When Transformers: Age of Extinction was announced, the reaction of the public was quite mixed. There were many people who were excited to see another Michael Bay-directed action flick, full of great special effects, explosions, and cool cars. Others rolled their eyes at the trailers, believing that this would be nothing but another summer cash grab with a thin plot and few redeeming qualities. The past three Transformers movies have proven that the franchise can pull in huge profits even in the face of scathing reviews, and I have no doubt in my mind that Age of Extinction will rake in mounds of cash, as well. Is this new movie worthy of these sales, or is it just more fuel for the hatred that Bay has received throughout his career? Continue reading Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review
With the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend, I thought that I’d go back a few years and review one of the previous installments in the franchise. Michael Bay’s Transformers movies have been mocked relentlessly ever since the release of the first movie in summer 2007. Although most would argue that the first movie isn’t a complete affront to the art of cinema, the second film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, have been completely lambasted by both critics and filmgoers alike. Despite the poor reception, however, both movies made a killing at the box office. The franchise did so well, in fact, that Dark of the Moon is currently the seventh highest-grossing film of all time. Did the final installment of this “trilogy” (a word that I use with caution, given the new movie being released this weekend) deserve all of the income that it garnered? Continue reading Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Review
In addition to reviews of newer films, I’d also like to do reviews of older movies that I’m now catching up on because I never saw them growing up. Some of these are classic films such as Citizen Kane, others are cult classics that I simply hadn’t heard of until I got more into cinema, and the remainder are films that were recommended to me by either friends, websites, or “best of” lists online. I thought that I would start this series of “retro reviews” by summing up my thoughts on Point Break, one of the films that put Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow on the map. Continue reading Point Break Movie Review
Ever since its announcement, the new Godzilla movie has had kaiju fans foaming at the mouth. The first trailer was all over the web as soon as it was released, and everyone who drooled over Pacific Rim’s excellent special effects last summer got excited just thinking about an American version of the king of the monsters. Sure, we had the 1998 adaptation, but that wasn’t so much a film as it was a giant slap in the face to the source material and fans alike. Finally, we were all going to be treated to the Godzilla film that we’d been dreaming of. Sure enough, the movie lived up to the hype, and although it isn’t a perfect film, it’s certainly one of the best sci-fi adventures to be released this summer. Continue reading Godzilla (2014) Movie Review
I have to be honest; I was really hoping for this film to be absolutely atrocious. When I heard that they were once again placing three villains into one Spider-Man movie, I actually got angry. I was angry that this rebooted series, which kicked off to an alright start in 2012, was already getting greedy with the amount of stories that they were trying to execute within a 2-hour window. I was angry that they were taking one of my favorite superheroes and trying to milk him for profits instead of actually making a quality work of art. My anger made me hate this movie before I even saw it; I was hoping that it would be dragged through the mud by both critics and fans alike, and that it would be declared a failure of Uwe Boll proportions.
Now, after seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I have to admit that it isn’t quite as bad as I had hoped. At worst, it’s mediocre. Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Review
Time travel is always tricky.
It is very difficult to create a film involving time travel that doesn’t contain continuity issues. The first two Terminator films, despite being adored by sci-fi fans worldwide, have many paradoxes throughout the plot of both films because of the time travel used, leaving many fans scratching their heads even today. The Back to the Future movies have very similar problems, although since they were just fun, family comedies, I’m sure that these issues weren’t first and foremost on the filmmaker’s minds. Just like these films, X-Men: Days of Future past has several issues involving the time travel in the story. However, it is still one excellent film. Continue reading X-Men: Days Of Future Past Movie Review
What do you get when you combine Groundhog Day with Aliens?
Simply put, you get Edge of Tomorrow, the new sci-fi adventure of the summer. In this film, the earth has been invaded by a strange race of aliens called the Mimics, and NATO has formed a military organization called the United Defense Forces to combat the threat. Tom Cruise plays William Cage, a Major in the UDF who is demoted to a footsoldier after blackmailing his General. After dying in combat with the alien forces, Cage soon discovers that he is doomed to live out this scenario over and over again from the moment that he is placed in the ranks with the grunts, living this day until he is killed off and then restarting from that point. Eventually, Cruise meets Sergeant Rita Vrataski, a battle-hardened soldier who is aware of his condition. The two embark on a quest to find the source of the Mimic threat, and the film that unfolds is one very fun ride. Continue reading Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review
For those who don’t know, 22 Jump Street is the sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street, a gut-bustingly funny film about two undercover cops named Schmidt and Jenko, played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, respectively, acting as high school students in an attempt to blow the lid off of a drug ring operating within the high school. 22 Jump Street finds the two playing the part of college students trying to uncover the source of a new drug called “whyphy” being distributed throughout a nearby college. Continue reading 22 Jump Street Movie Review
Occasionally, there are films that are ill-received by both critics and viewers alike that are unfairly judged at the time of their release. John Carpenter’s The Thing, which originally opened to scathing reviews, is now considered a horror classic. The Boondock Saints was also hated by professional critics, yet soon achieved a cult status and is now adored by a major fanbase worldwide. This causes me to wonder, is X-Men: The Last Stand actually a much better film than we all thought it was when we first saw it in 2006?
Simply put, no. X-Men: The Last Stand is still as bad as it has ever been. However, it does have a few redeeming qualities to it. Continue reading X-Men: The Last Stand Movie Review