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The Wolverine (2013)
PLOT: After the death of Jean Grey (The Phoenix), Wolverine leaves the X-Men to live in the wilderness with no real idea of what to do next. He lives with no real purpose. Soon though, he is invited to Japan to accept a gift from the man he saved when the atomic bomb landed on Hiroshima back during World War II. When he gets there, mysterious things happen that cause him to lose his mutant healing ability. Logan must now find answers and find out what is wrong before it's too late.
MY THOUGHTS: Walking into this film, I knew it would not hold up to the other X-Men films due to the simple fact that this one takes place in Japan. I also questioned who would be the main adversary to Wolverine in this picture. Would it be Lady Deathstrike? Or Maybe even the Silver Samurai? But no, what we were given was a Silver Samurai like take on it with a twist. I believe the film had very good special effects (aside from the bear), and the atomic bomb flashback was amazing. However, I did think the film lacked in some parts and in a way, it slowed down the movie. Many things puzzled me too like how a robot insect-like thing could take away a genetic power, and how using two hands activated the adamantium sword at the end when clearly the robot was using one.
PROS/CONS: The special effects were amazing. Like always, you believed the claws were actually there and the flashback from WWII was by far the best CG used in the movie. You got a glimpse of what the healing factor did from all that radiation. Some characters in the movie were kind of boring and useless such as the archer guy and Viper, but nonetheless, the movie was decent.
Walking Tall (2004)
PLOT: A soldier returning home is shocked to find his hometown corrupt due to the new casino that has moved in. It has been not only rigging games and taking money from the townsfolk, but also a secret racket for selling drugs on the streets. When the police refuse to help him, he takes the law into his own hands and soon becomes sheriff with the sole purpose of taking back his town.
MY THOUGHTS: Honestly, The Rock is a very good actor. It is difficult to find not only someone who is big, but also has acting chops as well. This movie is one of my favorites to star Dwayne Johnston. It is a very good story. The story of one man standing up against many for the greater good has been done many times, but this one is told a little different. At first, nothing is wrong, but eventually, the main character realizes the issues with what the town has become and he gets involved himself not caring who will try to stop him or what they may use in order to do so. What is depicted in this movie is really how this world works, it's hard to believe, but it is true. Watching someone stand up to it (though in a movie) makes you want to "walk tall" too. It sends a good message.
PROS/CONS: This movie is pretty good. I mean, it is a WWE studios film, which at the time, they were just starting to really push themselves with what they could do and it shows. This movie is very well thought out and also very well done. The only nitpick I have to say personally, is the fact that Johnny Knoxville is in it. He is not a good actor. He was a bad choice for this movie and you can tell he is the weakest link in this picture. All in all though, the performance is passable.
Koneko monogatari (1986)
Milo & Otis
PLOT: A cat named Milo and a pug named Otis grow up together and become inseparable friends. When Milo gets washed down the river in a box however, Otis must follow it along the riverside in hopes of saving his friend.
MY THOUGHTS: This movie is shot beautifully. The footage consists of animals naturally interacting with one another which make it very enjoyable and even peaceful. The narrator does a good job in this movie narrating the story as well as doing all the voices for the characters.
PROS/CONS: Being that it is just animal footage (and sometimes feels as though it is randomly jumps from something to the next), makes the movie lag a lot. And even to some who may not think so, it may even become boring after a while to movie goers who need a little bit more excitement to stay interested.
Hot Shots! (1991)
PLOT: A group of air force pilots must go on a top secret mission with the help of the newly brought on Topper Harley (played by Charlie Sheen).
MY THOUGHTS: I love spoof movies. They are very hilarious if done right. The older ones such as the Naked Gun, Airplane, and any of the Mel Brooks films are just delightful to watch. This one is no different. I find this movie very funny and it pulls out all the stops to make you laugh. Being that it is older, many jokes aren't as raunchy as today's standards, but it doesn't have to be. Many jokes in this movie are more dry or just plain ridiculous, but it makes you howl with laughter none the less.
PROS/CONS: This film is hilarious from start to finish. No joke is weak and causes the film to lag in any area of the picture. Very few comedies can keep you laughing completely throughout it and this one definitely does. Very funny no matter how much I watch it.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
PLOT: A group of Jewish-American soldiers are sent over to Nazi occupied Europe over the watchful eye of Lt. Aldo Raine, calling themselves "The Basterds" with the goal of killing as many Nazis as they possibly can.
MY THOUGHTS: It is a very unique concept of taking a historical period and putting a fictional twist on it. Everything in this movie didn't happen, but, you kind of wish that it did. It makes the end of World War II more amazing than it was in real life. The story is amazing, but so are the actors. The best by far in the picture is Christoph Waltz. The fact that he plays such a sadistic Nazi makes you believe he truly is one. He also acts in German, French, English, and even Italian which makes it even more amazing. Brad Pitt also did a good job in playing the leader and is quite funny in many scenes with his over the top American accent. Michael Fassbender was also extraordinary in the movie and did a fine job in going undercover as a German and also plays the role in various languages as well.
PROS/CONS: There are no real flaws with this movie that I can think of. It doesn't lag much like Death Proof did with its story and it keeps you entertained all throughout. Every character brings something to the story and it was a perfect picture (though there is really no such thing).
Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker
*Review May Contain Spoilers*
PLOT: Terry McGinnis, having been successful as the new Batman for some time with the help of his mentor Bruce Wayne, faces off against a new yet old criminal seemingly returning to the futuristic Gotham City to cause havoc.
MY THOUGHTS: This movie was dark. Really really dark. I enjoyed it very much because it was serious. It was an animated kids movie but it had attitude as well. After watching both versions of this film, I recommend the unrated version due to the fact that it has more action and is far more gruesome. I love Batman Beyond as a show. The fact that they made this movie to continue these characters makes me very happy. They pay homage to the previous Batman series from before and bring the Joker back in a very interesting and creative way. If you are a fan of the series, you will also be a fan of this movie.
PROS/CONS: The best part of this movie is the story. It has a very dark and serious tone. It goes back to the previous series and connects it to this movie. They put a lot of effort into how Joker is in fact brought back. The fact that he put his DNA in a microchip embedded into the brain of Tim Drake, the young Robin, was very dark and intriguing. And that years later, he planned on taking control of him. The Joker in a sense, wanted to expand his life by several years. Now that is twisted.
Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
Every Which Way But Loose
*Review May Contain Spoilers*
PLOT: Philo Beddoe, a trucker and brawler, is accompanied by his friend Orville, and his pet orangutan, Clyde to drive across the country in hopes of finding Philoe's love Lynn Halsey-Taylor. Along the way, Philo manages to get an entire biker gang known as the Black Widows and a couple of police officers after him.
MY THOUGHTS: This is a Clint Eastwood movie with a different tone and concept of the rest. Its kinda random and sticks out from the others he has done. However, I love this picture. Its so entertaining and funny. The fact that this character ticks off an entire biker gang and police officers and comes out on top at the end is hilarious. Te film pokes fun at the cops and the typical "tough" bikers that people think of and I enjoy it. Beddoe's no care and tough as nails attitude make it funny. He's your average guy.
PROS/CONS: I love the fighting and the humour. Its an entertaining picture. But, to some, the country music may become annoying and the love may slow it down. But, the hilarious bikers, Clyde, and the friendship between Orville and Philo make it stay afloat.
Django Unchained (2012)
*Review Contains Spoilers*
PLOT: A bounty hunter and former dentist Dr. King Shultz frees a slave named Django Freeman to get his help in finding the Brittle Brothers. Soon after killing them though, Shultz and Freeman plan on freeing Django's wife, Broomhilda from the Candyland plantation owner Calvin Candie.
MY THOUGHTS: Quentin Tarantino has done it again. I find the more and more movies he makes, the better and better they become. This movie was truly amazing. Very unique idea which was brought out and shot wonderfully. The action was amazing and the characters were very interesting. It had a perfect mix of action, comedy, romance, and seriousness. Christoph Waltz has yet another amazing performance as Shultz and Leonardo Dicaprio as Candie was also very threatening and well done.
PROS/CONS: The action was amazing and being that it is a Tarantino movie, very blood-soaked. But it did of course fit the picture. Its been a while since there was a very good western and this film hit it right on the head. Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio are by far the two best actors in this movie and you can't take your eyes off them when they are in there scenes. The film pulls no punches either by killing both Candie and Shultz at the end. Like an eye for an eye and I found it very exciting. Some people complain about the gore and language, but honestly it doesn't bother me. If you are paying to see a movie like that, that sort of thing shouldn't surprise you.
OVERALL: 10/10 *MUST SEE*
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises
*Review Contains Spoilers*
PLOT: Taking place eight years after the previous film left off, this film has a secluded Bruce Wayne return from his hiatus as Batman to face a new threat to Gotham City, a powerful masked menace named Bane.
MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this movie. I knew coming into this picture, that it would not be able to top the previous installment, The Dark Knight, and I was right. However, this movie was still a very good watch, action packed, and a good ending to the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. I enjoyed the fact that Bane was an actual threat in this picture. The only live-action Bane we had been given was that of the Jeep Swenson one in Batman and Robin from 1997. This Bane however, was a huge improvement. And rather than be bossed around by someone else, he is the one making the rules. I found all the character contribute something to the story, even Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway, when I had thought that would not have been the case. I liked that they put Talia al Ghul in at the end and also revealed that John Blake played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in fact Robin...or at least would be.
PROS/CONS: Honestly, Bane looked fit, and in that sense, threatening, but not as much as he should have been. When I think of Bane, I think of a ominous towering, muscular man. But, by having that, you may sacrifice acting skill. I find that the story was lacking in some sense. There were plot holes. If the League of Shadows wanted Gotham to be better and "fixed", why change what the Dent Act had done? It solved all the problems. Bane and Talia's whole idea was in reality, a complete waste of time. Also, because this film's plot goes back to the ideas of the first film, Batman Begins, which basically makes the second film, in some ways, useless in regards to the story arc. Nitpicking as well, I did not like that the built up Bane was eventually defeated by a cheap shot delivered by Catwoman from the Batpod.
Jack Frost (1998)
PLOT: Charlie Frost feels as though his father Jack doesn't give him enough attention due to the fact that he keeps forgetting to be there when he needs to the most. When Jack dies in a car accident, he is brought back to life as a snowman after his son plays a "magic" harmonica he had given Charlie. Jack then gets a second chance to be the father he should have been...
MY THOUGHTS: This movie is a very heartwarming film to watch with family and especially during the holiday season (which is when it takes place). Its very entertaining and an all around good flick. If you nitpick however, you find the film to have various plot holes and to have a very strange premise. With that said however, it is still a very good watch.
PROS/CONS: There is a lot of comedy in this film and it does make you laugh. Michael Keaton is good as always and his voice provided for the snowman and how he plays it is very entertaining. The film does has various story problems and the idea of it is very strange, but doesn't hold it back whatsoever.