Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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Guys, we are finally here… the final part in my series of “Indiana Jones” reviews. I apologize for it being a bit later than expected though. I had planned to release it on Monday, but I got really sick so I wasn’t able to do anything. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday I chose to just relax and recover from the rest of it. But now I am feeling well and ready to review the movie for you… so let’s end this damn series, already.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.

Indy (Harrison Ford) is back aaaand he’s old. This time he goes on an adventure where he has to find the mysterious Crystal Skull. On this adventure he has teamed up with a young man named Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) to do this. He is also always in the sights of a bunch of Soviet soldiers (No Nazis? That’s kinda refreshing) and their dangerous leader, Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett). And the plot in this movie is, it is… it’s… I don’t know what to say. There is a MacGuffin… but there are also a few small twists on the “Formulana Jones” as I’ve decided to call it. I don’t know how to talk about the plot anymroe without going into spoilers… it’s kind of weird. I can say that I didn’t enjoy the plot as much as in the previous three films, but I didn’t think it was offensively bad either.

Where the plot might lack some in enjoyment for me, I think the characters almost make up for it. Harrison Ford is still great as Indy, even though it had been almost 20 years (Jesus tapdancing Christ) since he had played the character last time. He gives a really good performance as Indy, even managing to portray that Indy had aged quite a bit. He also still has that awesome smirk that I just love. I know that Shia LaBeouf is made fun of a lot these days for being… weird (to put it gently), he isn’t too bad in this movie overall. His performance is just fine, it’s the writing he got that isn’t really too great… it’s not very good. If only they had written him a little better, I wouldn’t have any problem with him at all. Cate Blanchet: beautiful woman, great actress… odd villain. I’m not saying that she’s a bad choice, au contraire, I love the idea. Her performance is still good, and she works fine as the villain I guess, even though I don’t find her particularly intimidating like Toht in “Raiders” or the Kali Ma guy in “Temple”. Then we also get some good supporting roles too, such as that of Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Karen Allen (welcome back). Jim Broadbent is also in this movie.

The score for this movie was just like in the previous three, composed by the one and only John Williams. And again, it is great. Let’s face it, John Williams is a masteful composer of music for films, and the “Indiana Jones” movie have some of his best tunes ever… even if I think his best song might be the “Jurassic Park” theme, but that is a story for another day… NEXT PART.

Steven Spielberg decided to come back to direct this fourth installment of the franchise and I guess he did a good job. I mean, his direction overall was pretty good, it’s Steven fucking Spielberg we’re talking about… but there is a thing that prevents me from appreciating it as much as I should… This movie looks fake as shit. CGI here, CGI there, CGI EVERYWHERE! There is also a shit-ton of green screen, not very well implemented if you ask. It all looks so artificial that I was actually groaning when I watched the movie. Sure, some of teh visual effects looks fine… but a lot of shit just looks… BLEH! Sure, there are a few actual sets in the movie as well, and they look terrific… props to the people who put those together. But the action in the movie (while ridiculous) is actually pretty good. Ford still gets to kick a bit of ass in the movie, and LaBeouf gets to have some fun himself… except for that “Tarzan” bit… *Shivers*. But there’s also some pretty good humor in the movie to help try to balance it out… *under breath* god damn it, Lucas…

This movie has certainly gotten some mixed reception by people and critics alike. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 78% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is a bit of a mixed bag for me. The story is averagely enjoyable, the characters/acting I enjoyed, the music is great, the directing is, but the CGI/green screen isn’t that great… at least the action and humor is pretty good. Time for my final score. *DUN DU DUN DUUUUN*. My final score for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is a 7,45/10. While not one of the better movies in the series, I’d still say that it’s worth a rental.
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My review of “Indiana Jones and the Kingomd of the Crystal Skull” is now done.

I still have one more “Indiana Jones” related post planned in the future, so look forward to that. Other than that… I am done with these movies (on my blog, that is).

 

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Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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Time for the third part in my series of “Indiana Jones” reviews. So I guess it’s time to just stop with these formalities and just get on with it.

Ladies and gents… “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.

Indy (Harrison Ford) is back… again. He is looking for another MacGuffin… again, but this time he is looking for the holy Grail. He is also trying to find his missing father (Sean Connery). He also have to avoid being killed by nazis and death traps and I am starting to see a pattern here. Yes, all of the movies have the same basic plot and that might bug some people… but I don’t mind. I find the plots engaging, entertaining and interesting. So yeah… I like the plot.

The characters in this movie are just all kinds of entertaining. Harrison Ford still knocks it out of the park as Indy, there is no other way of putting it. Sean Connery is fantastic in the role of Indy’s father. But here’s the best part… Ford and Connery has some of the best chemistry I’ve seen in any movie ever. I totally believe their “father/son” relationship, which is kind of funny considering there’s only 12 years between the two actors. Then we also get some really good supporting performances from Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover and River Phoenix (R.I.P).

The score for this movie was (like the previous two) composed by the one and only John Williams who again managed to make an absolutely fantastic collection of tracks that perfectly fit the film they’re used in. Seriously, the music’s great and there was never any doubt about it.

Steven Spielberg directed this one as well and once again he did a great job, the shots are great and everything is terrifically done. What I can add here is that I think this movie might have the best action scenes in this franchise. They are fast-paced, well shot, very real and simply fun. From the opening scene with young Indy & the train, to the tank, to the… everything. This movie is constantly moving, never really a minute passes by without SOMETHING happening. It’s an incredibly fast-paced movie that just blew by. It’s also a very funny movie, most of it being the banter between Ford and Connery.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 88% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,3/10 and is ranked #103 on the “Top 250” list. The movie also won 1 Oscar in the category of Best sound effects editing. It also got an additional 2 nominations in the categories of Best sound and Best original score.

Guys, this is a really fun movie that has a good plot, great characters/acting/chemistry, great music, great directing and great action. Time for my final score. KALI M- wrong movie. My final score for “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is a 9,90/10. It does most definitely get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is now completed.

Ya know, after my discovery in the plot department I feel like a certain post is in order (at some point).

Movie Review: The Bourne Idenity (2002)

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Hello there, my friends to the first in my series of reviews on the “Bourne” movies leading up to “Jason Bourne” this July. I will review one of the movies every month, so for this month (March) it is “Bourne Identity”, for April it’s “Bourne Supremacy”, May is “Bourne Ultimatum” and June is “Bourne Legacy”. All of this will then wrap up in July with the upcoming “Jason Bourne”. Hell, if I’m in a good mood I might just throw in a surprise “Bourne” thing at some point too… But let’s move on to the review that you all came here to read.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Bourne Identity”.

A mysterious man (Matt Damon) is picked up by a fishing boat in the ocean outside of Marseille, France. Despite having been in the ocean for some time and also haivng bullets in him, he’s still alive and eventually wakes up… with no memory of what the hell happened or who he is. Soon after that he is chased all over Europe by different assassins and authorities while he also tries to find out what happened. But he isn’t doing this alone. With him is a young woman named Marie (Franka Potente) who he somehow dragged into this. The plot isn’t always very clear, sometimes invisible, but when you know what it is and when it really shows itself it is really good. It’s an interesting and different kind of spy story. It’s exciting, interesting and even pretty suspenseful… I kinda love it.

The characters all have a purpose within the story and they are all pretty interesting. Matt Damon is terrific as Jason Bourne, giving a surprisingly nuanced performance that is both vulnerable and totally fuckin’ badass. Franka Potente is great as Marie, playing a scared yet confident woman who has been thrust into this journey with Jason. Chris Cooper plays the character of Alexander Conklin, a man who seems to have some connection to Jason and is basically the one who sends all the assassins after Jason. And I think that he plays that role very well. We also get some great supporting performances from Brian Cox, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles, Walton Goggins and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje.

The score for the movie was composed by John Powell and it was good. Not great, but good. I’m not gonna say that it felt out of place for the movie, because it didn’t. I am just saying that the overall style of it feels a little bit dated, but it never really took away from the movie for me because it was overall good and it did work for the movie. It’s very action-y and it’s well composed.

“Bourne Identity” was directed by Doug Liman who you probably know as the director of 2014’s surprisingly good “Edge of Tomorrow”. This was his first action movie and for a first timer I would say that he did a terrific job with the directing. The shots all look great and the action is very well handled. From the fist fights, to the shootouts and to the car chase (yes, there is one of those in this movie). My favorite action scene is probably the bit with The Professor (which I will not spoil here). The people who have seen this film knows which part of the film I am talking about. But for the two of you who haven’t seen the movie, I’m just gonna say that it’s suspenseful, well filmed and pretty badass.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 68/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,9/10.

“The Bourne Identity” is an interesting spy-thriller with a really good plot, great acting, a good score, great directing and great action. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “The Bourne Identity” is a 9,89/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “The Bourne Identity” is now completed.

For those of you who have been wondering throughout the review: Yes, I have seen all of these movies before, it’s just that I felt like a series of reviews would be appropriate with the release of the new one later this year.

 

Series Review: Daredevil – Season 2 (2016)

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As some of you might know, I reviewed the first season of this show almost a year ago and absolutely loved it. So I was of course really excited when it was announced that the show (unsurprisingly) was getting a second season. And now it is finally here and ready to be reviewed. Just to warn you, there will be a few spoilers for season 1 in the process, but I will try to be as spoiler-free as possible, given that some of you may not have seen this season or season 1.

Ladies and gents… “Daredevil” season 2.

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is back, still operating as the costumed vigilante called Daredevil (Or “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”, whichever you prefer). Everything seems to have calmed down after the whole Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio from season 1) ordeal a while ago. But then shit starts to occur again when a new vigilante by the name of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) starts showing up and mowing down a whole buncho f street gangs. So it’s up to Daredevil to stop Castle while also dealing with his ex-girlfriend Elektra (Elodie Yung) showing up, asking for his help with some… stuff. Look, I know that having too many charcters within a plot can go south really quickly (*Cough* “Amazing Spider-Man 2” *Cough*), but I feel like they actually managed to balance it out pretty well with the two new characters. Both get a good amount of time in the story and both add a good amount of drama too it, while still not sacrificing any of the drama added between Matt and his friends Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll). The dramatic tension of it all works fine while also adding new stuff to the plot that works perfectly. Yeah… I liked it a lot.

The characters of the show are still really interesting, very well realized and perfectly integrated into this world. Charlie Cox is still fantastic as Matt Murdock, even being able to give a performance that is even better than in the first season. Elden Henson is still great as Foggy and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen gets a lot more to do and she also gets a lot more depth to her character. Now how are the new guys doing in this show? Well, Jon Bernthal is absolutely fantastic as Frank Castle/Punisher, giving a multi-layered performance that stays true to the original comic book character while also adding something new to it. And Elodie Yung is great as Elektra, a femme fatale that still shows that she’s a good character and not just a sexy/devious woman. We also get a few more great supporting characters/performances which I will not go into because you might want to experience them for yourselves…

Like in season 1, the score was composed by John Paesano who once again succeeded! The score for the show is intense, dramatic and just overall really great, perfectly fitting the show.

Who directed the show? A whole bunch of people, so I’m not even gonan mention them all here… you go look ’em up. What I at least can say here is that the show is very well directed, with the camera work being really good and the fight choreography being absolutely terrific. Seriously, there is a scene in the season that rivals the hallway fight from season 1. There are also a lot of interesting easter eggs and references to a lot of other Marvel stuff throughout the season, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

This season of the show has been received pretty well so far. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 71% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 68/100. And on imdb.com the show has a score of 8,8/10 and is ranked #63 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

“Daredevil” season 2 has a lot going for it. A really good plot, great acting & characters, terrific music, great directing & action and some fun little nods towards other Marvel things. Time for my final score. Jeff, gife me the damn thing before I *ahem* Punish you. My final score for “Daredevil” season 2 is a 9,96/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review for the second season of “Daredevil” is now completed.

One batch, two batch… penny and dime. 

Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

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So now it is time for the second part in series of “Indiana Jones” reviews which pretty much started on pure accident. But here we are, and we’re gonna have a good time.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is… “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.

Indy (Harrison Ford) is back for another adventure, however this time he isn’t looking for MacGuffins in the desert. Instead he is looking for it in a jungle… let me elaborate. Indy is in India, and after having escpaed death at a party he ends up in a small Indian village where the villagers ask him to go to a palace and find their (supposedly) magic stone. But he isn’t gonna go on this advnture alone, oh no! With him he got his little sidekick named Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) and a singer named Willie (Kate Capshaw). And honestly, one should not expect the most original of plots from this movie, but all we can at least hope for is a well executed and entertaining plot. And I would say this movie has it. There are no real twists or big revelations to be found, but there is a lot of enjoyment to get from it and I feel like that is the thing that counts. The plot was entertaining and I feel that it was overall pretty good.

Where the story was good and felt very natural in it’s style and execution, the characters… less so. Indiana Jones is still a great character and Ford is as great, if not even better in this second installment. It’s when we get to the supporting characters that we start experiencing some… less than stellar stuff. Short Round as a character kind of works because he gets shit done and actually helps out throughout the movie, even though his voice is terrible (mainly because he shouts everything in such a high-pitched voice). But Willie… oh lord, Willie. She is a useless piece of shit that doesn’t do much other than scream and whine. The few times she actually does osmething useful is because Indy basically tells her what to do, and she then does it… reluctantly. Willie sucks. The bad guys are pretty cool though, an evil cult who use voodoo an’ shit.

The music for “Temple of Doom” was composed by John Williams who as you msot likely know, also did the score for the first movie too… and for “Star Wars”… and “Jaws”… and “Jurassic Park”… and “Schindler’s List”… and what I am saying is that I’m derailing this train because I love John Williams. So you can suspect that I loved the music for this movie.

It’s not often you see Spielberg do sequels to his movies, but this was an exception. Once again he shows why he is one of teh best directors ever. His directing here feels a lot more intense, but that just might be because this movie focuses more on being an intense action-adventure and not so much an interesting historically foucsed adventure with action in it. But the action scenes we get in the movie are intense, brutal and very well filmed. The movie is also a whole ot darker and brutal than the first movie, with some pretty disturbing shit going on at times. So if you don’t like seeing blood and creepy animals and voodoo, do not watch this. But I do have to say that maybe you should still check it out for some of the sets in this movie because they look absolutely incredible.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception over the years. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10. The movie also won 1 Oscar in the category of Best visual effects. It also got 1 additional nomination in the category of Best original score. 

While I don’t think “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” deserves the hate that a lot of people give it, I do agree that it’s not the best of the series. It has a good plot, good acting with some meh characters (Ford’s still great though), great music, great directing, great action and some pretty great sets. Time for my final score. *Dun du dun dun*. My final score for “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is an 8,95/10. While not as good as the first one, it’s definitely worth buying.
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Review of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is now done.

Kali Ma…

Movie Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Most movies I review are ones that I have never seen before, but on occasion it happens that I do one that I have seen before. This is such a movie. The backstory to why I chose to review this movie was that I caught it on TV this evening with my parents and thought “Hey… let’s review it since my thoughts may have changed since last I saw it”. So, let’s review us some adventure stuff.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

The movie follows history teacher and archeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) as he is sent by some US government people to go and find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do. On the way he meets up with his former lover Marion (Karen Allen) abd it’s up to them and some other people to find the Ark before the Nazis get their terrible hands on it. While not having the most original of plots since it’s been done in old adventure serials, it still delivers a lot better than most movies of the same genre. It’s intriguing, interesting, fast-paced, fun and just overall very well told. There are so many tiny nuances that gives the plot of the movie the edge over most movies in the action-adventure genre. *Dun du dun dun, dun du duuun*.

The characters in the movie are all just a load of fun to watch do things… yes, even the nazis. Harrison Ford had already proven himself with “Star Wars” and “Empire Strikes Back” that he was a really good actor with tons of charisma, but then he did this role and proved he isn’t just a pretty face in a spaceship. He showed that can be a tough badass with tons of intelligence and charm as well. Seriously, his performance in this movie is great… he is also one sexy motherfucker. Karen Allen gives a great performance as Marion, a tough-as-nails woman who still shows that she is vulnerable, which makes her character a lot more compelling than your typical damsel in distress. We also get some great supporting performances from John Rhys-Davies, Paul Freeman and Ronald Lacey. If you want good acting, look no further.

The score for “Raiders” was composed by the legendary John WIlliams and it’s definitely one of his finest, being able to ramp up the tension and excitement in the different scenes of the movie. It’s also jsut overall really fun to lsiten to and would definitely be something I could listen to in the car… if I had a car, that is. And I will just briefly mention the main theme which is simply one of the greatest main themes to anything ever.

This movie was the result of directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas bumping their heads together to create something interesting and entertaining. And that they did, with George doing some writing/story for it and Steven doing the directing. And that was a great decision because this is one of the most well directed action movies I have ever seen. The shots look terrific, with Spielberg showing that he is one of the best directors ever. And the action scenes are so great to watch as well, with everything clearly visible, with no dumb editing or unnecessary shaky-cam… or CGI. Sure, there is a scene with some sub-par green screen effects, but that part doesn’t really take away from the overall experience for me. The fights are also really brutal and hard-hitting. Combine that with some overall disturbing imagery and a scene featuring a shit-ton of snakes, I am almost a bit surprised that this movie is rated PG and not R. There is also a bit of really funny humor that is surprisingly low-key for this type of film.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 96% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 90/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars and put it on his “Great Movies” list. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,5/10 and is ranked #36 on the “Top 250” list. It also won 4 Oscars in the categories of Best set decoration, Best sound, Best film editing and Best visual effects. The movie also got an additional 4 nominations in the categories of Best picture, best director, best cinematography and best original score. 

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” is a classic within the action-adventure genre. It features a great plot, great characters & acting, fantastic music, great directing, great action and some really good humor. Time for my final score. *Dun du dun dun, dun du duuun*. My final score for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is a 9,88/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is now completed.

So, yeah… look forward to reviews coming soon for the rest of the series…

Great Music #11

Hello there. Anybody else here like to share music they like with friends? If you do, awesome! If you don’t, well fuck you because I am sharing music that I like right now!

So this time I thought I would share the song “Texas Flood” as sung by Stevie Ray Vaughan (R.I.P). And what I mean by that is that he didn’t write the song, this is a cover. The original was written and performed by blues musician Larry Davis in the late 50’s, with Vaughan covering it in the early 80’s. And even though a lot of people might be like “Bleh, covers are never as good as the original!”, I direct you to this song which I think is as good as the original in composition, but I do prefer to listen to this version a bit more. Don’t get me wrong, I love old blues songs by people like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, but my heart will always lean toward the slightly more rock(ish) sounds. And that’s why I think Vaughan’s version of this song works so damn well.
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Movie Review: Deadpool (2016)

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Yeah, yeah, talk shit about how I am a month late with seeing this movie… cause I don’t fucking care. I just haven’t been able to find anyone to go see it with until now. And at long last I have seen it so I can review it for you guys. So let’s get into this shit.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Deadpool”.

Once upon a time, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) was a Special Forces Operative. But then he became a mercenary who later took part in an experiment which fucked up his skin, but it also gave him super powers. Now he is a super soldier called Deadpool, looking for revenge against the man (Ed Skrein) who messed him up so badly. It’s a simple plot with so much more beneath the surface. I gotta say that I was surprisingly invested in the plot of the movie. Because when I heard they were making a “Deadpool” movie, I was interested in the project, but I did still have my reservations about it. But after seeing some of the trailers and then seeing the movie, I can safely say that this story is a perfect representation of what “Deadpool” is. Yes, the plot isn’t particularly deep. But what else did you expect from fuckin’ “Deadpool”? It’s an action comedy about a fourth-wall breaking mercenary in a red suit, not “Memento”. But really, this is a really good plot that displays what the character is all about, a sort of “day in the life” scenario. But a lot of elements of the plot really works, like the revenge story and the love story… all of that works. The plot’s great for what it set out to do.

The characters in this movie all add something to the (dead)pool. They all have something interesting to say and/or do within the story. Ryan Reynolds once upon a time played the character of Wade Wilson in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” but that movie wasn’t really any good and it completely buthcered the character. But I can safely say that Reynolds perfectly nailed the character in this movie, showing that he doesn’t just know how to play the character… but that he IS the character. Ed Skrein might not have been the most compelling villain ever, but he was perfect for the type of movie this was. Besides, after that apparently terrible movie “Transporter: Refueled”, I think he needed this. Morena Baccarin was great as the love interest, Vanessa. And every other actor in the movie were great too. Good job, everyone.

It seems like Tom Holkenborg/Junkie XL is taking over the movie soundtrack industry these days. Yes, he did the original score for this movie and I have to say that it was really good. Not the best ever made in the history of cinema, but it really did work for whenever it was used. There was also a big focus on hip-hop/rap music in this movie that I felt worked very well for the movie and the character. It was especially awesome for me to hear TeamHeadKick’s “Deadpool Rap” in this movie, only with some slight changes to fit the movie a little better.

This movie was directed by Tim Miller, a first time director, which is another thing I was kind of skeptic about at first. But that doubt disappeared pretty early on in the movie because this is a really well directed movie. Yes, a lot of shots look really damn standard, but I wouldn’t say that I found any shots to look bad at all. The action is remarkably in-camera and ooo boy… it is violent. And I don’t mean violent as in a few small blood quirts, this is as violent as it goes. Brains flying out of holes in heads, limbs getting chopped off… other kinds of violent violence. There is also a shit-ton of god damn motherfucking cursing. And some graphic nudity… so don’t take your kids to see this movie. If you take your kids to see this, you are a terrible parent… that goes for you trying to take your little siblings who are too young for the R rating. Seriously, at times I would almost say this movie borders on NC-17 with everything that happens… which is exactly what “Deadpool” is all about. Oh yeah, the writing is really crude and hilarious and fourth-wall breaking and the opening credits are some of the best ever. And the visual effects all look really great, despite the relatively low budget.

This movie has been really well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 84% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,5/10 and is ranked #80 on the “Top 250” list.

“Deadpool” is exactly what you would want in a movie about this character… but with a little more to it. The plot is surprisingly good, the characters are entertaining, the acting is great, the soundtrack is awesome, the directing is good, the action is great and the comedy is absolutely hilarious. Time for my final score. Chimi-fucking-chongas. My final score for “Deadpool” is a 9,89/10. It certainly gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Deadpool” is at long last reviewed.

I definitely wore the appropriate colors for this movie.
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We got another “Captain America: Civil War” Trailer

Good evening there, my friends. Once again it is time for me to talk about a new movie trailer that has come out. And for the second time it is a trailer for “Captain America: Civil War” that I am talking about. Oooo boy, this is a doozy. Let’s get into it.

Starting off, it is another dramatic and intense look at the movie. We get explosions and badassery and dramatic shots of Cap (Chris Evans) and everyone else. Okay, let’s talk about what I liked about this trailer.
I like that they are acknowledging that “Incredible Hulk” happened by having “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt) in it because I am one of the few that actually liked that movie. I also love some of the drama that this movie seems to set up, a lot of it looks prety interesting and for a lack of a better word, dramatic. We also get some new shots of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) which look badass, can’t wait to see what they’ll do with him in the movie. We also get a pretty good shot of Crossbones (Frank Grillo) punching someone’s fucking face really hard. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) also gets a really cool shot.
*Sigh*. Now to the one thing about it that I didn’t like… and it’s something I’m gonna get major flak for. *Deep breath*. Here we go.
I don’t like that they showed Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in the trailer. I love the design they went with for the suit, but the fact that the studio sucked up to the masses and showed him in the trailer actually makes me a bit sad. Why couldn’t they wait with showing him until the movie came out? *Sniff*.

So what did you think of the new “Civil War” trailer? Overall I personally liked it except for the whole Spidey thing. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one.

Movie Review: Sorcerer (1977)

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Sometimes you have to take a break from the newer movies and sometimes even from the very well known classics that everyone knows about and just watch something old and maybe not too well known. This is such a film.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Sorcerer”.

In a remote South American jungle we find four men (Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou) from different parts of the world who all work for this company. And they all one day sign up for a dangerous assignment; transporting a shipment of nitroglycerin through the jungle. And if you know what nitroglycerin is (how could you not?) then you know that it’s one of the most unstable materials in the world. So if you are a little too shaky… boom. And that is an interesting plot point to add to a movie because it gives it an opportunity to build a suspenseful story… and this movie took that opportunity. I thought the plot of this movie was very well handled and that there was a lot of tension being built throughout. It also has some existensial themes hidden in there to give it a little more depth. It is really a slow burn and the whole transport thing doesn’t start until about halfway through the movie, but I had no real problem with that since every part of this plot worked incredibly well for me, but I can see how it would turn some people off. But I fuckin’ loved it.

The characters never feel like they are invlunerable at any point, they all feel like real people who could be killed off at any time. But they were all really interesting and they all fit the story very well. Roy Scheider shows in this movie that he’s not only great when it comes to hunting murder-sharks, but that he also knows how to do a dramatic transport of nitroglycerin. Seriously, Scheider is absolutely terrific in this movie. The other three who also starred in the movie were great as well, all of them did a great job in the movie. All other supporting actors were great in their respective roles too.

The score for the movie was created by German band Tangerine Dream and while it shows it’s age, it is still really good and works really well for the movie. It’s very electronic and I feel like it works for the tense plot and the environment that it all is set in.

This movie was directed by William Friedkin and holy hell, it is a magnificently directed movie. The shots are beautiful, showing off some great camera work. There is also a fair amount of handheld camera work being done and while I’m not the biggest fan of the technique, I feel like it added something to “Sorcerer” in terms of realism and grit. But all of it is terrifically done, all of it seeming very real. It’s also apparently a remake of a French movie titled “Le salaire de la peur” or “The Wages of Fear” for those of you who do not speak French.

There is not a whole lot on this movie online, but I have found a little bit. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 80% positive rating. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,7/10 (based on less than 10000 votes). The movie was also nominated for 1 OScar in the category of Best sound. 

“Sorcerer” is one of those under-appreciated movies that not too many have seen. It has a great & suspenseful plot, great characters & acting, great music and terrific directing. Time for my final score. *KABOOM*. My final score for “Sorcerer” is a 9,88/10. That means it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Sorcerer” is now completed.

IF you have not seen this then you are doing yourself a disservice.