Comic Con, what you missed

So this weekend was Comic Con, and as expected, many big announcements were made (more were not i think), and if you missed it, here is my run down of what i think were the biggest moments.

Wonder Woman –
The DC Wonder Woman reveal was in my opinion the biggest news of the event. Dropping the picture of her in costume looking totally bad ass was just the kind of splash DC needed to make to get some headlines. The costume is pretty much what i was expecting, given the way the other ones have gone and also having Gal Gadot there in person with the rest of the big three cast was nicely done on DC’s part.

Skull Island –
Yes the land from whence King Kong came is getting its own movie, in what should be our first real look at a King Kong origins story. This story made a really big splash with audiences over the weekend. This was partly due to people not expecting it, then the added possibility of a future Godzilla vs Kin Kong movie in the future.

Lack of Goods from Marvel and DC –
So just as much as studios like to make splashes with announcements, they can also grab headlines for things that they dont announce. With Marvel and DC in particular, many felt that they missed a really great time that they could made some really key announcements, like which titles would be taking up some of their already booked future dates, as well as some new properties we might not have been expecting. And no Disney no one cares about you launching information if its in your own convention.

The Hobbit –
FINALLY we start to get the ball rolling on the final chapter in the Hobbit and possibly middle earth series. From poster drops to the inevitable trailer drop that we got also, the hobbit is finally kicking the marketing campaign into full swing and BOY do i love what i am seeing.

Mad Max –
Another movie here that took a year and a day to get going, after numerous set backs is Mad Max. However, did they ever come out strong with it. A LOT of people started buzzing about this movie after comic con, showing how well you could take advantage of such an event.

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Review : Hercules

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“Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.”

So Kellan Lutz is herules and, wait what? Thats the wrong movie? Why are they making two of everything…So The Rock is Hercules, and is as huge as shit. This movie is has one major problem and that is that it doesn’t itself know what it wants to be. On the one hand, it wants to be this big time action movie, and on the other hand it wants to be this super fun, super kid friendly adventure movie. It does end up in the end being a lot of the kid friendly kind, which is both good and bad. On the one hand, being skewed kind of younger makes the movie very fun, since it plays to a much more carefree and not serious sense of drama. That’s also where it goes down, in that the movie itself gets a lot more shallow as a result of it. Younger audiences will have a great time with this movie, which does also make it very surprising when The Rock does drop an F-bomb. It ends up with this feeling of a split personality here. The movie itself goes a different way than i expected and that the trailers portrayed, which isn’t a bad thing, it just may leave some viewers with a bad taste in their mouth thinking they were promised one thing, and getting something different. Overall, its not a bad movie, lots of fun if you’re not a huge stickler for depth, and if you like to see The Rock, being The Rock.

Review Score : 5.5 out of 10

Review : Sex Tape

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“A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.”

One thing I have to give this movie, its exactly as long as it needs to be. There were some points where the jokes maybe went on for a bit too long, and some of them seemed a bit rude for rudeness sake, but this is an overall funny movie. It’s not going to be everyones cup of tea due its crude nature, but for those who don’t mind some rude jokes, there are enough to be found here. Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz have really good chemistry here, and they do a really nice job of selling them being in a relationship. The supporting cast here also does well to chime in on time with good jokes that can break up the sometimes over extended Diaz Segel interactions. This movie is a good idea, that sometimes needs to find ways for it shenanigans to make sense, most of which are funny, some of which can be a bit tired. And in truth that is the story of this movie, there is funny, that sometimes can drag on, but will make you laugh. Definitely a movie to see if you want a laugh, especially if you don’t have a problem with crude humor and with some repeated nudity (both male and female).

Review Score : 6.5 out of 10

Review : Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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“A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.”

 

First off let me say, seeing apes on horses is probably the damn scariest thing you will ever see in your life. That being said, this is an really excellent movie, an amazing drama with touches of thriller, horror, action, adventure, pretty much everything. The cg work and motion capture in this movie is honestly second to none. It will literally redefine the way you look at cg and motion capture going forward, it is THAT good. The performances from the entire mo-cap team here is also phenomenal, totally on a next level. A lot of this movie contains scenes of only apes, and yet those are some of the most powerful and emotional scenes in the movie. You really can see their emotions and their internal battles over everything they are thinking of. In many ways they are really the main actors here, and the human cast are the supporting roles, and they do their job very well also. The play between the humans and apes is supremely believable and really draws you into the moment and the drama. This movie is very tense, there are levels of intensity here that dramas with only human casts would kill to have. Everything seems to be balanced on a knife edge, and every decision made, human or ape, is a tense push closer to throwing everything over. The action sequences here are just as intense, you can really get a feel for the fear it must strike into the heart to see a freaking giant gorilla, that’s almost, if not just as smart as you, wielding a fully automatic weapon or riding a horse full speed coming at you. The movie also does very well to not demonize either side really. Both have their good and bad, and both honestly would like the same end, the same resolution, but ignorance is a hell of a thing. There are some points where some viewers may find the pace slows down to below where they would like, but that’s really one of the only complaints I could find here. To me this movie delivers on everything it promised and would be well worth seeing a few times in cinema.

This better make as much money as Transformers.

 

Review Score : 9 out of 10

 

 

In Case You Missed it

Sometimes when i’m talking to my friends or people i meet, I always realise just how many good movies can go under peoples radar. So that got me thinking…what are some of the better movies that i think a lot of people may have missed for one reason or the other? Well lucky for you i made a little list.

Sunshine (2007) – 32M box office

Sunshine is a great Sci-fi, thriller with a really good cast and great acting performances all around. It takes place in a future where our sun is dying, and their is a last ditched effort to restart it. Then of course…shit goes off. Just watch it if you like Sci-fi, thriller, adventure or a movie with some deep ideas, and some great acting and musical score.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) – 188M box office

This is one of those movies I think that really was a great surprise. The level of depth and thoughtfulness that was present here was much more than i expected honestly. it turned this movie into a really fun, full of wonder and make you feel all nice inside kind of movie. Great for anyone to see no matter what kind of movies you like.

Blue is The Warmest Colour (2013) – 7M box office

One of the films on this list that will be classified as “foreign” but is such a great film. In earnest, this is a love story, and a truly wonderful and heartbreaking one at that. Sub-titles shouldn’t deter you from seeing this movie, and honestly its a lot better in its native french than any english dub they could ever do. So take some time out, hide your phone ( so you don’t text your ex) and jump on the emotional roller coaster of Blue is the warmest colour.

John Carter (2012) – 285M box office

One of the better movies that suffers from a server fault in advertising and thus a truly poor box office return. This was however a really nice and fun, good ole sic-fi, action bag of goodies. So please don’t let the trailers and such fool you, just take my word for it and go find it and watch it!

Princess Mononoke (1997) – 159M box office

So this would be the second movie on this list to be “foreign” film, but there is nothing but greatness from this animated master class. The animation itself is simply stunning, fluid and beautiful to look at. This movie is a great example of the brilliance that can be achieved with animation (and it still looks just as good today) that seems to be some what ignored by the western world. Whether you like animation or not, Princess Mononoke was a brilliant and riveting story told in a beautiful and breath taking way that everyone should see.

The Spectacular Now (2013) – 7M box office

One of the most refreshing coming of age movies I’ve seen in a really long time. a wonderful story of love and love lost and the best and worst parts about being young and naive, and passionate, and truly gripping. The acting here is also really superb and one of the biggest selling points and they deliver in making you fall in love with these characters. If you want to know what it’s like to feel that age again, just give this movie a once over.

Layer Cake (2004) – 12M box office

If you want to see why Daniel Craig got the job to be the new 007, then look no further than Layer Cake. If you want to see a great crime-drama, action-thriller, over really well done movie with a great cast and great acting, then take a slice out of this one (LOL, that was a good one)

So thats my first list of this type. In case you missed it, now you got some good movies you can watch at anytime and have a good time.

Cheers

Review: Transformers age of extinction

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“A mechanic and his family join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world.”

So that’s a really short blurb… but that’s pretty much what happens in this movie. You know it would be nice if movies made rules for their characters and then actually stuck them. I couldn’t tell you how many times in this movie I had to go, “wait they could always do that? Like from the start? What the fu…”. There are also a whole laundry list of clichés here, like one after the other, in typical Bay fashion. His very identifiable humour is here very presently as well, for better or worst. Also this movie is pretty damn long, and I mean nearly 3 hours long. It tries to get around this by stuffing a lot into the movie, but there are plot holes EVERYWHERE so half of the content only ends up being distracting to be honest. The transformers themselves looked pretty good, they also moved really nicely. That scene where Lockdown is walking like a badass down the street is truly pretty bad ass looking. However I would like to say from all movie goers out there with an IQ above 12 that please Mr. Bay stop using fireworks for explosions. I SAID STOP. I mean give the man props, he just slapped this movie together out his ass somehow and made just you know a little 300 million worldwide opening weekend. This is why we cant have nice things. When movies like this can make so much money, but really great movies like Edge of Tomorrow aren’t, we’re basically begging Hollywood to never take us seriously and make another good movie again.  

Review Score : 3.5 out of 10