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Ghostbusters (2016) Movie Review

July 20th, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Ghostbusters

Last Friday Ghostbusters Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones as the new reboot ghostbusters, also directed by Paul Feig whom previously worked with McCarthy on Spy, The Heat & Bridesmaids (Along with Kristen Wiig) officially release with mixed reviews. Also before the film’s release it was met with so much controversy about the all-female cast appearing in a reboot of a beloved 80s classic ranging from the overt sexist attacks about a female ghostbusters team; calling it a SJW (Social Justice Warrior) & Feminist film as well the other side just call it a bad film using bad jokes. Both of these attacks has affected the film’s marketing to the point where Sony using these attacks to promoted their movie again with mixed results. So now it finally released in theaters, how it the movie itself despite mixed reviews.

Well…its ok, it’s not bad or terrible as one would think, but it’s not great neither. Ghostbuster reboot is just…ok. The comedy is a hit or miss in some areas, the funny ones are not in the trailer and all the jokes you hate from the trailer. Chris Hemsworth plays Kevin, the receptionist and plays a dumb blonde stereotype; this character is hammered so hard on how stupid he is that he become a cartoon. It’s even believable anymore after 5 mins of his performance and it becomes refreshing that he changes later in the film when he is possessed by the main villain.

Speaking of the main villain, Neil Casey plays the weird Rowan North who is also into ghost, but into capturing them, he wants to let them free into the world so he can destroy it. That’s it, that is his entire motivation and it’s a weak one. In original film the villain was Walter Peck of whom he maybe a guy with no dick, he’s justified in his actions of shutting down the ghostbuster. Rowan North is not, the world has its faults, but he also acts so strange that he just put people of him. The only nice people he meets throughout the film was Leslie Jones’ character Patty Tolan, Ozzy Osborne fans and Melissa McCarthy’s character Abby Yates and he still acts so strange, thus puts them off.

Despite the issue of bad characters, bad jokes and a bad villain (also when the giant monster appear, it just ignores the heroes after 1 minute of fighting them…that was stupid, it didn’t need to stop and it only went against our heroes when they have to close the portals.) the film is just ok in the end. It has some good moments, the intro for example is really good in building the vibe as well Kate McKinnon’s character. Nothing in this film sticks out in a manner that would make it memorable. I believe that is the problem here, it is so ok, that nothing sticks out. Fans will quote lines from the first 2 Ghostbusters films, but I doubt they will do the same with this.

If you’re curious, please go see Ghostbusters, but if you enjoy watch the original film, just stick to that, there is no need to see the new one if you get all the Ghostbuster love from the 1984 movie.

 

Also the theme that plays at the beginning of the credits is a much better rendition of the classic theme than Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliot’s take.

 

By
Bryan Vallejo

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Review

July 5th, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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In March of this year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice release with mixed reviews. As for my opinion, the film is not good. They’re scenes that don’t make sense, character motivations are just weak, casting choices/directions are just wrong for these iconic characters. But does the “Ultimate Edition” improve this film enough to fix these issues?

Well Yes and No. The Ultimate cut does add more context to Clark Cent/Superman on why he is against Batman, we found out more about Lex’s plan to put the public (and batman) against superman and this does feel more fleshed out. But all that said there are some additions that hurt the film. For instincts, if there are still fans who believe Batman didn’t kill a lot of people, this cut is not shy on letting you know that BATMAN KILLS. Example: in Batman big fight scene leading up to the climax, batman chugs a box towards the henchman to knock him down, the Ultimate cut lets you know that attack actually kills him.

It stuff likes that shows the path of future DCU films, for them to be gritty and brutal just to be different from marvel. If you like BvS, then you’ll like this Ultimate cut, but if you hate the movie, this cut doesn’t really change your mind.

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of justice Ultimate Edition is available now for Digital Download and the Bluray is set to release on July 19th

 

Article by:
Bryan Vallejo

“Warcraft” is the latest failure among Hollywood’s attempt to adapt video games

June 14th, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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It seems to be impossible to make a successful video game adaptation. What I mean about “successful” is “critically” successful, since the majority of these films may do well financially, but not well with critics. They don’t give it any good praises about the film and it has become tradition to just expect failure from video game adaptations. Are critics just being too harsh with this genre or are they in the right? At least for this one?

Well let’s start with Warcraft. Directed by Duncan Jones, it stars two factions in conflict with each other, Humans vs Orcs. To keep in mind, this film is based on Blizzard Entertainment’s first Warcraft game, “Warcraft: Orcs & Humans”, not the MMO “World of Warcraft” that casual viewers whether gamer (non-fan of Warcraft series) and non-gamer would most likely know. Fans of this series would understand this film a lot more than anyone else. In this movie stars Toby Kebbell playing the Orc “Durotan” who is the leader of his clan and searching for a new world for his people while he and the rest follow the shaman “Gul’dan” played by Daniel Wu who has his own goals on destroying the new world by literally sucking the life out of it. As the humans of Azeroth now have to fight this new faction to protect their world by allying with a half human and half orc Garona played by Paula Patton and Durotan who wants to stop Gul’dan from destroying the world of the humans since it was his magic that destroyed the orc world.

 

With this premise, one would think it would be great to add on some good character development, but for the humans, they don’t seem to engaging like the Orcs. In fact, the Orcs are the better characters, Durotan, Gul’dan and Orgrim are more engaging enough for the viewer to care about more. Not much with the humans forced romance, Travis Fimmel’s Anduin weird watery eyes as it seemed that’s the only thing he knows how to do, even with a serious scene he makes that face with his eyes. Since he does that so much that it kills the scene it trying to make.

Another issue the film haves that it tries to put in so much of the lore of the series that anybody who is not aware of it feels like homework to have to learn about it just to understand it instead of expanding one’s knowledge it. But at least the score and visually effect are wonderful and as I said about this film, I do hope it does well because I want to see more of this world. But I don’t know if casual viewers want to come back to the World of Warcraft (Pun intended).

 

Article by:
Bryan Vallejo

Assassin’s Creed Movie Coming Soon & the Future of Video Game Adaptations

May 24th, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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The Assassin’s Creed trailer has dropped on Wednesday, May 11th and has received over 900,00 views so far with a fairly positive amount of likes. What makes this film differ from the games is that this is an original story set in the same universe as the story in the game instead of based on the story that has happened so far. Starring Michael Fassbender playing the character Callum Lynch set in 15th century Spain during the inquisition with Sci-fi elements that allow his character to tap into the memories of this time period. This movie is set to release sometime this year.

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But let’s also take this to talk about Video-Game Adaptations. For over 2 decades Hollywood had made several attempts to create films based on video game, whether it’s based on or around the topic. As history shown, most are not good films, they’re either so bad its good (like Super Mario Bros. The Movie, Street Fighter the movie and Tekken: Blood Vengeance), just bad (The King of Fighters) or at best it’s ok (Which is code for a good video game adaptation, like Mortal Kombat, but not a great movie). There are actual good ones like Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist that did show on how to create a good adaptation and actual be considered a great movie, but it’s not a Hollywood release and this was mostly independent. A few of weeks ago we just had the release of Ratchet & Clank movie based on the game with the same name, but with poor reviews, of which is not new to genre. With Assassin’s Creed being set to release and the upcoming Warcraft there might be a chance that either one (or both) could break that barrier and considered a great movie overall especially since the director of Warcraft (Duncan Jones) stated that he wants this to be a “great movie”. All we have a hope that this can be broken; it has worked for comic book films, remember it years for the genre to be taken seriously and we can thank Tim Burton and Richard Donner for the Batman (1 & 2) and Superman (1 & 2), Blade, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy and last, Marvel Studios itself showing the world that comic book movies can be complex, compelling and fun.

Article by:
Bryan Vallejo

Captain America: Civil War

May 13th, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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This past weekend Marvel studios has released their latest movie and the beginning of Phase three Captain America: Civil War. This film is both a sequel to the Russo Brothers previous film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Josh Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, as the film discusses the casualties that had happen in the previous marvel films and The U.N. has issue a registration act or as in the film the Sokovia Accords of which forces our heroes to work for the U.N. instead of as an independent force. Our heroes take opposite side in this debate with Tony Stark (Played by Robert Downey Jr.) on the side for the accords and Steve Rogers (Played by Chris Evans) opposing it. It’s not just that, we also have to deal with Bucky Barns (Played by Sebastian Stan) who is being held responsible for an attack on the U.N. of which complicates the situation.  So now Captain America have to prove his friend’s innocence while Iron Man and his team out to catch Bucky Barnes.

 

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We also being introduced to 2 New Heroes in the MCU; Black Panther (Played by Chadwick Boseman) who plays not a large roll, but enough to define who he is and how he works, and next Spider-Man (Played by Tom Holland) who just makes a small appearance in the movie, but managed to fully capsulate the Marvel character better than the Two previous portrayals of Spider-Man. Both these new additions give you hope for their upcoming movies, “Black Panther” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.

You can’t forget about the action and once again Marvel delivers with arguably two best sequence, the Airport battle between all our heroes which bring so many surprises and references/Easter eggs to this scene that even with multiple watches you’ll still find something more to love. There is also the final fight scene between Iron Man, Captain America & Bucky Barnes which may not be as big as the airport one, but packs in so much emotion with it. Even though is called “Civil War” we do have a main villain by the name of Baron Zemo (Played by Daniel Brühl) who stays in the background most of the movie, but does have a clever plan of which I will not spoil. But since this movie capsulate our heroes fighting each other taking to focus, we don’t fully dwell into Zemo enough to fully consider him a major villain, but he and his goal is not the entire focus.

Captain America Civil War still delivers great action, a compelling narrative, stellar portrayals from our actors, it worth seeing in theaters and staying for the 2 end credit scenes.

 

Article by:
Bryan Vallejo

The Fate of the DCCU

April 26th, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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The DC Cinematic Universe has officially begun with its second film in their line up, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” which was released on Friday, March 25; it’s opening weekend has grossed about $166,007,347 (shown on Boxofficemojo.com), but has dropped -69.1% in its second weekend. For a film with a budget of $250 million that bad. How bad is that? Let’s take the 2 DC Films that have failed before Man of Steel which was “Green Lantern” (released in 2011) & “Batman & Robin” (Noted as the Worst Batman Film ever made and was released in 1997); “Green Lantern” had dropped to -66.1% in its second weekend and “Batman & Robin” had dropped to -63.7%. That means more people went back to see those films than Batman v Superman. This film was one of the most request movies that Fan of DC (and Comics in General) always wanted to see, some more than seeing Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and even The Avengers and with all that hype, how did this movie had a lot less people coming back? Well Rotten Tomatoes having a bad Rotten Tomatoes score doesn’t help which is at 28% as of April 25. That is not good for this film nor is this good for their film universe. Marvel Studios are about 12 films in which their 13th one “Captain America: Civil War” Due to be release in Friday, May 6th, not to mention their 4 shows set in the universe (Agents of Shield, Agent Carter, Netflix’s Jessica Jones and Daredevil) that help filled out the universe that the studio created.

 

Before the release of Batman v Superman, news about the movie had worried the fans of putting too much in. For example, talks were in about The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Doomsday and Cyborg in a movie about Batman and Superman of which just them two would have been good enough for the movie; not to mention they have to throw in a lot of foreshadowing for the overall universe. Since they definitely showed Wonder Woman and Doomsday, fans are in the right to feel nervous about this film.  As the film released… yeah it was too much for the film and they should have focus more on Superman of which barely get to do anything and what they shown is either bad for superman or people telling you about Superman (barely him speaking for himself) with few scenes showing Superman Being Superman. Note… there is more bad with the movie which you can watch Nostalgia Critic’s Review of the film on youtube or at his more in depth video on the subject. So what does this say for the Cinematic universe? Well unless they change their direction on what they want to do in their universe like Who do they want to appeal to, topics they want to bring up, philosophies to tackled with their superheroes? Who to Directed these films, who to write, produce, etc… to achieve these goals? Also DC should know that what really makes anybody return to re-watch anything they saw is usually the story itself. With this badly written story with strange (also weak) motivations for our heroes and even villains; more focus on recreating comic book imagery than building character so the audience can care about those moments than just seeing it recreated whether build to it or not.  Zack Snyder has Directed this and Man of Steel, people familiar with his work know that he is more about style over defining character. Sucker Punch is a perfect example of that, hey even Watchmen his issues with its story, but it looks great! We need a director that know how to direct action and characters, work well with the writer to achieve it and Zack doesn’t seem to fit that bill. But not the only thing we need a film. The movie can look great, but with bad characters, bad story, little motivation, just them assuming instead of investigation and doing things off-screen that is important to the plot (or character).  The next film in their line-up is “Suicide Squad” which is set to be releases in Friday, August 5th and hopefully this movie can restore faith in their universe.

 

Article by:
Bryan Vallejo

5 Must See Movies for February 2015!

February 5th, 2015   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

            It may be the shortest month of the year but that in no way means it won’t be filled with great must watch movies! Here are 5 potentially must see blockbusters that we can’t wait to see! From thrillers, action, romance, comedy and the much anticipated Spongebob movie! We are excited to see what new movies are coming our way. Below are a couple of movies we just can’t wait to see!

 

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(Family; Comedy) (Premieres
Fri Feb 6th)
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Fri Feb 20th)
 (OMG!) (Drama) (Premieres
Fri Feb 13th)
(Horror; Thriller) (Premieres
Fri Feb 27th)
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Head to a theaters near you, and let us know what you think of any of these great movies!

 

Article by:
Jennifer Montero

And the Nominees are….!

January 17th, 2015   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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It’s Oscar Season! And the 87th academy awards are rapidly approaching! This year the Oscars will be on February 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The list of Nominees have been revealed today on Thursday January 15th, 2015.

Some of the Nominees are:

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper, Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

To view the full list of nominees visit http://oscar.go.com/nominees

Article by:
Jennifer Montero

The Woman in Black 2: Death of An Angel

January 8th, 2015   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Eve and Jean bring everyone to a lonely British countryside. It isn’t long before Eve starts to sense that this house is not what it appears to be as the children in her care begin to disappear. Eve soon discovers that it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in the house inhabited by the Woman in Black.

This Horrifying movie premiered this past Fri 1/2 and the reviews are raving! Head to your nearest theater and let us know what you think!

 

Article by:
Jennifer Montero

Are Movie Adaptations Better than the Books

November 29th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Many people are never surprised to see changes in the onscreen adaptations of books. Many book lovers, it’s likely that you’ve walked out movie theater and exclaimed, “The book was better!” But is this always the case? A survey was conducted with by BookBub with 100 of their members and the majority preferred the book over the movie adaptations. They were asked about a series of movies which includes “The great Gatsby”, “The Hunger Games”, “Ender’s Game”, “Twelve Years a Slave” and many more. There were some movies, however, that readers thought were just as good as the book.

 

 

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Take some time and Read the Book, then watch the Movie; You be the Judge, Are Movie Adaptations better or worse than the Book?

 

Article by:
Jennifer Montero

Hunger Games “Mockingjay Part 1” makes an only $123 Million Debut

November 25th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 became this year’s biggest opening yet. The movie topped the box office surpassing the $100 million dollar debut of “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. However, even with its $123 million dollar debut the franchise film fell short of the Lionsgate studios initial projection of $130 million and even less than other forecasters’ expectations of $150-$170 Million. This same weekend last year “The Hunger Games: “Catching Fire” opened to $161 million. In March of 2012 the first Hunger Games had a $155 million debut. The 22% decline in opening weekend ticket sales became a concern for Lionsgate who also took a 5% stock drop this past Friday.  This can be a serious concern for the studio since “Mockingjay Part 1” is the opening installment of the two part finale of the franchise.  Although they hold the record of the biggest opening weekend for two years in a row its unclear whether box office sales will continue to favor “Mocking Jay- Part 1”.

 

Article by:
Jennifer Montero

Fast and the Furious 7 Trailer/Franchise

November 20th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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The Fast and the Furious trailer had a huge debut and leaves fan wanting more and anxious for the film’s release.  The trailer reached 100 million Facebook views within the first 48 hours. Many fans question whether the Franchise will continue following Paul Walker’s tragic death during the filming of “Furious 7”. After his death Paul’s brothers stepped in as his body doubles.  Vin Diesel was quoted saying “…It’s a strange thing to mourn that person and simultaneously pretend that person is next to you. “ Fans can rejoice and be at ease at the thought of 10 Fast and Furious movies! Universal chairman Donna Langley was quoted saying “We think there’s at least 3 more…I think it’s still a growing franchise…”  Furious 7 is set to release on April 3rd of 2015.

 

 

Article by:
Jennifer Montero

Ryan Reynolds Set to Star in Deadpool After Leaked Test Footage Went Viral

September 22nd, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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It seems like Ryan Reynolds will get a second chance at being a superhero. Fox announced on Thursday September 18 that Deadpool will be hitting theaters as a spin off to their X-Men franchise. There have been rumors of Reynolds taking on the role for quite some time but after his first superhero movie Green Lantern disappointed at the box office, it was unsure if they still wanted to move forward with the actor or the movie. The interest in the film was reborn when test footage was leaked two months ago and went completely viral. In an interview with Niagara Falls Review, Reynolds said, “The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually.” Goes to show the power of the internet and how much of a voice we all have so don’t ever be afraid to speak up! Deadpool will be hitting theaters February 12, 2016.

 

Article by:
Helen Trieu

Terrifying Dracula Untold Trailer to Chill Your Bones

September 15th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Since True Blood is officially over, it was about time someone came out with something to fulfill our vampire obsession. Dracula Untold will be next movie to take on the role of this classic character with Luke Evans playing the role of Vlad Tepes, more commonly known as Vlad the Impaler. Coming Soon recently shared two new clips from the movie and it will be sure to give you nightmares. The imagery in this film is captivating and enticing, reminiscent of the type of filmography in movies like 300. The clips tell us the story of how Vlad came to be one of the most notorious villains in history. We see Evans making a deal to become a vampire in order to save his family and end a war with Charles Dance, better known as Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones. The movie hits theaters in Imax October 10th.

Article by:
Helen Trieu

Bidding War over Chris Rock’s New Film: Top Five

September 9th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Chris Rock is known for his role as a comedian. He showed off his hilarious chops in big movie hits like Madagascar, Grown Ups and I Think I Love My Wife which were big hits in the box office. However, he also had a series of more unknown and forgettable movies in his repertoire so it was hard to predict what his new movie was going to be like. Rock’s new movie Top Five is a star studded film featuring Chris Rock himself, Gabrielle Union, Rosario Dawson, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg and Cedric the Entertainer. The movie features Rock as a comedian who is trying his hand at being a serious drama film star and fails. He then goes through a series of scandals, marrying a reality TV star, having it written about in the New Yorker and more twists and turns throughout the movie. The film got rave reviews from the Toronto Film Festival with almost all positive responses! Companies like Sony, Paramount, Fox Searchlight, A24, Relativity and Lionsgate are all currently bidding for the distribution rights with the most recent bid being at 10 million dollars.

 

Article by:
Helen Trieu