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.
Takashi Miike goes spirit overload with The Great Yokai… MoreTakashi Miike goes spirit overload with The Great Yokai War.
2 hours of slow to mid pacing and a few segments of choppy storytelling doesn't work in this film's favor; however, the fantasy piece of the story along with a dash of some Miike abstractness is enough to overcome the disappointments.
The CG fires away in high abundance and it delivers in decent quality. The violence is a tad harsh, which leaves a darker atmosphere then this film initially looks to showcase; maybe not as much of a kid's picture than it seems.
A plethora of overacting matches the wacky characters that show up. Ryuunosuke Kamiki carries the film while Chiaki Kuriyami proves to be a delightful watch. The lovely Mai Takahashi is monotonous, but her outfit makes up for that.
The Great Yokai War gets by with its moments of spirit fun. A check out if the chance arises.
Slow and steady is the road taken by Young-Seok Noh's… MoreSlow and steady is the road taken by Young-Seok Noh's Intruders.
Unraveling with 100 minutes of screen time, the story takes its time getting to its conclusion. The buildup, while showcased by an excellent secluded setting and cinematography, is tedious; however, it ends up as a solid contrast for what comes in the film's final act. To top it all off, the plot details at the end are quite satisfying.
Dark and suspenseful is the mood of the film and the violence is delivered in timely fashion when things start to pick up. Not necessarily brutal in nature, there isn't much savagery to stomach when all is said and done.
Jun Suk-Ho is bland and monotone, which both works for and against this picture. On one hand, watching his character tends to be disappointing, but on the other, it works as a nice setup for what he does near the end. Tae-Kyung Oh has one of the more entertaining characters of the film.
Intruders takes it slow and steady early on, but there is some pay off in the end.
Osu! Yoshikatsu Kimura gets kicks and punches out of his Karate… MoreOsu! Yoshikatsu Kimura gets kicks and punches out of his Karate Girl cast, but not much else.
Simple and straightforward is how the story plays out. A running time under 90 minutes is still long for what transpires in this film. The storytelling is tedious and serves more as a way to tie the karate scenes together.
Excellently choreographed, the fight sequences are a delight to watch. A few slow motion scenes and some repeats from different angles insert themselves throughout, but for the most part, the karate is show in real time; a definite plus. The hits also get that extra kick from sound effects.
Rina Takeda and Hina Tobimatsu are dull as dishwater when it comes to acting; however, the moves they deliver on screen are fluid and easy to see that they know what they are doing.
It's hard to argue with a pretty girl in a schoolgirl outfit kicking butt, but Karate Girl only has enough to be thrown into the average bucket.
Reset after reset brings out the best in Doug Liman's Edge of… MoreReset after reset brings out the best in Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow.
Reset. Based off of the book All You Need is Kill, the concept behind the story easily makes for a 2+ hour picture; however, this film picks its pieces well and manages a solid story in roughly 115 minutes. The pacing is quite fast, yet the repetitive scenes help to prevent story loss.
Reset. The sci-fi action is frantic and explosive. While leaving devastation in its wake, these segments still aren't the greatest piece of this production.
Reset. Tom Cruise does what he does best; not winning any awards with his performance, but his persona tends to make his characters amusing to watch. Emily Blunt needs no introduction. She is stunning on screen from every angle.
Reset. Edge of Tomorrow has its moments of laughter, but ultimately is a sci-fi gem. Reset.