Girl on the Train: Psychologically Disappointing

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Normally, when a book is turned into a movie, I do my very best to review the movie without bias and on its own merit, because almost every single book-to-movie adaption will disappoint you if you want it to be exactly like what you read. There are minimal exceptions to this rule (except for The Martian (2015), that was book-to-movie gold). Unfortunately, The Girl on the Train is not one of these exceptions for me, and thankfully for me as a critic, I went to the movie with someone who had not read the book, so I know the feeling of disappointment is not just mine. What started as one of the fastest selling, psychologically thrilling stories of 2015 ended as a jerky, half-thoughtout tale with facets the movie didn’t even begin to touch.

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Deepwater Horizon: The Subtle Patriotism

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The moment you see Mark Wahlberg’s name attached to a movie, there is a certain idea of what the movie is going to be like – patriotic, action-packed, and overall saying something deep and inspiring about the human spirit and people in general. Almost as soon as you see Wahlberg’s name in the credits, you know what you’re walking into, mostly because you’ll also see the fact that the producer and director of this movie have worked with him before on a little project called Lone Survivor (2013).  Somehow, though, that doesn’t stop you from enjoying this film- you know exactly what it wants to say, exactly who to hate, and exactly how you are supposed to feel, all when you walk in the door. But that doesn’t mean that Deepwater Horizon doesn’t do its damnedest to make you feel it anyway.   Continue reading