Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Terminator Genisys (Action 2015)

I barely remembered that this movie even existed since it was in and out of theaters pretty quick. Initial reviews said it sucked, but ironically it was actually one of the better ones after T2.

First off though, you got to know that the whole story is out of control...seriously it's all over the place. Time warping, multiple timelines in the same stream, an invincible terminator, etc. The whole movie is an action-filled mess mixed in with jokes stacked upon more jokes, but you know what? It wasn't that bad since that's what a Terminator movie is supposed to be like, similar to any Avengers film.

The last Terminator was supposed to be more gritty and refined, but this one seemed better. Totally worth a rent as long as you know what you're getting yourself into....another silly action movie and nothing else.
Rating - B

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Admiral (Military Drama 2008)

So this was an older Russian movie about an Imperial Navy Admiral during the end of WWI and throughout the Russian Civil War. Costumes and settings were quite impressive but everything else wasn't. The story plodded along and they kept on interjecting the whole relationship love triangle that the Admiral had with one of his subordinate's wives, but even that was lacking. The guy's story is sorta tragic but at the same time kinda stupid as well. If you are a commander of the Whites during a Civil war you should really never go anywhere without your trusted peeps.

So as a movie it wasn't that good but I still liked the details on the uniforms, go Navy stuff.
Rating - C

Monday, March 21, 2016

Inside Man (Thriller 2006)

This was one of those crime thrillers from back in the mid 2000s. I never got around to watching it so why not now. The execution in this one was good, but the story was all over the place. It wasn't enjoyable like other Denzel films that had a good pace and a good story. This one fell right on its face. When the credits started rolling I still didn't quite understand what happened. With such a cast you would've thought that it should've turned out better than it did.
Rating - D

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Zootopia (Animated 2016)

Just got back from watching this movie. Not bad, but I thought it would be better. They pretty much showed the funniest part of the film in the trailer (DMV scene), so unfortunately there wasn't too much that was as funny as that.

The main theme/morale of the story was a positive one, so I'm sure that will resonate with the current generation of kiddies. The whole thing was probably only worth a rent.
Rating - B

In the Heart of the Sea (Drama 2015)

I think the trailer for this movie was much better done than the movie itself. It was supposed to be about the story of Moby Dick, a book that I never needed to read (thankfully) for school.

This film just felt boring. Characters were superficial, action was blah, and I didn't feel any realism to it. All of the trappings were there for it to be something better, but it really was a disapointing movie.
Rating - D

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Last Witch Hunter (Action 2015)

You know what's interesting? I've seen much worse in my day. Of course I wasn't expecting anything spectacular with this film, but it actually surprised me as it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Sure it did still suck and was rushed through like most fantasy-esque films, but I actually liked it much like I liked Underworld. Underworld was better of course.

Special effects were OK, story was not bad, and acting was eh. It was campy at times but yeah it is one of 'those' movies.
Rating - C

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The 33 (Drama 2015)

So this movie kinda sucked. The story was OK (we all know the ending), but the whole build-up and everything in the middle felt like filler without a base. The two primaries, Banderas and Lou Diamond Phillips, merely took turns at emotional monologue scenes or frustrated, yelling ones, but it was so disconnected with all of the other scenes. It didn't feel like a real movie, more like 3 TV episodes smushed together.
Rating - C

The Revenant (Drama 2015)

So as a movie it was OK, but it really wasn't worth all the hype. I'm sure I could think of a handful of films that were of the same quality that didn't get a bunch of accolades or attention either.

What I'll give this film is its style and cinematography. Many shots were pretty well done and all of the makeup for DiCaprio freezing in the snow were spot on. The story was fair but very linear as well. I suppose DiCaprio acted like ass off and got ransacked by a bear so that deserved best actor...we'll give him this one.

It is just a rental though. A very slow rental because the action is equally as slow.
Rating - B

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Big Short (Drama 2015)

This was a pretty good movie about the financial meltdown caused by the housing market. It was similar to the documentary film about Enron. In this film some "good guys" won, but not really since they were just lucky or smart enough to see a good deal and jumped on it while the rest of the US economy took a shit.

I suppose the film further supports the fact that a lot of big money folks have been and probably will forever be taking advantage of the system and screwing the little guy over. The little guy does make some bad decisions though. As a movie it was better than average and it kept my interest, so kudos to that. Definitely worth a rent.
Rating - B

The Good Dinosaur (Animated Adventure 2015)

This movie was a partial The Land Before Time ripoff and you can guess which film is better. I'll follow Ducky and Petrie before tailing around these clowns. Haha, but no, it wasn't that bad, it was just boring. There have been other Disney/Pixar films that have not been full-blown Pixar. There's a huge difference between the storytelling quality of the two.

I think kids may even be bored while watching this movie...it had no interesting characters and was very mediocre overall. I barely remember watching it.
Rating - D

Kung Fu Panda 3 (Animated Comedy 2016)

I suppose this movie was better than the 2nd one, but the first still takes the cake. It's the same old Jack Black comedy with a few more forced joke and exaggerated excitement. Dreamworks is just trying to make more money.
Rating - C