Transformers 4: Age of Extinction Movie Review.

I’m not really sure what happened…. for 2 plus hours

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Director: Michael Bay Writer: Ehren Kruger run time 165mins

For a franchise you either hate all together, have select favs or, love in general or for aspects; This movie doesn’t change that for anyone.
There’s A LOT wrong with this movie. And a seldom many things that are favourable. I’m not really sure on what level this movie fails, but it does in a sum of its parts. The movie opens up well, but seems to lose its focus right after the first cut of movie footage.

To help revive new energy into this franchise, “Marky Mark” Whalburg was brought in to this movie as a happy father/inventor who just so happens to find Optimus Prime. Basically a copy of Shia Labeouf’s Sam Witwickey story had he grown up a bit and been a father/inventor. With him come a slew of new Transformers who just randomly show up. That was problem one. Having a bunch of new characters massively distract you. I think the yearning to know how they came to be or where there were for 3 other movies was distracting. For the robots anyway. As for the human’s, being invested in Shia’ Sam character from the ground running was what helped those movies be slightly enjoyable (as far as “the human aspect” is concerned). With the rush of issues and problems these humans had, though however natural/plausible, it was all forced and rushed so that you care. Not to say you don’t believe they have these issues it was just kinda one after another in a short period of time. I did enjoy the single father perspective which isn’t always seen both in a fictional story or in reality. That was an aspect that probably saved this movie. But not by much. Beyond that theres a slew of new actors in this movie that more or less hurt the franchise than anything. in different movies /roles these actors are tremendous. Under TF4 helmer Bay they might as well been rookie actors so not to have this smear their “legacies”. I think many down play just how good Shia was and is, as an actor, the flair that comes from Tyrese in the previous instalments and so one and so forth. As good as Kelsey Grammar is (if you doubt it, watch the tv show Boss), his role was for not, since most of his character is essentially a background character. Personally I feel he was the reimagined Patrick Dempsey character from Tf3. As a whole the acting is as bad as sour milk after pouring your favorite cereal into a big bowl on a Saturday morning…. or night.

t4poster2Writing throughout was so bad, it made this an undeniably bad movie. There were so many scenes that I noticed that just basically stalled the movie. Like that elevator scene. Worst thing I seen in a big budget movie since Toby McGuire’s Peter Parker danced in Spider-Man 3. With the amount of bad scenes and terrible writing I was surprised this was green lit. The fact that they keep going further and further back in time to suggest these transformers were some how a key to our history,  just screws with the existing franchise continuity so much it hurts to think about. A lot of the typical stylistic jokes that Bay uses in his movies feel flatter than a paper tied to a brick. A lot of the dialogue for characters new and old felt very off. The fact I can say that for new actors, says something. the undertones were weak. so much was wrong that if I listed them all I would bore you just as the movie did me.

Its hard to really say what failed this movie exactly on what level. As with most movies, a movie isn’t really a movie until it has been edited, and if I had to pick an aspect as the the biggest failure, I would pick editing. As crappy as everything else is, it isn’t as bad as the overall tone being slow and boring. 3hours of action seems like my cup of tea, but what I got was 3 hours of mellow drama and spotty action scenes. Beyond that I couldn’t understand half of what was being said due to the intensity of the action and the voice acting of the transformers. for which I blame audio mixing.

It does have its positives but really not much. I like seeing new Transformers but I would love even more so to know exactly where they come from. Every movie we get four new ones that seem to have some investment in terms of the chronological order of stories. Aside from that, don’t allow what the tv show did to dictate these movies. Its ruins them even further.

Bottomline: Its in no way the worst movie ever, its far from a good movie… especially in this spotty franchise. it might be >/=/< than TF2:Revenge of the Fallen, but I will let you determine that one. Its overall tone is a such a drag it bores you. Its like a car driving forward in reverse, with a 1000pound brick wall that’s 10 stories high, a football field wide (or a cfl end zone wide and deep/thick) only getting a half kilometer per gallon. (Lol you Americans might have fun with figuring that out).

Rating 4/10 (strictly for the action.  I was enjoyed with it. But it wasn’t bay’s best so far with that.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 0.002 out of 10,
  • Audio: -15 out of 10 (Score was lacking, couldn’t hear things),
  • Acting: 2 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP!! or just download it.  or borrow it from a friend.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

X-Men: Days Of Future Past Movie Review

by Richard Davies
by Richard Davies

Don’t believe the hype.

Director: Bryan Singer Writer(s): Jane GoldmanSimon KinbergMatthew Vaughn

Cast:

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This story has been done in almost every iteration of the franchise known as the X-men.

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The story is more familiar with those who were born in the  late 70s/80s via comics by the legendary, Chris Claremont; and later by the cool kids who watched the X-men cartoons on fox kids (see above). Since then, it was last seen in comic form (if I’m not mistaken) in the Ultimate Comics version of X-men or the T.v. cartoon, “Wolverine and the X-men”. Whichever was first. But more on that in another post..

The X-Men are, simply put, the white versions of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X with mutant powers Prof. X and Magneto respectively). Their powers could be said to be accurate to their Real life, black inspirations. But that’s another story all on its own. From where we left them we saw Prof. X crippled and Magneto forming the first Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants. Time passes and then we’re in the future. In my personal opinion this was the(ir) first mistake of sorts. Well… in the way it was handled. I’m all for dystopian futures and stuff of that sort but, this was just a very flat portion of the film. Sentinels are shown here as these giant leap in the line of defence. However, as cool as they are, we’re all gathered to see the X-Men kick ass. To put it lightly,  that doesnt happen to much.

Honestly, I need to just get this off my chest. What really bothers me, is the made up for the sake it, power that Kitty Pryde aka Shadow Cat has. As an avid movie goer,  it works. But as a fan, its a giant piss off.

Ok, back to this story. One of the best things between all the films is Prof. X desire to inspire hope and confidence in humans and mutants alike all while battling his best friend in Magneto. One of the best performances you will probably see this summer comes from Michael Fassbender and  James McAvoy in a plane. The intensity of it and the dire need for it is amazing. Then past that was the real purpose of this story; To see where Charles got to become the hopeful inspiration he is. Those are very interesting elements and I thought, of anything else, Bryan Singer really captured that marvelously. By the end of the film you’re just happy he pulled the first ever movie retcon to a franchise that desperately needed it.

x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wideThere was a lot of hate on the look of new comer Quicksilver and its understandable. I still think the choices behind his look were stupid. But it does make sense within the story. Its the 70s. A time where basically anything goes and it was very much the boom of of society as we see it and/or know it today. The actor was tremendously casted as well. I wouldn’t say be on the look out for him but, I’m sure he will be back in the next X-Men movie. More on this dude later. Wolverine was very much the tent pole character he’s been since the first movie 14 years ago. He was a brute individual who basically got caught up in the words and actions of prof.X and his fellow X-Men. Jackman has played many various mindsets with this character and if he decided to retire from the role, I wouldn’t be mad. I think in his acting range he’s exhausted all abilities to the character. Plus he keeps hinting he’s done anyway. Aside from that, the future set of mutants didn’t really do much for me. I enjoyed them. But in terms of development, I don’t think anything new was added. I would have liked to seen a bit more of their story. Writer, Simon Kinberg said it was his vision to show you the “end” to original actors. But not to rule anything out.

My biggest flaws with this are the pacing, character relationships, and lack of music. As cool as the fights and action was. I felt it was all very short and uninspired. Bryan Singer isn’t the best for fight scenes,  the best one he was in charge of was and still is X2:X-Men United. This felt like a natural progression to X-Men First class, but it lacked a lot in the action and showing the best of the powers with the added new mutants. The overall look and pacing was off. It was funny but not entirely consistent. It was dry but not sand paper dry (thank the Lord). Theres one point where Iceman and Shadow Cat run by each other and have some weird moment. And for the life of me couldn’t figure out why. That would have been great to see what happened to their love over the years from X3: Last Stand. Beyond that it just felt off. Didn’t seem to get a rhythm going until after the first 40 mins. Then you have the “very odd given the circumstances” love between Charles and Raven aka Mystique. Sorry it just rubbed me the wrong way and sort of came out of left field. Music is probably the most important part to a movie or anything you watch. Its very suggestive and I feel with the epicness that was First Class, this was a giant let down. Another thing that sort of bothered me, was the swtiching back and forth with the current style of film and what I’m guessing was 16mm film. It was natural given the period but felt out of place because as a movie.. who exactly is looking at that reel? We were (mentally) following Wolverine. Why are we seeing that?

Bottom line: I think this is perfect for simple movie watching with no history known or prior memory of the other iterations of this story. The lack of a epic score really dumbs this movie down and where the editing is concerned it is isn’t the strongest. Its not a terrible film but its NO WHERE NEAR THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE OF ALL TIME. Avengers still happened, Captain America still happened, The Dark Knight still happened, Iron Man still happened… THE FIRST CHRIS REEVES MOVIE STILL HAPPENED… so… yea.



 

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.2 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7.2 out of 10,
  • Editing: 6.9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10 (Score was lacking),
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worthy add if you have the others in the series so far. Only getting  it for the special features.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Movie Review

“On your left”

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Directors: Anthony RussoJoe Russo Writers: Christopher MarkusEd Brubaker (Concept and Story) Run Time: 136!

Cast

Government conspiracy theories are always around us. But what if you died to prevent one of the greatest evils the world has ever known? Only if to see it still thrive? Insert a 90-somthing year old super soldier. What if you were a soldier who fell in battle only to be caught by the enemy. Insert the winter soldier.

The creative team behind this movie did that and made it a great ride for 2 plus hours. The comic arc isn’t something I’m too familiar with,  but I knew a good amount going in. And thats really from reading all the marvel comics cross over books (like Secret invasion, Avengers etc). So for those who are worried, trust that the movie doesn’t require you to know anything else aside from maybe the Avengers movie and maybe Iron Man 2. Really didn’t need to see the first Captain America movie. As I say. Marvel has a great way accepting new readers at any point in a story/arc.

The best part about this movie is its odd sense of feeling grounded. The stunts, story, and dialogue are tremendously blended to give the viewers a modern day government espionage film. The stunts aren’t as over top as Avengers were or even the first Avenger film. Not everything explodes from the simplest thing. There isn’t a stunt that had some sorta crazy effects. Really reminded me of the 90’s actions movies.

The dialogue is decent and showed a new layer to Steve Rogers. He’s more modernized. Speaks a bit more like today’s RESPECTFUL adult. Only person I thought had bad lines was the first appearance of Black Widow in the movie. Personally, who I wished had more, was GSP’s Batroc character. I heavily enjoyed Nick Fury’s presence on screen. Marvel/Disney needs to let the man swear tho.

The one character I didn’t feel was done right was Falcon. He could have been more of an asset, but was more utilized as a background player. He’s used well, just could have done more as a character. Past that I felt that Bucky Barnes, in the form of Winter Soldier was more a starting point character. He didn’t seem to have his story fully explained.

Bottom line: In terms of Phase 2″  properties go for Marvel,  this is a significant step forward and a great starting point for Avengers two. I’m as excited as I can be with what that easter egg of Dr. Strange and the post credit scene.

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Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 9 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? IT’S OUT NOW GET IT ON BLU RAY!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Amazing Spider-Man 2: Movie Review


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Director: Marc Webb Writer:  Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Roberto Orci(screenplay) MORE Running Time: 142 mins

Starring:

This is way better than the Raimi movies and the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. THAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE SAID!

Dialogue is very important in a talking movie as it is in a comic book. The dialogue here is quite frankly just as amazing as the title would suggest. First, let me say that Spider-Man has been a pop culture icon since the 70’s (lets be fair, he probably wasn’t as cool with the world at the jump in 62) so he isn’t entirely hard to get right. Theres COUNTLESS  ARTICLES in his history. That said, he has been known as the kid hero who gets to beat up on you as he insults you. All while dealing with a elderly, near-nagging aunt. Homework money woes and everything and anything teens deal with in their day-to-day lives. This film is obviously a modern take on what exists. The dialogue is at its strongest when it comes to Gwen and Peter. I am no expert on love, but for the allowed time limit that this movie runs, It’s hard not to see the very obvious chemistry between the two leads. In the first ASM movie, there was that nervous love, almost secret love. Here and now, you have that same secret love but it’s a bit more of a guilty pleasure that just feels more right than wrong (because of the promise he made Gwen’s dad). Which is essentially ripped from the comic as it may (minus the contrast with Gwen’s approval of spidey). The remainder of the cast, interactions between the lot, and overall story; play very much like a comic but feels very grounded. But again, the best thing here, verbally, is the dialogue, notably between the couple. I remember sitting there and feeling the pain Peter was feeling from his guilt and  the joy, from what he was doing.

UnknownI will have to give credit to Jamie Foxx on having me believe that he could be an average dude who just wanted to be noticed. I remember how the design for this character came to be from an interview he did on one of them “late night talk shows. He said what would I look like if I didn’t make it… and was something like a nerd. (Don’t quote me tho) alas here we are with his portrayal of Max Dillion aka Electro. Everyone is mad he’s black. But I ask does it matter what he is. He was a skrull in New Avengers and no one bats an eye. So let it be. His race played no part in his character. Its not like he is Black Panther where it has a higher symbolism for that character to be black. Anyways, Mr Foxx really impressed me with what he was able to achieve. He’s really one of those underrated actors who doesn’t get proper credit (I feel so anyway). Maybe because he’s multi talented… or maybe cause of the movie Booty Call. But, here he plays a villain which isn’t so much something we have seen him play before, if memory serves correctly. Then you have DeHaan who again makes me anfan of his work. (Lawless and Chronicle) he really convinced me of his character. A bit of a bratty, very intelligent heir to a fortune; who later becomes a villian. He ties into the history of Peter nicely. Written to seem very seamless since he is a new actor/Character to the mix. The time square scene with Foxx and the board meeting scene for DeHaan are the stand out scenes for me acting wise, from those two. Andrew and Emma just steal it in every aspect when on camera together. Andrew just portrays spidey as he is meant to be.

Director, Marc Webb really out did himself in this movie. His stylistic choices only served to enhance the movie and lore of Spider-Man. I’m totally ok with chnaging aspects of what exists as long as they make sense to the character and theme of either the story and or the premise of said character. Don’t just make people switch up for the sake of it (I’m looking at you Chris Nolan). From the mechanics behind web swinging and way Foxx looks, talks, acts, etc. Overall look of the film is dope as hell. I really love the Time Square scene and the underlining importance of time.

The best thing about the Avengers was that they were able to essentially blend 5 movie star franchises into one world. Even though, most of those worlds felt very much independent from each other. What Spider-Man does is create a world all its own for itself, within. The dynamic of his parents being basically responsible for everything he is dealing with as Spidey. All while being roughly true to the comics (Ultimate Universe).

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My two flaws are the end sequence. From when he finishes off Electro (come on that’s not a spoiler) to the credits. When the inevitable happens I would have chosen to opt out of using a musical score. And the time lapse just seems odd. But still effective how it’s done. And Rhino’s voice. Not one word was understood by him… whatever happened to focus groups?! Atleast Nolan tried to fix that for that garbage I was talking about earlier.

Bottom line. This is arguably the best adaptation of any hero. It was as close as one can get to the comics and the greatness that was the 90’s animated show. Its very much reflected from Dan Slotts spidey as well as Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man. Which makes the most sense in terms of relevance (and of course the comic its based off of written by Gerry Conway) . This movie is a love letter to Spider-Man and it shows. Movies are an art form as is comics and this is a great cohesion of the two.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10 (Score could have been better),
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Amazon has a bust statue case of it ready to pre order.. I did that weeks ago.

for your consideration, please see Spider-Man: Blue

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review

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The first one was amazingly done and Peter Jackson and crew, up the ante by adding foreshadow that lends itself to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy,  and Legolas.

My biggest problem with this picture was that it didn’t feel as fun as the first. It felt a bit dragged on, on purpose rather than just elongated to grasp the full spectrum of the story. I would like to believe P.J. stretched the book out over three parts to give you that idea of a journey to really submerge yourself in the world to really just feel a part of middle-earth. I’m fine with that honestly. But in comparison to the first chapter, this just felt longer.

 

Another thing that irritated me was this was the only movie I’ve seen in recent memory (Maybe outside of Thor 2) where I noticed the difference between studios set to real world filming. When he does go outside however, P.J. and crew, it’s as gorgeous as ever. New Zealand is definitely a place worth putting on your respective bucket list.

The story this time around is all a mystery to me since I never finished the book, nor read ANY of the LotR books. But I’m generally fascinated by that realm of witches, wizards, swords, and Knights. This could be why I didn’t enjoy it as much. But this is still a good movie.

The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-Poster-HD4Do you remember Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers? Yea. Legolas made bows and arrows castles, and that movie, so cool. When he shows up in this movie it’s all bad ass: Each and every scene, even when he’s standing and talking. The red head elf, Tauriel, isn’t an original character. Well she is, but she’s not from the source material, this (for some reason) is something from screenwriter, Philippa Boyens, created for the film. Evangeline Lilly does an incredible job at being the redhead of the elfish society and being a fair and adequate love interest to Legolas. The acting wasn’t poor at all. I believed everyone’s effort from start to finish. I’d give the breakout role to Ms. Lilly.

The 48fps wasn’t as noticeable this time around, but that could be because I expected it. There isn’t much I can say that is a pro or con to it. It’s something that you either like, don’t mind, or hate. I’m a mix of the latter. I noticed it at times but it wasn’t anything bad. The best scenes for 3D were with Smaug.

Bottom line: This isn’t the best out of the Tolkien/Jackson story/movies but it’s a damned good effort for what it is. Great effects and use of character, only real flaw was pacing. It didn’t match the first one and that was just as long if not longer.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9.7 out of 10,
  • Audio: 9 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worthy of a Tuesday. Better at home..

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Riddick: Movie Review

This may end up being my shortest review.

Dir: David Twohy Writers: David Twohy, Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwel
Run Time: 118m

You ever watch something and say you know the story may suck but you might still be entertained? Yes that didn’t happen here. When I saw the trailer all I could think was this man is going to kill people with cups and what not. Had it not been for my best friend I would have skipped this entirely. But as always I expected nothing from it and got exactly what I expected. How movies like this get produced, but a sequel to Dredd can’t be made, is beyond me.

First let’s touch the acting. TERRIBLE. JUST DOWN RIGHT DISRESPECTFUL. Vinny isn’t the world’s greatest actor in any way. He’s an action star that can be (very) believable in an emotional dramatic scene. I will give him credit that he tried. You can tell early on he tried. Out of the three movies (this one being the longest one I’ve watched) I’d say this might be his best outing but don’t quote me. But in terms of quality… It stops there. This isn’t fast and furious, he can’t help keep this film alive if he tried, solo anyway. He does try though. Then you have Keri Hilson. Most useless pretty face of all time in any movie ever made. Then you have, what I’d assume is the main antagonist in Jordi Mollà. Worst acting I’ve seen all year, and that includes the efforts in Kick-Ass 2. Maybe it was his accent but every word he said came off dryer than Ashy Larry’s lips. Honestly as far as acting goes, expect nothing if you don’t want to heed my warnings and see this garbage.

Technically, it’s a darn good looking movie. The mix use of set, possible on location filming and green screen was pretty seamless. That is a saving grace for the motion picture but not enough to enjoy it. What it makes up in the cinematography, it lacks in rendered CGI. As far as big budget movies go that require CGI, I didn’t expect to see so much glitches in rendered motion. As a whole it came off as a poorly done big budget student film… Sort of like “In Time” with Justin Timberlake.

I hate this movie.

The story never seemed to get going, and early on it was such a drag. Literally. It put me to sleep about mid way and it felt like an episode of Passions. Nothing happened. They were in the same predicament for the longest time. The story crawls so slowly that you just want to cry. The person snoring behind me had money well spent if you asked me vs me tying to be awake.

Bottom line: it’s the worst movie of the fall season or end of summer season. Why this movie was made I don’t know. If you happen to see it please slap yourself for wasting your time and hard earned money/scene points. Though this is a great make out film, if you’re into that during movies. Oh, and if your Howard Walowitz. You might get a little happy at one point.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 2 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 1 out of 10 (1 being that vin Diesel did all he could),
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP IT

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Kick-Ass 2: Movie Review

*NOTE*
I will be reviewing the comic soon.

Well after a director change with Jeff Wadlow, the sequel to the Matthew Vaughan directed Kick-Ass 2 is upon us.

I won’t make any comparisons in terms of quality or make any direct links to the comic, but understand that this is one of those films that made the comic book look way better.

My flaw with this film is that it didn’t ever seem to get on with the story. Yes it progresses but it just seems like one big catch up story versus just telling us another day in the life of Kick-Ass.

The theme this time around seemed to be about fitting in and making the hard versus right choices. Not terrible ideas given the source material, and something that so many of us have to deal with, depending on the occasion. They were able to capture that idea very strongly and in the foreground with how Hit-Girl’s story moves along.

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With a slew of new actors and characters, there isn’t much screen time for each new character to really want to care about them. So I would have loved to have seen more stories for Jim Carey’s character. Which reminds me, each character seemed to be more of an origin almost as if to do spinoffs. The two leads give a somewhat decent performance with the slant on hit Girl. Aaron just felt flat and very whiny be it in the script or not, it really just came off as annoying.

The highlight action scene was with Mother Russia early on. She commanded a lot more respect as a character as did the violence and comic book lore fans would live for.

I might be nitpicking but I couldn’t stand that most of the characters kind of just had a totally different costume than from what was in the comics. It’s not far removed but it’s not really any kind of improvement either.

Bottom line: There’s not much to really like with this film, everyone will see it differently. But as far as I’m concerned this was a movie that needed Matthew Vaughan for it to be worth a damn. It’s definitely not worth price of admission. Maybe when I read the comic it will make more sense.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 2.5 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Download

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Pacific Rim: Movie Review

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Travis Beacham

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Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket
Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost
Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler
Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
Max Martini as Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen

This movie isn’t really just for anyone. It’s hard to say I like it. But I know for a fact I like and respect the originality.

This movie honestly reminded me of Escaflowne or even Gundam wing. The same premise of the two mentioned anime’s. Humans piloting giant mech suits to save the freedoms of earth or respective country. And it’s not any different here.

For a movie that looks like it belonged being an independent Asian movie that some North American film industry person came across and decided to release it in N.A., which I think I would have enjoyed more, its still rather impressive in terms of style and the theme of teamwork. The problem with this movie is that it is one of those movies that wanted to have a lot of back story so that you care. I personally didn’t nor really see anything that made me want to. The trailers showed me giant robots… Fighting giant, vicious monsters that reflected creatures here on earth. That’s probably the most stereotypical summer blockbuster movie plot one could ask for. But the writing was so obvious in its approach to the pay off during each individual scene it was just hard to appreciate what was happening. Much less what the writer and director had hoped to accomplish.

(Spoiler at the bottom)

The reason I feel this movie should have been an Asian movie, was because when you get into the Hong Kong dominated scenes I’m kind of just like where are all the Asians. That and the fact this is a movie very close to being a live action Gundum Wing movie. There’s only really one lead Asian in the movie that gets a terrible character to play. Basically… And I’m not making this about race; I just have a problem with making (white) “Americans” the saviours of everyone. Are we still so far removed that we believe unless it’s an Asian-culture-heavy movie (like Ip Man or some Jackie Chan movie) that we can’t have any lead Asian actors?

That being said, everyone but Idris Elba, gave a terrible performance as far as I’m concerned. It was all very stiff. Charlie Hunnam has a cool voice. I could easily see him doing some voice over work. The raspy nature of it just kind of helped to add to his character and acting ability. If ever this was an anime and it came over to North America, I could easily see the voice being similar.

The camera work was pretty decent, given the IMAX scope and 3D effect. I wished that this movie utilized both styles of 3D (depth and popping out). It may have come off poorly in terms of quality, but I’m 98% sure no one walked in expecting anything Oscar worthy. I feel this movie needed a Zack Snyder touch for capturing the action (he’s the single greatest action director out and popular right now… Period) and the talents of ILM (INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC) to really pull off the suits and monsters. Most of the fights happen at night and it just comes off poorly.

Bottom line, All in all it’s a decent film just not sure we got what we intended. For a movie that was giant monsters vs giant robots, we didn’t get that. One of those times where character development wasn’t essential. This movie is a love story that never fully gets there and a movie about trust. You just have to see past the monsters and the kind of poor script.

(SPOILER ALERT: USE YOUR MOUSE TO HIGHLIGHT RIGHT AFTER THIS END BRACKET) Ok.. So at the end it says to travel through the temporal link, you need to have one of the kaiju’s DNA to pass through. Well can someone please explain to me how not one, but two escape pod’s made it back to the surface of our world much less through the portal while a nuclear blast goes off WITH NO KNOWN Kaiju?

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 6.7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 2 out of 10,
  • Acting: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? if you see it in Theaters, go on a cheap day. if you wanna buy it get it on blu ray but its probably better you rent this unless you’re a huge anime kind of fan. its great for the kids. Though I would caution real parental guidance.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

This Is The End: Movie Review

Danny McBride: For all we know the f****** Lakers could have just won and that’s the reason all this is happening.

So this movie happened. I laughed but, I’m not sure it’s funny.

Director: Seth Rogen Evan Goldberg Screenplay: Seth Rogen Evan Goldberg Runtime: 106 minutes

Cast:

Sporting a cast that’s beyond crazy in as far as comedic actors go even with the cameos. But I couldn’t take this as more than a high comedy
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I felt like this could have been way funnier than it was but for what it is, it does make you laugh. It has a lot of homosexual comedy which is really only funny in moderation. It’s not ‘Borat bad’ but it catches its coat tails, they just went really into it as far as I’m concerned. It was a bit off putting but for the target audience I’m sure that was a normal thing.

Most comedies suffer from having a very strong focus on the “Moral” of the story come movie’s end, but due to the nature of actors “playing themselves” it doesn’t come off as such a total drag. The highlight with this movie was being that the jokes were still evident with whatever new challenge the gang faced. This isn’t a spoiler but having it set on friendship is a given and it works out nicely to show that most, if not all of these guys really do act like this (to some degree I’m sure). It comes off as believable from their performances.

Craig Robinson and Jonah Hill stole the show for me. Jay and Seth are the stars however. The best cameo was probably Michael Cera who has been M.I.A. from movies in the last little while, now that I think about it. All his scenes were unexpected. If you were however looking for Oscar worthy performances you have come to the wrong movie.

The feel is much akin to “Cabin in the Woods” where it’s a horror movie but makes you laugh. It’s not as witty and well designed as “Cabin” but for what it is, you get scared and you might shed a tear or two. The use of audio for added suspicion, fright and effects was tremendous. I just wish the theatre of choice were better.

Bottom Line: This movie as I said is a high comedy (Think Pineapple Express), I don’t think one would laugh as much while sober versus being intoxicated. With all the homosexual jokes, and randomness I even caught myself asking when is this going to finish. I heard a lot of positive buzz about this movie. Not to say it’s not deserved… but I saw this movie on a Tuesday and it was only $5 bucks.

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Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 5.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 6 out of 10,
  • Acting: 7 out of 10,

A high comedy is as it sounds… you have to smoke some weed in order to REALLLLLLLLLLY enjoy this movie… NOTE I DO NOT ENDORSE SMOKING WEED FOR ANYONE WHO ISN’T OF THE RIGHT MIND TO MAKE THAT PERSONAL CHOICE SOLELY ON THEIR OWN. Everything is cool in moderation & responsibly.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Man Of Steel: Movie Review

Man of steel

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Were you not entertained?

Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
Michael Shannon
Diane Lane
Russell Crowe
Antje Traue
Harry Lennix
Richard Schiff
Christopher Meloni
Kevin Costner
Ayelet Zurer
Laurence Fishburne
Dylan Sprayberry
Cooper Timberline
Richard Cetrone
Tor-An

(There’s actually a lot of actors and characters from Smallville which Zack is a major fan of.)
The last time we saw Superman it was on “Smallville” on tv, then before that in “Superman Returns” Now he is the Man of steel brought to you by Zack Snyder and Executively produced by Chris “The Dark Knight” Nolan.

Superman represents many things and those elements are very well explored here. He’s the ultimate immigrant, hero/saviour, “American” and the greatest symbol of hope (to be better) we humans can create. From the early stages on Krypton the “Hope” is the focus of this movie, but not the Theme.  It’s actually a little hard to say EXACTLY what the theme is.  The tone and feel of the movie is much like the show Arrow. If you watch Arrow then you kinda understand. It’s actually surprised me how engaging it was for a movie that was 2.5 hours in length.

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Only three colours used

Art direction isn’t something I touch too much on for my reviews. But this movie had GREAT art direction. In past Superman movies it was very much about ice and crystals but now with M.O.S. they legit took on the steel aspect. From homes, to technology, even the suits of Kryptonians (I still don’t like the look of Superman’s costume, invulnerable people don’t need armour). It lends to the point that this isn’t anything related to the Reeves/Routh Era of Superman Movies.

Michael Shannon as Zod was amazing. I loved his character right to the bitter end. Zod was a calm Nazi in Reeves’ Superman 2, here he’s very much a man on a mission to save what he loves. He has a real conflict and has only one absolute solution. Conflicts and hardships always make characters interesting, and hero’s are apparently defined by who they face.

This brings me to Henry’s Cavali’s portrayal of Clark Superman. The Story of his character aside (I have mixed feelings with it) he does superman justice. In Smallville we watched Superman become Superman and as well as the disguise of Clark.

This was kind of the same idea. IT’S NOT THE SAME STORY AS SMALLVILLE but just the idea. It’s kind of more like how “Superman: Earth One” makes Superman become Superman via forceful desperation.

There’s an inherited value/moral of doing and being good from Jor-El – who by the way, Russel Crowe, did an amazing job as well. The story allowed for a more explained fall of Krypton, Jor-El and Zod’s relationship and just how much like Clark, Jor-El is and vice versa (the son becomes the father, and the father the son).  Amy Adams playing Lois was very much a strong woman through and through. Her look was solid, and she didn’t entirely come off as just a damsel in distress. She got the essence of the character down minus the red hair.

Hans Zimmer does an incredible job. He’s no John Williams but that’s OK. This is the new era of Superman movies. So there SHOULD be a new sound. Hans Zimmer does just that. Personally I didn’t hear a catchy Superman song like in past motion media depictions. But thanks to the new sound, it carried the movie along nicely. It added more desperation to scenes that were dire to the story as conflicts arose. It sounds amazing and just made all the action scenes epic… and there are a lot of them. Hans is the man.

Zack Snyder does WICKED ACTION SEQUENCES look at all his previous work. All badass. He may not get the greatest from his actors but honestly, he had a great cast with experience to do anything. The fight scenes were nothing we’ve seen before. They were creative, they had a lot of the different powers Kryptonians have under our yellow sun, and they were more realistic than what was in Superman 2, in terms of exposing a weakness. The angles are great and even though it’s in 3D, in IMAX, and all intense, it was easy and clear to watch. You see everything, which is SO GREAT! The latter half of the movie is basically strictly action and it’s all just as beautiful. The action is what makes it worth watching in IMAX.

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Bottom line: This is now my favourite superman movie. It’s hard to say that it’s better than Superman: The Movie but it’s not meant to be. The freedom of creating a new reality is promising. Rumour has it this is the seed to a Justice League movie. The ending fight is the strongest point. the only issue I didn’t like is that there wasn’t entirely a complete reason as to why he became Superman or no real lesson taught prior getting his costume. Lastly DONT BE THAT PERSON to say this is better or worse than Avengers  They’re TOTALLY different (but Avengers is a more complete movie). There  – not really spoiled.

(MAN OF STEEL Easter Eggs and DC Comics References You May Have Missed)RATINGS!!!!

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9.8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 10 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9.5 out of 10,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman III: Throwback Movie Review

Superman wasn’t feeling too super this time around.

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Directed by Richard Lester
Written by David Newman, Leslie Newman
Music by Ken Thorne
Duration 125 min

To any who have seen it, all agree it’s stupid and the worst of all the Superman movies, if not all live-action depictions of the character. Clearly showing age, Christopher Reeves’ 3rd outing as the title character, it’s not his fault, but at the same time, that’s because of the story. When you look at the story, it’s messed up because of what happens in Superman two. If you do happen to watch it, somehow Lois forgets that Clark is Superman. Lex is never mentioned (not that he’s missed to be but still). Back to Christopher Reeves, he does an okay job of delivering his lines and continuing to have us believe that a man could fly. This movie is more about Superman’s (out of the blue) demons. A lot of why this movie works is because of the talents from Reeves.

images  Smallville fans may remember the lovely face that is Lana Lang, wait… I mean Martha Kent, who plays Lana in this movie. There’s an interesting dynamic between Clark and Lana here. As much as a bumbling fool Christopher plays as Clark, he randomly had a bit more confidence here than when dealing with Lois. The highlight of the movie is when Clark fights Superman thanks to imperfect, man made piece of Kryptonite. The worst actor was Richard Pryor.

I remember seeing this movie as a kid and being mad that you could see all the lines and wires holding up Reeves. The blu-ray copy has gotten rid of those errors and which made this slightly more enjoyable. The coolest thing here was the flying in the movie. Reeves had quite a bit of practice now and having shot the movie noticeably away from New York, (proabably still in the U.K. for principle Photography) allowed them to have  more in city stunts. There’s less use of blue/green screens and a lot more practical flight stunts especially with the Clark versus Superman sequence. Another cool thing about this movie was his powers were slightly more explored. Up until this movie he’s only shown using flight, agility (running) strength, heat vision and super breath. This one he adds cool/ice breath. The best parts of the movie are the stunts. There’s a much bigger improvement from the past two instalments.

But honestly I hate this movie. It’s the worst one. The copy cat Lex Luther, the dumb reason for the identity split, Richard Pryor, the 2 hour running joke, everything else. Shout out to Margot Kidder, she was basically written out because she disagreed with the firing of Richard Donner. Though she can be glad she wasn’t in this movie.

Superman 3Bottom line is when you look back at Superman, this is just a footnote of how bad his character is. But there’s not many good 3rd movie trilogies out there. This isn’t one of them. I blame the director and as I said in the first or second review that this series is a fault all on it’s own because of the realm that these movies exist in. Superman is loved like everyone is a child this depiction of metropolis is where the went wrong.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 3 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 4 out of 10,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW