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The Purge (2013)
Biggest Disappointment Ever (Spoilers)
I normally don't bother to take the time to write reviews about movies that I watch. I'm lazy like that. However, I felt that I needed to do my civic duty and warn people against watching this movie. What a joke...
The movie had such a fantastic premise, and with good writing could have been an amazing story. However, the irredeemable characters, absurd situations, and plot holes have made this unbearable to watch. Here is a list of things that I need to "purge" out of my system. Spoilers ahead...
1) That stupid f*cking kid (the son) let the random homeless guy into the house, on the night where MURDER is LEGAL. Even at that age, he should know better. He didn't even consider talking to his parents about it. Instead, he just goes ahead and opens it himself, thus putting his family at risk and eventually getting his dad killed. The kid can't even hide correctly. The whole time he's in the basement, he's just shining his flashlight at the door and giving away his location.
2) The daughter was just as frustrating as the son. The whole movie, she's whinging about her "white girl problems" and how her dad doesn't approve of her creepy ass boyfriend; the idea of the Purge happening that night and thousands of people dying doesn't even phase her. Also, she's not the least bit alarmed that her boyfriend sneaked into her room to "talk to" her disapproving father...on the one night where there are no f*cking laws??? Suspicious much? Even as sh*t hits the fan, instead of staying together with her family, she keeps running off into the dark house and forcing her dad to chase her down. What a useless little sh*t.
3) The boyfriend is was a f*cking joke. He loves this girl, but his idea of reconciliation with the father is to just kill him? I know sheltered suburban kids can be clueless, but that guy was just plain stupid.
4) The group of prep school kids that broke into the house were just asking to be killed. Most of them were just playing around and having fun giving each other piggyback rides in a strangers home carrying around axes and machetes, despite the fact that the stranger whose home they were invading was armed with guns. Even if they clearly had the number advantage, they should have been alert; anyone with a gun can be dangerous. Also, the first time Ethan Hawke's character fired off the gun in the basement, all the other masked idiots should have zeroed in on that sh*t and ran in there together to finish him off. Instead, they were all separated, looking at the family's pictures on the wall and skipping through the hallways.
5) That one masked douche that was following Lena Heady's character also deserves a shout out. He had the perfect opportunity to get a jump on her and kill her, since he was holding a gun and saw her walk right past him without seeing him. Instead he decides to quietly stalk her for half the movie. Why would anyone so blatantly risk their life like that? Lena's character was holding a gun, which meant she was a threat!!!! Why would you let her go and give her the chance later to kill you???
6) I burst out laughing when that one preppy asshole comes crashing into the home through the window to attack the father. What an unnecessary thing to do, not to mention extremely risky. Why not just sneak through the front door, which was right next to the window and stealth kill? Instead, he risks a series of deep glass cuts and losing the element of surprise, in exchange for dramatic effect.
7) When Lena Heady's character decides to let her neighbors live at the end...bitch she tried to KILL you...AND your KIDS! Who's to say she won't try that again next year??? Nip that sh*t in the bud! "No more killing!" Are you serious? I can't even...
8) The neighbors had the single dumbest reason for wanting to kill that family. "You're family is benefiting off the rest of us by selling us security equipment and using the money you made legitimately to remodel your home..." What the F*ck. It's not like Ethan Hawke forced you at gun point to add security to their homes. YOU f*cking OPTED to buy the security system! YOU gave them money, VOLUNTARILY, for a service that YOU wanted. If you don't like capitalism, then go to Russia.
There is so much more I could complain about, but these were the things that were bothering me the most. I'm glad I could vent. Please don't watch this movie folks.
Stargate SG-1: Cor-ai (1998)
that guy in the hat
That guy with the douchey looking hat lol lol (the guy whose father died). Sorry, that's all I really wanted to say. The Lord Farquad-esque look made me laugh every time I saw him haha. That run also, when the hat guy and his posse ran across the road with their weapons when the gou'ld showed up; also laughed at that as well. Sorry, this is an utterly useless review. I'll try to somewhat redeem it (and also have to fill the 10 line quota). The exploration of the whole "soldiers taking orders" theme was very interesting to me. I think the episode did a pretty good job demonstrating it by revealing Teal'c's past. Also, is it just me, or do these Jaffa die so easily in these later episodes, in comparison to the earlier ones?
The Avengers (2012)
Best Superhero movie ever
Single, greatest, superhero movie of all time. Although I had been counting down to this movie since the after-credits scene of the First Avenger, I admit I was worried about whether or not it could be done. The idea of taking together 4 separate movie franchises, several exceptionally different characters, and an ensemble cast of superstars, and bringing it all together under one giant superhero blockbuster was certainly a bold one. However, Marvel made the brilliant choice of making Joss Whedon the director, and thus succeeded in this endeavor.
Although Iron Man was probably the main appeal for most people who went to see the movie, Joss did a good job making sure Avengers didn't become Iron Man 3. Each hero had his or her own bad-ass moments and chances to shine. Robert Downey, Jr. yet again disappointed no one with his portrayal of the "genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist" Tony Stark. His wittiness and arrogant personality blend to create a charm that Americans can't seem to get enough of. This can be seen off-screen as well, because Robert Downey IS Tony Stark. No one else could have done it. Chris Evans was great as the patriotic soldier lost in time. He was very believable as the principled and brave leader of the super hero squad. Chris Hemsworth, both through his physical stature and through his acting brought Thor to life yet again. Hemsworth is one of my favorite actors these days, and a rising star.
Out of all the brilliant actors, however, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Tom Hiddleston as Loki really stole the show. Even though I was a huge fan of Ed Norton, Ruffalo took the character of the Hulk to the next level. Out of all the actors who played the character, Ruffalo matched the character perfectly. Whereas I thought Erica Bana in the first Hulk movie was too manly to play Bruce Banner, and Ed Norton was a bit wimpy, Ruffalo was a combination of both. Tom Hiddleston did a great job as Loki, because despite his terrible actions, you couldn't help but feel bad for how he wound up.
Despite already having built and developed each main character in their respective, preceding films, the Avengers still made sure viewers could understand what drove each character, and made them relatable to viewers. If done incorrectly, the Avengers could easily have been just 2 hours and 20 mins of comic book characters smashing each other and blowing stuff up. However, Joss brought his vision to life with great depth.
The special effects and action scenes were simply amazing. The Avengers fully exceeded my expectations of the action sequences. Each hero shared a fight scene with another, which was very cool. 3D wasn't much different from the 2D version though, at least in my opinion.
The dialogue of the Avengers was hilarious. This was by far the funniest superhero or action movie that I've ever seen. Leave it to Joss to insert comedy into life-or-death situations in a fight to save humanity. The banter between the heroes was priceless.
No part of the movie was cheesy either, which was a very important aspect. On comic books its one thing, but on film its another. The fact that they were able to have four superheroes, each in different colorful costumes, to stand together in a frame without taking away from the believably, was a great feat.
Best movie of the year thus far. I don't see how Dark Knight Rises will be able to top this.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Great summer flick! (may contain spoilers)
I had the great pleasure of being able to watch it at an early screening! Admittedly, going in my expectations weren't too high because I'd really enjoyed the first 2 spider-man movies, and didn't know how they'd go about making this one different while still interesting. I was pleasantly surprised.
I thought Andrew Garfield did a terrific job as Spider-Man. You really got that angsty, teenage feel from his performance. He came across as nerdy like the Peter Parker everyone loves, but less dweeby than Tobey was in his movies (sorry Tobey, still love ya bro). Martin Sheen was great as Uncle Ben, and I wouldn't have chosen anyone else for the role. Dennis Leary was cool as well. Emma was sexy as ever. Her and Andrew had an on-screen chemistry that I felt Tobey and Kirsten Dunst lacked in the original movies. Rhys Ifans put on an excellent performance as the Lizard. He was a badass villain, but still made you sympathize with the character at the same time.
In terms of visual effects, the movie was BEAUTIFUL. All the different, clever applications of Spidey's webshooters were badass, and definitely my favorite part of the visual effects. The Lizard was a cool villain, although I wasn't a huge fan of the way he looked. He definitely looked scary, but his face wasn't as dinosaur-esque as it is in the comics.
Definitely watch this movie on your next trip to the theater. This is a thousand times better than a lot of the other movies that are out right now (MAdea *cough cough/ #StopTylerPerry). Can't wait for future Spidey-movies!