Friday, November 1, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate is directed by Tim Miller and stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta. The plot of the movie is Sarah Conner and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future. I love the first two Terminator films they are two of the best action movies of all time, but every subsequent sequel has gotten worse and worse to the point where when a new Terminator movie comes out it's hard for me to care. When they announced that Terminator: Dark Fate was going to serve as the direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day and ignore the other movies I got very excited. Terminator: Dark Fate is a dull disrespectful lackluster creatively bankrupt and visually unimpressive attempt to milk the classic movies for cheap nostalgia bucks while also shitting all over them. The biggest problem with the movie is the opening scene it's basically a huge fuck you to Terminator 2. Linda Hamilton is back in this movie as Sarah Conner, and she looks like she didn't even want to be involved. Her character is completely ruined by being in this trash. Gabriel Luna plays The Rev-9 the new evil Terminator, and he is the most boring generic unthreatening antagonist in any of these movies, and he just serves to be a punching bag for the heroes. Arnold is back as the T-800 and of course, he looks just as bored as Linda Hamilton. Natalie Reyes plays Dani Ramos the generic teenage girl that needs to be protected who looks just as boring as she did in the trailers. Remember John Connor remember how interesting it was to see the future savior of the human race portrayed as an asshole delinquent. Edward Furlong made him cool, likable, and funny while also giving him a strong element of humanity and morality that ultimately brings his mother back from the brink of becoming a murderous psychopath. Those were the good days now look at what we have an absolute block of wood. The pacing in this movie is awful the amount of time between action sequences seems so vast. They do try to fill the time between action scenes with character development, but the problem is these characters are so dull and pathetic it just makes the movie seem like it will never end. This movie doesn't do anything remotely creative or different. Ultimately Terminator: Dark Fate is a retread of the same story we've always had replicating the same ideas and dealing with the same themes that The Terminator series has already covered far more competently and effectively. It is very obvious that they intend is to start a new trilogy that will certainly never happen. 0 out of 5 stars for Terminator: Dark Fate. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is directed by James Cameron and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, and Robert Patrick. The plot of the movie is a cyborg identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg. This is the greatest sequel ever made. This film was released in 1991 and it still holds up today it doesn't feel dated whatsoever. This film does not entirely rely on CGI most of the effects and the stunts are practical which is extremely impressive even to this day. When watching this movie again for this review the first scene that really stood out to me was when they show in 2029 the humans destroying a Skynet ship and it just looks so great because they are using miniatures it's not just CGI. It makes the action feel so much more real and intense just go through all the action scenes in the movie the car chase through the man-made rivers of Los Angeles, the raid on the mental institute, the fight at Cyberdyne Systems, the helicopter chase, and the final showdown at the factory all these action scenes are just so great they feel so real because a lot of the stunts are real. This film blends CGI and practical effects so well that is why the action scenes don't feel dated. This film pushes the limits of its characters and pushes the story in a new direction. Sarah Connor is back in this movie and in this movie, she is a hard-nosed badass and society has deemed her crazy because she's the only one who knows about the impending doom of Judgment Day and because the people don't know how to handle that she is locked up in a mental institute. Since she knows that this impending danger is coming she is constantly haunted by dreams of death and destruction and seeing it on screen you realize why Sarah Connor is going as crazy as she is, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to stop it but in the process of doing that she loses her humanity and becomes more robotic like and more like a Terminator. The perfect example of that is the scene when Sarah Connor and John Connor are reunited again and John Connor all he wants is a hug he wants that human compassion which he has not had in so long and yes they hug, but John wants a hug out of love and compassion, but Sarah Connor, she's not really hugging him she's checking for wounds. The person who does teach her again about humanity and the value of human life is her son John Connor. This was Edward Furlong's first movie and this is one of the best child performances I have ever seen. Edward Furlong Knocks it out of the park because he also brings that weight to the character as well. Think about it John Connor was raised by Sarah Connor being constantly told that he is going to be the leader of the human resistance. Constantly being told that when your growing up and then your mom gets taken away because she decides to shoot up a computer factory and then your told sorry kid your mom is a psycho and told everything you were told was a lie that is why he is more rebellious and that's why he doesn't really care about his foster parents. When he meets The Terminator again it all comes back and he realizes that he is going to lead the human resistance. That is a lot of emotional weight to put on a kid and Edward Furlong sells it you totally understand what he is going through. Just like Sarah Connor in the first movie throughout Terminator 2, you start to see John Connor progress into having the qualities that are necessary for him to become a leader. He teaches characters who have lost their way about humanity and the value of human life and to be strong. You can really see that in his relationship with his mother Sarah Connor and the relationship he has with The T-800 The Terminator played once again by Arnold Schwarzenegger. While we have deep characters, an intriguing story, and obviously the great action set-pieces to go along with it that makes a very good movie, but in my mind a movie that becomes great they bring in themes that go outside of the movie meaning it brings in extra themes that make you think about humanity and life the movie takes a step out into the real world and really makes you think that is what makes a great movie and the first two Terminator movies have that. In this movie you have Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a good Terminator and its prime directive is to protect John Connor and again that just boils it down to good versus evil these two things The T-1000 and The T-800 their sole directives one is to destroy and one is to protect. On top of that, you learn that The T-800 is able to learn and John Connor teaches a machine the value of human life. Throughout the movie, there are these wonderful moments where The Terminator asks John Connor why is he crying because human emotion does not compute in The Terminator's circuits, but throughout the movie, The Terminator starts to learn about human emotions and why they're so important. So not only is his prime directive to save John Connor but because The Terminator is learning about humanity he is really trying to save not just one man, but the entire human race which is extremely powerful which makes the action scenes so much better because we are emotionally invested in them as well on top of the fact that they just look so great, and they are so action-packed. The T-1000 is very scary he is liquid metal, shots don't affect him, he can change his voice, and he can morph into almost anything so you have no idea where this thing is and it will not stop until John Connor is dead.5 out of 5 stars for Terminator 2: Judgment Day. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The Terminator is directed by James Cameron and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, and Paul Winfield. The plot of the movie is a seemingly indestructible robot is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a young waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against sentient machines, while a human soldier from the same war is sent to protect her at all costs. One thing this movie does really well is that it hooks you right away. Not a lot of films can really suck you in within the first two minutes, but as soon as you see the opening text and then you hear The Terminator theme it will get you pumped up, but it also has this element of doom and danger lurking around the corner. The Terminator is such a great antagonist if you really hate or fear the villain or if the villain is such a challenge to the hero that you honestly don't know how the hero is going to defeat them that to me is one of the best things you can do in a movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays this character perfectly. This is just a very physical performance The Terminator doesn't speak that much and that is just so intimidating. This thing has been sent back in time to do one thing kill it has no remorse it has no sympathy it has been programmed to kill. When he does speak his Austrian accent fits The Terminator it's just so robotic like and menacing. The performance, the voice, the look, everything is so intimidating. So I would say that is the main reason why this movie works. Another reason the movie works is the pacing not once was I bored in this movie. Not once did I ever feel like the movie was rushed or moving to slow. The first act of the movie there isn't that much violence or action but it takes its time in the first act to build-up the characters, the setting, and the tension. By the time that Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor actually get together and try to fight The Terminator and Sarah Connor learns about The Terminator, we are so invested into the characters and the story that the movie can really take off. The action scenes are extremely well done and there are two types of action scenes in this movie you have the ones that take place in 1984 and then you have the ones that take place in 2029. The action scenes that take place in 1984 are the most memorable because you are invested in the characters and the story, but the action in 2029 with the laser blast and seeing that stop-motion animation it just looks so badass and cool. The car chase, the fight in the police station, and the other chases from The Terminator they are all practically done which just makes the film feel so much more intense. They did make a Terminator puppet for the actors to interact with which makes it more believable. At the center of the movie, we have Linda Hamilton playing Sarah Connor and Michael Biehn playing Kyle Reese. They have great chemistry, and they both bring tons of passion to this movie. Sarah Connor starts off as the damsel in distress, but as she starts to learn about The Terminator she becomes the more badass Sarah Connor the mother of the leader of the human resistance. Kyle Reese lives in 2029 this bleak dark disgusting future, and he goes back in time with no way to go back just to save the mother of the man that has inspired him to fight against the machines. This movie is wonderful 5 out of 5 stars for The Terminator. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap is directed by Ruban Fleischer and stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, and Luke Wilson. The plot of the movie is Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. I loved the first Zombieland, but with it having been ten years since the first film I had my doubts about this movie. Unfortunately, this movie is a huge letdown. The main cast is as great in their roles as they were the first time. This movie started out great when all four of these characters are together it is so much fun. Around 15 minutes in is when this movie starts to fall apart we meet Madison played by Zoey Deutch she plays the valley girl type character, and she is so annoying by the end of the movie I actually had a headache from listening to her speak. Another thing that brings this movie down for me is that for a majority of it Little Rock is not with the group. The humor in this movie I thought barely worked at all. 2 out of 5 stars for Zombieland: Double Tap. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Zombieland is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. The plot of the movie is a shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. I love this movie not only is this movie incredibly funny but it also has a lot of hart to it. For instance, the character Tallaahasse played by Woody Harrelson he comes off as this really rude badass character gunslinging cowboy type character who doesn't give a shit about anyone, but you realize there is a good reason for that because he hates Zombieland and that is why he takes such pride in killing zombies and why he is so good at it for the reason that he lost something so close and dear to him. His backstory and how it initially is told one way, but then you realize that it is another way and you do sympathize with that character. You get the same thing with Columbus played by Jesse Eisenberg he eventually realizes that the place he is headed is a ghost town and his family is gone. What makes this movie work besides the characterization and the emotional beats that are provided throughout along with the comedy and the horror elements this movie has a lot of pop-culture references. Whether it's Bill Murry, Ghostbusters, or certain things that Tallahassee and Columbus say. The practical effects involving the zombies are really good. Zombieland is a movie that has a lot of horror elements, but not too many to oversaturate the comedic tone. It is very funny and lighthearted, but not too much to take away from the emotional beats where you care about all these characters. Basically, Tallahasse was the companion and brother that Columbus never had and Jesse Eisenberg was the love interest that Emma Stone's Wichita never really wanted or cared to have, but they just found each other and Tallahasse became the father figure Abigail Breslin''s Little Rock never wanted. 5 out of 5 stars for Zombieland. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of evil is directed by Joachim Ronning and star Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The plot of the movie is Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. This movie is so dull there is very little to like about it. Angelina Jolie is once again fantastic, but she is hardly on screen for whatever reason. Michelle Pfeiffer is amazing aswell. The film looks beautiful and the creature designs are great. Most of this movie is spent with Aurora and Prince Philip both characters are so dull, lifeless, and boring that it makes the movie difficult to sit through. The story is also not interesting at all. 1 out of 5 stars for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Maleficent is directed by Robert Stromberg and stars Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. The plot of the movie is a vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. I was looking forward to this movie Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney animated movies and Maleficent is my favorite Disney villain So I was very interested to see this new take on the story. This was a very disappointing movie, but there are some good things about it. Angelina Jolie is fantastic in this movie I like that we got to see the backstory of her character she was the only character in this movie that had any development. The standout scene is when she places the curse on Aurora it felt just like the original animated film and her performance was chilling. When I'm watching a fantasy Disney movie I want to have fun and feel like a kid, but I never had that feeling watching this. There's only one scene where that happened which I mentioned before and the rest of the movie I was bored. There are these three fairy characters they are so fucking annoying they spoke in high-pitched voices, and they had way too much screen time. Every time they were on screen I wanted to rip my ears off. The final big action sequence felt so anticlimactic everything ends so abruptly and everything goes back to being peaceful in such a short amount of time. 2 out of 5 stars for Maleficent. I hope you enjoyed my review.