Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Copycat movie posters

I've previously addressed the topic of deceptive counterfeit movies, but how is the Movie "A Deadly Game" not being sued for such a blatant ripoff poster of the Hunger Games?

Redbox is infamous for renting out straight to DVD movies that mimic popular films. I guess the only chance that some of these movies have of being rented is to confuse the elderly, people who can't read, or people with very bad eyesight.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

7 Big Movies Reviewed in Haiku Form

I am way behind on movie reviews so in an effort to catch up quickly I have decided to write a Haiku for each of the following 7 blockbuster movies. These brief reviews will even make Twitter look long winded.

Intersteller
Cool space idea
Long but I thought it was great.
It will test your brain

8.4 Stars

Mockingjay Part 1
Hiding underground
Fighting evil President
To be continued

7.0 Stars

Hobbit-The Battle of the 5 Arrmies
Smaug made such a mess
Dwarf King has an attitude
Hobbit saves the day

7.7 Stars

Jupiter Ascending
Tatum crazy ears
Protects the heir of the Earth
Could have been much better

6.2 Stars

Taken 3
Someone killed his wife
He uses his set of skills
Milk the series dry

6.4 Stars


Furious Seven
Gang being hunted
So fake yet entertaining
Nice ending for Paul

7.1 Stars

Some of these movies were definitely better than others. Interstellar was the most thought provoking. Mockingjay was a little less entertaining than the prior installments. The Hobit was a solid sequel especially if you like Fantasy films. I was expecting more from the Wachowski brothers with Jupiter Ascending. Taken has started to lose it's appeal and is nowhere near as good as the first one. I was shocked that Furious 7 got such high ratings. It is entertaining and over the top so turn off your reality sensor when the movie starts, but I think much of the praise was due to it being Walker's last film.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hercules

As is customary for Hollywood, rival studios regularly release similar movies each year. Last year was no exception with the release of "The Legend of Hercules" with Kellan Lutz and "Hercules" starring Dwayne Johnson. I didn't see the first one and it didn't appear to do too well, but I did finally see The Rock's version.



Let me first say that this review may be biased since I have a man crush on Johnson and think he is one of the most charismatic and entertaining guys in Hollywood these days. At first I was expecting the traditional Greek Myth version of Hercules, but I was pleasantly surprised with the direction the movie went. I suppose this is a spoiler alert, but Hercules and his companions are pretty much a group of mercenaries who are watching out for themselves while creating a legendary reputation for Hercules, but it is not due to brute strength or God like powers but rather street smarts, good promoting, and playing on other's emotions.

Despite being compared to modern day con artists, they are still the "good guys" and end up saving the day. This movie had plenty of flaws but it was still enjoyable. It has action, comedy, and Dwayne Johnson. I give Hercules 6.7 stars for it's unique take on the legend.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Summaries of Movies I saw in 2014

Another year has already passed so I am listing the movies I saw in 2014 and ranking them by how much I liked them.

Edge of Tomorrow 8.2
Captain America 2: Winter Soldier 8.1
Guardians of the Galaxy 8.1
Captain Phillips 8.1
Hunger Games: Catching Fire  8.0
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 8.0
X Men Days of Future Past 8.1
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 7.5
Non Stop 7.4
The Saratov Approach 7.3
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 7.2
42  7.2
Divergent 7.2
Mud 7.0
Spider Man 2  6.9
All Is Lost Lost 6.9
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 6.8
Robo Cop 6.8
Thor The Dark World 6.7
Brick Mansions 6.6
Maze Runner 6.5
Enders Game 6.5
The Giver 6.4
Three Days to Kill 6.3
Godzilla 6.2
47 Ronin 5.5
Noah  4.8
Red Dawn 4.0

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Summer Movies Recap

I admit I'm lazy with this blog, but until someone starts paying me to maintain this site with decent reviews you will continue to get lame, short, and outdated movies reviews. Those are my terms! Here is a recap from some of the big movies from the summer that I failed to post on time.

Godzilla- Schmodzilla. I suppose it was better than the old 50's movies where you could see the strings on the lizard. By the way, it was leaps and bounds better than the Mathew Broderick version years ago. I was really surprised to see Walter White make such a quick departure from the film. I give it 6.2 stars.

 X-Men- Days of Future Past- They did a great job with this movie. Super heroes, time travel, action. The only thing I think they could do better is to find an actor to play Wolverine who could do a better job of getting in shape. I have a hard time taking the role seriously when I see Jackman's flabby body on screen. 8.0 Stars.


Edge of Tomorrow- Loved it. I like Tom Cruise no matter what others say. I think he is one the most charismatic actors of all time. This was a mix of Ground Hog Day and Independence Day. I love time travel and it was well done so I give it 8.2 stars.


47 Ronin- An older movie that I finally got around to seeing on DVD. Major Spoiler Alert: They all needlessly kill themselves in the end to preserve their honor. What the heck? I give it 5.5 stars just for that dumb ending.

Dawn of the Planet of The Apes- This was really good. The special effects were cool. I didn't really relate to or care about any of the human characters. Maybe that is was the director's intention. I learned not to trust the apes with nasty scars that humans have inflicted on them. They may be holding a grudge. I give it 7.5 stars.

Guardians of the Galaxy- This was fun and original (as comic book stories go). I liked the action and there was plenty of humor. The villain was kind of lame but since the movie didn't take itself too seriously, it makes it easier to enjoy and also makes me less likely to nitpick. It gets 8.1 stars.

The Giver- I can't remember a bunch about this but Jeff Bridges is getting old. I usually like movies about futuristic societies and people fighting for their freedom, but this fell a little flat. I give it 6.4 stars.

The Maze Runner- Again a movie with a young cast who are oppressed and fighting against an unknown enemy who keeps them captive in a giant maze. I'm sure the books of all these teen movies were better than the movie. By the way Will Poulter has more defined eyebrows than Famke Janssen. I give it 6.5 stars.
 
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