THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Review
Reviews / April 12, 2017

With the arrival of the 8th Fast & Furious movie it is clear that this franchise is far from running out of gas. Toward the beginning, Dom says about a weighed down car “remove everything that isn’t the engine”. In that spirit, all the staples that keep people come back to this series are here including (naturally) tricked out cars, global locales, family, high stakes, disrespect for physics, unconventional names for titles, muscular leads, and plenty of insane action. But the movie stays fresh by breaking out of its mold in several key ways. ‘The Fate of the Furious’ sets Dom (Vin Diesel) at odds with his “family”. He is working for a rogue mastermind (Charlize Theron) while the rest of the team must be both fast and furious in order to stop her and Dom from starting a world war. It is admittedly predictable at times and a lot of the plot makes little sense, but it is still fun and the strong pacing keeps the momentum going from beginning to end. With the main character turned antagonist, this gives room for the side characters to shine. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tez (Ludicris), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Deckard…

xXx: Return of Xander Cage Review
Reviews / January 20, 2017

After more than 11 years, we get the 3rd xXx movie and it’s hard to know what purpose is intended with this movie. Is it here so that Paramount can retain rights to one of the few franchises they have? Is it so that Vin Diesel’s other movies this year look better by comparison? Is this simply a large vat where all of the bad ideas from the increasingly popular Fast & Furious franchise can be dumped? More importantly though, do the producers have anything else on their minds than infeasible feats, girls in bikinis, and showing off people’s muscles? It may have a few creative stunts, but ultimately the movie is unoriginal, boring, poorly conceived, and obsolete. As is made extremely clear in the marketing material, Vin Diesel plays Xander Cage. This is not a stretch for Diesel at all as we’ve seen this same type of character from him over and over. Even though the name Xander Cage has not been heard by audiences in over a decade, his costars still treat him like a character equal to James Bond or Jason Bourne. Regardless, Cage gathers together a group of “the good, the extreme, and the completely insane”…

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Review – 5/2/2015
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Gripping, Brilliant, Action-packed, Shawarma-less, Thrilling, Dark, Fun, An Awesome Blockbuster Sequel I often say that Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers’ (2012) was the least disappointing movie that I’ve ever seen. It was the first time four separate, successful superhero franchises had combined into a single blockbuster event. Now three years later, Marvel releases the sequel and its 11th movie, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. This movie has practically everything that fans hoped that sequel would be and more. The movie is filled (perhaps to excess) with action, humor, heroes, and continuing evidence of an expanding cinematic universe. The movie grabs your attention from the first to last frame. Right now, it is difficult for me to say whether AVENGERS or AGE OF ULTRON is the better of the two. The best way to describe their relationship is to compare them with ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Both are unique, but the first is a novelty and then three years later the sequel becomes a standard by which the universe and genre is measured. This movie is immensely entertaining for. The story is even more self contained than the first ‘Avengers’ for fans who are not as familar with the Marvel…

EXPENDABLES 3 Review – 8/14/14
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

‘The Expendables 3’ was super action packed and loud. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more action packed movie and that’s not necessarily a good thing in this case. – The film world is no stranger to action movies and it seems like the # 1 goal of ‘The Expendables 3’ is to put as much action as possible into one movie. If that was their goal, they did a darn good job of it. In its relatively short 2 hour run time, there is barely a moment to catch your breath. Anyone who likes action can find tons of here. This movie isn’t just known for its action, but also for the stars doing the action. It is simply fantastic to see so many big names in one movie. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, and more are all here. All of these people are known for huge, previous roles and it would be a real challenge to determine who the biggest star of the bunch is. The whole movie wasn’t just heavy-hitters; there was also a good mix of up-and-coming actors. Some of the newer cast I…

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Review – 8/8/14
Uncategorized / October 17, 2016

Watching ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ was definitely an interesting experience. That was my first time at an advanced screening (not my last) which, in and of itself, heightened the experience. It felt like a more special experience knowing that if I even wanted to watch it again the next day, that I couldn’t (although, in general I don’t watch movies a second time in theatres). Everything was more in-the-moment, therefore. I just wanted to absorb all of it that I could. The movie was shown in 3D. The many action sequences were amplified and more intense because of the 3-dimensional effect, but I would not recommend watching it in this format. Most of the 3D was choppy, hurt my eyes, and made it difficult to focus. The movie was enjoyable. I laughed at the jokes and frequent pop-culture references, rooted the heroes on, and was engaged with the plot. Regardless, I can see several problems with it. Realize, I am not and never have been an avid “Ninja Turtles” fan. I have no problem with them, it’s just not my style. First of all is a matter of characters. Megan Fox is the protagonist, April O’Neill. After ‘Transformers’ I judged her to…

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