Video game movies are generally not very good. Which is sad because I love video games so much, and games try so hard to be movies more often than not as well. With cutscenes that attempt a more cinematic quality of deep field of view, sweeping camera movement and acting to convey the emotion of the characters… it seems like a movie would probably be easier than programing all these things. We have now entered the more meta version of gaming movies, where the development of games, and not games themselves are what the movies are about. Starting off with Grandma’s Boy in 2006, these movies focus on the crafting of a game and less with the game itself.
Back in 1995, for whatever reason, I never saw the Mortal Kombat movie. I loved the video game, had the GI Joe licensed action figures, and would play Mortal Kombat with my friend in the pool, jumping off diving boards pretending to be Scorpion and Sub Zero doing their famous moves. But I never saw the live action movie that spawned one of the greatest film soundtracks and rave songs of all time.
Notice: This is a review of a movie I have not seen. Since it’s a DC movie, and DC has been putting out crap for years, I can confidently write a review based solely on their track record, not seeing a single trailer or screenshot of this movie and only knowing that Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wig and Mando are in it.… see if I am right.
Theme parks have been a huge part of my life, ever since I was young. Living in Southern California had it’s benefits of being extremely close to two major theme parks. Both Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm were always just a hop skip and a drive down the freeway from us, and Six Flags Magic Mountain a couple hours away. As I got older, my cousin’s introduced me to many more theme parks that I wish I could visit, and with the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon games on PC, I fell head over heels in love with the management and design of parks and rides.
I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to watch the Bad Boys movies. I loved Will Smith in pretty much every movie I’ve seen him in, and Martin Lawrence has always been a actor I enjoyed when I saw him in stuff too. So it always seemed odd that I never sat down and watched these movies before. I only recall one time when Bad Boys 2 was playing on HBO and I tuned into to catch a single part of it, but I never finished the film.
The Wyld Stallyns still rock. That’s really the gist of what most want to know about this new movie, twenty five plus years after the last movie. As in grand tradition in Hollywood, instead of making something new, toss out a remake or super belated sequel to a dead or dormant franchise with possibly a few original actors who can’t do as good of a job as their younger versions did. While that may be the case for most of these modern sequels, it doesn’t hold water with this Bill & Ted movie.
De Palma is a documentary unlike most. Featuring only the director himself, and various pictures and footage from his movies, you get a singular vision of who Brian De Palma is.
They don’t make them like this anymore. It seems like every movie for the last decade or so has become some sort of gigantic summer blockbuster based on a comic character. As movies have gotten bigger budgets, and intertwined itself with more and more CGI, it’s really refreshing to see a period piece that doesn’t require millions of dollars in effects and costuming. I don’t need a sprawling epic or a dark and gritty reboot. Sometimes simple is simply more genuine. And that’s exactly what Stan & Ollie is.
Only a couple years ago, I knew nothing of Ip Man, the Chinese Martial Arts Grandmaster, who taught Bruce Lee. My wife begged me for months and months to watch it, and while there was not really a major reason why I didn’t, I more just wasn’t ‘In the mood” to. Finally after spending way too much time going through the thousands of movies on Plex and not finding anything, we landed on Ip Man 1 and I finally just pushed play.
So, I know when this movie came out a few months ago, it was torn to shreds by pretty much everyone. I heard rumblings of the “big twist” and sadly kinda got it spoiled for me… thanks jerks of the internet. But, that twist wasn’t the issues that I saw people have with the film. But I reserved my opinion until I saw it for myself. And now that I have seen all Star Wars movies, and watched them all in chronological order within the last two and a half months, I now feel up to the task to talk about this one…. (sigh) Here we go.
This might be the be the first time in my adult life that I went out and read the books before the show came out. Having been playing the Witcher games since the second one in 2011, I was already well aware of the characters, and fell head over heels with 3 at the behind closed doors demo at E3 in 2014.
I watched Joker. I was about to type that I really don’t have much to say about Joker. Everyone knows my stance on DC movies enough already. But, now that I think about it, I feel a rant coming on.
Streaming…. Videos over the internet, able to be played with a click of a button. Shouldn’t be too hard right? This is a pretty new concept for many. Lots of people just signed up for Netflix streaming within the last several years. Disney+ has become in its first month, one of the biggest streaming sites out right now. So why am I writing this?
December 1st 2019, my wife Elizabeth and I created a list of Christmas movies, either that one or both of us have never seen and wanted to watch during this December. The first movie we decided on was Illumination’s remake of The Grinch, that came out in 2018. I went in to it, really not knowing anything about this movie.
Netflix’s series called “The Toys That Made Us” is a documentary show about toy lines. Taking a specific type of toy series and going through it’s lifespan. I just finished watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode, and… It was good. Nothing spectacular, but a decent dive into the behind the scenes of who the creators are, how the original ideas happened and rocketed off into production of action figures.
I feel like I need to talk about BoJack Horseman. I remember when the show aired in 2014, it came out of nowhere. It seemed a bit odd, with Netflix starting to go all in on original programming. Seeing a show that looked like it belonged more on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, was jarring to see on the streaming service. But having the all-star cast of Will Arnett, and Aaron Paul, fresh off the high point of TV’s golden standard “Breaking Bad”, it seemed like it was worth checking out.
I went into this movie with semi-high expectations. Nothing spectacular but I heard almost universal praise for it since it came out. One of the things that caught my attention was that it was distributed online only a day after it was in theaters (Which was a very limited theatrical run as well). It should be a way that movies are released as it allows people to choose how to see it without going to the movie theater if they so desire. My thoughts on the theater going experience are well documented.
Over 4 days, I watched 38 hours of the HBO series Deadwood. A western show about the real life town of Deadwood, South Dakota. Why you might ask, did I spend that much time in such a short amount watching this show? It’s partly because I have been playing a ton of Red Dead Redemption 2’s online component, and the other part is because it’s a western that I haven’t seen.
In honnor of Eric’s Birthday, I am going to do something a bit different for this review, I’m going to live blog/tweet this viewing. It seems like the right thing to do.
When Spider-Man: Homecoming came out, it was really a breath of fresh air, since it was a movie not based on the origin story of Spider-Man. Rewatching it with my wife the night before, I really paid attention to the details this time around, and even though some of the CGI doesn’t look extremely great (and CGI will never look phenomenal) and Iron Man being Uncle Ben 2.0 was lame (I see why they did it, but it doesn’t make it good). They did however hit it out of the part for the majority of the movie. Making Batman a villain and one of the most tense breath holding moments in any comic book movie ever was really just a thrill (The reveal of who Liz’s dad was and the car ride to the dance)