Gung Ho is a brilliantly hilarious political satire from director Ron… MoreGung Ho is a brilliantly hilarious political satire from director Ron Howard. Starring Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, John Turturro, and Mimi Rogers, the cast is quite strong and gives some really good performances; especially Keaton, who's comedic gold. The story follows a closed down car factory that gets reopened by a Japanese company, but the differences between the American and the Japanese work ethic soon puts the factory's future in jeopardy. The comedy is well-written and does an impressive job with the cultural humor. A good natured film about friendship and teamwork, Gung Ho is tremendously fun and entertaining.
Based on the Clive Cussler best-selling novel, Raise the Titanic is an… MoreBased on the Clive Cussler best-selling novel, Raise the Titanic is an exciting Cold War thriller. While tracking down a shipment of a rare mineral with military potential, retired Navy captain Dirk Pitt discovers that it was lost in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, leading him to propose the impossible...Raise the Titanic. It's a fairly interesting story that's full of mystery and intrigue; especially given that this fictional account of Titanic's discover and raising was written before the real-life discovery in 1985. Additionally, the model work and set designs are rather impressive, as is the film's score. Raise the Titanic is a little contrived at times, but it's also a fun piece of pulp fiction.
The Hoff stars as Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD in this amazingly awful… MoreThe Hoff stars as Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD in this amazingly awful piece of garbage. The plot is ludicrous and the actors chew up the scenery. The sets and costumes look dirt cheap, and the directing is boring and one-dimensional. One of the most embarrassing things to ever come out of Marvel, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD is everything that is wrong with low budget sci-fi.
Baring no resemblance to, and having no connect with, the original… MoreBaring no resemblance to, and having no connect with, the original film, Sometimes They Come Back...For More is just more crap. Blatantly ripping off John Carpenter's The Thing, a team is sent to investigate a shooting at an Arctic military base, but soon they are trapped by hostile weather and being hunted by the undead. There aren't any good performances per se, but the cast in pretty interesting and includes Faith Ford, Max Perlich, and Chase Masterson. Additionally, the plot, while poorly told and full of superfluous tripe, does have some interesting demon mythology to it. A generic film full of bad horror movie cliches, Sometimes They Come Back...For More is more of the same from this chaotic series.
A cheap imitation of Stephen King's work, Sometimes They Come… MoreA cheap imitation of Stephen King's work, Sometimes They Come Back...Again is a festering piece of garbage. After interrupting a demonic ritual as a child, Jon Porter is lured back to his hometown 30 years later for his daughter's 18th birthday so that the ritual can be completed. The plot replaces the mythology of the first film with generic tripe, and the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes. Sometimes They Come Back...Again is a poorly made horror film with no vision.
Based on a Stephen King short story, Sometimes They Come Back is a… MoreBased on a Stephen King short story, Sometimes They Come Back is a dark, supernatural thriller. After a number of Jim Norman's students are murdered and mysteriously replaced by the undead, he's forced to confront the demons of his past. The acting is pretty mediocre and doesn't really capture the terror or intensity needed for a horror film. And, the plot meanders a bit and is a little vague on some points. It's a problematic film, but Sometimes They Come Back is able to deliver a few frights.
While it's formulaic and cliched, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones… MoreWhile it's formulaic and cliched, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones still manages to deliver some frightening chills. Though marketed as a spin-off, the story does feature some fairly prominent tie-ins to the main series. The plot follows a pair of teenagers who uncover a secret witch cult that may be behind a pair of mysterious deaths at their apartment complex. The found footage conceit works fairly well; as it starts out with high school graduation footage and other routine things that teens would film, and then moves into the murder investigation and witch conspiracy. Still, it takes a while for the plot to build momentum and get past the introduction to the series mythology. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones doesn't have a lot of originality to it, but is does do a few new and interesting things with the series.
Marvel's animated feature Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow delivers a… MoreMarvel's animated feature Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow delivers a bold new vision of the Avengers. Twelve years after being put into hiding, the children of the Avengers are targeted by Ultron when they're discovered in a secret arctic base. The story is quite interesting and the characters are especially compelling. Additionally, the animation is well-done; featuring colorful and simple designs that create a unique visual style. Daring and bold, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow is an impressive and exciting adventure.
Marvel continues their Ultimate series with Ultimate Avengers II, a… MoreMarvel continues their Ultimate series with Ultimate Avengers II, a lackluster sequel that rehashes the same story as the original. When a Chitauri shape-shifter kills the King of Wakanda, the Black Panther seeks the aid of Captain America in stopping a Chitauri invasion; which prompts the Averages to jump into action. Unfortunately the xenophobia and arrogance of the Wakandans makes them hard to sympathize with, and the Avengers show little character growth from the events of the last film. Additionally, the action is weak and doesn't have much intensity to it. Failing to build on the momentum of the first film, Ultimate Avengers II is disappointing and uninspired.
Based on Marvel's Ultimates comic series, Ultimate Avengers delivers… MoreBased on Marvel's Ultimates comic series, Ultimate Avengers delivers an action-packed adventure. When Earth is attacked by an alien invasion force, General Fury attempts to unite Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man, Wasp, and Captain America in order to save the world. The animation is pretty good, and uses a lot of dark shading and gritty character designs. The music is also impressive and feels cinematic. However, the story is a bit rushed and underdeveloped. Yet all in all, Ultimate Avengers is a solid adaptation of Marvels landmark comic series.