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
I have never talked about my favorite movie of all time before in my blog, but, I think now is the time. My favorite movie is Ghostbusters from 1984. By the time I was five years old I could quote it line for line and can still do it to this day. Why do I love Ghostbusters this much? Well, because from an early age, I was raised on a steady dose of comedy from the Saturday morning cartoons I watched to the Not Ready for Primetime Players. I have always loved good comedy and this one is one of the best. What with the brilliant writing of Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and the supreme acting within the film itself plus a great director like Ivan Reitman and you have a classic. A comedy that people will enjoy for years to come. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the film and I thought I would talk briefly about why I love this film and why I have seen it well over 300 times. The first time I remember realizing that I knew Ghostbusters by heart was when I started speaking the lines to a friend on the playground at daycare around age five. I love to quote along with the movie so much that some people refuse to even watch it with me. The second reason I love the film is because it really is just so quotable.
“Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god you say yes!”
“He slimed me.”
“There’s something I forgot to tell you, don’t cross the streams.” “Why.” “It would be bad.”
“That’s a big Twinkie.”
“Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.”
After all these years, much like with the Ninja Turtles, I still love my Ghostbusters like it was 1984 all over again. So I guess what I’m trying to say is “They came, they saw, they kicked some ass!”
In 1987, the original TMNT cartoon started and came out swinging nunchakus,
of course. If anyone were to ask me what cartoon I remember most from I my childhood, it would be this one. I still get warm fuzzies thinking about it. Why was it so good? Some people will tell you it is the only good turtle show, but I disagree. I loved the show and think that while aspects are surely dated it still holds up for the most part today. The biggest thing to change from cartoon version to cartoon version is April. On the old show she was basically helpless and could do nothing but get into trouble and always had to be rescued by the turtles. On the newer shows from 2003 or 2012 she is a more empowered female character. Another thing to change is Shredder. On the old show he was the only major villain except for Krang. The newer shows have had a little bit more variety with the villains instead of just random mutant after random mutant. Also, the new series brings back a lot of the classic villains which is so cool. I recently got to meet voice actor Rob Paulson. He was the original voice of Raphael and is the current voice of Donatello. He is such a cool guy, super nice to his fans and was telling me that the people in charge of the new show are big fans of the original and know the mythology of it so well that older viewers are showing it to their kids. I love that idea of a multi-generational cartoon series and being able to talk turtles with your kids or even your friend’s kid. Good ideas never die. A lot of people would like for them to just leave turtles in the past and never touch it. Then we would not have all these great cartoon shows and, yes, I know that there was that crappy live action show too, but let us not speak of it that must not be named, ok! Bottom line: turtles rock as a cartoon!