop! I’m not big of comedy movies, but I love ones with my people. I enjoyed the first one when I was younger, and am excited to see the fresh faces they’ve brought into this one (Nicki Minaj).

 

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The Huntsman: Winters War (April 22)

As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land; two renegades – Eric the Huntsman – who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them. – IMDB.com

I didn’t like the first one too much because of Kristen Stewart. Her accent was weird, and I don’t know…she just didn’t do it for me. I always thought, “I’d probably enjoy this movie a lot more if she wasn’t in it.” Then, low and behold, they make this! Sans Kristen Stewart! Sooo, I’m going to see it.

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Green Room (April 29)

After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.  – IMDB.com

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) + Patrick Stewart. Seems like a fun watch.

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Captain America: Civil War (May 6)

Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. -IMDB.com

Here for Spider Man.

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X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)

With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan. -IMDB.com

Huge fan of what has been done with the X-Men reboots, and I think it will be interesting to see the introduction of familiar mutants, but different faces (I’m looking at you, Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey!). I think it will be refreshing to have a new group of X-Men, and I am also looking forward to Evan Peters’ Quicksilver on screen again, as his quick bit in ‘Days of Future Past’ was thoroughly entertaining.

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Now You See Me 2 (June 10)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. -IMDB.com

Who doesn’t like magic tricks? And Daniel Radcliffe?

 

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The BFG (June 10)

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls. – IMDB.com

Roald Dahl books were some of my favourites when I was in elementary school! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, George’s Marvelous Medicine,and The Witches were among my favourites. The BFG (“Big Friendly Giant”) was another beloved book, and I’m, delighted to see that they’re adapting this into a film. I never got to see Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I’m making damn sure I see this.

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The Purge: Election Year (July 1)

Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. – IMDB.com

The first one pissed me off and the second one was annoying. The chaos that The Purge entails seems fitting with the craziness that is this election season, so why not?

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Star Trek Beyond (July 22)

Enjoyed the first two installments of the Star Trek reboot, so it’s no surprise that I’d end up watching this one. I don’t know anything about the plot, but it it’s anything like the other two, I’ll sit through it and enjoy it.

What flicks are you all looking forward to?

Remember to keep up with me on twitter! I’m actually using it now, so hopefully you won’t be disappointed!

-Court

Deadpool Review


As far as Marvel movies (and superhero movies for that matter) go, this was a breath of fresh air. It wasn’t your “characters have some vice and work through it virtuously to save the world” story, it was kind of an anti-hero movie…if that’s a thing…and I really enjoyed it.

First, I love how shady the whole movie was toward the X-Men universe (which Reynolds was in [Wolverine] and was displeased with the handling of his character), Marvel/superhero movies, and even Green Lantern. The little jabs sprinkled throughout the film killed me! Secondly, the sarcasm and other jokes directed at characters in the film were equally as funny, though I will say that some of the jokes were excessive and distasteful (rape/sexual assault/etc).

All in all, I thought it was an interesting and clever movie, and I’m excited to see what becomes of the Deadpool franchise (which I’m sure there will be).

My grade: 8/10

Go see it!

-Courtenay

Selma Review

I saw this movie today (1/9/15) with my friend, and I honestly don’t have any words.

It was an amazing film, and it truly made me appreciate, as a black woman, all of the effort that went into the Civil Rights movement to grant the rights we have today.

I don’t really have too much else to say other than the fact that it was amazing, didn’t downplay violence that was experienced (and depicted it as truthfully as possible), and you should go see it.

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