A movie that I, personally, really enjoy, is Gran Torino, with Clint Eastwood. Most movies with him are pretty good, but I think this is one of my favorites of his. It has just the right amount of drama, humor, and action, with a sad, but good ending.
I'd recommend this movie.
I give it a 9/10 Permalink
Has anyone seen The Iceman? It's a really good movie about a contract killer that works for various family gangs in New York. It kinda follows his life, and it's based on a true story as well. I'd recommend it. Permalink
Well you're in luck, I'm about to review it! Thanks for reminding me of the topic.
So yeah, Deadpool, exactly what can I share?
Well, it definitely needs that R rating. The swearing, the imagery, the lack of clothes and actions performed without them, and violence are all there. So then what can the movie be praised for?
Well hands down, I love that the scene that was "leaked" some time ago that finally convinced Fox to greenlight this is in the movie, and it is my favorite scene in the movie. That's not a spoiler since you see that it's in the trailers and I'm not really going to elaborate on it but it was done very creatively.
They explain Deadpool's origin fairly faithfully, and I only know that because of ComicsExplained from YouTube (Rob's the best guy around on the Internet for this stuff.) and there were changes but it still was done well. You get all the stuff you need for our "hero" and it is part of the story, not just, "here's how this guy came to be; and now that this has taken 40 minutes of your time, let's start the movie."
This movie is funny, but it is a lot of dark comedy and innuendos. Luckily, we're on the Internet and your mind has successfully been poisoned by all that it has to offer so you can get it all, but try to contain yourself, like, see it with your friends and not your family. There are also a ton of references to a ton of stuff that went over my head but then also stuff that that I got. There are hidden things everywhere.
And then we get to that point, the cameo, and I have to say, it rivals The Amazing Spider-Man. Of course I'm not going to spoil it but it got the audience cheering.
Speaking of the audience, you are definitely going to miss some jokes because of people laughing too long. It's inevitable but that would be a reason to try your best to avoid spoilers and see the movie a week or two from now.
It's been hard to talk about, but that is mainly because I don't want to spoil anything, even the way the movie's plot was structured. It's one of those things you really should see for yourself, but you have been seriously warned by that R Rating and should be by anyone you ask if you should go see it.
Oh, one spoiler, there is a tag. Don't be stnpid and walk away when the credits are rolling, come on, we all know that the MCU has ruined us for life. Everyone feels obligated to wait now which is fair to all those that worked to get their names in the credits, but it's also annoying to see that some people leave because they don't know there's a tag or they just don't care.
Now, from a personal standpoint, subjectively, I thought the movie was okay. I'm not overly familiar with Deadpool but I do feel like I know more about the comic book scene than the majority of the public because of guys like Rob from ComicsExplained and I felt like some things were assumed we would know, or they changed some things that I now knew were different from the source material. I hate feeling like that, because the movie should still be able to stand on its own without having to feel like it was not as good as the story/ies it's based on. It was funny, it was very different from regular comic book movies, and I'm now curious how he'll fit in future stories, if at all. We'll see how the sequel is. Oh did I say too much?
I saw Gone Girl and after a few days of thought, I can state it was a truely riveting, engrossing and fantastic film that makes both the characters and the audience feel absolutely manipulated and sometimes (in my case anyway) angry. David Fincher did an absolutely phenomenal job of directing.
The story centers on Ben Affleck's character of Nick Dunne, a charasmatic and smart talking man on his 5th Wedding Anniversary. Once returning home, he notices his wife missing and a scene of a conflict. Investigators arrive and after looking around, Nick is thrown under a media frenzy and his innocence is called into question. It would be a crime to give away anymore than that. It can be a little predictable at times but it doesn't make the twists and turns any less impact-ful and shocking.
The shots in this film are very well done. There is quite a large and epic feel to every shot, without it feeling too in-your-face and obnoxious. It truly makes it a very beautiful film to look at. The choice of colour pallet is very good as well with a lot of dulled and melancholy colours that really fit the tone in this film. The acting is very good with Ben Affleck playing a great charismatic person who really does have problems. Rosamund Pike does an excellent job playing the wife, Amy, in the scenes she is in. The flash backs are a nice way to get a lot of character to her. She is probably my favourite actor in the entire film. There is also an unexpected hit with Tyler Perry. He plays Ben Affleck's lawyer and does a very good job. If you do not know, Tyler Perry mostly stars in very pandering, un-funny comedies where he cross-dresses. He did a very suprising job. Neil Patrick Harris did a good job, however, he did stick out to me a little for some reason. The investigators were also quite nice, well acted characters. One in particular though, who doubted Nick most of the time, did feel a bit annoying to me. Overall, some great acting and characters with a handful of nitpicky exceptions.
The soundtrack was very atmospheric with very tense and thrilling tracks. They really get you into the mood and make you feel something. It felt...Empty in a way, but a good empty like hopeless...If you know what I mean :P It fits really well is what I'm trying to say
The major themes in this movie are also handled very well. The main one is with the media flurry which stirs after the disappearance of Nick's wife.
It is a very nice statement of how people will jump to conclusions and blindly follow the news. Some of the assumptions made by the media are very surprising and it is shocking to think these things can happen in real life. One theme I feel was a bit over-looked by some is that of manipulation. I think this theme was the best part of the entire movie. It is one of those movies where in the end you sit there, in utter silence, dumb-founded and thought filled. It made me feel angry of how manipulated the characters were and how manipulated I felt. It perfectly shows a very abusive relationship that is often overlooked in film, or in society in general. It was phenomenal and I loved it so much.
Overall, this was a phenomenal film. It was thoroughly haunting and very thrilling. It had me engrossed from start to finish and the themes discussed were amazing. The acting was phenomenal and the cinematography was on point. I cannot wait to watch it again. I would give it a 9/10. Wow was it hard to not spoil it. (BTW I would recommend not watching it with your friends, especially if they're talkers, as it could ruin the thought-provoking nature of it). Permalink
Saw Captain America: Civil War so that means it's time for another Movie Review with MCLegoboy!
Unlike how everyone keeps saying that the latest of every MCU movie that comes out is the best, I actually do think that until maybe the Infinity War movies, this movie is in fact the best of all the MCU movies.
Go see it, but there is always a catch. I do think that if you haven't watched every MCU movie yet, you may be missing some information, but at the same time, they do kind of catch you up to what you need to know. The problem with the MCU movies is that just about every movie since The Avengers, is a sequel to the movie that came before it, but at the same time, that is what makes them so great. So if you haven't been keeping up with the MCU, well, you won't be totally out of the water, but for a better understanding of EVERYTHING, then you should make sure you're all caught up.
Another thing to note is that with all these characters, including a few new ones, amazingly, this is nothing like Age of Ultron. Everything works and flows into place and so that means that it made Black Panther and Spider-Man even better. I'm excited to see what the two will do in their own respective movies and any cameos they'll make as well.
So finally saw Zootopia. It was good. From the very beginning, it was making me smile, not that such a thing is too hard to do, but something about it really resonated with me. I was never against seeing it, but it was just one of those things that if I missed out on it, it wouldn't be the end of the world to me. I'm glad I saw it though, unlike some other Disney movie that may or may not have dealt with snow.
The world that they create here is really cool. A lot of good visual gags. These characters are anthropomorphic, but they still keep a bunch of their animal traits, and that's really cool. I also really like that the city is sectioned into different regions that would be found on Earth as well as being aware that all these creatures are different sizes and shapes, so all the little animals have their own mini doors, mini streets, mini buildings, faster transportation ways, etc, and vice versa for the larger ones.
The story is your standard "this person is going to do the impossible" tale, but then also becomes a mystery. About halfway through, everything was becoming pretty predictable. It is a mystery story, and normally, I'm awful at those, but this time, it was almost too clear to me. Oh, that character said something in such a way? They did it. Oh, the movie's not over yet? Cool, but that means there's someone else to blame, I'll just run through the list of characters and pick who would be the most likely, and I was right. Maybe that's just because I've finally seen enough movies that some things are not "new," but I don't know, maybe you'll say differently.
I really did like the movie though. I'm probably more interested in the lore more than anything else though. I really like the traits given to animals as well as giving each one a different personality. The same goes for the world. I love all the little details that make everything very believable for the characters living in each region and all the things that make sense that gave me a smile because it makes you think about how these animals function like humans, they just need one little change that would never make sense for a human. That sentence was terrible, and I'll probably never be able to understand it later, but I know what I mean.
So yeah Zootopia. Good movie. I could touch on the whole, equality messages, but I don't think I need to since everyone that has talked about it has already done that. All the animals live in harmony and why can't we?
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It's been talked to death.
So I said something that flagged the system. I have my suspicions, but I'm not going to try to fix it. There is not enough certainty for me and there's too much there to rewrite if I can't find it. Permalink
Saw the new suspense movie, "Don't Breathe" the other day with my friend that wanted to see it. Kind of what I expected not that great, but it wasn't horrible. There are a few things I really disliked. For example, what burglars don't bring a flashlight or bolt cutters!? They were using the flashlights on their phones...
But seriously, Rougue One was really good and here's why, it doesn't ignore the prequels but also doesn't shove them in your face. Now I am not one of the people that despises the prequels, quite the opposite. I love them (well, anything that isn't Episode II that doesn't have to do with Clones really,) even though I know they have problems, and it's because I grew up with those movies being just as much a part of Star Wars as the Original Trilogy, and then we spent so many years in The Clone Wars series. The Prequel Era stuff is good, but they are through much subtlety in Rouge One. If you didn't already know, beloved character Saw Gerrera from the Onderon Arc in Clone Wars is in the movie. And while he may be just there to please us fans that know who he is, would it have been better to be some random old guy we don't know like the beginning of The Force Awakens? No. It made sense that he would still be a guy that rebels since that's what he did as a young man against the Separatists right before the Empire took over. There's also some other things, but the bulk focuses on Original Trilogy Era things.
The movie is full of action and since that was always going to be the plot; a war movie that depicts the events of the opening crawl of Episode IV, it really works. But there's more to it than just action. I'm going to try to keep spoiler stuff out, pretty much if it was officially said in a trailer or a press release before the movie premiered, it's not a spoiler.
One thing I do want to talk about are the LEGO sets based on the movie. Just about everything in set form does not really play a big part in the movie. Did we really need the TIE Striker to be made? I mean it's cool and all, but even Lucasfilm made it sound like the TIE Striker, the U-Wing, Deathtroopers, Shoretroopers, AT-ACTs were all going to play big parts in the movie. Honestly, aside from the U-Wing, just about everything else could have been a regular variant. Still cool to have new stuff, but we had everything else in the movie, too. Stormtroopers, X-Wings, Y-Wings, White Imperial Shuttles, Imperial Guards, I mean, they're all in here at some point and most of the time, more often than the new stuff, but again, that's not really a problem, just that my interest in the new sets still are almost nonexistent.
So back to the movie, it's fantastic. There are even a few surprises that I didn't expect to see that were not shared in trailers or in press releases to my knowledge. I'm not going to say what they are, you'll just have to see the movie for yourselves, but you should want to go see it anyway without me telling you to, but I'll do it anyway; GO SEE ROUGE ONE! Permalink
I totally agree, Rouge One far surpassed my expectations. I love the Easter eggs that reference the other movies, and they are throughout the whole movie. Also, a certain Sith Lord got a lot more on-screen time than I thought he would. The film was action packed, even someone who sin't a Star Wars fan would like this film, and I think that's what they were going for. The die hard fans will also love it because of all of the plot points relating it to the other movies. The ending was also pretty "killer". I kind of want to go into more detail about it, but will wait a few more days to avoid being the spoiler. In the meantime, go see it! Permalink
I absolutely adored Rogue One. I loved how they built off the prequels universe and tied the two together. Seeing the Empire using Republic military tech made me a lot happier than it should have. That and the appearance of the Ghost from Rebels on Yavin 4 were excellent nods to past the other parts of the universe. The biggest problem I have with the prequels is how different the tech looks from the originals. I just didn't find it too believable that the smooth high-tech ships from the prequels were supposed to transition into the war machines of the empire, but Rogue One made it a lot more believable. Rogue One was more than a prequel to A New Hope, it was the much needed glue to tie together two separate universes and make them one.
And now I want a Darth Vader movie about hunting the last surviving Jedi. Permalink
Quoting Mister Lego ~
Saw the new suspense movie, "Don't Breathe" the other day...
I just saw it recently, and I have to say, I kind of liked it, and I am not okay with that. There is a lot of good stuff in it, up until we get to the really creepy part where the guy wants a new kid. I get the part where you hold someone against their will for their wrong doings when they are decided innocent in court, but just NO! to the rest of what he did and then was doing again. I really liked the early premise where the antagonist roll of the cast is the guy you want to root for, but you also fear for the burglar kids; and also when everything was in night vision was something I had never seen in a movie like this before; but then everything is revealed to be that everyone in this movie is actually dark gray on the black and white spectrum of good and evil. I liked the movie, but it's not really something I want to watch again even when I kind of want to. It's messed up but was a fun ride. Permalink
Quoting MCLegoboy !
Well what was the name of the movie? I really want to know.
I don't remember, me and my family purged our minds of the movie it was so bad, I think it was Something (?)wild(?) Or wild something or something like that anyway, it was direct to DVD and it's in redbox now. Permalink
That sounds awful, and I didn't even read anymore about it. The worst part is; that's a sequel. Which means something before it clearly did good enough to warrant a sequel when it probably didn't deserve it. Permalink
I watched Arrival with Amy Adams and Jeremey Renner. SOME SPOILERS
Let's start off by saying, I love mysterious alien movies. What are they here for, where do they come from, what do they look like? Hence why I loved the movie Signs for its creepy unknown alien factors. I came into Arrival excited and ready for a whole new spin on the genre of alien movies. SO STOKED, yet I was so done after the 1 hour mark. I was so disappointed, never have I ever been so confused by a plot or unhappy with an ending. What is the weapon the aliens have to offer? OH MAN I HOPE ITS A COOL LASER.
Oh...it's their language
...that's cool...I guess
And last part of this short review, the love story that was soon to be build, was solid and I like both characters! But the music and feeling of the movie was so depressing that I couldn't be happy to see the two people who care about the aliens get married and such.
She evens says one like "I forgot how it felt when you hold me" but because of the plot and an ability she can see the future and feel it. But she just met him like a couple days ago. Such a powerful quote and passion downplayed because of the depresseive tone. I had to watch a happy episode of friends to get over my depressed feeling from the movies tone.
I'm sorry if you like this movie but, it's like a 5/10 Permalink
Alright, so here's the thing with Arrival. It's a slow Sci-Fi movie, and that's actually a good thing. Not everything needs to be lasers. It just needs to be thought provoking. My problem is that it supposedly brings us all together to save the Heptapods 3000 years from now. I'm like, "WILL NEVER HAPPEN EVER!" I guess that's just how I am. I have no faith in stuff like that. The world is just going to get worse because in Revelation that is what is said to happen. I like the idea of time as something they are fully aware of, I like the study of language, I just am not behind the message of "We can all come together if we just had a universal language. No war would happen and we could focus on saving the world and other worlds in the cosmos because happy, sunshine, and rainbows." Everyone's minds were blown, but I'm in the minority. I thought it was good, better than you say, but not as good as everyone else. Permalink
So that movie was pretty good. I feel like I can't say much though because it would spoil the movie. This is inspired by the Old Man Logan miniseries from the comics, but since Fox does not have the rights to any of the characters other than Logan and other X-Men characters, it is also pretty different. I would also say that there is a bit inspired from the Death of Wolverine story, but to a lesser extent. Basically, if you know those stories or you have a good understanding of Logan, Xavier, and X-23, I think you'll enjoy this movie.
So am I suggesting this movie? Well, it is Rated R, and while not to the extent of Deadpool (they are kind of polar opposites in tone), it is definitely deserved. It is important for the character of Wolverine to be portrayed in his fullest capacity, and especially as it is Hugh Jackman's last movie as Wolverine. It's been 17 years in the making for the more hardcore fans. This movie has a lot of language and violence and gore, which is true to the nature of the character. Language is more prevalent in the first half and from characters you wouldn't expect, but it worked, and then the second half has just even more of the violence and gore, but again, it works as it is true to the character.
With that said though, the movie has some great emotional moments. There's action and excitement, there's trauma and there's sorrow. There are some lulls in the film, but I felt invested at every moment, and they are also needed because when you see a bunch of guys get slashed and then there's another action scene, and then another, you need a bit of a breather. And when you return to the action, it's not for the sake of action, there is a lot at stake and you feel for the characters because there is a smaller cast than in the other X-men related movies, and the sequences are brutal everytime.
I had a great time, it was a very proper sendoff for the character of Wolverine. And you should be happy to know that there is no post credit scene because that would have diminished the impact of the film. If you are allowed to see it, I don't think you'll have a bad time, just know that some of the imagery can be graphic.
Oh, and P.S. since I mentioned Deadpool, there is actually something special for you right before the actual movie starts, so make sure you get there early enough to see that. There was a lot of speculation that he would be in the movie for some reason, and it would not have been good if he was, but having a little Pixar short before the movie was a nice bonus. It was something fun right before we were about to get super serious. Permalink
It's time for another movie review with MCLegoboy!
Really good movie. Most movies dealing with war tend to glorify the action and make it all about destroying the enemy, but not this movie. Even Captain America glorifies war, but it's a little different since it's fictitious in so much as we don't actually see Nazis or Hitler, they are just alluded to; it's just Cap, The Howling Commandos, and Hydra. Fake is fun to watch, like Star Wars, but real war to me feels hard to watch in movies when you know that these events were real and we go and cheer on the killing of representations of actual people like in Full Metal Jacket or Platoon.
So anyway, if you don't know, the movie is about a medic in the army who is opposed to killing. He won't even touch a gun, that's how devoted he is to his cause. We get to see him in recruitment, and then on the battlefield in Japan. Usually, World War II movies focus on the European side of things, but there was also a lot happening in the East, so that was interesting to see, but it's also a true story, so changing the setting would be unfaithful; still a nice change to see.
But yeah, speaking of the war and glorification, this movie does not do that. We see it more from Desmond Doss's perspective and how he doesn't like any of this that's happening, but someone had to be there to save lives. We get to see him do that, we see people freaking out, we get to see that this is not fun like how other movies would portray it. It's kind of why I don't care so much for MOCs depicting the World Wars or Viet Nam or even current fighting happening in the Middle East because they may not be aware of how serious these things were and are. In American Sniper, even though it is also a good movie, it also glorifies the act of taking out people. Sure, it's for the greater good, but it's still the death of someone, even if they are said to be worse, and that's something that Hacksaw Ridge shows is not okay.
Now, this movie is Rated R, so be wary of that. Amazingly, the only thing that gives it that rating is the brutality of war and the movie's not afraid to show what can actually happen. Lots of very realistic depictions of how one would take a bullet in multiple places or a grenade, but as I've said before, the movie doesn't make this fun. It would be disrespectful to shy away from showing these injuries to their fullest capacity because this is what war can look and has looked like; it shows that veterans need to be better respected for all that they can go through. So just remember that the movie does have some graphic imagery, but it is not for its own sake.
It's an incredible story to see this man stand for his beliefs in the wake of everyone else objecting to them. I recommend it. It's currently at second run theaters and in Redbox. Permalink
So yeah, we're talking about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I've seen a lot of movies this year actually, Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Life, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Alien: Covenant, and yet, I'm deciding that Pirates is the one I want to give a review of... Huh.
So we be five films in of this here booty and I actually had fun with this one; I imagine the more critical critics will have all sorts of problem with this movie, I mean come on, when has the fifth installment ever really been that good? Rocky V? Well, it's actually still pretty enjoyable but the first two are really all you need. A Good Day to Die Hard? John McClaine might as well just be Superman if he's so invincible. Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones? I mean, aside from the two chases and the battle, is there anything actually good? The new Ben 10 show is the fifth show from Ben 10 and is a reboot that is really lacking a lot. Season Two of The Legend of Korra is the fifth part of the Avatar shows and man was it boring. There's going to be a fifth Indiana Jones movie. Yeah, that's right, with Harrison Ford. Are we sure that's a good idea? I mean, I didn't hate the fourth one, I drew the line at it actually being aliens at the end, but it's also been another ten years since that one, he's gonna break a hip while shooting, and it's not even going to be an action scene! I hear there are rumors for a fifth Shrek, I mean what? The last one was called Forever After! What's this one going to be called? It's Ogre this time... for Really Reals... We mean it. But you know what, I had fun with Pirates. It's actually the third movie you have to get through. There's so much backstabbing and double-crossing that goes on, it makes the big action moments not as impactful because you don't know who's fighting for what, but you know I keep not talking about this one of the franchise.
So Dead Men Tell No Tales. It's not the best, but it's not that bad. I do hope it's the end though. Things get wrapped up pretty nicely that it would be more of an Episode VII thing at this point; just starting problems where there were none. Which I suppose is where On Stranger Tides comes in for this Franchise, but now we've wrapped things up quite nicely for real this time. We've kind of come full circle. For the most part, it's ghost pirates, like the first movie back in 2003. The story is more about rescuing Will Turner from his Curse from back in the third movie, see, they had to right that wrong, and his son has to get Jack to trade him for Salazar, the Spanish Ghost so he can have a better chance of finding Posidon's Trident. Yeah, that's not confusing.
See, it's not perfect. I even left out the stuff about Barbossa, Mister Gibbs, something to do with the Imperial Navy, more deals with Salazar, and this astronomer girl. Oh, and there's also a witch. Um, this isn't going well. But I still had fun. It's not turn-your-brain-off-Transformers-1-fun (The others aren't even fun to turn your brain off to, but go watch Age of Extinction with the ComicPOP commentary.); don't turn your brain off, you need that thing to pay some attention to the deals being made to understand the advancement of the plot. I wouldn't say go see it now though. In a second run theater, or for a rental, it's fun.
Maybe it's more concept than actual story, but it's still not as confusing as the third movie. But this pulls from every single movie, and I like that continuity. There's this thing that has continued throughout all of them, there's the stuff with Will and the results from two and three, and then there's leftovers from the fourth so if you've seen them all, and remember enough to know what each thing is being referenced, it's fun.
Hope I didn't spoil anything too much if I did.
But seriously, let it end. Things wrapped up nicely, and there were some moments of complete disbelief and luck that can't possibly keep happening anymore.
Oh yes, and there's also a tag at the end like there have been on all the Pirates movies if you didn't know. Pirates tends to do tags right though. I love the tags from Marvel, they are a great tease for the next adventure in the line-up or for the character's (characters') next stand-alone movie, but the tags for Pirates are fun and never continue into anything except for the first one with the monkey (That would actually through you off if you never saw it, but then saw it again in the sequels getting shot point-blank and then shot from a canon.) and of course the third because Will has a grown son in this movie although that one isn't important either.
Ugh, I blather on too much.
Here's the Age of Extinction commentary if you want: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URpMldSdHAk You need to find your own copy of the movie, but this is great to watch that terribad movie with. There is some language, so listen with headphones. They are not censored in the slightest. Permalink