Tyler has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • A Million Ways to Die in the West

    A Million Ways to Die in the West

    ★★½

    By now we know that Seth MacFarlane's humour is hit or miss. Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Ted, etc.; it should be clear what to expect from one of televisions most successful writers--raw, offensive, crossing-the-line jokes that either have you pissing your pants laughing, shaking your head in awe that he went "there", or looking around to see how bored people are. Million Ways is no different. Some good jokes, some bad jokes, and some jokes that elicit the sound…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★½

    The first 30 minutes of Godzilla had me questioning everything that critics, friends and twitter had told me. "This is a great movie", I says. "Everyone else is wrong", I says. Within the first 10 minutes of the film I had goosebumps, the chills, and almost shed a tear for fuck sakes. But then the rest of the movie happened.

    The films first act is extremely promising--compared to the rest of the movie it seems like a sure bet for…

  • Divergent

    Divergent

    ★★½

    Although Divergent will almost surely appeal to it's target audience (young adults and fans of Hunger Games/Twilight), the film suffers from the repetition of heavy-handed themes and morality lessons--to the point of nauseum. The film's title suggests individuality and non-conformance, but unfortunately and ironically re-creates the same shit we've seen time and time again. However, whereas Hunger Games develops a somewhat compelling plot/setting/circumstance, Divergent dives straight into the chaos, attempting to unravel a convoluted story with inadequate character motivation or reasoning. This is the start of a series that will prove to be successful ($$$), but has little right to be.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    ★★½

    The Counselor is by far the most pretentious film of 2013. Instead of working within the context of what could be a fairly entertaining plot, Scott repeatedly takes the audience into scenes of pointless and intentionally ambiguous dialogue, of which he pretends to input a deep and almighty meaning into. The film truly does have an intricate plot, intriguing characters and interesting concepts. However, the condescending tone only tastes of betrayal as the film intentionally seeks to supersede it's own knowledge of nothingness over the audience.

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    ★★½

    Overacted, over-improvised and overrated, the much awaited comedic sequel leaves much to be desired. Not that I didn't get a few cheap laughs, but I couldn't help but feel like they were forced. However, despite my view of Anchorman 2, the audience around me responded quite well. Additionally, the film seems to have succeeded both critically and economically, so it appears as if a sequel was justified.

    Note: To be fair, I saw this film the night after I saw…

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

    ★★½

    I love the cast in place here, but the film as a whole feels utterly average. Although, I may have just grown tired of near-apocalyptic events and skyscrapers being destroyed; both which have been exhausted in the year of 2013.

  • Dead Man Down

    Dead Man Down

    ★★½

    Loved the Jamaican shootout scene.

    Overall not a horrible film. Average, yet complacent performances from Farrell, Rapace and Howard. Some decent action sequences, and a few good thrills. Not an overly great script but the film caries itself well enough as to remain competently entertaining. Wouldn't suggest one go out of his/her way to watch Dead Man Down, but it's not a bad Netflix choice.

  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    ★★½

    The Great Gatsby was not as great as I had hoped. In fact, I found it to be impoverished and wearisome. Luhrman attempts to recreate Fitzgerald's novelization in a contemporary light but ultimately fails to produce a film that is either powerful or significant. He makes use of terrific special effects as well as set/costume design but he is unable to compensate for his own poor sense of guidance. Surprisingly enough, I found the modernized re-imagining of the The Great…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★½

    Horine somehow turned Girls Gone Wild into a film. A film that should have been captioned "Girls Gone FULL-FLEDGE-FUCKED. Spring Breakers is an extremely strange movie about four bored college students desperately trying to escape reality. The film's pace was shifty, making for a long hour and thirty-four minutes. Horine constantly repeated narrations and flashbacks--over and over and over, which grew increasingly annoying. There were, however, some good things about the film. These include a relatable theme, great acting from…