Movie Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

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What? Two reviews in such a short amount of time? And both of recent movies that are in theaters? What kind of madness is this? I’ll tell you what it is… Mad skills, that’s what it fuckin’ is!

Ladies and gents… “Ghostbusters” (the rebootification).

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are two long time friends, both having an interest in the paranormal. So when they discover that ghosts actually, truly, without any doubt exists, they form a group/firm together with crazy engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and historian Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). They also get a secretary named Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). And together these people make up… the Ghostbusters (roll credits). And what they have to do is try to stop a sudden paranormal invasion of New York City. Interesting? Decently. Investing? Not really. I never really thought the plot was bad throughout the movie, but there was also never a point in which I got emotionally invested in it. I wasn’t bored at any point, but there was never that full on investment that I might’ve wanted from the movie.

The characters, I honestly thought I would dislike them… but no, they’re actually pretty enjoyable. Let me first say that the central cast have terrific chemistry, they work well together. Melissa McCarthy does a fine job in the movie, she’s not bad nor great, she does well. Kristen Wiig does a really good job with her performance and her character was enjoyable. Leslie Jones, I thought she would be pretty annoying, based on the trailers. But no, I actually enjoyed her in the movie. Then we have my favorite of the four… Kate McKinnon. Her character was just absolutely nuts, and was definitely the one I enjoyed the most. Best way I can explain her is that she’s kind of a mix of Doc Brown from “Back to the Future” and Tyler Durden from “Fight Club”. Chris Hemsworth is a lot of fun in this movie… mainly because he’s playing a dumb blonde secretary who’s pretty much inept at anything he tries to do. Yeah, everybody did a good job… holy shit, I never thought I’d say that about this movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Theodore Shapiro and I thought it was okay. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. It was what most people would call passable. It worked just fine for the movie, nothing spectacular. As for the new and “updated” theme song however… yeah, I fucking hate it. And just so you know, saying that saddens me because I like Fall Out Boy. I think they’re a good band, but this new “Ghostbusters” song is not good.

This movie was directed by Paul Feig and I actually think he did a pretty good job. The direction is pretty fast and snappy and never spens too much or too little time on a specific bit. As for the CGI? It’s fine I guess. I wouldn’t call it bad, but there’s a point in this movie where it’s just a bit too much. And the ghost designs aren’t really creative or even scary, which is a little sad (Sidenote: Slimer looks like shit). And since this movie is a comedy, we should look at the jokes and see how they are. I thought the jokes were fun. Not all of them, there were a few that made me cringe a little bit, but the majority of jokes at least made me at least chuckle. There was one joke which I can’t remember, but I know that it made me laugh quite a bit. Most of the comedic entertainment came from Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth in my opinion, both of whom had a bunch of fun lines and entertaining personalities. So let’s talk cameos! That’s right, all of the original cast members (‘cept for Rick Moranis and William Atherton) had cameos, even Harold Ramis who is dead. And these cameos felt a little bit distracting for me. While not as gratuitous as some cameos in other movies, they still felt a bit distracting and almost even forced.

This movie has sure as hell gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 60/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,4/10.

Let me start this wrap-up by saying that the movie was a lot better than I anticipated. Sure, the plot isn’t very engaging, the CGI gets a bit too much at times, some of the jokes don’t land, and the cameos are distracting. But the characters are all enjoyable, the performances are good, the music is fine (‘cept for that damn theme), the directing is pretty good, and a lot of the jokes are pretty fun. Time for my final score. *WHO YA GONNA CALL!?* My final score for “Ghostbusters” (the rebootification) is a 7,54/10. While not that great, it’s still worth a rental (or in this case, worth a watch).
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My review of “Ghostbusters” (the rebootification) is now completed.

True story: When my parents and I got out of the theater and got into the car, the original (AKA good) “Ghostbusters” theme played on the radio. No joke, it actually fucking happened.

Movie Review: Jason Bourne (2016)

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People… we’re finally here! The long awaited release/review of the fifth “Bourne” movie. As some if not most of you may know, this has been my most antipcipated movie of the year. And with that I reviewed every movie in this franchise (I highly recommend you checking them out #ShamelessPlug) over the past few months, had a lot of fun doing that. But now it’s time… the main act, the reason we are here, the other synonymous phrase that could be put here!

Ladies and gentlemen, you know his name… “Jason Bourne”!

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has been in hiding since the end of “Bourne Ultimatum”. But now he has to come out of hiding to be able to find out more about his past. While all of this is going on, there is a plot by CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) to use a new social media platform to monitor people in the name of “national security”. So there’s kind of a debate going on throughout the movie on freedom vs. safety. And while the whole social media thing felt a bit weird and slightly out of place at first, I eventually bought into it and thought it kind of worked for the movie. There’s also another assassin (Vincent Cassel) going after Bourne. Yeah, this guy seems to have a bit of a grudge towards our hero. And that bit was really interesting. As for the rest of the plot, it’s really good, it’s always interesting seeing Jason trying to figure out more about who he is and why he is the way he is. It’s tense, interesting, and dramatic. I really enjoyed it.

This movie proves to us that Matt Damon still got it. He kicks so much ass in this movie and his performance overall is fantastic even though he doesn’t say too much (which is fine). Tommy Lee Jones may be and old man in a suit… but he’s my old man in a suit. Yeah, his performance was fine. Alicia Vikander plays a sort of computer tech working for the CIA, and she was really good in the movie. Julia Stiles returns as Nicky and she’s good in the movie, not much to really say there. Vincent Cassel as the CIA assassin, or “Asset” as they call him (New game: Take a shot anytime anyone in any of these movies say the word “asset”, you’ll be drunk before the movie is over). Yeah, he was badass, pretty intimidating, and his performance was good. Riz Ahmed did a fine job with his performance, and so did Ato Essandoh.

The music was once again composed by John Powell (Sidenote: This time with some help from David Buckley). And there’s really nothing to complain about, I thought it was really good and really worked in the movie. And since this is a “Bourne” movie, let’s talk about this movie’s version of Moby’s “Extreme Ways”. While not my favorite version of the song, I still thought it was very good.

“Jason Bourne” was directed by none other than the great Paul Greengrass, the man who directed “Supremacy” and “Ultimatum”. And once again he brought his shaky, but still visually interesting style. So you know that when action happens, it’s badass. And yeah, the action in the movie is really badass and really awesome. There are two scenes in particular that are great. One is at the end (don’t worry, no spoilers), and is so amazing. The other one is a really tense and awesome chase set during a riot, as seen in all the trailers. Yeah, I really enjoyed how this movie was directed.

Keep in mind that this movie just came out, so any scores on these sites might change. Anyhow… On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 56% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 58/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10.

While not my favorite in the series, I still really enjoyed “Jason Bourne”. I found the plot investing, the characters interesting, the acting really good, the music great, teh directing really good, and the action so awesome. Time for my final score. BOURNE TO BE WILD! My final score for “Jason Bourne” is a 9,75/10. So yeah… it of course gets the one and only “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Jason Bourne” is now completed.

Extreme ways are back again
Extreme places I didn’t know
I broke everything new again
Everything that I’d owned
I threw it out the windows, came along
Extreme ways I know move apart
The colors of my sea
Perfect color me

 

“Bad Santa 2” teaser trailer?

Hi guys, Markus here. I know that I have been talking a lot about teasers/trailers the past few days (thanks, Comic Con!), but there’s one that came out late yesterday that I just have to talk about because it came out of fucking nowhere.

So we now have a teaser trailer for “Bad Santa 2”, the most unexpected sequel ever. Sure, in my “Most Anticipated Movies of 2016” list I had it as an honorable mention, but that was only because I didn’t think they were serious about it and it was more or less a rumor. So after that I forgot about it… until this teaser came out. For those of you who might not know, “Bad Santa” is a 2003 comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton as the most corrupt mall santa you have ever seen. It’s not a nice movie… it’s a rather naughty one (christmas pun definitely intended). The humor is pitch black and very mean-spirited, so it’s perfect for a grinch like me. Alright, you get the backstory of it now? Cool. So now, 13 years later, we get a sequel with more or less the same cast as before. Billy Bob Thornton will return as Willie Stokes, the titular Naughty Claus. Tony Cox will apparently return as Willie’s partner in crime, Marcus (pfff). We will also get the return of Brett Kelly who played the little kid that Willie met and had a weird and mean-spirited partnership with. Unfortunately we won’t be seeing the return of Bernie Mac or John Ritter since both sadly passed away in the years after the first movie. Oh well, we will at least get some new blood in the movie in the for mof Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks, so that’s cool. Another difference is that this movie will be directed by Mark Waters, known for directing “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday”. The first one was directed by Terry Zwigoff who’s well known for directing “Ghost World”. “Bad Santa 2” is set to be released in theaters in late November of this year. So yeah… I am definitely interested in this.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited to see “Bad Santa 2”? And are you a fan of the original movie? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the teaser.

The trailer for “Legion” is here

How’s it going, guys? So Comic Con has over the past few days given us a lot of cool shit, and this is no exception. So let’s jump into it.

So we have finally gotten a traielr for “Legion”, an upcoming series from Marvel and Noah Hawley, the showrunner behind “Fargo”. So what is “Legion” about? Well it’s about David Haller (Dan Stevens), also known as Legion, a mutant who’s also the son of Charles Xavier. He’s really powerful, but he’s also kind of insane. Combine all of these factors and you’ll get something that I am super interested in. I mean, come on… it’s “X-Men”, action, psychological drama, from the creator of one of the best shows on TV. This thing will probably be fucking awesome. I know that I’m excited. While no date has been set, it is more or less confirmed to come out in early 2017.

So what do you think? Are you looking forward to “Legion”? Leave any and all answers in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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In the world of movies, there is a common trend of setting up cinematic universes that cross over several different films. Most noticeably we have Marvel who, let’s face it, fucking nailed it with their cinematic universe. Well, let’s see how DC handles the start of their universe with this thing.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”!

So after the events in “Man of of Steel”, Superman (Henry Cavill) is in a lot of hot water. Is he a hero, is he a dangerous alien, is he good, is he bad? These questions are constantly asked by people. Well after all of that trouble, the eyes of one Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) are on Superman. So Wayne decides to suit up again to try to stop Superman, while Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) hatches his very convoluted plot in the background. Meanwhile, we also have Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) being up to her own little thing too in the middle of all of this. Also, the plot of this movie is trying to set up the rest of the Justice League and WHY ARE THERE SO MANY THINGS GOING ON!? *Deep breath*. Okay, this isn’t a good sign. There is a bit too much stuff going on for me to fully enjoy the plot. The Batman going after Superman stuff, that’s good. Lex Luthor’s plan, very convoluted and actually kinda dumb. The plot of this movie is a fucking mess! Did I enjoy it? I guess. But it’s so messy, I can’t appreciate it. Too much stuff going on in this movie.

Okay, the plot is a mess. But how are the characters? Well, they’re not bad. Henry Cavill plays Superman, just like in “Man of Steel”. And he’s not bad. A bit too brooding and dark for the character, but his performance overall is pretty good. Amy Adams returns as Lois Lane and she was really good. Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman… absolutely fantastic. I cared about Bruce Wayne, I cared about Batman, Affleck perfectly captured the feel of the character. Sure, he kills people and I don’t know why, but overall his performance is fantastic. Jeremy Irons as Alfred, he’s great. Then we also have Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor… oh boy. I don’t know what to say. There were parts where he was somewhat interesting and he did a decent job, but most of the time he was twitchy and eccentric and crazy and not Lex Luthor. And finally, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While her character was very tacked on, she was still very awesome. Seriously, her performance was good and her action-based entrance is so amazingly badass. So the acting overall in this movie is good and I find the characters interesting and entertaining.

The original score was composed by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL and it’s fine. Not great, but fine. It’s not a soundtrack that I’m gonna go out of my way to listen to. But it worked for the movie and it sounds overall fine. Not bad, not great.

This movie was directed by Zack Snyder and let’s face it, he has trouble balancing story… but holy shit, this movie looks amazing! The visuals are terrific, I could look at shots from this movie all day and be happy with that. And that is something Zack Snyder does well, he knows how to make a really good looking movie. It’s a wonderfully directed movie. The action scenes are brilliantly handled. Sure, a lot of them are very big and bloated, but I can also say that they were a lot of fun. Out of all the action scenes in the movie, my favorite might be the warehouse scene that everybody knows about. Seriously, it’s like something right out of one of the “Arkham” games. And the main one between Bats and Supes… it’s good. It’s brutal, it’s badass, and it’s only like 8 minutes long. In a 2,5 hour movie, you’d think that the scene the movie is named after would be a bit longer. But what you see in it is pretty great. The reason why they stop fighting, pretty bullshit… but the fight before that end is really good. There are a ton of CGI in this movie, and at one point I felt like there might’ve been a little too much, but I guess that’s jsut what I have to handle when they decide to put *SPOILER* in the movie even though it made little to no sense. At least the visual effects in the movie are very well done.
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This movie has not been too well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 27% positive rating (ouch). On Metacritic it has a score of 44/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,9/10.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a really mixeed bag for me. The plot is convoluted and filled with too many things and Jesse Eisenberg is a little too over-the-top as Lex Luthor. But then we also have a whole bunch of other great performances/characters, pretty good music, beautiful camera work, and terrific action scenes. Time for my final score. Tell me… do you review? You will. My final score for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a 7,03/10. While not as great as one could hope for, it’s still worth a rental.
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My review of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is now completed.

Hey, at least Batfleck proved all the naysayers wrong!

 

“Wonder Woman” Comic Con Trailer

Comic Con, you lovely bastard!

So Comic Con keeps giving us awesome stuff. And this time we are talking about the trailer for “Wonder Woman”! So we get to see Diana (Gal Gadot) discover a man washed up on the shores of her home. This man turns out to be Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), who is a soldier and becomes Wonder Woman’s love interest. And then we get to see battles and badassery and we will finally get a really awesome female-led superhero movie! Okay, I can’t say that the movie will be awesome, it might actually turn out to be shit… but the trailer makes it look awesome! Wonder Woman doesn’t need a man. She only needs her sword, shield, lasso of truth, and overall badassery. I am so pumped for this movie, it looks so cool! “Wonder Woman” is set to come out in June of 2017.

So what are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to “Wonder Woman”? As always, leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

“Kong: Skull Island” Comic Con Trailer

I know that I am spamming stuff at you, but I can’t help it… Comic Con brings us a lot of interesting shit. SO LET’S DO THIS!

So we now have a trailer for the upcoming “Kong: Skull Island”, a sort of reboot of the classic “King Kong” franchise. From the producers of the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, a movie that I really enjoy. And this trailer makes the movie look like it could be as cool as “Godzilla” and probably even more intense. Because now we don’t have the entire military and some giant EMP-based bugs… but we have a small-ish group of people, consisting of Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Tom Hiddleston who looks quite ab it like Leon S. Kennedy from “Resident Evil 4” (the game, not the movie). And it’s these people, plus some expendable folks, against tribe members and a giant motherfuckin’ gorilla who we only see bits of. Which is great, because I don’t have to see Kong in all of his awesome glory until the movie comes out. But yeah, this movie looks intense and badass and I am definitely hyped for it. Great trailer. “Kong: Skull Island” is set for a March 2017 release.

So what are your thoughts on this? Are you excited about “Kong: Skull Island”? And what are your thoughts on the 2014 “Godzilla” movie? Leave any and all answers in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

“Justice League” Comic Con Footage

Holy shit, Comic Con is great for news and trailers! How’s it going, guys? I hope you’re all doing well. Because we’re going for a bit of a ride here. *Inhale, exhale*. All right, here we go.

So straight outta San Diego Comic con, DC and Warner Bros. has given us a first look at the upcoming “Justice League” movie. And if the movie has a tone consistent to the one in the trailer, we are going to get a great movie. So what do we have here? Well, we get Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) recruiting the members of the Justice League. So we get to see him meet up with Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher). We also get some quick shots of Batman, the three guys I just mentioned, and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) gathered to do… something. Not too much in the way of action, but I think the people over at DC/Warner are saving that for later. But what do I think about this entire thing? I think it looks like a Marvel film with DC characters in it. Just kidding… sort of. Zack Snyder promised us a lighter tone for “Justice League”, compared to the two previous films. And it seems like he’s actually keeping that promise… good job, man! It seems like it could actually be a fun movie and I am looking forward to it. Also, I have not seen “Batman V Superman” yet so you guys can look forward to a review of that in the not too distant future.

So what are your thoughts on this? Are you guys looking forward to “Justice League”? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy this trailer (let’s face it, it’s a fuckin’ trailer).

 

“The Defenders” – SDCC Teaser Trailer

Howdy, guys and gals of the internets! Why am I seeming a lot dumber than usual? Well that is because I am super excited about this little thing we very recently got. And if you didn’t read the title, we got, straight out of San Diego Comic Con, a teaser trailer for the upcoming Marvel/Netflix show “The Defenders”. So let’s talk about it.

Before we talk about the teaser itself, let’s quickly talk about what “The Defenders” is… for those who don’t already know. “The Defenders” is a team comprising of Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones), all of whom already have, or will have their own Netflix shows. You good, all caught up? Nice, let’s talk teasers! So this doesn’t really tell us anything about the plot itself or who the villain might be… but it is still some exciting stuff. Basically we have a sort of wall covered in bits of newspapers and notes, all of which covers an aspect of this team. And in the end we see all of it spelling out the word “defend”. At the end we also get a voice chastizing the team, the voice soundling like the character of Stick (Scott Glenn) who popped up in both seasons of “Daredevil”. All of this set to Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” (Sidenote: Awesome song). Yes, there isn’t much plot revealed here, but maybe that’s for the better. Besides, it’s just a teaser, not a straigh up trailer. Anyhow, I am super excited to see “The Defenders”.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to this show? Are you a fan of the previous two Netflix/Marvel shows? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the teaser!

Great Music #17

Hello there, my friends and other people who might be readin’ this. So I back to talk about a song that I really like. So let’s just get the fuck into it.

So the song that I have chosen to talk about today is blues musician Joe Bonamassa’s “Dust Bowl”, from the album of the same name. So why did I choose to talk about this song? Well first off, Joe Bonamassa is one of my favorite musicians of all time, so I’m often looking for a good reason to talk about his music. And secondly, it’s just a really cool song. This song is definitely blues, but it has a much more experimental style than your typical blues song. Joe’s vocals sound great, the guitar is amazing (as always), the beat feels great and it’s just overall a terrific tune. I highly recommend that you listen to it. Hell, I recommend that you listen to Joe overall because of his impressive discography.
Enjoy!