“Wheelman” teaser trailer!

Hello there, my friends! Time for some trailer talk! So here we go!

We have now gotten our first look at Netflix original movie “Wheelman”. So what’s this all about then? Well, Frank Grillo stars as a badass getaway driver who gets pulled into a really bad situation. And that’s really all we know, and that’s all we need. Getaway driver, bad situation, action, Frank Grillo. Now, I’ve actually had this movie in my sights for a while mainly due to a couple of things. For one, it stars the aforementioned Frank Grillo, one of the most badass actors working today. And it was produced by both Grillo and Joe Carnahan, the man who made the excellent “The Grey” and the really fun “Stretch” (which I recently reviewed *Nudge nudge wink wink*). So since I follow their social media feeds I’ve known about this project for a while, and now we finally have our first look at it. And while there isn’t a lot of footage to go on, I would still say that I’m excited. I’m always up for a good action movie, and a bit of Frank Grillo. Sure, the director, Jeremy Rush, hasn’t directed a movie prior to this, but I am still quite interested in this. “Wheelman” is set to be released on October 20th, only on Netflix.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited for “Wheelman”? And what’s your favorite movie about/heavily featuring a getaway driver? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the teaser!

Movie Review: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

As some of you may or may not remember, last year around July I reviewed the first two movies in the “Purge” series in “honor” of this movie coming out. You guys seemed to enjoy those reviews, so here we go… wrapping this shit up.

Ladies and gents… “The Purge: Election Year”.

Motherfucking badass Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) is back! Only this time he isn’t out for revenge, but he’s instead acting as security for a Senator (Elizabeth Mitchell) that is running for president. And her first act as president? Stop the “Purge”, just shut it down forever. And as you might predict, a lot of people are not too happy about that idea. And now we have an action-thriller where Barnes has to go on the run with the Senator while they encounter all kinds of strange of people. But it’s not just aiming to be a fun action-thriller, because it is also trying to have relevant social commentary and depth. And how does that turn out? Eh. I honestly think that they don’t mix too well. I was going along for the ride and I had fun with the silly plot and then it tried to be smart and deep and it kind of took me out of it. This isn’t exactly smart satire, so it couldn’t pull off having both the action-thriller stuff and the “deeper” stuff. So overall the plot is… meh. However, there was a brief moment in it that actually answered a question I had about this stupid franchise… so there’s that. But the plot overall like I said is kind of meh.

The characters in this movie… yeah, I don’t really like them. For the most part they are bland, forgettable, and not very interesting. Frank Grillo as Leo Barnes is pretty much the exception to this, because he’s awesome. He was great in “Purge: Anarchy” and he’s great here… he’s a motherfucking badass! Elizabeth Mitchell is also a character that I thought was kind of interesting. For one, her character was very adamant about shutting down the “Purge”, which is good because it’s like the stupidest idea ever. And she also worked because Mitchell gave a really good performance. She and Grillo actually had a little bit of chemistry in the movie, so that’s fun. We also got Mykelti Williamson as a store owner that gets fucked over by the insurance company and he was really good in the movie. The rest of that cast… who gives a shit? Most of them are bland, but there are also some that are INCREDIBLY annoying! Specifically, a couple of young woman harassing Williamson’s character. Seriously, I wanted to slam my face into a god damn wall every time they were in a shot. So yeah… the cast is a mixed bag.

The score for the movie was composed by Nathan Whitehead (just like in the previous movies!) and I think that he did a pretty good job. Now, his score here is nothing that I would listen to on a daily basis, but I do think that it was pretty well composed and it fit the movie very well.

This movie was (just like the previous ones) directed by James DeMonaco and he did a pretty good job with it. Now, I’m not gonna say that what he did was great, but for what it is… it’s not bad. Visually speaking, this movie actually looks pretty good. And the action in the movie was really fun. It’s not groundbreaking or even great, but it was really fun to watch. I also have to mention the writing… Jesus Christ, it’s bad. As I was watching the movie, characters continuously delivered really bad dialogue. At a few times it was fun, like when Mr. Badass (Grillo) delivered them or when Mykelti Williamson said them. So yeah… the writing wasn’t really that good (not that I expected it to be good).

This movie has not been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 54% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 55/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,0/10.

“The Purge: Elecetion Year” is a really dumb but also kind of fun action-thriller. It has a meh plot, okay characters, good performances, good music, and pretty good directing/action. However it is brought down quite a bit by the plot trying to be deeper than it is, a bunch of annoying characters/performances, and some really bad lines. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Purge: Election Year” is a 6,21/10. So it might actually be worth a rental.

My review of “The Purge: Election Year” is now completed.

It’s finally over! *Checks imdb*. Wait… “The Purge 4”? Coming 2018!? God damn it…

Ben Affleck reveals video of Deathstroke

Hello, my friends! Today I really didn’t have anything to talk about, so there wouldn’t really be any new post today. But then suddenly something very intriguing happened and I decided to make this post. So here we go.

So Ben Affleck, Oscar Winning director and screenwriter, revealed something very interesting and very awesome on his facebook page. He put out a video of something being filmed on a set. And that something is the one and only Deathstroke just walking a little bit forward and looking menacing. Now this shit is very vague, and doesn’t really say too much. But what we can gather from it is that in some future DCEU movie, whether it’d be “Justice League” or the upcoming solo “Batman” film (please let it be this one!) directed by Affleck and written by Affleck and DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns. As far as I know, it hasn’t been stated which movie Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke would appear in, but just the reveal of him being in a movie is pretty fucking cool. And even if we don’t know to which degree he will be featured in the movie(s), we at least have his appearance in the CW series “Arrow” where he’s awesomely played by Manu Bennett. He has also popped up in a lot of comics and animated features prior to this. He also made it into some video games including “Injustice: Gods Among Us” and “Batman: Arkham Origins”, two games I really recommend.

So what do you think? Are you excited to see Deathstroke pop up in the DCEU? And what is your favorite version of the character prior to this one? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the video. (Sidenote: I am still sticking to my #FrankGrilloForDeathstroke tag).

Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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So now it’s time to review the second part in this franchise. Because I reviewed the first one a few days ago and I thought “Fuck it, let’s not postpone this damn thing too much”. So let’s just get into it and see what kind of quality this one has.

Ladies and gents… “The Purge: Anarchy”.

So this time we don’t follow Ethan Hawke and his family, oh no. This time we follow some other people. To be more specific, a mother (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter (Zoë Soul), a man (Zach Gilford) and his wife (Kiele Sanchez), and then we have a lone wolf badass (Frank Grillo). And these people accidentally come together in the middle of the shitstorm that is “The Purge” and then have to try to survive together through the twelve hour hell that the United States government has issued. Not gonna lie, this is kind of what I wanted to see. This is closer to what I wanted from the whole “ALL crime is legal for one day” premise that the first movie set up but wasted by making a home-invasion thriller. Not to say that the plot here is that great, because it’s not. But I would say that I enjoyed it a little bit more to see where it all went even though there wasn’t too much of a plot to hand on to.

The characters are dull and I didn’t really care for any of them… except for one. And yes, your first guess was correct, it’s Frank Grillo I cared about… mostly because I like Frank Grillo. He’s a  likable badass who is also kind of a jerk… sort of like his character in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. His performance was good and he was really badass. All other actors, they were fine in their roles, nothing to write home about. But the characters, like I said, are pretty dull. If they died, I probably wouldn’t care so much. But I will say this, Michael K. Williams has a smaller role in this movie, and whenever he was on screen it was really enjoyable.

The score for the movie was composed by Nathan Whitehead, the same dude who composed the music for the first one. And while this score isn’t that great, it’s actually kind of an improvement over the first… yeah, go figure. But I just thought it was a bit more well composed and actually had a few tracks that made me go “Huh… that wasn’t too bad”. It also worked well for the movie in itself, even though nothing here is mind blowing or fantastic or even great. It’s fine, what else can I say?

This movie was written and directed by the same guy as the first movie, James DeMonaco. And while the writing is still pretty meh and pretty dumb, his directing was pretty good. The shots look pretty good and I never wanted to slam my head in a wall because of poor direction. The movie also has some action scenes and I’m not gonna lie, I thought they were pretty fun. There was never any real suspense in the movie, I was never worried for anyone, but the action bits were fun and entertaining. There is one scene near the end that I thought was pretty cool that I think would be pretty great in a video game. I’d say that this movie is more of an action-thriller rather than a horror movie. Sure, there are a few jumpscares, but I would never consider this a horror movie. The first “Purge” is a horror movie, “The Purge: Anarchy” is an action-thriller. But yeah… it was pretty fun.

This movie hasn’t been too well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 56% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 50/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,5/10.

“The Purge: Anarchy” is really, really dumb. But it’s also kind of fun. The plot is more enjoyable, Frank Grillo is really good in it, the music is fine, the directing is pretty decent and the action is entertaining/pretty good. Yeah, I’d say that this is a slight improvement over the first movie. Time for my final score. ANARCHY! My final score for “The Purge: Anarchy” is a 6,55/10. So I’d say it’s worth a rental.
Rent it

My review of “The Purge: Anarchy” is now completed.

Can we please get #FrankGrilloForDeathstroke trending?

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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While I am typically a guy who likes to play nice and not antagonize anyone I still feel like I have to gloat over the fact that I got to see this movie one week before the people in the US(C)A. BAHAHAHAHA!!! I win, rednecks!!!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Captain America: Civil War”.

After everything that happened by the end of “Age of Ultron”, “The Winter Soldier” and “The Avengers” (also because of something that happened early in this film), the team has been presented with something. This certain something is a sort of contract that will be signed by the U.N. (and “hopefully” by the heroes) that would prevent from taking on superhero jobs on their own. They would basically be under the control of governments and would only be used if deemed necessary. This creates a bit of a divide between the teammates with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) being very positive to this, thinking it’s a great idea because of all the damage they have done. But on the other end of the spectrum we have Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who’s all like “Hell no, that’s a bad idea”. And while this political (and evnetually physical) confrontation goes on, there are also some more personal problems going on for Cap when his old friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is seemingly framed for committing one of the biggest acts of terrorism in recent (MCU) history. So there are a bunch of stories going on, even a good amount more than I mentioned, but most of them are so small that I don’t deem the worthy of a mention. With so many stories at play, with so many characters being part of it, one would assume that it would just turn out messy and pretty terrible. But guys… you can’t believe how happy I am to say that it all turned out pretty well. And by pretty well I mean FUCKING AWESOME! There are a lot of things at play here, yes, but none of it feels shoehorned in but instead works perfectly. In lesser hands this plot would not have worked AT ALL, but thanks to the directors at hand and the writers we got a surprisingly dramatic and well written story that both entertained and intrigued me from start to finish. It’s both an action movie and a bit of a tought provoking political drama where you see both sides of the argument to a level of understanding they both come from. Yeah… it was a pretty great story in both idea and execution.

I think we can all agree that we know how great the main cast are in their respective roles considering we’ve seen ’em all so many times. I will jsut say however though that they are running on all cylinders here and have never been better. So let’s talk about the newever ones who haven’t really had interplay with the old characters. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) had a seamless transition from solo to team player and was as hilarious (if not even more so) than in his own movie. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) was a pretty good character who got a good introduction into the universe, with Boseman giving a great performance as him. But guys… the best has been (pretty much) saved for last… Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Mother of god, he is absolutely amazing! I am honestly not lying when saying that I think he might be the best Spider-Man/Peter Parker ever put to screen. He is funny, he is geeky, he is clever… HE’S SPIDER-MAN!!! I also wanna say that even though the main villain (not revealing who it is in case ya don’t know) isn’t that great, he still works for the story, at least I thought so by the end of it all. Yeah… we got a pretty great ensemble here. Oh yeah, we also got Mustach- I mean William Hurt back, making “The Incredible Hulk” canon again.

Like in the previous “Cap” film, the music was composed by Henry Jackman (No relation to Wolverine, I swear). And it was really good. The big, orchestral pieces for the big action scenes were there (and were great). The smaller, more dramatic tunes were there (and were great). And then there were other tracks I can’t pinpoint what they could be called (but was still great).

Like with “The Winter Soldier”, this movie was directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. And once again they did a fantastic job directing it. Shots look great and they seem to have perfect control over the entire situation. The action is just like in “Winter Soldier” really great, with there being a lot of gritty and honestly, brutal, CQC fights. Sure, there is a bit of cmaera shake in there, but I see this more as Paul Greengrass shake rather than Rob Cohen *Deep sigh* shake. And that big airport fight that has been teased in trailers and otehr types of advertisements? Yeah, I loved it and think it is one of the absolute best action scenes in any superhero movie EVER. It’s tense, exciting, badass and even funny. Seriously, there is some pretty hilarious stuff in that fight. And I mean GENUINELY hilarious, not “That was shit, let’s laugh at it” hilarious. Speaking of which, for such a dramatic movie there is a surprising amount of humor… all of it actually landing very well for me. Plenty of snappy/funny dialogue, gags and overall lines that are all just great. Also, stay in your seats, people… there are two things after the film’s finished; one mid-credits and one after-credits scene.

Keep in mind that these scores may alter a lot considering it hasn’t come out everywhere yet, this is just as it is right now (as of this review). On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 81/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,7/10 and is ranked #86 on the “Top 250” list.

“Captain America: Civil War” is the latest MCU movie and I honestly might think it’s one of the absolute best. Like… Top 2 or 3 best. IT has a really great story, great characters/acting, great music, great directing, great action and great humor. Time for my final score. UNDEROOS!!! *Spider-Man tosses envelope to Markus*. My final score for “Captain America: Civil War” is a 9,90/10. It does get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Captain America: Civil War” is now completed.

I can’t take my mind off of how great this Spider-Man was…

 

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: The Grey (2012)

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What does it take for your to survive? And I’m not just talking about basic needs like food or water, I mean everything else that can come into play. Are you the strong-willed leader or are you the one who will most likely break down and die first? It’s difficult to say. You also have to ask; What lengths am I iwlling to go to for survival? Think about that one.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Grey”.

John Ottway (Liam Neeson) works as a marksman/bodyguard for an Alaskan oil company. Then when he and a bunch of workers hop on a plane to get the hell out of the camp they were staying in, it crashes in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. Surviving the crash are Ottway and six of the workers. They scavenge anything they can from the crashed remains of the plane. So now they have to survive in the middle of fuckin’ nowhere. And if the cold doesn’t kill them, the wolves will. Yes, there is a pack of wolves stalking and hunting them. And from that we get an exciting tale of survival that is really suspenseful and surprisingly thoughtful. It doesn’t only present this as a “Ooo, who’s gonna get picked off next?” type of story, but it is surprisingly philosophical and really asks what takes of you as a man to take this. It’s also really character-driven which is not something I expected at all with this. With my rambling I am trying to say that I really liked the plot of the movie.

Like I said, this movie heavily character-driven. And when you want the characters to drive your movie, you better make damn sure they are interesting characters. And I’m not gonna lie, they actually succeeded pretty well with these characters. Not only do they have a lot of depth as characters, but they are also really well acted. I think it goes without saying that Liam Neeson was great in this movie, playing a badass like in “Taken” but still being a vulnerable and even broken man. Every other actor was great too. I also think it was fun seeing Frank Grillo in a great role because I really like that guy, he’s a really good actor. Everybody was in fact good and every character was great and helped drive the story.

The score for “The Grey” was composed by Marc Streitenfeld who also did the scores for movies like “American Gangster” and “Prometheus” which is fitting since both of those were directed by Ridley Scott who was a producer on this movie. Anyway, enough of that little bonus fact. Now what did I think of the score itself? It was pretty damn great. The score manages to help build a lot of tension, but it also manages to be emotional and thought provoking which really shows that Streitenfeld has great skill as a composer. Yeah, it’s pretty great.

This movie was directed by Joe Carnahan who also did the “A-Team” movie (Oh shit). But fear not because unlike “The A-Team”, this movie is very well directed. The shots look great and everything looks pretty steady. And the cinematography is gorgeous, taking full use of the location that they’re in. That’s right, they are in an actual location that is cold as hell and isn’t a green screen in a studio. And the wolves were actually animatronic. Okay fine, when you see them in full motion and running, they are CG. But there are a lot of animatronics used as well which is kind of awesome. I have to also admit that there were a few times where the movie was a little scary, almost like a horror movie. There especially two moments that made me go “Oh shit… that’s actually a little scary”. I’ll show a picture of one of those moments that isn’t really much of a spoiler since it was in the trailer.
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“The Grey” has gotten a little bit of a mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,8/10.

“The Grey” is a tense and exciting survival movie featuring some badass wolves vs. a badass Liam Neeson. But it’s plot is also surprisingly deep and thought provoking, the acting is terrific, the music is great, the directing is really good and the cinematography is gorgeous. Time for my final score. ARH-WOOOOOOOO! My final score for “The Grey” is a 9,86/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “The Grey” is now completed.

Listen here wolf, I don’t know who you are, but I have a very particular set of skills.

 

My Favorite Scenes: Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Elevator Scene

Hello, friends! I’m here again to share a scene from a movie/show/thing with you that I highly enjoyed. And what do we have this time? We have the badass elevator scene from the badass action movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. In this scene we see Cap (Chris Evans) trying to fight a bunch of people who he thought he could trust. This scene is how action should be done when either in a confined space or in general. I really enjoyed this scene and I hope you do to!
Enjoy!

Movie Review: Captain America – The Winter Soldier (2014)

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I have noticed in recent years how Marvel is really stepping up their game when it comes to their movies. Not only are they making a whole bunch of them, but people also seem to really love them. I am a guy who really likes a good Marvel movie. You might remember that I did a review of “Guardians of the Galaxy” around september of 2014 and gave it a really good score. But that isn’t the only Marvel movie I like a lot, I love a bunch other ones as well such as “Iron Man” and “The incredible Hulk”. And those are only some of the Marvel/Disney studio movies, there are also the Sony/Fox movies. But that isn’t relevant in this case. Today we are taking a look at the 2014 film set within Marvel’s “Phase 2”. So what did I think of it? Let’s find out!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.

This movie as you may know is the sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” but also follows 2012’s “The Avengers” (Sidenote: If you want me to review those two movies, you just tell me). We see Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) living in our modern times. But one day the organization S.H.I.E.L.D (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforment and Logistic Division) whom he works for starts chasing him down. And at the same time he has to keep his eye out for this mysterious new threat “The Winter Soldier” (Not saying who it is if you don’t actually know sice the twist is kinda cool, also roll credits). I am not going to say more about this plot because it is filled with twist after twist after twist… and it works. The Plot of this movie is excellent with some really clever writing and really cool twists like I mentioned earlier. Rarely have I seen a superhero movie with a plot this clever, suspenseful and politically aware. I loved seeing it unfold.

The characters in this movie are all great. They really showed that these people are more than characters, they are really people. Steve Rogers/Captain America is a surprisingly relatable character with some great dialogue and is portrayed excellently by Chris Evans. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is a really well-written, badass and infinitely sexy character. She really worked and I liked how she was portrayed in this movie. She has gone from sexy badass to sexy badass person. And yes, Johansson portrayes her perfectly. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is also really great. The biggest reason I liked him in previous movies is becuase of Samuel L. Jackson’s charisma and talent. But here he actually gets some depth to the character and he actually gets some stuff to do. Do I even have to mention that Jackson’s performance is good? I mean, come on… it’s Samuel L. Jackson. But by far, my favorite character in this movie has to be the one of Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Not only did he provide some great comic relief, but he was also pretty deep and you could really believe him as a character. Plus, I love his wingsuit… it’s badass. It was also nice seeing Robert Redford in this movie. His character was really good and fit the movie. The performance was of course great since you know, it is Robert Redford.

The score by Henry Jackman reminds me a lot of two things. Firstly there are tracks which are typical superhero movie songs. Not bad ones at all, but you recognize the style… big and epic. Then we have the tracks which reminds me of the “Metal Gear Solid” games. I don’t know why they do that, but I don’t mind! Which is fitting considering that this movie (never mentioned it before which I actually should’ve… oops) is not only a badass action movie, but also a sort of spy-espionage-thriller. But I don’t mind getting a little “Metal Gear” in my Marvel. It just hightens it. But the soundtrack was great.

This movie is very well-directed. The shots are great and the camera work in general is great. I also have ot mention that the action in this movie is pretty fucking great. Not only is there pretty minimal CGI within the action, but you can also notice a lot of great stunt work and close quarters combat in this movie. Sure there is a bit of shaky-cam in this movie, but it doesn’t ruin it. It gives the movie a pretty stylish feeling, kind of like the “Bourne” trilogy which likes this movie happens to be an action franchise with some espionage stuff in it. I also found the political things in this movie really intriguing and really gave the movie an edge over most superhero movies. Another thing I liked about this movie gives off the feeling of Captain America actually being able to die. This movie puts the characters in peril and makes it so much more suspenseful… they might die. And that makes the action so much better since you know they really are in danger. Good job, writers!

This movie was really well-received when it came out. It has an 89% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic it has a score of 70/100. And on imdb it has a 7,8/10.

“Captain America: The Winter Solder” got a great plot with some great twists, great characters, great music, political intrigue, spy-thriller elements and some of the best action in recent years from a Hollywood movie. So now it is time for my final score. *Gets thrown envelope* Woaw, thanks Cap! My final score for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a 9,76/10 which as you should know by know gets it (say it with me)… the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is completed.

Since this movie was so good I am really curious to see how the Russo brothers handles “Captain America: Civil War”.

Movie Review: End of Watch (2012)

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Cops are an important part of our society. Sure, a lot of them are corrupted and take bribes and some have shot innocent people (mostly black people for whatever reason) without reason, in turn killing them. But there are a few cops out there who actually do their fucking job properly. There are also a lot of movies about cops out there… most of them portraying cops as these badasses who can’t be beaten. It is incredibly rare to find a cop movie with some kind of realistic portrayal of the officers out there. But back in 2012 there came a movie that people claimed was a realistic portrayal of some officers. Well we will see about that in my review of said movie!

Sirs and ma’ams… “End of Watch”.

This movie is done in a sort of documenary(ish) way and follows police officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña). Like I said, they are two police officers and this movie follows their everyday job as officers. You know, patrolling the streets, investigating things and doing some paperwork. But this movie is more about the friendship between the two men and how they as officers often have to deal with tough situations on a day-to-day basis. They even get involved in a little trouble with a certain Mexican-American gang. And what realle sells this movie to me is the realism of the situations and how they are handled. As you may have guessed, I was very interested in the story of this movie. I thought it was well-written, realistic but most importantly; interesting. I really enjoyed watching these two go through their lives and how they would make it through these situations. The story… fucking A-grade writing here!

The characters in this movie didn’t really feel like characters at all to me. They honestly felt like real people, not just actors doing another role even though I was aware that they are actors playing a fictional character. They were not only portrayed so fantastically and realistically, but they were also superbly written! Just listening to the dialogue in this movie was great even though nothing really happened other than people talking. I also gotta give major praise to Gyllenhaal and Peña because not only were their performances fantastic in this movie, but their chemistry was fantastic as well! They really felt like they were real friends and not just two actors sharing time on screen. The dialogue sessions between these two were honestly some of the best scenes in movie history (in my opinion). They were well-written, well-acted, hilarious and even a little bit deep. So yeah, the characters in this movie… realistically portrayed and very well-written.

The music was fantastic in this movie. There weren’t really any new tracks for it, only licensed tracks… but I didn’t mind. The soundtrack really fit the feel that South Central Los Angeles gave away. They were also very fun to listen to because of how nice you could join in on the groove of them. The tracks also worked fantastically with the different situations they and the characters took part in. Also, I am all for Latino pop/rap music (which there was a good amount of in this movie).

Fun fact about his movie: The actors got to come along with real cops to get the feel of how they work while they were preparing for this movie. They rode with them on different jobs to get the feel of it. They also took part in five months of intensive training for their roles. Now wasn’t that interesting? Also, this is one of the few films that have honestly made me cry. It is not easy to make me cry with the help of a movie. And I don’t mean in the “shed a tear” kind of way, but properly cry. Not gonna spoil what happened, but I seriously cried like a little kid… good job movie.

“End of Watch” is one of those movies that got good reception all across the board (except for those assholes who hate everything that is considered good). On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% score with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 68/100. Roger Ebert really liked it, giving it 4/4 stars and said:

“one of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action” 

On imdb.com this movie has a score of 7,7/10.

With some great performances, well-written story, well-written dialogue, great music, great action and some of the best on-screen chemistry I have ever seen in a movie (Gyllenhaal and Peña), this movie is one I really liked. Time for the final score. My final score for “End of Watch” is a 9,81/10 which grants it the “SEAL OF APPRVOAL!”
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“End of Watch” is now reviewed.

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they co… sorry.