First off, my wife and I got to see an advance screening of this… More****
First off, my wife and I got to see an advance screening of this in Indianapolis. She has been dying to see this, so when I got a chance to see it for free 2 weeks early, I jumped at the chance. When we got to the theater, we had to turn in our cell phones to security(we just left them in the car) and we had to be scanned over with a metal wand. During the movie security was posted at the exits and watched the crowd to ensure no piracy went on. It made the movie feel important, and that definitely added something as I'd been to advance screenings before, but never like that. Anyway, I thought this movie was hilarious! Basically, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are complete opposite cops(well Bullock is an FBI agent) who have to work with each other to take down a drug lord in Boston. Not the most original premise, but with McCarthy you can take the most plain movie and make it funny. I loved her in "Identity Thief" and "Bridesmaids", and this is just more of that. If you didn't like her in those, or think she is unfunny, then this is not for you so don't waste your time. I'm not a big Sandra Bullock fan, but I thought she was great here. Some of the things she does is just hilarious and it makes you wonder how they got an Academy Award winner to do them. It runs right at 2 hours, which is a little long, but it's not a long 2 hours. It moves by quick and never really has a section that drags. Could I be biased because of the screening? Maybe. But I did laugh a lot more than I did watching "Hangover 3" or some of the other comedies this year. My wife really enjoyed it, and she's probably the toughest movie critic(well when she watches movies) that I know. When it was over, I looked at her and said "I hope this makes a ton of money so they'll make another one". Leaving the audience wanting more is always a good thing. So far to me, "This is the End" is the best comedy of the year, but this is a close second. Check it out if you wanna spend a couple hour laughing your butt off.
There are a lot of remakes/reboots that are terrible and get… MoreThere are a lot of remakes/reboots that are terrible and get everything wrong. Then there are reboots like "Man of Steel" that gets it right, and gives a franchise new life. Here, Henry Cavill plays Kal-El, aka Superman, in an origin story much like "Batman Begins" was for Batman. It's dark, realistic(well mostly), and leaves you with excitement for future installments. It tells the story through some flashbacks of the young Clark Kent growing up in Smallville, coming into his powers and how Lois Lane(Amy Adams) discovers who Superman is. Then from there, how Superman has to battle General Zod(Michael Shannon) who threatens Earth. It's all done great, especially the scenes of young Clark. There are two great, great scenes with him and his parents(Diane Lane and Kevin Costner) that are very emotional. Darn near brought a tear to my eye. The scenes with Russell Crowe(Jor-El, Superman's real Dad) are good, but no where near as effective as when he is with the Kent's. I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish. The story is great, the effects are amazing, and the performances are all top notch. Cavill makes a great Superman, and to me really fits the role better than Reeves and Routh. After about a hundred superhero movies, they still find way to make them fresh and interesting. I don't think this is the best comic book adaptation ever( I'd still put "Dark Knight" and "Avengers" ahead of it), but in my opinion, this is the best Superman movie ever. It's very long, but never feels boring or tedious and keeps the action going. There are some plot holes, but nothing too big that it takes away from the enjoyment of the movie. If I were to have any real big complaints, it's that sometimes it's too serious, but it's suppose to be a very serious movie. There's a couple laughs, but I think it could have benefited from a few more. Excellent Summer movie, and an absolute must watch for comic book fans and Superman fans. Very excited to see where this series goes next.
I love revenge movies. "Man on Wire", "Death Wish", "Kill Bill",… More**
I love revenge movies. "Man on Wire", "Death Wish", "Kill Bill", just something about seeing someone get their revenge is awesome. "Dead Man Down" is the latest revenge movie to come along, and while it's nowhere near as good as the other movies listed, it's still OK. Colin Farrell stars as a man working for the mob who is really plotting to kill them all for the murder of his wife and daughter. Things go off course when he meets a strange woman(Noomi Rapace) who needs him to assist her with some revenge of her own. The cast in this movie is fantastic. Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper play two of man mob guys, and they play bad, very good. While the cast is great, the material they work with is just "meh", so their performances could have been stronger. The film is very slow, and at a deliberate pace. It clocks at right around 2 hours, but feels more like 2 and a half. Plus, other than the ending, there isn't much action here, it's a lot more story based and atmospheric, which is fine if it were faster. The ending actually is a little unsatisfying. For what it's worth Emily enjoyed it ,and usually she falls asleep during any movie or won't watch these types of movies with me. It's just OK, but not something that will be remembered in the long run.
"Superman Returns" is a sequel to "Superman 2" completely… More***1/2
"Superman Returns" is a sequel to "Superman 2" completely forgetting the events of 3 and 4. Here, Superman(Brandon Routh) has been gone for 5 years and returns to Earth. Upon returning he sees that Lois(Kate Bosworth) now has a fiancée and a 5 year old son(hmmm). Also, Lex Luthor(Kevin Spacey) is out of prison and planning something new that will destroy Superman, and half of America. This movie gets a pretty bad rap because it's not as action filled as other comic book movies, and shows a much more emotional side of Superman. I hadn't rewatched this since I saw it in the theaters, and I gotta say, it holds up good. It's not as bad as I remember, and if you don't compare it to other superhero movies like "Iron Man" or "Dark Knight", it's good for what it is. Routh does a very solid job as the Man of Steel, even if he looks like a wuss in some parts of the movie. Actually, the whole cast is great, especially Spacey, who is good in anything. Yes there is too much "angst" for a comic book movie, but it was necessary for this particular story. I wish they would have done another one, because I'm curious where it goes with him and the boy. Is it perfect? Not by a long shot. It is very long and drawn out(2 and a half hours is way too long). But is it as bad as people remember? Absolutely not. When comparing this to the Reeve's movies, I think the only one better is number 2, but not by much. Definitely worth another view, and you'll see it's better than what you thought it was.
"Superman 2" is one off those sequels that does a lot of the… More****
"Superman 2" is one off those sequels that does a lot of the same as the first one, but changes it up enough to actually be better. Here, everyone is back, only the villain is General Zod(Terrance Stamp) along with his 2 sidekicks, who have escaped their exile, and come to Earth to rule. Once here, they meet with Lex Luther(Gene Hackman) and learn that Jor-El's son, Superman(Christopher Reeve) is living on Earth. It then becomes their mission to destroy Superman and make him kneel, while ruling the world. There is a lot more action in this one that the first(and the 3 and 4th), and although the ending is one big rehash, it's very entertaining and keeps at a good pace. The version I watched is the Richard Donner cut released from 2006. I don't remember much from the original theatrical version, so I'd have to rewatch it sometime before I can say what's different, but this version works fine. Reeve was an awesome Superman, and just as awesome as he was, Stamp was amazing as Zod. For a guy dressed like a dominatrix, he was a perfect villain. The film runs a little long, and obviously looks dated, but it holds up better than the other 2 sequels by far. Actually, I would say this is the best of the Reeve's Superman movies. If your gonna revisit any of them before the new one, this is the one to check out. If anything, to compare the Zod performances.
Wow, if you want to see how far comic book adaptation movies… More*1/2
Wow, if you want to see how far comic book adaptation movies have come, just watch this. This is the 3rd Superman movie and it is a real stinker(not as bad as four, but it's bad). Here, Superman basically goes against a rich guy who wants to rule the world by using Richard Pryor(yeah, that Richard Rryor) to create a giant computer. Pryor tries to be funny here, and he is the best thing about the movie, but man he has no place in a Superman movie. Could you imagine Chris Rock as the lead villain in "Iron Man"? Me either. At one point he creates a form of kryptonite that turns Superman bad. By bad I mean his outfit is now maroon, he has stuble and he's a dick. Instead of doing anything real bad, he does things like blow the torch out at the Olympics. This movie was lame as lame can get, and I'm sure it was lame when it came out in the theaters. It doesn't hold up at all, and runs at right around 2 hours, which is way too long. Watch if your a die hard Pryor fan(even though you still won't like it), otherwise just skip this one altogether.
I must have been a real glutton for punishment this weekend when I sat through… More*
I must have been a real glutton for punishment this weekend when I sat through Superman 2, 3, and 4. "Superman 4: Quest for Peace" is the worst of all the Superman movies, and other than probably "Catwoman"(it's real close), the worst comic book movie ever. The effects are terrible and the plot is just so bad. First a kid writes a letter to Superman asking him to rid the world of nucleur weapons. So he does, by throwing them into the sun. From there Nuclear Man is born and believes that Lex Luther(Hackman again, and how they got him to do this movie, I'll never know) is his Dad. Luther then has him attempt to destroy Superman. Oh and Luther is being assisted by his nephew played by Jon Cryer who is sporting a flock of seagulls like hair cut. The fights scenes are so bad, they are laughable. Nucleaur Man has the cheesiest finger nail claws, mullet, and this bad yellow special effect lightning all over him. Everyone should watch this one time, just so they will appreciate the great superhero movies that are made nowadays. But after that, just hope it will leave your mind forever.
I love Seth Rogan movies. From "40 Year Old Virgin" and everything… MoreI love Seth Rogan movies. From "40 Year Old Virgin" and everything since, I've been a huge fan. When I first saw the teaser for this I was super pumped. Went to a late night, mid week screening, and I gotta say, I LOVED it. This is by far the funniest movie since "Ted", and it's funnier than that. Here, Rogan(also director and writer), James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Jay Baruchel(all playing themselves) encounter the apocalypse. They are all at a party at Franco's house when things go down. People get sucked into the sky, theirs a huge sinkhole, fire every where, it's pretty awesome. Everyone but them dies and they have to fend for themselves. From there they drink pee, jerk off, make a sequel to "Pineapple Express" among many other hilarious things. I laughed the entire time, even at scenes I already saw in the previews. All the performances are great, as they are exactly what you would want/expect from these actors. Seeing these guys all together again in a movie is just fantastic. Also, this has some great cameos that will leave you like "how in the world did they get them to do that?!" Oh and Michael Cera steals the movie for the 5 minutes he is in this. "This is the End" is full of great one liners, and scenes that I'm sure I'll be quoting and joking about for years to come, much like "Superbad". So far this year has had some bad comedies and some that were just ok, this is by far the best. If you want to have a great time at the theater and laugh your butt off for 2 hours then you should head out and watch this.
I've honestly never been a big "Superman" fan. But with "Man of… MoreI've honestly never been a big "Superman" fan. But with "Man of Steel" set to come out next week, I figured I would break open a "Superman" blu ray box set I have and rewatch all of the movies(even though I don't remember seeing any of them except the last one). The version I watched of the original was the extended cut, so I'm not really sure what the differences are with the theatrical version, but it does feel really long at over 2 and a half hours. Also, this was made in 1978, so it's pretty dated, but not unwatchable dated. The effects don't hold up, but the story is great. It's an origin story, turned into Superman trying to stop Lex Luthor from destroying the entire west coast. The cast of this movie is absolutely amazing for the time it was released. Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Margot Kidder, and of course Christopher Reeve. Reeve really was an amazing Superman, and his performance holds up better than anything else in this movie. Also, a small piece of trivia that I didn't know. But this was written by Mario Puzo, aka the man who wrote "The Godfather" trilogy. When compared to modern day comic book movies, this obviously comes up short. But, when you consider the time it was made, and how well it's aged, it's still very good. Also, for how old the movie is, the transfer on Blu Ray is pretty darn good. Great way to get prepared for the new movie, and perfect to introduce kids to "Superman" who haven't seen any of the movies.
"Wedding Crashers" is one of the best comedies in the last 10 years.… More"Wedding Crashers" is one of the best comedies in the last 10 years. So, when I heard of this I was like "sweet!", but the trailers just looked "meh". Figured I would give it a shot, and I'm really glad I did. This was much better than I expected, even if it is a 2 hour commercial for Google. Long story short Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play salesmen who lose their jobs and take an internship with Google in the hopes of landing a job. From there the movie writes itself. Their old, teach the young guys to live life, and have to overcome kids who are way more qualified than them for the job. As generic as it really is, Vaughn and Wilson make it work out ok. Their chemistry is still great and they make an awesome comedic duo. This is a PG-13 movie, so it's a lot more tame than "Crashers" and much lighter, but it's still a decent comedy. This is actually better than "Hangover 3" in terms of comedies so far this Summer. This is perfect for a one time watch to just relax and enjoy a light comedy. It probably won't have any long term effect, but for a couple hours, it's solid entertainment.