Preachy and repetitive, "Video Games: The Movie" may have some… MorePreachy and repetitive, "Video Games: The Movie" may have some interesting elements to go along with it, but in retrospect, a group of guys sat down and researched the history of Video Games and made a documentary about it before anyone else had the chance. For these exact reasons, the film feels rushed and a waste of potential lingers all around it. Sean Astin narrates and there are a few celebrity cameos giving their insight on the industry and those elements were effective. You really do get invested in most of this picture as it progresses, but it's very formulaic (year, explanation of consoles, the future, year, explanation of consoles, the future, and so on). I am rarely ever harsh on documentaries, because they are made solely for those who are intruiged by that subject matter, but since I am intruiged by the evolution of games, I expected much more. Everything displayed and talked about in this film could have been found online by a 10 year old kid. "Video Games: The Movie" would have been better in different hands and with more exploration.
Now here is a film that could have been so much worse, considering the… MoreNow here is a film that could have been so much worse, considering the director's earlier work, such as "The Animal" or "Something Borrowed," which are both dreadful movies. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayan's Jr. are a great duo and even though their character set ups are quick and easy to have written, you can easily care for them and their situations. After mistaking a masquerade party for a costume party, these two roommates go out on the town dressed as cops and make people believe they really are. It works and things get taken a little too far for their liking when they begin to get involved in a very cliched good vs. bad storyline. If it wasn't for a nice little twist at the end, the secondary plot in this movie would have ruined it. Down to the bones, this film really is just a showcase for these actors to be funny, because it is kind of a predictable movie. Overall, the story needs work, but it was funny most of the time and I had a good time watching it. Would I recommend it? Yeah, I think so.
"Hercules" has been attempted multiple times, but it is never going to… More"Hercules" has been attempted multiple times, but it is never going to measure up against the Disney classic, even though that to is flawed. This version is played by none other then Dwayne Johnson, and even though he is practically in every single Hollywood action film nowadays, his presence here is a bit stronger than other roles. My first thoughts going into this film were next to nothing, considering there is not much you can do with this material anymore and the poor addition of having Brett Ratner at the helm. Thankfully none of these aspects really hurt the film, instead it made it a bit more fun to watch, because every character had there dumb remarks throughout action scenes and you were able to forgive some of the stupidity shown on-screen. Most of the characters are given a backstory and for the most part their scenes are fine. At a very short 98 minutes, it does not seem to drag on, but it should have had a bit more time to explore this world in my opinion. In the end, I was left kind of empty handed, because the film sort of just ends, and on a comedic note at that which was odd. Overall, it has some really stupid writing with some sentimentality sprinkled throughout, the action is fun but really dumb, and the story is very streamline. It will eventually become a forgettable picture, but it is a fun watch.
Uninspired, wholly unoriginal, and it strays so far from the source… MoreUninspired, wholly unoriginal, and it strays so far from the source material of Hercules that is may just be called "300: Hercules the New Recruit," because right down to it's core, this film is a rip-off of "300" in every way imaginable, right down to it's slow motion nonsense in the middle of every single action sequence. Kelllan Lutz is laughable at times as the title character and the supporting cast do not seem to know what film they are in. This has some of the worst CGI I've seen in years, as far as the standard Hollywood blockbusters go nowadays, the script is sloppily written, and it is not directed very well either, which is a shame due to who was at the helm. Renny Harlin is not the only one responsible here, but he should have chosen a different film to work on. "The Legend of Hercules" is everything you would expect it to be and less. If you can accept how bad the effects are, you can have some fun with the action and dumb dialogue, but that's about it. This is a truly bad film.
"Hercules (1997)" is a very fun kids film that get's pretty dark and… More"Hercules (1997)" is a very fun kids film that get's pretty dark and mysterious at times, and is also very bright and colourful family fun. Having all of these elements and being able to do them well is definitely an accomplishment, so just leave it to the team at Disney to do it. This film is ultimately about love and strength and both ideologies are represented very well here. Although the films premise dwindles from it's core every now and then, it still makes for a very entertaining and well-written Disney film. It is not among Disney's best, but it is one of the most fun. "Hercules (1997)" is a blast!
Is it fair to say that every adaptation of teen novel deserves it's… MoreIs it fair to say that every adaptation of teen novel deserves it's time on the big screen whether it is good or bad? Yes, because movies lie this that get mixed reviews, need to be seen by an audience to get well-received by it's fan base. In this instance, the fan reaction was much higher than the critics reaction, and I totally see why. "Divergent" begins like a clash between "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter," which was a little bit off-putting, until it takes the story it's own unique way and became very engaging. I will say that there is a big thank you to it's cast (namely Shailene Woodley) who do a great job all around. I had a lot of fun watching this movie, and even though not a whole lot happens in this first instalment, it definitely sets up something bigger that I am interested in seeing. I have not read the trilogy of novels, but I enjoyed the way this story was displayed on screen. "Divergent" was a pleasant surprise for me that I would watch again. It may not be as good as "The Hunger Games" or "Harry Potter" franchises, but it's nothing short of being as fun. It is not a great film by any means, but as long as you know that going in, I recommend it!
Never have I been more impressed by a sequel in my life. "The Purge"… MoreNever have I been more impressed by a sequel in my life. "The Purge" was such a terrible horror film (with wasted potential) that I almost had no interest in seeing this sequel; However, taking place outside of a one-location home like the first film, "The Purge: Anarchy" is able to accomplish everything that the first should have. Following multiple characters who are all stuck out in the purge after commencement, we begin to learn about their lives as they try to survive the night. Frank Grillo gives his all in the leading role and it pays off. Not only is this film eons better than the original, it is also compelling at times. Of course there is some on-the-nose dialogue scattered throughout the film that took me out of a few scenes, but the effort that went into turning this series around is tremendous. This film is more fun than I imagined it would be and I definitely recommend it especially to those who have seen the first and hated it. If you liked the first film you will probably love this one. Overall, it's a fresh do-over and I actually want to see another one. "The Purge: Anarchy" is pretty awesome!
Cliches around every corner, "The Purge" tries very hard to be… MoreCliches around every corner, "The Purge" tries very hard to be original, but in the end, it's clever twist on the genre that the trailers make it out to be, kind of falls flat, with hardly any suspense or genuine terror throughout the film. Ethan Hawk is a great actor, so the film is held together well performance-wise, but the script is so simple and uninspired that the plot of the film is completely shit on in the final act. There is hardly any development as to why this "Purge" happens every year and by the end, anything that has been set up in the first two acts is completely ruined. Once the third act kicks off, moments that are supposed to be intense have no suspense, and sad moments happen in an instant and then move on to something else, leaving you no time to cope. Once the killers get possession of the home, the entire film pretty much goes downhill. This movie has LAME written all over it. The idea is interesting but that is all I will remember this for, just a missed opportunity, and the final 10 minutes will have you laughing, unintentionally. "The Purge" is a bad film that had the potential of being great in the right hands.
When your film has almost no point to it and it's a comedy that is… MoreWhen your film has almost no point to it and it's a comedy that is pretty much laugh-free, you must be able to impress with your cast, and least that is present here. "Tammy" does not have much of a story, but more of a bonding between a woman and her grandmother on a road trip to nowhere. There was actually too much unnecessary character development that I ended up not caring, because it felt so forced. Some of the emotions in this film are honestly meant for a very serious drama, and that took me out of what was already a stale film. I will not hate on this film as much as others have, simply because I enjoyed the cast, but they did not have anything good to work with here whatsoever. in the end, "Tammy" is poorly written, the direction is shoe-in mess, and things just happen for no apparent reason. It does have a few chuckles here and there, but it is not a good film.
With performances as good as this, your film is destined for… MoreWith performances as good as this, your film is destined for greatness. "Lost in Translation" is a fairly simple story that is told wonderously and really leaves you wanting so much more at the end. That can be a good or bad thing for some films, but the ones that pull it off great and leave you satisfied while still wishing you had ore coming are the ones that succeed, and that is this film. Scarlett Johanssen and Bill Murray have some of the best on-screen chemistry I have ever seen and they make the scenery that much nicer to look at. Both on business trips while away from their significant other, they begin to feel a connection. Where this film takes them and their explorations shown are truly unique and fantastic on film. Beautifully shot, well-acted, and superbly directed, "Lost in Translation" is worthy of every award it has ever achieved.