The title alone is worthy of jokes and Anthony C. Ferrante's… MoreThe title alone is worthy of jokes and Anthony C. Ferrante's Sharknado is a joke.
The movie is a complete bore. The film is about a tornado of sharks and that doesn't happen to about an hour in. On top of that, the story is only 85 minutes long. A "sharknado" is unrealistic enough, who cares about building up to make it seem realistic. Just go with the damn thing.
The film style is extremely inconsistent. The CG is poor and back to back scenes that don't match fill the picture from the first to last scene. Flooding here, not flooding the next. Highly annoying.
There isn't much to say about the acting. Ian Ziering somehow manages to show that he at least partially is into the story. On a side note, Cassie Scerbo is a hottie.
Sharknado sounds like a thrill ride, but it's the exact opposite. Take it seriously or not, there is slim to none laughs to be had.
Stuard Gillard takes the turtles to ancient Japan in Teenage Mutant… MoreStuard Gillard takes the turtles to ancient Japan in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
Seemingly one of the most ideal situations for the turtles to showcase their martial arts skills, ends up a 90 minute less than stellar production. The time travel concept is a nice twist, but is never fully delved into. The rest of the story is mildly amusing.
The martial arts choreography lacks, although Donatello seems to end up with a lot of the good stuff. As for the animatronics, it is a step back. The costumes are too generic and the mouth movements disappoint when it comes to word matching.
The voices of the turtles are acceptable. Paige Turco tends to get lost in the shuffle. Elias Koteas proves himself as 2 characters, even though the one that matters is highly under utilized. Vivian Wu is a beauty on screen.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III has a bunch of letdowns, but manages to still be a watchable flick. Cowabunga dudes!
4 turtles and a canister of ooze is what's on the table in Michael… More4 turtles and a canister of ooze is what's on the table in Michael Pressman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Pizza too.
Cheesy, yet radically amusing is how the story plays out for its 80 minute entirety. Definitely, not as strong as its predecessor, but easily more entertaining. There isn't much in the way of character buildup, especially when all of the major characters have already gone through that in the first film.
While lacking emphasis on the individual weapons of the turtles, the martial arts segments have excellent choreography. The scenes at the end with music provided by Vanilla Ice is worthy of note. "Go ninja, go ninja, go!"
For 4 people in turtle costumes, the acting is what it is, backed by acceptable voice work. Paige Turco gets lost in the shuffle as April O'Neil. Ernie Reyes Jr. gets a chance to showcase top notch martial arts skills.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze passes by as quickly as a ninja vanishes. Cowabunga!
Steve Barron has 4 turtles in his shell. 4 teenage mutant ninja… MoreSteve Barron has 4 turtles in his shell. 4 teenage mutant ninja turtles.
While looking a little cheesy, and not just the pizza, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles entertains for all of its 90 minutes. It isn't good clean fun for its entirety, as the the story manages to get some downtime and character going. That isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The costumes and the animatronics work well for its time. Excellent choreography stems from the martial arts sequences and it leaves the want for more, especially with the weapons.
Judith Hoag and Elias Koteas bring personality to the table and they do stand out amongst the human characters. The voicework of the turtles falls into place over time; perhaps not the greatest, but certainly acceptable.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spoils the pizza every once and a while, but all in all, it is a recommendable pizza delivery.
Brad Silberling has done a lot of directing for various TV episodes… MoreBrad Silberling has done a lot of directing for various TV episodes and such, but he does also direct movies. In this case, he brings the story of Casper to life in an impressive way. This is one fun film from start to finish.
There isn't much to the story, especially in the first half, but this is where it is the most fun. The nicely thought out dialogue and the funny antics of the ghostly trio, Stretch, Stinkie, and Fatso, all keep this picture highly entertaining. The second half of this 100 minute film slows down just a bit to get more story going. At this point the ghostly trio are a little less involved and Casper takes the stage.
The CG is outstanding. I know the ghosts look all cartoony, but this is a childish film. Anyhow, they look great. The voice acting is also spot on. Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey, and Brad Garrett match wonderfully to their ghost characters. Malachi Pearson is also a solid Casper.
All the actors for the human characters are magnificently cast as well. Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman portray a nice father daughter relationship. Cathy Moriarty matches as the evil Carrigan Crittenden and who better than Eric Idle to play her goofy comedic sidekick. There are also a ton of enjoyable cameos in this movie, including Dan Aykroyd as the Ghostbuster Raymond Stantz.
Casper is truly one fun family film, except for a couple occasions where the "B" word comes out of somebody's mouth. Watch this if the opportunity arises.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It takes two directors to direct a sequel… MorePhil Lord and Chris Miller. It takes two directors to direct a sequel of twos.
For an hour and 50 minutes, 22 Jump Street strings a lot of the same along the way; however, through it all, the entertainment value manages to loiter at a high level. The story is also easy to follow.
R-rated material lace the humor. Sexual, racist, and consistent cursing, while overdone in this day and age, find a way to generate laughter. The violence is in good quantity, although mild in nature when compared with the strong humor.
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill work well together, creating great chemistry for a leading duo. Ice Cube delivers in some of the funniest pieces of the film. Amber Stevens is easy on the eyes.
When all is said and done, 22 Jump Street is an enjoyable sequel, especially with the closing credits.
Seven Swords has Tsui Hark conjure up 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7… MoreSeven Swords has Tsui Hark conjure up 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 swords.
Lengthy can be used to describe the story. There's a lot of characters to go around and while sporting a decent pace early, there are moments later on when it slows down. By the time the end credits roll, 2 and a half hours have passed. With that said, there is enough material to fill the time; just not enough of the right material.
The action is highly stylized with unique weapons across the board; however, the lack of emphasis on the swords is a letdown and the editing during the martial arts segments has room for improvement.
The cast needs no introduction. Some characters have great buildup, while others are, unfortunately, left in the dust. Donnie Yen and Leon Lai are a bit stale. On the other hand, Honglei Sun and Jingchu Zhang have emotion.
Seven Swords has the potential to be much more, but it is good for what it is.
Inspirational material, cops, and robbers all stem from Ringo Lam's… MoreInspirational material, cops, and robbers all stem from Ringo Lam's City on Fire.
A solidly written story backed with good storytelling gives this 100 minute picture life. Major characters receive much needed buildup along the way, leading to a conclusion with recognizable and familiar segments.
Low budget caliber action and sound effects blows through the film from start to end. While some of it tends to be a little over the top, it doesn't feel out of place given the time frame of the film.
Chow Yun-Fat is a star. His performance over shadows much of everything else that this film has to offer. Danny Lee proves to be an integral part of the story when the conclusion comes around. Carrie Ng, Roy Cheung, and Yueh Sun complete a package of supporting characters.
City on Fire is Hong Kong cops and robbers at a high level with an ending of familiarity.