Tags : Chase Gifford

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Game Night

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Einstein Have you ever seen the movie The Game starring Michael Douglas? Beyond the paranoia, fear of death, and thinking one brother murdered the other, did you ever think what that movie would be like […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: MUTE

Based in the same universe as Moon, Duncan Jones’ new sci-fi jaunt Mute is one intent on intrigue and mystery. Intention and actually doing it are two different things unfortunately. Ever since I saw Moon I have been a fan of Jones and his follow-up thriller Source Code only solidified my opinion. Now after years […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Annihilation

“Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.” -Isaac Asimov Wow… where do I begin? From the brilliant mind of Alex Garland, writer and director of the sci-fi masterpiece Ex Machina comes the truly profound, undeniably groundbreaking Annihilation. Based on the book from author Jeff VanderMeer, […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Black Panther

After ten years MARVEL Studios is still finding its stride. With their latest addition, Black Panther, they have unveiled one of their crown jewels. With Thor: Ragnarok I believe they made their comedic masterpiece and now with Black Panther they have its mirror image on the dramatic side. This is without question MARVEL’s most creative, […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Ritual

To quote the movie Road Trip, “It’s supposed to be a challenge, that’s why they call it a shortcut; if it was easy it would just be the way.” That’s an okay sentiment in a comedy but in a horror movie, NEVER take the shortcut! Stick to the main route and save your life. Of […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

If Alien and Black Mirror had a baby they would name it The Cloverfield Paradox. While both of those titles are admirable franchises to aspire to emulate, when there is zero identity of its own which Paradox has almost none, you start to wonder why you’re watching this movie when you can just turn on […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Hostiles

The modern western isn’t exactly anything spectacular. Not since the days of Eastwood, Wayne, and director Sergio Leone have westerns truly shined consistently. There is the occasional gem that pops up but for the most part it would seem the glory days of the western are well behind us. While Hostiles isn’t the saving grace […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Den of Thieves

January, the month of despair and tears in the world of cinema, is the time all film fans dread. The dumping ground for Hollyweird generally brings watered down horror films, paint-by-numbers Liam Neeson action films, and random haphazard attempts at career revivals like Katherine Heigl or Halle Berry movies that only possess the positive trait […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Insidious: The Last Key

A fourth installment in a horror franchise, yikes! Talk about no faith in what’s to come. Luckily history can avoid the repeat trend and a franchise can continue its solid entries as the Insidious films have continued now through four entries. While I’m not the biggest advocate of the third film I can acknowledge its […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Molly’s Game

Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, writer of such films as the excellent Steve Jobs, The Social Network, Moneyball, and the acclaimed television series The West Wing tries his hand for the first time at directing a script he adapted titled Molly’s Game. The cast is a stellar ensemble featuring the lovely Jessica Chastain as […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Downsizing

This is a movie with a premise that has a narrow path for success and if it were to fall off it would be into Adam Sandler style comedy territory. My interest in this film stemmed from two things, the director Alexander Payne is a remarkable talent with such films as The Descendants and Sideways, […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Every now and then fate or karma or whatever you believe actually comes through in a positive way. In the case of The Last Jedi, it was given the guidance and direction of Rian Johnson, whose previous credits are criminally underrated. Well, it seems now he is getting his greatly deserved time to shine as […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Post

The Post is an exercise in cinema greatness through a combination of simply having the best people making the film. A top notch director, Steven Spielberg, a writer and producer behind Best Picture winner Spotlight, and of course a dream worthy ensemble cast that is a draw to see all its own. Tom Hanks and […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Shape of Water

So often it seems fantasy films are made for families or just children so when a film like this steps into the spotlight it is equally mesmerizing as it is jarring. The Shape of Water is a masterful execution of story propelling characters and characters moving forward the story simultaneously. Each is as important as […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges creator Martin McDonagh brings another classic dark comedy with Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Criminally underrated with his previous efforts, I hope with Three Billboards it will get McDonagh the recognition he so deserves. His characters are always dynamic and complicated and have been played by truly talented casts. Three […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Last Flag Flying

Richard Linklater has one of the most fascinating careers I’ve ever seen. Every film he takes on is its own creation unsupported by any past works of his. Meaning his aspirations to stay fresh in his career, to not be pigeonholed have never wavered. A school of music, a story of adolescence to manhood, a […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Justice League

It’s movies like Justice League that make me wish that movies had one of two options and no middle ground, they’re great or they’re awful, JL is neither which makes this all the more difficult to describe. The first question I was asked about it and where I guess I could start is was it […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

It’s films like Blade Runner 2049 that make the unceasing waves of sequel-scum worth the constant eye rolls and negative reviews in hopes of finding something as mesmerizing as this modern masterpiece of science fiction. 2049 is a slow-paced, methodical, sci-fi noir thriller with sudden bursts of shocking violence. It is in that rarified air […]Read More