After the intensity of reviewing Avengers: Endgame, I get to write my first review on a movie from the John Wick franchise. I will say that I never got to see either John Wick 1 or 2 in theaters, but after giving them both a watch online, they were both decent to watch for a typical over-the-top hitman-themed action thriller movie. And now I finally get to catch the third movie on the big screen with my old pops. So as we should all be familiar by now, Kneau Reeves takes the role of an ex-assassin who deals with an immensely rough patch in his life after seeing his wife pass away and being given a dog as a gift and you know the next day, a Russian gang happens to hunt our retired gunman down and slay his beloved pup in the process and this is where a bitter epic tale of revenge begins as John Wick fires his way through the Russian Mafia to find the leader behind it earning him the name "Baba Yaga" and he continues to bring death in his path by seeking out even more assassins being entangled in a debt he did not wish to be a part of in the second movie. And now the third movie begins where the second just ended as John Wick has gotten himself into deep shit after spilling the blood of a High Table member on the grounds of the Continental Hotel and when his grace period expires, the bounty is set on him and he is the run for his life as a newly branded "excommunicado" seeking a member greater than the High Table in an attempt to seek refuge and reverse his own fate.
Parabellum is a no-holds barred shooter with some cheap martial arts and a hot pursuit story thrown into the mix. The plot starts off with the view of a battle-hardened man struggling to face what amounts to nearly the entire world standing in opposition to him ready to rip him apart everywhere he walks and runs to. The movie is just shamelessly over-the-top with its barrage of mayhem and violence, a lot of highly choreographed martial arts stunts, and high emotional tensions escalated between Wick and other combatants. Parabellum is simply unapologetic and unrestrained in its display or gratuitous violence and blood to make for a fairly satisfying montage of action as well as personal coldblooded drama that comes packaged with it. Everytime you see Kneau Reeves pick up a knife or a gun, always expect this movie to ramp up his deadly performance in "gun fu" for action fanboys to view. The casting is not too bad especially with Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Mark Dacascos, Laurence Fishburne, etc. and the dialogue does not disappoint and it complements the neo-noir urban setting pretty well. I am going to be real honest though, I'm not a huge junkie of Hollywood action films as much as I used to be and John Wick may not be the best action film (nor franchise) that I have seen, but it's certainly up there and it seems cooler and more enjoyable than most non-sci-fi action flicks I've seen on the big screen for the span of the last several years. On a minor note, the opening fight scene of starkly reminded me of Bourne's fight scene against Desh in Bourne Ultimatum when it comes to using books as weaponized props, I swear it's like a carbon copy of that scene and it seemed to have taken more than a new inspirational notes from such film series. If you're a die hard enthusiast of Kneau Reeves and the action shooter genre, this film is for you.
I will give this movie a rating of barely a 4.0 out of 5 stars.
After what seems to be exactly a year and one month after I wrote my review on Infinity War, we finally see the great conclusion that is Endgame.
Picking up from where Infinity War left off, Thanos has already achieved his goal of erasing half of all life in the universe with all six Infinity Stones (Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Power, Reality) and the remaining Avengers (Thor, Cap, Black Widow, Iron Man, War Machine, and Hulk) as well as Nebula and Rocket go and hunt down Thanos and of course you should have at least the faintest idea of what they do to him, but there arises one more problem, the Infinity Stones are all destroyed from existence by Thanos and our heroes seem to be shit out of luck when it comes to their objective in undoing all the deaths caused by Thanos until Ant-Man (Scott Lang) comes out of the wazoo and proposes to the Avenger team his plan to use the Quantum Realm as a final gamble to travel back to different points in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones from different locations including planets like Vormir. I will admit that the aftermath of Thano's fate in the beginning of the movie did open up a slew of possibilities for my thoughts as to how the rest of the film's story would proceed and what new conflicts and climax would materialize in order to fill up the rest of the film's run-time. The story essentially then takes place five years later and the main cast crack their heads to search for any possible ways to untangle the ramifications of what has occurred in the last movie and everything in the present backdrop feels so quiet and depressing.
The main Avengers heroes have seen some considerable alterations and went through their own emotional sagas in the aftermath of Infinity War, such as the Hulk seemingly being able to simultaneously maintain both his selves as Hulk and Bruce Banner (a match of brawn and intelligence) and Thor having developed a beer belly as a drunk housebound god (which was the funniest gag for me to laugh at in the whole film) after feeling immense amounts of guilt, disappointment, and regret for not having fulfilled his role in saving the Earth by slaying Thanos sooner. And we get to see a returning superhero that did not appear in Infinity War for some reason, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), and the emotional wreck he goes through on his own before reuniting with the last Avengers in finding the Infinity Stones. And Nebula also plays a pretty vital role in the quest as well as she is the daughter of Thanos. And we can't forget that Scott Lang as Ant-Man is one of the driving forces of the movie's plot due to the aforementioned time travel gig. And of course Endgame introduces one more new superhero to the roster and that's obviously the character played by a certain actress that the real-life crowd seems to hate, Captain Marvel, and although her screen-time was relatively sparse and brief throughout the whole film, her appearance and role would be a bit more significant than we assume in the second half of it.
As for the main plot device of Endgame, we knew how the previous MCU films have progressed all the way to this point with the Infinity Gems and the Infinity Gauntlet showing off its might as the deadliest and most powerful weapon to ever be portrayed in Marvel films. And now we have the Quantum Realm as the main concept that the film centers around and while I did initially fear that the time-travel theme would end up feeling a bit predictably cliche, but it turned out to be the most amazing and engaging segment of the movie as we get to see the high stakes and risky (yet sometimes hilarious) effects of dealing with time-travel in attempt to correct the blunders of their original timeline and meeting even old faces like Loki and others. And of course we eventually come across an even bigger twist that unfolds and brings everything back to full circle and I'm not going to bother spoiling it (despite this film being out for over a month already), but let me just say that you will be bound to see a ton of familiar faces clashing around here in the climax and a lot of emotional bittersweet sadness afterwards when we witness the death of at least two characters besides the main villain of course.
To give my own conclusion as shortly as possible. This movie was pretty great and fantastic as you'd expect, even though the beginning did feel a bit lacking for me in energy, but it still manages to progress all the way to its proper climax. And although Endgame in my opinion kinda lacked the same rush of adrenaline of the long-drawn action scenes of Infinity War, it does a great deal to compensate for it in terms of psychological and mental emotion and drama and enough surprises and twists to keep you satisfied. Endgame exceeds in the emotional where Infinity War exceeds in the physical. And with 10 years in the making, this film feels like the best wrap-up to an entire saga of the Avengers and the distinct mark of an era's transition for the Marvel films and the destination is in every way as exciting and significant as its journey.
I will give this movie a rating of 4.85 out of 5.
What do Pokemon and movies based on video games have in common? THIS Review of course. Now I have never written a single review on a Pokemon film on this blog to date, but I can assure and guarantee to you readers that I totally remember the time when I walked out with my friends to go see the first three Pokemon movies from 1999-2001. The first was kinda the most epic and emotional, the second was decent, and the third was well... cool? That's just scraping off the top of my head there. And unexpectedly, we were given this little movie by Hollywood.
Now as an important disclaimer, I don't really play the Pokemon games and it should be known that my sole exposure to the franchise from childhood are mostly the original first season of the Pokemon Anime and its various merchandise, but I do know this film is based off the Detective Pikachu games for the Nintendo 3DS. The story is clearly nothing resembling of the Pokemon anime in structure as instead of traveling to different gym's and geographic regions like Palette Town, Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, or Sinnoh and capturing new Pokemon to train and raise them and compete against other human trainers in a sports tournament-like fashion and meeting up with guys like Professor Oak and so many Officer Jenny's or Nurse Joy's on the side, it's set in another different part of the Pokemon universe where some teenager named Tim Goodman who's feeling depressed about his life after his mother died and not being active with Pokemon training and just taking up some office job and then one day he stumbles upon a talking Pikachu in a police department's office and Tim Goodman is met with a bit of a dose of insanity and confusion after getting entangled in a new state of affairs in his detective case and he soon gets a reality check and they both become good partners to find and uncover the truth behind his father, the escape of Mewtwo from the scientific laboratory and the nefarious secret plans of the man behind the city's giant corporation CNM, Howard Clifford, to find a "cure" of some sort for the human population.
I have to say the concept for this movie based on a Pokemon franchise, while appearing a bit cheesy at first, it's a bit more well-executed and visualized than I gave it credit for. I just kinda find a great deal of joy and fascination with how it tries to casually fuse and blend an urban setting that's modeled after the real world like New York City with the fauna of the Pokemon race as its main theme from a fictional universe. It gives a fun hypothetical vision of what if the human race and Pokemon co-existed and interacted in our own world. The cast is what really made this movie the most entertaining with Ryan Reynolds spearheading the team as the talking voice of Pikachu, he truly captured the pure essence of making a talking Pokemon all the more humanly relatable and hilarious. The movie gives off a very measured balance of action, laughs, and comedy on all counts and its emotional side gives the movie its dramatic energy as well as the plot twist make this story all the more interesting to unravel all of itself in the end. Overall, this is perhaps one of the better and most entertaining Hollywood productions based on a video game or an anime I've seen so far besides Alita and the last two Resident Evil movies I've seen. It may not be anywhere near the greatest movie, but it still proved to be fairly satisfying for its merits.
I will give this movie at least 3.75 out of 5 stars.
As a long-awaited priority to fulfill before going on to catch the much-anticipated Avengers: Endgame film, I have decided to go see this movie with my family. And this latest installment in the DCEU involves a seemingly average Philadelphia teenager having to deal with finding his lost biological mother and adjusting to a new life in a foster family's household named Billy Batson who is suddenly reached out to by a mysterious ancient wizard who passes his power to him as a pure and worthy individual to take up the identity and mantle of "Shazam", a superhero with the legendary attributes of six well-known mythological figures (the Wisdom of Solomon, the Strength of Hercules, the Stamina of Atlas, the Power of Zeus, the Courage of Achilles, and the Speed of Mercury). So the result is basically an almost exact copy of Superman plus a few extra abilities like divine knowledge and shooting lightning of his hands, but minus his heat vision, x-ray vision, and other of Kal-El's sensory abilities. And with a much cheekier sense of adolescent humor.
The story is a pretty typical one for a superhero's debut flick that deeply explores and portrays the extraordinary rise of human potential and power at play and wanting to search for the lost truth concerning a loved one from a young age for Billy in contrast to the feelings of rejection and abuse and the desire for embittered revenge upon flesh and blood for the film's antagonist, Dr. Sivana and both the higher forces of good and evil clash with each other to mystical proportions between them. It starts off as something of a teen drama or a coming-of-age story that quickly transforms into a comedic superhero film in typical DCEU fashion. And the development of the plot just builds up with how these two opposing characters climb up the great ladder from their less-than-ideal beginnings to eventually reaching the height of their lives, intertwining their paths together.
The cast and setting are pretty well-rounded and decent and I'll be honest, seeing Zachary Levi portray the Shazam superhero alter-ego was all around satisfying. What I love most about Shazam is how this movie succeeds in delivering itself on being both funny and exciting at the same time and how it does a nice job of reminding us of the more casual and lighthearted side of the superhero genre much like Deadpool and Thor: Ragnarok yet still lecturing us with so many realistic moral aesop's concerning the result of riches and power leading to life and death like Spiderman and Man of Steel does. The movie's direct characterization of the superhero Shazam as an adult with the personality and demeanor of a child gives us an important image of how even an otherwise strong and titanic superhero in a pretty dangerous and sticky situation can feel psychological vulnerability, which is something that an audience like us can relate to on an everyday level, whether it's getting smashed and tossed through skyscrapers during the middle of a battle against a flying supervillain or just dealing with ordinary social issues and disagreements between fellow human beings. And this feature even makes it a point to show us how the personal life of a main villain can be have an equally sad and tragic upbringing.
But overall, Shazam just takes itself a little less seriously and maturely than all the previous DCEU films that I've seen so far and exceeds both in action and comedy pretty reasonably well. It is literally one of the most hilarious superhero-themed films I've seen and enjoyed since The Mask itself and it just makes the superhero genre feel all the more fun and trendy for the modern world with all its gags and jokes. Shazam simply rose above and beyond my expectations as a DCEU film or any superhero film released in this decade. Go ahead and see this film, it's definitely replete with enough amounts of fun and laughter to make you feel all laid back and chill. If you are a loyal fan of DC characters, you won't be disappointed.
I will give this movie a score of about 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Out of all the newer anime films I've watched so far this year, this has got to be the most aesthetically pleasing to my attention. When an ad for this movie in a Taipei train station was in my line of sight, it caught my interest and I was definitely wanting to go see this movie with my mother. And the moment I knew it was made by the likes of Studio Colorido, I knew it had to be some pretty good shit there. The plot of this movie is about penguins like the movie poster suggests, but it actually goes far beyond just ordinary penguins interacting with our main human characters, these penguins are seemingly mysterious creatures that can apparently transform into everyday objects as well as even cause what appears to be some sort of blatant distortion in the fabric of reality and the main character, a boy named Aoyama, as well as his two friends, one a girl named Hamamoto, all investigate where all these penguins originate from as they fill the streets and roads of a Japanese town with their presence as well as the nature behind a possible force of even greater mystery than the penguins themselves and in addition, a very cute and attractive woman who works at a dental clinic. And then we have a bully in the class of Aoyama and Hamamoto, named Suzuki, who happens to be a key character in all the chaos of these enigmatic creatures and events that surround the town as they find the truth behind them all. So what is my first impressions of the movie? Well the movie does start off rather dull and lowkey for me, but as the plot and characters progress further, the more this movie intrigued me, despite not understanding Japanese nor its Chinese subtitles shown, and I will say it does have a few savage moments of its own that will leave you feeling a bit scared and even shocked as well as some truly teary-eyed emotional scenes and it's interesting how this movie tries to show the contradiction of both the scientific and the supernatural when pit head to head against each other and I just love how truly surreal this film makes itself. It leaves so much to imagination and wonder. I could go on and on about this film, but I will just say that the art is absolutely stunning, beautiful, and gorgeous and the storytelling is smooth, but could have been better.
I will give this movie a score of at least 9.5 out of 10.
We all know and love the very mediums we like to call Anime and Manga. They're both inherent fabrics of Japanese entertainment and worldwide pop culture. And then we have their recent live-action Hollywood adaptations and one of these works is Alita. Now I don't really read manga but I have heard quite a lot about Alita on the Internet, though I have next to no knowledge of the series other than the main protagonist being some female combat cyborg who looks like a short-haired teenager. Now I'm not going to try to be long with this review, so I'll summarize the best I can from my own perspective of watching this particular film. The beginning opens up like a typical apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi film (why did I even feel the need to explain that one?). Some doctor named Doctor Dyson Iso (played by Christopher Waltz) goes to a junkyard of some sort and picks up some lost robot parts, which would turn out to be Alita's remaining body. And then she gets repaired and awakened as some cyborg with a forgotten past and such. We see Alita constantly try to uncover her past by going through some intense conflicts like fighting other cyborg assassins like Grewishka to trigger clues to them and she bonds with a human named Hugo and goes through shocking discoveries like the selling of robotic body parts as well as proving her worth to registering as a Hunter Warrior. The movie's plot feels like a typical mysterious protagonist trying to unearth her own nebulous past and going through every means to search the pieces for the entire puzzle and confronting an even bigger threat behind it all, Nova. Alita makes for a somewhat entertaining movie character with her own prodigal strength to match her softer interior personality and the film delivers spectacularly when it comes to its fight scenes, especially against the menacing brute Grewishka, and each encounter with that guy giving the audience a feeling of suspense, intensity, and twists reflected by the progression of both characters. The casting and dialogue were fine from start to finish. The pacing and development was decent. I am going to say that Alita as a movie did bore at times during the beginning, but as it moved further along, it gave me a lot of action and enjoyment to hope for, especially the Motorball scenes and while this is nowhere near the best movie I've seen, it's good enough to be a popcorn flick for me and it's great to see a movie based off a manga of how a robotic protagonist explores herself.
I will grant this movie an overall score of about 7.9 out of 10.
It's Christmas Day and truthfully, it's been ages since I've seen and enjoyed anything new worthy of note from Disney or Hollywood's animated film industry and what better ways to satisfy my experience for the threesome (no, not what you're thinking folks) between Disney characters (which apparently includes Marvel and Star Wars now), 80's arcade games, and Internet Apps, than this flick. I remember watching the first Wreck It Ralph and boy was that a fantastic animated film seeing as I was truly intrigued by the concept of a Disney film portraying a mish-mash of old arcade video game characters and their own original characters interacting with each other in a unusual story unlike any other in the modern world pop culture.
So for the actual review, Wreck It Ralph 2 is obviously a sequel to a story centered about two resident arcade video characters who are living their lives inside of the machines doing their usual business in entertaining all the players coming into Litwak's Arcade Center, Ralph, whom is a big brute who's tired of being the "villain" in a game about wrecking buildings, and Venellope, a little cutesy princess girl (riddled with glitches) inside a candy-themed racing game and this time, the story focuses more on a newfangled technological medium known as the Internet as the primary setting for our main characters.
It all starts off normal when Ralph and Venellope have been blossoming their newly forged friendship (for about six years) and just as Ralph is being a pretty merry dude with his own life, Venellope has quite a different sentiment about her own, feeling somewhat discontent with her own game Sugar Rush becoming repetitive for her tastes and wanting something new and exciting, which becomes the catalyst for the entire movie's greater plotline and a tale that goes from portraying a seemingly minor mishap where Sugar Rush's controller gets broken because of Ralph messing with the game and creating a new track for the player to an outright existential crisis when Venellope is faced with the utter realization that the world she knew is going to be lost and terminated for good after Litwak himself was about to sell the game upon knowing he couldn't afford the only spare part left on Ebay. And around this time, the denizens of Litwak's Arcade machines are getting a glimpse of a bigger newer world that is the Internet and the drive to obtain that spare part from Ebay is what brings our main heroes, Ralph and Venellope to a whole new dimension like no other and they both journey to seek what they obtain to save Sugar Rush and end up playing what they thought was some game to get a prize by shouting a higher number (which the practice of "bidding" is unfamiliar to them) and they win only to end up getting themselves into an even bigger predicament by having to find ways to acquire a ridiculously huge sum of money to pay for the part within 24 hours and Ralph and Venellope mets someone and goes into some very shady parts of the web such as an online racing game with a very dark and gritty atmosphere with dark and gritty characters called Slaughter Race where they unexpected met some new friends.
And from there, you can see our protagonists Ralph and Venellope traverse through many places on the Internet and discovers new places they've never seen before, like a parody of YouTube and a place filled with Disney princesses, which brings new personalities for the characters to explore and express and along with many bumps and bruises along the way, Venellope's quest for searching and longing for a new world that fulfills her wishes and destiny also turns into a typical series of aesop's about friendships and betrayals in a time of impending disaster and destruction when Venellope is forced to choose between her old life and the new life that she found and when Ralph is forced to reflect upon his insecurities and take responsibility for his actions in a cruel world.
So overall, what are my true feelings about this film? Well I enjoyed nearly every bit of it and it gave me a feeling of excitement and optimism on Christmas. The action and story of this movie is in every bit as fun and wacky as you'd expect with a lot of twist and turns of emotional drama with the characters and I see the things that Ralph and Venellope encounter for the first time in the Internet such as Pop-Up's and Viruses as fictionalized metaphors for the risks and dangers of getting yourself into the darker parts of the real world for whatever desires you have and the whole plot as a feeling of emptiness and hollowness and coming to terms with reality, no matter how bitter and shocking it is. I feel in some ways that the movie related to some certain feelings I've held in the past. And I enjoyed how the film transitions from being all lighthearted to being a dark tale for something that's straight out of Disney along with all the wonderful cameos and pop cultural references related to video games and Disney characters thrown into the mix. The cast is pretty well-rounded and the dialogue is funny and decent and the pacing and development is a bit long. Although I'm going to be pretty blunt, the movie started off exciting but got a bit anti-climactic towards the end and I still preferred the first Wreck It Ralph movie for its exclusively video arcade-based setting and the nostalgic excitement that went along with it over this sequel and while it's nowhere near the best animated film of all time for me, I'd certainly say it's one of the best I've seen in the past 6 years, but the lack of a Mario cameo is still well... lacking.
Without further ado, I award this movie a score of approximately 9.4 out of 10.
Been trying to look for that old history thread "German Stormtroopers Run A Gauntlet" thread that I created in the Battledome back at the end of 2011, but now it seems rather difficult and daunting to pinpoint the exact location of such old threads before 2014.
Alright, we have yet another sequel from the prequel series to the Harry Potter films known as "Fantastic Beasts" starring a British wizard dude, named Newt Scamander, who took a nice trip to New York City to find a whole bunch of magical beasts that have run amok in the 1920's American city and have retrieved and all the American wizards fight to keep their society and existence a secret from the public Muggle world. And ever since that crisis has seemingly passed, they now have apprehended the culprit mastermind behind it all, Grindelwald, and he is now in jail? Or is he?
So the story this time revolves around Grindelwald, a notorious evil wizard played by Johnny Depp, who was on his way to Europe to be held accountable for his crimes, and manages to escape and run amok once more and our wizard Newt Scamander once more meets his old friend Jacob Kowalski, whose memories weren't completely wiped as only the bad aspects of his were forgotten and later on he has to buddy up with a young version of... you guessed it... Albus Dumbledore to track that old bastard down while the wizarding world has their share of internal conflicts brewing. Oh and one more thing, Newt Scamander is trying to get out of his own sticky situation which is his international travel ban by going to the Ministry of Magic and along the way, they search for Credence Barebone in France and we meet someone who is engaged to Newt's brother, Theseus, and it's Leta Lestrange. You find that chick trying to reveal her past about someone our heroes are hunting named Credence, something about her genealogy, while you see our heroes trying to uncover Credence's true identity. All this while they try to hunt down Grindelwald as well, who is trying to persuade a whole crowd of wizards to fight laws against their presence in the outside world and turn on the Muggle world and fight for their "supremacy". Okay, I'm real bad at trying to explain the plot of movies based on works from JK Howling in my own words, even as I watch the whole thing with my eyes wide open, so I'm just going to talk about how I viewed the movie in general and I won't make it too detailed, cause I don't have much to say.
I will just start off by saying that I was watching the movie with not much expectations in mind. The movie shows us more of Grindelwald and his escapades and the brief bit of drama between Newt, Jacob, and Queenie amused me a bit. Crimes of Grindelwand kept me somewhat substantially entertained with all the cast's magic powers being demonstrated on screen and just as vividly as the first film itself and the creatures in another world stuffed inside Newt's suitcase being interesting as usual. The film gives a lot of flashbacks for certain characters like Lestrange and there is a nice plot twist at the end and you can just see the tensions between Grindelwald and the other wizards he's against just firing up. Honestly, while I don't hate the movie, I kinda slept a little in between. A decent film, but not the best for me, though I can't wait to see what happens next when a new movie gets released a few years later.
I am just going to give this movie a score of 7.5 out of 10.
What are you guys thankful for this year?
Oh goody it took me some long enough years to go see a Horror Slasher film franchise from the 80's (though Halloween technically started in 1978) in theaters and this shall be considered my very first review on a horror movie of this monumental sub-genre, the Slasher. Now since two years ago, I have been getting into the Halloween franchise and progressively watching each film up to sometime earlier this year when I watched both Rob Zombie films (which were alright). I will just introduce my main point by asserting that Michael Myers is a film icon that has not only influenced horror cinema and left its impactful marks on pop culture giving rise to the modern archtype of a masked serial killer that's supernatural in origin and nature wreaking havoc in a humble town, but a character that I find some mildly great fascination with. Other than being a rather bad kid who murdered his sister on Halloween and grew up to be a cursed man going on a murdering spree as some sort of personification of Death to hunt down his own other sister Laurie Strode, Michael Myers is one character that doesn't need any lengthy introduction at all.
As for the movie itself, I will just begin by stating that the movie proved itself to be a pretty suspenseful and even gorier one than its original 1978 movie and I can only say that the decision to make this film a direct sequel to the first one while make a point to ignore the continuity of the two timelines involving Laurie Strode and the Thorn and start a new one from scratch was a pretty good decision to take. 2018's Halloween starts off with a very intense beginning showing Michael Myers unmasked with his face staring away in a prison and it builds up the first blocks of tension and conflict portraying Michael's rise to Haddonfield and it depicts the traumatic life of a sister that has been preparing her whole life to confront and deal with the slasher to put a decisive end to him for good. Laurie Strode returning for the role was a satisfying one and does all the better to portray a woman who's plight is initially dismissed by those around her, even including her immediate family and this movie just sorta goes back to all of its roots in the first Halloween, only magnifying its suspense and violence even more and while I was watching the movie, I was honestly wondering along with the audience what would it truly take to finally bring down Michael for good? The casting was pretty fine and there's a lot of teen drama to pass through and the action and scariness truly shines as much as it should to capture Michael's authenticness and the ending just leaves you guessing for more. Overall this movie felt like a true blast from the past 40 years later and the fact that there's a high possibility of this movie getting a sequel just revitalized my interest in the franchise a little after it was simply growing stale as hell like an abandoned bread.
It's been pleasure writing my first review on a movie from an established slasher horror franchise, so I am going to give this movie a score of at least 9.0 out of 10.
Even as a nerd who doesn't frequent the world of comics, Venom is one anti-hero that needs no introduction among the Marvel fandom. This is one movie that my friend had been dying to go watch for quite some time as an avid Marvel fan himself because he is such a fan of the Venom character. The last time I remember seeing Venom on the big screen was a little over 10 years ago when I saw him in Sam Raimi's Spiderman 3. Now onto the review:
Venom is a film that faithfully focuses on the revelation and exploration of the backstory of Eddie Brock in his native San Francisco and how he would unknowingly come to encounter and bond with the Venom symbiote for the first time. It does show us a nice intro scene of how the Symbiotes arrived to Earth on a spacecraft and visually depicts how their insidious spread and invasion upon Earth's human populations begins. The story does a good job of showing how the symbiotes were attempted to be harnessed and utilized for their chemical bonding properties by a man named Drake who owns the Life Corporation, wanting to carry on the next step of being a human. Tom Hardy played a really good role of portraying Venom and Eddie Brock and how each of their personalities contrast so greatly, with one being the sane one and the other one being the more brutal one, and the emotion and drama that goes behind Eddie Brock trying to control something that was powerful and mysterious to him while dealing with the loss of his job and a break-up is vivid. The movie has a lot of great action scenes demonstrating the capabilities of the Venom symbiote and the casting was not too bad itself.
I will just conclude by saying that I definitely enjoyed this movie, though it's not the best superhero film ever. I'm glad to have seen it with my friend and Venom is a very interesting character to exhibit sadistic and maniacal traits in a comic story.
I am going to give this movie a score of 8.2 out of 10.
After all the times I've spent on there with friends and all the messages I've had a nice read over...
First YouTube takes away its private messaging system. And now this bullshit...
Predator. A legendary formidable race of extraterrestrial warriors for every sci-fi enthusiast to gawk at with their eyes in awe. We've all had great iconic sci-fi films with eponymous characters in the past like Aliens, Terminator, and Robocop, but here we are with the one and only... Predator. Now I'm a considerable fan of the Predator films (and the two AVP films) myself and this is the first time I will review a Predator movie. Cause let's face it, I wouldn't pass anything up in the world to talk about another new installment of a movie franchise featuring an alien fighter who has a cool mask, wristblades, shurikens, infrared vision, and plasma weapons going on to hunt other fighters it deems worthy of a challenge to them.
The 2018 Predator's First Act starts off like what I would expect from any Predator film. We find a leading soldier of some sort, whose name is Quinn McKenna, going into an operation against a bunch of human baddies trying to take them all out but not without seeing an earlier scene of the Predator's ships flying out of a dimensional hole of some sort, and immediately we see a Predator's ship crash into the forest where the soldier was standing in his camoflauge some seconds after he snipes a cartel leader's head off. In terms of character exposition (in the Predator's case), the beginning scene of the movie felt like the first Predator movie sped up and wrapped under 15 minutes, plus we see the Predator's technology get stolen by McKenna and mailed to his son as the creature gets sent to a lab to be examined and tested and then we can imagine what happens from there.
I am going to be blunt, despite the critic's ratings, I actually found this movie to be pretty good and enjoyable, but certainly not the best. The Ultimate Predator himself is yet another badass new type of Predator that is made to look and feel like everything the original Predator is about, but except with more brutality and advanced tech at his disposal. But the way he stalks and tracks down his victims kinda tempted me to make comparisons to the Creeper from Jeepers Creepers. I love how this version of the Predator is portrayed as a nightmarish brute who has fighting skills like some guy out of a kung fu movie and seeing him fight another smaller Predator added an air of tension to the mix and the Predator dogs were also a mildly interesting addition though it didn't add too much to the story. And the way the story progresses is how the Pred is trying to retrieve his stolen tech in the hands of the son of McKenna and how the main heroes find themselves going up against other human enemies of their own. The amount of infighting within two opposing civilizations does all the more to inject drama and suspense for our protagonists.
Though on the flip side, I will be honest that the human cast was easily the lamest and most disappointing aspect of the whole film for me, McKenna and all the other ex-Marines he met on the prison bus just sounded like a bunch of grown-up children or teens making corny sex jokes and high school jabs at each other, especially during that scene after they rescued the only saving grace of the cast, Olivia Munn. If anything, the nationalized stereotypes of the main human characters of the 2010 Predators were far more fun and interesting than these guys. And the film misses some suspense of trying to find out who the mysterious Predator is and progressively learning the true horror of this extraterrestrial brute.
Overall, this film was pretty enjoyable and was worth the watch, but some aspects of this film felt like a bit of a let-down and it prevented this from being close to being the best entry in the series. But it had some nice twists of its own and all the gratuitous blood and action you'd expect from a Predator.
I will give this movie a score of at least 8.9 out of 10.
It was a nice movie telling a universal coming-of-age story about a girl in Taiwan. Great animation and dream sequences and Betty was the most interesting character and a lot of political and historical themes and pop cultures references to old anime like Candy Candy and Gatchamen is not bad either.
That's all I'm going to say, except that it was a bloody honor to meet the director of the film Seediq Bale Warriors of The Rainbow, Wei Te Sheng.