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Good but nothing special
When I saw Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I had the same mixed emotions as I did for Man of Steel. Even though it's one of the most anticipated movies of the year, as I said in the title of my review, the movie was good but not great. I mean they're are plenty of people out there who say it's a great movie or a terrible movie or like me, think it's okay. But it's not like it's the worst superhero of all time like Batman & Robin or Fantastic Four (2015) but it's also not the best superhero of all time either like The Avengers (2012) or Batman Begins. There are some positive things to do with BvS.
First of all, I've always been a huge fan of Batman and I like Superman as well, they're often both considered the greatest superheroes ever created. And Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are good choices for both superheroes and the battle between them is definitely worth-seeing. Also Gal Gadot did a good job as well even though they could've shown more of her but I'm really looking forward to her solo movie in 2017.
But there is also some negative things about BvS that a lot of people complained about. Like for one thing, Jesse Eisenberg was a bad choice as Lex Luther. Why? Because he portrayed him badly and they should've gotten someone like Bryan Cranston to play him and maybe the character would've been darker and not silly and over-the-top. And another negative reason is Doomsday because he seemed like a big waste. Also there's too much action and not enough story-line. Not to mention the writing is rushed and sloppy.
If only they had gotten a better director like Christopher Nolan or Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrams than Zack Snyder maybe this movie could've been better. I mean Snyder isn't terrible at directing, he just needs some improvement. Hopefully the Justice League movie of 2017 will be more successful.
Happy 30th anniversary to Aliens!
As I said in the title, of course, today marks the 30th anniversary of when Aliens was first released back in 1986. Time flies! But before I review Aliens, let me go back to the first Alien movie. It's obviously a classic as well and took the genres of science fiction and horror to a whole new level thanks to Ridley Scott's direction. But when James Cameron took over, he took the Alien franchise and took it do an even newer and better level by giving it action-packed themes and even more aliens.
And I think a lot of people would say Sigourney Weaver does even better as Ripley in Aliens because she acts more like how she's more of a heroine than a scream queen. But the part that really blew me away with her, as it did for a lot of people, was when she enters in a robot suit and prepared to fight the Alien Queen one on one and she says "Get away from her, you b*tch!" I'd also recommend to anyone who liked the theatrical version of Aliens to watch the Director's Cut version because I think it's even better.
But thankfully I never bothered watching Alien 3 or 4 because after watching Aliens it felt like the ending of the series because the Alien Queen and her eggs are all destroyed and I like to think that Ripley made it back to Earth and she and Hicks became a couple or even got married and they adopted Newt as their daughter and Ripley has a family again. I mean that's the way I would've ended it if I was James Cameron.
I love this movie! Who cares what the haters say?
Frankly I don't care what anybody says about Avatar. Whether they say it's overrated or it didn't deserve to be the highest grossing movie of all time or or it's unoriginal or it's too long or boring or it they say "this is better than Avatar" it's still up there with some of my favourite movies of all time. I mean people were the same when Titanic was released; a lot of people called it overrated but that didn't stop it from winning 11 Oscars and being called a masterpiece by many others. James Cameron has made a lot of great movies in his career like the first two Terminator movies, Aliens, True Lies, Titanic and Avatar is up there with them.
I was blown away by it when I saw it in the cinema. It was like I was actually on the planet Pandora myself. I know the movie takes stories from other movies like Disney's Pocahontas and The Last Samurai. But I mean look at The Lion King for instance, it used the same story from other stories like Hamlet and Moses and it's considered one of the greatest animated movies ever made. And sometimes originality isn't always a good thing; I mean look a Twilight. Do you think it's a good idea to have vampires sparkling?
But anyway let me tell you why I really enjoy Avatar, I enjoy pretty much everything about Avatar: the action, the effects, the characters and even the story. I mean I like how Jake Sully as a nobody but as the movie progresses, he becomes a hero among Na'vi and brings them all together to face off the humans who are destroying their planet. In fact, you might say that Avatar is more about special effects, but it just shows that anybody can become a hero no matter who they are. I also enjoy Zoe Saldana as Neytiri and Avatar (as well as 2009's Star Trek) made her a superstar and the romance between her and Jake Sully. And the battle scenes are just as epic as battles scenes in movies like The Lord of the Rings or Braveheart. And I like like the dramatic moments as well.
So in conclusion, let me just say Avatar is #14 on my top 30 favourite movies list and I recommend everyone to see it and I look forward to the sequels in the near future.
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
A very underrated animated classic
The Prince of Egypt has always been one of my childhood favourites because I remember even seeing it in the cinema, and even back then I thought it was a great movie. But I can't imagine why it's so underrated. I mean sure, it might've been a hit when it first came out, but pretty much everything about it is just epic: the story (even though it's taken from the Bible), the animation, the characters, the music, the visuals, songs and even the voice-acting. I mean a lot of big actors like Val Kilmer, Sandra Bullock, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Patrick Stewart all starred in this movie.
I think one of my favourite things about this movie is how the characters develop, particularly with Moses and Ramses. Like Moses starts out as a goofy, reckless, young prince who likes to play pranks. But when he finds out that he's Hebrew, he becomes more of a sympathetic and insecure character. But when he is to return to Egypt to free the slaves, he becomes a very determined leader. As for Ramses, he starts out as young prince who wants to live up to his father's expectations. But since he loves Moses as his brother, he can also be sympathetic as well. But when Moses asks Ramses to let his people go, he becomes very much like a villain; hostile and ruthless. Also the conflict and relationship between Moses and Ramses adds to a lot of the drama into the film because it's like something from a Shakespeare play. They're both brothers and care about each other, but they reluctantly have to against each other.
One of my favourite scenes in this film is the burning bush scene because it's one of the scenes that shows how beautiful and impressive the visuals are. I mean it doesn't really look like fire, but it looks like something not of this world and the voice-acting by Val Kilmer(who also plays Moses) is very well done because he makes the voice of God sound very powerful but also loving and caring and soothing at the same time.
But one of the things that bothers me is that the plot seems a little rushed, but that often happens in animated musicals. But the songs help tell the story and tell what the characters are going through. Also, The Prince of Egypt is a lot more dramatic and darker compared to other animated features, like there's not much comedy later on in the film but not like that bothers me.
All in all, The Prince of Egypt is a powerful, beautiful and impressive epic that should be more appreciated.
The Descendants (2011)
At first I wasn't planning to see The Descendants but my mum and granny saw it and thought it was really good. So when I eventually watched it, I was amazed how good it was! I mean the plot may be nothing special but it's the acting is what makes me want to watch this movie again and again. And I also like it because people can relate to this movie if they have problems with their families or having to make decisions in life.
I haven't seen many of George Clooney's movies and I know a lot of people love him but a lot of other people seem to hate him, but I think his performance as a struggling father/husband and businessman was done superbly.
Shailene Woodley did very well in this as well as Matt King's troublesome and difficult daughter and I can see why she received a Golden Globe nomination. But I kind of feel she should've also got an Oscar nomination if Clooney got one for this movie. And her beauty matches her talent.
Even Amara Miller and Nick Krause were good even though they weren't as much involved, but they added most of the humour to this movie seeing how this movie is a comedy/drama. I even enjoyed Matthew Lillard and Judy Greer even though they were just in a few scenes but both gave strong performances.
21 Jump Street (2012)
The funniest comedy in years!
Empire Magazine called this movie "the funniest high school comedy to come out in Hollywood in ages" and I really have to agree because this movie was much funnier than I thought it was going to be. In fact, I think it's even better than The Hangover or Anchorman and IMDb users should've given this movie a higher rating than 7.2.
I've seen Jonah Hill in a lot of comedies like Get Him to the Greek, Knocked Up, Cyrus and Forgetting Sarah Marshal and I have to say this is one of his best ever and it's much funnier than Superbad because it's really overrated. But I haven't seen any of Channing Tatum's movies and I've heard that some people say he's a bad actor but I think he and Jonah Hill worked amazingly together as two loser cops, Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko, who go undercover as high school students. In fact, I think they were the best comedy duo since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber.
I was laughing at most of the scenes, but the scenes that I was laughing at the most were when Morton and Greg are on drugs and they go crazy around the school and when they're being chased by the bikers on the highway. Those scenes I was crying with laughter! Also the action sequences were very good and exciting as well.
I also like the contrast when they're in high school. Like Morton is smart but he's also a nerd, but he learns how to be cool and confident by hanging out with the popular kids and drama group and to get girls, particularly Molly who he has a crush on. While Greg is a cool jock but he's very dim-witted, but he learns how to be smart by hanging out with the nerds. I also liked how Johnny Depp made a cameo since he was the star in the original TV series of this movie.
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Rocky underdog story for kids and teens
Granted I never lived in the 80s, but movies like The Karate Kid trilogy are one of the reasons that make wish I had. I know the story is really predictable and standard but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad movie. I mean Rocky is predictable and standard too and it's considered by most to be a classic. But I like the performances and characters and their relationships between each other and I think that's one of the reasons that what makes The Karate Kid so enjoyable.
Like I like how Daniel and Mr. Miyagi are more than just student and teacher, they have more of a father and son relationship seeing how Daniel lost his father and Mr. Miyagi lost his son. And I think the romance between Daniel and Ali is really sweet and works really well and I like how Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel that there is more to martial arts than just fighting.
As for the sequels and remake, The Karate Kid Part II was a good continuation of the original. Sure, it wasn't as enjoyable as the first one but I mean it still had good martial arts action and good romance and I thought it was a good idea for it to take place in Japan. In fact, I thought it was rather underrated. And as The Karate Kid Part III, I thought it wasn't bad even though a lot of people hated it and thought it was really cheesy but in my opinion, I don't think it deserves all the hate. And I seriously doubt it could be as bad as The Next Karate Kid which didn't even star Ralph Macchio. I never saw it but it's supposed to be awful. And as for the 2910 remake, I thought it was okay but nothing special. But with some movie series, you can't beat the original and classic.
An interesting look on the origins of the Man of Steel
I've watched the first five episodes of the first season of Smallville and I just want to say I'm glad they decided to make a TV show about Clark Kent's life as a teenager in Smallville because most movies about Superman never really focused on that part of Superman's mythology. It's a nice combination of adventure, drama, science fiction and romance. In fact, it has pretty much everything that makes a great TV show: smart characters, a wonderful cast, excellent acting and sharp story lines. I particularly like relationship between Clark Kent and Lana Lang. Not only is Kristin Kreuk a pretty face but she also does wonderfully playing Clark's love interest. And Clark will do almost anything to win her heart of Lana and he must also compete with her boyfriend, Whitney. I also like how they made Clark friends with Lex Luther after Lex ends up in a car crash and Clark saves his life, Lex feels he owes everything to Clark and will help him out with anything whether it's trying to help his family or trying to win over Lana. And I like how they come up with a different villain in each episode with a different superpower. It's too bad Smaillvile only has a rating of 7.5 on IMDb because I think it's up there with other great superhero TV shows like Gotham or Daredevil even though I've heard the show went downhill after the first season. But I'm just going to continue to enjoy watching the first season.
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
A classic '90s cartoon!
Tiny Toon Adventures was probably one of my favourite cartoons when I was growing up and it's still one of my favourites grown-up as well. I mean now that I'm older, I understand the popular culture references in the jokes and comedy. And I just like pretty much all the characters (except Elmyra). They're funny and clever and I like how most of them resemble and have the same traits as the classic Looney Tunes. But my favourite character is Plucky Duck because he was probably my favourite character of the show as a kid and to me, he's probably the most memorable character besides Buster and Babs. As for the humour, I really like how they mix it with popular culture, like movies and TV shows and celebrities, and '90s references and life in high school/college in Acme Looniversity. And watching this show also makes me wish I was a kid living in the '90s again because that's what this show represents; how great the 90s were. And I also like how Tiny Toons was produced by one of my favourite directors, Steven Spielberg. But it's just a pity that Tiny Toons isn't shown as much back in the day and it deserves a higher rating on IMDb than 7.6. But at least, I still have the first season on DVD. And to me, I think Tiny Toons is a better cartoon than Animaniacs because Animaniacs was too all over the place. Also happy birthday to the voice of Plucky Duck, the late Joe Alaskey!
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
One of the funniest comedies ever!
I've been watching Dumb and Dumber for the almost seven years now and I still laugh as hard as I do before and the jokes and the quotes never get old. It's funny as hell! To me, Jim Carrey (my favourite comedy actor) and Jeff Daniels (a rather underrated actor) are the best comedy duo ever! And I also think Dumb and Dumber deserved more than just a cult audience. It should be up there with other comedy classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Some Like It Hot. I mean if you don't find Dumb and Dumber funny, you probably have no sense of humour at all. I mean sure it's stupid but that's what even the title says, it's about two stupid, pathetic best friends who make complete idiots of themselves and accidentally get involved in a kidnapping when they come across a briefcase full of money. It's not hard to see why Dumb and Dumber (as well as Ace Ventura and The Mask) made the great Jim Carrey a superstar. I wish I saw Jeff Daniels in more comedic roles since he stars in more dramatic roles though. I just wished that they had never made the awful prequel or sequel. They should've just leaved the comedy classic the way it is. PS Happy April Fool's Day!