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Dogma.. A look back (Spoliers)

After Alan Rickman’s sad passing I was instantly reminded of his great performance’s, Die Hard is an obvious pull, but the one that stood out for me was Dogma. A little comedy about two renegade angels trying to regain access to heaven. Now that on paper sounds fucking nut’s but it is one of the funniest and sweetest films I have ever seen filled with heart. It is one of my favourite film’s of all time, for this reason. Heart goes a long way if you care about the character’s you can almost get away with anything. Also it is soo smart in it’s use of Catholicism and it’s message towards religion as a whole

Kevin Smith is a film maker who has been around for over 20 years now and all his films have heart especially the View Askewinverse ones. Jay and Silent Bob may just be a couple of stoners but they are so likeable they are our constant through these films along with alot of the same cast. I first watched Dogma when I was a teenager and I instantly loved it I have seen it many times now and recently re watched it in the wake of Alan Rickman’s death. It is still an incredible film the laughs and heart on display are second to none. Alan Rickman in this film show’s us something we have not really seen from him, just pure fun. Metatron is the voice of god and I don’t think anyone else but Alan would of been as believable or funny. His final scene going back to heavan is so emotional now for obvious reason’s I must admit I had a tear.

Kevin Smith has a knack of not just writing a good script/ story and being a good director he can fill his cast out with just the right people which is part of the magic of his films. I think Kevin is brought down too much in todays media but I think he is being over looked as the great filmaker he is. Dogma is a prime example of this. Yes there are dick jokes but as long as you back up the humour with heart and a great cast your golden. I would have loved to see a sequel but I suppose it may have lost some magic. All in all it is a great movie and a credit to all involved thank you Kevin Smith for writing this and to the cast for bringing it to life.

“You People, If there isn’t a movie about it, it’s not worth not knowing, is it?”

Terminator Genisys discussion (with myself) Spoliers follow

I would have normally written a review for this but my thoughts on TG would not fit into the structure of a review. So I have decided to have a discussion with myself (which is entirly normal BTW). I will be discussing the film in detail which means SPOILERS.  Let’s get into this then, I will counter peoples points for this with my own thoughts, I may fall into rants so forgive me.

Let me start by saying I was not disappointed by this movie. after reading reviews for it I was a little worried as they all say it’s awful but I must of seen a different movie to the critics because it was awesome. Maybe I am biased because I actually like T3 and TS even with their flaws so you may say my standards are low but TG, as James Cameron says, is the natural follow up to T2.

There is certain movie magazine that I buy and read every month which I trust to get their reviews right. They absolutely ripped TG apart, they have done things like this before with other films. it’s like there is some other reason why they need to destroy certain movies in their reviews because I honestly can’t see why it needs to be destroyed. Obviously some of the points I can agree with namely the bad choice of casting Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese.

I think Kyle Reese is a great character often forgotten even though he has a huge role to play as without him there is no John Conner. Michael Biehn is perfect as Kyle getting the scarred on the inside as well as the outside personality down. He needs to be in serious pain from his life experience in the war and he wears this on his sleeve even though he is a strong soldier who dies for Sarah to protect her not just for John to survive but for his love he has for her. Now as for Jai Courtney he in my opinion was miscast and the only real criticism I have of the movie. I mean I could nitpick like everyone seems to be doing (even people who have not even seen the movie, this is a massive pet peeve of mine) but the movie as a whole is so good I can forgive these. But I cannot forgive JC he did not do his homework at all. He pulled dumb jock out way too much, which is not what Kyle is about. He had some depth sometimes when he opened up about his life or John but he needed more otherwise what is Sarah falling in love with she needs better.

Another thing people are saying is that T2 is better so this can’t be enjoyed. T2 is the absolute pinnacle in the Terminator franchise as we all know so I choose not to  compare the follow ups with it as they will never beat it. But that does not mean they cannot be entertaining. In fact just saying “it’s not as good as T2” is such a lazy critique and redundant in my opinion because we must move on from that to keep the franchise interesting instead of just copying it (I’m looking at you T3).

Another thing that T3 got wrong was the humour, it didn’t always land well which TG is being accused of. I took it well it all seemed natural and funny. In the screening I saw everyone was laughing. One of the jokes that went well but critics are hating is when Arnies T-800 tries to smile which has been done before in T2 extended. It works within the context of the film and made everyone there laugh so I cannot see why critics are bashing this. just a note on Arnie he absoloutly kills it this time around. He is obviously more human as he has spent so much time around them, so that should not be put down as he is a learning computer (as per T2) and would learn to be more human.

Another annoying critique is that it falls apart when the plot jumps to 2017 due the complicated plot, It’s like this whole franchise isn’t based on a grandfather paradox. Terminator cannot be dumb, time travel and multiverse theory are complicated if you don’t pay attention, if you want a dumb action flick where you check your brain at the door terminator has never been the film for you. And why is leaving questions unanswered until the next film a lazy thing when every franchise does it, yes that includes the perfect MCU. I will be very annoyed only if they decide to not make the sequels as I want to know the answers.

Obviously the above is all my own opinion but all in all I really liked this movie and cannot wait for more. It is sad that these bad reviews have affected the box office results because this could kill the franchise, which once again in my opinion, want to see more of.

Sorry for the essay but needed to get some of that out of my brain

Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles review (Spoilers obviously)

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Fast, Fun, Funny, Action packed and never dull.

Exactly what any TMNT fan wants (Old and new) as I think this is the perfect way to bring in the new generation of fans

It never dragged, I was never bored. I honestly don’t know what the critics hate about this movie, apart from Michael Bay, which is quite frankly ridiculous to slam a movie just because of the producer attached to it.

The main criticism that seems to levelled at the “heroes in a half shell” (sorry) is that it is a dull movie which is devoid of any fun. I feel as if they have seen a different movie as it never let up. Every joke landed (and there is A LOT of them) and were very funny. I was smiling or laughing through the whole thing.
The turtles were all fleshed out all having the right personality.The Mo cap and voicing were spot on Mikey being the funniest wanting to be with Megan Fox’s April O’neil. Who I was worried about considering her past roles but turned out to be very good in this. I was also not sure about Johnny Knoxville voicing Leo but he was very good also.

Aside from a few obvious plot developments I am so impressed with the Turtles return to the big screen

The only two criticisms I have are that Whoopi Goldberg is under used and it is not long enough (so roll on sequel)
The action is incredible, the mountain scene a hightlight. Although to be fair all the action sizzled off the screen
One of the best films this year without a doubt

I had two thoughts when I left the cinema after this 1) I have to download the song that plays over the credits and 2) I have to see this again, So I cannot wait for the Blu ray

I cannot recommend this enough so go see it

The Lego Movie Review (Spoilers Obviously)

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Everything is awesome…..

I could probably leave it there, as it is awesome. This film should not work but the film makers have pulled off a kind of miracle and made the best animated film of the year. It truly is great. I feel as if it will never be boring it can be watched multiple times and you will still love it, not only that but see more references or in jokes with each viewing. It’s almost like Wheres Wally but with loads in each frame. Very funny all the way through with a sweet story, although plot and story is lifted from the Matrix, but it is done so well you don’t care. It folows Emmet (Chris Pratt) a normal guy thrust into greatness being the centre of a prophecy which states he will stop Lord business (Will Ferral) from Destroying the universe with the Kragle (great joke here). Visually it is stunning with everything obviously cgi but everything is made from lego bricks from roads to buildings to explosions to the sea!! Voice acting is incredible, many stars voice these tiny people. Morgan Freeman a paticular highlight as Vitruvius, a blind old wizard who is one of the Master Builders and like the Morphous of the peice. Will Artnett as Batman, He has a lot of one liners is kind of selfish but always funny. But saying that Emmet (Chris Pratt) and the whole gang are firing on all cylinders in the funny dept. A personal highlight is a cameo appearance by the Millenium Falcon with a few recognisable characters popping up at the perfect moment. Also the meeting of the Master Buliders is a nice moment. The 90 mins runtime flies by leaving you wanting more (roll on 2017). It seems chaotic, well it is, but it makes sense when you see the end. It would be like this in childs mind but it is perfect for the world that is lego.

Overall cannot reccomend this more to people of all ages

 

 

World War Z Review ***Spoilers***

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Worst in flight movie ever??

Before I start I may be biased because I like a Zombie/Survival/Horror/Brad Pitt movie, not neccesarily in that order but I like this movie and I can only see one real issue which may only be an issue for me.
It’s not a typical zombie movie where all they do is run away, Brad Pitts character Gerry has been charged by the UN to find the source so they can find a cure, so there is some globe trotting which includes Cardiff which is a bit random. All so while in Cardiff he is at the World Health Organization and meets a Doctor there played by Peter Capaldi and he is billed as W.H.O Doctor, Nice accindental reference there. The acting is all good and the action scenes are well paced and little bit scary. The effects are good but the zombies run very fast which is a bit jarring. The worst in flight movie comment comes from the plane crash near the end of the movie which looks amazing but if that happened in real life it would be terrifying. There is a few memorable moments including Gerry cutting off a womans hand to stop the infection that caught me by surprise. They all so have an different and interesting way to fight the zombies which I liked. The issue for me is that it is clearly part one of a multi movie story, the sequel has been confirmed but a bit risky to make it like that. Overall I enjoyed the movie and I can’t wait for the sequel.

This Is The End Review (Spoilers)

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As you can see from the poster and who is in it, you can guess what kind of  movie this is.. It revolves around a group of friend’s while the biblical apocalypse is happening around them and the group is falling out due to close proximity and not being able to keep in all things they have ever wanted to say to each other.. The actors play version’s of them selves, some slightly exagerrated some completly false, like Michael Cera’s coke addicted asshole.  First and foremost it is a comedy (black) with action/horror element’s at point’s. For the most part it is very good, the jokes come in the form of banter and out right insults between the actors. Some of this falls short of funny but mostly it’s hilarious. They get holed up in James Franco’s house after a house warming party with lot’s of celebrity cameo’s. The house by the way he designed himself which could be the most pretentious thing ever.. There is other cameo’s through the movie including Emma Watson which is pretty funny considering I cannot imagine her being like that in real life, and another near the end which I could not believe. The effects and action are good considering it come’s from first time director’s in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.. Some thing’s are are just plain weird like demons with thier junk swinging around, Jonah Hill being raped by one and  the afore mentioned cameo I could not believe.. But it all  kind of fits in this world.. So all in all I would recommend this and the surprise’s it holds including possibly the greatest most random ending ever!! Everybody Yeah…