Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Marco Chacon

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300: Rise Of An Empire Blu-ray Review
300: Rise Of An Empire Blu-ray Review   300: Rise Of An Empire Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  06/20/2014 11:04 AM EST
In 2006, Zach Snyder showed us that even if he wasn't necessarily a genius innovator in terms of narratives (he does some of his best work with other people's properties), he was an innovative film-maker in terms of technique. His adaptation of Frank Miller's super-stylized (every page is a splash-page) 300--the story of the Greek battl... Read More

Robocop Blu-ray Review
Robocop Blu-ray Review   Robocop Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  06/09/2014 4:20 PM EST
Remakes of classic science fiction movies are usually more hit than miss because good science fiction manages a timelessness that doesn't demand a remake. Yes, special effects have come a long way—but leaving out the added stuff, did the refresh of Star Wars really help it? I don't think so. The original took us to a galaxy far, far away... Read More

Detention Theatrical Review
Detention Theatrical Review   Detention Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  04/23/2012 3:16 PM EST
"Detention" may be where the deconstruction of the high school and slasher movie genre burns all the way through analysis and satire and achieves wrap-around becoming its own thing again. The film is set in the Town of Grizzly Lake.  It opens with a mean, female cheerleader (a necessary trope) breaking the 4th wall to address th... Read More

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Theatrical Review
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Theatrical Review   Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/15/2011 9:51 AM EST
Some day Tom Cruise will be too old to reprise Ethan Hunt, the Team Leader for the Impossible Mission Force.   I wondered if the 49-year-old Cruise was there already; but there was no need to wonder!  The guy has the body of a completely ripped 25-year-old.  I am not sure how that is possible; but unless it is CGI, what we see on scr... Read More

Puss in Boots Theatrical Review
Puss in Boots Theatrical Review   Puss in Boots Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/27/2011 9:08 AM EST
In the original story, Puss is a pretty arrogant cat.  He is not much of a sword-fighter, but is very smart as well as smartly dressed.  In Shrek, he is Antonio Bandaras, and he is a wizard with a blade.     Now we get a spin-off that takes place before the Shrek films:  Puss is an outlaw who grew up in an orphanage and hun... Read More

The Devil's Double Theatrical Review
The Devil's Double Theatrical Review   The Devil's Double Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  07/22/2011 12:54 PM EST
Uday Hussein, eldest son of Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, was allegedly known for torturing national athletes who failed to win.  He was known for kidnapping school girls off the streets of Baghdad and raping, and perhaps sometimes murdering them.  He was called a psychopath by Egyptian leader, Mubarak.  The story, The Devil's ... Read More

Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray Review
Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray Review   Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/20/2011 3:04 PM EST
The story is a simple mix of Shakespeare's famous, forbidden love tragedy mapped onto the secret world of animated garden gnomes. If that makes any sense at all to you, you are likely prepared for Gnomeo and Juliet. The story is about the love of blue-gnome, Gnomeo ( James McAvoy) and red-gnome, Juliet (Emily Blunt) with attending voice overs f... Read More

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Theatrical Review
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Series Review   Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/20/2011 2:05 PM EST
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is a Starz original TV series that is a prequel to the successful Roman era Starz TV show, Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  Spartacus: Blood and Sand is going into its second season.  I did not see Blood and Sand, but I had a chance to watch the opening episode of Gods and get into a web-chat with some of the major... Read More

The A-Team Blu-ray Review
The A-Team Blu-ray Review   The A-Team Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/03/2011 5:06 PM EST
When my wife asked which movie I had received for review, I didn't tell her the name -- I just hummed the tune, and she paused and said, "The A-Team!   I think that is an impressive indication of the original's pervasive influence; my wife grew up in Haitian Catholic boarding schools.  As Hollywood adapts our childhood memori... Read More

You Again Theatrical Review
You Again Theatrical Review   You Again Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  09/24/2010 10:36 AM EST
It's good to see Kristen Bell getting work. I've liked her ever since Veronica Mars and her natural charisma lights up the screen when she's on it. When you throw in Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis (who play the 'grown ups' in the movie) you have a cast that ought to be solid gold. Unfortunately, it's not. "You Ag... Read More