Top Gun takes a turn for the funny in Jim Abrahams' Hot… MoreTop Gun takes a turn for the funny in Jim Abrahams' Hot Shots!.
Flying in at 80+ minutes of screen time, the comedic spoof of a story manages to keep itself together with all the senseless antics. Much like any other comedy, the humor is hit and miss; however, Hot Shots does manage a good number of laughs, as it should with the constant barrage of senseless comedy written into the script.
The brain doesn't have to function at a high level to pick up on the fun. At the same time, a lot of it is easily relatable without having to be high on pop culture.
The faces of Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino, and Cary Elwes, among others, do what they have to do in a film of this caliber. Lloyd Bridges is the star of the show. If there are laughs to be had, it is at his expense.
Hot Shots! is a comedic quickie and a relaxing sit through. Nothing more, nothing less.
Stemming from a highly intriguing concept from Alan Moore's graphic… MoreStemming from a highly intriguing concept from Alan Moore's graphic novel, Stephen Norrington assembles The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Taking about 105 minutes to save the world, the plot line comes up a little flat, although not necessarily one to drag. The abundance of characters to follow is a highlight that keeps things on the move, despite some minor, yet sufficient, background for them.
In the grand scheme of things, there isn't a whole lot that stands out about the action, but there is enough to qualify this as an action adventure. The CG is more than adequate, but not amazingly extraordinary.
Sean Connery portrays a solid lead in Allan Quartermain. Peta Wilson, Shane West, and Richard Roxburgh, among many others, fill a recognizable supporting cast.
A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen lacks some sophistication; however it gets by with its characters and concept.
Never fear, thanks to James Gunn, the galaxy is safe because of the… MoreNever fear, thanks to James Gunn, the galaxy is safe because of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Packed for an entire 2 hours, Guardians of the Galaxy has entertainment value from the first to last minute. While a lack of background and history for characters is present, there is sufficient information to create likeable characters to follow. Top it all off with humor and action, and a blockbuster is born.
The heavy CG reliance is favorable for this picture and is nicely done. The action is a mixture of sci-fi weaponry and hand to hand combat, all creating a delight for the eyes.
Chris Pratt balances humor and seriousness. Dave Bautista is used sparingly. Bradley Cooper voices a memorable character. It all adds up to a well-rounded cast.
Guardians of the Galaxy has a fitting style for its story, leaving a satisfying feeling when it's all said and done.
Kunihiko Yuyama lets the dragon force flow in Pokemon the Movie: Black… MoreKunihiko Yuyama lets the dragon force flow in Pokemon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram.2 different versions of this film use 90 minutes to tell a similar story, which is quite fitting for the Pokemon franchise. The story is actually quite amusing in the early going. It's all fun and games with a number of Pokemon appearances and the opening credits popping in all the way at the 20 minute mark. The final third is where the film loses its steam. As expected it turns into a Pokemon legend fest while getting more dramatic in nature.Visually, the characters and Pokemon get the job done with the look and feel of a Japanese animation. The voice work is also nicely done, aside from the speaking voices of Zekrom and Reshiram.Pokemon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram is easy to follow and finds its place in the Pokemon universe.
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.