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Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade (1989)

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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=A7TaY8HWYd8

Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery    – Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Running Time: 2hr 11 min   – Genre: Action Adventure

Ran-Dizzle (Host)

Synopsis:

Movie Relevance:
Since this is going to be my official last post, I decided to end it with this movie as it is the “Last Crusade” that Kimmay! and I shall be a part of. That being said I wish Big JD a long and prosperous ride with his blogs and hope that it continues to blossom for him.

Review:

This is my favorite of the Trilogy (yes Trilogy I don’t count that other movie that claims to be part of Indy’s world) You get to see the connection between Indy’s past and how and why he does what he does, and his relationship with his father and his father’s passion for finding the Holy Grail.

What I felt went right with the story was giving it some background, going back and showing us how Indy became Indy, and how he progressed so far. What I didn’t like about the story is that it does kind of beat a dead horse when Indy is always getting involved withThe-Last-Crusade-Screencap-indiana-jones-18999827-1024-440 Nazi’s and end of the world situations cause because the Nazi’s are wanting to find a supernatural way of ending the world.

Sean Connery playing Henry Jones Sr. make worth watching this movie to me, he plays a role that is passive yet firm especially with Indy.

Harrison ford always plays Indiana so well, I think my favorite part is when he threw the Nazi Soldier out and says “No Ticket” and then everyone starts producing their tickets …classic Indy humor.indiana_jones

It was good to see Julian Glover added as the bad guy as he tends to play those kind of roles as he was in Empire Strikes back as General Veers he plays the greedy entrepreneur that wants to use the cup for personal gain as well as to sell to the Nazi’s.

There are quite a bit of holes in the movie and areas were not completely thought through like, for example…if you heard a loud CLANG in your library and it happened every time you stamped the book, yeah that’s funny to us but wouldn’t you think as a librarian you would go check that out?

Overall this to me is the best Indiana Jones movie and it is a must watch for all Indiana Jones fans.

P.S I am very glad that we finally got to finish a trilogy while being part of the Movie Review Crew. I’ve had fun and hope that you all continue to read as BIG JD kicks it old school and still pumps out the reviews for you guys. I’ve had a blast and hope you all enjoyed the movies we’ve review and will continue to review.

4.0‘s

Kimmay!

Now this is my favorite Indy movie. I remember the first time I watched it with my cousins they tried to force me to watch the part were thy guy turns to dust but I was a wimp and refused…I knew nothing good was gonna come from drinking out of the wrong goblet. They made fun of me the rest of the time I was in Oklahoma but the funny parts totally out weighed the one.indiana-image

I didn’t realize how much of this movie I had forgotten until I watched it last night. I was giggling through most of, especially when Dr. Henry Jones entered the scene. The relationship between father and son was hilarious. I loved it whenever Indy removed a few of the bad guys and would look to his dad for a “way to be son” look and would get a “are you serious” look instead. But the touching moments were when at one time or another they thought the other was dead or dying. The-Last-Crusade-Screencap-indiana-jones-19000585-1024-440

When it came to the script, I liked the idea of finding the Holy Grail. I also thought it was fun that the writers mentions the Arc of the Covenant. But the script was witty and kept you engaged in the film.

If you haven’t watched the Indy series I totally recommend it. Might skip the last one though. Wasn’t what it could have been for an Indiana Jones film, but it did have a few shining moments.

So I give this movie…

4.5‘s

 

BIG JD

Warning:  This review is full of spoilers.

I won’t lie… the first 40 seconds of this movie could totally be a Man-Thing sequel.  Ha!  Lots of laughin’.  Just a jk’n you and stuff.  The beginning of this film spawned The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Television series that ran for oh about a year.  It starred Patrick Flanery as the young Indiana Jones (a far cry from River Phoenix) but, without Patrick we wouldn’t have had the Boondock Saints Duo.  I will proceed now.

indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-river-phoenixRiver Phoenix plays a wonderful Indiana Jones.  Facial expressions, body mannerisms, voice inflections the whole yard.  We lost someone special when we lost River Phoenix.  Well, it looks as if Leonardo DiCaprio filled in just fine right?  He just stepped right in there didn’t he.  Anyway this beginning we get to see what inspires him the rest of his life.

In this movie we get to go back to the original formula.  Using the college as the Base of operations and his sanctuary.  And a pleasant addition of Indy’s father.  BTW When they found his fathers house in shambles how did Marcus know that it was “today’s” mail he was looking at?  Something to think about.  A lot of the same was used to make it an Indiana Jones movie such as the fake punch sounds, overacted action sequences, Nazi’s, A huge map that has a red line showing their travelling distance and the most important.  An ancient artifact that has to be found.  In this case it is the Holy Grail.  BTW can you open your eyes in petroleum?  Looks like that would burn.  Even if it is mixed with water it would have to be concentrated enough to actually set a flame.  The girl (Elsa) is pretty lackluster and forgettable in this movie.  Another blonde, what are ya gonna do?  You find out later why she doesn’t fit that role well.  Greed kills.  I loved Harrison Ford’s Irish or is that Scottish accent.  Either one whatever, it was amusing.  It is the first time we see Indy wearing a long tie with his classic brown shirt.

A complaint I have though is that halfway through this movie the bantering between father and son get old quick.  The movie at times just lastcrusadeseems to be regurgitated bits and pieces from the previous two films.  Although getting Hitler’s autograph was pretty original.  Maybe because it has a lack of leading lady.  Maybe Sean Connery takes the place of the leading lady?  One thing I’ve figured out is that Indiana fights best when he’s on the move.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s a motorcycle or a tank he fights all over the place.  Junior!

Just a little bit more “fantasy” then the other two movies but not too much.  This still ranks as third for me in the trilogy.  Mainly because I found most of this movie to be slightly boring.  Boring for an Indiana Jones movie anyway.  But it’s a must see for any fan.

I would like to end this review by saying that this will be the final review with our other 2 members of the Movie Crew.  Ran-Dizzle and Kimmay! Are moving on to greener pastures.  Mainly pastures that don’t make them write a movie review every week.  It’s ok.  It can be daunting at times but I’m here for YOU.  I will  remain here.  The Movie Crew will be a crew of ONE.  I will though take a few weeks off in February.  And you will see posts again late Feb. or first week of March.  I want these reviews to stay original in content so, things may change or things may stay somewhat similar.  Thank you to all of our followers.  You reading is what keeps me doing this.

3.50‘s


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Trailer: 

Starring: Harrison Ford,  Kate CapshawJonathan Ke Quan    – Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Running Time: 1hr 58 min   – Genre: Action/Advent

Kimmay! (Host)

Synopsis:
Indy continues on new adventures and just can’t stay out of trouble. Picking up a couple of sidekicks on the way, he helps save a village by finding and returning a sacred stone. He just needs to keep an eye out for his heart.

Movie Relevance:

Well once you watch one Indiana Jones you have to watch them all!

Review:

I believe I stated in the last Indy review that I had not watched these films in a while. So I am glad that we decided to watch them again. While

this is not my favorite Jones movie it is still a great one.

Short Round was my favorite addition to the movie. He brought out a side of Indy that is rarely seen. In the Lost Arc film he was kind of that way with Marion but only a few times. He was caring and Short Round had enough pull on him to break him out of the zombie trance. The thing I loved most about Short Round was the fact he was just like his character in the Goonies. Most would say that was bad but I think he was a fun character and it saddens me that he really only did the two movies.

Willie annoyed me to no end. She was super needy and only did ok as a love interest in the movie. But I do have to say her reactions to the dinner was fabulous and I would have probably reacted the same way.

Again the music was great in this film as it was in the first and the script was very original.

So I give this film…

4.0‘s

Ran-Dizzle

No time for love Dr. Jones….

The best thing about this movie especially following Raiders is you get to see more of Indy and his many adventures. This one isn’t bad actually the only one in the collection that I think was bad was Crystal Skull for personal reasons. I think Last Crusade is the best of them all but let’s review this one.

Short Round stole the show for me. He is a loveable character and always backing up Dr. Henry Jones “Indy” and also causing trouble. Seeing him belt the little voo doo bastard in the mouth while Indy was beating the burly guy was quite entertaining, or seeing him drive the car with the wedge pedal shoes.

Willie Scott, not my favorite Indy girl. (Always have been a fan of Marion.) plays her role well. She portrays the ditzy blonde vaudeville show style girl who is just trying to find her fortune but lands in Indy’s lap.

There is several things wrong with this movie that even for the time sticks out like a sore thumb. Special effects when the plane explodes it obviously was green screened very similar to Star Wars effects however for some reason in the Indy films they seem a little cheesier now. Also I noticed this in both Raiders and this movie…If you count bullets when guns are fired…when you have a six shooter and you fire 14 shots and no reload?! or better yet using musket rifles that involve powder and muskets…and your firing multiple times. Also when they are escaping the tunnels to get away from the water you can tell it’s also green screened…granted back in the day this was top of the line…but to me it’s pretty cheesy now yet I still love these movies.

As any “Good” Indiana Jones this is a must see just for retro sake, or if you’ve never seen it before it’s a must see for any Indiana Jones fan.

3.5‘s

 

BIG JD

This is my favorite Indiana Jones movie of all time.  Out of 4 movies this one comes out on top.  I betcha wonderin’ why this is the case?  Well, it’s kinda why I’m writing this review.  Walk with me for a second…

So, you know how some of the most horrible movies may stick in your heads as good experiences?  Most of that is caused by nostalgia.  It was a movie that you watched when you were young and it always stuck with you.  Getting older you’ve seen how bad that it may be but for some reason watching it brings back those nostalgic feelings of being young and without care.  This movie sort of wins but Indiana Jones film to me mostly because of this reason.  This was the movie that I discovered how cool Harrison Ford can be if he played another character.  In the “Raiders” review I spoke about how I was strictly a Star Wars fan and didn’t give that movie a chance.  But this is the movie I did give a chance and I’m glad I did.  Now, that I think about it I do that a lot…  Shun the first outing of something and then become a fan on the second outing…  Eminem comes to mind.  I digress.

I think the biggest “like” of this movie for me is that there isn’t a clear setup of story for Indy.  In the beginning he is concluding another adventure and he winds up stuck in a situation were he feels compelled to go on yet another adventure when it really didn’t call for it.  So, it kinda feels like we the audience are getting something for free.  Bonus mission!  There are many likes I have in this film like the dinner scene, the bugs scene, the heart scene (definitely), and finally the mine car chase.  So epic they made it a ride at Universal Studios.  And the punch sounds.  Many may think “corny” but even my daughter while watching the movie noticed the outright ridiculousness of the fake punch sounds.  It’s Indiana Jones Gold.

Now with all this love, I can’t let go some of the bad writing that we the audience was just supposed to accept.  Examples being, 1.  Indiana Jones drinks poison yet, he is able to run around (for quite some time) and fight and everything before getting the antidote.  Even after the bad guy says “it works fast!”.  2.  If you jump out of a plane on a life raft and hit the ground they hit you would most likely break some legs.  As soon as it was “aired up” and went over the cliff, I’m sorry but it would have flipped over many times its just physics.  What was the point in having all these guests show up at the palace if they didn’t do anything to contribute to story?  Ok, the british guy sort of told the story of them being overseen and watched by Britain.  But other than that?  That close to lava and Willie didn’t burn up?  Not even a red shade of rosey?  Just alittle sweat is what we got.  If that stuff is hot enough to melt bone from its cage then being that close would have made her skin bubble.  Just sayin’.  Things like that come up and I’m like what?!  How the heck does Indiana get his whip to latch on to things so that he can swing on it?  That doesn’t make any sense at all.  And most likely many more points to make if I were to be nitpicky.

The relationship between Willie & Indie was annoying to say the least.  It reminded me more of Romancing the Stone than Indiana Jones.  Come to think of it Romancing the Stone came out the same year as this movie so, I might be on to something.  I liked the inclusion of short round.  He was great.  I wish he would have been included in more movies.  It was a side of Dr. Jones that we haven’t seen yet.  The ending was very satisfying and yet this movie doesn’t explore many of the formulas the first one had it still has its own piece of history.  Indiana Jones on an adventure.  That’s all you need.  …with a slight flare for the “unbelievable”.

4.0‘s


127 Hours (2010)

Trailer:  127 Hours (2010)

Starring:  James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara  – Directed By:  Danny Boyle

Running Time: 1hr & 34 mins – Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama

 

Big JD (Host)

Movie Selection Relevance

I’ve been really wanting to select this movie for quite awhile.  I’ve told Ran-Dizzle to watch it in the past but did he?  No, so here ya go!  Now you have to.  🙂  More importantly I’ve been on a James Franco kick lately.  He’s been popping up in a bunch of movies I’ve been watching lately.  The Iceman, Lovelace, This is the End and a movie trailer of a movie called As I lay Dying that seems like another winner from Mr. Franco.  It really helps that he’s been working his ass off.  Just in 2013 he was in 11 movies. and 9 movies in 2012.  For 2014 he has on dock 10 movies.  I should call him “James (Brown) Franco: the hardest working-est man in Hollywood”.

Synopsis:

Aron loves his X-treme sports, especially his rock climbing.  One normal day he sets out on some rock climbing excercises when he gets stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Then his survival skills come into question as he awaits rescue.  Will he make it out alive?  He has 127 hours to live so you can find out for yourself.

Review:

James Franco is spectacular in this movie!  He is the only one onscreen for most of the movie.  Sure there are others that appear in this movie but it is Franco that carries the torch.  And he sets the place ablaze!

His (James’) acting ability was never in question.  Kate Mara and the other hitchhiker Amber Tamblyn were recognized right away from TV and another movie I like.  Amber had a reoccurring role in House, M.D. and Kate was in Entourage and played the Subpoena Issuer in Iron Man 2.  Both had short roles in this movie but they did have a point and they did well.  It made you feel like after he got caught you then feel the anxiety of leaving someone waiting.  Your missing a good time.  The anxiety of him hitting it off with a girl.  Instead you then have to stick it through with him to survive.  …and drink some urine.  I just threw up a little.

The soundtrack is pretty melodramatic with exception to the beginning.  Love the intro.  It shows his intensity and his love for everything outdoors.  It basically throws you into his X-treme world immediately and doesn’t let up.  The intro song helps with that.  The directing and editing was done very well.  When this could have been a disaster of a movie Danny Boyle is great.  With so many one on one moments with Franco it had the chance to become boring.  This never happened for me.  It’s all in the editing of scenes and keeping the internal story moving along to NOT make you think about what’s going on in other places.  And when you watch this movie without spoiling it I will say that I enjoyed the ending.

Before I was a married with kids man, I could have really related with Aron’s motivation to stay alive.  He wanted to see his future son.  Who knows when that could be its just the thought that you may die without ever being able to pass on knowledge to your offspring.  That hit home with me, because there were times in my “single” life that I had doubts that I would ever find that special someone and that made me push through it in hopes of one day meeting my kids.  Yeah, I just compared being single to being stuck in crevasse with a boulder on your hand.

My only issue with this movie is that it leaves very little to be desired when talking about re-watch ability.  You can watch it once a year and be fine but, it’s really not a sit down and watch on a Wednesday afternoon just after you watched two Monday’s ago.  Not really the movie’s fault but I cannot give a movie a 5 Star rating unless I can watch it over and over again.

Comic Book Connection:  James Franco – Spider-Man 1-3, Kate Mara – Iron Man 2, Lizzy Caplan – Item 47 (Marvel One-shot), Smallville

Nudity:  No.

 

4.50‘s

Ran-Dizzle

This is one of those movies that brings reality to light, as it is a true event it shows you lots of things to do to survive when the worst happens as well as bring those fears among what could happen when one does something like this. Not many movies especially over rock climbing or any really outdoor activity catches my attention I even procrastinated watching it, and Big JD tells me “Your going to love it.” I wouldn’t say I loved it but I did think it was a good movie.

First of all James Franco did a great job playing Aron Ralston being stuck between a rock and survival for 127 hours. I mean to play that part where you can’t move and all the stuff that Aron had to do even down to *Spoiler* urinating in the Camel Pak to which he had to drink later. The best part besides it’s a true story, is that you see the rock as a symbol of something taking a hold of him and saying LOOK, look at what your choices in life are causing, He hallucinated that he wasn’t going to make it to his sister’s wedding, how if he answered his mom’s call he wouldn’t have been where he was, he could have went and partied with those girls and the inflatable Scooby-Doo. ..but instead he was stuck between the rock and his survival.

The writing was done very well but when you only have basically one scene and quite a few flashbacks you really don’t have to be Shakespeare to make this movie quite dramatic.

The Soundtrack was quite unusual but I liked it, kind of like a burned cd or playlist on an Ipod to Aron’s everyday journey into rock climbing, biking, hiking…

As a movie and a story I think this movie was amazing and tells Aron’s tale well and I think it’s a must see for any wanna-be hikers,rock climbers, or anyone who wants a challenge you should definitely watch this.

And just as important as the message at the end of the movie, if your going to tempt fate by doing things on your own make sure people know where you are because sometimes things don’t always work out like we want them.

4.5‘s

 

Kimmay!

WOW!! That is about all I can say about this movie. It was amazing to watch. I don’t think I could be as calm or collected as Aron if I was in any kind of situation as this. The movie itself was moving and full of hope in a very hopeless situation. There were times when you wanted to yell at the fates for Aron and you kept cheering him on. Halfway through the movie, I had to keep looking away from the screen because it was just to much to take in. 

James Franco did an amazing job in a basically one man show. There were hints of other characters to help keep Aron going but other than the feel good fun scene at the beginning of the film it is him and his own mind.

I remember hearing this was based on a true story when it first came out. If Franco’s portrayal of Aron is anywhere accurate to how Aron really responded then more power to him. He was so calm from beginning to end. He just kept going and doing what he thought needed to be done. I don’t want to tell you how he kept himself going but I will say the mind is a powerful thing.

I would not recommend watching this with small children but older ones yes. Use this as an example of what can happen when no one knows where you are going or when you’ll be back.

It does get a little graphic but the music helped me get through the rougher scenes. it blended well with the movie and kept me going.

So yes, watch this movie! It has a total WOW factor and is super amazing.

4.0‘s


Iron Man 3 (2013)

Trailer: Iron Man 3 (2013)

Starring:  Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow  – Directed By:  Shane Black

Running Time: 2hrs & 10 mins – Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

 

Big JD (Host)

Movie Selection Relevance

It’s pretty obvious that I’m a Marvel fan.  But why did I select this movie during Christmas time?  1.  It’s Marvel.  2. It takes place during Christmas time. 3.  One of the few Marvel movies that we haven’t done and the final review in the Iron Man trilogy.  To be honest I selected A Christmas Story first but I guess, I decided that having a movie with a kid that reminded Tony Stark of the kid from A Christmas Story was good enough.

Synopsis:

After the events of Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) Tony Stark has came to grips with reality that he is now surrounded by Aliens, Gods, and more powerful beings than himself.  This gives him great stress and how does Tony Stark deal with stress?  He builds things.  Things that come in the form of Iron Man Armor’s.  We see how Tony’s past catches up with him in a very big way and how Tony has to metaphorically revisit the cave that he fought his way out of many years ago.

Review:

When I saw this in the movie theatre there was only one thing that stood out to me.  Wait.  2 things that stood out to me.  The first was the confusion of the after credits scene.  I won’t give it away but It doesn’t matter because it has no relevance whatsoever.  I sat through the credits for that?  The second thing was I wasn’t too thrilled about the whole “Mandarin” thing.  That’s how it stood after first viewing.  After buying the Blu-Ray when it came out and watching it many more times thereafter I have came to the conclusion that the “whole Mandarin thing” is not such a “thing” to me anymore.  *If you go any further Spoilers may follow* Be warned.

I understand that they couldn’t have had this evil Chinese character called The Mandarin because that tends to be quite racist nowadays.  That’s what they’ve said anyway.  They went the route that they started in the 2008 movie.  Where the face of evil was Middle Eastern.  How is that less racist?  Moving forward.  They got me, they really did.  They got everybody that saw this movie.  “That was a limited edition” –Tony Stark  The way that Trevor was portrayed as the fake Mandarin was absolutely infuriating at first but once you get use to the idea of the whole thing it becomes pretty ingenious.  For one they surprised everyone in the theatres.  Two, is that it is totally left open for them to manipulate things to where he really was the true Mandarin.  It’s an open book really.  I won’t even speak about the Marvel Short that they shot to be featured on the THOR: The Dark World Blu-Ray that will have Ben Kingsley in it.  Could they be poised and ready to add to the Mandarin legacy.  The ten rings didn’t have functionality but again, I’m ok with that.  It may have came off cheesy.  But no more cheesy that guys running around breathing fire.  “You can breathe fire now?!”-Rhodey

In the comic book story of Extremis Aldrich Killian ends up “offing” himself at his computer because he sold the formula to some less than reputable people.  Maya Hansen was originally involved and went to jail.  She did not die.  Tony gets Maya to help him use the Extremis virus to help him control his armor remotely (also can google things without a computer.  Awesome)  During this self discovery he reminds himself of the “cave”.  This movie takes queues from the original storyline.  Which is good and we all have to remember that this all has to fit in a movie universe that has many contributors and it grows and breathes as the comic book universe does as well.

The things I love most about this movie is Tony Stark, and finding and seeing original storyline aspects.  “drop the needle, Jarvis”-Tony Stark.  I didn’t like the inclusion of the 42 suits.  I wasn’t that big of a fan seeing a bunch of suits that I’ve never seen before.  I would have loved to have seen suits that I was familiar with.  Like when Tony rescues Pepper but gets detained by Killian it looks as if he is wearing the Silver Centurion armor.  Tony also talks with Harley about a Stealth armor which is kinda cool as well.  Enough about the many armors lets talk about Shane Black.  If you’ve seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang then this movie will feel similar in places.  Like RDJ narration could be one.  The second his how Shane Black really gets Buddy movies.  I love the dialogue between Tony and Rhodey.  “password is War Machine Rox with an X and all caps”-Rhodey.  Great stuff.  Pepper handling the armor was a nice treat too.  With me thinking a little bit of “Rescue” action but Pepper was quite clumsy at first.  She’s a quick study though as she proves.

The casting was great, Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen nailed it.  Ty Simpkins was new to the Marvel Universe as Harley but he did well.  Although I’m still trying to figure out why it had to be a kid.  I’m sure there was something simplistic to be said about Tony battling his inner demons and Harley is how he started out with all the passion to build and naivety.  The soundtrack was great.  Actually, truth be told I have most of the soundtrack on my phone, and yes I’ve been known to listen to it occasionally.

The only beef I have with this movie is that midway throughout the movie (When he enters Tennessee) the story dives into a lull.  I understand thematically it works well, but I am watching an Iron Man movie to see Iron Man.  It gets a bit boring during this part of the movie and I have to say that it affects my watching it multiple times.  That and like I mentioned before that all of the liberties that were taken/created just for the movie.  Mostly in regards to the source material.  For example Killian was not the founder of AIM and was never a member.  He really didn’t have much of a Marvel Universe career before he blew himself away to have Maya clean up his mess.  I could be trife and site the Mandarin thing but I’m putting that on hold for now.  If nothing ever comes of it down the road I might think its stupid but, the jury’s still out on Trevor. Also, with Iron Patriot being in this movie it can set some people off because this was never James Rhodes’ suit.  It was Norman Osborn’s and since he belongs to Sony and we won’t be seeing Spider-Man anytime soon then this was the only way we would see the Iron Patriot suit.  I’m ok with IP.

This movie was a great 3rd movie as a nice wrap up to a trilogy.  I’m sure Iron Man 4 will happen at some point just not anytime soon and don’t count on RDJ sticking around for that to happen.  He’s signed to Avengers 2 & 3 and that’s all folks.  Iron Man 4 I’m sure would happen sometime after Avengers 3.   It’s sad to see them wrap this up but it is also exciting to see what is yet to come from the MU.  Keep it locked in!

Comic book Connection: Cast from the previous Iron Man movies.

Nudity Bonus:  are you kidding me?

 

4.50‘s

Ran-Dizzle

You’ll never see me coming…

Probably the most action packed Iron Man out of the trilogy, I just love the Iron Man trilogy it stays fairly true to the comic books more than any others I know, plus Robert Downey Jr is Tony Stark I can never see anyone replace him.

The writing was decent, I loved it gave it more depth and brought it from a classic comic line “Demon in a bottle-ish time” and a modern comic line like “Extremis” Alot of people disagree with the “Demon in a bottle” reference, to an extent it is true, “Demon in a bottle” was more Iron Man 2, but there is some left over aura of it in Iron Man 3.

Bringing in of the Mandarin and the Suits…that made me very happy, however what I love and maybe it’s just my imagination…I don’t think who they tell you Mandarin is in the end was really the Mandarin. I think the official person “to take the fall” was/is the Mandarin I mean what better way to make someone disappear yet keep them in the game other than keep them right in the open.

Also bringing Pepper into the Iron Man world was very creative and I would like to see her have her own suit in the next one, but with the ending it gives it makes me wonder if there is going to be a next one of it they are going to call it good and just keep Tony with the Avengers?…

As for the acting even the kid Harley was pretty good, and performed well with RDJ. No one really out did the other, and everyone was pretty up to par, Guy Pierce as a bad guy for this role not my choice, but did well, I think even Ben Kingsley played well in his role, because he does have me believing that he’s the real Mandarin…”You’ll never see me coming.”

Overall I think it’s the best out of the Trilogy but don’t take my word for it, go check it out, you’ll enjoy it. And the Ginormous Christmas Rabbit…

5.0‘s

 

Kimmay!

As I have said before, I am still kind of new to this whole Marvel thing. So when it comes to being original, I have no idea but I like how it was written and acted out. Robert/Tony was witty, even while have panic attacks and his heartfelt apology to Pepper, wonderful. I thought Pepper did a fantastic job of being annoyed with the suit hobby but yet being understanding at the same time. Well until she thought one of the suits was going to kill her.

The action was amazing and super fun to watch. Especially the “fireworks” near the end.  All I can say is hobbies do come in handy.

The soundtrack was ok. Didn’t really standout but it blended in with the movie which still makes it a win for me.

Now, I’m not going to go into detail but….What’s with the ending?! What is going to happen next!? I do not like where this may be going. Still watch the movie to find out what I mean because it was fabulous.

So I give this movie….

4.5‘s


Thor (2011)

Trailer: Thor (2011)

Starring:  Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman  – Directed By:  Kenneth Branagh

Running Time: 1hr & 55 mins – Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

 

Big JD (Host)

Movie Selection Relevance

Thor: The Dark World hit theatres November 8th and is currently made $146 million Domestically and $479 million world wide.  Check out Box Office Mojo for more news on that.  Here!

But the reasons why I selected Thor (2011) seems to be quite obvious.  Plus it is one of the few Marvel movies that we have yet to review.  Somebody keeps saying “Howard The Duck“!  Just give it a rest eh?!

Synopsis:

He was cocky and stuff and his Dad sent him away to learn humility.  He met this hot chick and they wanted to hook up but his family issues followed him and kept them from….  well, anyway Thor’s hammer shows up and the rest is in the movie but remember…  Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.  -surfer dude Sam (synopsis by)

Review:

For the most part this movie is pretty great.  It’s not your typical “hero” film but it still has it’s hero moments.  Kenneth Branaugh was the perfect choice to bring Thor to the big screen.  Seeing Asgard for the first time was just amazing.  I thought Kenneth Branaugh and crew did a great job with creating Asgard and the characters within it.  The acting was excellent and to be expected really.  With a cast this good it’s kinda hard to have a bad movie.  Chris Hemsworth was kinda unproved before this movie.  He shined.  He shined mighty.

The story of how Thor came to earth and eventually joined the Avengers is outlined in this movie.  I’m glad they stuck with the original storyline of Thor being cast out of Asgard to learn humility.  I’m sort of glad they didn’t go the route of Donald Blake.  It would have been too Clark Kent/Superman feeling.  Tapping his cane on the ground and suddenly with a bolt of Thunder he becomes Thor!  Yeah So…  just keeping D. Blake in there as an Easter Egg is quite fine with me.  The rise of the Mischievous Loki is well detailed in this movie only to follow up in the Avengers.  I believe this movie is a great stepping stone for the Avengers movie as it shows why Loki is full of pain and angst.  The score was a little light in the chain mail but the main theme is pretty special.  If you are having problems catching the “main theme” then you will notice at the end of the movie during the galaxy romp right before the credits the main theme is played.

With so many good things in this movie how can I have given this movie a 4.  Well, the two things I disliked was pretty important to me.  The first was Thor’s hair.  That might seem a bit nit-picky but it seriously bothered me.  It looked like a Halloween wig that you could pick up for $15 at your local Halloween store.  It was so obvious and the blonde eyebrows made Chris Hemsworth look like a male version of the old GI Joe dolls once they left the service (became long haired hippies).  My second thorn is the entire love story of Thor & Jane Foster.  This movie really had the chance to tap the romance genre with a terrific love story that pretty much writes itself.  The so called “love” was never developed and seems more like “lust” on Jane’s part.  We are just made to assume that somehow they have developed feelings for each other.  I mean, what did Jane Foster possess that no other earth woman had?  The way this aspect was rushed made me feel that Thor could have fallen for the first earth women he meets.  That’s not cool.  I have really learned to look past these things and still enjoy the movie on the whole.

The ending was not as action packed as some comic book endings are but it is more of an emotional struggle between two brothers and I can accept that fully.  Can you?  This was an excellent movie and I can’t wait to watch it again and again.  You know I will.

4.0‘s

Ran-Dizzle

Thor is one of the greater of the Marvel movies, The cast is phenomenal, and what I love the most about the story line is it gives lots of morals during the movie, it touches base with Politics, Family, and Humility.  Although I have not had much experience with Thor’s line of comics although I am more familiar with him in The Avengers comics and stories  I think they did really well.
As for Directing Joss Whedon is amazing but both Kenneth Branagh and Joss Whedon unstopable… I think out of the Avengers so far Thor’s line is the best written story. Iron man is good, but I think Thor’s was done better.
As for the actors and acting I didn’t know much about Chris Hemsworth when I learned about this movie and therefore not really sure how it was going to play out for Thor, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin?! I was a little skeptic about that one… But after watching the movie I couldn’t really see anyone playing the roles.
Natalie Portman has always delivered a very good performance and her playing Jane Foster the human love interest to Thor, although she didn’t have much more of relevance to the story other then helping Thor learn more about humanity and humility and be the love interest to Thor, but she did well.
The soundtrack is done well, it keeps with the mood and settings well, and not to mention one of my favorite bands performs one of their best songs during the credits (Foo Fighters)
Overall it’s one of the better stories in the Marvel world and I can’t wait to see Thor 2, well worth seeing.

4.5‘s

 

Kimmay!

I have to say that all I know about Marvel comic books is what I have watched in the current movies. As for how accurate these movies are, you will have to read either John or Randy’s reviews.

As for the movie Thor, I love it. Chris Hemsworth does an amazing job of acting like a god out of place. Also that of a spoiled prince that only cares of his own wants. I have two favorite scenes in this movie that contain Thor. The first is when he gets tazed by the science assistant, and the other is when Thor cannot lift hammer from the pit. To me these were growing moments for Thor. One showed how even a small female can take him down and the other made him realize that at that moment he was not fit to be the new king.

Jane, Natalie Portman, plays the love interest and the role of teacher. She shows Thor the balance between being a self-serving hero and that of a true hero. And of course as it is Natalie playing the part it is done fantabulously.

All in all I enjoyed the story. It touches on a little of everything. From how to deal with being adopted, even if it was by a king, to make sacrifices that hurt close to the heart.

The soundtrack was good. Not amazing but good. It kept up with the movie but didn’t really draw me in.

Now I’m gonna add the hottie factor. Chris Hemsworth definitely gets a 9 out of 10 stars on that one.

So I totally give this movie…

4.0‘s

 


Star Trek: Into the Darkness

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Trailer:

Starring:     – Directed By:

Running Time: 2hr 20min  – Genre:

 

Ran-Dizzle (Host)

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I chose this movie mostly cause even though I am not an avid Trekkie, I do like the newer movies.  And I had been wanting to see this movie since in theaters but missed it so now Redbox has it I figured we’d give it a go.

Synopsis:

After exposing themselves to another species the Enterprise is called back for a review once back the discover an unstopable force sending Captain Kirk and his team into a manhunt which leads into war-zone, where it’s a chess game of life or death.

Review:

As much as I was impressed with the first one this one was far more entertaining.

What I loved most about this movie is it follows through with the first one being a worm hole altered time, and as the story continues it’s nice to see the character although have changed basically into an alternate time line still remain very much similar to the previous characters. Spock still remains Spock, but in this movie seeing him expression his emotions when he goes after Harrison (Khan) it is awesome.

Overall the acting remains the same but seems to progress a little. I noticed that Chris Pine has some William Shatner pauses once in a while in the movie. I was originally against Simon Pegg being Scotty…but now seeing him in the roles in both films I’m more the impressed with the way he stays with the character.

The one person whom I did feel kind of mocks his role in the films is Karl Urban. We all know Dr. McCoy has famous lines like “Damnit Jim, I am a Doctor not a _____________” but when he does it maybe it’s just me but it feels a little more like a mockery of the real Dr.McCoy than it is his portrayal. STID5

J.J Abrams impresses me more and more when I watch his stuff, Star Trek will never be the same and I hope he keeps a hand in the projects when the new director comes in, and the cast stays the same because Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto  they have these characters pegged. But going back to J.J. Abrams his ability to morph the new stories into an alternate reality through the worm hole is absolutely amazing, and the fact he’s able to keep Leonard Nimoy makes me happy, even though I am not a trekkie like my dad was.  Like Abrams I am more of a Star Wars fan.

Overall this is a must see for all Trekkies and newer Trekkies to come.

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4.5‘s

Kimmay!

This will probably mostly be a girly take on this movie, because well, I can at times be girly. The reason why I watched the first Star Trek (2009) was because of the actors that played the New Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. I was more than entertained and fully enjoyed it. I had meant to watch Star Trek: Into the Darkness long before this but kept putting it off. I now regret that decision.

Of course Spock is witty and funny without even meaning too. His comments are dry and to the point in a way that only Spock can manage. Zachary Quinto may not be Leonard Nimoy but I think he makes a decent Spock.  He keeps his face void of emotion even in the scenes that about did me in. His lack of human understanding almost made him more human to me. He tries his best to be Vulcan but at times he does slip and acts a bit more human. Now I have to say that his looks (even with the slanted eyebrows) are still remarkable. (That’s girly moment number one.) But when his emotions do break through and he can not turn them off. Oi, I even had a tear or five to shed. He embraces his friends lack of care for safety to get the mission done.

Now for girly moment number two. Chris Pine..umm…I mean Captain Kirk.. There is hardly anything better than a man with a wild streak a mile wide and a grin to kill. He grows up a bit in this movie while overcoming many challenges and well, life changing events. STID6

The plot seemed to me rather orginal. If I am mistaken and this copies one of the older movies, my bad. While I grew up watching the many different T.V. series, I never did watch the movies. On the note of watching the series, one of the actors, Scott Lawrence, who only had a tiny moment on the Admirals ship, was in one episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

I bet the soundtrack was good but I kept getting caught up in the movie that I forgot to pay attention to. So all I can tell you on that note is that it did not take away from the movie and must have added to the scenes.

So for hottie factor and just plain liking this movie I give Star Trek Into Darkness…

4.0 ‘s

 

BIG JD

As a Star Wars fan I cannot say that I was ever impressed with any of the prior Star Trek films prior to 2009.  So, when I say that I liked this movie is a big step in the right direction.  It also shows that JJ Abrams has not only made a good film but he has made the Star Trek universe interesting and very entertaining to me.

I think the best part of this movie for me (and the franchise for that matter) is that JJ Abrams has kept the original movies canon in tact and still viable and still able to create new exciting stories.  This is a challenge at anytime for any filmmaker building on the success of other movies in a franchise but he succeeded with ONE wormhole in the 2009 movie.  Wormholes solve everything.  I like the fact that they brought back “old” Spock for this movie.  For some reason he gives the movie credibility and a certain emotion attached to the Kahn character.  Although the timeline’s have separated the old Spock knows what kind of man Kahn (Harrison) is because they dealt with him in the movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn.  It makes me want to go back and re-watch that movie.  There are some similarities between the two movies proving that you can’t change fate but, I’ll let you figure those out for yourself.  I’ll give you the first one.  Spock, Kirk, Radiation… nuff said.STID7

I could do without the new timeline relationship of Ohura & Spock.  It just seemed like their banter between each other is forced and really unnecessary.  Plus, it makes me wonder… What “event” would make those two come together?  A wormhole and life threatening situations?  I don’t think so.  And having the Tribble scene be the one thing that saves Kirk’s life is kind of planted in there a bit too obviously.  I’m ok though because… well, you’ll see at the end of the review.

Some small issues I had start with the following:  How did Harrison get a ship that close to Starfleet command war-room without setting off any security red flags in a stolen ship?  You know that Pike will die In that scene.  You know because Cpt. Kirk lost the bridge of his ship, it wasn’t too concerning because you know he’ll have the ship back before the movie ends.  It was just a matter of piecing it together beforehand.  And yes, I figured that out as soon as I saw the first explosion in the war-room.  Also, the new Athletic and Very Agile & Strong Spock.  I’m kinda torn on him.  I like the fact that he’s way more exciting but still I don’t feel it’s in his character to be the way he is now.  And him running is hilarious with his haircut flopping in the breeze.STID4

I like the exploration of new planets/creatures.  Kind of expected in this movie but, It gives the movie visual set pieces that keep you intrigued.  I hope in future movies we see more creatures instead of having random alien officers on the ship spout out unnecessary nonsense.  And I would like to add as a side-note.  Alice Eve in this movie was great.  Even though her character was a total plot device.  She was originally up for the Emma Frost role in X-Men: First Class.  I think she would have nailed that role.  I mean, this movie proves that she looks good in lingerie.

I liked this movie a lot due to some very small issues that I can just attribute to writing.  So if you weren’t a fan before give this movie a shot and I guarantee you’ll love it.  It will in fact make you want to know more about the Star Trek universe and that is very promising for Star War fans come 2015.

Oh, I didn’t forget.  Tribble’s rule.

Comic book Connection:  Zoe Saldana- Guardians of the Galaxy,

Nudity Bonus:  n/a

4.50‘s


World War Z (2013)

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Trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXuC_v0KWaU

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mirellie Enos    – Directed By:  Marc Forster

Running Time: 1hr 56 min  – Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror

 

Ran-Dizzle (Host)

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There are actually a few reasons why I picked this movie this month.

1.) It’s October and it’s the time to be festive with Vampires that don’t sparkle, Ghosts that are not friendly and with Cherub faces, Monsters, and anything else that goes bump in the night, or stab you with steely claws in your dreams, Zombies actually are an interesting horror film for me to choose I normally don’t care for zombie movies but this one stuck out for reason # 2….

2.) Double Tap….oh wait that’s another movie, #2 reason why I picked this movie… Brad Pitt in a Horror film. Last time I saw him in anything related to horror was Seven and that was a great movie, so hopefully he will do good in this one.

3.) and the most important reason of all… because I want to. So sit down strap in, grab your popcorn boy/girlfriends hand and hold on tight we are getting ready to watch the most interesting Brad Pitt movie since Fight Club.

Synopsis:

Gerry Lane (PItt) a United Nations employee travels the world in a race against time to save his family and stop the Zombie pandemic that is taking over humanity as a whole destroying every things in it’s path.

Review:

This movie was interesting and kept my attention however I didn’t see why they call them Zombies, yes they are infected so technically are zombies but these “Zombies” were more able to move faster then regular humans, it was more a virus infection then it is zombies, I think of undead people in motion when I think about zombies, not like resident evil super zombies creatures. I did like how the zombies were attracted to sound, and how they solve how to get around the zombies without killing them.

What I did like is how they did keep it more realistic by creating flaws in systems like knowing zombies are attracted to sound so why did they have people singing in celebration in Jeruselem? Also Gerry being able to piece together everything together so fast just seemed a little odd but do-able. Then the little mistakes that they make like making noises even in the moments you tend to forget your surroundings but carboard and magazine gauntlets are going to prevent a flesh devouring infected person from biting you…I think not.

One thing that bothered me it’s very little, the sound of the teeth chomping from the Staff at the W.H.O facility, and the fact that Gerry should have died by being impailed by the piece of metal in his middle.

Actors were ok, Brad Pitt did well but the others seemed pretty ok nothing specatcular I felt that Mireille Enos was not really a huge role nor did I feel she was nothing but to keep Gerry moving in his search to keep his family alive so basically to me she was bait, in that manner the she did great, but other then that I don’t see her purpose.

The score was decent didn’t really stand out but it did set the mood to keep you engaged so I think that was done well.

Overall it’s a great movie but I was expecting more from the hype I heard about.  Worth a watch.

3.5‘s

Kimmay!

 Wow, let me say it again…Wow. This is probably another one of my favorite Brad Pitt movies. Of course he is the hero that figures out the clues left by mother nature to solve the slight issue on how not to get eaten by the infected people. He is quick on his feet and can survive anything that is thrown his way. The scene that stuck with me the most was when he saved the Mossad agent, Segen, by chopping her hand off after she got bitten. I think if I was her I would have just curled up and died but she kept going and even helped save the day.

For a “Zombie” this one was rather good. Not a whole lot of blood and gore but still intense. I think the thing that disturbed me the most were the mannerisms of the undead. How they would chatter their teeth when they were in their calm mode and just glitch around. But the slightest noise will send them tearing around searching for the next victim. The makeup on the zombie was done well and they were appropriately creepy.

The music was ehh, some of it was good but most of it was lost in the film. To me the music should enhance the movie and if you can’t remember it then it did not enhance it.

 I did do a lot of jumping and squirming around so if that is something you look for in a scary movie, this is a go. 

3.0‘s

 

BIG JD

If you like the “infected people” movies such as 28 Days Later then this is your movie.  But, if you are looking for a true Zombie flick then you may need a “Pitt-Pass” on this one.  What bothers me is when people call this a Zombie movie.  It is NOT a Zombie movie.  Zombies don’t act like world class athletes.  These are true runners.  The infected?  Yes, I can say that.

You start this movie with the normal everyday life that everyone has until that one moment when Pancakes hit the fan.  Then from that moment on you are on ride with the survivors as they try to figure out how to find a cure.  …and survive.  Not much different than any Zombie/Infection movie we’ve all seen.  That’s about my biggest beef with this movie.  You just about know what’s gonna happen as it is happening so, there isn’t much of that surprise factor.  Speaking of Cliché… “I use to be the best in my field and now I’m retired, now I’m being pulled back into my job” cliché.

The reason these “infected” movies are such a success is that it is so believable that this type of thing can happen.  Everyone has that fear that one normal day may be the last normal day you may experience because some crazy virus strand could hit the populous.  The government would even seem like they are helpless.  Even if you get Brad Pitt to save the day.  The casting was decent.  I didn’t really understand how the “wife/mom” got married to Brad Pitt.  Didn’t seem plausible but I can deal with that.  Maybe his feet really stink and that’s something that she “deals” with because of his looks.  It was cool to see Jack (Matthew Fox) from Lost in there but sort of disappointing that his role was absolutely one line.  Word is that his part was much bigger before they essentially reshot the entire the movie.  His part had something to do with an affair with the “wife/mom”.  That would have been interesting.

A couple points of interest.  Spoilers ahead.  How does Brad Pitt see the first infected person turn when they are like a block or two away and like all these people running everywhere?  Our best hope comes from a kid that doesn’t have the coordination needed to wield a firearm?  That’s scary.  The wife has issues with her husband going back to his “old” job?  Not really a time to be petty.  In Jerusalem why weren’t they monitoring their outer walls?  Seems like that would be the standard protocol.

This movie really hits home the point that if you are deemed as an “important” person by the ones that are in charge then you can count on you and your family being safe.  Even if they make you leave their secret aircraft carrier I’m sure they’ll dump you in a safe spot.

With the occasional WTF this movie is pretty good.  Even though not much was actually accomplished. (just found a way to fight the infected).  I am looking forward to the sequel.  No Pitt-Pass needed.

Comic book Connection:  James Badge Dale: Iron Man 3

Nudity Bonus:  n/a

3.50‘s


The Host (2013)

Trailer: The Host Trailer

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons  – Directed By:  Andrew Niccol

Running Time: 2hrs & 5 mins – Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance (& Sci-Fi too)

 

Big JD (Host)

Synopsis:

In the future we are invaded by aliens that inhabit our body and run our world in the quest for a peaceful planet.  We as humans are hosts to our alien invaders.  There are few humans that have been able to escape and are constantly on the run.  Melanie is one of those humans until she is captured and implanted with “The Wanderer”.  Melanie still being alive inside fights the being and the 2 struggle to work together to change their world.

Review:

From the writer of the Twilight series Stephenie Meyer’s novel is adapted into a surprisingly good movie.  I say that I’m surprised for 2 reasons.  1.  I’m not a fan of the Twilight series 2.  The movie domestically grossed 26 million at the box office.  So, it tanked in the theatres.  But, I kept an open mind from start to finish and this movie surprised me.  Like I said.

The story is basically taking the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” theme and expanded upon it.  It takes an in depth look at the struggle of 2 minds in one body.  Also, the epic scale of a silent alien invasion that has taken most of the planet.  Saoirse Ronan plays the main character Melanie and she proved to be an excellent unknown (to me) actress.  Maybe it’s the eyes but she did very well playing two different personalities.  Diane Kruger plays the “seeker” that is after Melanie.  Although she plays a very good villain I thought she could have been pushed to do a little more to go over the top.  William Hurt plays an old man that is uncle to Melanie.  Hurt can do no wrong in this role.  It’s perfect for a seasoned vet.  Not too long but just enough of a role for you to like his character.  One line that I did not care for actually came from Uncle Jeb (Hurt).  When he asks Wanderer to call her by a shortened name and then names her Wanda..  Like the “errrrr” sound was too difficult to say?  Your already saying a 2 syllabel name “Wan-Da” might as well say “errrr” or at least give me another excuse.  Here I got one.  “Hey Wanderer, I find it difficult calling you by this name.  May I call you Wanda?  It makes you seem more human”.

The side characters were all basic needs.  Meaning that they were there and none of them really stood out.  Nobody did a bad job but nobody else stood out.  There were opportunities to have some bad acting moments but they were avoided and for that I give credit to Director Andrew Niccol for a superb editing job.

The writing, Directing, Special effects were all good.  Even the soundtrack was decent and no not because of the Imagine Dragons song at the ending credits.  The score kept the calmness and Sci-Fi feel of the movie.  I had no problems.  Wait, yes I did.  It was the ending.  The ending felt “tacked on”.  It could have ended prior to the original ending but the ending they showed just had to set up another movie.  If we were going by domestic box office numbers then it will not have a sequel.  The studio wouldn’t risk it.  But, there is something to take note of when you look at Worldwide numbers.  Domestic & Foreign totals to be 48 million dollars and with a 40 million dollar budget it made like 8 million and that’s not counting DVD sales.  So, I think it may be possible to get a sequel out of this.  And although IMDB does not list this as a Sci-Fi genre movie it is ALL Sci-Fi baby!  Somebody at IMDB needs to watch this again.  Very little Romance aspects although they really marketed it as such.

Comic book Connection:  William Hurt – The Incredible Hulk

Nudity Bonus:  Nopers…

 

4.50‘s

Ran-Dizzle

 What would you do if you woke up and had 2 voices in your head? and unable to control your own body? It was an interesting story of Sparkling  Blue Parasites that control your bod,. But when you get a strong willed host that fights you too keep their loved one alive, after an invasion and you start to see their point of existence and that they are not as harmful as you are lead to believe. The story line was for the most part pretty original, it made me think in like a love story mixed with invasion of the body snatchers but for the most part pretty interesting lots of morals to it as well.

Acting was done fairly well, No one really stood out which can be good or bad in this case it was good. Diane Kruger did a good job but for me she didn’t seem very villainous to me but still did well being the seeker with a one track mind of world domination, one mustache twirl away from pure evil….just kidding.  Diane Kruger and William Hurt were probably the 2 biggest stars I saw in the casting, so it really impressed me when this group of “unknowns” were able to keep my attention and act very well. I guess that’s why I prefer actors that are no names because they have a lot more to lose then ones who’ve been in several movies.

Special Effects were done pretty well, I was amazed by the healing spray stuff.  I think the one that got me the most was the huge picture of “The Store” that just said STORE on the front of it, keeping it really simple. Also having the cars the seekers and people had…how can they afford all of this…oh wait if you go to the store and don’t pay, then do you go to the car lot and just drive off the lot with a car? I want to visit the Lamborghini store then 😀

Overall this movie wasn’t horrible, actually sadly it kept my attention. Although I know JD picked it just to hear the Radioactive song from Imagine Dragons.  (Not really….or Did he?) I would say this is a must rent, some people might not like the fact that it was from the Author of “The Twilight Saga” to be honest I told JD if there were Sparkly Aliens making love to humans I was going to hurt him for making me watch it…but it didn’t happen. So that might turn people away, but for you Stephanie Meyer Fans Kudos because this is probably I think way better then Twilight (though haven’t seen it and unless JD has a death wish hopefully never will)


4.0‘s

 


Clear and Present Danger (1994)

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Starring:Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer   – Directed By: Phillip Noyce

 

Ran-Dizzle(Host)

 I am not really one for Political Movies but this one is pretty good one, I mean it has Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, and Willem Dafoe?! what else does it need, Well the plot was pretty good, nothing really original, The US tries to start a war with Colombian drug cartels, all the while the US involves CIA Deputy Director Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) while Jack Ryan doesn’t really know about the war, he’s just there to investigate and seize funds he finds himself getting wrapped up in a political scandal. Since this is a kind of Sequel
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Acting was ok nothing really stood out a few of the extras were obviously never been in a film but other then that ok, Harrison Ford was perfect as always, Willem Dafoe was pretty good although his role was small. It was nice to see a little reunion of the Voice of Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) together in another movie, kind of makes you wonder what they talked about between takes, perhaps reminiscing over old Star Wars times? Probably not but Wan could only hope. ( I know horrible Star Wars pun)

Special Effects and Soundtrack was nothing really spectacular.

Overall this movie is ok, for it’s time it was done well.

3.0‘s

Big JD-

Jack Ryan is a character that was created by Tom Clancy in a series of books by the same author.  If you haven’t had the chance to see any of these Jack Ryan movies then you are missing out.  Heavily themed as political thrillers you might think it would be boreing but surprisingly they are quite entertaining.  Even the one with Ben Affleck.

This movie is a classic in terms of Harrison Ford playing yet another great character.  Playing Jack Ryan is a perfect fit for him and I wasn’t at all disappointed with him.  James Earl Jones was fantastic as well.  I need to watch more movies with him in them.  Speaking of Ford & Jones, it was a reunion of sorts for them.  They haven’t appeared in a movie together since Star Wars.  Well, James Earl Jones’ voice anyway.  If you liked his character less ailing you can check out The Hunt For Red October.  But you would have to put up with Alec Baldwin playing Jack Ryan.  Willem Dafoe plays yet another bad guy / good guy / who knows guy.  Very reminiscent of Platoon in parts for me.

clark-gregg-clear-and-present-danger_480x270I was very surprised to see Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agent Coulson).  Where?  Ok, do you remember when they were testing out the young Sniper?  Remember that?  You know when they couldn’t find him but they did find his cheeseburger wrapper?  Yeah, that’s the part.  Well, to the right of the guy with the binoculars there stands Clark Gregg.  Nice.

The score/soundtrack was very typical for this type of political action thriller.  It wasn’t bad but I can say that it was to be expected.

It wouldn’t be a Big JD review if I didn’t find some problems with the writing/directing.  I’m sure Clancy wrote a fine book but the screenplay adaptation had some problems.  First it was the initial idea that a drug cartel was actually deemed a “Clear and Present Danger” by the President of the United States.  Consider it a product of the nineties I guess.  They made the President played by Donald Moffat a blithering idiot.  Maybe that was by design but it bothered me.  During the ambush in Bogata I counted many more “white” vans being blown up than there actually were.  Only by like two so, that’s not bad right?  During Jack Ryan’s “I need paper for my printer” scene.  Print Screen actually doesn’t send data to a printer.  Wow.  People were so computer illiterate back then.  When Clark asks the heli pilot to pick them up at the “Lindo Coffee” factory the actual name is “Lindo Café” (I saw the sign) and him being an American would not know the difference.  Yes he would.  Just kidding.  But he might have kept looking for “Lindo Café” and cost everyone their lives.  If it wasn’t for his extreme under the influence training I’m sure he would have missed it.  When Jack Ryan is called to the special Committee Hearing the announcer says “The committee will now call Dr. John Ryan”.  Is that his “other” name that I’ve never heard before?

Well, in all it still is a good movie.  Mistakes aside.  The ending is very satisfying and keeps you wanting more Jack Ryan.  I think they need a final Jack Ryan movie with Harrison Ford playing the retired hero.  But what do I know?  I’m only a fan.600full-clear-and-present-danger-

Comic Book Movie Plus:  Willem Dafoe: Spider-Man, Clark Greg: The Avengers, Iron Man Series, Thor

Nudity Bonus:  Nope.

3.50‘s

 


Cloud Atlas (2012)

Trailer: Cloud Atlas (2012)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving  – Directed By: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski

Running Time: 2 hrs & 52 mins – Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

 

Big JD (Host)

 

Synopsis:  The Wachowski Siblings & Tom Tykwer take you on a journey that spans across time.  From the very distant past to the very distant future we get a look at what binds us together.  The theory that all people do not live their own lives but coupled together with reincarnation we all are bound together tasked to find one another and to be together forever.  Not just in this life but in future lives to come.

Review:

First and foremost I would like to say that if you are not a fan of having to follow every second of a movie and thinking how it all fits together then this is not the movie for you.  If you enjoy dissecting each scene with the precision of a surgeon and then discussing it in length after the movie is finished then this may be your movie.  I however fall about in the middle of that.  I like to scrutinize movies yet, I finding anything really to discuss here is beyond me.  This movie confused the hell out of me.  From beginning to end I understood everyone’s role, but when it came to fitting them together it left me with extra parts.  Just like putting together a bicycle I refuse to think they just put in the extra filler just because they thought you may lose other parts.

I understand the Adam Ewing/Tilda & Hae-Joo Chang/Sonmi-451 connection played by Jim Sturgess/Doona Bae.  I get the Zachry/Meronym & Dr. Henry Goose/Luisa Rey connection played by Tom Hanks/Halle Berry but what I don’t get is the entire composer sidestory along with the old man that is a story writer storline.  Each character timeline has a character in it that bears a specific birth mark.  Yes, and I even understand that it symbolizes its that one life that repeats itself.  But they don’t even keep the birthmark to actors/storylines or anything relevant.  It seems pretty random.  The only thing I can figure out is the one that bears the birthmark is the lead character in that specific timeline.

As for having the actors play their other period counter pieces, I was fine with that.  What I found unnecessary was that they also played random other characters as well.  It seemed to mess the with underlying “meaning” of what each character meant in the whole scheme of things.  Maybe having Tom Hanks play the Motel owner or Thug meant something more but, it was something that went over my head.  Halle Berry has been disappointing me as of late.  Maybe it was the Catwoman movie or maybe it was Gothika…  could be her lackluster portrayal of Storm that has ruined her for me.  I don’t know.  She was merely “fine” in this movie.  Nothing special.  Sorry Miss Berry.

Subtitles in the most distant future.  Not the future but the “way way” future.  That is definitely True True.  It sounded like the unofficial Jar-Jar Binks Future Timeline.  Very Scary.  I missed half of the dialogue because I couldn’t understand what they were saying.  Couple that with a random figure that only appeared to Zachry that seemed to be from New Orleans?  Very weird and random.  I would like to touch on the makeup artists real quick.  Where they students?  It seemed the makeup/prosthetics were very low class.  I won’t dig too much but very noticeable.  Especially the woman with the dead dog.

In the end the entire movie was “ok” but very confusing.  It had a very original thought behind it.  That we are all connected and that we don’t live our separate lives but destined to repeat our past lives in some way or another.  With 3 director’s though it felt like we were going in many different directions.  That was very distracting.  The Wachowski’s Plus One need to work on their craft and make things that don’t convolute or confuse the audience.  Final thought:  Watch it if you have 3 hours to waste.

Comic Book Movie Plus: Hugo Weaving – Captain America: The First Avenger, Halle Berry – X-men Franchise, Catwoman

Nudity Bonus:  n/a

3.50‘s

Ran-Dizzle

 This is probably the most interesting movie I’ve seen in awhile. To me the most creative way about it, is involving not only different stories being combined but through time from the past to the future. So to me the originality was very impressive. I am not one for much Sci-fi stoies (with the exception of Star Wars of course.)

The acting in this movie was superb, seeing more then one actor/actress playing several roles through time telling the stories, no one really stood out because everyone was that good. With this all-star cast how can you compare the acting and stories.
Although I have my favorite story segments in this movie, you cannot really compare acting by the stories or by the actors as they are all very talented.

The Special effects were done well as was the Music although nothing really to stand out on it’s own but to me when everything blends so well makes a better movie then having bits and pieces stand out.

Overall this movie kept me very entertained, and interesting stories that intertwined the pace of the movie jogged along at a decent speed even though it was a fairly lengthy movie you don’t really notice how much time has passed, however this is a movie you need to keep 100% of your focus on it, or you miss out. A Must see in my book.


5.0‘s