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Suicide Squad (2016)
Movies making money is easy, movies that are worth spending the money to see is a lot harder
Spoiler alert Puddins******
Finally, after waiting so long DCs answer to the Guardians of the Galaxy is here. The trailers more than built up hype surrounding these 'lesser known' DC characters and with our first REAL live action Harley Quinn and the promise of The Joker and Batman added to the mix it made the possibility of this movie being a hit a sure thing.
However after seeing the movie it seems like the hype was just that, hype. Sadly the trailer and soundtrack may have been the best parts of the movie.
I think that's why I'm having trouble writing this, I wanted so badly and was so sure this movie would be good, I felt bad when halfway though it I realized I was bored and didn't really care anymore.
Right from the first scene we're thrown into the story and as you would expect with a large cast, some of the characters don't get a good enough back story for you to really care about them. I understand they are bad guys but still, shouldn't I be given a good reason to root for them seeing as how they are the 'hero' of the film.
You can tell that Deadshot and Harley are the main characters, Enchantress is supposed to be one too, but the way her story is told so quickly you find it really hard to care about what happens to her . Killer Crock and El Diablo are just there, plain and simple, their back stories are not explored enough and they provide nothing to further the plot, they are just THERE.
The scenes were cut weird, at times it seemed less of a movie and more of a wild dream sequence and some things just plain didn't make sense. Like the plot. This had to have been the dumbest reasoning to bring these villains together, THERE WAS NO REASON FOR IT. A military unit or some of the super heroes around could have taken care of this much easier, why go to all this trouble? It seriously seemed like the wrote the action parts, forgot to put a plot in and threw together something assuming no one would really notice because you'd be too busy looking at Harleys butt every 10 minutes.
A few things got to me so if you would allow me to vent for a moment:
1.Harley was unneeded; all she was there for really was to tie the Joker into the movie and for sex appeal. THAT'S ALL. The movie would have gone on without her and you know it.
2.So they are all standing there right beside Deadshot who has an unlimited amount of guns and ammo to just shoot at these targets and NO ONE is wearing hearing protection? Seriously?
3.Speaking of Harley, I've never seen so many ass shots of a superhero since Clooney in the bat suit. I mean really, she must drop a lot of stuff because she was CONSTANTLY bent over it seemed.
4.The Joker: Leto was OK in the role; I look forward to seeing him more. But in this movie he was pointless, other than to show how Harley became the way she is; he was reduced to "Hey everyone, remember me? I'm still here. OK enjoy the movie." Not quite the presence Ledger was.
5.The war room scene. "What if Superman turned bad? We would need to defeat him." With a sharp shooter, a crocodile, a dude that throws boomerangs and a lady clown? Really? THAT is the best you can come up with to stop Superman even though in Batman V Superman you were introduced to Kryptonite? Waller really should have gone back to the drawing board.
6.Who ever played Flag and Deadshots daughter were TERRIBLE. I mean they were worse than the new characters in Independence Day Resurgence. It was painful to watch any scene they were in.
7.So they give everyone their gear back and Harley has her cell phone in it. Provided we don't know how long she's been in there, but how is her phone still fully charged? Plus the guards had to have known what was in those boxes, how did she not think that Waller had the thing bugged or traced?
8.If Flag had a thing with the Enchantress why would they send him to kill her? He would emotionally compromise the mission. I mean come on; didn't they watch the 2009 Star Trek?
9.Flag was a really bad leader; "Deadshot don't do the thing" Deadshot does the thing. "Stay in line or I'll kill you." They don't stay in line. "We're going there to stop this." They don't go there. He must have learned his leadership skills from the same place he learned to act.
10.If it was THAT easy for the Joker to just break into the 'Maximum security cell' then it begs to differ that it was probably just as easy to break out.
There were more but I assume you get the picture.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying to NOT go see the movie. It's your typical final summer blow out of a movie, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. But if you were looking for something along the lines of what Marvel is putting out nowadays, don't hold your breath.
In the end, the Suicide Squads greatest success and failure is its trailer. It was good enough to give all of us hope that THIS would be the movie that finally shut all the haters up and finally give Marvel a run for their money. But it didn't even come close.
I have a brilliant idea DC. How about you stop trying so badly to have what Marvel has and just be you.
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
To boldly go where no one has gone before...and BEYOND
**Captain, sensors detect an unusually large amount of spoilers ahead. Advise we raise shields and proceed with caution**
First and foremost let me start by thanking Screen Writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung for breathing much needed life and adventure back into this rebooted series that it much desperately needed.
I love Trek. Period. Always have always will. Trekkie til I die. So once the announcement was made that they were going to reboot the series I was angry. Sure Star Trek Insurrection and Nemesis weren't our finest hours, but this was Star Trek, you don't reboot an almost 50 year old property like Star Trek.
Fast forward to 2009 and the reboot (or NUtrek if you're nasty) and it was great. The idea of an alternate time line worked because they could create the 'new' universe they wanted while still letting the prime time line continue wherever it was.
Warp to Star Trek into Darkness, the moment we realized as a collective nerd hive that this new franchise that had so much promise was dead in the water on only its 'second' time out. The idea that they would take an episode and 2 movies, chop them up mix it together with some over the top action and call it a 'New' Star Trek adventure was insulting not to mention damn lazy.
So once the trailers for Star Trek Beyond came out the first thing that I thought was, "this looks like crap" plain and simple. After being burned with Into darkness I was ready to give up on NUtrek and wait for the new TV series next year.
But being the Trekkie I am, I couldn't stay away for long. Plus I needed something to take my mind off the Ghostbusters reboot. So I put on my Starfleet uniform and went.
I am SO GLAD I DID.
THIS is what Star Trek is all about. The crew in deep uncharted space with only themselves and the Enterprise as they explore the beyond. The interactions between the various crew members were there just like I remember, the sense of family was there just like I remembered. THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT! It was over 2 hours but it did not feel that way as you are instantly drawn into a new yet extremely familiar world that you don't mind spending time in.
Pegg is a fan (not to mention plays Scotty in the films) so HE would know what the series needs. I've never really understood it, studios want these mythologies and episodic based reboots of TV shows to succeed so what do they do? They bring in non-fans and expect something fans would want to watch. Where's the logic in that? Bringing a fan in to write is the smart way to go, It worked with The force Awakens and it sure as hell worked here. The ratio of humor to action was well balanced, there was not a boring moment to be had and many literal laugh out loud moments by everyone in the theater.
There were a few things that I thought of as I watched and I'd like to point them out it I may
1-Spock and Bones. I cannot tell you how great it was to see them back up to their old back and forth with each other. Each time they came up on screen together I smiled.
2-The Vice admiral job. They were going to let Kirk have it? The young and reckless one? You're telling me no one in Starfleet questioned this BEFORE he saved them all?
3-The youth/energy sucking thing. Krall crash landed on the planet, found this alien technology and thought 'If I hook someone up to the other end I bet I could suck their youth out'. Not my thing but hey, everyone needs a hobby I guess.
4-Jaylah, she has been down there for who knows how long, escaped Kralls death camp, linking on her own in fear, she just encounters Scotty and after a few words to him trusts him enough to take him into her secret 'house'? Much less didn't talk to Kirk or Chekov and instantly sets them free and lets them into her 'house' too? If she's that trusting, how did she survive on her own that long?
5-I have had to say goodbye to as many Enterprises as I have Doctor Whos. You have to hand it to the old girl, no matter what universe or time line she's in she will always go out fighting.
6-The Star Trek universe really loves the Beastie Boys
7-Bones and Spock crash on the planet, Spock is injured so Bones heats up this pointy piece of metal to cauterize the wound. Once he's done he pulls the point away and it's gone. Did he leave the super-hot metal point inside the wound? Why didn't he use the weapon to seal the wound and bypass the metal to begin with?
8-Gay Sulu. It's just a few seconds and quite honestly really didn't add or take away from anything so I say more power to them. Also, Sulu husband is played by the script co-writer Doug Jung.
9-The Old Spock scenes were well done. Once Spock learned of it it was sad, but the end when we see the picture of the classic cast, there was not a dry eye in the theater. Well played Star Trek, well played.
I could go on but I'm out of words for this review.
Cliff notes version: GO SEE STAR TREK BEYOND!
This is Star Trek at its best, a shutout out to the glory days we thought were past us. Beyond shows us that this Trek is new and different but just as familiar as it ever was and that is extremely comforting in this day and age.
Who you gonna call? Someone else......
****Yar, there be spoilers ahead, turn back now. Ye have been warned****
After so many people gave me the "You have to give it a try" or "you're hating it before you even see it, judge for yourself" or "you love Ghostbusters, there's no way you could stay away" speeches and because there was a storm and my power and internet had been down for about an hour, I went to go see the new Ghostbusters out of COMPLETE BOREDOM.
(Heavy sigh) OK, let's do this.
Where do I start?
How about here WHAT WAS SONY THINKING OF WHEN THEY READ THIS SCRIPT AND SAID "I LOVE THIS PLAN, I'M EXCITED TO BE PART OF IT, LETS DO IT!!" If THIS is the start of a new Ghostbusters franchise then we are all in big trouble.
Let's start with the plot: this thing took the good parts from the first 2 movies, cut them up into pieces, threw them into the air and where ever they landed is the writers wrote them into this version. It did nothing to establish the back stories of the characters; it just throws us into the action but does not make us really feel anything for these ladies even though throughout we are supposed to feel bad that they were teased as kids. I guess you're just supposed to relate to them based on the fact that they are famous female comedians? Sure, let's go with that cause I found no reason to care for them.
The only likable character was Kevin and even he got old after the first few stupid blonde jokes made his way. After that, every time he came on screen I rolled my eyes. How many times can you milk the 'there's no glass in your glasses' gag? The answer? About 50. You made Thor boring! This movie should go in the record books for that alone.
The other likable character was Holtzmann (the weird chick that makes the gear) and that was because she didn't have very many lines at all and truly seemed to be having fun with her character unlike the other 3 women who were so stiff because they were trying so hard to be funny or good actors.
Even the villain (who *SHOCKER* was also teased his whole life) is just a random guy doing evil things, there is no real connection to him or to any of the teasing that is done to him. People say random remarks about him, but nothing to justify the evil master plan he has hatched. The acting oh dear lord .the acting was terrible. Melissa McCartney and Kristen Wiig were the worst ones and THEY WERE THE STARS AND MAIN CHARACTERS! The entire script seemed to be made up right then and there on the spot. It was painful to watch. Every scene involved someone going off on a random tangent that had absolutely nothing to do with the scene they were in. It seemed they were trying so hard to make each other laugh and not enough trying to make the audience laugh. Every one of them on screen were stiff and emotionless, like they were physically trying to act. You could tell they had no idea what they were doing and were trying so hard to show everyone they could carry this huge responsibility. Guess what, you couldn't. The body possession of Abby scene was the most painful of them all; I had to close my eyes during it. It physically hurt to watch.
The worst part of the entire move was the overall arc of man hating. From scene one you could tell they were walking around with a 'we're girls get over it' chip on their shoulder because of internet backlash (which wouldn't have happened if they hadn't been so vocal trying to impress everyone by mentioning how theirs was an all-female version) maybe if they worked harder on the script like they did trying to promote 'girl power' then maybe we would have a better movie. Calm down, you're the Ghostbusters, not the spice girls.
I'm not kidding. EVERY MAN in this movie was a complete idiot. I'm not talking 'killer chases girl in high heels through woods and she falls' idiot, I'm talking 'Duh I am a stupid, stupid man..Duhhh'. Kevin, can't do even the simplest things because he's stupid. The mayor can't function properly without the help of his FEMALE aide. The Homeland security guys, protecting the United States, works for the government, yet the mayors aide speaks for them because they have no clue, and on and on .
Sorry Sony, no dice. You spent so much time forcing every-ones opinions to change before the movie came out that you missed the chance to reintroduce a beloved movie to a new generation properly. I feel bad for the youth that think THIS is Ghostbusters.
Let's clear this up now, it's not a lady thing. I don't care that its ladies, it could have been CG lobsters or hamsters in the roles. This added nothing to the franchise, it was just a really bad SNL sketch that went on way too long. The hate wasn't because of the women, it was because it was thrown in every-ones face constantly that it made you wonder if that was all it had going for it. Spoiler alert, it was.
The worst part is at the start of the movie, Sony has already created a Ghostbusters production studio. That means no matter the outcome of this movie they have plans in motion to unleash Ghostbusters on an unsuspecting world.
So you can be sure no matter how it does, the Ghostbusters WILL be back; Sony will make sure of that whether you like it or not.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Galaxy is in good hands
Spoiler alert folks, if you haven't see Guardians of the Galaxy.
But you totally should.
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times. THIS IS MARVEL'S TIME.
They played out a huge gamble on uniting their heroes into the Avengers and it paid off big. Then the thought of combining all these movies with ties to the next movie, risky, but brilliant.
Now they have pulled another brilliant movie by bringing us the Guardians of the Galaxy. Once a virtually unknown group in their comic universe, now a huge money making force to be dealt with that rivals The Avengers themselves. The biggest gamble? Putting 'The Guardians of the Galaxy will return' at the end of the movie. What if this movie flopped? They would have pulled a Buckaroo Banzai on us. Marvel knows what they are doing and it seems as if they are unstoppable.
The Guardians of the Galaxy is the story of a misfit group of 'thugs', none of them fit the typical hero mold. A scavenger, a big burly killing machine, the daughter of the universes biggest tyranny bent on total destruction, a genetically altered raccoon and a tree. Not the type of group you'd call if there was a problem, but they're the ones you'd want.
This movie gets you from the start, even with this being a group of new characters; we're introduced to them quickly and during the course of the movie that you don't even notice it. (No being bitten by a spider Spider-Man sequence or Batman parents being shot flashback here) and they are thrown together to fight a common threat to the galaxy and wind up becoming friends in the process. The best part aside from the action is the humor and this movie is full of it.
The real stars are Chris Pratt as Star Lord Peter Quill (like Han solo meets Indiana Jones with smart remarks for days)from his dance moves to his trying to explain common expressions to those around him is hilarious and Rocket who is only out for himself and his pal Groot (Seriously, a disgruntled raccoon, what's not to like?)
There are plenty of cameos too, if you are familiar with Marvel comics you will catch lots of them (even Stan Lee is there), the best is the appearance of Thanos the Tyrant. (The purple guy at the end of The Avengers) and even Benicio Del Toro as the Collector (the guy from the end of Thor 2) also stay until after the credits for a cameo from a notorious Marvel character.
A few things did bother me, so if I may ..
1-Peters ship was destroyed and the Nova corps rebuilt it as best as they could, even his tape deck? How many cassette tape players are just lying around in another galaxy? Did this planet have a Best Buy?
2-Peters Walkman, what does it run on? All these years and he never had to replace the batteries? Did he stop by an intergalactic Wal-Mart?
3-Gamora, for being the daughter of a tyrant that everyone wants to kill, after the jail scene, no one seems to care that she is just walking around. Weird right?
4-When Rocket and Groot try to take down Quill at the beginning and Gamora gets in the way, all this stuff is happening out in the open with a bunch of people watching and no one tries to help? What kind of planet of pansies is this?
5-John C. Reilly's character, he arrested Quill right (a few times from what he said) and he has Quill on speed dial on his phone?
6-Yondu (the blue guy) keeps bring up how everyone else wanted to eat Quill but he stopped him, DUDE WE GET IT! Move on!
7-When they escape the prison, Quill just hands them his ship as he goes back for his Walkman. Why did he trust them, sure they helped break him out, but they could have just take the Milano for themselves and not looked back. That would have made for a short movie.
8-Quill puts on his mask and can fly through space. HOW? His body is still exposed to space, and the top of his head is too because his hair stick out when the mask is on. Other than looking cool, what good is the mask really? And there were others but that is neither here nor there.
Guardians of the Galaxy
GO SEE IT! If Marvel keeps this streak up, there is no way any DC comics movie or Justice League movie will be able to top this.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Welcome back Spidey!!
Friendly Neighborhood Spoilers Ahead...
You thought The Amazing Spider-Man was good, you have not seen anything yet.
Andrew Garfield is back at Spider-Man and is in true from this time. It seems like hes having way too much fun playing the hero, not too bad if you have to have a day job. The role of Peter Parker seems tailor made for him. Emma Stone is back as his love interest Gwen Stacy, their chemistry (they are dating in real life) is plainly visible here. It almost seems like they are not acting towards each other. Again, if you have to have a day job, its not too bad.
But what this movie has in GREAT supply is FUN. What the franchise was missing after the ORIGINAL Spiderman way back in the day. Yes, unlike Toby Macguire, Spider-man is FUN again. Constantly wise cracking, lovable and trying to make his way in a world that doesn't know if it should love or have him, and making fans along the way.
This time Spiderman goes up against Electro, Rhino and The Green Goblin. Each is a newcomer to the franchise, but ones I'm sure we will see again, especially with the namedropping towards the end.
Spider-man I have no problem with at all, its the villains, they are the problem. Its what I call the 'Batman Syndrome' all over again. Let me explain better with my usual rant....
1-Has no one learned from the Batman franchises of old? Too Many villains bog down the story and eventually one gets stepped on by the other. This is the case with this movie also.
2-Rhino, hes in the first 5 minutes and the last 5. Thats it folks. We are not given any time to really care about him, or find him an evil criminal mastermind. Hes just Paul Giamatti doing a really stupid Russian accent. Thats it. Hes just there for comedy at the start and at the end you wonder 'How did he break out? How did he get the suit? Why does he hate Spider-man so much? There has to be a bigger and better reason for him being around in the next one'
3-Electro. First off, he felt like Mr.Freeze from Batman and Robin(Almost looked like him too)with the corny electric jokes. "It's shocking" "You'll get a charge out of this" "You called the thunder, heres the lightning" WE GET IT! ELECTRICITY! Calm down man!
4-Electro again, his mild mannered self Max Dillon seemed a whole lot like the mild mannered Edward Nygma (from Batman Forever, thus why I call it the 'Batman Syndrome') Works for company on an experimental project, stepped on by his bosses, no one pays him any attention, then Batman..er Spider-Man shows up and he becomes obsessed with him. Then a tragic 'accident' turns him into a bad guy hell bend on getting revenge on the hero that 'ignored him'. Nope, never been done before.
5-The Norman Osborne angle was a little strange. "Hey Pete, haven't seen you in years and years, but come on over, let me show you top secret projects my company is working on and tell you that I'm dying." Save it for Maury, huh.
6-Peters father, first in the plane before they died: Was he James Bond in a former life? For a scientist type hes got some Liam Neeson moves and keeps on going and going like the Energizer bunny. That and for a plane crashing, he sure had really good Wi-Fi to upload all those files.
7-Second with Peters father, he had this secret lab in the subway in a former presidential boxcar. IT'S ALL OVER THE INTERNET AND NO ONE ELSE KNEW ABOUT OR FOUND IT? But Peter does a 5 minute search (2 to find the answer and 3 to check FaceBook) and finds it like that? New York police must be the worst.
8-The Green Goblin at the power plant. He looks at Spidey and Gewn for one second and 'You're Peter Parker!'. Honestly, that could have been a coincidence, or if it was that easy how come no one else figured it out sooner. Hell, Harry had Spider-man in his house only a few inches from his face talking to him and STILL had no idea it was Peter.
9-Gwens death. I was glad to see this ACTUALLY happened like in the comics, but also it added realism to the movie. I don't care what super hero you are, you will not always get the bad guy and save everyone. Frist Captain Stacy in the first one and now Gwen. WHat keeps us coming back to Spider-Man over and over is the fact that hes us. Just a dude who wants to make a difference any way he ca and not always being able to live up to everyones expectations of him.
10-That kid at the end. Really? The kid gets under a barricade and no one runs after him? The crowd and police just stand there like 'Wait Billy don't go...Oh well'. Plus, the police are having this huge shoot out only a few feet from millions of innocent by standards and apparently a really crappy barricade?
Having said that, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was AWESOME! It is the reason we go to see movies and the reason Spider-man will always keep bringing us back to him. Good old fashioned super hero fun.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Welcome back X Men we all know and love..
Be warned, spoilers ahead me hearties...
When it comes to the X Men franchise I'm sure all nerds will tell you that 1 was the best, 2 was OK but half way through got dumb and that 3 was unneeded and ruined the entire series. Why did X3 tank so bad in the hearts of those who love it? Bryan Singer, thats how.
The man who brought us the beloved comic series was our ringleader through 1 and 2. They had heart and as you watched them you knew Singer put his love of the characters, material and story into each one. 3 was missing Singer, so it was missing the heart and soul of what made the series great.
So after a few years pass and a really well done prequel/reboot to add to the series (enough to get the taste of 3 out of our collective mouths) how do you return to the series you fathered and make it cool again while making the fans care again? TIME TRAVEL.
Yes my friends, with two words director Bryan Singer wipes out the last half of X2 and all of 3 from our minds and re-writes history his way with this addition to the franchise. How do you fix the mistakes of the past, erase them and they never happened! All the main characters from X Men First Class are back, along with the addition of the best loved characters from The original X Men series. It literally is the best of both worlds. Tie in the before mentioned Time Travel element and how can you go wrong?
The Movie takes on the two issue story of the same name, and though us nerds will tell you that they changed quite a few things from comic to screen, the heart of the story is there again, and your genuine care for the wellbeing of our old (and young versions of) friends.
As always a few things bothered me, so if you will humor me for a few seconds...
1-The ending with Mystique got really annoying after a while.."I'm gonna kill him, no i won't, yes I will, no I won't" JUST DO IT ALREADY!
2-Young Magneto: Wow, he was still a bad guy this whole time! Shocker. Charles, you are too trusting.
3-For a public forum, with the president there, there sure was very little protection. Secret service must have been on LSD that day.
4-The future, with the Sentinels attacking was really slow and drawn out, i know it was for dramatic effect but if this is how they attack, how did they accomplish anything.
5-Wolverine's butt. Come on! Do we really need to get women into this movie THAT bad. I mean it worked (my wife came with me for just that reason) but still. Come on!
6-Quicksilver. It was pretty cool to see him finally in live action form, but his character was not needed that bad. They could have accomplished the exact same thing without him. (but the easter egg with him and Magneto in the elevator was awesome)
7-For wanting to hide the fact that they are mutants from the outside world, they sure did flaunt their powers in public constantly.
8-Young Professor X meets Old Professor X. EPIC!! But you have to admit, young Professor X is a whiny bitch at times.
9-They tie in Wolverines small cameo in First Class perfectly. I was wondering if they would acknowledge that they had already met or not.
10-So Beast can turn the beast power on and off? So hes the Hulk now?
11-If you get to the end, and do not cry when everyone is reunited, YOU HAVE A HEART OF STONE! Once everyone appeared at the Institute I cried like a baby. It was PERFECT! THIS is the way the X Men should be.
So in closing, Bravo Mr. Singer! It looked hopeless there for a while, and even when we heard you had come back the thought was 'How could he possibly save the original series franchise?' I will never doubt you again. Thank you. Thank you.
The Heart is gone.
Spoilers abound Folks...Seriously.
Transformers Age of Extinction is exactly what you would expect. A huge blow em up, shoot everyone, run run run type of movie again. Bay tries so hard to separate this from the other Transformer movies, like the theme music we're all used to is gone, the beginning title sequence is different, even the 'feel' of the movie is different. There's also lots of light flares (thanks JJ Abrams) and various liquids 'getting all over the screen' for extra added effect. But this entry also has a TON of cussing and a bunch of on screen human deaths. A darker tone indeed.
The only down side is that now those 'totally awesome looking robots' we all came to love in the first movies now look SO fake and computer generated that it hurts to look at it. I doubt ANYTHING in that movie was real. It all had a 'cartoon-ish CGI' feel to it. Almost like 'What kind of robots can we make and how can they destroy a city or each other' and the script and heart of the story went out the window.
Bay even tries to throw Mark Wahlberg, his daughter and her boyfriend in as the humans we should care about, but we're introduced to them then thrown into the action so quickly that we don't really relate to them or care about them like we did Sam Witwicky from the first trilogy, we only care about the situations they are in. New 'eye candy' Nicola Peltz is Wahlbergs daughter (which is not believable AT ALL, not even for a second) who couldn't act her way out of the the short short daisy dukes she squeezed into. Is it THIS hard to find a hot chick who can ALSO act Mr. Bay? Or here's an idea, make the movie about ROBOTS and forget the Victoria's Secret models all together. I don't think the 7 year olds this movie is geared towards will mind at all.
This movie had a few problems and if you will humor me for a moment....
1-ALL Asians know karate and will jump into Kung-Fu at any time. Even if they have no idea why the fight is going on, they just jump in at random. Fact.
2-Women (no matter how strong or how much of a 'ball buster' they appear as at first) are only good for wearing short shorts and revealing clothes while crying and screaming as they are holding on for dear life waiting for the male hero to save them.
3-Even with Decpticons all over, the GOVERNMENT is the REAL bad guy. ALWAYS.
4-Any time Michael Bay holds an audition for Asians, the role is always running in a crowd from a huge robot rampage while screaming things in Chinese at random.
5-Even if you are just going to the toilet for a second, if the toilet and or entire bathroom does not explode as you walk away, with a chase scene to and from the room, YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG.
6-Seriously, how many times can you kill Megatron then have him come back. When will we learn?
7-The 'comedy relief' sidekick got annoying after the first 5 minutes. Then they had the good sense to kill him off early, but after a quick 'sorry for your loss' this friend of so many years is never thought of or mentioned again.
8-Every 5 minutes it seemed that the action would slow-mo and some Imagine Dragons song would play as Nicola Peltz and her boyfriend Jack Reynor would do something 'romantic'. Umm, there's robots shooting all around, the city is being destroyed and hundreds are dying around you, kiss some other time huh?
9-Dinobots--AWESOME. But they are only in the last 10 minutes of the film, none of them talk or say anything and then Prime 'gives them their freedom'. Excuse me, you transform into a huge T Rex, how are you gonna hide on earth where no one will find you? Good luck with that.
10-Autobot technology is pretty awesome alright, but gets lost really easy by alien robots just to be discovered by us little humans then hidden away where no Autobot or Decpticon would ever find it until we accidentally use it at the last minute and Prime has to save us all. All in a days work I guess.
11-So there's this top secret CIA/evil corporation technology and a hick dude from Texas gets hold of it and hacks into it in 10 minutes with old computer stuff from an abandoned gas station? Really?
I could go on and on but you get the point. Transformers 4 was exactly what it was meant to be - A huge summer movie, but if you're looking for something to make up for Dark of the Moon or a reason to look forward to this 'New trilogy', you're out of luck.
A good movie about the man who revolutionized our world
I don't understand the haters, this movie is what it is. A watered down 2 hour version of the life of Steve Jobs, plain and simple, a look into some of the finer points of Steve Jobs life and the beginnings of Apple computers.
I will tell you first off that I am not a fan of Ashton Kutcher, never have been and never will be, but here he comes across as Steve Jobs so well you really believe it IS Steve Jobs. I'm not saying he deserves an Oscar for this performance, but its not bad at all.
Its interesting to see the makings of the things that none of us could live without. The personal computer, the portable computer, your IPod...anything and everything that you take for granted today, was created by him yesterday.
It is strange to see this man we all respect and associate with innovation and creation and invention being a total dick to those friends closest to him. Does this movie make him an immortal god? No. Does it Make him into a monster? No. It tells it like it is and leaves you to decide what Steve Jobs legacy will be.
If you walk away from this movie and don't feel inspired, there is seriously something wrong with you my friend.
Last Vegas (2013)
It might be the last but it is Number 1
I thought this movie would be the typical old guy goes to Vegas to find his youth and falls in love in the process (It is by the way) but with this cast i had to give it a try. I was expecting to be rolling my eyes and get up and walk out after the first few minutes, but by the end I was almost sorry it was over.
Kevin Kline is the one who steals the show, he's funny and at the top of his game, which is weird seeing as how hes playing an old burnt out guy. Morgan Freeman gives a great performance as usual, Robert De Niro just seemed to be there for the ride (although you're supposed to feel sad for his widower character, and you do) but its not his best. Michael Douglas is the one you sit watching and saying "Oh my god, when did you get old?" it is painfully obvious he is not 20 or 50 anymore.
The movie itself has a plot that has been recycled a billion times over (and done better) but the performances by the cast is the real reason to watch. They're funny, interesting and having the weekend of their lives.
So why don't you come along too? You'll be glad you did.
Scream 4 (2011)
Scream 4 Spoiler filled review
SPOILERS AHEAD YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
Back in 2000 i was sad to say goodbye to this franchise (even though 2 and three left it lacking) but did and felt the trilogy was good as is.
Now, years later we have the NEWEST addition to the trilogy (?). If it had been anyone else But Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, I would have walked past it and not given this movie a second thought But with the ORIGINAL creators on board, I had to give it a try.
The movie was good, not as bad as Saw 4 (Which is referenced in the movie as sucking-Right on) or the before mentioned Halloween 3, but then again its also nothing new. The same old Scream plot line thats been used 3 times before really. FOr a second there it almost felt like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (The veteran handing the reigns to the younger one) But Jill was WAY better than Mutt.
The entire original cast is back (Except Jamie Kennedy, which let's be honest, would have just been stupid seeing as how he had died in Scream 2) along with the 'younger, hipper' cast who claim to be "horror movie experts" yet STILL do the same stupid things when put in the deadly situations.
I want to add that I think Wes Craven is a GENIUS. Plain and simple. He created the Horror genre and is constantly re-inventing it. From Nightmare on Elm Street to Scream to...well...Scream 4.
The movie knows what it is, and does not try to hide it. It is another tired horror movie with a stupid plot that has been done over and over again, Craven knows this, and that is what he makes fun of in the beginning of the movie. It is classic. Only he could make fun of HIMSELF and still make it new and hip. THIS is why he's the master.
But, as with everything, I did have a few problems (or complaints, if you're nasty) and thought i'd share them with you if you don't mind.
#1- Seriously, EVERYONE in this movie has a cell phone, half of them USE the phones as the killer calls, yet once he attacks the service suddenly goes out? They must use AT&T.
#2- The killer is attacking, what should we do? Go rescue the victim ourself, not call the cops WHO ARE OUTSIDE THE HOUSE, or use those cell phone things were were talking about earlier.
#3- When we are first introduced to Jill at school, for a second you'll see a statue head by her locker. Its Henry Winkler (AKA The Fonz) who was the principal in the FIRST Scream.
#4- Hayden Panettiere, what did you do to your hair? YOU LOOK TERRIBLE. Cheerleader, you should have saved your hair.
#5- All the 'IN' jokes in the movie are AWESOME, especially the one about how Gale and Dewey must have had a screen relationship, because they would never cut it in real life. How true you are. Also note all the references to previous Wes Craven movies. Awesome.
#6- The killer is on top of your car, you look around, he's gone. You OBVIOUSLY scared him off. So what do you do now? Get out of the car. Give me a break.
#7- It bothered me that all these kids have phones, but none of them have personalized ring tones or wallpapers. They were all the stock ones installed on the phone when you first get it. How realistic is that?
#8- The murders are starting again, so what does Dewey do? Post 2 guards at Sidneys house to watch over her. Good job, that will work. You may have been in the 3 other Screams, but you obviously did NOT pay any attention to them.
#9- When Mary McDonnell (AKA the Aunt AKA President Rosalyn from Battlestar Galactica) comes home from the store, Sidney starts to unload the groceries. Look at the box of Cheerios she takes out, its already open.
#10- Another Hayden Panettiere rant. Sorry, but you can NOT act. No joke, just thought your acting was terrible.
#11- Knives can go through sturdy wooden doors? Who knew? #12- There is a serial killer on the loose, coming after you, its night time, the door is locked, so obviously its the perfect time to check on your potted plants, or wind chimes as the case may be.
#13- Anthony Anderson, I don't care what role you're in, or how hard you try, you will ALWAYS be comic relief. Sorry, thats just the way it is. At least you'll always have a job. Oh by the way, lay off Bruce Willis.
#14- The cameras are being moved, as you can see on your screen Gale, obviously messing with your laptop is going to fix this.
#15- All the stuff plugged into that lap top, how much battery life do you think it would have? It would have drained its battery before Stab 1 even started.
#16- Deputy Hicks - You are just a bad actress as Hayden was. YOU WERE TERRIBLE. And weird, like a not so freaky looking Christina Ricci...If you can imagine that.
#17- For that matter, most of the time the NEW cast was trying to be the OLD cast really hard.
Anyhow, you get what I mean........
I have to say though, it was nice to see a usual slasher film that I grew up with back again for todays kids to see. If you're going to see Scream then you know what you're getting into, its not thought provoking nor will it change your life. But it will keep you entertained for a few hours.
This is how its done. Not all the crap that Hollywood is putting out, its done Cravens way. The Right Way.