It always seems like a breath of fresh air every time Disney releases… MoreIt always seems like a breath of fresh air every time Disney releases a new and original property to the big screen. This time around, based on a theme park ride, much like the adaptation of "Pirates of the Caribbean," this film follows a teenage girl who is trying to keep her father employed as she comes across a pin that launches the film into a journey that you will not be able to take your eyes off of. That is both a good and bad thing sadly. Act one and two of "Tomorrowland" respectively set-up what is about to come, and slowly but surely you begin to see signs of what Tomorrow land truly is, and in the third act, you may or may not just find yourself scratching your head at how preachy the film becomes. It really is difficult to explain my thoughts on certain aspects without spoiling, so I will keep this review very vague. There are many times where the film had me smiling and along for the ride, laughing and smiling with the main characters, but others where I felt like my brain was being tampered with into making me believe something instead of letting me think for myself. It is almost like you are one of the robots in the film, being programmed to think something. In the end, "Tomorrowland" was one of my most anticipated films of 2015, and although it is a very very solid film, the ending cannot be ignored. If you go into this film with an open mind, you may enjoy it a little more, but sadly this is not the masterpiece I was hoping for. The cast work brilliantly together, their chemistry is fantastic, the visuals are great, and the magic is there, just like any Disney film, even though it felt pretty far from one. "Tomorrowland" is a very good film that I would recommend to mature kids and older, it is not something that can be mildly enjoyed. It truly is a thinker.
Almost thirty years since the last ?Poltergeist? film was released,… MoreAlmost thirty years since the last ?Poltergeist? film was released, like any classic horror film, here comes the remake whether you asked for it or not. ?Poltergeist (2015)? was definitely not asked for, however, before I go off on a tangent and rip it apart, there are a few positives to take away here. Sam Rockwell as the father does a tremendous job holding your attention in the moments that you seem to not care about, and that impressed me. Although the film does have much more CGI effects than it should, there are a few nice practically done moments that paid homage to the original films. Sadly, there not many more positives. The actors portraying the children are laughably wooden at times, the events all feel forced just to show ?the other side,? and the classic beats are completely replicated here, so much so to the point that you just feel like saying, ?what was the point, really?? Overall, ?Poltergeist (2015)? is an updated replica of the original 1982 horror classic that has a lazy script, an uninterested cast, and an uninteresting premise that brings nothing new to the table. I would recommend this film to fans of the original who want another dose, or to those who have no idea what these films are about. Other than that, stay far away. It is definitely not a film you will be remembering.
In my eyes, all three films are known for their fantastical practical… MoreIn my eyes, all three films are known for their fantastical practical effects. Sadly, with this third and final instalment in this trilogy, "Poltergeist III" offers nothing more than that. When the rest of the cast aside from Heather O"Rourke decide to bail on the film, you know the script was bad, and it really is. When the dialogue begins to run thin, the film turns into the characters shouting "Carol-Anne" in every sentence, to the point of tearing your hair out. This was such a lazy script, even in comparison to the first sequel. Heather O'Rourke tries her best once again, and the practical effects stand-out, but I could not seem to find another positive in this one-location film. With new one-dimensional characters and laughable side characters, this is the most ridiculous chapter in these films yet. By the end, I really did not care what the outcome was, I had checked out about halfway through. It was only 97-minutes which was nice, but it sucks when that is a positive from a film. Lazy all around, it sucks that this is the film that concluded it all.
Unnecessary and tired, "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" represented… MoreUnnecessary and tired, "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" represented yet another rehash sequel, pretty much copying every beat from the first film, all the way down to "they're back." Yes, that line is actually in the film. The saving grace of this picture is definitely the fact that the entire cast came back and seems to care once again, but the script was a bit too "Hollywood-Sequel" for me to care. The fact that they needed to flat-out show us what is on the other side when they go, was a bit forced and almost like they had nowhere else to take the story. From the characters knowing too much about what is going on, to this sequel not really having any stakes, it was almost too easy of a watch for me. In the end, this is a fine sequel that I will definitely forget about, but I can say they didn't to a terrible job. If you want more of the first film, that is exactly what you will get, and I thought the first was great!
Poltergeist represents horror at it's top form in the early 80's. It's… MorePoltergeist represents horror at it's top form in the early 80's. It's not the best horror movie out there, but it definitely deserves it's high praise. Relying on the cast and practical effects to drive this ridiculous story, "Poltergeist" becomes far more impressive than it should be. I loved Poltergeist almost to the point that it has become one of my favourite horror films, however, I am not too much of a fan of how off-the-rails it goes towards the end of the film. I liked leaving everything to my imagination. I jumped, felt the pain, and I was scared for the parents in this film. Every good element that a horror film should have is present here. With a great cast, a lovable and insane premise, everything about this film just feels right, as far as this genre goes. "Poltergeist" is one hell of a thrilling horror flick that I can watch anytime. Highly recommended to the horror junkies.
Thirty-five years after it's original release, these comedians are… MoreThirty-five years after it's original release, these comedians are pretty much in the gutter as far as comedies go. Sure, they may have popped up in the odd film to give a solid dramatic performance, or cameo in a comedy, but the real magic from seeing these actors on-screen just is not the same anymore. This timeless classic comedy may have some really hard hitting jokes, but I definitely do not believe it to be any one of these cast members' best films. What "Caddyshack" really is, is a showcase for these talented comedies to show the very best of what they can bring to Hollywood, however, this is a picture that is very thing in story and meatier in the gag department. Elements that are set up in the first act never really pay off, the jokes do wear thin by the end, and the conclusion is just a quick cap on the script once all the funniest bits were told. Honestly, I laughed very hard throughout this film, but there was a huge story somewhere inside that was not fully explored, and I was hoping for more. Sure, this film will always stand the test of time as one of the classic 80's comedies, but it is definitely not one of the best. I had an absolute blast watching this film and I highly recommend it to the slim number of people who have not seen it. "Caddyshack" is very good at what it does.
Over thirty years since the last instalment in the "Mad Max"… MoreOver thirty years since the last instalment in the "Mad Max" franchise, Tom Hardy takes over the leading role once helmed by Mel Gibson, and takes the character to unseen heights. George Miller definitely waited for the perfect time to release this picture, coming out in an age where every action film relies on CGI. Displaying a perfect balance of practical and CG effects, the action pieces in this film are breathtaking to behold. Everyone in this film gives it their all, injecting fuel into this franchise that was believed to be dead long ago. The two main questions people will ask about this picture is does it live up to the original trilogy and will it welcome newcomers. I will say that you do not have to view the original films in order to know what is going on here, but it definitely will not attract people who have no clue what they are in for. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a breathtaking spectacle (better than any I have seen in a long time), but it was a little too short on characters to really care about EVERYTHING that was going down. By the end of this film, I realized that it definitely was spectacle over substance, but the spectacle was so incredible that it will almost overshadow the bad upon every single viewing. In the end, I will say something that I have never said about any movie. It is a flawless film with many issues. My brain was going nuts during my viewing of this film, and I loved that. If you are planning on seeing this, please do so in the theatre, it is worth it. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is awesome!
Delivering exactly what fans of the original "Pitch Perfect" could… MoreDelivering exactly what fans of the original "Pitch Perfect" could ever possibly wish for, this sequel does it's predecessor justice, even if it fails to surpass it. This time around, the Bellas have now become 3-time world champions who are about to fall apart and need to rise to the top again. Yes, the plot is very Hollywood streamlined, but the journey to get to the final act is what makes these films so enjoyable. Most of the cast has returned and are more fleshed out characters than the first. Although the film does take itself a little more serious than the first, it does have some great comedic moments. Now, don't get me wrong, it may seem like I am praising this picture, but the reality is, "Pitch Perfect 2" is a worthy sequel with some very touching and even goosebump worthy moments. Sadly, as far as bringing anything new to the table goes, it doesn't really do that. It does show the harsh reality of leaving college and going into the real world, but there should have been a better underlying tone. I loved many scenes throughout this film and the performances are as fun as always. "Pitch Perfect 2" is the rare sequel that can get away with repeating the same formula, because it chooses to do so while focussing on new directions as well. Elizabeth Banks directs this film and it really shows, as the wackiness comes out much more this time around. I really enjoyed watching this film. Definitely recommended to fans of the first only, because this will not win over the nay sayers.
More of a showcase that Arnold Schwarzenegger still has acting chops,… MoreMore of a showcase that Arnold Schwarzenegger still has acting chops, "Maggie" is an overly simplistic film that follows a man in the post-apocalyptic world, that has his daughter slowly becoming a flesh eater. This slow moving picture is really one big build up to the climax that you will see coming from a mile away, but can still thoroughly enjoy. The sound design, eerie score, and choices of music are really what engages you in this film. At a mere 95-minutes, it does tend to feel it's length at times, but is quickly made up for with a very in-depth backstory of certain characters throughout the film. Schwarzenegger and Breslin do not seem like the two you would normally pair as a father/daughter in a film like this; However, they are very believable, and that is due to the restrained performance given by Schwarzenegger. By the time the credits began to roll, I was in a sort of trance of calmness. "Maggie" is very well-directed, and that is saying something, because it takes patience to get a great performance from an actor such as Schwarzenegger. In the end, I felt this picture needed to explore this world much more, and focus just a tad less on the issues at hand. Extremely atmospheric and downright haunting at times, "Maggie" is an enjoyable little thriller. Recommended? If you enjoy horror, zombie flicks in general, or are seeking fresh performances, then this is the film for you.
Where do I begin? These actors must have needed a paycheque really… MoreWhere do I begin? These actors must have needed a paycheque really bad, because this film is almost too bad to bother releasing in my opinion. "The Loft" follows a group of five married men who bring women to a loft that they own, to do whatever they please, behind their spouses' backs. Once they find a woman murdered in their bed, they must find out which of them is responsible. Cold messages throughout and with none of the characters really evolving and coming to their senses, this film makes you feel disgusting inside for even having watched it. As the film unravels entirely through flashbacks and conversations in one room, I felt myself not caring, due to the fact that you need to pay attention to every little detail to figure out a conclusion that is not even that interesting to begin with. I will admit, this film had me guessing at first, so I give it props for that, but by the time it reaches the third act, bye bye brain. There are a million different twists in the end of this film, so many to the point that I pretty much gave up keeping track. When you reach the final verdict, it is so dumb that the writer of this film must have given up. Simultaneously trying too hard and not hard enough to be clever, "The Loft" fails on multiple occasions. This is one of the worst films of 2015 so far.