Frame by Frame by Chris Siers en-us Halfway through the Summer Blockbusters We're nearly halfway through the summer blockbuster movie lineup and it's a safe bet to say the summer slate has lived up to the hype thus far. Here is a brief rundown of the top films so far: ***Star Trek: Into Darkness Personally, my favorite film of the year so far. Director J.J. Abrams treads a fine line of telling a new chapter in the Star Trek universe while cleverly paying homage to films of yesteryear. The acting, particularly by Benedict Cumberbatch, is top notch and you genuinely... Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:41:57 -0500 Star Trek: Into Darkness Following J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise, several fans of the series found themselves split on liking his new direction. Abrams was clever enough to craft a new interpretation and telling of a beloved story, while intricately weaving it into the lore of previous shows and films. After both commercial and critical success in the 2009 film, it stood to reason he would embark on a new chapter in this new vision of the franchise. Needless to say, he delivered with Star Trek:... Sat, 18 May 2013 11:02:30 -0500 42 Baseball is America's pasttime. It's a rather simple game that's produced countless heroes over the generations it's been played. But perhaps there is no greater hero to have ever played the game than Jackie Robinson--the man who broke the racial boundary in America's beloved sport. The recently released "42" is the biopic directed by Brian Helgeland, whickh chronicles Robinson's rise to baseball immortality. The film starts off with Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) discussing the potential of... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:36:28 -0500 Argo Thrillers are without a doubt my favorite type of film. Any successful thriller, in my eyes, needs to have three major components -- The ability to draw you in, the ability to make you care about the characters, and the ability to resolve a certain conflict within the film's plot with a climactic sequence of events. The Ben Affleck directed Argo (2012) fits the three criteria to a tee. Argo is one of the best thrillers to be made in the past decade and rightly deserves its consideration for... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:39:01 -0600 A Good Day to Die Hard Some guys just have bad luck. Always the wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time. Story of John McClane's life. No matter where he goes, it always seems death, destruction and mayhem always follow him--and the same is true in the latest installment of the successful Die Hard film franchise. While the first four films, with maybe the exception of 2007's Live Free or Die Hard, put McClane (Bruce Willis) in plausible situations for a cop out to foil terrorists plans, A Good Day to Die... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:54:07 -0600 Skyfall NOTE: This analysis/review of the film Skyfall includes spoilers. Bond. James Bond. Daniel Craig returns in the 23rd installment of the British spy series and delivers perhaps the best film in the series yet. Skyfall, at its heart, is a return to the roots of what made the super spy series so successful. While it returns to many classic James Bond roots, it tells a more personal and in depth story than we've ever seen featuring 007. In virtually every other Bond film, it's been... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:43:13 -0600 Zero Dark Thirty When I first got wind there was going to be a film made documenting the chase to apprehend Osama Bin Laden, I got a little worried. I was worried that this attempt at documenting would take one political side, or the other, with the attempt at pushing a certain agenda. After viewing the film, I was pleasantly pleased this was not the case. Zero Dark Thirty is an edgy, gritty film that everybody needs to see. The story is fairly straight forward, chronicling the chase for the world's most... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:37:22 -0600 A passion for cinema I've been a movie goer all my life. I've always enjoyed escaping life for a few hours to go see the latest blockbuster to hit theaters and see the latest action hit, drama, or comedy. It wasn't until I took a class in college that I began to view films as a media comparable to literature and the like with thematic messages, symbolism, and basic cinematography. The class, called Film and Literature, often consisted of reading a book and comparing the film of the same name. There were other... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:52:03 -0600