Blade Runner Review (Theatrical)

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I’ve been trying to get a copy of Blade Runner on Blu-ray for quite some time, but since the five disc version that I thought was the only one that had all five versions of the film was out of print I didn’t figure getting my hopes up that I would be able to see all the difference versions, considering I haven’t seen the film before, before the sequel came out. Somehow I overlooked the 30th anniversary release because Best Buy had it available for only $10 and it had everything the 5 disc version had. So I hopped on that as soon as I could and then started my viewing pleasure.

Now, I’ve only heard about the film, never once seen it though, so I knew about what was changed between the different versions of the film. But never once did I think that the way the studio mangled this film would be that bad. The voice over work they had Harrison Ford do to “bring the audience up to speed” was quite unnecessary and just reminded me of when they tried to Americanize all the classic Godzilla films by explaining what was going on instead of letting the audience take in what was happening. It honestly made the film feel slower, especially after watching the director’s cut.

The film itself though was good, if not a bit underwhelming. I probably would never watch this version ever again.

Score: 3.5/5

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The Mummy Review

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I took a week to write this because I had to think about my thoughts on this one. I walked in not being too excited because the trailers made it look like it was just going to be a rehash of the trilogy that came before this. I have to admit though, I’m quite surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.

The movie isn’t as action heavy as the trailer made it out to look like. Which I was thankful for, It actually had quite a bit of horrific scenery and set pieces. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about Russell Crowe’s character and how he shouldn’t have been in the movie, but instead just an after credit scene, but I thought it worked well for the story and moving the plot along.

I will say I didn’t care for Tom Cruise but I didn’t think he was bad either. His friend though wasn’t really that great, especially at the end of the film. The ending also felt tacked on, and left me underwhelmed in a way.

Overall though the movie was entertaining enough and left just enough enthusiasm in me for the future of the Dark Universe.

Rating: 3.5/5

Dark Universe Thoughts

I just am curious what people are thinking of Universal’s Dark Universe they’re trying to create with The Mummy (2017) this weekend, I for one am not all that excited after seeing footage from The Mummy. It reminds me too much of the 90’s trilogy, which I enjoy those as they are, Indiana Jones meets the Mummy films. When I first heard about this idea a few years ago, I got excited, I thought Universal would be going back to their horror roots. Even the trailers for Dracula Untold seemed decent, but that didn’t pan well, so then they announced that they were going to go back and rework everything and start it off with The Mummy instead. Then, when the first trailer came out for The Mummy, I learned real quick that I wasn’t going to get that, and I’m worried that the future of this series will follow suit. I just wish that universal would take the series from here on out, especially after what people are saying about the film and move into the horror genre. These are just my two cents on this idea. I’d love to hear what any of you guys think.

Wonder Woman (2017)

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Warner Brothers! Where have you been all this time? Finally, after the last couple attempts with their DC universe that haven’t been too favorable, they’re back with a great film. I love Man of Steel, though I do know why people don’t like it. I thought that two and half hours out of the three hour ultimate edition of Batman Vs. Superman was entertaining, especially Ben Affleck as Batman. Then there’s Suicide Squad… I love parts of it and the characters I thought were casted well, but the story and flow of the film was just a huge mess. But with Wonder Woman, they hit it out of the park!

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine shine in this film with their performances. The story isn’t anything new or revolutionary, but it didn’t try to either. It didn’t bog itself down with a bunch of subplots that slow everything down like Batman Vs. Superman did, it told it’s story from point A to point B in a fantastic manner unlike Suicide Squad did. I feel like Warner Brothers and everyone behind the DC films have finally figured out that us fans just want good movies. We don’t need to be thrown every comic book out there all at once or to just be edgy and flashy for the sake of being edgy and flashy.

The movie is a fun time. It made me laugh even made me almost shed a few tears, I never once groaned or rolled my eyes back like with Batman Vs Superman or Suicide Squad. Everyone should give this movie a try, especially if the past couple DC releases have turned people away.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

The Void

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The Void luckily got a screening in Indiana thanks to Horrorhound and scarlet lane brewing company and boy was I glad. I thought originally this was a smaller movie from A24 for some reason but then came to realize that it was actually an indie film funded through the internet. And I’m glad that it did.

The movie is about a small town deputy that finds a guy stumbling out the woods with scars and all bloodied up. He takes him to the near by hospital that’s mostly packed up and ready to move after a fire turned most of the building unusable. What he didn’t know is that there are darker and more sinister stuff happening around him that he has gotten himself into picking up the stranger out of the woods.

This movie was great for what it was, a callback to classic 80’s body horror like The Thing or From Beyond. The atmosphere and demonic images are haunting thanks to the use of old school practical effects. Now I’ve seen some people complain that they didn’t like the film because it was too dark or that it was too much like the films it was paying homage to. I personally thought it had enough of an identity to pull its own weight, and especially knowing that this was funded online, really don’t mind the dark images, especially when you can still see what is happening around them enough.

This movie isn’t a perfect film, nor will it be nominated for anything outside of smaller horror focused stuff, if that. But what I loved about it is that it just goes and does it’s own thing and delivers on every note I wanted it to.                4/5

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

ghostinshellposter_0Ghost in the Shell is a movie that I honestly didn’t know what I’d expect to feel about when I went to go see it, I mean the reviews started going up the day I went and saw it and the first one I saw was Chris Stuckmann‘s review and he loved it, and I thought that I was going to love it. Then I saw some other peoples reviews and they didn’t have anything nice to say about it. So I got worried more and more though out the day. But I honestly don’t see why people hate this movie so much outside of the die hard fans not wanting this done in the first place.
This basically gives me the exact opposite feeling as Beauty and the Beast gave me a couple weeks ago. Everything that is basically shot for shot or at least similar to the anime film left me feeling meh about it. It doesn’t hold the same magic as much as they do in the anime. But really everything that is different than the anime film is what really shines in this film and I really did enjoy this film. I wish more people were watching this though as of writing this it is expected to make less than 20 million for the opening weekend and that does make me sad.                     4/5

Power Rangers (2017) Review

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Power Rangers has always been something that I enjoyed but never really followed too much, mainly because I had Godzilla and King Kong and other Japanese monster properties growing up. I enjoy a lot of the episodes but I honestly feel like the show is a tiny bit repetitive. Of course there are stand out story arches, and of course the special effects were fun because of the show that they took the footage from was something that I would have loved to watch.

Of course I had my doubts with this film mainly because of the recent Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films, I felt like this could have been exactly like those two series of films. I’m so relieved that isn’t the case at all. The acting is great and the action is spectacular, even though it is a bit sloppy at times. The dialog is at times a little messy along with the camera work, but the acting though pulls through and helps bring this film to the enjoyment levels that I had with the film.

I can understand that people would be upset that the movie takes too long to get to where people came to the theater to see and that was the power rangers getting their suits and kicking putty ass. But sadly that doesn’t come in til about 3/4 of the way through the film. I honestly didn’t mind only because I was really enjoying everything that led to it. I was so glad to find myself smiling and laughing along with the movie and I can’t wait to see what this series carries on from here.                           4/5

Top Five Movies in 2017 So Far

This year has been great so far for movies, and we’re not even 3 months in. I just want to take the time to highlight some of my favorites that have already come out that I have seen.

  1. Get Out – This still sticks with me almost a month after. I always look back on it and think about just how great of a film this was and it’s honestly going to be tough for something to come out on top over this. This movie delivered on all the thrills and chills and even laughs that a great film should deliver, especially in the Horror genre. Can’t wait to see this again on Blu-ray.
  2. Split – This comes close behind Get out mainly because until I saw Get out this was the film I felt very proud people were actually getting behind and seeing and loving. There are a lot of films like these that people just normally blow off and think they’re overhyped and that they don’t deserve the love they receive, I usually though agree with the critics for most of the time, especially horror films, because when it comes to those types of films critics usually just pass on them.
  3. Kong: Skull Island – Finally there’s a King Kong film that doesn’t just follow the same story from the ’33 classic and instead gives the fans something new and entertaining to witness in the world of Skull Island. It also helps keep the momentum of Godzilla King of the Monsters alive, which is always a plus in my book.
  4. Logan – Along with Kong we finally get a movie fans have been wanting for a long time, a proper movie based on the character of Wolverine. Logan though isn’t just a movie with the character, it’s a great drama piece with actual emotion and heart and weight also. This is a proper swan song to Hugh Jackman playing the character for 17 years.
  5. The Belko Experiment – I’m honestly a sucker for exploitation films such as this. I don’t know why but anything similar to this film I always love whether it be they’re so bad they’re good or they’re actually really good. Which luckily is the occasion here, I honestly only had a few problems with this film that really isn’t too hard to look over in my eyes. I don’t know if besides the other films listed if I’ve ever had as great of a time in theaters.

 

These have been my top five films of the year so far. Let me know what you all have thought about the year so far in film.

CHiPs Review

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CHiPs is about a guy and his partner that is undercover from the FBI as a California Highway Patrol (CHiP) Officer going after whoever is behind a recent heist attack that killed an officer.

This movie is your paint by the numbers comedy that’s been made through out the past five plus years. There’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it at least is made properly. It’s well made and it did make me laugh a couple times. That’s really all I can say about the film because there really isn’t much to it. I will say that the trailer does show off the film properly so if it made you laugh then I’m sure you’ll find enjoyment out of it.                 2.5/5

The Belko Experiment

15896122_205129543226490_99455900264941175_o.jpgThe Belko Experiment is a very straight forward genre film. It’s about 80 employees that are locked in their office building and they’re told the only way to get out is if they kill enough people. That’s when all hell breaks loose. And depending on what you’re expecting from a movie like this, is how much you might enjoy this. I’ve been seeing some people say that they didn’t think the kills and the plot were original enough for them, but I wasn’t expecting that to be honest. Sure it would make the movie better, but the movie delivers what it sets out to deliver so perfectly that I honestly don’t mind that they are just straight forward kills. This is just a 80 minute thrill ride, and that’s what I expected, and that’s what I loved about it. Go out and see this please, these types of films aren’t released theatrically often and I love to see these types of films in theaters like this.                   Highly recommend 4/5