Sunday, May 29, 2016

All Cheerleaders Die 2013 7 out of 10

All Cheerleaders Die 2013  7 out of 10

The description of the movie was something about a group of high school cheerleaders rising from the dead as zombies to take revenge on the football player from their school that was responsible for their death.  It made it sound like a silly, cheesy zombie comedy.  I was hoping for a SO Bad that it is Good low budget zombie flick.  Instead the movie was actually something completely different.  It was more a supernatural witchcraft movie along the lines of The Craft.

The story starts out as sort of a take on "Mean Girls".   
After a tragic death of a cheerleader at the beginning of the film an outsider transforms herself to be a cheerleader and a part of the cool crowd.   At this point in the film you are thinking that maybe this character or her witchcraft loving ex will turn on the cheerleaders, but the film actually gets a little serious.  A party just outside of town ends with the high school quarterback punching his ex girlfriend.  This dude is an abusive OJ type and his football career is more important to him then anything else.  The girls are going to report this incident --which leads him to drive them off the road leaving them for dead.   Extreme.... stuff as the other members of the team are too scared to stand up to him or say anything.  
The main characters witch ex --uses a spell an some magical rocks to resurrect the girls.   They show up to school the next day like nothing happened to the shock of the football players.   The girls start taking revenge on the players --by basically draining them dry of blood to help them stay alive.  I'd say they are more like superpowered vampires then zombies.

At this point in the film you are thinking it will just be a simple revenge movie with the hottie cheerleaders killing off the football team.  Instead the asshole quarterback figures out what is giving them their powers and starts killing for the magical gems that revived them and the movie ends as more like a supernatural battle between the remaining girls and this powered up OJ.

The film was surprisingly entertaining.  Like I said definitely not the film I was expecting at all, but a pleasant surprise.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Super, Fantastic, Terrific Podcast #16 In this Podcast we discuss Top 5 Movie Dads

Our latest Podcast is now online.  Listen as we discuss our Top 5 Best Movie Dads.     
As usual there are some surprising choices by the crew

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Here is my List:  Tune into the podcast above to hear the other Movie Dad's that made the list.

Number 5
Michael Keaton  as Jack in  "Mr Mom"

While out of a job and with his wife going back to work Jack must step up and try to be a stay at home Dad.  It is a bumpy road at first, but he eventually figures it all out.

Number 4 
Sean Connery as Henry Jones in "The Last Crusade"
He may not have always been the father that Indy wanted him to be,  but he and Indy still love each other.
Besides Indy turned out fine didn't he.

Number 3
Steve Martin as George Banks in "Father of the Bride"
Overwhelmed by the fact that his little girl has grown up and is getting married Steve Martin tries to hold it together before her wedding.   Great movie and great Movie DAD.

Number 2
Albert Brooks as Marlin in "Finding Nemo"
Okay so he is a fish, but that doesn't mean he is one of the best movie dads of all time.  This dad will do anything for his son conquering his fears in the process.

Number 1
Chevy Chase as Clark W Griswald in "Vacation"
He may not do everything right, but all this dad wants is to give his family the best family vacation ever.   Even if that means strapping a dead aunt to the roof of the car and dropping her off at the cousin's house in the rain, so his family won't miss Wally World.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Predestination 2014 5 out of 10 (SPOILER FILLED REVIEW) (Time Travel Movie #2)

Predestination 2014  5 out of 10

Predestination was a really strange Time Travel film.   

I recorded it on the DVR base on the description –“A Temporal Agent embarks on a final time travel assignment to prevent an criminal from launching an attack that kills thousands”.    It sounded like a Twelve Monkeys kind of movie.   What you get is something completely different.   You can’t talk about this movie without running the details of it.


It is actually a really hard movie to review.   My thoughts about the film changed several times while watching it.   The movie was described as being about a temporal agent that is sent back in time to stop a bomber… The concept sounded very interesting,  but the plot immediately took and unexpected turn as the temporal agent (played by Ethan Hawke)  is bartending in a dive bar in the 1970's. He ends up talking with a customer that he thinks is a man (but is clearly played by a women)  who tells him this super long story which takes up the front 40 minutes of the film.  It was a story of an odd girl that wants to go into space via some space program.  She then meets a mystery man that she falls in love with before he abruptly bails.   Her goals of making the space program are dashed when she ends up pregnant.   And then in a weird twist after she has her baby the doctors tell her that she actually has both male and female parts and that after the birth they had to switch her sex.    Okay that is weird....and not exactly what I was expecting the movie to be about....
At this point in the film I was about ready to give up on it.  
This definitely wasn’t the movie I thought I would be watching.  
I thought I would be watching a Time Traveler trying to stop a bomber—but instead I get some weird sex change story.  And someone steals her baby causing her to hate the mystery man. She hates him so much that she wants to kill him if she could ever find him again.   WTF…..  I was bored and uninterested in where this movie was going.    Just when I was about to give up on the movie it turned a corner and actually got into the time travel aspect of the story.  The Time Traveler is apparently there to recruit her/him and the story actual gets interesting for a little bit.   Maybe this movie could be salvaged? 

But then the film gives us another twist …..John/Jane gets the chance to confront the man that ruined her life….but it turns out it was her (now a man from the future ) that was the mysterious stranger.

Okay now it is just weird again.  Only to get weirder when John/Jane impregnates herself and the baby they have is……..Wait for it…. Her  ?!?@?!     And the Time Traveling bartender guy then leaps around some more and steals the baby taking her back in time to leave at orphanage.   He then goes back to take the John/Jane character back to the future that he came from –drops her off and goes on his final mission to kill the bomber…..Which is of course…..wait for it Himself gone crazy.  And it turns out he is John/Jane as well.    

So basically he is his own Mother/Father/Bomber and who knows which bathroom John/Jane will use and in what decade.   It had some good moments ---but I prefer the Back to the Future idea of Time Travel –where there is a clear branching for Futures over the what came first the Chicken or the Egg Time Loop that makes no sense time travel.  And I also prefer my Time Travel movies to get to the time traveling instead of getting bogged down in a strange sex change story line.    The movie although interesting in sections –seemed to really have no purpose in the end. 

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Captain America: Civil War 2016 9+ out of 10 (SPOILER WARNING)

Captain America: Civil War 2016 9+ out of 10


Captain America: Civil War was exactly everything that Batman vs Superman should have been......Really great that is.

As I mentioned in my blog about Batman v Superman--those were the comic book characters I grew up with.  Batman and Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and yes even lazy ass Aquaman.  I actually remember reading some Batman and Flash comic books as a child and cutting pictures out of them
 (I know horrible).  I watched the Superfriends cartoon on TV and the old Batman TV show with Adam West.   I thought Captain America was a lame character until the first new movie came out. 
I had no idea who Ironmen was because other than Star Wars I didn't really read comics.  When I heard that they were making an Antman movie all I could picture was Patrick Warburton as the Tick from the short lived TV.   Things have definitely changed.   Marvel has turned characters I had never heard of or could care nothing about into box office giants.   Captain America: Civil War blew Batman vs Superman out of the comic book water in my personal opinion.

I could go on and on and on about the details of the movie and the great scenes that made me love it so much -but I like to mix things up and do things a little different some times.  So instead of talking about the near perfect action scene the takes place at the airport in which Antman (steals the show in my opinion),   I'll discuss the two major differences between what this film did right vs what Batman V Superman did wrong.

1.  The Reason that the heroes fight each other:

   Marvel has done a great job of building their universe and their characters.  They have slowly developed angst between the arrogant playboy Ironman and Captain America since the first Avengers movie.   Here they are at odds even back in the first film

The two characters are very different in their personalities and have a natural clash as a result.  The film did and excellent job of keeping both characters as heroes that were just on different sides of an issue.  It was believable and reasonably for the two characters to be fighting each other.  Here is a great clip of them going at in in Age of Ultron.

In other words Marvel built to this moment over several films. They built up to the events in Civil War over time until the audience could see the battle between Ironman and Captain America happening.   Both are heroes --but the circumstances that occur in the film lead them to fight.

D.C. did no such thing.   D.C. just wanted to achieve what Marvel spent years building all in one film.   So instead of building to the moment where their two legendary comic book characters  fight they wrote a story where Batman and Superman spend half the movie just complaining about what the other guy is doing.  Their anger and hate for each other seems forced and unnatural.  And Lex Luthor is able to exploit this in order for the fight in the title to take place.   That fight in Batman vs Superman --was the one great thing about the film, but it never should have happened because it was so contrived.  D.C. didn't earn their fight between the two heroes and it was therefore a lot less satisfying.    The battle of heroes in Civil War smoked anything Batman v Superman presented on screen.   Batman v Superman teased things in their trailer that turned out to just be dream sequences --because in the actual film it took the two characters forever to actually fight and they had to create a false tension with those dream sequences.  

2.  How it Ended:    
The biggest difference in the two movies was how they ended.  
In Batman v Superman the movie ended with them abruptly ending their fight for one of the dumbest reasons in movie history.   The dreaded our mom has the same name scene.   This fact causes Batman to not kill Superman and all of a sudden work together immediately as if nothing had ever happened.  This scene caused me to tune out the rest of the film because it was so bad.   
It was a shame.   The first 1:30 minutes of Batman v Superman were so dull and boring that by the time things got interesting I didn't care anymore.  The fight between Batman and Superman was actually good --but how it ended made the film lose all credibility with me.   

Captain America: Civil War did just the opposite.   It lead us to believe we were going to see and epic battle where Ironmen and Captain America were fighting side by side again against a team of Super Soldiers. Instead it gave us another great battle between the Ironman, Captain America and The Winter Soldier.  You wanted to see them fighting side by side again with everything between them being patched up, but instead we get something far more satisfying, real and personal.

Marvel has earned their Cinematic Universe...
D.C. tried to buy it without doing the work.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Poseidon Rex 2013 3 out of 10

Poseidon Rex 2013  3 out of 10

I knew exactly what I was getting into when I started to watch Poseidon Rex.  I’m beginning to think that I watch some of these movies just out of habit.  It is like an OCD collection type of thing. I'm compelled to record and watch these cheesy Syfy channel style movies.  I’m a sucker for a Bad Shark movie and an Aquatic T-Rex –is basically a Shark movie with a Dinosaur.   

Poseidon Rex was exactly what I expected.   In fact the story was so generic and followed such a formula that I felt like I had already seen this movie already.   I probably have to a certain degree as the plot seemed lifted directly from a bad Shark/Monster movie that I’ve seen in the last few years.   The main actor had a name I recognized although his face wasn’t familiar.   The movie of course had a cute blonde “Scientist” with plenty of cleavage (the only good part of the movie)   It had a treasure hunter and Caribbean gang lords.  And of course it had a T-Rex like Creature that could kill on both sea and land.  Watching these movies is like watching old A-Team episodes ---every episode is the same.  You tune in to see the cheesy CGI monsters eat people while you are folding laundry on the weekend.