The Daily Aztec

‘30 Minutes’ is endless fun

by Allie Daugherty

August 22, 2011

Sony’s latest movie “30 Minutes or Less” is a flick that doesn’t quite fit a genre. It’s an action movie, but the action is dull compared to others such as “Die Hard.” It’s a bank-robbing movie, but the bank robbery is such ...

Latest Marvel film leads the superhero pack

by Morgan Denno

August 7, 2011

Out of the many comic book superheroes, men seem to have a partiality to Captain America. But after viewing the newest comic book-to-action movie “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the reasoning seems obvious. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) isn’t a standard guy — he...

‘Lantern’ doesn’t shine

by Allie Daugherty

June 26, 2011

Superheroes have been no strangers to the silver screen, and it seems each new installment of a comic book-turned-movie has higher standards to live up to. While this summer’s “Green Lantern” has had to compete with both “X-Men: First Class”...

Werner Herzog shows a primitive ‘Dream’ in 3-D

by Andrew Younger

May 12, 2011

Deep within the most inaccessible regions of Southern France lies the earliest record of human culture. Sealed after a landslide some 20,000 years ago, the prehistoric artwork adorning the walls of the Chauvet- Pont-d’Arc Cave...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays perfect antihero in ‘Hesher’

by Morgan Denno

May 11, 2011

Hesher likes loud music. Hesher likes bad tattoos. Hesher likes explosives and careless acts of violence. Hesher really doesn’t like wearing a shirt. The most surprising thing about “Hesher” is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt played the role brilliantly. The same Gordon-Le...

‘Thor’ smashes expectations with his giant hammer

by Andrew Younger

May 6, 2011

In the latest two-hour trailer for “The Avengers,” director Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” successfully injects Shakespearian tragedy into the smirking, self-referential Marvel Studios’ mold. Branagh humanizes the God o...

Unlike original book, ‘Borrowed’ falls flat

by Morgan Denno

May 5, 2011

Sometimes, audiences really want to like a movie. They hear about it months in advance, they liked the book and they love the cast, but the movie just falls flat. Based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Emily Giffen,...

Best-selling novel is a silver screen smash

by Morgan Denno

May 2, 2011

Set in the Depression era, “Water for Elephants” explores a story of love and adventure aboard the circus train of the Benzini Brothers. From what could have become an over-hyped mess, the movie retains the simple glamour that audiences imagine a...

‘Potiche’ showcases a business-savvy housewife

by Jack Crane

May 1, 2011

Running through the Parisian woods, Suzanne Pujol (Catherine Deneuve) resembles what Little Red Riding Hood would look like in 50 years. Juxtaposing her luscious green environment, she is wrapped head to sneaker in red cotton. Talking to the birds, deer and s...

Rampant product placement ruining cinema

by Andrew Younger

April 20, 2011

Director Morgan Spurlock’s latest offering, “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” represents the culmination of his work-to-date by combining two of his favorite hobbies: uncovering what people are willing to endure for m...

‘The Conspirator’ can’t conceal its many flaws

by Morgan Denno

April 13, 2011

It seems as if Hollywood has been going to extraordinary lengths to find truly interesting movie ideas. Today’s movie industry seems to be making carbon copies of the same movies with only a few minor tweaks or it will put ou...

Medieval stoner flick is raunchy fun

by Carmen Splane

April 13, 2011

“Your Highness” is an addition to the long list of films about the lives of lovable losers who choose to medicate themselves with a certain “plant.” The film is centered on a deep sibling rivalry between Thadeous (Danny McBride) and Fabious (James Franco). Franco plays the valiant first-born who is positioned to take the throne after his fa...