Star Wars Ep.7 SPOILER REVIEW

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Last night I saw The Force Awakens at a private screening. I was on the edge of my seat when the craw began. Luke as vanished!

Now I really liked the film, I thought that this film was a huge improvement to the prequels. I thought the old and new cast did great. Adam Driver was terrifying as Kylo Ren, who spoiler is Ben Solo. He was the best of both the dark side of Vader, and the childish personality of Anakin. He was hands-down the best person in the film.

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The story is almost a shot by shot remake of a New Hope in some ways. Where a droid is carrying important information to the resistance, that was left by a hero who was captured, by a dark force warrior, only to be rescued by a person dressed as a stormtrooper. Then The robot meets a person on a dessert planet that’s a good fixer-uper. Then they meet up with Han Solo and Chewe. Also the bad guys have created a giant death machine to blow up planets, only to have its shields lowered and have a small area exposed to attack, then the character who is the mentor to the fixer-uper dies at the hands of the dark warrior. The fixer then uses the power of the force to stop the bad guy.

Sounds pretty similar, but it works for this story.

Much how the first films had their own style, because of the different directors, The Force Awakens is very much a JJ Abrams film. Except no lens flairs everywhere, thank the maker. Oh and 3PO says that in the movie…like in Ep 4.

As we learn pretty early on into the film, Kylo Ren is Han and Leia’s son Ben. Ben was Luke’s padawan in the new Jedi Order. However Ben, being much like Vader, was easily manipulated by the dark side of the force. So he killed all the Jedi’s, and Luke being ashamed of what his nephew and padawan had done goes into  hiding. After all that Han and Leia go their separate ways.

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Then years later the new rebellion is fighting the new empire called “The First Order”. They dropped the whole clone army thing and now they steal babies from families. Thus giving them a serial name and a job as ether a soldier or as a worker.

The main character in this film is Rey, who is most likely Luke’s daughter. As we see in a force flash that after Kylo Rne killed all the Jedi’s Rey was left on Jakku to live with Max Von Sydow, who we say in the beginning of the film get killed by Kylo Ren. By theory is that Ren killed Luke’s wife, and to hide Rey from the darkside, much how Obi-Wan did for him, he left her in the hands of an old friend to raise her and keep her safe.

The reason I believe this is because Rey as a natural talent for piloting and fixing stuff, much like a young Luke. I think Han can tell that there is something familiar about Rey when she’s on the Falcon fixing stuff. Also the way Leia looks at her, its if she knows the truth (because of the force).

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Now lets get to the part I know everyone is talking about. The over use of Fan Service obviously!

We have Fin telling Poe, “This is a rescue mission!”

While on the Falcon we see the training ball Luke used to guide the force, and the video game Chewe and 3PO were playing.

Now Han does say, “I have a bad feeling about this.” But thats OK, its said in every star wars film.

When Han and Fin capture Cap. Phasma Han asks if there’s a trash compactor they can throw her in…you know like in the first film.

Ok, Ok…to the real thing everyone is talking about. The death of Han Solo. Now when Kylo aka Ben kills his father I said, “You Son Of A Bitch!” I knew it was going to happen the way the scene was set up. But when it happened….YOU SON OF A BITCH! That was a moment that both the screenwriter and Ford have been waiting to do since Jedi, and it was done well…and by well I mean heartbreaking.

This film in my opinion is not for young children, there is a lot of death and violence in this film, and even I a 27 year-old man child got nightmares from the film.

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So if your a fan of the saga you’re really going to enjoy this film, and if your now a fan you will also enjoy the film because its an epic film!

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Star Trek Beyond trailer review

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Well, crap.

Star Trek Into Darkness was my favorite film of 2013. I saw it twice in theaters and even being a fan of the old Trek I walked out liking every bit of the film. I even liked the first film and thought they handled time travel quite well.

What made those films great were three things, JJ Abrams directing, the perfect cast, and the writing team of Kurtzman and Orci (because they were Trek fans). Sadly the new films is missing two of its key elements, and its so painfully obvious.

JJ went off to direct STAR WARS, which comes out Friday, Kurtzman just didn’t come back at all and Robert Orci back out of everything except for a producer role. He was the original director but later “exited” the film. So that’s when they got Justin Lin of the Fast and Furious franchise to come direct the 3rd film.

Lin does great if the Fast and Furious franchise, but Trek is a whole other ballpark. And from what I saw from this trailer, it doesn’t look good.

First off Simon Pegg was signed on as one of the writers on the film after the studio felt the first few scripts were too Star Trek. In Pegg’s own words, “had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y.”

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“I want you to make a Star Trek movie, but don’t make it anything like Star Trek at all and more like Guardians of the Galaxy.” That’s how I imagine the pitch went.

We start off by hearing music that does not even mesh with the Star Trek tone, the Beastie Boy. Once that song came on I was already out. It just does not work! Might as well thrown in ether Vin Diesel or The Rock in Star Trek. This looks like a hot mess.

The story looks stupid from the little we got, Idris Elba looks like the bad guy from Galaxy Quest. This is not a film for the fans and non fans like the others. This film is for the people who liked the Fast and Furious, and don’t get me wrong I like those movies but not in Trek.

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If the hardcore fans weren’t pissed off already by the last two films, they sure as hell will be now. So next summer I guess we’ll see how Star Trek 3: Boldly Drifting turns out.

Independence Day: Resurgence trailer review

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Thank the maker it didn’t get titled ID2: Forever Part 1…

Today dropped the first trailer for the sequel to the 1996 mega blockbuster Independence Day, and it was awesome!

We welcome back Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica Fox, and Brent Spiner. Now if your asking where Will Smith is at, well he’s busy with Suicide Squad so his character dies off screen some time ago.

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EXCLUSIVE – seen at the “Independence Day Resurgence” Global Production Event on Monday, June 22, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)

New to the cast we get Liam Hemsworth (not Thor the other Hemsworth), William Fichtner (not Shredder from Ninja Turtles), and Maika Monroe (not the actress who played the daughter in the first film).

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EXCLUSIVE – Cast of “Independence Day Resurgence” seen at the “Independence Day Resurgence” Global Production Event on Monday, June 22, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)

The plot is actually quite good for a sci-fic sequel.

After the events of the first movie, the government has used the alien technology to enhance their arm forces and weapons. Goldblum’s character who was known to be echo friendly and anti-government is not happy with the way the government as used the alien tech.

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Bill Pullman, who obviously is still scarred from when the captured alien got in his head, says he had dreamed about the aliens returning. Since his term as President he has grown a beard and now uses a cane to walk. From what I saw his now grown daughter is dating Hemsworth’s character and his buddy is Will Smith’s son.

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X-Men: Apocalypse needs to watch this trailer and learn what a good trailer looks like. ID 2 had CGI, and is going to be in 3D. However they didn’t catered to the 3D like X-Men did. This movie is going to be corny, but it still pulled me in. X-Men is not suppose to be  corny, but they trailer makes it look that way.

Along with Batman v Superman, Rogue One, Civil War, ID 2 is on my list of films I can’t wait to see in theaters!

The Ridiculous 6 spoiler review

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If you’ve read my review of Adam Sandler’s film Pixles, if not here a LINK to that blog. You know that I’m was not a fan of Pixles, I thought it was a great idea with a lot of potential but failed to make a good movie.

Adam Sandler is a hit or very very hard miss. Now I think everyone can say that Sandler’s earlier films Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer were funny. Then you get films like  The Waterboy, and Little Nicky (which is a guilty pleasure for me, but that does not mean its good).

That all being said I was still interested in seeing his new Netflix movie The Ridiculous 6. I’ll be honest, it was that bad. Its offensive as hell, if your Native American or Mexican this film will rub you the wrong way.

The story is not terrible, Sandler plays a white man who was raised by Native Americans after his mother was murdered. Now here’s where our first offensive stuff comes up. Some of the Natives have um…odd names. Like Smoking Fox, Beaver Breath and Screaming Eagle. Sandler’s character is like the Yohan of the west, they way he fights and jumps around reminded me of that character (another film I though was decent).

The plot revolves around Sandler’s character meeting his dad, played by Nick Nolte, who tells him that he’s hid money in the hill country. He’s then kidnapped by his former gang who want their cut of the money. Sandler, unable to find where his father hid the money decides to steal from the bad to raise the money to free his dad.

We then meet our next character Ramon, played by Rob Schneider the best fake ethnic actor since Fisher Stevens. Again here’s another place where people will probably get offended. Much like the previous foreign characters that Schneider has played, this one is a stereotype. Whether it be the big Sombero and Poncho, to the reference Donkey Shows and the very typical fake Mexican accent. We also get to meet his friend Donkey, who…now I want you to realized the following joke was written by someone. OK, the donkey at random times just has explosive diarrhea. Again, someone wrote that joke into the film…and used it more then once.

As they find out that they’re brothers, Schneider convinces Sandler to tag long while he robs the local bank. It during the robbery that they meet their younger brother Lil’ Pete, played by Taylor Lautner. This is the worst character in the whole film. He’s annoying from beginning to end.

After they rob the bank they head to one of their fathers old hideouts, and what do ya know they meet another brother played by Hurley from Lost. Now where Lautner was the worst character in the film, Jorge Garcia’s Gabby Hayes type character Herm is the best character in the film. Every scene he’s in made me laugh, and he never an audible word!

So Hurley joins his brothers to help save their father, they make their way to a gold mining town lead by Mr. White himself. The three brothers plan to steal a giant piece of gold at the local saloon. During the plan they bump into their last two brothers played by Luke Wilson and Terry Crews. They way Luke Wilson plays his character is like he knows he’s in a Sandler film so why try hard to act. Crews on the other hand is use to being in a Sandler film so he just goes right along and as fun with his character.

So the brothers get the money to save their dad. Their also a sub plot with Will Forte and Steve Zahn as outlaws hunting down Sandler for revenge for beating them up in the beginning of the film.

As the film comes to a close with the brothers giving the money to his fathers gang, Sandler killing the man who murdered his mother, and thr big reveal that Nolte’s character was in on the kidnapping. Which was not a bad twist. I guess Nolte’s plan was to meet his son, tell him about some money that was barred in the hills (which it never says if that was a lie, but I guessed it was). So if that was a lie to get his son to go and rob people to get the money to save him, what would he had done if Sandler just was like, “Oh well, back to my Native Family.” The whole plan is not thought out well.

Now I know In started off saying that the film was OK and that it was not terrible. I still think that, yes they’re elements that are cliche Sandler tropes, but its a free movie on Netflix. At least I didn’t pay for it!

The thousands of cameos alone make this film fun to watch, and each cameo actor does a funny job with their short scenes.

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So if you have Netflix and have binged watched all your shows, watch The Ridicules 6, its not as bad as Grown Ups 2 and Blended. I’d say its right up there with Seth McFarland’s A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Now if you want to see a really funny western spoof, go watch Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles! Now that’s a funny farce western!

 

 

X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer Review

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Out of all the super hero movies out there, the X-Men franchise is my favorite. I grew up watching the cartoon series and the SEGA games, and was a huge fan of the first two films when they came out. X2 is still my favorite movie out of the series.

So being a fan of cartoon series I was introduced to a lot of villains in that universe. My favorite one being Apocalypse! I even had an action figure of him in my room…still in the box. That being said, I’ve been wanting to see him in a film since X-Men: The Last Stand. Which when you take out the whole Magneto his Hitler, and “the Juggernaut Bitch”, could have been an interesting story about the Phoenix.

Also, despite X2 each other X-Men movie saw Magneto as the films core bad guy. With Humans bad guys included trying to kill, or round up mutants. Similar with how the Superman Franchise always had Lex Luthor as the core bad guys in the films, while ignoring villains like Brainiac.

So last year with the release of Days of Future Past we got an after credit scene that showed the first mutant himself, Ivan Ooze! I..I mean…Apocalypse!

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Now in that scene we see the first mutant standing above an Egyptian city, while slaves are building pyramids. Now we know that this has to be some time long ago because Apocalypse is quite young in this scene, and when we get to the next film in the 80’s he looks a lot older. Plus we get a glimpse at the four horsemen. Then BLACK!

Yesterday news went around that the first full trailer was dropping on Friday, and seeing that it’s the day I watched it online.

He’s what we know so far from just the trailer.

Professor X has reopened the school for the gifted, and by this point has recruited Jean Gray and possibly Scott Summers. Who’s brother Alex aka Havok is scene with Professor X when they discover that Apocalypse may be real. Now will they be brothers in the film? Who knows, they may just over look that part and never mention how their last names are the same.

Another thing we see is that from the last time we saw Apocalypse he lost his horsemen. How? Maybe they got older and died, or died in a battle, or who cares this is an X-Men movies and continuity does not exist in this franchise!

We find out that the new four horsemen are: Magneto, Storm, Psylocke and Angel. Also, Moria is great at giving exposition through dialogue! Tells us everything we need to know going into this.

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We also get to see quicksilver again, does he know who is daddy is? Beast is back, will they change the make-up again? Nightcrawler and Jubliee because…yeah.

Then probably the weird story line in the new trilogy is how Mystique is a good guy now…I mean a good guy again. Her story arc is so Topsy-Turvy, and will they explain what happened between the ending of the last film, where she disguised herself as Stryker and saved Wolverine (dumb, why not have the real Stryker do that?), to where it looks like she’s been gone for a while.

Then we get some REALLY BAD CGI effects, I mean SyFy movie channel production CGI. That or it looks like the effects were catered for 3D, like when a 3D movie has someone throws an object at the screen so when you go watch it it’s in 3D!!! lame.

Then to end it, they give some fan service by showing a quick scene of bald Professor X. OK then…

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To sum up this trailer I’ll say this, the 3rd film in a series is always the one to worry about. Return of the Jedi, Return of the King, Spiderman 3, Iron Man 3, and yes X-Men 3. Did I liked this trailer, eh it was OK. Honestly I think they could have done better. I’ll still go see it cause I’m a fan, but my hopes will be at a median level.

Unlike Star Wars: The Force Awakens which comes out next week, my hopes are high for that film! So if it sucks I have no one to blame but myself!

 

Ant-Man Movie Review

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Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd was the MARVEL movie everyone was worried about. Could the studio that made the unknown comic Guardians of the Galaxy  into one of the best MARVEL movies do the same with Ant-Man?

The answer is yes, Ant-Man is right there with the 1st Thor movie and Winter Solder. Its funny and full of action. What’s best about this movie is that it makes sense why the Avengers are not helping out to stop the villain.

Hank Pym must stop his former protege from creating a the shrinking process and put it in the hands of Hydra. When Scott Lang says that they should call the Avengers, Pym said that he tried to keep Stark’s father way from his invention, so he won’t just hand it over to his son. Makes sense, plus Pym wants to keep this on the down low.

We do get to see one of the new Avengers Falcon,  who Scott calls “The Pelican”. Falcon and Ant-Man get into a fight, Scott cracking jokes the majority of the fight.

The shrinking scenes with Ant-Man are like watching a 360 degrees camera.

Everyone in the film do a terrific job, Michael Pena is hilarious as Pym’s former prison buddy.

Michael Douglas is great as Hank Pym. What surprises me the most is how CGI has advanced. When we see young Michael Douglas in the 80’s it’s like the went back in time to get Gordon Gecko. If only TRON: LEGACY has the same CGI for young Jeff Bridges.

Corey Stoll from House of Cards plays such a diabolical bad guy. Bent on revenge against Pym. Although its sort of a sad story cause its the process of his shrinking formula that is making him crazy. Even though Stoll does not become The Yellow Jacket till the very end of the film, his fight scene with Pym is awesome!

Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd have a good chemistry on screen. Although her character does little in the film, all she does is train Scott to fight using his Ant-Man strength. I hope in the Sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp that her character is more fleshed out.

Co-written by Rudd and Adam McKay, and you can tell. The comedic timing of the film is spot on, and it works cause you have a cast that knows both comedy and drama.

Towards the end we get a quick line that sounds a lot like Spider-Man. Falcon is looking for Scott, to have him join the new Avengers.

And like every MARVEL movie we get an after-the-credit-scene  of Captain America: Civil War. Falcon has found Bucky and tell Steve that Tony can’t know, but that he knows a guy that could help.

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So that’s my review on MARVEL’s Ant-Man. It was nothing like what I thought it would be, I really every aspect of this film. There’s wasn’t ever a point where the film just lost me. If I had to rank my top favorite MCU movies here’s what they would be:

  1. Captain America: Winter Solder
  2. THOR
  3. ANT-MAN
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. Actually, I don’t have a #5 yet, maybe Civil War will make the list?

 

 

Batman v Superman Trailer Review

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The new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman film dropped yesterday. We got some incite to the film’s plot, and a few spoilers.

When the trailer opens up we see a press event taking place set up my LexCorp. Clark is there covering the event for the Daily Planet. Then Gotham’s must famous playboy millionaire Bruce Wayne shows up. We get a good look at Ben Affleck’s  Bruce. He’s older, and from the conversation with Clark about the diffrences between Superman and Batman, it looks as if Bruce knows that Clark is The Man of Steel.

We also get a reference to the Joker, you can tell when Affleck says, “Maybe its the Gotham City in me…” you can tell he’s been wanting to say that since childhood!

We then get to see Lex introduce the two hero’s in a very corny fashion. It’s like Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor but as a young man. Although the whole hand shaking line from Lex saying how firm Clark’s was is stupid.

It’s shown that Bruce and Lex have meet in the past, most likely is business passing.

We then get another look into the Batman dream sequence with Superman, cause that’s what it is.

What I thought was interesting is that we get are first bat swear in a movie, “That Son of a Bitch.” I’m sure he must have said “damn” at some point. But throwing at an SOB, this is a more angry, bitter, Batman we are getting.

Lex then says the title of the movie again as he has Lois captured. Which short of shows that he probably knows that Clark is Superman.

Then we get the whole movie RUINED when the studio and the editor of the trailer spoil the surprise plot. We see that Lex is using Zod’s body for some experiments, now we have seen these same things in the previous trailer. What we get to see now is the reveal of DOOMSDAY! Yep, the main villain of the movie and he’s most likely going to be on screen for maybe 20mins. Why show everyone this and not wait to surprise people at the theaters?

Also we get a funny joke between Batman and Superman about Wonder Woman. “She with you?” “I thought she was with you?” ADD LAUGH HERE!

All in all, I liked the trailer. It has its fair share of funny, serious, action, and comic book homage scenes. Will this by past Nolan’s Batman Series in the box office? We shall see, all I know for sure is that nothing is going to beat Star Wars until maybe Captain America: Civil War.