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Friday, May 23, 2014

STAR TREK 3 Gets Director

       J. J. Abrams can't obviously direct Star Trek 3. He is to tied up with the biggest franchise ever (Star Wars). So who would direct the 3rd installment?
       Robert Orci is your guy. He was written the past 2 star trek films and now he is directing it.
       My first initial reactions were AWESOME! This guy has been around the franchise for a long time and knows it really well.
       Then my senses came to me. This decision is STUPID! This guy has not directed one single film in his life! And you stick him in to direct one of the biggest films in the next 5 years! The decision is stupid.  This film is going to have a great drop of quality from the first to. Orci's first project is a 200 million dollar film.  Paramount took a big risk with this decision.
         Comment down below. What do you think?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GODZILLA REVIEW (SPOILER FREE)

      This movie stars Bryan Cranston (so we thought). The trailers make you believe that Cranston is the focal point in the film. He isn't. He is barley in it. He should've been in it more. He added the depth that this film needed. It also stars Godzilla (so we thought). Godzilla is only in it for about 15 minutes. They teased Godzilla a lot through the film and they barely gave us any. 
    Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars in this film. It focuses on his character and uses him as the person to make things go forward. It was exciting to see what Taylor-Johnson could bring to the table because he is playing Quicksilver in the upcoming Avengers sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. I was disappointed with his performance. He was boring. He didn't get me engaged in the story. I didn't care what was going, I didn't care that his family was in danger because he didn't make me believe it. Elizabeth Olsen plays Taylor-Johnson's wife (how ironic because Olsen is playing Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are brother and sister). She did a better job then Taylor-Johnson. She added some depth that was missing from Cranston but not enough to get me engaged into the story. I could say the same about every character in the movie. They were week. They did not give good performances. This movie focused on the humans which hurt them because they were by far the weakest part of the movie.
    They made the story much more confusing then it should have been. They were saying scientific terms that I could care less about/I didn't understand. They tried to explain the science behind Godzilla and the monsters he was fighting and I could care less. They talked about so much science that I just zoned out because I didn't care.
    When they gave us Godzilla they delivered. Holy crap Godzilla was freaking awesome! That's all I can really say. I don't want to ruin the magic for you. I'll just tell you the fight at the very and has my favorite cinematic shot of the year.
    Overall Godzilla was a good film. I liked it better then Pacific Rim. I give the last 25 minutes a 9/10 and the rest of the film a 5.5/10. That means my final rating for this film is a  7.5/10.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Star Wars VII Cast

          The biggest casting announcement in the past 20 years is finally here. Months of speculation has finally come to an end. There are no more rumors, just facts. The cast of Star Wars Episode 7 is finally known to the world. 
    The main thing I take from this cast is they are not well known. It feels like the original Star Wars in the sense that the people they casted are not well known. When they first casted Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford no one knew who they were. They went back to the roots of the original Star Wars to cast little known actors. I really appreciate that they are not casting for star power but for talent. You can just sense these people are really talented actors. 
    Another thing I take away from this casting is it seems like this cast is built to last. Besides the people returning, the whole cast is really young. They put this cast together so it could stay together for 10, 15 years. There is going to be 3 more Star Wars Movies (not including the spin offs) and I doubt there going to kill any one off in the episode 7 or 8.  I gave you my over view of the cast, now i'm going to brake down each person the best I can. 
    I'm going to start off with the people returning. The big 6 are returning. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), and Anthony Daniels (C3-PO). I don't think I need to expand on why I'm glad to see these returning. I'm just disappointed Billy Dee Williams is not returning. I really wanted to see him again.
    The first person I'm going to focus on is Max von Sydow. He is the one exception to "this cast is built to last". He is 85 years old. He's like the Alec Guiness of this modern era of Star Wars. He is the eldest member of the cast and also the most talented. He has the most things on his resume. Is he going to play a Sith? He is so good at playing villains. Maybe he is going to be a Jedi like Alec Guiness was. 
    Adam Driver (of the show Girls) was rumored to be in it about 3 weeks before the official announcement. He was rumored to be a sith. Domhnall Gleeson was also casted. Most people know him for his role in the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows part 1&2 as Bill Weasley. I would say he did a pretty good job. Oscar Isaac is another member of the cast. He was recently the lead in Inside Llewyn which was a Oscar nominated film. John Boyega is another lucky person who got casted. He is most well known for his role in Attack the Block. 
    The only female who got casted was Daisy Ridley. She has literally done nothing. She has only done 2 short films. She pretty good in the one I saw. Click Here to see one of Ridley's short films. 
    The one new comer I'm really excited about is Andy Serkis. He is awesome. He played Gollum, and Ceaser in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He is a awesome actor.
    I really wish I could expand on these actors, I just can't. Theres not enough information. A quick rundown of the casting is Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Andy Serkis. Again I really wish I cold expand on why I think this is good casting. Theres just not enough information.  
    

    

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review (Spoiler Free)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review
     This is the second film in the Spider-Man universe that is directed by Mark Webb and starring Andrew Garfield. This movie is all over the place. It tries to be centered toward kids at times (with a lighter, happier tone) and tries to be an adult film (with a darker tone) at times. Comic-Book films in this era need to be one or the other.  A good superhero movie needs to feel like it's grounded in reality, this one didn't. There were so many plot holes and stuff generally did not make sense. 
     One of the positives in this movie are the relationships. It doesn't matter if your talk about Peter and Gwen, Peter and Aunt May, Spider-Man and Electro, Peter and Harry, every single one felt believable and not like total bull crap (like with Toby McGuire and Kristen Dunst). The performances were great. I do believe that Andrew Garfield is a better Peter Parker then McGuire was. 
     Another thing I consider to be an important element to make a good comic-book movie is a good villain. The villain needs to seem believable and needs to be portrayed well and they need to make sense. Jamie Foxx as Electro did that. He made you feel for the character. When they casted Dane Dehaan I was freaking excited. I loved him in Chronicle. He was a perfect Harry Osborne. His eyes just take you immediately into the character. Dane Dehaan's portrayal of Harry Osbourne (not Green Goblin) was my favorite in the movie. There was one villain who I thought was pointless. He was only in it for less then 5 minutes. And that was Paul Giamatti as the Rhino. What a waste of talent.
     There were some negatives believe it or not. One is the tone. It was all over the place. At one moment it felt like a kids film, the next it felt like a adult one. I know I brought that up before but, it was one of my strong negatives about it. I never felt engaged enough to care about what was going on.
     The movie was forgettable. I didn't remember anything about it after the 48 hours of me seeing it. That's not a good thing. You want a movie to stick in your head.  Some parts of the movie didn't make sense. There is this one part (no spoiler) where Spider-Man is talking to a little boy on the streets right in front of the Rhino (who had machine guns and missiles). Rhino didn't even try to attack them! At least we could have some little bit of conflict between them. I talked about how much I loved Harry in this movie but, the green goblin was poorly executed. You only saw him for about 3 minutes. I say that if a villain is not going to be in it for at least 15 minutes cut him out. Save them for the next movie. 
     Overall The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was disappointing and forgettable. I didn't care about what was going on. It felt think the only reason for this film was to set up for Spider-Man 3 and 4 and the upcoming Sinister Six (the group of Spider-Man's villains) movie. It felt like they didn't care about this one. They didn't care that it was sloppy and not well done, they just rushed it.  Out of the 5 Spider-Man movies that have come out, this is my 4th. It goes Spider-Man (2002), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), and Spider-Man 3 (2007). I would rate The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a 6.5/10.