Major Movie Review:Godzilla (2014)

I have this mental list that I’m pretty proud of, it’s a list that I like to call the “HOLY TITS LIST”.What kind of list is that?It’s a list of movie scenes that blew my mind and made ME squeal in my seat, like a pig being speared in the ribs, because it was pure, awesome, movie magic. That happened while watching this movie and to my embarrasment, my girlfriend knows what that sounds like now. Damn.

In GODZILLA, we meet Joe Brody (BRYAN CRANSTON), a supervisor at a nuclear plant in Japan. An earthquake of sorts causes travesty at this plant and it triggers events that brings us to present day. Over the years Joe has become dedicated to find out what the hell really caused that seismic activity and ruined his life. Meanwhile, “natural disasters” have been happening all over the place and soon enough it’s obvious that some gaint, menacing monster could be walking around and that’s no good for humanity. Dr. Serizawa (KEN WATANABE) is the scientist also trying to find these things to study, then you have Ford Brody (AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON) as a soldier with skills in bomb handling and we follow his character a lot and MAN is it quite the ride! That’s the overall plot but belive me guys, the less you know going into this movie the better! 
First off, I wanna address the problems people had with this movie. People have been extremely unfair to GODZILLA, the big complaint was the lack of screen time the big guy had! Now, while I can see why loads of people would want more Zilla in their GODZILLA movie, I want anyone reading this to look back at another summer blockbuster that had a star movie beast, JAWS! The shark in JAWS rarely makes itself seen for a big majority of the movie, when you reach the ending though, you get enough teeth to please any Shark Week addict. Which brings me to the movie’s pacing, which I thought was handled VERY well! Where others saw a slow start, I saw solid character set up and development with it’s HUMAN charcaters. TAKE NOTES MICHAEL BAY! If you’ve seen JAWS or THE WALKING DEAD, than you’ve seen how subjects like giant sharks and freaking zombies can be used as icing on top of a delicious cake of good drama! #cakerefrences.

Plus, it’s not like you don’t get some pretty epic shit along the way. GARETH EDWARDS takes some credit there because he directed this movie exceptionally well. I’m probably one of the few people that can see this movie as a horror film at times, there are shots in this movie that gave the monsters and the movie itself immense scale; this is a movie event guys! The scene that took place inside a train as it was headed toward a creature was pretty intense. As was the final fight of this movie. That is where my voice kicked it up to the MARIAH CAREY notes because sweet Jesus, Godzilla puts on a show like no other!

The acting all around is great thanks to it’s strong cast. I think we all gave this movie instant props for having BRYAN CRANSTON shouting to people on the big screen, he was amazing in his role even though his character wasn’t on screen for as long as I’d like. ELIZABETH OLSEN was really good as well, I just saw her on OLDBOY and the girl’s got chops, she can play the emotions well. At one point she’s struck with confusion and fear and the next she’s a mom trying to keep her kid and husband safe. AARON T-J was no Kick-Ass in this role, by that I mean his character isn’t as likeable, but I thought he actually did pretty good. I can see him leading more action flicks down the road. KEN WATANABE is always a great screen presence and has some memorable lines and even DAVID STRATHAIRN from the BOURNE movies has a pretty good spot. I love that these big blockbuster flicks now can pull in more respected names like CRANSTON, WATANABE,and STRATHAIRN. It brings the movie some legit acting credit like WINTER SOLDIER getting ROBERT REDFORD.

The budget for this movie was spent well, some of the best special effects all year! GODZILLA has NEVER looked this badass and brooding. Of course it’s hard not to compare this to PACIFIC RIM and it’s action scenes. Here it’s not as in your face or colorful, there’s a much darker tone to everything in GODZILLA. However, the gritty realism you get fits so well and is something I think we all been wanting from Zilla. Speaking of comparisons, JURASSIC PARK is definitely shown some love, specifically the first scene. The musical score is perfect! ALEXANDRE DESPLAT kinda throws in some classic monster movie pieces in there with haunting and gloomy tones that compliment this version. Plus, Zilla’s roar…..GOOSEBUMPS!

There’s only a few movies a year that I’d say hit me like a religious experience, last year GRAVITY was the movie that completely sucked me out of reality and literally put me in the moment. This year, GODZILLA has joined GUARDIANS and APES as a hell of movie experience! There are some areas that felt very blue ballsy, almost like it’s purposefully setting up a franchise but if you didn’t like it before I IMPLORE that you rewatch it, it’s a very well made, at times terrifying movie that was also VERY cool in 3D! I give GODZILLA (2014) a “GOTTA F*CKING WATCH IT!”

Please check out my full review on my Tumblr and let me know what you think, link to that in my InstaBio.

What about you guys? Have you seen the newest GODZILLA? Were you blown away or did you leave disappointed? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Movie Review:Godzilla (2014)

I have this mental list that I’m pretty proud of, it’s a list that I like to call the “HOLY TITS LIST”.What kind of list is that?It’s a list of movie scenes that blew my mind and made ME squeal in my seat, like a pig being speared in the ribs, because it was pure, awesome, movie magic. That happened while watching this movie and to my embarrasment, my girlfriend knows what that sounds like now. Damn.

In GODZILLA, we meet Joe Brody (BRYAN CRANSTON), a supervisor at a nuclear plant in Japan. An earthquake of sorts causes travesty at this plant and it triggers events that brings us to present day. Over the years Joe has become dedicated to find out what the hell really caused that seismic activity and ruined his life. Meanwhile, “natural disasters” have been happening all over the place and soon enough it’s obvious that some gaint, menacing monster could be walking around and that’s no good for humanity. Dr. Serizawa (KEN WATANABE) is the scientist also trying to find these things to study, then you have Ford Brody (AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON) as a soldier with skills in bomb handling and we follow his character a lot and MAN is it quite the ride! That’s the overall plot but belive me guys, the less you know going into this movie the better!
First off, I wanna address the problems people had with this movie. People have been extremely unfair to GODZILLA, the big complaint was the lack of screen time the big guy had! Now, while I can see why loads of people would want more Zilla in their GODZILLA movie, I want anyone reading this to look back at another summer blockbuster that had a star movie beast, JAWS! The shark in JAWS rarely makes itself seen for a big majority of the movie, when you reach the ending though, you get enough teeth to please any Shark Week addict. Which brings me to the movie’s pacing, which I thought was handled VERY well! Where others saw a slow start, I saw solid character set up and development with it’s HUMAN charcaters. TAKE NOTES MICHAEL BAY! If you’ve seen JAWS or THE WALKING DEAD, than you’ve seen how subjects like giant sharks and freaking zombies can be used as icing on top of a delicious cake of good drama! #cakerefrences.

Plus, it’s not like you don’t get some pretty epic shit along the way. GARETH EDWARDS takes some credit there because he directed this movie exceptionally well. I’m probably one of the few people that can see this movie as a horror film at times, there are shots in this movie that gave the monsters and the movie itself immense scale; this is a movie event guys! The scene that took place inside a train as it was headed toward a creature was pretty intense. As was the final fight of this movie. That is where my voice kicked it up to the MARIAH CAREY notes because sweet Jesus, Godzilla puts on a show like no other!

The acting all around is great thanks to it’s strong cast. I think we all gave this movie instant props for having BRYAN CRANSTON shouting to people on the big screen, he was amazing in his role even though his character wasn’t on screen for as long as I’d like. ELIZABETH OLSEN was really good as well, I just saw her on OLDBOY and the girl’s got chops, she can play the emotions well. At one point she’s struck with confusion and fear and the next she’s a mom trying to keep her kid and husband safe. AARON T-J was no Kick-Ass in this role, by that I mean his character isn’t as likeable, but I thought he actually did pretty good. I can see him leading more action flicks down the road. KEN WATANABE is always a great screen presence and has some memorable lines and even DAVID STRATHAIRN from the BOURNE movies has a pretty good spot. I love that these big blockbuster flicks now can pull in more respected names like CRANSTON, WATANABE,and STRATHAIRN. It brings the movie some legit acting credit like WINTER SOLDIER getting ROBERT REDFORD.

The budget for this movie was spent well, some of the best special effects all year! GODZILLA has NEVER looked this badass and brooding. Of course it’s hard not to compare this to PACIFIC RIM and it’s action scenes. Here it’s not as in your face or colorful, there’s a much darker tone to everything in GODZILLA. However, the gritty realism you get fits so well and is something I think we all been wanting from Zilla. Speaking of comparisons, JURASSIC PARK is definitely shown some love, specifically the first scene. The musical score is perfect! ALEXANDRE DESPLAT kinda throws in some classic monster movie pieces in there with haunting and gloomy tones that compliment this version. Plus, Zilla’s roar…..GOOSEBUMPS!

There’s only a few movies a year that I’d say hit me like a religious experience, last year GRAVITY was the movie that completely sucked me out of reality and literally put me in the moment. This year, GODZILLA has joined GUARDIANS and APES as a hell of movie experience! There are some areas that felt very blue ballsy, almost like it’s purposefully setting up a franchise but if you didn’t like it before I IMPLORE that you rewatch it, it’s a very well made, at times terrifying movie that was also VERY cool in 3D! I give GODZILLA (2014) a “GOTTA F*CKING WATCH IT!”

Please check out my full review on my Tumblr and let me know what you think, link to that in my InstaBio.

What about you guys? Have you seen the newest GODZILLA? Were you blown away or did you leave disappointed? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

NEW SEGMENT to the Major Cinephile page, and it’s one that I really want to keep strong. It’s called STARTING FIVE where I give you my Top 5 of a random category that can cover anything from movies, games, TV, we might even go into off topic lists like music, food, weird stuff YOU CALL IT! For ny first list, in honor of GODZILLA releasing on Blu-ray 3D today, I wanted to theme this list as my 5 FAVE GIANT MOVIE MONSTERS. I’ll name off my choices in ascending order and give a quick description of why I chose what I chose. HERE WE GO!

5. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (GHOSTBUSTERS)- So to start this scary list we have the cutest looking of the bunch, Mr. Stay Puft. I love everything about the original GHOSTBUSTERS movie. It’s a classic comedy that holds many classic and unforgettable scenes, a big one being the climax with the big white demon himself! He gives the group and the city of New York quite a scare but its the giant, frothy mess that’s left behind once the Busters zap him back to hell that always stayed in my memory and made this one movie monster that would actually be pretty awesome to see…that’s just me talking though.

4. The Kraken (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2)- The sequel to the original Pirates flick was and still is one of the biggest movies of all time! With good reason too as it was packed with action, adventure, and the most feared creature in the salty seas, The Kraken! Davey Jones used this beast like an attack dog from Black Ops II, sending to completely erase any opposing ship and its doomed crew from the sea with it’s numerous, giant tentacles. Hell even Captain Jack Sparrow himself fell to the monster, that’s definitely something I’d put on my monster resume.

3. The Cloverfield Monster (CLOVERFIELD)- I remeber when I first watched the teaser for Cloverfield. My young mind ran wild with what the hell could’ve possibly decapitated the statue of liberty and chuck her head across the city. Well MATT REEVES gave me my answer slowly but surely in what is one of the best found footage movies ever, CLOVERFIELD! The destruction and action is aplenty but you only get glimpses and peeks at the giant beast. And what a beast it is! It’s long and terrifying, it can swim, and even unleashes mini monsters to cause havoc on the alleys and subways below. This is one catastrophic monster and CLOVERFIELD is one awesome and underrated sci-fi flick!

2. Godzilla (GOJIRA)- I know, I know, the big lizard is probably the most popular giant movie monster out there and I’ll explain in a bit! Godzilla has brought destructive goodness to movie goers for over half a century, not all the movies were good but he has had quite the impact on pop culture! Everybody knows and fears this oversized iguana and I can’t wait to have my review up for the new GARETH EDWARDS directed blockbuster to reacquaint myself with Zilla. The name has become a suffix for crying out loud, if you add -Zilla to the end of anything it’ll pretty much fit.

1. The Kaiju (PACIFIC RIM)- Sure, without Godzilla we probably wouldn’t have the inspiration for the monsters in GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S underappreciated film. The Kaiju are more alien than lizard, but you can tell the designs on the beasts draw heavy influence from Zilla and maybe some of Zilla’s former movie enemies like Rodan. But look what they got going, they have neon colored blood, they become larger and more ruthless as the fight goes on, and they even strategize when there’s two of them around! Team based monster assaults is where humanity loses! Plus take in that their main foes are the equally large and deadly Jaeger suits that are piloted by a couple of trained humans and you got a seemingly unstoppable disaster on legs…and sometimes wings.

Please check out my STARTING 5 on my Tumblr, I go more in depth on my choices and let me know what you all think of my list ☺

There are my STARTING 5 GIANT MOVIE MONSTERS, know that my list is based off of movies that I myself have seen so if you see a choice that’s missing that you would’ve picked it may be because I have yet to see anything with them in it. I hope you enjoyed this list and my future installments in my STARTING FIVE series. What are your guys’ favorite giant monsters on film? What STARTING FIVES should I do in the future? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Game Review: Destiny (PS4) 

What do you get when you mix the makers of the HALO series with the guys responsible for making CALL OF DUTY the cash printing blockbuster it is today? You get DESTINY, a frankenstein’s monster of the gaming world literally. It’s a mouthfull describing just what genre of game this is, but is it any good?

DESTINY takes place in the very distant and post apocalyptic future which sees Earth and it’s human population in quite the pickle. With the help of a mysterious planet like rock called The Traveler, mankind survives an event called the Collapse, which saw the destruction of human space-colonies across the galaxy and near human extinction! Well that strange new moon gives Earth’s protectors, the Guardians, special abilities called the Light and with that power they keep Earth and it’s regrowing population safe from hostile alien invaders that are looking for space domination.

That all sounds super epic! The story for this game is set up to look like it could rival MASS EFFECT, STAR WARS and other big sci-fi names in quality story telling and lore. The many trailers that lead up to this game also teased our gamer hopes for a immersive and unforgetable story, sadly that’s where I had a big flaw with this game. When playing through the actual main story, I just couldn’t wait for each cut scene to end! I always tell my friends that when a game’s cutscenes are used as my bathroom break it always hurts the enjoyment for me. Yeah I’m on of THOSE gamers πŸ˜›. 

Let’s take other factors into consideration though, the gameplay and the missions where it’s put to use. If you’ve played any HALO game before than you’ll probably feel right at home with how this game plays and how controls feel. That’s more good than bad for me. As we all know, the HALO games always were fun roller coaster rides that had you blast wave after wave of enemies as you try to get from point A to point B, in fact that can be said for CoD. On DESTINY you get your countless, bullet inhaling enemies but the level design for these planets that these missions take you to are ALMOST the reason this game wins big time. I’m not sure the number, but apparantly the budget for this game rivaled even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters and you can see it here! The FPS elements are very, very good. Each gun and weapon feels awesome to shoot; Fusion Rifles anyone? Cover is everywhere on the shooting grounds and can range from things like a mountain side to an empty gas barrell left behind on the moon. Like I said, the attention to detail on these environments keep blowing my mind, while the narrative of the game’s story is weak the ATMOSPHERE is strong! Each world like the moon or Venus have beautifully designed lands littered with architechture and landscaping that almost tell stories themselves. You know from the opening scene that alot of history has happened on these worlds and the level design shows that so beautifully.

Even RPG and MMO fans have stuff that could strike interest for them. The leveling system for your Guardian is pretty cool. It’s no ELDER SCROLLS mind you, but leveling up here is always awesome and not only can you upgrade and switch weapons and abilities but your armor and ship can also be changed to your liking. I do wish the leveling system was just a little deeper like you would get in SKYRIM or even MASS EFFECT, it’s not bad by any means I just wish that with a game this expansive we could get more options and abilities to have. 

When I think about the games graphics I can’t complain at all, this game looks stunning on my flat screen! Character models are great and the armor and weapons all look extremely detailed. Let me talk again about the levels and worlds your character can run around in! The cut scenes, while boring, at least look nice but it’s the real time, in game things that had my jaw drop. Seeing a ship fly in from the distance is something to behold. They spared no expense at all at making the game look and sound great. Speaking of audible experiences, the music in this game is great! My weird self would sometimes just orbit around Earth not selecting destinations just to hear the beautful score that plays during orbit. When action picks up so does the music which at times can sound like they just picked off certain tracks of a LORD OF THE RINGS flick.

PETER DINKLAGE provides his voice talents for, Ghost. Ghost is a little robotic AI that floats around with you on your travels and assists you on certain (actually most)missions. I hear a lot of complaints about how his performance left a lot to be desired and I understand. His voice acting here is no ROBIN WILLIAMS as Genie but I really wasn’t bothered too much by it actually, I thought it was awesome just to hear Tyrion freakin Lannister accompany me through moon shoot outs! 

How about the cherry on top of this big ass sundae, the online multiplayer?! As you all may have heard, DESTINY is a online persistent game which means regardless if you’re playing story mode or competitive, you can and most likely will be playing with players from around the world. It’s awesomely fun at times, especially with friends. Nothing satisfied me more than taking down this 20 foot alien monster with my friends Daniel and Jesus after a 20 minute grueling battle. For those lone wolves out there, you might take these random player pop ins as annoying but for the most part it’s really engaging. Competitive multiplayer is cool as you can bring over your weapons and armor from story to destroy fools and again the map designs are all gorgeous. I might even bite on future DLC.

This is the first big game us PS4 owners have had since WATCH_DOGS, and we were hyped and hungry for an awesome, next-gen experience. DESTINY for the most part fufills on every point. Gorgeous graphics, tight and great controls are fun and can sometimes mask the weak story. This gets me excited for the future fellow gamers! I’m still having a blast with DESTINY and I think you all should too, this is MIDNIGHT RELEASER for sure!

Like with my movie reviews, I’m gonna use a similar rating system as I did with my September Game Preview. “MIDNIGHT RELEASER” “FOR A GOOD PRICE” “IT’S PLAYABLE” “EH, TRADE IT TO GAMESTOP” “DON’T EVEN BOTHER” are the ratings and in that order. Let me know what you guys think!

Please check out my full review for DESTINY on my Tumblr, link to that is in my InstaBio and let me know what you think. Have you guys played DESTINY? What do you think? What’s your favorite genre mixing game? Drop a comment and LET’S PLAY VIDEOGAMES!

Major Game Review: Destiny (PS4)

What do you get when you mix the makers of the HALO series with the guys responsible for making CALL OF DUTY the cash printing blockbuster it is today? You get DESTINY, a frankenstein’s monster of the gaming world literally. It’s a mouthfull describing just what genre of game this is, but is it any good?

DESTINY takes place in the very distant and post apocalyptic future which sees Earth and it’s human population in quite the pickle. With the help of a mysterious planet like rock called The Traveler, mankind survives an event called the Collapse, which saw the destruction of human space-colonies across the galaxy and near human extinction! Well that strange new moon gives Earth’s protectors, the Guardians, special abilities called the Light and with that power they keep Earth and it’s regrowing population safe from hostile alien invaders that are looking for space domination.

That all sounds super epic! The story for this game is set up to look like it could rival MASS EFFECT, STAR WARS and other big sci-fi names in quality story telling and lore. The many trailers that lead up to this game also teased our gamer hopes for a immersive and unforgetable story, sadly that’s where I had a big flaw with this game. When playing through the actual main story, I just couldn’t wait for each cut scene to end! I always tell my friends that when a game’s cutscenes are used as my bathroom break it always hurts the enjoyment for me. Yeah I’m on of THOSE gamers πŸ˜›.

Let’s take other factors into consideration though, the gameplay and the missions where it’s put to use. If you’ve played any HALO game before than you’ll probably feel right at home with how this game plays and how controls feel. That’s more good than bad for me. As we all know, the HALO games always were fun roller coaster rides that had you blast wave after wave of enemies as you try to get from point A to point B, in fact that can be said for CoD. On DESTINY you get your countless, bullet inhaling enemies but the level design for these planets that these missions take you to are ALMOST the reason this game wins big time. I’m not sure the number, but apparantly the budget for this game rivaled even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters and you can see it here! The FPS elements are very, very good. Each gun and weapon feels awesome to shoot; Fusion Rifles anyone? Cover is everywhere on the shooting grounds and can range from things like a mountain side to an empty gas barrell left behind on the moon. Like I said, the attention to detail on these environments keep blowing my mind, while the narrative of the game’s story is weak the ATMOSPHERE is strong! Each world like the moon or Venus have beautifully designed lands littered with architechture and landscaping that almost tell stories themselves. You know from the opening scene that alot of history has happened on these worlds and the level design shows that so beautifully.

Even RPG and MMO fans have stuff that could strike interest for them. The leveling system for your Guardian is pretty cool. It’s no ELDER SCROLLS mind you, but leveling up here is always awesome and not only can you upgrade and switch weapons and abilities but your armor and ship can also be changed to your liking. I do wish the leveling system was just a little deeper like you would get in SKYRIM or even MASS EFFECT, it’s not bad by any means I just wish that with a game this expansive we could get more options and abilities to have.

When I think about the games graphics I can’t complain at all, this game looks stunning on my flat screen! Character models are great and the armor and weapons all look extremely detailed. Let me talk again about the levels and worlds your character can run around in! The cut scenes, while boring, at least look nice but it’s the real time, in game things that had my jaw drop. Seeing a ship fly in from the distance is something to behold. They spared no expense at all at making the game look and sound great. Speaking of audible experiences, the music in this game is great! My weird self would sometimes just orbit around Earth not selecting destinations just to hear the beautful score that plays during orbit. When action picks up so does the music which at times can sound like they just picked off certain tracks of a LORD OF THE RINGS flick.

PETER DINKLAGE provides his voice talents for, Ghost. Ghost is a little robotic AI that floats around with you on your travels and assists you on certain (actually most)missions. I hear a lot of complaints about how his performance left a lot to be desired and I understand. His voice acting here is no ROBIN WILLIAMS as Genie but I really wasn’t bothered too much by it actually, I thought it was awesome just to hear Tyrion freakin Lannister accompany me through moon shoot outs!

How about the cherry on top of this big ass sundae, the online multiplayer?! As you all may have heard, DESTINY is a online persistent game which means regardless if you’re playing story mode or competitive, you can and most likely will be playing with players from around the world. It’s awesomely fun at times, especially with friends. Nothing satisfied me more than taking down this 20 foot alien monster with my friends Daniel and Jesus after a 20 minute grueling battle. For those lone wolves out there, you might take these random player pop ins as annoying but for the most part it’s really engaging. Competitive multiplayer is cool as you can bring over your weapons and armor from story to destroy fools and again the map designs are all gorgeous. I might even bite on future DLC.

This is the first big game us PS4 owners have had since WATCH_DOGS, and we were hyped and hungry for an awesome, next-gen experience. DESTINY for the most part fufills on every point. Gorgeous graphics, tight and great controls are fun and can sometimes mask the weak story. This gets me excited for the future fellow gamers! I’m still having a blast with DESTINY and I think you all should too, this is MIDNIGHT RELEASER for sure!

Like with my movie reviews, I’m gonna use a similar rating system as I did with my September Game Preview. “MIDNIGHT RELEASER” “FOR A GOOD PRICE” “IT’S PLAYABLE” “EH, TRADE IT TO GAMESTOP” “DON’T EVEN BOTHER” are the ratings and in that order. Let me know what you guys think!

Please check out my full review for DESTINY on my Tumblr, link to that is in my InstaBio and let me know what you think. Have you guys played DESTINY? What do you think? What’s your favorite genre mixing game? Drop a comment and LET’S PLAY VIDEOGAMES!

Major Movie Review: OLDBOY (2013)

For anyone that has seen the original South Korean film Oldboy and if you know what kinds of movies I dig and love to delve into,than you know that I’m into some twisted, violent, sometimes completely blasphemous shit.With that I wanna add the 2003 version of Oldboy is one of my favorite foreign films of all time; it’s kick-ass, disturbing, and had great direction but I can go on! Let’s save that for a future review. Now, the question here is not why I was let go (πŸ˜ƒeh?) but how did I like this 2013 American remake directed by the great Spike Lee? Well… JOSH BROLIN’S in it.

Joe Doucett (BROLIN) is a struggling adertising exec. with quite the drinking problem, he gets drunk in public, is extremely inappropriate and unproffesional with his clients, and seems to be neglectful of his 3 year old daughter, who’s in the care of Joe’s ex-wife. During a rough night of drinking, Joe comes across a mysterious woman with a. yellow umbrella, blacks out, and wakes up in a sealed off hotel room with no recollection of how he got there and who exactly is responsible. He spends the next 20 years in his mysterious prison, witnessing world events and his framed murdering of his wife until on the day of his planned escape he wakes up out in the world and sets out for revenge on who ruined his life.

I regret to say that I haven’t seen too many of SPIKE LEE’S movies, DO THE RIGHT THING and MALCOLM X are some titles that I need to check out. I do know that he brings his own vision and style to whatever project he’s on. INSIDE MAN was an awesome movie of LEE’S that used unique camera techniques and shots to tell it’s story. For a majority of this movie, to me, it felt like the direction took cruise control. Nothing really impressed me, there wasn’t that one moment that would help me distinct this remake from the cult classic original. 

It’s not all bad though! When the movie looks good, it looks GOOD. The famous, one take, “Hammer Time” scene as I like to call it, was actually pulled of pretty good. The prison room scenes were also pulled off pretty well but in my opinion that’s more of a credit to BROLIN’S performance than anything. More on him in a bit. What I mean by that is, when you compare how first act of this movie was directed and written to how it was handled in the original, you get a sense the decrease in quality. CHOI MIN-SIK’S narration in the original fit so well with the time passing. I know I’m comparing the two too much but you know I kinda have to.

JOSH BROLIN is this movie’s MIN-SIK, and I thought he had a really good performance in the lead and was probably my favorite thing in this movie other than SAM JACKSON’S lip piercing. He has his gruff and troubled acting chops on full power here, and when you get to the film’s notable ending he just tops it off. ELIZABETH OLSEN continues to impress me with her performances, here she’s no exception. Her character was smart, layered, and you she’s not bad to look at honestly. SHARLTO COPLEY who I normally really like is a miss for me, without spoiling anything, his character didn’t feel as effective here as the similar character in the original did.

Remakes will forever be a bitter sweet experience for movie goers, splitting reactions for generations to come. It seems no matter what the movie, Hollywood will find a way to remake it. This version of OLDBOY to me just falls under the list of remakes that didn’t need to be and is just alright. You get some good lead performances and some cool moments but the gritty, effective story telling of the original just can’t be touched by this SPIKE LEE joint. I give OLDBOY (2013) a “MEH, IT’S WHATEVS!”

Please, check out my full review for OLDBOY (2013) on my Tumblr, link to that is in my InstaBio. Let me know what you guys think. 

I wanna start a new, more organized rating system similar to how I rated movies in my September movie preview. Ratings will go as ordered: “WATCH THIS MOVIE!” “CHECK IT OUT” “MEH, WHATEVS” “SKIP IT” and “KILL IT WITH FIRE!”. I’m hoping you all take nicely to the change. Let me know what you guys think! How about this movie? Have you seen it or the original? What’s your favorite remake of a foreign movie? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Movie Review: OLDBOY (2013)

For anyone that has seen the original South Korean film Oldboy and if you know what kinds of movies I dig and love to delve into,than you know that I’m into some twisted, violent, sometimes completely blasphemous shit.With that I wanna add the 2003 version of Oldboy is one of my favorite foreign films of all time; it’s kick-ass, disturbing, and had great direction but I can go on! Let’s save that for a future review. Now, the question here is not why I was let go (πŸ˜ƒeh?) but how did I like this 2013 American remake directed by the great Spike Lee? Well… JOSH BROLIN’S in it.

Joe Doucett (BROLIN) is a struggling adertising exec. with quite the drinking problem, he gets drunk in public, is extremely inappropriate and unproffesional with his clients, and seems to be neglectful of his 3 year old daughter, who’s in the care of Joe’s ex-wife. During a rough night of drinking, Joe comes across a mysterious woman with a. yellow umbrella, blacks out, and wakes up in a sealed off hotel room with no recollection of how he got there and who exactly is responsible. He spends the next 20 years in his mysterious prison, witnessing world events and his framed murdering of his wife until on the day of his planned escape he wakes up out in the world and sets out for revenge on who ruined his life.

I regret to say that I haven’t seen too many of SPIKE LEE’S movies, DO THE RIGHT THING and MALCOLM X are some titles that I need to check out. I do know that he brings his own vision and style to whatever project he’s on. INSIDE MAN was an awesome movie of LEE’S that used unique camera techniques and shots to tell it’s story. For a majority of this movie, to me, it felt like the direction took cruise control. Nothing really impressed me, there wasn’t that one moment that would help me distinct this remake from the cult classic original.

It’s not all bad though! When the movie looks good, it looks GOOD. The famous, one take, “Hammer Time” scene as I like to call it, was actually pulled of pretty good. The prison room scenes were also pulled off pretty well but in my opinion that’s more of a credit to BROLIN’S performance than anything. More on him in a bit. What I mean by that is, when you compare how first act of this movie was directed and written to how it was handled in the original, you get a sense the decrease in quality. CHOI MIN-SIK’S narration in the original fit so well with the time passing. I know I’m comparing the two too much but you know I kinda have to.

JOSH BROLIN is this movie’s MIN-SIK, and I thought he had a really good performance in the lead and was probably my favorite thing in this movie other than SAM JACKSON’S lip piercing. He has his gruff and troubled acting chops on full power here, and when you get to the film’s notable ending he just tops it off. ELIZABETH OLSEN continues to impress me with her performances, here she’s no exception. Her character was smart, layered, and you she’s not bad to look at honestly. SHARLTO COPLEY who I normally really like is a miss for me, without spoiling anything, his character didn’t feel as effective here as the similar character in the original did.

Remakes will forever be a bitter sweet experience for movie goers, splitting reactions for generations to come. It seems no matter what the movie, Hollywood will find a way to remake it. This version of OLDBOY to me just falls under the list of remakes that didn’t need to be and is just alright. You get some good lead performances and some cool moments but the gritty, effective story telling of the original just can’t be touched by this SPIKE LEE joint. I give OLDBOY (2013) a “MEH, IT’S WHATEVS!”

Please, check out my full review for OLDBOY (2013) on my Tumblr, link to that is in my InstaBio. Let me know what you guys think.

I wanna start a new, more organized rating system similar to how I rated movies in my September movie preview. Ratings will go as ordered: “WATCH THIS MOVIE!” “CHECK IT OUT” “MEH, WHATEVS” “SKIP IT” and “KILL IT WITH FIRE!”. I’m hoping you all take nicely to the change. Let me know what you guys think! How about this movie? Have you seen it or the original? What’s your favorite remake of a foreign movie? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

So the rest of the year is looking like it’s gonna be crazy for my collecting habits.All the big summer blockbusters are coming to Blu-ray and with the holiday seasons just on the horizon, you should all expect a lot more video games in these hauls. Tis exciting times 😊 

#902.CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE WINTER SOLDIER-An awesome sequel for the Cap.Marvel took the campy Captain America from the first flick and turned him into a battle hardened bad ass thrown into political espionage and one of the coolest and sleekest super hero movies to date.Can’t wait for part 3.

DESTINY(PS4)-The biggest game release of the year (so far) and a highly anticipated one at that. I’ll have a review up by Monday, but for now I’ll say it’s pretty awesome.

#CaptainAmericaWinterSoldier #Destiny #videogames #videogamecollection #gamer #gaming #PS4 #movies #film #cinema #cinephile #moviebuff #filmbuff #movienerd #filmnerd #movielover #filmlover #recenthaul #newmovies #newgames #addmeonPSN #mycollection

So the rest of the year is looking like it’s gonna be crazy for my collecting habits.All the big summer blockbusters are coming to Blu-ray and with the holiday seasons just on the horizon, you should all expect a lot more video games in these hauls. Tis exciting times 😊

#902.CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE WINTER SOLDIER-An awesome sequel for the Cap.Marvel took the campy Captain America from the first flick and turned him into a battle hardened bad ass thrown into political espionage and one of the coolest and sleekest super hero movies to date.Can’t wait for part 3.

DESTINY(PS4)-The biggest game release of the year (so far) and a highly anticipated one at that. I’ll have a review up by Monday, but for now I’ll say it’s pretty awesome.

#CaptainAmericaWinterSoldier #Destiny #videogames #videogamecollection #gamer #gaming #PS4 #movies #film #cinema #cinephile #moviebuff #filmbuff #movienerd #filmnerd #movielover #filmlover #recenthaul #newmovies #newgames #addmeonPSN #mycollection

For a lot of people my age, I think we remember 9-11-01 as one of immense confusion.I remember waking up late on a school day thinking “oh crap mom’s gonna kill me” only to come out to the living room and seeing my parents both staring at our TV with faces of shock and fear that I’ve never seen from them before.I looked at the TV and saw two buildings on fire,smoke everywhere,people in the streets crying and screaming and running.Did I or anybody that day know what was going on?For a 9 year old boy it was a day that reality and evil showed it’s face and forever became a traumatizing memory.Seeing people falling from buildings,families torn apart,and a world at war are things that I never want my son to experience.I’m not the most patriotic person but I do love my home here in America and my thoughts are with our entire country as we try to move ahead to a better and hopefully more peaceful future. βœŒπŸ’™πŸ™

#911 #September11 #NeverForget #spreadthepeace

For a lot of people my age, I think we remember 9-11-01 as one of immense confusion.I remember waking up late on a school day thinking “oh crap mom’s gonna kill me” only to come out to the living room and seeing my parents both staring at our TV with faces of shock and fear that I’ve never seen from them before.I looked at the TV and saw two buildings on fire,smoke everywhere,people in the streets crying and screaming and running.Did I or anybody that day know what was going on?For a 9 year old boy it was a day that reality and evil showed it’s face and forever became a traumatizing memory.Seeing people falling from buildings,families torn apart,and a world at war are things that I never want my son to experience.I’m not the most patriotic person but I do love my home here in America and my thoughts are with our entire country as we try to move ahead to a better and hopefully more peaceful future. βœŒπŸ’™πŸ™

#911 #September11 #NeverForget #spreadthepeace

I first discovered this movie while scrolling on my Instagram.I follow James Franco and he would heavily promote this new,indie flick directed by GIA COPPOLA and starring EMMA ROBERTS.The big hook,or at least the only thing I heard people say about this movie was that it involved a story about a teacher getting intimately involved with a high school student.I shrugged thinkin “Meh whatevs,just another indy teen flick that revolves around some kind of touchy issue”.PALO ALTO is actually a stand out and pretty real coming-of-age movie.
There are three main characters in this movie; Teddy,Fred,and April.Teddy(JACK KILMER) is a teenage stoner who spends his days with his promiscuous friend Fred(NAT WOLFF) partying hard and hooking up with girls.You know…high school.April is on the soccer team and has a lot going on in her head and in her personal life,most notably a too close for comfort relationship with her soccer coach(JAMES FRANCO).We see these kids go through many highs(literallyπŸ˜ƒ) and lows and deal with the always rocky transition into adulthood.
Now this is probably one of the most difficult films for me to review in a while.The Coppolas are known for having their own style of film making.GIA COPPOLA definitely brings a unique style to her film and for me it was a lot of hit and miss.Traditional story telling is absent for the most part.There isn’t really a storyline or a straight forward plot,more like a peek into the character’s lives.This is a plus for me,the movie feels almost like a documentary at times and what I mean by that is everything felt natural,real and in the moment,the latter being a theme of the movie.However,there were a lot of scenes that felt like a bunch of filler and pretty unnecesaary,there’s a scene with JACK KILMER’S character and another character’s dad that felt pointless and just weird.That may be just how the story is supposed to be told but to me it just came off as random and there are a few scenes like that through out this movie.
The cast is the real high point of this movie,especially the younger members.EMMA ROBERTS was always a pretty good actress,check her out in THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.Here she doesn’t even come off as an actress playing a role,you see her character.She goes through so many emotions and tribulations and Ms.ROBERTS never misses a beat.JACK KILMER also has a suprisingly good performance as well!Also like ROBERTS,he feels so natural in his role as a young man who goes through some bumps like getting arrested for a hit and run and trying to better himself.My favorite performance has got to go to NAT WOLFF though!Now many of you might be saying “he was such a douchey and unlikable character!” and that’s why I really enjoyed this performance!His character was the most entertaining to watch in the whole movie and stole many scenes,so you gotta give credit to NAT and his acting chops.By the ending his story arch also had me the most intrigued and still has me thinking about it.FRANCO also is pretty good as the somewhat creepo,soccer coach and does what he can with his suprisingly limited screen time.
The way the movie is edited may turn a lot of people away.There alot of random transitions from scene to scene,one minute two characters are smoking a joint at a house and the next theyre getting ready to cut down a tree with a chainsaw.Maybe it was purposfully done to match the “in the moment” tone but it did throw me off quite a bit.It’s not sloppy editing though,in fact at times the movie can flow quite beautifully.The soundtrack is also pretty cool, as is the filtering of many of the shots.
This is one of those movies that had me thinking by the end and even after.It had me reflect back on my high school days and remember just how troubling and stressing it can be for a young person,boy or girl.The ending may leave alot to be desired but I thought it saved the movie for me because the entire first 2 acts had me completely lost on where this movie was gonna go.If you’re a fan of smaller films and can take a more obscurely told story then I’D SAY IT’S WORTH A WATCH.It’s got a great young cast and is directed pretty good for the most part. 6/10

PLEASE,check out my full review for PALO ALTO on my Tumblr,link to that is in my InstaBio, and let me know what you think.How about you guys? Have you seen or even heard of PALO ALTO?What did you think?What’s your favorite JAMES FRANCO movie? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

I first discovered this movie while scrolling on my Instagram.I follow James Franco and he would heavily promote this new,indie flick directed by GIA COPPOLA and starring EMMA ROBERTS.The big hook,or at least the only thing I heard people say about this movie was that it involved a story about a teacher getting intimately involved with a high school student.I shrugged thinkin “Meh whatevs,just another indy teen flick that revolves around some kind of touchy issue”.PALO ALTO is actually a stand out and pretty real coming-of-age movie.
There are three main characters in this movie; Teddy,Fred,and April.Teddy(JACK KILMER) is a teenage stoner who spends his days with his promiscuous friend Fred(NAT WOLFF) partying hard and hooking up with girls.You know…high school.April is on the soccer team and has a lot going on in her head and in her personal life,most notably a too close for comfort relationship with her soccer coach(JAMES FRANCO).We see these kids go through many highs(literallyπŸ˜ƒ) and lows and deal with the always rocky transition into adulthood.
Now this is probably one of the most difficult films for me to review in a while.The Coppolas are known for having their own style of film making.GIA COPPOLA definitely brings a unique style to her film and for me it was a lot of hit and miss.Traditional story telling is absent for the most part.There isn’t really a storyline or a straight forward plot,more like a peek into the character’s lives.This is a plus for me,the movie feels almost like a documentary at times and what I mean by that is everything felt natural,real and in the moment,the latter being a theme of the movie.However,there were a lot of scenes that felt like a bunch of filler and pretty unnecesaary,there’s a scene with JACK KILMER’S character and another character’s dad that felt pointless and just weird.That may be just how the story is supposed to be told but to me it just came off as random and there are a few scenes like that through out this movie.
The cast is the real high point of this movie,especially the younger members.EMMA ROBERTS was always a pretty good actress,check her out in THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.Here she doesn’t even come off as an actress playing a role,you see her character.She goes through so many emotions and tribulations and Ms.ROBERTS never misses a beat.JACK KILMER also has a suprisingly good performance as well!Also like ROBERTS,he feels so natural in his role as a young man who goes through some bumps like getting arrested for a hit and run and trying to better himself.My favorite performance has got to go to NAT WOLFF though!Now many of you might be saying “he was such a douchey and unlikable character!” and that’s why I really enjoyed this performance!His character was the most entertaining to watch in the whole movie and stole many scenes,so you gotta give credit to NAT and his acting chops.By the ending his story arch also had me the most intrigued and still has me thinking about it.FRANCO also is pretty good as the somewhat creepo,soccer coach and does what he can with his suprisingly limited screen time.
The way the movie is edited may turn a lot of people away.There alot of random transitions from scene to scene,one minute two characters are smoking a joint at a house and the next theyre getting ready to cut down a tree with a chainsaw.Maybe it was purposfully done to match the “in the moment” tone but it did throw me off quite a bit.It’s not sloppy editing though,in fact at times the movie can flow quite beautifully.The soundtrack is also pretty cool, as is the filtering of many of the shots.
This is one of those movies that had me thinking by the end and even after.It had me reflect back on my high school days and remember just how troubling and stressing it can be for a young person,boy or girl.The ending may leave alot to be desired but I thought it saved the movie for me because the entire first 2 acts had me completely lost on where this movie was gonna go.If you’re a fan of smaller films and can take a more obscurely told story then I’D SAY IT’S WORTH A WATCH.It’s got a great young cast and is directed pretty good for the most part. 6/10

PLEASE,check out my full review for PALO ALTO on my Tumblr,link to that is in my InstaBio, and let me know what you think.How about you guys? Have you seen or even heard of PALO ALTO?What did you think?What’s your favorite JAMES FRANCO movie? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Movie Review:CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE FIRST AVENGER(2011)

Marvel has come a long way since they released the first Iron Man movie back in the summer of 2008 thus kicking off the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Today we got an awesome Avengers team with great heroes, all of which also have their own awesome film franchises.CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE WINTER SOLDIER comes out on Blu-ray today,and I thought it’d appropriate to review the movie that introduced CHRIS EVANS to the world as the “Star Spangled Man with a Plan”.
Steve Rogers,is a skinny,short,weakling living in WWII era New York but this walking skeleton has the heart and courage of a FUCKIN LION!When his best pal,Bucky takes him to the Stark Expo,he grabs the attention of Dr.Erskine(STANLEY TUCCI) who notices Rogers’ passion to serve his country in battle.Steve agrees to take part in the doctor’s secret tests involving the army that then turns him into a super soldier,we know him as CAPTAIN AMERICA.Meanwhile,the evil Red Skull has his sights and interests set on the mysterious and powerful Tesseract to take over the world for himself with his own army,Hydra.
Now the first CAPTAIN AMERICA is not the most popular entry in Marvel’s library of movies;I’ve heard people say it’s boring or too long and while I can see where people would prefer IRON MAN or and XMEN flick,I wouldn’t say this is a bad movie or even a boring movie at all.I see CAPTAIN AMERICA as a good old fashioned action adventure flick that,at times,reminds of the INDIANA JONES movies.Marvel has always been good at being more lighthearted with their movies as opposed to DC,and it works VERY well here.The plot revolving around all these characters searching for or controlling a MacGuffin is something that just seems like a thing in super hero movies.Look at THE AVENGERS or even GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY,it’s getting a bit old to me and it is present in this movie.However when the movie calls for the Captain to kick ass and do some superhero stuff the movie shines.There’s always a sense of fun and adventure that I feel despite the terribly dark time in history the movie takes place in.Again,Indy comparisons.
CHRIS EVANS is perfect as the Cap.When I think of Captain America I think noble,courageous,a leader and when EVANS has the suite on you believe he is that character.He’s a bonafide action star with the charm to match.Tommy Lee Jones plays Col.Phillips and it’s awesome to see him back in a big blockbuster like in MIB.HUGO WEAVING plays Red Skull and he does an alright job.He’s no Agent Smith or Winter Soldier but he does look cool and WEAVING’S performance makes his character a formidable foe for the Cap.HAYLEY ATWELL plays Peggy Carter and all I’m gonna say is YouTube her Marvel cinematic short.She’s perfect!Most badass love interest in a comicbook movie EVER!Her chemistry with EVANS make this on screen relationship actually enjoyable instead of a giant headache that goes nowhere.I’m looking at you Mary Jane!
Director JOE JOHNSTON does a very good job at setting the tone for the movie,as I said it has a fun feel to it which is pretty normal for a Marvel flick.I mean how many times do we see a musical number in a Marvel movie?The special effects are also quite good but what caught my eye was how there was a good use of practical effects AND stunt work.Sound effects are always key and everything in this movie sounds awesome;it makes for an awesome Blu-ray.
If you ask me,I really like CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE FIRST AVENGER.I enjoy the lighter,throwbacky kind of look the movie decides to take even though it is a big difference than other Marvel movies plus the slow pacing particularly the first act.The cast is stellar,the action is fun and I say BUY THIS MOVIE! 8/10
Check out my full review for CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE FIRST AVENGER on my Tumblr,link to that is in my InstaBio.How abouy you guys?Did you or did you not like the first Captain America movie?Who’s your favorite Avenger?Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Movie Review:CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE FIRST AVENGER(2011)

Marvel has come a long way since they released the first Iron Man movie back in the summer of 2008 thus kicking off the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Today we got an awesome Avengers team with great heroes, all of which also have their own awesome film franchises.CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE WINTER SOLDIER comes out on Blu-ray today,and I thought it’d appropriate to review the movie that introduced CHRIS EVANS to the world as the “Star Spangled Man with a Plan”.
Steve Rogers,is a skinny,short,weakling living in WWII era New York but this walking skeleton has the heart and courage of a FUCKIN LION!When his best pal,Bucky takes him to the Stark Expo,he grabs the attention of Dr.Erskine(STANLEY TUCCI) who notices Rogers’ passion to serve his country in battle.Steve agrees to take part in the doctor’s secret tests involving the army that then turns him into a super soldier,we know him as CAPTAIN AMERICA.Meanwhile,the evil Red Skull has his sights and interests set on the mysterious and powerful Tesseract to take over the world for himself with his own army,Hydra.
Now the first CAPTAIN AMERICA is not the most popular entry in Marvel’s library of movies;I’ve heard people say it’s boring or too long and while I can see where people would prefer IRON MAN or and XMEN flick,I wouldn’t say this is a bad movie or even a boring movie at all.I see CAPTAIN AMERICA as a good old fashioned action adventure flick that,at times,reminds of the INDIANA JONES movies.Marvel has always been good at being more lighthearted with their movies as opposed to DC,and it works VERY well here.The plot revolving around all these characters searching for or controlling a MacGuffin is something that just seems like a thing in super hero movies.Look at THE AVENGERS or even GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY,it’s getting a bit old to me and it is present in this movie.However when the movie calls for the Captain to kick ass and do some superhero stuff the movie shines.There’s always a sense of fun and adventure that I feel despite the terribly dark time in history the movie takes place in.Again,Indy comparisons.
CHRIS EVANS is perfect as the Cap.When I think of Captain America I think noble,courageous,a leader and when EVANS has the suite on you believe he is that character.He’s a bonafide action star with the charm to match.Tommy Lee Jones plays Col.Phillips and it’s awesome to see him back in a big blockbuster like in MIB.HUGO WEAVING plays Red Skull and he does an alright job.He’s no Agent Smith or Winter Soldier but he does look cool and WEAVING’S performance makes his character a formidable foe for the Cap.HAYLEY ATWELL plays Peggy Carter and all I’m gonna say is YouTube her Marvel cinematic short.She’s perfect!Most badass love interest in a comicbook movie EVER!Her chemistry with EVANS make this on screen relationship actually enjoyable instead of a giant headache that goes nowhere.I’m looking at you Mary Jane!
Director JOE JOHNSTON does a very good job at setting the tone for the movie,as I said it has a fun feel to it which is pretty normal for a Marvel flick.I mean how many times do we see a musical number in a Marvel movie?The special effects are also quite good but what caught my eye was how there was a good use of practical effects AND stunt work.Sound effects are always key and everything in this movie sounds awesome;it makes for an awesome Blu-ray.
If you ask me,I really like CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE FIRST AVENGER.I enjoy the lighter,throwbacky kind of look the movie decides to take even though it is a big difference than other Marvel movies plus the slow pacing particularly the first act.The cast is stellar,the action is fun and I say BUY THIS MOVIE! 8/10
Check out my full review for CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE FIRST AVENGER on my Tumblr,link to that is in my InstaBio.How abouy you guys?Did you or did you not like the first Captain America movie?Who’s your favorite Avenger?Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!