The Revenant: An Oscar Film for Oscar Fans

*Warning: Potential Spoilers*

There are some movies that are so crafted, so beautiful, so fine-tuned that you know they are there for the sole purpose of being nominated for an award of some kind, probably an Oscar. That certainly seems to be the case with The Revenant, where the story is itself is a little slow and trying, but the majesty of the shots and the quality of the music and cinematography sort of makes the viewer forget all that. That being said, there are also certain kinds of fans for movies like this- The Revenant will always be beautifully shot and edited, and maybe someday it will be used an example in film classes for students, but for regular home viewing, it might be a little lacking, since the majestic shots keep adding up and the dialogue and storyline are often neglected in favor of the Oscar-nominated glory.

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The Forest Hesitates, Loses Ground

*Warning: Potential Spoilers*

It’s one thing for a horror movie to be based on a true story, it’s quite another for one to be based not on a story but a place, somewhere real you can visit and where it’s less about ghosts and spirits and more about the overwhelming weight of mental illness and pain. The real Aokigahara Forest may not be haunted like The Forest portrays it as, but there’s still something haunting about it, and had The Forest chosen this as a route to tell the story of this place, it may have been a more excellent movie. As a horror, there is a certain level of bone-chilling, but it feels like the filmmakers lost a bit of confidence in themselves as well.

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Galavant: Second Season Starts Flat

*Warning: Potential Spoilers for first two episodes*

The five-week medieval extravaganza known as Galavant returned to ABC last Sunday after the enthusiastic response to its first season, complete with a new opening song and quest for our hero Galavant (Joshua Sasse) to complete in ten episodes for the next few weeks. Sadly, however, the show is so focused on celebrating its return to the air (despite the criticism and uncertainty after last season) that they seem to have lost sight of why Galavant was enjoyable in the first place- it wasn’t all about playing with the fourth wall and using modern day terms, those were just minor notes in the fun and musical adventure. From what I’ve seen in the first two episodes of this season, however, those are going to be the details we get the most of this year.

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Supernatural: Midseason Review

*Warning: Potential Spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the midseason finale*

How long can a once-great show last when the writing has become subpar and the story is a shadow of its former self? Well, according to CW’s show Supernatural, which first aired in 2005, the answer is six seasons. The midpoint of season 11 has come and gone and it is still unclear whether or not the show can return to its glory days (in my opinion, between seasons 1 and 5). It’s not that the show is bad- it’s just that they’ve proven in the past that they can be so much better.

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Concussion: Hits as Hard as it Sounds

*Potential Spoiler Alert- You have been Warned*

There are movies made to entertain the audience, and there are movies that are there to tell a story, whether its fun to watch or not. Concussion, directed by Peter Landesman, is definitely the latter, though I don’t know what you would expect from a movie about the dangers of football. This review is not going to be about whether or not football should be abolished- that’s not even what the film is about- but about the movie itself, and you should definitely know before you walk in that the laughs are minimal, the dialogue is heavy and the story will be something you think about long after you’ve left the theater, though it probably won’t bring you any joy to do so.

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