Friday, July 27, 2018


Mission: Impossible-Fallout is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Angela Bassett, and Alec Baldwin. The plot of the movie is Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.    This film is the first to have the previous director return and since Christopher McQuarrie made my favorite film in the series Rogue Nation I was excited to see what he could do with this film. This movie, in my opinion, has topped the last film and is now my favorite film in the series. Fallout is one of the best action movies I have ever seen.  When Ethan Hunt is doing things like leaping over buildings, jumping from airplanes or hanging from helicopters that is actually Tom Cruise doing that. A lot of other action movies would use CGI or stunt doubles. The action scenes are so intense because you know Cruise is doing it all himself so it means more. The helicopter sequence is so thrilling I didn't want it to end. This is the sixth film and I am amazed that every time they come up with action scenes that top the previous films.    The story similar to the first is one where you need to pay attention to every detail. That could be a flaw for some, but I love that especially in a summer blockbuster where you can usually just turn your brain off.  The film doesn't treat the audience like idiots and I appreciate that. Henry Cavill is great in the film he has a fight scene early on with Tom Cruise and it is brutal.  Simon Pegg is very entertaining. Rebecca Ferguson is terrific. Ving Rhames is fantastic once again.  5 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible-Fallout. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, and Alec Baldwin. The plot of the movie is Ethan and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate-an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.    This is my favorite in the series. The cast is great Tom Cruise still delivers as Ethan Hunt. He's still willing to do a lot of the stunts himself especially that plane scene where he is strapped to a plane as it is taking off. Simon Pegg is still great as Benji he is not there just for comic relief he is a badass. Jeremy Renner is great as the character Brandt. Ving Rhames is back as Luther Stickell and I was glad to see he was in a lot more scenes this time. Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson are fantastic additions to the cast.    The action scenes are exciting especially the scene where Ethan Hunt is underwater it's tense, it's thrilling and it's one of the things I love about this series all the action scenes keep you on the edge of your seat. Another scene that I loved in this movie was this motorcycle chase thought Casablanca it's well shot and very exciting.  5 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol is directed by Brad Bird and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton. The plot of the movie is The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear the organization's name.    This movie was directed by Brad Bird who at the time had never directed a live-action movie before. He did a fantastic job with this film for the most part.  The cinematography is gorgeous in this movie. The action scenes are filmed beautifully and thankful there was no shaky-cam this time. There are stunning wide shots of amazing stunt work.  This movie brings back the minor character Benjy played by Simon Pegg from the last movie and they fleshed out his role to have a bigger part in this film. He added so much humor to the film and he worked well with Tom Cruise. They also added Paula Patton and gave her a very good backstory and another great character. Another addition to the cast was Jeremy Renner he also has an interesting backstory that has direct connections to Ethan Hunt.   Something else I loved about this movie was this is the first movie where their spy gadgets don't always work which adds to the tension.    My problems with this film are for the first 30 minutes there are some pacing problems it never got to the point where I was bored. Also, they made the really stupid decision to only have Ving Rhames pop up in a brief cameo. I don't understand why he wasn't in the movie more he is always one of the best parts of these movies.     After that first 30 minutes, the movie is amazing.  The scene where Ethan Hunt is climbing the building is extremely tense and my favorite scene in the series so far.  4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Mission: Impossible 3 is directed by J. J. Abrams and stars Tom Cruise, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Laurence Fishburne. The plot of the movie is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.    This is such a fast-paced enjoyable movie with great direction for the most part. The aspect of Ethan Hunt now being retired and with him trying to protect his fiancee played by Michelle Monaghan and him having to go back on duty to not only save the IMF but also his friends and family. I found that a completely compelling and really intriguing reason to bring Ethan Hunt back into the force.   Phillip Seymour Hoffman played an excellent villain. His character is smart he is always a couple steps ahead.  Any scene with Hoffman and Cruise is so much fun to watch.  J. J. Abrams did a great job with most of this movie but, for a lot of the action scenes, he did use shaky-cam. It never gets to a point where I couldn't tell what was going on but, it was annoying. I don't know why directors think shaky-cam is cool it is not.  Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell is back he has some of the funniest lines and is just as likable as he was in the first two movies.  Tom Cruise is great once again and this movie has one of my favorite stunts so far when he jumps from rooftop to rooftop.  4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible 3. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Monday, July 23, 2018


Mission: Impossible 2 is directed by John Woo and stars Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Serbedzjia and Ving Rhames. The plot of the movie is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".    This is considered by many to be a terrible movie, I disagree I enjoyed this film a lot.  Tom Cruise has said that he wanted a different director for each film in the series. That is a bit of an issue with this film. The first hour of the movie while I enjoyed it there are pacing problems, thankful it never gets to the point where the movie becomes boring and the second hour I fell more than makes up for it. This is a gorgeously shot movie there are tons of great cinematography, there is a lot of really good action and it's all filmed and choreographed very well. Ethan Hunt is still a likable character and Tom Cruise does a fantastic job in this role.  Ving Rhames returns as the character Luther Strickell he was one of my favorite parts of the first movie. He was so funny and likable yet he was also a computer nerd. In this film, they removed almost all of his humor which was disappointing, but I still enjoyed the character.    The first action scene doesn't happen until about an hour into the film. I do think they should have had some action in that first hour because like I mentioned before it does drag a little.  Once Ethan Hunt breaks into the bio site facility to destroy the remains of this virus the movie becomes very exciting and there is a lot of tension.  4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Mission: Impossible is directed by Brian De Palma and stars Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Emmanuelle Beart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vanessa Redgrave. The plot of the movie is an American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.    Before today I had never seen any of the Mission: Impossible films. With the sixth movie coming out soon I decided to finally watch them. This movie is a great start to the series I had a lot of fun watching it.  This movie was released in 1996 and at that time Tom Cruise was not known to be an action star. With this movie, he proved that he was an action star.  This movie focused a lot on building suspense and tension and that's one of the things I love about this movie.  One of the things this movie had that benefits it is the fact that the exposition scenes are exciting. It was fun to hear the characters talk about the Mission and what they are going to do.    Brian De Palma did a fantastic job directing this film. He does a lot of really subtle things with the way he moves the camera and frames certain shots. For example in the opening scene with the team almost always the team is framed in a wide. We don't get an obvious close-up to say who the hero is. Ethan Hunt has not yet proved himself.    Even though this movie came out in 1996 it still holds up extremely well except for one scene at the end.  The action scenes are all well crafted, it looked realistic and the pace never slows down.  Another thing I loved about this movie was how they portrayed Ethan Hunt. He's a vulnerable hero. The scene where he meets with Kittridge in the restaurant you feel that his mind is starting to snap a little.  The plot can get complicated at times unless you are really paying attention, but I think that is great. I'm sick of movies where I can check out and not miss anything.    I also love the setup for the CIA scene. With both the way Tom Crusie explains it and the way Brian De Palma shows it. It sets it up as a truly impossible task and I was getting tense. The infiltration of the CIA is one of the most suspenseful scenes I have ever seen.   The one flaw I have with the film is towards the end with the train in the tunnel. This was the early days of CGI and you can clearly tell.  4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Skyscraper is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and stars Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, and  Hannah Quinlivan. The plot of the movie is a father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper. The trailers for this movie made it look like it was a rip off of Die Hard.     I found this film to be awful. There is not a lot about this movie that feels original almost every action scene in this movie felt like it was taken from another film.  As is the case with anything he is in Dwayne Johnson is the most entertaining part of this film, but I have seen him do a lot better. His character is just a father who wants his family back and there isn't much else to him.  This is a $125 million dollar movie and I don't understand why that money was wasted on a movie that rips off about 10 movies that are much better.    Setting aside the originality complaint and just looking at this film nothing about this movie feels real whenever the characters are put in danger it never feels like they could die at any moment because you can clearly tell that they are on a green screen set.  As far as the villains go there are so many and they keep shifting. It starts out and one person is bad then he will turn out to be okay then the other guy is not so great and this continues.    Dwayne Johnson was the only reason why I kept watching this otherwise very forgettable film.  1 out of 5 stars for Skyscraper. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Monday, July 16, 2018


Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Micheal Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Dresher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks. The plot of the movie is while on a vacation with his friends, Count Dracula makes a romantic connection.  The Hotel Transylvania series has been surprisingly very entertaining. I think the animation is wonderful the voice acting is terrific these are the best Adam Sandler movies in a long time. Genndy Tartakovsky is doing wonderful things with these characters.  This movie just like the previous two is super predictable, but it is really enjoyable and I think families are going to have a lot of fun with it.    The voice cast once again is fantastic you have a lot of the same people coming back and you can tell that they are still having fun making these movies. This movie once again has humor that is for both children and adults and a lot of the jokes are funny.  There is one scene where the monsters go on their own airline that is called Gremlin air it is one of the funniest things I have seen in a movie all year. The characters are as likable and fun as ever. The animation remains very unique.  The film has a great message of everyone is human and we shouldn't judge people by appearances.      The only flaw once again is that you know exactly the way the story is going to go and that does start to get old when you have the same complaint about every film in the series. So if they make a fourth film I would like them to throw in some surprises.  4 out of 5 stars for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Hotel Transylvania 2 is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Asher Blinkoff and Mel Brooks. The plot of the movie is Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.    I had a lot of fun with this film. I did end up liking this film more than the first which I liked a lot.  The characters are all developed more.  One of the best parts of this movie was watching the grandson and it was fun to see him kind of decide for himself if he is more human than vampire. That character had a lot of funny things that he did in this movie.  Both of these films have fantastic animation, but what makes Hotel Transylvania 2's animation a little bit better is when Mavis and Jonathan go to California everything looked so realistic in this environment that sometimes you have to remind yourself you are looking at animation.    This is also a very fun film to watch I never felt bored watching this movie. You get to see the different monster's abilities applied to the story more. For example the Blob monster we actually get to see what he can do as a blob how he can stretch himself and other things. The wolfman they emphasize with him that he is part dog and as a result, he does behave very much like a dog when someone throws a frisbee.    Everyone from the first film once again did great voice acting. I think Adam Sandler should do more animated stuff because he is not annoying like when he is doing live-action.   My only negative with the film is just like the first it is predictable at points.  4 out of 5 stars for Hotel Transylvania 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Hotel Transylvania is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and CeeLo Green. The plot of the movie is Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.    This movie came out in 2012 and when I first saw that Adam Sandler was involved I dreaded going to see it. This movie ended up being a pleasant surprise. The voice acting is fantastic Adam Sandler is great as Dracula he did have a lot of funny lines and I liked the relationship between him and his daughter. Dracula's daughter Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) wants to get out of the hotel and see the world and her father doesn't want this. Selena Gomez did a great job and she made her character easy to like. Andy Samberg was the person that surprised me the most because he usually plays very quirky stupid imbeciles and it is extremely annoying, but here thankfully he found a way to make it work. Also, I liked the relationship that develops between his character Jonathan and Mavis.   I hated CeeLo Green as the Mummy he made the character so annoying.  I find Kevin James to be irritating in most of the stuff I have seen him in. Just like Andy Samberg, I was surprised that I did not hate him in this movie and he ended up being one of my favorites.    This being a kids more you are going to get a lot of silly humor and some of the jokes are very stupid, but most of the jokes work. Easily the best joke of the movie is when they make fun of Twilight.  Yes, the story is a bit predictable, but the majority of the characters are likable and a lot of the jokes do work.  4 out of 5 stars for Hotel Transylvania. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Friday, July 6, 2018


Ant-Man and the Wasp is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Micheal Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Karmen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas. The plot of the movie is as Scott Lang balances being both a superhero and a father, Hope Van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.     There have been films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that I have loved, but I have not liked the majority of them. With this being the twentieth film I was expecting something amazing. Turns out they should have switched release dates and released Infinity War as the twentieth film.  This movie was so boring it was hard to sit through.  Just like in the first film I found myself not caring about Scott Lang it's mostly about him sneaking out while on house arrest. The character of Hope (The Wasp) played by Evangeline Lilly is given more to do in this film and I thought she was fine, but I didn't find anything about her character that interesting. Micheal Douglas is once again the only thing I like about this film. Micheal Pena is even more annoying in this and his humor still felt forced.    Something happens towards the end that I can't get into because it will ruin the film for you, but it really doesn't make sense. Even if it was in the comics that's not fair because the majority of people who watch these movies don't read the comics.  As for the villain, the character is named ghost and she can phase in and out of things. That character's backstory was intriguing, but the development of the character in the present was terrible.  1 out of 5 stars for Ant-Man and the Wasp. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Ant-Man is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian and Micheal Douglas. The plot of the movie is armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale, but increase in strength, Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.    For me, Ant-man joins the majority of Marvel movies that I do not like.  Like with most Marvel movies I thought that the humor seemed really forced.  Paul Rudd is fine as Scott Lang, but I never felt connected to his character.  Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym was fantastic and one of the only parts of the movie I liked.  Micheal Pena's character is extremely annoying and that is where a lot of the forced humor comes from.    The action scenes are well filmed they are nice to look at, but none of them are memorable. Whenever Scott Lang would shrink it looked dumb and obviously fake.   Also, there are Characters in the movie that just fell like plot devices, for example, Scott Lang's daughter you know exactly what they are going to do with her.  2 out of 5 stars for Ant-Man. I hope you enjoyed my review.