My Favorite Scenes: Spider-Man 3 – Birth of Sandman

What’s going on, guys? So today I felt like bringing this fossil back to life. That’s right, I’m not good at updating the “My Favorite Scenes” series, but finally I am doing it. And todya we are talking about a scene from a movie that people really seem to hate. Before we dive into the scene, let me tell you my quick thoughts on the movie; It’s fine. There is a lot wrong with the movie, but I do still enjoy it a pretty good amount. There, I said it, now let’s talk about this scene. Where the movie was not very good at parts, this scene suddenly comes out of nowhere and goes “I am giving you the feels!” (By the way, I personally hate the term “The feels”). In this scene we see Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), after some kind of accident, becoming Sandman. And when you watch this you will most likely believe that he’s not really a bad guy, but a good guy who did something bad. And that is portrayed perfectly through the directing, the visual effects and the beautiful song by composer Christopher Young. I love this scene so much.
Enjoy!

Movie Review: The Road Warrior (1981)

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Time for part two in my series of reviews based on the original “Mad Max” trilogy before “Fury Road” comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. So sit back, relax, enjoy a cold drink and have a good time while reading this.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Road Warrior”.

The world has gone to shit. Everything is a huge wasteland and fuel has become the most precious commodity. Once again we follow Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) as he travels through the wasteland, together with a dog. So one day he comes upon a small community that has a pretty big problem with a group of bandits led by a man called Lord Humungus (Kjell Nilsson). So he agrees to help them get rid of this bandit problem. And I’m not gonna lie, I was very invested in this story. Sure, there isn’t much of a real story per se, but it is still riveting to say the least. And I never felt like the plot dragged at any point, it had perfect pacing in my opinion.

The characters in “The Road Warrior” are… colorful, to say the least. Let’s start with Max, a pretty cynicla guy who Mel Gibson plays perfectly. What I also like about him is the fact that he isn’t your typical action hero who survives everything and never really gets a scratch. He is in peril through a lot of the movie and shows that he is vulnerable which makes him so much more interesting. Kjell Nilsson is also great as the buff, mask wearing Lord Humungus. Show stealer: Bruce Spence as a kind of crazy guy with a gyrocopter and a fascination with snakes. He was great and entertaining as hell. Honestly, everybody was great in the movie.

Once again the score was composed by Brian May, and once again I have to mention that it isn’t Brian May from the rock band Queen. Anyway, holy shit he really got this score right. As you might remember (if you’ve been here for more than a few weeks), I didn’t like the score for the first “Mad Max” movie that much. But with “The Road Warrior” he really impressed me because this is a terrific score. Not only does it help keep the adrenaline of the action scenes going, but it also managed to have some pretty good drama to it. Good job Brian, you did well.

Just like the first movie, “The Road Warrior” is directed by George Miller. And once again he did a pretty great job at it, getting a lot of great shots and like I said in the “Story/Plot” part, he paced it perfectly. Here’s a fun fact for your butts: This movie was shot in sequence. It’s not always easy to find a movie that has been shot in sequence, but they pulled it off. Also, fucking hell, I love the action in the movie! While the action in “Mad Max” was really good, the action here is what I would call fantastic. It has a lot more intensity than the first movie, it is a little mroe plentiful than the first movie and it is overall much better than in the first movie. And all of it is practical… it almost brings me to tears how much I love that fact.

This movie has been very well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 98% positive rating (100% is you go by “Top Critics” only” and a “Fresh” Ceritification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“The Road Warrior” took everything good/great about the first “Mad Max” movie and improved on it as much as possible. The story (despite not being there as much) is better, the characters and performances are better, the music is much better, the directing is a little better and the action is some of the best I have ever seen. Time for my final score. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH. My final score for “The Road Warrior” is a 9,86/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“The Road Warrior” is now reviewed.

You wanna get out of here, you talk to me.

Movie Review: Blade (1998)

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How come we never see any R-rated Marvel movies these days? Sure, PG-13 is generally more profitable, but there are a lot of properties that could benefit from being rated R. The closest we’ve gotten to an R-rated Marvel movie in recent years was “Daredevil” and that wasn’t even a movie, it was a TV-show. I’m just saying, give an R-rated movie a try Marvel. If you do, I will give you all the money.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Blade”.

The titular character Blade (Wesley Snipes) is a peculiar man. Not only does he dress like someone who has seen “The Matrix” a few too many times, but he is also half-human half-vampire. And with the help of an old man named Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) he hunts and kills vampires. At the time of the movie he is specifically looking for a vampire named Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), while also having to keep a young doctor (N’Bushe Wright) safe. The premise is simple, but the execution of it could definitely be better. Would I call the story interesting? Not really. While I was entertained the whole way through, I never felt invested in the story itself which is a bit of a shame.

Where the story was meh at best, the characters make up for it (sort of). First off, Wesley Snipes as Blade is pretty much as badass as you can get. He also gives a really good performance. I’ve never been a big fan of Stephen Dorff, not that I hate him, I jsut haven’t been a big fan of him as an actor before. But I thought he was really good as this vampire, villain, man. N’Bushe Wright, never heard of her before, but she was great. Then we have Kris Kristofferson who in my opinion stole the show. Sure, I was a fan of him before I saw “Blade”, but he was still great in this movie. He also has the best line out of everyone. I’m not gonna say what it is, but I think you might know what I mean if you’ve seen the movie.

The score for “Blade” was composed by Mark Isham and it is actually pretty great. It is one of those scores that can work for two types of things. Number one is for an action movie, like this one. The second thing is at big, loud parties. Okay, only parts of the score works for parties, but what I mean is that it for the most part if fast-paced and energetic. Perfect for this movie.

This movie was directed by Stephen Norrington who also made “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”… I see that we are good hands (sarcasm). Jokes aside, he did a really good job directing this movie, the shots look great and he managed to pace it perfectly. What else can I talk about here… oh yeah, the action! It is fierce, brutal and fucking awesome. You can see what’s happening, you see people do real stunts and oh my god Wesley Snipes can move! Yeah, Wesley Snipes did all of his own stuff in this movie which is awesome! What I have to complain a little about though is the CGI in this movie. Now to be fair, there isn’t as much CGI as one might think, but when it is there you sure as hell notice it. And it’s not good that you notice it, because it is awful. I mean, we got “Jurassic Park” five years before this came out and that CGI is still amazing. So how come the CG in this movie is this god awful? *Sigh*.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 54% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 45/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“Blade” is a movie that really is more style over substance. While the story is meh, the characters are entertaining and well-acted, the music is great, the directing is really good and the action is amazing. However it also has shitty CGI. Time for my final score. *Vampire hissing* *Markus kills vampire, takes envelope*. My final score for “Blade” is an 8,97/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

“Blade” is now reviewed.

“Blade” vs “Twilight”, make it fucking happen!

Movie Review: Jaws – The Revenge (1987)

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Guys, we are here at last… the final review in my series of movie reviews based the “Jaws” movies. It has been a tumultuous journey to say the least, but it feels good to finally be here. We made it through all of the movies. From the incredible 1975 original, to the mediocre sequel, to the unholy abomination that is the third one. And now, let’s finish this son of a bitch off.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the finale of this series… “Jaws: The Revenge”!

Where “Jaws 3” had potential for a great plot and fucked it up, this movie has one of the most ridiculous and also hilarious plots ever that you could never make genuinely amazing. In this movie we follow Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary), the wife of Chief Brody who apparently had a heart attack between the last time we saw him and this movie. After her son Sean (Mitchell Anderson) is killed by a giant shark, she starts believing that a giant murderous shark is actually following them around, apparently wanting revenge for his three shark buddies getting killed by the Brody family in all other movies. Yeah… this shark wants Revenge… with his Jaws… (I’ll show myself out now). I love this plot, but not in a “Oh my god, this is so great” sense, but more in a “BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” sense. While the plot is terrible, it is also hilarious.

Here is something kind of positive I can say about this movie; compared to “Jaws 3”, the characters in this movie seem to have some real chemistry. In the last one it was like the director simply told them “Hey actors, speak the lines from the script and then we can all go to lunch”. In this you could actually believe that they are family despite the fact that there aren’t any good performances in the movie. Okay to be fair there are a few performances that are… fine, at best. And those are the ones of Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest (He plays Mike Brody) and WHAT THE FUCK IS MICHAEL CAINE DOING IN THIS MOVIE!? Don’t get me wrong, I love Michael Caine, but I am seriously wondering what he is doing in this movie. Not so fun fun fact: He couldn’t be and accept his Best Supporting Actor Oscar trophy because he was busy making this movie… oh lord.

The score for this movie is… not that bad. Don’t get me wrong on this one, it is not as great as the John Williams original, or even the score from the second movie, but it is at least better than in “Jaws 3-Dick”. Does it build suspense? Nope, no suspense here. But at least it is enjoyable to listen to in certain parts. The quality is definitely better than in the third movie. Thank you, Michael Small.

Joseph Sargent directed this one and it is decently done. Great? No. But again, better than “Jaws 3-Dick”. The shots look pretty good and everything flows pretty well. But what the director failed to do, which is a big sin when it comes to this franchise, is the fact that he never managed to create suspense or tension. *Sigh*. Also, the ending “action” scene is not good… although it is pretty fucking hilarious. And just to save you the trouble of having to watch it, I will spoil the shit out of it. I know I am breaking my own code here, but I feel like I can do it with a big piece of shit like this. They go out in a boat to the middle of the ocean, they put a… thing in the shark, they activate the thing, they stab the shark with the tip of the boat and it goes KABOOM! Stupid? Beyond belief. Good? Not in the slightest. Hilarious? I burst out laughing at that part. Oh also, the shark roars in the movie despite the fact that sharks don’t have vocal cords.

This movie has been incredibly poorly received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 0% positive rating (Ouch). Roger Ebert gave this movie a thumbs down which I can only assume is the lowest possible rating from him. And on imdb.com it has a score of 2,8/10. I even remember seeing it once on imdb’s “Bottom 100” list.

“Jaws: The Revenge” is an atrocious movie that really shouldn’t be watched unless you have the right crew with you. You need people who can help you talk smack about it while laughing at the stupidity. But at the same time, I like more than “Jaws 3”. It has better characters, better music and slightly better directing… but it’s still awful. Time for my final score. *GAAAAAAH*. My final score for “Jaws: The Revenge” is a 4,00/10. I think that you should just skip it.
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YEEEEEEEES! I AM FINALLY DONE WITH THIS SHIT! NO MORE SHITTY “JAWS” MOVIES! AAAAAAHHHHH!

While you’re at it, go watch Chris Stuckmann‘s review of the movie.

 

Movie Review: Jaws 3 (1983)

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Sorry that it’s taken me so long to get to this entry, the only reason I got is because I have been hesitant to do it. I’ve been like “No, I don’t wanna watch it! NO!” but then I was like “Come on, Markus… you promised your followers”. So I took a deep breath, groaned for a bit and finally sat down to continue my series of “Jaws” reviews.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Jaws 3”. Or as they marketed it, “Jaws 3-D” (Oh lord).

So in this movie a shark breaks into Sea World and it’s up to Mike Brody (Dennis Quaid) and Sean Brody (John Putch) to stop it. That’s right, this time it is up to the sons of our beloved Police Chief to try to stop the shark. I’m not gonna lie, I actually liked the idea of a shark breaking into Sea World and causing mayhem. Problem is however that the execution for the plot is pretty bad. And by bad I mean fucking terrible. There is no suspense or tension AT ALL in the movie, it’s all gone. And the writing in the movie wasn’t very good either, so that just made the storytelling even worse. And the fact that the plot can get over-the-top and unintentionally hilarious doesn’t make it any better.

The characters are uninteresting. That’s it, uninteresting. And it doesn’t help that the actors are mediocre at best in the movie. I mean… I guess Dennis Quaid’s fine, but most other actors are straight up not good. I think a bit of it comes from the lackluster script as well as the actors.

For this movie Alan Parker took over the reins for the score. So how was it? BLAUAUAUAUauaaauuuuuauuuuu. Yep, it’s bad. It’s bloated, it’s ridiculous and it doesn’t know how to build any tension whatsoever. Even “Jaws 2” knew how to build a little bit of suspense with it’s score. This score has no idea what the fuck suspense or tension is. This score is terrible.

The directing in this movie is not good… at all. The camera starts, the camera films, the camera stops. Nothing great about it. And this is also the only movie that director Joe Alves has ever directed (Gee, I wonder why). Also, I mentioned in the beginning how this movie was marketed as “Jaws 3-D”. Yeah, and it is very noticeable that they wanted it to be 3-D. But even if you watch a 3-D movie in 2-D it should blend in seamlessly… but “Jaws 3” does not do that. The 3-D effects are very noticeable and they are some of the worst I have ever seen. I’m not gonna lie, I even laughed at the efects becaus they were so bad. Especially at one part near the end (spoilers, even though you shouldn’t watch this piece of shit) where the shark is heading straight for a glass window and breaks it. It all looks awful and it is pretty hilarious. My god, this movie has nothing going for it, huh?

This movie has not been well-received at all. It is so terribly received that it doesn’t exist on Metacritic or on Roger Ebert’s website. Anyway, on Rotten Tomatoes it has an 11% positive rating (Ouch). And on imdb.com it has a score of 3,5/10.

Guys… “Jaws 3-Dick” is fucking awful. It has a terrible plot, no good characters, terrible music, bad directing, awful 3-D and is almost impossible to watch. Time for my final score. *Cries in a corner for 5 minutes*. My final score for “Jaws 3” is a 1,77/10. I seriously think we should BURN THAT SHIT!
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Review of “Jaws 3” is done.

I don’t know why I am doing this for you guys.

Social Media

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Hello, guys! I’m here to talk to you about something that you may or may not wonder about. I’m of course talking about Social Media sites. I am here to tell you on which you can find me and perhaps follow me in one way or another. So here we go!

Facebook (rarely used): https://www.facebook.com/themarckoguy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMarckoguy

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/themarckoguy

Instagram: https://instagram.com/themarckoguy/

Ask: http://ask.fm/themarckoguy

If there are any other you are wondering about, just ask me in a private message. Just keep in mind that I won’t throw everythign out to anyone, I do have some standards. And I know that this seems like I’m just selling out/being an attention whore, but really I do this if you wanna get in touch with me or just follow my everyday activities. Okay, enough whoring.

Have a good one.

Movie Review: Safe (2012)

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I love Jason Statham, he’s awesome. He is one of those actors that you don’t care if he gets typecast as “Touch action guy” because he does it so well. But if you want somethign else from him, you can get that thanks to movies like “Snatch”. So let’s take a look at another one of his “Tough guy” movies.

Ladies and gentlemen, you are… “Safe”.

In this movie we see a little girl named Mei (Cahterine Chan) who is insanely good with numbers (the stereotypes manifest quickly). So a bunch of Chinese gangsters want gets their hands on her to keep her as their personal bookkeeper. So then we have Luke (Jason Statham) who is as down on his luck as one can be who notices her and decides to help her and keep her safe (roll credits). And now the triads, the Russian mobsters and the corrupt cops are after them. Clichéd? Yeah, very. Entertaining? Surprisingly, yes. This plot had a little bit more depth than expected from a Jason Statham action movie. I enjoyed the plot a bit and I think that is because the movie has a perfect length. It is neither too long nor too short. I was surprised at how much I could actually enjoy and appreciate the plot of the movie.

The characters are nothing really to write home about, they are pretty… meh. At least the supporting cast, they are nothing special which is a bit of a shame because we got a great cast here. But let’s talk about our main players here; Statham and Chan. Statham is actually really good in this movie, not simply being really tough and badass. He gives a really good performance. And Catherine Chan who plays the little girl Mei is also really good. I really loved the conversations between her and Statham, they were so sweet and entertaining. Now we move on to the disappointingly bad supporting cast. First off we have James Hong who’s been in tons of great stuff, he was not as great as he could have been. Next is Anson Mount, and this is probably the most disappointing part for me because I love him so much in “Hell on Wheels”. We also have Reggie Lee who plays one of the main triad members, and he wasn’t very good which is sad because he is pretty great at playing a bad guy/slime ball in “Prison Break”. Also, Chris Sarandon is in this movie. Yeah, Jack Skellington from “Nightmare Before Christmas”, he plays the mayor here.

The music in the movie was pretty good. The score was done by Mark Mothersbaugh and that was decently good, nothing really special or even that exciting. There was however a fair amount of licensed tracks in the movie and I thought those were really good. So I’d say the soundtrack in total is pretty good, but not great.

This movie was both written and directed by the same man, Boaz Yakin, a man I know nothing about. If you know any good movies by him, please feel free to mention it. Anyway, he wrote this and teh script/dialogue was really good. He also directed the movie and I think he did a great job with it. The shots look great and the pacing is excellent. And the action in the movie is pretty badass too. Sure, there is shaky-cam, but it’s moe in the sense of the “Bourne” trilogy rather than in “Alex Cross”. In other words, it isn’t used to mask bad choreography but is more of stylistic choice. But you know what makes up for some of the shaky-cam? Some incredible sound effects. You will sit there looking and suddenly here a *Crack* and think “Okay, that was definitely someone getting something broken”. And I love it, the effects made it better.

This movie has been decently well-received, but what else does one expect from a Jason Statham action movie? On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 57% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 55/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,5/10.

I’m not gonna lie, you guys… I had a great time with “Safe”. While the story faces some clichés, it’s still entertaining, shame that the supporting characters aren’t that great, and the soundtrack overall is pretty good, and the directing is great. The writing and action are also very good. Time for my final score. *Pops someone’s knee, steals envelope*. My final score for “Safe” is a 9,00/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

“Safe” is now reviewed.

I guess that we’re all pretty… Safe… (Puns…)

 

Movie Review: Danny Collins (2015)

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It’s interesting how there are so many ways musicians can become. Will they become the typical coked out and washed up piece of shit we see in a lot of cases or will they actually have a great career and never succumb to the drugs, alcohol, sex and other stupid bullshit? It’s always interesting to see that, at least in my opinion.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Danny Collins”.

In this movie we follow aging rock star Danny Collins (Al pacino, also roll credits). On his birthday, his manager Frank (Christopher Plummer) gives him a 40 year old letter from John Lennon that had suddenly popped up. So now Danny sets out to change his life thanks to the letter. And while it is interesting to see, I had one problem with the plot. And by that I don’t mean I had a problem with the plot itself, but I was taken out of it because of it being a little too predictable. I could figure out pretty well what was gonna happen next which is a little sad because I never like that to happen. Fortunately I still enjoyed it thanks to good execution and good writing.

While this movie lacks is original and unpredictable plot, it made up for in characters. They are all consistently well-written and entertaining as hell. I gotta say, this is the best performance Pacino has given us in recent years. I don’t think he has been this great since “Insomnia” in 2002. He is also the most charming I have ever seen him. Christopher Plummer is also great as his manager. Annette Bening plays his love interest in the movie and I think she did a great job. I also think she didn’t feel forced like almost every love interest does. Bobby Cannavale played Pacino’s son in the movie and he was great too. Everybody was great, even the annoying little kid who actually kind of had a reason to be annoying.

The soundtrack to this movie is one of the best I’ve heard in a while. Let’s start with the original tracks… there are two of them. One is supposed to be the main character’s “big hit” song that he plays at every concert, the song that he never gets away from. The second one is a song he writes over the course of the movie and that tracks is beautiful and awesome. The rest of the soundtrack are licensed tracks, but in a good way. What do I mean by that? It’s fucking John Lennon, how could it not be good? That’s right, they paid a lot of money for John Lennon songs and they used them perfectly.

Let’s see here, this movie was directed by… Dan Fogelman. And before this he had directed… nothing. Yeah, that’s the truth, this guy had not directed anything prior to this movie and yet he did it perfectly. The shots look great and everything is very well-done. Also, I don’t think I mentioned that this movie is really funny… because it is. The jokes in it are really good and I think Pacino delivered them perfectly.

This movie has been pretty-well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 77% positive rating and a “Fresh” ceritification. On Metacritic it has a score of 58/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“Danny Collins” is a pretty good movie. It has a good (but predictable) story, great characters/performances, an awesome soundtrack, really good directing and great writing. Time for my final score. *Pacino Growl*. My final score for “Danny Collins” is a 9,12/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

“Danny Collins” is now reviewed.

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Movie Review: Moneyball (2011)

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I have never really had any kind of connection to sports movies throughout my entire life. Sure, there was “Space Jam”, but that was when I was a dumb kid, But I am talking about a real and genuine connection of emotion and inspiration, a connection that feels personal. Either it’s because I have never found a sports movie that have had that type of resonance or it’s because I have pushed them out like “No, get out!”.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Moneyball”.

In “Moneyball” we have the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) who is/was the general manger of the baseball team “The Oakland A’s”. We see how he assembles a team based on computer analysis and numbers rather than the typical physical traits that talent scouts were looking for. And I was invested the whole way through and I think that might come from the really great screenplay. I can also say that I was emotionally invested in the story… yeah. Me, a lazy, sports-disliking jerk was emotionally invested in a sports movie. Now to be fair, this movie is more about what happens behind the scenes of it all rather than on the playing field itself and I like how they did it.

The characters in this movie all feel real, they all feel like they had a life before/outside the movie. Like I mentioned in my “Paranoid Park” review, those are the best kinds of characters. And the acting was really good. Brad Pitt knocked it out of the park (Pun intended) in this movie. I think I am justified in saying that he is one of my favorite actors. Jonah Hill was also great in the movie, playing the guy who helps Brad Pitt apply the math and statistics for finding the players they need. I’m not gonna lie, when I think of Jonah Hill I don’t think “Great actor”, I think “Guy with slightly bigger physique in comedies”. But still, he was great in this movie. Philip Seymour Hoffman didn’t have that much to do in the movie, but when he was on screen he was good. Also, this movie has Chris Pratt in it. I was actually surprsied to see that when I saw the movie. But everybody was great in the movie.

The score for the movie was done by Mychael Danna and I can safely say that he did an excellent job with it. It is big, it is dramatic and it is emotionally powerful. I’m not kidding, just listening to it makes me get all fuzzy and emotional inside. Yeah, it is that great.

The movie was directed by Bennett Miller who I have seen nothing from before this. I know that he directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie “Capote” and I know he made last year’s “Foxcatcher” which also was a sports movie. So I can safely say that I am looking forward to seeing those movies because this movie looks fantastic. The shots look great and it all just comes together nicely. And like I said earlier, the screenplay is fantastic. It was written by Steve Zaillian who wrote “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “American Gangster”, two movies that I liked. But Zaillian wasn’t alone on screenplay duty, he was helped by Aaron Sorkin who wrote “The Social Network” which I enjoyed. In other words, this screenplay is as airtight as it can get.

This movie has been incredibly well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 95% positive rating with a “Fresh” ceritication. On Metacritic it has a score of 87/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10. The movie was also nominated for 6 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actor (Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (Hill), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

“Moneyball” is a sports movie that i think both fans of baseball and sports haters can enjoy. It has a solid plot, great acting, a great soundtrack, great directing and an airtight screenplay. Time for my final score. *Swings bat* Aaaaaand it’s a homerun! He runs around the field and gets an envelope of some kind! My final score for “Moneyball” is a 9,88/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Moneyball” is now reviewed.

Hey batter batter, swing!

Movie Review: The World’s End (2013)

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Anybody else here in love with Edgard Wright? I can safely say that I am because of some of those awesome movies of his. I mean, “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” are two of my favorite comedies of all time. Wright is such a unique director that I always look forward to his movies. That is why I find it sad that he left “Ant-Man” because that would have been one of the most amazing things ever. Oh well, let’s review a movie he did in fact make.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The World’s End”.

Gary King (Simon Pegg) is a bit of a man-child. Ever since he failed a pub-crawl in the early 90’s, he has had the desire to finish it. So now he has assembled his old friends Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Peter (Eddie Marsan) to once again try their hands on it and actually finish it. Problem is that they will also have to try to stop a big otherworldly invasion that has come to the town. Bizarre? Yes. Awesomely amazing? You bet your ass! Once again, Edgard Wright together with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have created something that is not only original but also inredibly entertaining. I never felt like the plot dragged at any point and it was consistently entertaining me in any way it could. A.K.A. I fucking loved it.

The characters in this movie were consistently entertaining and they all had a very consistent arc to them where you actually felt them grow in one way or another. Simon Pegg in this movie, he was fantastic in the movie. Not only does he deliver the comedy perfectly, but he actually gives a genuinely great performance. I’d even dare say it’s the best performance I have seen from him. Also, I’d almost guess he actually was drunk throughout the entire movie because I have never seen anyone play drunk this well. Nick Frost was also great, surprisingly enough playing the reserved and relatively laid back character (Sidenote: Watch “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” if you don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about). Let’s just speed through everyone else of importance so this review won’t get too long, umm… Martin Freeman was great, Paddy Considine was great, Eddie Marsan was great, Rosamund Pike was great, David Bradley almost stole the show in the movie because he was awesome. Everyone was awesome, great job, guys!

This soundtrack is a mix of all kinds of songs. From Blur to Stone Roses to Primal Scream to Suede and a lot of other artists/bands. This soundtrack perfectly fits the energetic, bizarre and quick style of the movie. It is a perfectly put together soundtrack that fits it’s movie perfectly. It’s just as crazy as the movie itself and I love it.

Edgar Wright once again nails the directing with “The World’s End”, just like with his previous movies. The pacing is fast, the editing is quick and the shots look great, What I was a little surprised by was how great the action scenes are. Sure, there was a little action in “Hot Fuzz” as well, but not to the same extent. This movie has a surprising amount of action, and the action is really awesome. It is just as energetic and cool as everything else in the movie. And of course, the comedy in the movie is fantastic/hilarious, but that should be expected from this team.

This movie has been very well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 81/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“The World’s End” is another example of Edgard Wright being one of the greatest directors around. It has a bizarre and awesome story, the characters/performances are entertaining and great, the soundtrack is balls-to-the-wall awesome, the directing is pretty awesome and the action is surprisingly great. And the humor is amazing too. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “The World’s End” is a 9,89/10. It deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

Review of “The World’s End” is completed.

It’s the end of the world as we know it…