Movie Review: Deadpool 2 (2018)

In 2009, we got the big screen debut of comic book character Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, and it was a fucking disgrace. Skip forward to 2016, Deadpool gets his own movie called… “Deadpool” (fucking unpredictable title, I know). And in 2018 he got a sequel. And now I finally watched it. So let’s talk about it.

Ladies and gents… “Deadpool 2”.

Super-powered mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) has to create his own mutant team in order to protect a young mutant (Julian Dennison) from a time traveling super soldier called Cable (Josh Brolin). So now we have our big comic book sequel plot. And it’s good. It does lack some of the focus that the first movie had, but that is not very surprising considering this is trying to be bigger than the first one. But I don’t dislike the plot here at all, as a matter of fact, I found it to be a lot of fun. Sure, it does jump around a bit, but it’s not enough to annoy me. It embraces the silliness of superhero comics, while still subverting a fair bit of expectations one has for them. And I thought it all had a fair balance between silly comic shit and heartfelt character drama. ’tis good.

The characters in this are fun, badass, surprisingly layered, and overall very entertaining. Ryan Reynolds of course returns as Deadpool. But this is a slightly different Deadpool to the first movie, this one has suffered a little bit, this Deadpool is going through some shit. But he still retains the insanity that we’ve come to know from him. And Reynolds is once again fantastic in the role. Next we have Josh Brolin as Cable, the time traveling soldier out for blood. He’s a tragic, unrelenting badass that I found quite interesting. And Brolin is great in the role. We also get Zazie Beets as Domino, one of the mutants joining Deadpool on his quest. She’s an interesting foil for Wade’s antics, and she’s just overall a fun character. And Beets is great in the role. Julian Dennison is also great as the tragic mutant kid that Wade wants to help. WE also get supporting work from people like Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni, Stefan Kapicic, Leslie Uggams, Eddie Marsan, Brianna Hildebrand, Rob Delaney, and many more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Tyler Bates, and it’s good. It does include some good ol’ heroic brass, but it also takes inspiration from rock to create a score that captures the film’s mostly irreverent vibe. There’s also a lot of licensed tracks used throughout the movie, and while there are several I wouldn’t find myself listening to on my own, I thought all of them worked well enough within the movie for each scene.

Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, this movie wasn’t directed by Tim Miller. Instead, David Leitch took the director’s chair for this one. And I think he did a great job. Sure, quiet scenes don’t have much to speak of, all the magic in those come from the actors. But the action scenes, holy fuck, they are great. Fights, shootouts, chases… this film has all kinds of action, and all of it is well shot and incredibly entertaining… and violent as hell. And just like the first movie, “Deadpool 2” is in large part a comedy. So is the humor any funny here? I think so. Fourth wall breaks, references, sight gags, deprecating jokes, it’s all here, and I laughed like an idiot at most of it.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 66/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,8/10.

While I probably prefer the first movie, “Deadpool 2” is still an absolute blast from start to finish. It has a good plot, great characters, great performances, really good music, great directing/action, and hilarious comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Deadpool 2” is a 9,75/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Deadpool 2” is now completed.

Can beauty come out of ashes?

“Deadpool 2” teaser!

Hello three, ladies and gents of the internet. Time for some trailer talk. So let’s just jump into it.

So we have our first teaser for “Deadpool 2”, the sequel to last year’s surprise hit. Now, we did technically get a teaser for this earlier this year, around the time that “Logan” was released, but that was more a proof of concept rather than an official look at the movie. And now we have our first actual teaser for the movie. But for those that didn’t exist last year, here’s a quick recap of what “Deadpool” was all about. The movie was about a super powered mercenary named Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) who was trying to find the guy who made him super powered and also ugly as hell. The movie was self-aware, action-packed, funny, exciting, violent as fuck, and it’s one of my faves of last year. All caught up? Great. So what’s this about then? Fuck if I know, all that happens in this trailer is that Deadpool (again played by Ryan Reynolds) does some silly stuff, and then we get quick glimpses of the carnage that will ensue in the movie. It’s a quick teaser, and nothing else. But I laughed at the silly stuff, and the action looked badass. The movie is also directed by David Leitch who co-directed “John Wick”, so we know that it’s in good hands. So yeah, I’m really excited for the movie! “Deadpool 2” is set to be released in June of next year.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for “Deadpool 2”? And what did you think of the first? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the teaser!

Movie Review: The Voices (2015)

I’ve already talked about how important mental health is in the opening paragraph of my review of “The Accountant” (*cough* shameless plug *cough*), so I won’t go on about that for too long here. That said, MENTAL HEALTH IS FUCKING IMPORTANT.

Ladies and gentlemen, can you also hear… “The Voices”?

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a troubled young man who just wants to live a normal life, but that is hard when his pets talk to him (yes, you read that right). And after his crush (Gemma Arterton) stands him up after he asked her out, things take a dark and weird turn. So now we have our weird thriller that is also a dark comedy. And I gotta say that I really enjoyed the plot of this movie. Now, it’s a very weird one because it goes in a couple of directions that I didn’t really expect, which I really liked. It managed to catch me off guard quite a lot, managing to create not only odd and funny moments, but also suspenseful and dramatic ones too. Now, the tone of this movie is a little all over the place with this movie which will put some people off, but for me it actually kind of work within the context of the story and the main character. So yeah, I really enjoyed the plot of this movie.

The characters in this movie are all unique, interesting, and quite fun. Jerry can seem like your average, likable guy at first, but as the plot moves along we get to know him a bit more, and we find out just how troubled he is. And Ryan Reynolds is fucking fantastic in the role, perfectly balancing the funny and the tense/dramatic aspects of the character. Gemma Arterton plays his workplace crush who basically helps get the main plot going, and she’s good in the role. Anna Kendrick plays another one of Jerry’s colleagues and she’s really good in the role. Jacki Weaver plays Jerry’s psychiatrist, Dr. Warren, and she’s great in the role. And let’s just get through this quickly: Ella Smith, Paul Chahidi, Stanley Townsend, Adi Shankar, and Sam Spruell all do very well here. Now, I wanted to rush through those guys because I wanted to talk about two of the most interesting characters in the movie: Jerry’s pets (yes, you read that right). I did already mention that they talk to him, and what I like about that is they’re given interesting personalities too. The dog, Bosco, is Jerry’s moral compass and always tries to talk Jerry into being a good boy. And the cat, Mr. Whiskers… well, he’s just a huge asshole, always trying to make Jerry be a bad guy. Really, this movie is filled with interesting characters and solid performances.

The score for the movie was composed by Olivier Bernet and it’s really good. Sure, a lot of it sounds similar to a lot of other horror/thriller scores, but I think it still works for the movie. There are of course also less serious tracks in here too for certain moments in the film, and they all work very well too. There’s also one licensed track that they use in the movie. I’m not gonna say what song it is or how they use it, but let’s just say that it’s very unexpected and just awesome.

This movie was directed by Marjane Satrapi and I think she did a great job here. She manages to create a lot of suspense here, while also managing to create a fun mood for the lighter scenes. Also, I didn’t expect a lot in terms of cinematography with this movie, but holy shit am I glad to have been proven wrong… this movie looks great! And since I’ve mentioned a few times how this is a dark comedy, how is the actual humor in the movie? Well, I thought it was hilarious… but that’s mainly because of my love for dark and off-kilter humor. I laughed a lot… maybe I’m just a bad person, who the fuck knows?

This movie has been decently well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 58/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,4/10.

“The Voices” isn’t for everyone, but as someone that likes dark, weird, and off-kilter comedies, I thought it was great. It has a really good plot, really good characters, great performances, really good music, really good directing, and great humor. Time for my final score. *Meow*. My final score for “The Voices” is a 9,56/10. This of course means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Voices” is now completed.

SEE… I TOLD YOU CATS ARE ASSHOLES!

Movie Review: Buried (2010)

Getting buried alive sounds like it would be one of the most terrifying things ever. I’m not claustrophobic, but that shit just sounds like it would be really scary.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Buried”.

Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American truck driver working for a private contractor. He’s also having the worst day of his life as he finds himself stuck inside a wooden coffin that’s been buried underground in Iraq. So we follow him as he tries to get in touch with the outside world and get help. So now we have a contained thriller set in a shitty box under the ground. Limiting the plot to such a small space could go poorly and just turn out very one-note, but holy shit, they actually managed to make the plot pretty great. I mean, it’s a very simple concept, but it’s the execution of said concept that impresses. We’re with Paul the entire time in the box, rooting for him to survive and get the fuck out of there, and it’s really compelling. And while there’s one thing that happens in here that doesn’t make that much sense, I feel like the movie earns that one moment based on how logical and realistic the rest of the movie is. Also, the amount of drama and suspense they manage to create here is astonishing, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the runtime and I was fully invested in the plot. Yeah, it’s pretty great.

There aren’t really that many characters to talk about here… as a matter of fact there’s only one. Sure, you hear the voices of a few other people throughout, but it’s difficult talking about them when we don’t really get to know them in any way. So let’s talk about Paul Conroy. He’s played by Ryan Reynolds and I have to say, Reynolds was fucking great in this role. He’s playing a man stuck in a box in a foreign country, that is tough to make to engaging. But Reynolds nails it, giving us a terrified, angry, confused, and determined performance that feels very realistic. He really sells the claustrophobia of the situation and he really makes you feel for him. I’ve liked Reynolds in movies before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him this… serious. Anyhow, he was great!

The score for the movie was composed by Victor Reyes and it was great. It was tense, eerie, and just overall worked very well for the movie. It really helped elevate the suspense in the movie. Yeah, there’s not much else I can say… it’s great.

This movie was directed by Rodrigo Cortés and I really think he did a fantastic job. His directing is really tight and suspenseful and really maeks you feel like you’re stuck in the box with Conroy. What really also helped the movie was that they never cheated with the lighting. What I mean is that a lot of movies use artificial lighting to make the audience see what’s going on, despite it being “dark”. You can often tell that it’s cheated in movies, just look at the scene and ask yourself “Would everything really be lit up like that at that time/location?”. But this movie… no cheating. It’s dark as fuck inside that coffin, and the only light we ever get is either from Conroy’s zippo lighter or the cellphone that he has. No other weird light sources that seem like they’re coming from nowhere. Any and all light in this movie makes sense. By the way, this is the most I’ve ever talked about lighting in a movie on this blog, because this is the only time I felt like it was worth talking about.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 87% 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 7,0/10.

“Buried” is a fantastic thriller that makes perfect use of it’s limited space. It has a great plot, a really good character, a great performance from Ryan Reynolds, great music, and fantastic directing (and lighting). Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Buried” is a 9,89/10. This of course means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Buried” is now completed.

Pffff… trouser snake.

 

Josh Brolin cast as Cable in “Deadpool 2”!!!

Hello there, guys! As you know, I very rarely talk about actors being cast in movies and TV shows on this blog. But since this character has been the point of so much discussion I just had to talk about this.

So Oscar nominated actor Josh Brolin has been cast as the time traveling mutant Cable in “Deadpool 2”, the upcoming sequel to the 2016 hit movie. Now, minor spoiler for “Deadpool” if you haven’t seen it (go rectify it now!): In the mid-credits scene you have Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) coming out in a robe (“Ferris Bueller” style) to tease the sequel. And in that scene he says that Cable will be involved. Okay, spoiler over. Now, ever since that moment, people have been speculating who the fuck should be cast as the character. At first people pointed to Stephen Lang (who campaigned for it). Then people talked about Ron Perlman, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Pierce Brosnan, and even Brad Pitt. However, now it turns out that Josh Brolin, who was never in the running, has been cast as the character. And that’s quite interesting because he has already for quite a while been set to play Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War”, which he is still set for. And now he gets to play a separate comic book character for a different studio… this is some unprecedented shit! Also, confession time: I don’t really know anythign about Cable. The only things I know about him is that he’s the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey and he travels through time… that’s it. My geeky friends will most likely kill me for not knowing stuff about Cable. That said, I am super excited that Josh Brolin has been cast in the role! He’s one of my favorite actors, and seeing him take on a role like this is awesome!

What are your thoughts? Are you excited to see Josh Brolin as Cable? And what are your thoughts on the first “Deadpool” movie? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one.

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!”.
Seal of Approval

“Deadpool” is at long last reviewed.

I definitely wore the appropriate colors for this movie.
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Movie Review: Mississippi Grind (2015)

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Here’s a question for you: Do you have or know anyone with an addiction? Not just drugs, but any kind of addiction really. If so, maybe say yes and what that addiction may be. Okay, on to the review.

Guys and gals… “Mississippi Grind”.

Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) got a bit of a dilemma. He is overall down on his luck and he got some financial problems. Then one day he meets young and charismatic poker player Curtis (Ryan Reynolds). So they team up to go on a road trip through the south to try to change Gerry’s luck for the better and get a load of money. But it’s not only a typical “Financial hardships and poker” movie, it is also a drama about addiction (Hence the intro to this post). You see, Gerry has a bit of a gambling addiction and that is a big theme of the movie. And I have to say that I really enjoyed the story of the movie because it kind of showed the consequences of addiction while still making gambling look like fun even though you most likely might lose. I thought the plot/story was great.

The characters in this movie are consistently entertaining and they all have several layers to them. Ben Mendelsohn plays the skilled but still struggling poker player and he is absolutely terrific in the role. I don’t have much to really compare to since I have only seen him in one thing before I saw this, and that thing was “Slow West” (Sidenote: Great movie). And Ryan Reynolds as Curtis… terrific! This is the best I have ever seen from him (Sidenote: I have not seen “Buried” yet). Both actors did a great job, as did all the supporting actors.

While there was no real original score (as far as I know/have noticed) for the movie, there was still a soundtrack. It is very heavily based in southern rock & blues music and I absolutely loved it all. The songs were not only great on their own, but they also fit the tone and style of the movie really well.

This is one of those weird movies that have two directors sharing credit. So if the movie is bad, we got two people to blame. Luckily, the movie is very stylishly directed, but not in a bad way. Sure, it’s not as stylish as “Drive” or anything by Wes Anderson, but it still got a lot of style and uniqueness to it. And it’s interesting to see the different parts of the American south that our “heroes” do their trip through because the southern parts of the U.S. interest me a lot.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 77/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,4/10.

“Mississippi Grind” is a pretty damn great movie about gambling addiction. It has a great plot, great acting, a great soundtrack and great directing. Time for my final score. ALL IN! My final score for “Mississipi Grind” is a 9,88/10. It most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Mississippi Grind” is now completed.

What’s your favorite poker/gambling movie?

Movie Review: Blade: Trinity (2004)

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You know what is funny about today’s review? It is one that takes part of two different “series” of things at once here on my blog. First off, it of course takes part in “The Month of Spooks”. Secondly, it finishes off my series of “Blade” reviews. So basically I am taking out two birds with one stone… How MARVELous.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Blade: Trinity”.

So after being suspected of murder, Blade (Wesley Snipes) is now wanted by the FBI. And at the same time he has joined forces with a group called “The Nightstalkers” to take care of the other problem that Blade currently has in his life. What is that problem? Dracula (Dominic Purcell) has awoken and has to be defeated. Now this actually sounds like it could make for a pretty cool movie. However it basically turns into self-parody and it isn’t very good. Look, I’ve seen far worse executions of plots in movies before, but this is still far worse than the previous movies in the series. It is plain mediocre, even on the edge of becoming bad.

Wesley Snipes is as great as ever as the titular main character. Kris Kristofferson is great as usual. Then we have the new additions that we should talk about. First off I will take Ryan Ryenolds as Hannibal King… he’s fine. He could have been much worse, what makes him less than he could’ve been is the mediocre writing and most of the jokes they give to this quipping son of a bitch. But I guess his performance overall is fine. Next is Jessica Biel as Whistler’s daughter, Abigail. And she is… meh. I’ve never seen her as a great actress and this movie doesn’t really help her case. I have seen worse, but she isn’t that great in the movie. And the final one I wanna talk about is Dominic Purcell as Dracula, or “Drake” as they call him in the movie. I wanna say first off that I found it weird that they cast Purcell as the Lord of the Vampires in this movie. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a pretty good actor (“Prison Break”, anyone?). But here I jsut think he was miscast. I guess he does a fine job with the material he has been given, but I really don’t feel him as the right casting choice in this movie. The acting overall in the movie I would say is fine.

The music for the movie was provided by composer Ramin Djawadi and Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. Now this actually sounds like a cool matchup: The guy who gave us the music to “Prison Break” and “Pacific Rim” together with the guy who did the music for the “Kill Bill” movies. And I have to say that it is really good. As in the first two movies the music is a mix of hip-hop, electronica and aggressive rave music. But they also added in a few orchestral tracks to the mix and it’s actually really good. It fits the movie’s stylish ways and cool action while just being overall great.

This is the second time we switch directors in this franchise and for this one they got David S. Goyer who wrote the first two movies. And while the movie looks great with a lot of cool directing, this is a case of vision gone meh. What I mean is that this movie has the “Style over substance” problem where they focus more on stylish action scenes and badassery rather than a coherent and good plot. But like I said, the action in the movie is really good and entertaining and the visual effects are great as well. So there are a few redeeming features in this movie.

This movie has not been very well received. In fact, people (and critics) did not seem to like this at all. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 25% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 38/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 1,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,9/10.

“Blade: Trinity” is not a very good movie. The plot is borderline bad, the acting is fine, the music is really good, the directing is good, the action is awesome and the visual effects are great. Time for my final score. Fucking Vampire Pomeranian. My final score for “Blade: Trinity” is a 6,90/10. While not good, it’s still worth renting.
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My review of “Blade: Trinity” is now completed.

I am now finally done with these movies.