Before I start this review I have to start out by saying that I grew up watching G1 Transformers back in the 80’s. I think so far we fans have been very let down by the films. With that out of the way I have enjoyed most of the films with the exception of the second one. I know what you’re thinking how could you like them, well, first and foremost I am able to let things represent themselves and not attach them to the property they are trying to reboot and let the new film or TV show be its own thing. This is a good thing considering the new TMNT movie that has just come out as well. All that being said now let’s talk about the film, the only real problem I had with it was the run time. Why are so many movies way too long or way too short. The thing that made the film work for me was a new Transformer voiced by the great John Goodman and a new leading man in the form of Mark Wahlberg. The CGI was on par with the rest of the films and the bayous reigned full of explosions. I give Transformers Age of Extinction 4 stars out of 5.
While I am not the world’s biggest fan of Family Guy or American Dad, I do enjoy the odd episode of them both and I really enjoyed Ted. Now with that said, A Million Ways to Die in The West was not a good movie. While it did have its moments, there were a few where the overall modernization of the language was not very well done or well thought out. The majority of the jokes if you can call them that are no better or worse than an average episode of Family Guy or American Dad and you would be better off watching those because they are not trying so hard to be funny which is how I felt about this movie. A Million Ways to Die in The West gets 2 and a half stars out of 5.
Maleficent: I, for one, wanted this film to be good and a lot of the reviews have been mixed to say the least. As with all reviews they are strictly the opinion of the person who writes the review. So all I can do is tell you what I thought of the film and in a word it was wonderful. I love fairy tales and this one is one of the best we have gotten in a while, especially if you don’t include animation. The performances are great, the CGI is outstanding and the story being told the way that it is, through a character who lives in a gray area, as opposed to black or white. This film demonstrates why Disney is still the best at what they do. I am giving Maleficent 5 out of 5 stars.
I have been an avid comic book reader from when I was very little and my two favorites of all time are Batman and the X-Men. The X-Men films that have come out over the last 15 years have been hit and miss not just with me but with the general movie going public as well. I love the cast involved in all the films but the way that some of them have been used is not that great. With all that said, I loved X-Men: Days of Future Past. I have not seen a comic book movie all year except for maybe Captain America 2 that does such a good job of making its story so credible and on top of that if it wasn’t an X-Men film it would just be a good sci-fi film. That is how good it is and the best part of the whole thing is that it rewrites the entire universe so they didn’t kill off some of your favorite characters in X-Men 3. You know the ones I’m talking about. So X-Men: Days of Future Past gets 5 out of 5 stars.
If you’re curious my favorite X-Men films in order:
1. X-Men Days of Future Past
2. X-Men First Class
5. The Wolverine
6. X-Men Origins Wolverine
7. X-Men 3 the last stand
Godzilla: I have never really been a fan of giant monster movies, not even King Kong. With that said, I found myself, for the first time, really enjoying a giant monster movie. The thing that set this one apart for me is the idea that the human beings are the center of the story. Most people I have read, who were fans of the classic Godzilla stuff, have not liked this because they like having the monster up front. In my thinking, though, you have to have the humans be up front because it is our cities that they are destroying, our lives they are screwing up. Most of the actors in this film did a great job. I would have loved to have seen a little more Bryan Cranston and a little less Aaron Taylor Johnson. The direction and the CGI of this film make it a must own on blu-ray for this blogger. I give Godzilla 4 and a half stars out of five.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 was not everything it should have been. While I enjoyed the Sam Raimi Spiderman films they were not as good as the first Amazing Spiderman film. This film felt like it was part of another Spiderman franchise. The tone from the first to the second films was way the hell off, plus, there was the fact that they had way to many villains. If you can only do one right don’t do three. I also felt like the relationship between Harry and Peter was very rushed feeling. Out of nowhere in one scene they go from estranged friends to best buddies. With all the negatives I have just brought up, you are likely wondering, did I like anything about it? The answer to that is yes, I did I still love the cast of this film, they feel like the right Spiderman cast and some of the story elements are ok but not great. The CGI is pretty amazing, though all in all, The Amazing Spiderman 2 gets three stars out of five.
On February 24th of this year we lost one of the great comedy legends of our time, Mr. Harold Ramis. Many of you are probably asking why have you waited until now to write about this? My reason is that I have a real connection to his body of work. Having been raised on most, if not all, of his films and knowing both Ghostbusters and Caddyshack by heart. Loosing Mr. Ramis is like losing a lifelong family friend, someone who taught me and so many others what comedy really is. He might only be known as Egon Spangler to most people, if they know him as an actor, but to me he is the Director and writer who gave us such classics as Animal House, Meatballs, Stripes, Back to School, and SCTV, to name but a few. These are only some of his writing credits, his directing work is just as amazing with things like Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Club Paradise, Groundhog Day, and Bedazzled. So to all who have laughed hard at any point because of Mr. Ramis, next time something makes you laugh that hard again, remember Harold Ramis.
“Try to imagine life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.”
Egon Spangler – Ghostbusters