Review : Ted 2

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“Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.”

Ted 2 is safe to say is a return to form for Seth MacFarlane as a director, and it is most certainly very funny. There is a problem here with the jokes itself however. Seth MacFarlane’s type of humor is very topical and very pop cultural, and there are many jokes here that I can see going over a lot of peoples heads. That humor is really where this movie will live and die. It also sports a pretty solid list of cameos, that are pretty funny themselves and come in at good times. The story does seem to lose its way a bit towards the end, but the chemistry of the cast is really good and as a result you want to know what happens to these people. If you liked the first Ted, and especially if you’re a big fan of pop culture and references on a whole you will enjoy this movie a lot. If you’re not a fan of the family guy style of funny, there isn’t going to be enough of the more traditional joke telling to keep you laughing here.

Review Score : 7 out of 10 

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Sony Marvel SpiderMan controversy

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Unless you have probably been under a rock, you would have heard of the big time scandal that was the Sony Leaks. Over time, more and more information has been steadily leaking out ever since. One such leak is in the form of information about a contract between Sony and Marvel, detailing the constraints on or around the “Spiderman” and “Peter Parker” characters. The contract stipulates that basically Peter Parker/Spiderman can’t torture anyone, he can’t kill unless in self defense, he can’t drink in excess or smoke and similar stuff….but the issue here is that it also says that he can’t be gay, and he can’t be anything but white.

This is the controversy starts of course, the real question is…should it?

So lets look at the negatives first. This contract makes Marvel have no choice but to exclude many demographics, and to not be able to truly revitalize the character by updating him to more current times. It also seems like a slap in the face to anyone who isn’t white or straight by appearing to say that being anything else, is somehow a bad thing. That having any such characteristics would make the character less or worse of a person.

Lets also try and find some positives here. Sony now owns this character, so by right, they are allowed to protect their character from anyone who might misuse said character. Imagine if you had this precious egg of a character, and someone wanted to change it, just for changing it sake, you might not want that to happen. It can be argued also that some (not all) of the stipulated character traits are totally vital and a defining part of the Spidey/Petey character and mythos.

Either way you look at it, its a complex issue. To some people this will be racism, to others bigotry, to some it will be an example of how Hollywood simply wants to “blackwash” everything now after years of “whitewashing”. Some will say they have the right to do whatever they like with their property, others will contend that the character really belongs to the fans, because without them he wouldn’t be around. And really, no one is right or wrong here really, it’s all opinion. What do you think? Is this more good or bad to you? Do you even care?

Cheers

Here’s a link with the article btw…http://gawker.com/spider-man-cant-be-gay-or-black-1712401879

Top 10 Favs! No. 3!

So we’re really getting into the nitty gritty of the list now, the top three and we’re gonna start it off with a bang.

Aladdin :

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Aladdin is in my opinion, pretty much the best animated movie of all time. Now I know what some of you guys might be saying. I drank the Disney kool-aid, I’m ignoring people like studio Ghibli, I’m this or the other….but really I’m not, just hear me out. Aladdin was for me the kind of ultimate storm of everything a movie, far less, an animation should be. In 1992 Disney released the feature film Aladdin, and my world has never been the same. Aladdin is the story of a “street rat” named Aladdin who comes across a magical lamp, that contains a genie, bound to grant Aladdin three wishes.

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Now everyone knows, that the genie was voiced by the late great Robin Williams, but at the time, animation was pretty much left up to voice actors and Robin William’s the genie was one of the first times such a big named star was taking on a job like this. The genie I one of the best parts of this movie. Pretty much every line is madly quotable, and he infuses such an energy into the movie every time he is on screen. The genie is also one of the characters in this movie that goes through a really emotional journey that you feel every bit of.

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Now the story of this movie, on the surface is a love story, but if we look deeper, there is so much more. On the one hand we have the story of redemption of a character who has had to steal to eat, and lied to try and find his place in the world, who then has to find a way to right those wrongs, amidst falling in love. We have the princess who is forced to rebel against her father, who is loving, but stuck in his old ways, and find a way to follow her heart and not let down her people. We have the adviser to the king, who’s ambition forces him down a part of darkness and turns him into the villain. The king who wants the best for his daughter and his people, but maybe can’t see things as clearly as he thinks. And of course we have the genie. A character who both has to advise and appease his master, but hope that one day he can be set free.

All together Aladdin from start to end is an amazing movie, and my third favourite of all time. Also, who doesn’t know all the words to A Whole New World?

Review : Entourage

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“Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.”

This movie suffers from two major problems. One is that it’s a few years too late, and two , is that its not good enough of a movie to make up for that time gap. The latter point is really what will sink this movie. So from the top, if this movie came out a few years ago, they can really benefitted from the buzz of a just completed series. This movie also feels one really long episode of the show itself, which would be great for fans of the show, but it will only really appeal to fans. It should feel more cinematic and contained to attract and please people who see this movie, but aren’t fans of the series and that is what I meant before about not being able to make for the time gap with the end product. The movie feels like it doesn’t really have a beginning or an ending which plays even more into the long episode feel. What this movie really is, is a tribute to fans of the show, and to create this wet dream of what people who aspire to be in Hollywood think the life is like. So all in all if you’re a fan of the series, you will really like this, if not, you might not so much.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Review : Jurassic World

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“Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.”

Jurassic World is the fourth installment in the long running Jurassic Park series. It does reference those other movies, in a mostly not so ridiculous way that will be a nice nod to fans of the original movies. This movie does have one major problem, and that is that it’s pretty much impossible to recreate the magic and wonder that we all got from the first movie. They try their best with the new D-Rex, and it I a very well constructed and thought out creature for the most part, but I think even Spinosaurus from the third Jurassic Park movie has more of a iconic feel to it, as it really existed. Also the storyline of the two children was something I really didn’t care about, like at all, so I could have done without them personally. Everything in the movie does look great though, and you can totally believe everything that you are seeing on screen. This movie I think would be better received if it were just a dinosaur or monster movie, but that Jurassic Park logo does add some pressure as I said before, to live up to that awe and wonder. If you are a fame of these movies then you will enjoy this movie, and you will probably enjoy it a bit more if you aren’t a fan. Chris Pratt is the best part of this movie, him and his raptors. That situation also is handled really well in there explanation of the Pratt, raptor relationship. All in all it can’t live up to the original Jurassic Park, but it certainly puts its sequels back on track after they seemed to have gone downhill since the first movie.

Review Score : 7 out of 10.

Review : Good Kill

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“A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot.

Based on that synopsis alone, this would seem like a real generic one track kind of movie, however, it is not. What this movie really is, is a psychological thriller that takes you on the journey of a broken man who needs to hit rock bottom, before he can climb his way back up. It follows a Drone pilot played by Ethan Hawke who is finding it very hard to be as he says, “a pilot who doesn’t fly.” Then, if that wasn’t enough, he is drafted into flying missions for the CIA that really question his and his teams ethics. This leads us down a dramatic road full of twist and turns, and genuinely confronts the audience with moral questions that the movie leaves up to the audience to decide on after presenting for both sides of the argument. Everyone in this movie does a great job here also. Each character has a specific role to play in the narrative and they all hit their marks. Zoe Kravitz however, I have to give a special mention to, not only does she deliver one of the best single pick up lines I’ve ever heard or seen in my life, you really do feel for and connect with her character. All in all this movie is for people who like movies that don’t spell it all out for them, and challenges you a bit, if not, you are going to have problems with the pacing and not give this movie the attention it needs to be appreciated.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

Top10 favs! No. 4!

The Dark Knight:

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In a world, where evil would seek to rise up and throw the world into chaos, only one man can save us…and that man is BATMAN. All jokes aside, when Batman Begins came out in 2005, it almost single handedly showed the entire world that comic book movies could be serious, and taken seriously. So when the second movie in the planned Batman trilogy came out 3 years later, everyone’s idea about what this movie could or should be is totally different from what that idea would have been a few years earlier. This movie was truly a game changer.

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The Dark Knight is one of the best regarded movies of all time, elevating itself from the genre of comic book movie, to just master piece cinema. It also gave us one of the greatest movie villains of all time in The Joker played by Heath Ledger. In what would have been the defining role of his life ( and in some ways still is ), Ledger pulls off one of the most icon portrayals of a known character, but in a totally unique way. Pitting him against this new and quickly becoming beloved Batman played by Christian Bale left audiences with such an amazing battle of wits and skills that another great performance like Aaron Eckhart’s two face, or Gary Oldman’s Gordon seem to almost go unnoticed.

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Everything about this movie comes together into a package hits every note in a masterful way. Amazing directing, visuals, acting, score, story, pacing, EVERYTHING, everything…seriously. This movie is one of those few movies, that despite its source of origin, and label of comic book movie, is able to transcend any prejudice against it based solely on its quality. Good enough to be number 4, on my list.

Cheers.

HEATH LEDGER stars as The Joker in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action drama “The Dark Knight,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and also starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman. PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION.