Posts By: Evan Kern

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017) – An Exclusive Videogame Review

Follow @theREELevankern Those who know me know how deep my love for quality science-fiction goes. Few, however, know that that love was firmly reinforced by the Mass Effect franchise (and that my own writing reflects not only its themes, but its style). When I first heard about Andromeda, the latest installment in the ongoing series—even… Read more »

Gifted (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern I saw this film at a home-town cinema house in my city, even though the larger chains would be getting it, too, I found out. I’m glad I went; other than the change of scenery from the larger theatres I frequent, this film fits the independent cinema atmosphere. I’m happy to support smaller… Read more »

Going in Style (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern A remake of a 1979 film of the same name (starring George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg), Going in Style is a fun and poignant film about friendship, family, and taking what one is owed. Most of the build-up of the film is time spent constructing our three main characters, played by… Read more »

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern You know that old “Where’s the beef?” commercial for Wendy’s? Perfect analogy for this movie here, I feel. I’m not going to totally destroy the thing; there are some things about it that I admire, but I’ll get to that later on. I’m a bad-news-first kind of guy, so I’ll say that piece… Read more »

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern With the rash of World War II and Holocaust-related films we’ve gotten in the past few decades—and will continue to get for a long time, no doubt—it’s good that, very once in a while, we see that turbulent time recounted through the eyes of a civilian. I’ve no problem with war movies—I’m rather… Read more »

T2 Trainspotting (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Sequels are always a toss-up. When said sequel hits theatres two decades after the original film, it’s even more of a gamble for the filmmakers. Thank God for niche audiences and die-hard fans—willing to support their favorite franchises, regardless of the situation. I first saw Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting (1996) in college, and I… Read more »

Power Rangers (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Like my beloved Transformers films that have preceded this release, such a fan favorite’s big-budget transition to the silver screen is seamless and long-overdue; with a six-movie arc in the works, we won’t be seeing the end of the ever-evolving Rangers universe anytime soon. With a sick soundtrack to boot—where even the remixes… Read more »

Life (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern It’s hard not to compare this movie to the masterpiece that is Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). I don’t want to knock this film entirely; for a good chunk of the film, I was on the edge of my seat, and the body horror aspect is really ramped up from its 1979 inspiration, but…an… Read more »

The Belko Experiment (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern I’m torn about this piece. Now, before that statement completely turns you off to the idea of going to see this movie, let me explain myself… I guess I should start by saying that this film is, as advertised, rated a very hard “R” for a reason. This is a gore-fest unlike any… Read more »

Premiere Review – Samurai Jack (2017)

Follow @theREELevankern I remember very little of the old show; more than a decade ago now, all I can recall is that Samurai Jack was part of the initial “Golden Age of TV” that made my childhood cartoon-watching so enjoyable. It was part of that Friday-Saturday night line-up—alongside other largely-forgotten nostalgia, including Johnny Bravo, Ed,… Read more »