Boring, boring, and more boring. That is the one word I will always… MoreBoring, boring, and more boring. That is the one word I will always use to describe the fourth instalment in the "Terminator" franchise. "Not having Arnold back" really left this film stale, although Christian Bale and Anton Yelchin do bring enough enjoyable charisma to the table. Much further down the line after the third instalment, Judgement Day has happened and we get to see the world crumbling around them as Skynet and technology in general has taken over the planet. Throwing in one-liners that relate to the original film and having terrible cameos were pretty much the only things keeping this film connected to it's predecessor's, and that is a big problem for me. If you watch this film as a summer blockbuster you may find yourself having a blast watching the action and not caring about the story, but that is about the most credit I can give it. Since "T2: Judgement Day," these films have been going downhill very, very fast. What's next? Probably nothing good.
Unwanted and unnecessary, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is the… MoreUnwanted and unnecessary, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is the third instalment of the "Terminator" lore, and while it does continue the franchise story leading up to Judgement Day, they go pretty distant from the first two films. Having Arnold back actually made this laughably bad, because he is almost parodying the best bits of the originals and fighting off a lady terminator. Getting rid of iconic characters like Sarah Connor by saying she died of cancer was such an easy way out that I just let it go, but when your film relies on cheap pyrotechnics and bad dialogue to drive the film, yeah, you're in for a real treat. In the end, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is not an insult to the originals, but more of an insult to your intelligence. It has a few nice moments, but the action is too dumb and the characters decisions are very questionable. This movie is meh at best, but on a pure entertainment scale, I have no proble turning my brain off to enjoy.
"T2: Judgement Day" is the sequel that nobody in their right minds… More"T2: Judgement Day" is the sequel that nobody in their right minds should have expected to be this entertaining. James Cameron takes every great element from his original film, showcases them with an enormous budget and tells an even more compelling story. Keeping you engaged by monotone robots and rogue humans may be quite the challenge on paper, but it is displayed seamlessly here. Again, the cast is fantastic, Edward Furlong (young John Connor) who really holds his own next to Schwarzenegger, and that is no easy feat. I loved this film from start to finish. From it's scary look at the collapsed future to it's gritty portrayal of a world going to hell, "T2: Judgement Day" may just be one of the best sequels ever made in general. This is everything a sequel needs to be.
Classic films are films that stick with you, whether or not they are… MoreClassic films are films that stick with you, whether or not they are amazing, but when you think about true "Hollywood" classics, "The Terminator" is usually one of the first that comes to mind. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads the film as a machine set from the past to eliminate Sarah Connor, whose child (John Connor) will become a threat in the future. The film is less about that and more about learning what the characteristics are of each one of them. With some tense moments, scary moments, and some very cool action scenes, "The Terminator" is a great film that will always be remembered. James Cameron (on a shoe-string budget) directed this film in the best way he knew how to at the time. Some of the effects feel dated, but the type of film it is, and under the circumstances that it was made, this has stood and will always stand a classic.
Disney's track record of animated classics is much more on the… MoreDisney's track record of animated classics is much more on the impressive side than not. "Treasure Planet" however, teeters on the middle ground. After having a rough childhood, Jim has visit from one of the characters of his dreams, taking him on an adventure to "Treasure Planet" on a ship through space. Meeting many friends and enemies along the way, this is a very fun family adventure film. The main downfall is that is all this film strives to be. The way it began I was hoping for some deeper moments in with the characters when they were interacting with each other, but by the end of the film it felt as though the characters had come and gone just like a real dream. I am not sure if that was the intention, but it was my biggest fault with the the film. Overall, "Treasure Planet" is well-written for a kids film, the voice acting is well-cast, and the story is something that hit home while watching, but the fact that the film does;t deliver more of what the title suggests, is a bit of a letdown. I really enjoyed watching "Treasure Planet" for what it was. I believe I will enjoy it even more the second time after knowing what to expect.
"While We're Young" displays todays young and old generation and how… More"While We're Young" displays todays young and old generation and how both world's would collide in society today. Although personalities vary, this film definitely depicts young adult lives to a T. Nornelia and Jamie (two forty-somethings working on a feature documentary) find themselves interconnected with two twenty-somethings, in a life changing friendship that will have them learn both about what it is like to be younger again, but also what is right and wrong as far as maturity goes. Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried all work surprisingly well together and I really bought into their friendships. When a film comes along that relates to certain personalities that you know exist, the writers have done a great job. With great directing and superb casting, "While We're Young" is a treat of an indie film that you do not want to miss. If I had to exclaim my one gripe with this film, it would be to say that there are certain traits in character that I wish had been explored slightly further. Overall, I loved this film and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of films specifically. There is a real undertone of the documentary film industry in here. This film is one of the gems I will remember from 2015.
With a cast this talented, who cares if the majority of the audience… MoreWith a cast this talented, who cares if the majority of the audience is only females, I loved this film, for everything it strived to be, and everything it ended up being in the end. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is one of those rare novel-to-film stories that really, really works. Once realizing that they will all be off doing their own things during the summer, these four girls decide to find something that will hold them close together. Once they discover a pair of pants that miraculously fits all four of them, they have the idea of mailing them to each other for luck to stay connected. Although the film sets up that premise, there is much more to this than meets the eye. Dealing with the troubles of life, family, happiness, and love, this film has it all. Anyone from teenagers to adults will be able to find at least something to connect to, and even if you are not female. The message in the third act of the film is not preachy in any way and they pull it off the best they could. Yes, a tear or two may have trickled down my face during this film, but that is solely due to the fact that the filmmaking was carefully done to make you care equally about each character. In the end, I loved watching this film. The only lingering complaint I had about this picture was that a bit of the dialogue felt a little too "novelly," but what do you expect? "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is an extremely pleasant surprise. I cannot recommend this film enough!
While a slight improvement of "European Vacation," the (technically)… MoreWhile a slight improvement of "European Vacation," the (technically) fourth film in the "Vacation" franchise is extremely poor, while still managing to keep us liking it's characters, which is a rare feat. If the cast had been replaced, this film would have been a whole lot worse. The shenanigans that the characters get into are usually the best parts of these films, and there is no exception with that here. Aside from that very little praise I can give the film, "Vegas Vacation" is not only one big commercial for Vegas, but it also says that not matter where a family goes, they can always have fun if they are together. It is definitely the most family friendly of the road trip films (Christmas Vacation notwithstanding). There is really not much to say about this film. It is a lazily written romp about a family visiting Las Vegas that could have easily been better. With a few enjoyable moments, it makes it a more morable sequel than European, but it is still not a good movie in any way shape or form. The "Vacation" films have always been up and down, and this is definitely one of their downs.
"European Vacation" is the sequel that you always fear will happen… More"European Vacation" is the sequel that you always fear will happen from any great film, and this is no exception. After winning a family trip to Europe on a family game show, the Griswold's set out on yet another family vacation where slapstick and bad humour ensues. Yes, I barely laughed during this film, and when I did it was out of pity. Chevy Chase and the rest of the cast give it their all, but most of the gags feel extremely forced to the point that you don't even really care about the characters most of the time. In the end, this is just another slapped together comedy sequel to make a quick buck at the box office. Lazy, poorly scripted, and falling into one cliche after another, "European Vacation" is the sequel I would recommend staying very far away from, even if you like the others. What a disappointing sequel!
"Vacation" is the dream film that everyone wanted from Chevy Chase… More"Vacation" is the dream film that everyone wanted from Chevy Chase (especially me). He livens any film that he is in, from his facial expressions to his snappy dialogue delivery. When the Griswold family sets out on a family road trip to Wall World, chaos ensues as they try to reach their destination. Such a simple story with such greatly written humour and witty dialogue makes this film one to watch over and over again. The cast works great together and you totally buy them as a family. The R-rating really helps the gags feel natural and as if an actual family would be going through these scenarios. In the end, the film was not all about the destination, but the journey to get there, and let me say, it is one hilarious journey. My only complaint about this film is that there are a few moments that seemed to pad out the run time, but aside from that, it is a near perfect comedy for what it sets out to be. I love "Vacation."