The Breakdown of 'The Age of Innocence', 'The Last Days of American Crime', 'The Vast of the Night' and 'Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus'
This week The Movie Breakdown is coming at you with four reviews of very different movies. Speaking of different, we look at a Martin Scorsese movie that some may say goes against his reputation with the film adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel about upper class life in 1870s New York, The Age of Innocence. I also argue in the review that it actually is very much a Scorsese movie while also showing his wide range of talents and skill by tackling different subject material as well. Another director with a reputation is Olivier Megaton and we review his latest action picture, The Last Days of American Crime. We also have a slice of life 1950s period piece sci-if thriller -- yes, you read that right and no, I can't think of another movie from this specific newly created genre but here is The Vast of the Night. I need to mention that this is the first movie where a character has my son's name, Everett. If you want drastically different, then we end the movie reviews with one of the movies that launched the Asylum B-movie empire, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. After all that, we look at some of the Academy's recent announcements for moves and initiatives they are going to launch that will create more diversity and inclusiveness in the Academy Awards and hopefully, the movie industry.
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The Movies' Rating Out of Four Stars
The Last Days of American Crime ½* (CS) & 0 stars (SM)
The Vast of the Night ***½ (CS & SM)
The Age of Innocence ***½ (CS & SM)
Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus * (CS) & **½ (SM)