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10.)Comedy Movie Trios 11.)Superhero Movie Rating PG, PG-13 or R 12.)Favorite Wes Anderson Movie 13.)Favorite Romantic Relationship in Marvel/DC Movies 14.)You Are Breaking the Fourth Wall(not active) 15.)Favorite Romantic Relationship in a Marvel/DC TV Series 16.)You Are Breaking the Fourth Wall!!! (Part 2)(not active) 17.)Movies About A.I. 18.)Face-Off: Bruce Willis Action Star 19.)Face-Off: Cast Your Marvel Allegiance Now For Civil War
20.)Face-Off: Kobe Bryant vs. Peyton Manning 21.) Favorite TV Cross-Over 22.) Lowest Rated Movie That You Have Seen 23.)Face-Off: May the Force Be In Your Control 24.) First Person Games That Need to Be Adapted to Film 25.)Casting For Cable 26.)Jean Grey vs. Jean Grey 27.) Insidious vs. The Conjuring 28.)Favorite Character Portrayed by Natalie Portman 29.)Casting for Mystique
30.)DiCaprio Started from the Bottom 31.)Possibilities For a New CW Superhero Show 32.)Doug Jones in Costume 33.)Casting for Catwoman 34.)Casting for Nathan Drake 35.)Casting for Squirrel Girl 36.)Face-Off:Joker vs. Harley Quinn 37.)R Rated Animation Movies 38.)Emmy 2016: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 39.)A Chameleon of Horrors
40.)Stars That Got Their Real Start on Disney 41.)Face Off:Flight vs. Sully 42.)IMDb Poll Board Top Picks for SCI-FI 43.)Best Rivalry in a Comedy Movie 44.)IMDb Poll Board Top Picks for Horror 45.)Horror Movies Set During Halloween 46.)Non-Horror Movies Set During Halloween 47.)Human Hybrids(not active) 48.)Golden Globes 2017- Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama 49.)Strnger Things vs. Westworld
50.)IMDb Poll Board Top Picks for Animation 51.)FX Has the TV Shows 52.)Rey's Family Tree 53.Easter Egg Hunting During Movies/TV Shows 54.)Casting For Batgirl 55.)Face-Off:Thanos vs. Cable(not active) 56.)Face-Off: Captain America vs. Wonder Woman(not active) 57.)Casting for Mr. Sinister 58.)The Big Winner at E3 2017 59.)DC Universe Animated Movies
60.)Face-Off: The Big Name vs. The Unknown Actor 61.)Emmy 2017: OLA in a Drama Series 62.)Best Exclusive Animated TV Villain(not active) 63.)Face-Off Future Shared Universes 64.)A Different Kind of Origin Story 65.)Deadly Fictional Diseases 66.)Casting for Shazam! 67.)Movie Bombs Since 2000 68.)OOH! The Virtual Horrors 69.)Annoying Horror Movie Cliches
Total Number of Votes: 108,393 as of 11/23/2017
Note: The lists below are not a ranked top 5 list. Users chose different ways to assemble their personal list.
Note: The lists below are not a ranked top 5 list. Users chose different ways to assemble their personal list.
Only actors/actresses who have appeared in 3 or more seasons and played 3 or more characters are considered.
Justice League (2017)
Hoping There is a Director's Cut Because This is Pretty Uneventful
Justice League consists of getting the six heroes together to fight Steppenwolf. We see how they interact with one another with comedic jabs and how each is destined to save the world. That is the core of this film as we are shown. It has been said WB chopped the film up as they don't want a long run time, so they can show more screenings of it. This is the third out of four films that have gotten this treatment and it is getting ridiculous. Snyder has a good vision for this universe and he obviously enjoys making it as a fan. All WB wants to do is market and merchandise the product; they could care less about quality.
This pieced together attempt is not good. Parts of the film had my attention but as a whole it fell flat with a poor CGI villain and an under-explained McGuffin that was the three mother boxes. The cuts were obvious as we were jumped around far too often which gave the scenes less significance. Some of the acting was pretty bad as well, mainly from Affleck and Gadot. The dialogue didn't help them either when they tried to joke about serious situations. DC can't just copy the Marvel model, they need to embrace their darker universe and give fans what they want.
The highlight was the performances by the other actors. I was surprised how much I like Cyborg and the suit looked better also. Flash was a good comic relief even though they made him a little dumb in some parts. Aquaman was as expected pretty awesome but he didn't get a lot of screen time. Most of his scenes we already seen in the trailers. Superman was better in this movie as he wasn't doom and gloom the entire time. I had no problem with his character in BvS but he had to lighten up a bit or the team thing wouldn't work.
I really wish some other company could take WB's place as they are ruining what could be a cool universe. I am sure casual movie goers would sit through a three hour DC movie if the quality was good as advertised. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be 2 and a half hours and I am sure Disney will not lose money on that investment. I just don't know how many more screw ups WB wants to go through just for the sake of a larger profit.
After watching this I might be done siting through these. If the directors have less freedom than Marvel directors I am not sure what to say about the future of this franchise. There is zero creativity and it might get worse from here.
Another good episode this week that primarily deals with the city council campaign and alliances. There is some wavering in the cult and viewers are left wondering will they or won't they throughout this episode. For me it was well done and the overall intentions seemed fitting, but maybe a little over the top.
The brightest spot of the episode is seeing the return of Mare Winningham to the series. Last time she was Ms. Evers in Hotel. To no surprise she brings another good character to the show.
This episode did seem to have a plot hole in the story... well maybe two. I was taken out of the moment thinking if this was an editing error or what at the end.
American Horror Story: Holes (2017)
Ummm... for those of you that were turned away from this season because of the politics. Come Back! The season has turned a corner and is now as strong as ever (You can skip episode 2 though). 11/9 was great but Holes takes another step forward. We get more needed backstory and everything is starting to piece itself together.
To be honest this season is actually shaping up to be one of the better ones. We are given a good villain that we have a little sympathy towards, and his cult members have their own person goals and are not just a bunch of goons that can't think for themselves. Are only main problem now is the protagonist is a little too helpless. Hopefully there are more people in the town willing to fight the clowns, because Ally and crew may not be enough.
8.7/10 seems about right.
American Horror Story: 11/9 (2017)
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. This is the kind of good story telling and pacing that makes AHS such a popular show. Previously in the season we were treated to jump scares. Now we are given backstory as to why all these acts of violence are taking place. There are still questions left to be answered, mainly how Twisty fits in to all of this, but time will tell.
The show stepped away from the Mayfair-Richards family and focused more on Kai. We see what he has been up to over the course of the lead up to the election and where he has been the past two episodes. Evan Peters is killing it as the cult leader. He just has that presence every scene and as he gives his speeches; I can't help but get hooked. I can understand why his followers are doing what they are doing.
I hope we see a lot more of this side of the story than the family side. Ally and Ivy are just a little boring to watch. I pretty much have to hope Ally has a psychotic break just to enjoy their interactions together.
Very Good episode 8.5/10
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
I don't know what to really say about this episode because when the credits rolled, I was left saying "is that it". The plot never seemed to progress but instead we were given new characters and the same screams and scares. Everyone outside of the Mayfair-Richards is at least interesting or has the potential to be interesting. Ally continues to scream and heavy pant while her wife just puts up with it.
This episode did a poor job at balancing screen time. A small amount of Ally is fine but having her continually being in fear the entire time just becomes boring. I don't think I can put up with that the whole season. Would it be so bad to add some personality to Ivy? She just seems to be filler so far.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is just a filler episode, lets hope the third episode adds more to hold my interest.
Episode 2: 6/10
Election Night starts with the immediate reaction to the 2016 presidential election from this episode's main two characters (Ally and Kai). Each one seems to be an over exaggeration of the stereotypes used to describe a member of each party. Glad to see this was evened out because by the look of the trailers it seemed to favor one side over the other.
I found myself enjoying the episode even if it did seem over the top at times. While I did watch Roanoke from beginning to end, in the back of my mind I kept telling myself it will get better, it well get better... and ultimately was disappointed. Cult on the other hand feels more interesting and has a good creeping factor going that has been missing since Freak Show. I say this mainly because clowns do scare the hell out of me. If you aren't then this season might turn into a laugher (and enjoyable one).Speaking of Freak Show, I enjoy AHS a whole lot more when characters return or references are made about past seasons. The tease the pilot gives alone will have me watching to see what happens.
Also we are treated to Evan Peters playing what looks to be the Joker this season as Kai and the Joker have similar philosophies. As they both believe through chaos can true order...or something like that. Peters will most likely be the highlight of this season as he seems to bring the best characters to the show. I hope I am wrong and some or the others have good character arcs this season but time will tell.
I am hopeful for this season as the pilot captured my intrigue. It is also good that Murphy is down one project as I attribute part of the blame of Roanoke to the fact that Murphy was writing for three Fox shows. That seems crazy to me. With Scream Queens cancelled maybe he can focus more on AHS.
Ultimately would rate the pilot a 7.5 as it was a fun watch.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
An Okay Attempt at RE-Rebooting the Franchise
Spider-man Homecoming changes up the formula compared to the previous two Spider-man attempts. This time around Peter isn't just getting his powers; he has had some actual experience with them. There is no longer an Uncle Ben moment as Tony Stark takes over that role. There seemed to be a lot more humor in this movie than the other ones which I can accept given this is a teenage Spider-man who is pretty naive to the magnitude of the situation most of the time.
What this movie lacked at least a good 3/4 of the time was a real story. Spider-man kind of just bounced around giving jokes here and there. We had I think four noteworthy villains but really one was given any significant dialogue. Vulture was a good villain and I liked the whole concept of the character's purpose but I can't say he ever had me worrying for Peter. Besides Tony just seems to be able to swoop in whenever to help out when things get tough which further lessens the stakes throughout the movie.
The one thing this movie has going for it is the fact that they chose Tom Holland for Spider-man. This guy is charming as hell and can really deliver serious and comedic lines with the best of them. He basically had to carry this movie as the direction of this movie was really not one of Marvel's best. The supporting high school cast did well for the time they were given. I find it funny how they were advertising this as a John Hughes type movie, but I have not heard that mentioned once since the release. This movie doesn't focus on the school side any more than the Amazing Spider-Man movies did and neither were really that impactful to their respected stories.
Now how does this movie rank with the others? I think the Amazing SM movie were okay but they had a lot of cringe moments. The best thing had going for them was Peter and Gwen but that is about it those movies along with Spider-man 3 rank below this movie. I did find myself enjoying Homecoming but I can't say I would watch it again anytime soon. Spider-man 2 seems to still be the gold standard.
If you want to see an entertaining summer movie that visually looks great and will have you laughing from beginning to end then check this out. I would still however recommend Baby Driver over this movie though.
Baby Driver (2017)
A Movie Actually Deserving of the Title "Perfect Summer Movie"
I think mostly everyone can find something in this movie that they would enjoy. The chase scenes feel realistic and intense unlike many of the current car focused movies like the Fast and Furious franchise (apparently many of those scenes where shot with a stunt driver and very little CGI if any at all was actually used, which always is nice to see). The music in this movie blends well and never felt out of place. Is it Guardians of the Galaxy level amazing... debatable but Baby Driver will definitely have one of the better soundtracks this year.
The comedy throughout was well timed and most of the characters showed off their own sense of humor. There was really no comic relief character although many of the movies funnier scenes would be attributed to Jamie Foxx. The high level of comedy in this movie should be no surprise as director Edgar Wright known for the Cornetto Trilogy always knows how to insert the right joke.
All of the characters were great for the screen time they were given. My personal favorite was Buddy. When it comes to playing an intimidating character Hamm can do no wrong. He had the right level of charm with don't mess with me that made Baby feel safe and uneasy at the same time. Speaking of Baby, I wasn't too fond of the character right away. He seemed kind of dorky and trying to be cute with the street walking scene. Eventually though he became a rather interesting character, especially when he meets up with the waitress. You start feeling for him and you want those two to make it. James and Elgort had good chemistry and they will probably stand out as one of the better movie couples in 2017.
Everything in this movie was just so well done. The only real hit this movie takes that I can think of after just watching it was that the story kind of dips in the interesting department in the middle. It starts strong and ends with an even bigger bang. I believe the climax and ending are worth the price of the theater ticket alone. This is a can't miss movie. I find myself debating if this is a movie that I have to see in the theaters twice which I rarely even consider. There however is no doubt in my mind that this will be a store purchase as I can see myself watching this movie over and over again.
Wonder Woman (2017)
I Came Away Satisfied With the Movie, but Wasn't Impressed
Let it be known that I am a sucker for these superhero movies. If there is one that is going to come out soon; you better believe I already know about it. I usually walk away enjoying them very much (giving the scores 7, 8 or 9 on a regular basis). Now I am not saying it is a bad movie as you can tell by the 7 stars listed above. It is just getting more praise than it really deserves.
When I first heard about the plan for the movie; I thought well it is going to take place in World War I, Steve Trevor is going to be involved, and Wonder Woman will have to stop the Germans. This sounds familiar but as I watched, the films felt relatively more and more similar. The other movie I am talking about is Captain America the First Avenger. Now this is a non spoiler review so I can't give details in why I think these two are so similar but a lot of big plot points remind me of the Cap movie. Currently WW is sitting at an 8.4 and with this many votes I can't see it going below a 7.4, and with Cap at a surprising 6.9 it leaves me scratching my head as both were good.
Now with that point out of the way, I will say this movie did something very well. Presenting a very nice relationship between Steve and Diana. Steve and Peggy were my top duo but I think how there characters in Wonder Woman were written Steve and Diana take first in the chemistry department. Pine's great comedic one liners along with the compassion and kindness he showed Diana really made him a likable character (and to top it off he is Chris Pine). The other thing that made the movie was the villain reveal. It was a refreshing way to thrown the character out there and it was really awesome.
The bad besides the for-mentioned similar-esque story. The Dr. Poison character really was wasted. She was given just terrible lines of dialogue. That was the cringe in the movie, just cliché villain talk. A problem that probably just bugs me but the needless comedy in the movie. MCU does this on a regular basis and it is beginning to annoy me now and I don't want DC to use it. I enjoy the gloom and DC should stick with it, there doesn't need to be scenes just for the laugh as there are some here.
Wonder Woman is a good movie but it is not some sub-genre defining movie. If you are someone who does not go out of there way to watch superhero movies; I think it is okay to wait for this to be released on Blu-ray or whatever your preference.
I will say 7.2/10
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Felt More Like a Toho Movie Which is a Good Thing!
Kong Skull Island primarily takes place in the 1970's or more specific right after the US leaves Vietnam. A crew is sent on an expedition to survey the area for resources, but the real reason is to find proof of King Kong.
Typically with the US movies we see a love story ensue with the blond and the beast as well as some money making side show. That is for the most part disregarded and instead we get a good monster fighting movie. The action was great and well shot especially during the last 20 minutes or so. That period of time really sold the movie for me. Prior to that point I was on the fence if I was really liking what I was seeing.
Kong was once again the sympathetic beast audiences can root for and will continue to root for if this whole planned monster Universe goes as planned (fingers crossed). The other characters are not fully fleshed out but that is excusable since the great monster movies do not need character development. The character that was talked about the most was the comic relief and he had a great story and well timed jokes. There was certainly never a dull moment watching this as monsters just kept coming and the crew just had to survive. Speaking of the characters, Hiddleston and Larson had their moments as well. There wasn't much but there was enough to get attached to them. They had kind of a... well I don't what you call it but they reminded me a lot of Nathan Drake and Elena from Uncharted. If you don't play video games then look them up as that relationship is the best example I could give.
The big thing that annoyed me was the overly clichéd character of Samuel L Jackson I am not going to say anything about the direction his character takes but it was dumb and has been done better.
Some of the action...no wait just the scene when they arrived on the helicopters yes that one. That went on too long to remain enjoyable if they cut that sequence by half I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more.
This was a very good monster movie.I am semi excited what the next one will be given the movies success. I would recommend this if you liked the Toho movies as I believe they helped a little in making this movie. If you just like giant monsters fighting then you can't go wrong with this movie.
Search Party (2014)
A Lower Grade Hangover Movie That Still Delivers Plenty of Laughs
Search Party is about two friends that have to try and rescue Nardo as well as Nardo's relationship with Tracy. This movie does have a similar feeling to the Hangover movies but Search Party lacks the writing and overall direction of the trilogy. What I found this movie to have that the Hangover doesn't is great comedic actors. This might just be personal preference but I find Pally, Miller, and Middleditch to be a lot funnier with their timing and physical comedy. The overall cast is about the only reason I gave this movie a try. I even got a Garfunkel and Oates song in there so that was another plus.
The bad would be the writing as some of the lines were cringing, especially with Middleditch. The movie didn't seem to flow as nicely as the Hangover or for that matter look as sharp. As I said earlier that the three headlines are really funny but their characters were not the best. Pally is supposed to be a semi successful business dude but it never comes off that way. The whole angle of Pally being the put together one of the group didn't vibe with me and it felt out of place. T.J Miller is the typical T.J Miller character so no real complaint there. Middleditch is a combination of Doug and Alan from the Hangover which is fine but they made him overly stupid. So much so that it seemed to downgrade the movie altogether. The supporting cast had some time to shine and I appreciated all of their scenes overall.
I would give this movie a pass unless you are a fan of these actors like I am. Even then I would proceed with caution and low expectations.
A B Movie That Takes Way Too Long To Be Interesting
Enthiran is about a scientist who constructs a robot for military purposes but then complications get in the way. Clocking in about three hours you expect more of a deeper story but no this movie just contains a lot of filler. Namely the unnecessary singing. There had to of been 6-7 songs which is about 30 minutes of the movie. That is just ridiculous and some didn't even match the story. If this film was less than two hours I might have enjoyed it more, as the overall experience wasn't worth the time commitment.
Other negatives I came across was definitely the acting quality for starters. It felt over the top or soap opera quality which is really annoying to hear. The CGI was laughable at times. The acting and CGI reminded me of the 1999 film Inspector Gadget. Except this movie appeared to be a serious film while Inspector Gadget was a cheesy kids movie but the similarities are too glaring to ignore.
The only real positive I found was some of the action sequences and the overall creativeness of those scenes. They were fast paced and at times strange. Strange being like Jim Carrey's The Mask strange. These are the kinds of things I love to see in B action movie scenes the randomness as at least I can get a laugh out of the movie.
Currently this film sits at a 7.1 and is rated in the top 250 for Indian movies. I don't know if I am just missing something or what but this movie just really failed to deliver in my eyes.
No Question, I Had Difficulties Watching This Movie But It Is Not That Bad
After watching this I came away with two major gripes that put this movie below the original 80's version. Let it be clear that I am also not a fan of the original by any means as I rated the first a 6/10 and never had the interest to even try the sequel. So the first big problem was all of the forced one liners throughout. There was simply too many and barely any of them fit the flow of the story. That is probably why the original was so well liked because they were able to blend comedy into a lite supernatural drama. I'm fine with the movie being a clear comedy as at times I did find myself laughing at some of the lines.
The other gripe I had was the weak clichéd villain. You would think that a big brand movie like Ghostbusters would cast someone a little more well known in the role than a former SNL writer. His performance just felt lackluster and I doubt audiences really saw him as a real threat at any point during the movie. Besides him, Bill Murray, and Leslie Jones also seemed to bring pretty weak characters to the screen. I have no idea if Bill Murray was forced to be there but it sure looked like it. Jones just appears to be a one trick pony when it comes to her characters but that hasn't stopped Kevin James (yep, random shot taken), so I'm sure we will continue to see her for some reason. The other three leads also had cringy moments but also some funny scenes that I guessed balanced their scales. Oh and then there was Hemsworth who I thought I would despise given the trailers but turned out to bring the comic relief in an otherwise cringe comedy.
So, just to sum up my overall thought this movie brings a lot of cringe but I can't honestly say that it is a whole lot worse than the original. They are a lot different in tone though. If you want a supernatural drama with sprinkles of comedy then avoid this. If you want a full-on comedy which could be compared to the New Vacation movie or Will Ferrell's recent movies then this could be for you.
Not the Most Enjoyable Movie, but Shows Hints of Excellence
When I heard this spin-off was actually happening; I was at first surprised while also really excited at the possibilities for the story. I am a big fan of the V/H/S movie and Lily's segment was by far my favorite part. It had the right amount of mystery/suspense/gore to leave me infatuated and wanting more.
Fast-forward to the Siren movie and we are given a prequel story to Lily. Much like the segment, a few guys go out looking for a good time but eventually find themselves in a very dangerous situation.
This movie is for a very select demographic, that I just happened to belong.That demographic is the pro Lily demographic where when Lily appears in a movie I'm going to find something to like about it.The acting in this is mainly a miss with a couple of exceptions and the story does have its clichés. There were some other interesting concepts (mainly one) presented but were not fleshed out enough, sad to say. The main and only reason someone should watch this is for Lily. The story really drags without out her as the guys were not interesting in the least.The hints of excellence comes from the inclusion of a new creature that helps carry the story along. Lily's action scenes were also a plus and her characters overall direction throughout the movie. After a good chunk of time the story picks up and for the most part I can safely say I enjoyed what I saw.
I guess as a warning if you are considering giving this movie a try. If you are not a fan of sex and violence in your movies this is something you should stay far away from as that is 85% if not more of this movie. In the stories weak spots they seemed to crank up the those scenes to 11.
A Cure for Wellness (2016)
A Mystery That Will Leave You Uncertain of What is Really Going on Until the Very End
A Cure for Wellness is about an employee who is sent to a wellness center to bring back the company's CEO. Lockhart is very quickly skeptical of the center and tries to unravel the mystery.
This film is simply captivating. The pacing is phenomenal; I had no idea the movie was two and a half hours as it didn't seem that way in the slightest. The movie continually kept my attention with the multitude of twists and turns. The writers did a good job at not being too obvious on the intended direction. While I was viewing I was able to piece together the truth about half way in but in no way was I 100% certain until the end.
The sets, acting and overall mood of this film remind me of Shutter Island. It is dark and depressing for most of it lead by Dane DeHaan of Chronicle/ Amazing Spiderman fame. He was great as the lead character and proved that he could carry a film all by himself. Jason Isaacs was also wonderful as the doctor but he is normally great in everything.
This film is not for the squeamish however as some of the scenes would make you think this is a horror movie not a great mystery movie. Not that I'm against gore as it was very impactful for the story.
The reason I gave this a seven and not higher is the climax for the most part. The movie also had me saying why more than I wanted as some of the scenes were head scratchers. I will leave it at that because anymore might accidentally give something away.
For the most part I enjoyed the experience for what it was and would recommend giving it a try at some point. Especially for fans of Shutter Island.
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
A Great Movie for Everyone, Especially Fans of All Things Batman
Lego Batman primarily is about Bruce saving Gotham City from evil doers as well as battling his greatest fear. This is a smartly written comedy that will leave younger audiences laughing at the more physical comedic gags. Everyone else will appreciate the fourth wall breaks and obvious nods to earlier DC films and characters.
Since this is a faster pace movie all of Batman's rogues gallery is included. They definitely go deep; I personally wasn't expecting Polka Dot Man or Egghead getting a significant amount of screen time. If you have played the Lego Batman 3 video game expect that kind of lineup in the movie. With this full slate of characters you would expect the story to be lacking but it was not. The main villains got their moment and it was enough to keep the flow moving perfectly.
The only real thing that was well I guess the word to pick is "weird" as some of the voices just felt odd to me. I get the decision as this is a kids movie so the Joker shouldn't come off as scary but that is something I identify with the character. Some of the other voices come off as odd but that is just my personal preference.
Jokes aside, this movie has a great message which is good to see in a movie that will be influential to kids you know since it is Batman after all.
I would recommend this movie to all DC fans even if you don't like kiddy movies. This movie is jam packed with references and the movie almost comes off as a homage to Batman at times. If you are not a big fan of DC then you should still give this a try as the jokes alone are worth the price...well unless you couldn't appreciate the humor in the Lego Movie then this movie is probably not for you.
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Doesn't Seem to Deviate too Far from the Original Magnificent 7
I don't have a problem with studios remaking classic movies as long as they can put a cool new spin on them. What this film tried to do didn't leave me on the edge of my seat as the differences primarily dealt with the characters rather than the story. It was nice to see more of the seven getting more screen time. The 60's version had about three of the seven receiving significant roles while this film did a decent job of adding depth to the cast. I would say five of the seven had a decent amount of lines.
One of the major hits this movie takes before releasing to theaters is having Denzel replace Yul Brynner. I am not saying Denzel is a bad actor by any means; he was just given the impossible task of matching Yul's presence. While I watched the 60's version there was just that constant intensity. I just get that feeling in the remake, well a little from Vincent's character but that was about it. (Vincent played an awesome character and turned out to be the highlight of the movie).
The pacing of the movie was good, nothing seemed rushed in the slightest. The dialogue was okay, nothing was all that quotable. As far as action scenes go it was rather middle of the road, nothing blew my mind, but I also was not left scratching my head saying really (okay maybe once but that is a spoiler).
This was not a bad film and the current rating of a 7.0 is spot on the mark. The movie is a decent remake with many familiar scenes to the original. Whether you liked it or hated it you should still give the 60's version a try.
Riveting Adaption from the Award Winning Novel
The film primarily takes place in 17th century Japan. During that time the country tried to block all foreign cultures/religions as leaders believed their people were being heavily influenced by foreigners. Silence is about two Jesuit priests who decide to go to Japan to rescue their mentor, who was captured and tortured for practicing Christianity.
Having read the novel, I thought this was a well done adaption that captured most of the themes the book was trying to tell. Scorsese was able to show us the brutality people went though for believing in something other than what the state wanted as well as the courage and strength of the citizens and priests. The only real thing that I thought should have been included in this almost three hour movie was some scenes of Japan's religion/culture. The movie focused a little heavy on the Christian side and how it was not welcome. I would have appreciated seeing a couple of scenes featuring Buddhist or Shinto beliefs, so the audience could see the differences and similarities between the two.
The costumes and scenes are just visually beautiful. At least this part was recognized by the academy as it is well deserved. Garfield was tremendous as Rodrigues. He was able to convey the emotions necessary to enhance their impact. Driver's scenes were a little hit or miss as some of his lines would take me out of the moment. Neeson always seems to give a solid performance and this one was no different. Other notable performances that left a lasting impression had to be Issei Ogata as Inoue. As I watched his character reminded me of Col. Hans Landa from Inglorious Bastards as he was in full control of every scene he had a part. He just had that way about him that draws you.
Well if you couldn't have guessed from my previous statements this movie's story is heavily focused on religion so if those type of movies make you uncomfortable then this is probably not the movie for you. If not then this is a wonderful story that shouldn't be missed.
Basing Solely on This Movie's Merits Alone, it Comes Across as Average
Split is about three girls who are captured by a person with multiple identity disorder. In fact,this person has 23 identities. The girls must escape their prison before the worst identity comes out.
The only real reason I went to see this movie was the leads McAvoy and Taylor-Joy. On that level I was not disappointed in the slightest. McAvoy brings many unique and interesting characters to the light. I think he should be applauding for tackling this kind of role given his status in Hollywood. It seems like more and more top tier actors are playing it safe by staying in their characters that audiences love.Taylor-Joy also did well in her role but I was expecting a little more out of the character.
The story felt pretty ho-hum as it kept my interest but didn't have me holding my seat the whole way through. I think the reason why this movie is being praised is the twist, which is fine but this twist will not hit everyone the same. If you are not in the know on that subject you will be left saying "Ok?" and the end will have a meh-like quality to it. When I go see a movie that is being advertised as a suspenseful thriller; I expect some kind of payoff at the end. This movie fails to deliver on that.
This is a movie that you don't have to automatically go out and see unless you are a fan of McAvoy or just appreciate great character acting. The plot is fairly average with most kidnapper movies so if the reason you watch movies is the storytelling this might be one to skip.
Though Dry at Times, This is Still an Entertaining Biopic
Jackie is about the the events Jackie Kennedy went through following her husband's assassination. All of this is being written down by a reporter who is getting this first-hand from Jackie in one of her first interviews since JFK's death.
I felt the story had many dry spots in it. I say that because JFK is a well discussed president so the events that associate with him are trivial at this point. What kept me watching were the actors performances. Obviously Natalie Portman is nominated for her role which is well deserved, but the less talked about performance was Peter Sarsgaard. Although I can't say I know much about the Kennedy family; I thought Peter played a great Bobby Kennedy. I felt worse for him than I did Jackie when the credits rolled.
Although the pacing was a bit slow for my liking. I did appreciate some of the longer camera shots especially what transpired immediately after and how she tried to stay together. The sets and costumes were also gorgeous to say the least as everything just fit the time period.
This isn't a movie that you have to go see in the theater, unless your big into 1960's history, or a fan of Natalie Portman (like myself). Jackie seems to be a movie, like most biopic movies, that you would rent and after watching say "that was rather interesting and compelling" but wouldn't be willing to watch a second time.
Not the Best in the Telltale Library, but Still Worthy of a Playthrough
The Telltale series of Game of Thrones primarily deals with house Forrester and their squire Gared Tuttle. The main goal as the episodes unfold is to save their house from the Bolton's. The story does branch out to include most of the territories and characters from the critically acclaimed show. What enhances the experience even more is that the actual actors from the show provide their own voices.
The mechanics work like any other Telltale game with quick time events and dialogue choices. Only this time around the choices feel less dire compared to well received player choice games like the Walking Dead. I feel you can really mess up the conversations with little consequence. That makes the game boring when players are not properly punished for their actions.
The graphics are good, but that depends if you like looking at a cell shaded picture which I for one do. The picture looks like you are playing inside a comic book.
If you are a fan of the show then this is something to at least try. The story isn't all that compelling but there are still enjoyable moments that fans would appreciate.
There should be a spoiler warning on the game though, and I don't believe there is one. If you haven't seen the show but plan to, I suggest to watch the first four seasons before giving this game a try. Some of the important events are included in the game.
Assassin's Creed (2016)
An Oversimplified Story Leads to an Uninteresting Experience
Assassin's Creed is about a corporation who wants to unlock history's dark secrets. They plan on achieving it by using a device called the animus that uses the blood of the target's descendant to create a virtual environment of the ancestor's memory. The corporation is run by the Templars and their counterpart are called the Assassins.
Having played most of the games in the video game series, I felt this was a pretty lack luster attempt at capturing the story. Nothing is really explained in great detail like in the games, which was unfortunate but I can give it a pass since I shouldn't expect a movie that is only two hours long to explain too many of the secrets. What I can't forgive is the fact they continually addressed the apple over and over again but never explained its full significance. The scenes that took place in the past almost felt unnecessary as it never really furthered the plot.
All of the characters seemed pretty uninteresting... well at least compared to their video game counterparts. I honestly can't go into detail about them as most of their dialogue was just short sentences. They never became good three dimensional characters but instead cardboard cut outs of Desmond, Lucy, and Warren. The movie was just one long trailer for the games which granted was Ubisoft's intention and they didn't hide that fact. They pretty much even said before the movie was released that Assassin's Creed will not be a great film. The main goal is to get more people into the game series. That is my take away from this movie, Assassin's Creed is so vague in the story and characters that casual movie goers will be thinking "you know what, I didn't learn anything from this movie but I want to. Maybe I should try the game."
If you are a fan of the series, especially if you enjoyed the events that took place in the present. I expect you will be disappointed in the movie. If I were to put the movie on the video game scale, I would say it was better than Unity (by far) and would be even with Syndicate.
Assassin's Creed is definitely not a movie that you need to see in the theaters. It is more of a movie that should be rented but even that I am unsure about as I type this.
Rogue One (2016)
Disney Goes Bleak this Time Around... and it Works
Star Wars: Rogue One focuses on a team trying to capture the plans of the Death Star right under the Imperial's nose. That is all you need to know going into this movie. Well that and the fact that Rogue One takes place before the original trilogy but far after the prequels. It was a great set up movie for A New Hope.
I would like to point out the fact that this movie felt more like a Suicide Squad movie compared to the DC mess we got in August. The whole story was told in such a dark tone. The mission they went on no one else wanted to take or for that matter thought could be accomplished. The team consisted of members that one could deem anti-hero's as they did both morally just and unjust things. Audiences didn't care about their pasts and still rooted them on when times got tough because they were given enough backstory on the main two characters.
As for the minor characters they all did well in their limited screen time. Especially K-2SO, I didn't understand the praise people gave BB-8 as he seemed like a rehash or R2 but people like what they like I guess. K-2SO was very funny. The jokes were well timed and were fitting for the situation the team was currently dealing with at the time.
I found the action to be very entertaining as well. I've heard people say there is too much of it but compared to today's action blockbusters I'd say the movie is well balanced. When I think of too much action my head goes to the Transformers movies as they are a real headache to sit through especially in the theaters.
The sets looked nice and well done and the face rendering work done was top notch. I truly wasn't expecting to see Mr. Cushings face on the screen. I was half expecting the role to be recast but I was happy it was not.
The only real fault with this movie is the lack of a larger story. I know the movie is meant to be a little piece to the SW universe but I can't honestly give a movie that is focused on action scenes and basic story higher than an 8. An 8 is still very good in my book.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
Improved Game Play Makes Uncharted 2 a Worthy Successor
Just to be clear, this review is coming from the remastered version of the game on the PlayStation 4. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves takes Drake on another journey across the globe to find the cintamani stone before someone else. Which seems to be the formula with Uncharted.
The mechanics of the game seem to be one of the bigger additions this time around. The shooting and hand to hand combat seemed more fine tuned and efficient than the prior game. It was easier to throw grenades in the right spot for one thing. The camera work also seemed improved as there was less of a delay when turning a corner or moments when the camera just didn't turn around quick enough so that you can see the enemy going right at you.
The story, like I said earlier, feels the same as the first but the interactions with your team make up for it. Besides I don't think people are playing Uncharted for the over arching story but instead the action and the funny lines Nathan Drake has to say. Just to put this on here, I think this game has one of the harder boss fights. At least if you play the game on harder or above. It has to do with quick thinking and using your environment to your advantage. I died many a time before beating it on the Crushing difficulty myself.
I think the game has some replay-ability in it especially if you are someone like me who likes to find all of the collectibles. If you are not, there seems to be a lot more characters you can change into this time around. As a story I don't find it to be replay worthy. There is one thing that annoyed me about this game that I have never seen in a game. They actually made me play the same event twice! Usually the second time around a game will make you play part of it and then cut to the next scene but no, I had to play it twice all the way through. Mind you it was't long but still why include it.
Uncharted 2 is still a fun ride that should not be missed by action game fans.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007)
A Great First Installment to One of the Greatest Series
Let me first start off by saying that this review is based off the remastered Uncharted Collection and not the PS3 version of the game. The premise of the game is this Nathan Drake, descendant of Sir Francis Drake, is an explorer and treasure hunter. He is searching for the lost city of El Dorado with journalist, Elena Fisher. As the story continues there are twists and turns as Nathan uncovers the true secrets of El Dorado.
As a story I found it alright but the characters that this game has really sells it for me. As well as the action sequences, Naughty Dog really is the best at making action games and creating characters to complement the tone of the action. Whether that be Uncharted, The Last of Us, Jak and Daxter, or the great Crash Bandicoot. The action in Uncharted particularly rivals the Tomb Raider franchise, and I think the recent TR games take a lot from Uncharted.
The combat is easy to master. The real trouble I had was Nathan getting stuck in awkward cover positions. I would try and roll to one side of cover to another but instead he would go forward and get shot. This didn't happen a lot but enough that it became a noticeable problem. The jumping mechanics were not always fully responsive; I found myself on multiple occasions falling to my death because in a short instant he was ready to jump across with his hand outstretched and then he wasn't. Again minor problems to a near perfect game.
Now to the voice acting, What can I say Nolan North can do no wrong and this is certainly one of his more memorable characters in Nathan Drake. There is a reason why there has been a movie in the works for I don't know how many years. All the voice actors are great but North was definitely the stand out.
Uncharted is definitely a series that you need to check out if you haven't already. I was late to the party but I'm catching up and I am having a blast. It is way more fun going from one to the next rather than waiting two years for each game, that is for sure.