By Alex Lamb

Movie Review: 'Noah' takes big risks, but prevails

Movie Review: ‘Noah’ takes big risks, but prevails

Even when it’s an absurd mess, “Noah” remains admirable in its vision. Rarely does a blockbuster have balls this big, willing to take hallowed material and warp it into such a twisted beast. It pays off in bizarre fantastical spectacle and brooding brilliance, in about equal measure. And the stark, vivid imagery always dazzles, whether […]

Despite intriguing concept, 'Divergent' falters on formulaic story

Despite intriguing concept, ‘Divergent’ falters on formulaic story

“Divergent” is essentially just a lesser “Hunger Games.” It’s a franchise blockbuster led by a strong female character, which Hollywood needs more of, but it builds a future world that hits many similar story beats. And alas, it can’t overcome the biggest challenge of young adult adaptations:  a highly formulaic narrative. In a dystopian future, […]

'Need for Speed'ier exposition

‘Need for Speed’ier exposition

“Need for Speed” accelerates to some truly pulse-pounding races, chases and crashes during its 130 minute runtime, but the momentum comes to a screeching halt because of its plodding narrative plotting. For an over-the-top car racing movie based on a franchise of essentially storyless video games, there sure is an awful lot of time spent […]

Substance died, but style survives in '300' sequel

Substance died, but style survives in ’300′ sequel

“300: Rise of an Empire” isn’t so much a comic book movie as it is a live-action comic book. Visually speaking, there is so much slow-motion, combined with stylized visual effects and backdrops, that it looks and feels more like a moving comic than a real film, significantly more so than the original “300.” Another […]

Excess Hollywood: True/False Film Festival Roundup and Oscars Reaction

Excess Hollywood: True/False Film Festival Roundup and Oscars Reaction

This week on Excess Hollywood, Alex Lamb discusses the films he saw this year at the True/False documentary film festival, he and Kirby discuss some of their favorite documentaries and they react to the Oscars.

Excess Hollywood: 2014 Oscar Predictions

Excess Hollywood: 2014 Oscar Predictions

This week on Excess Hollywood, Alex Lamb and Kirby O’Neal discuss their expert predictions for the Oscars. Alex’s picks: Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club […]

Pompeii erupts with catastrophic spectacle

Pompeii erupts with catastrophic spectacle

Swords and sandals and a volcano, oh my! “Pompeii” is half gladiator movie, half disaster film and all spectacle without much substance. There’s some political intrigue and a love story too, but those are mostly there to round out the simple meat and potatoes of the movie with some corny fruits and veggies. Director Paul […]

New ‘RoboCop’ has more brain than brawn

New ‘RoboCop’ has more brain than brawn

RoboCop is such an iconic movie character that a 10-foot-tall bronze statue of him is currently in production for the city of Detroit. Since the original film is a classic of the ‘80s, of course Hollywood would target its remake zealotry toward it now that we live in a technology-driven age, where the ideas of […]

Vampire Academy sucks more than blood

Vampire Academy sucks more than blood

Another young adult fantasy novel adaptation, another weak attempt at starting a new hit franchise. “Vampire Academy” combines the setting of “Harry Potter,” the high school politics of “Mean Girls” and the watered-down vampire depictions of “Twilight.” Though it doesn’t carry misogynistic themes like “Twilight” and actually features empowered female characters, it totally sucks the […]

Excess Hollywood: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Excess Hollywood: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

On this week’s Excess Hollywood, Alex Lamb and Kirby O’Neal pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman in the wake of his recent death, discussing his legacy as an actor and their favorite performances of his.

LinkedIn connects students, future employers

      Between seventh and 10th grade, most of us realized the social importance of having a Facebook, so we created profiles on the site. Now, between beginning college and entering the job market, comes the realization of LinkedIn’s importance as a tool for the professional world. A LinkedIn profile essentially serves as your […]

Movie Review: 'The Monuments Men' gives lighthearted view of WWII

Movie Review: ‘The Monuments Men’ gives lighthearted view of WWII

Leave it up to America’s golden boy George Clooney to make a WWII movie so traditionalist that it feels straight out of the ‘60s. “The Monuments Men,” directed by Clooney and co-written with his writing partner Grant Heslov, plays out like an educational Saturday morning cartoon. It uses a winsome ensemble cast to remind viewers […]

'The Lego Movie' lets audience relive childhood memories

‘The Lego Movie’ lets audience relive childhood memories

I admit, “The Lego Movie” is in fact another example of Hollywood cashing in on toys that we all loved during our childhoods. That being said, the filmmakers have done a damn fine job creating an immensely enjoyable, complexly animated film and the first must-see of 2014. Seamlessly combining stop-motion animation and CGI, “The Lego […]

Review: 'Labor Day' exceeds typical romantic expectations

Review: ‘Labor Day’ exceeds typical romantic expectations

Though its marketing gives the impression of a higher grade Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “Labor Day” is more than a mere romance between two lost souls; it’s a thematic departure for writer and director Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”), who pulls off a balancing act between low-key thriller, romantic drama and coming-of-age tale. It […]

Excess Hollywood: Her, August: Osage County and Lone Survivor

Excess Hollywood: Her, August: Osage County and Lone Survivor

This week on Excess Hollywood, Alex Lamb and Kirby O’Neal discuss recent prestige picture releases Her, August: Osage County and Lone Survivor.