Showing posts from April, 2013

Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder, a 1983 film starring Roy Scheider as helicopter-pilot-officer Frank Murphy was a huge success when it was released. With an outstanding cast, a great plot and best of all brilliant flight sequences, its easy to see why. Now the question is, how well does it hold up 30 years later?

Plot: The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Thoughts: While the plot is pretty standard fare for an action film like this. For what seemed to be a basic plot, the story was very entertaining. After the true intentions for the helicopter are discovered the films story really picks up and it only gets more exciting.

Acting: This film had so many great actors in it. From Roy Scheider to a very young Daniel Stern, the characters were all cast very well and complimented the other actors in certain ways. Roy Scheider's Frank Murphy character was a great hero for the film, made even better by an outstanding villain in Malcolm Mc…

The Hunger Games

While I never had any interest in the books, The Hunger Games did interest me as a film. With an all star cast and what sounded like a decent story idea behind it, I decided to finally check it out.

Plot: Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
Thoughts: While my immediate thoughts went to "The Running Man", after watching it I really enjoyed the plot. Having never read the books I still enjoyed the story from the film version, which it succeeded on that point, as all films based on books should.
Acting: The acting was outstanding in this film. Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job as Katniss, and her performance took me from not caring about the character, to actually rooting for her. She conveyed the feelings of the scene to a viewer in such a way that you feel the emotions and get invested in the film…

Man of Steel - Official Trailer 3 [HD]

My standard for a Superman movie is the original film starring Christopher Reeve...looks like that's about to change in June.

This trailer shows everything that I wished would be in a Superman film, and it fits the character perfectly.

Thankfully it looks like this film will be MUCH better than Superman Returns

The Amazing Spider-man

While I was never a hardcore Marvel comics fan, I've always liked Spider-man. From the comics and cartoons in the 90's, to the video games and finally the films. After Spider-man 3 came out to mixed results, they decided to reboot the series a few years later. So was The Amazing Spider-man really amazing, or just a cheap comic cash in?
Plot: Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.
Thoughts: The films plot was actually an interesting and gripping story. It manages to retell the origins and path of Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man and actually feel fresh and it draws you in.
Acting: The acting overall was great, and I'd go as far as to say better than its predecessors. Andrew Garfield pulled off the role of a social outcast a lot better than Toby Maguire. Rhys Ifans also did a fantastic job as Dr. Connors / The Lizard, …

Films that should NOT be remade!

Hollywood at this point in time is having a trend with remaking films. Sometimes they are good, but more often than not they are horrible. Hopefully this trend comes to an end, though it doesn't look to be happening anytime soon. The recent news that Point Break was being remade inspired this, so here is my list of films which should NOT be remade.

Ghostbusters - Over the years we've heard so much about the plans Ghostbusters 3. Since 1997 alone, I've heard everything from "we're rewriting for a younger cast" to "Bill hasn't signed on for it". If they cant get a third film with the original cast going, then don't reboot it. This was a film that was just the right combination of the right actors, the right director and all the stars aligning.

The Monster Squad - While certainly not as well known as other horror comedy films from the 1980s like Fright Night, The Monster Squad is a classic in its own right. The story of kids fighting the bigges…

Trailer Park Boys:Countdown to Liquor Day

The trio of John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith have done some amazing things over the years. The work fans love and remember them most for is the Trailer Park Boys series. Already with one film under its belt, they decided to make a second film a few years later. Here's my review of Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor day. 
Plot: The boys return from jail to find the park has deteriorated, with a brand new park being created beside it. They attempt a series of get rich quick schemes and robberies, while a freshly drunk Lahey threatens to derail their plans. 
Thoughts:  As with the first film, nothing too daring or drastically changes from the television show as far as the plot is concerned. In some cases its bad, but it works well here. This films plot has a slower buildup but its an enjoyable one.
Acting:  While all of the major characters actors returned , this film was more focused on Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, Randy and Mr. Lahey. All of the actors did a great job, Jo…

Review: Death From Above

At first glance, this movie looked like it had the potential to be a decent low budget flick. Well as the saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover. Appearances can be deceiving and this is a case of just that so here's my review of Death From Above. 
Plot: An ancient Druid returns to begin his thousand-year reign of darkness, and clashes with the one mortal man with the power to vanquish him
Thoughts: The plot has the makings of a good indie film and sounds interesting on paper. 
Acting: Lets be completely honest, the only one in this cast list I expected to put a halfway decent performance was Tom Savini. I personally feel that assessment was correct, and Savini had very minimal dialog and was on screen for less than 8 mins all together.
 Having a films cast almost entirely comprised of professional wrestlers is a VERY risky gamble, one that has little chance of working , and this is a perfect example of that. 
What I liked: That I paid nothing to see this film
What i dislike…

RIP Roger Ebert

On Thursday April 4th 2013 the world of film lost a great man. Roger Ebert, beloved film critic lost his battle with cancer. I would just like to say a few words as it pertains to Mr Ebert's professional career.

Roger Ebert was a lover of movies, film history and the motion picture industry in general. Looking not only at the actors plying their craft on screen, but the plot, direction and music. He based his reviews on films as a whole  and by doing so earned not only the respect of film viewers, but directors as well. . This way of looking at  film influenced many people , including myself.

What I liked most about Mr. Ebert's reviewing style was that he was honest about how a film made him feel. If he felt bored , if he laughed or felt any emotion from watching a film , he wrote or spoke and was truthful about it. Having a reviewer tell you about their experiences watching a film and how they felt watching it takes it to the next level and gives it personality.

 Ebert also …

Review: Popeye (1980)

Popeye is one of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time. Given his popularity , it was only a matter of time before a big screen film was made. Released in 1980, this film told the tale of the worlds best known sailor, but how does it hold up 33 years later? 
Plot: The sailor-man travels to a seaside town called Sweethaven, falls in love with Olive Oyl, adopts Swee'pea, and makes an enemy with Bluto.

Thoughts: The films plot was a little on the light side. The story's  weak points do hold it back , but it still manages to tell a decent story despite these faults. 
Acting: The actors in this film did an outstanding job , fully becoming and bringing their respective characters to life. Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall are shining examples of this. Their portrayals of Popeye and Olive Oyl are second to none , and they had everything from the mannerisms to the characters personalities down. 
What I liked: The film had a TON of characters in it from the cartoons. The diversit…