Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Another Earth 2011 5 out of 10 (What happens when you go into a movie expecting something completely different)


Another Earth 2011   5 out of 10

Another Earth wasn't a bad movie.  It  just wasn't the movie I was personally looking for.  I went into the film with misconceptions of the type of movie I was going to be watching. 
I was expecting a more Twilight Zone or Outer Limits type of film. Instead it was a character story about a student that kills most of a family while drunk driving and how years later she tries to apologize the dad that survived, but ends up in a relationship with him.    The whole tag line about the discovery of a duplicate Earth that shows up in the night sky could have basically been dropped completely from the film and not much of the plot would have changed.   The story about the duplicate Earth is why I rented the movie and unfortunately is with --just an background distraction to the plot.    If I had seen the trailer or read more about the film beforehand --maybe I would have liked the film better going into it with a different perspective.  I just really was looking forward to and interesting sci-fi story instead of a drama.  I had been so impressed by the low budget surprise film Coherence (which dealt with Multiverses colliding)  which I had seen around the time I put this movie in my Netflix Queue---so my expectations just weren't meet.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Deadpool 2016 8 out of 10


Deadpool 2016  8 out of 10

Dip Ferris Bueller in a vat of acid and give him super powers and a thirst for Revenge and you have Deadpool.  Aside from the obvious Ferris Bueller tribute during the end credits the character breaks the 4th wall more than Mr. Roper  stare at the camera on Three's Company.

I wasn't that familiar with the Deadpool character aside from his appearance in a Wolverine movie (also played by Ryan Reynolds) ....So I wasn't dying to see it when it was in the movie theaters. But I keep hearing the nerd community go ape over this film.
This version of the character was very different from the previous protrayal.   Ryan Reynolds and his smart ass self was the perfect fit for this character....It is a shame they muted with in the Wolverine movie---because this R Rated quick witted version is much better.  I liked the movie as a result of its humor more so than as an action comic book movie.  This movie had so many references to the fact that it was comic book movie (like Deadpool references  Ryan Reynolds).   I loved the joke about how they couldn't afford any additional X-Men beyond  Colossus and Megasonic Teenage Warhead.  I felt it was a little bit overhyped as to how absolutely amazing it was.....it didn't reach that level for me.  

That being said it was a good fun watch for a more adult comic book audience.



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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 2016 8 out of 10




Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 2016 8 out of 10

Tim Burton is definitely an odd one and if you didn't know better you would think this is one of his own stories.   The series of books that it is based on was meant to land in front of Tim Burton's camera.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is basically an X-Men movie if the X-Men were a bunch of strange children living in a time loop to protect them from Samuel L Jackson in a wig with a bunch of strange followers.  Eva Green stars in the usual Helen Bonham role Carter as Miss Peregrine.  Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game)  plays the main character Jacob that discovers after his grandfather dies that he is a Peculiar child himself.  His weird power is that he can see the monsters that are trying to kill the Peculiar Children.  

The movie features the typical Tim Burton visual style.   The gardens of Miss Peregrine's home look like they were created by Edward Scissorhands.   The creatures in the movie were cool and menacing and the plot was interesting it felt like a larger world like Harry Potter.   The story The movie is odd and interesting and the conclusion where the Peculiar Children must stand up and fight Sam Jackson's strange batch of ex peculiars gone bad is entertaining.   I especially liked the cool nod to Jason and the Argonauts with the animated skeleton fight.  

 If you are a Tim Burton fan this is definitely worth a watch.  The behind the scene features on the DVD on how the story actually came about were enjoyable as well.  It is always a good sign when you finish a movie and want to watch the bonus features right away.




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The Super, Fantastic, Terrific Podcast #23 In this Podcast we discuss Bill Paxton, StarWarsLand progress, Star Wars Rebels, Agents of Shield and TV Show bars



In our latest Podcast we were one man short and so our original topic changed to recent sad news.  We discussed one of my favorite bad ass supporting actors Bill Paxton who recently passed away suddenly.

We also briefly discuss  StarWarsLand progress,  Star Wars Rebels,  Agents of Shield and the best TV Bars

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Here are some pictures from some of Bill Paxton's great roles







Saturday, March 11, 2017

Elysium 2013 6 out of 10


Elysium 2013   6 out of 10

Elysium wasn't the movie I expected.  It is a Sci-Fi movie set in the year 2154 where two class systems exist.  The rich which live in a luxary space station called Elysium and the rest which live in a devastated Earth that looks like a third world country.   The main character is Max (played by Matt Damon)  a guy struggling from day to day on Earth that has like many others dreaming of someday earning his way to Elysium.  He gets exposed to some radiation at his job and basically has 5 days left to live unless he can somehow make his way to Elysium where he can be cured.   He makes a deal with some guys from his criminal past to try and get him there if he will pull off this one job for them.  They basically turn him into a fighting cyborg and set him on a mission to kidnap an executive from Elysium that runs the company that he worked for on Earth.

It was a decent Sci-Fi Film.  The action scenes were good --but I was expecting more from the premise.   Jodie Foster's character as one the administers on Elysium was a waste of her talents and could have been played by anybody.   Matt Damon was good with what he was given -- but what I thought was going to be a more intelligent Sci-Fi basically turned into a battle of Cyborgs at the end.   That is what you expect in a Jean Claude Van Damme movie ....not a Matt Damon/ Jodie Foster film.   The visuals in the film were good, but the story just fell flat and was too predictable. Nothing unexpected really happened.   I was really hoping for a more intellectual film.  I had high hopes since it was the follow-up directing effort of Neill Blomkamp who did such a good job on District 9 which was a much better film.




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Beneath the Darkness 2011 5 out of 10 (Spoilers)


Beneath the Darkness 2011  5 out of 10   (SPOILERS)

A group of teenagers in a Texas town decide to investigate the rumors that the towns mortician Ely (played by Dennis Quaid) is haunted.   The movie could have been better if they had played it differently and not given away that Ely was a killer at the beginning of the film.  Unfortunately the film does so the suspense of whether their are ghosts in his house and whether or not he is a bad guy is ruined for the viewer before the kids find out his secret.  The film opens showing Ely killing someone.

What is Ely's secret you ask?   Well the shadows that the kids saw in his house are actually Ely dancing with his dead wife.  The kids break into his house and discover his secret and he kills one of them by pushing him down the stairs.   The death is ruled and accident (with no investigation what so ever),   because Ely is such a great member of the community and an ex football star. 

The third act of the movie findsthe kids trying to prove that his ex wife is still hanging around which leads to another break-in and the more action between them and Ely.   The logic of the characters in the movie is often flawed and when the police find a giant tarp in Ely's backyard they just take his word for it rather than looking underneath it....Seriously??? Great police work.   I thought Dennis Quaid's performance was odd and inconsistent and the story was just too simple to be a great thriller. 


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

John Wick 2014 10 out of 10


John Wick 2014 10 out of 10

I'm not the biggest Keanu Reeves fan.  He has to be cast in the right role and the right movie (See Point Break and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure as examples of the right roles) . When cast in the wrong film like Dracula or Chain Reaction where he is supposed to be a nuclear scientist things don't work.   Well this was the right movie for Keanu and I would have to say it is now definitely my favorite Keanu film.

When the trailer for John Wick 2 came out it looked interesting and I'd heard good things about the original which I hadn't seen.   I decided to check out John Wick on Netflix with no expectations or really any knowledge about the character or the movie. 

Keanu plays John Wick an apparently legendary  retired hit man. His wife has just died and his character is literally the Sad Keanu meme from the Internet that we once made fun of on a Podcast discusssing Point Break before it became the Super Fantastic Terrific Podcast.


Then he receives a package....something his wife wanted him to have before he died.   A Puppy....the cutest little puppy ever.  The film suddenly takes a turn after a trip to the gas station and an encounter with Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones.    This unlucky dude decides he wants Keanu's ride and with a gang of thugs breaks into his house and beats him up, steals his car and kills his puppy.

Rule number 1.    Don't kill John Wick's Puppy.....Well that is basically the only rule.   John Wick spends the rest of the film getting revenge and putting his retired hit man skills to great use.
The character of John Wick is amazing.  He is described by the Russian gangster as the guy you send to kill the Boogyman.   The main bad guy is upset that the owner of the chop shop slapped his son---until he finds out why, his  stupid son stole John Wick's car.  I love that the villains fear him.

This movie is stylish.  It has the look of Black Rain meets Blade. The sets are amazing from the Continental Hotel an apparent safe zone for Hit men run by Ian Mcshane of Deadwood fame.   To the Russian club the Red Circle.  The music of the film fits it perfectly as well and Keanu Reeves absolutely kicks ass.   It is like a bloody video game as he makes his way through every killer that stand between him and the guy that killed his dog.   I can't wait to see John Wick 2 now.


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