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no masterpiece, but no catastrophe either
this movie surprised me and exceeded my expectations. this movie is directed, written, produced, and co starred by Seth macfarlane. and while family guy may have been new and fresh and creative at one time, it certainly hasn't been as good today. so i figured since this movie was about a bear and a 35 year old man (mark whalberg) hanging out there would be random cut away scenes, characters that you see in family guy played in here, stereotypical characters, and i figured this movie would be taken way too seriously. but no there's only like two cut away scenes, the characters are actually in some ways relatable and it didn't take itself to seriously. it knew there story was stupid, and ludicrous and i wont say they treated it like one, but they knew what to put in and what not to put in. i was also surprised of how funny it was. there were some of the usual jokes to pop culture and a few other things they make fun of in family guy, but they put a twist on it and made it hilarious. mark whalberg, mila kunis, and Seth macfarlance were all great in there roles. Patrick warburton (joe in family guy) has a bit part. Ryan Reynolds made a surprise appearance. and flash Gordon. the real flash Gordon was in this film. it was a raunchy comedy that was filled with laughs all the way through. it through in some annoying cliques and the whole kidnapping thing was unnecessary. some of the jokes, were a little to over the top or felt forced in, but again its a comedy just for teens and adults and they treat it like one with no limitations like they have with family guy on fox. it was funny, fun, and an enjoyable movie. currently out in theaters. see it.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
an improvement, but still not good enough
first spider man movie. OK second spider man movie. good third spider man movie. bad fourth spider man movie, the reboot the amazing spider man was better then the third, better then the first, but still nothing to get all excited about. to be fair this movie had a lot of hype and the pressure certainly hit a lot of the cast and crew. especially Andrew Garfield. he is really the only person who plays a main character from the other films. the lead role. and if he doesn't do good, the movie fails because it centers around spider man. but Andrew Garfield topped Tobey Maguire performance by a long shot. Tobey Maguire to me in some ways was like the Adam west to spider man. very kid friendly, and hes not intimidating. Andrew Garfield it much darker and can be taken more seriously, mainly because he is surrounded by a darker area and has a better script. i like how they put Gwen Stacy as the love interest because she was the first love interest and i wont say what, but her story ends very dark, which will lead to a even darker sequel with a much more darker villain. the villain curt Connors I've been waiting for in the raimi series. they gave Connors a lot of development but never went anywhere. this one i think they put him in there with you supposed to know who he is from the raimi films. but the actor that played him very well. veteran actors martin sheen and sally field do great in there roles as uncle Ben and aunt may and bring some maturity to the cast. and Stan lee of course makes an appearance. now this movie said it would be closer to the comics. in some respects they were but there was a lot missing and no doubt this spider man could not keep his identity secret. the story is strong but it seems rushed towards the end. they refer to Norman Osbourne a lot in this film, but technically doesn't make one appearance and the reason i said technically is because the clip after the credits were Connors is talking to someone may or may not be Norman. but this movie couldn't live up to the hype and it was a lot of hype and i guess people that like the film can use too much hype as an excuse but if the dark knight rises is good, that has massive hype and if it lives up to the hype that excuse goes out the window. again a movie worth checking out, but not to rush to see. i say see it, but no hurry. see it
Dance Moms (2011)
as everyone says. a guilty pleasure but still a pleasure
I'm a huge, huge, HUGE movie fan and TV fan and me being a moviebuff and tvbuff and dissecting a movie or a show piece by piece i never thought id like this show. it looked like a show that would stay for 5 episodes then be canceled. and i thought it would be completely fake. but surprisingly its a great show. its basically a simple show about a dance teacher who is the Gordon Ramsay of dance without the consistent cursing. thats for the moms. and the moms have there problems like anyone else, except its constant complaining. but with this show they also focus on the dancing. and i hate dance, but Abby lee miller and the moms make it fun. they focus enough on dance, and don't overbear it with arguing. but there is that too. the moms are very human in this show. you understand how they feel and where they come from right or wrong, and you can relate to the moms. they all have there flaws, and different attitudes about certain things. but one thing they all agree on is Abby and how tough she is on the girls. still the moms are relatable and the dance teacher Abby is always entertaining and no matter what she says you think she is right because Abby knows best. check it out. its on the third season on lifetime. Tuesdays and 9. see it.
The Avengers (2012)
if we cant save the world, we will avenge it
the movie we've all been waiting for. the movie we never thought we would. no doubt I'm talking about the avengers. it stars Robert Downey Jr. as iron man, Chris Evans as captain America, Chris hemsworth as Thor, mark ruffalo as hulk and now the highest box office actor ever Samuel l Jackson as nick fury. the story is about Thor's half brother Loki who is trying of course to take over the world. the story is flaud but then counter on it well because they talk more about the stories of the superheros and the things they must overcome. so its a smart way to counter on such a small story. the characters in the film are developed well. they take there time with the movie, which is why its two and a half hours long. at times it drags out but counters with highly entertaining action and special effects. Robert Downey Jr carries the film well and Samuel l Jackson being the veteran in the movie both give solid performances and care deeply about there characters. mark ruffalo gives us a hulk worth cheering for because of the lacking performances from Eric bana and Edward Norton. worth seeing no doubt currently out in theaters. see it.
Dark Shadows (2012)
Tim Burton cares for visual than story
Tim Burton's new film dark shadows it based off of cult classic dark shadows which was a soap opera back in the 60s. it only lasted for 5 years but left an impact. so Tim Burton once again teamed with johnny depp to create dark shadows the film. along with familiar faces such as Helena bohman carter who happens to be Tim Burton's girlfriend. explains Alice in wonderland. but we see johnny depp as Barnabas Collins who is taunted by a witch Angelique who kills Barnabas Collins girlfriends back in the 1700s. Angelique places a curse on Barnabas to turn him to a vampire and put him in a casket forever. but in the 1970s construction workers find his casket and release him. he kills the workers, because of the thirst. meanwhile we see Victoria who we see in the beginning and then disappears then is the love interest for Barnabas. still we see Victoria go to Barnabas manor to help and emotionally disaster girl who's name i cant remember. another plot hole there and gone. in fact there are a lot of plot holes that are there and then disappear. such as Barnabas plot hole where they try to reprise the family business, then the love relationship between Victoria and Barnabas, and then the love relationship between Angelique and Barnabas. you notice that the try to squeeze all the plots from the show into one movie then either resolve them in 2 seconds or forget all about them. they rush through them to quickly. Tim Burton cared so much about the special effects then the story. johnny depp seemed to really try to make the film good with his performance and Jackie earl Haley like johnny depp does a great job and seems to care about the film. but this film is OK. its a popcorn movie. kind of like transformers. you can sit back relax and not think about what your watching. wait for the DVD.
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
better than the first. but thats not much of an improvement
wrath of the titans is the sequel to the box office hit clash of the titans starring Sam Worthington, Liam neeson, and Ralph fiennes. the three actors return for wrath of the titans. the plot is Zeus (Liam neeson) has been captured by hades (Ralph fiennes)and trapped in the underworld. chronos a volcanic villain type monster who is the father of Zeus and hades is weak and needs Zeus power to become what he one was. it is Perseus (Sam Worthington) job to go to the underworld and rescue his father. Perseus has a son but he in it for two seconds so he not worth discussing and not worth putting in the film. anyway Perseus leaves his son in the village and heads on a trail with the recently deceased Poseidon's son who's name i cant remember. once again he has no need to be in the film because there's no development to him at all, just like Perseus son. another problem with the film is it seems rushed. it was an hour and a half long, ninety-nine minutes to be exact and they rushed threw the whole movies. each scene felt cut and edited at times. it didn't seem to care much about the plot. the plot was there but the movie often forgot they had a plot. there was no character development to chronos who i thought was an interesting character. had a scary look, but thats it and they thought that would carry the film and make him important, but his final battle was also rushed and there was no need for him in this film. on a positive not they focused more on the relationship between Zeus and hades. and Liam neeson and Ralph fiennes had fantastic chemistry together and the two star performances. plus Liam neeson and Ralph fiennes are two of the greatest actors of all time, and the two actors that bring real acting and scene stealing moments in this film and all films. there two great actors. two very special people in the acting world. Sam Worthington is an actor i have mixed feelings about. i know hes trying to show audiences he doesn't need special effects to carry his films and have successful films but he does. he hasn't proved he can have a successful movie without the special effect. hes going to have to stop with the big budget movies and go smaller, like man on a ledge, which tanked at the box office and a critical flop. but it doesn't look like he'll be stopping with big budget films because hes got another titans movie and two more avatars. good luck Sam Worthington, your going to need it. but this film has great effect but thats it. Liam neeson and Ralph fiennes are the only two actors that brought real acting to the film. and the two actors were the best part of the film. there scenes i knew i would love and i did.for this film wait for it on DVD.
21 Jump Street (2012)
funniest movie of 2012
21 jump street was a delightful surprise for me, because i had little hope for this film. TV shows being turned into movies are like movies being turned into games. they don't turn out good. but 21 jump street went in the opposite direction, because they where so opposite from the show. they took something serious and turned it into a funny comedy with two of the fastest rising stars Channing Tatum, and Jonah hill. we start out when Schmidt (Jonah hill) and jenko (Channing Tatum) were in high school. jenko was the cool jock and Schmidt was the uncool nerd. jenko also bullied Schmidt. fast forward several years they end up meeting again at the same police academy. again jenko being the dumb one and Schmidt being the smart one. they end up becoming friends and having high hopes after graduating from the police academy with car crashes and all the stuff you see in movies they end up on bike patrol. the bust a drug dealer but the dealer is let go because jenko didn't read him his Miranda rights. leads to a very funny scene. and thats what this movie is funny. hilarious. with strong performances by both Jonah hill, and Channing Tatum. now Channing Tatum has been known as an untalented actor. but i disagree. he is an underrated actor. this film he was very very good. he got a lot of laughs as did Jonah hill. great chemistry between Channing Tatum and Jonah hill. and if you didn't know, johnny depp made a outstanding cameo performance in the film as the character he played from the TV show 21 jump street that he starred in and that made him a star. i knew that before the movie came out, because i am a huge, huge, huge fan of movies, TV shows, and wrestling. i know a lot about movies TV shows, and wrestling. back to the movie, this is a movie not to be missed. currently out in theaters. see it.
justice for the rider. but not as much justice for us.
ghost rider 2 is so different form the first its ridiculous. the examples are johnny blaze doesn't have the deep dark voice as rider anymore. the cartoon animated descriptions are in this film, and there so bad they belong in the machete film. they look like they belong in a red band trailer. its much less darker, and takes a darker tone. ghost rider can turn in the day,instead of the night. they changed the johnny blaze scene where he signed the deal with the devil in the first one. its feel like a stand alone film. not a sequel, and not in a good way.the actor that played the devil is a new guy and he was awful for the role. they should of brought back peter Fonda.the action scenes where slow but as the film went on they got more fun to watch. the choice for the villain other than the devil, was a bad choice. remember him he sucks so much I'm not even going to mention his name. but hes the guy that played the cop that like calleigh in csi Miami. he was in it for like 5 seconds but he was still there.the writing was better, less corny and cheesy. Nicolas cage was the shining performance. who gave more of a physcopath side than the last one. and you see Nicolas cage in the theaters every month now, in fact next month he has a new movie called seeking justice coming out. and it seems Nicolas cage cant get a big crowd in anymore because of his choice in roles, and people i think are getting sick of him being in theaters every 5 seconds.but he was good in this, and brought some real acting to the role. but cage always does good in his films, but some of his films aren't good, and one performance is not going to save it. and it seems cage flips with his movies since 2007. he has a good one, then bad, then good, then bad. this one was OK. not great, not better than the first, not the best reviewed film of the year, but still a movie worth seeing, on DVD. wait for it on DVD.just came out in theaters yesterday. in theaters, don't see it. on DVD. see it.
Safe House (2012)
no one is safe from denzel
safe house is about a young CIA agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) who can offer so much more to the CIA but instead is running a safe house. meanwhile a rogue former CIA agent tobin frost is making a deal with a government official to exploit the CIA and the traitors, which is obvious and is being hunted by mercenaries that want that file he has. coincidentally he is next to a CIA building and sees that the only way he can survive is if he turns himself in. so he does and is put into Matt's safe house. the safe house is ambushed by the mercenaries and Tobin and Matt escape. then starts the ride. this film has many positives such as denzel Washington's strong performance as tobin frost. now I'm not that big on a denzel fan. movies such as richocet, the book of Eli, man on fire, out of time, training day, and unstoppable i couldn't get into to. but he surprised men in this one. he borough some maturity to the film and brought some class. the fight scenes where very impressive. they where very physical and came as a shock to me because there aren't many denzel movies were there is martial arts in it. the acting was OK. the story was familiar. you felt like you've seen this movie a thousand times, but denzel brought some twists and turns on it, and the chemistry between Washington and Reynolds didn't impress me. in my opinion Ryan Reynolds was not the right choice for this role. i only thought of him as the guy in the proposal and couldn't think of him as an action hero like Steven sea gal, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. there was to much wimpyness to him. but it is what it is. it also in some ways got predictable at times. some scenes i knew exactly what would happen next and i was right. not a good sign. but still a movie where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy what you are seeing. mixed feelings on this but i think its worth seeing in theaters. it is currently out in theaters. see it, why not.
a journey not to be missed
journey 2 the mysterious island is the sequel to the worldwide hit journey to the center of the earth starring brendan Fraser. which was a good film but this one beats it. its about season (returning john hutcherson) who discovers a cryptic message with the help of his step dad hank (Dwayne Johnson) that his grandfather Alexander (Michael Caine) sent to him.once they figured it out they found he was located t the mysterious island, which is an island that Jules Verne once again wrote about. with the help of kailani (vannessa hudgens) and her father gabato (Luis Guzman) they get there and find Alexander, but soon find out that the island is slowly sinking. they must find a way to get off. this one outdoes its predecessor and Dwayne Johnson out matches brendan Fraser. with his historic return to the wwe Dwayne Johnson still can still be a gentle kind hearted man. he shows a lot of versatility and has great chemistry with Sean and Alexander an gabato. he also shows that he can sing and hes very good. but me being a fan of Dwayne Johnson both in movies and the wwe i knew that. Michael Caine brings something fun to the film also. playing a very weird old man but still brings some gentleness to the film. he also brings some veteran acting to the movie. rising stars john hutcherson and Vanessa hudgens bring in solid performances, and Luis Guzman is no doubt the one that brings the most comedy. very funny in this film. but that is his specialty. this one seems more free also. in the first one it seemed as if they where playing it safe a little to much. this one feels a little more loose and it has more creative ideas and better effects. very good film currently out in theaters. you should see it.