2015 Movies Reviews In Facebook

Greetings,

These are the reviews from January 2015 to now.  Enjoy these past reviews.

Review of American Sniper:

Pros:
The film shows Chris Kyle having savior complex and PTSD very well, as they show him going through life as a soldier and a father.
The best parts are when Chris uses his sniper rifle, because they have plenty of tense moments of when he should shoot or not, or if he is going to actually hit the target.
…I have nothing more to add.

Cons:
Chris’s recovery of PTSD goes by pretty quickly, and that is bothering due to the fact that we spend time with him during the Iraq War through most of the movie.
Other than Chris’s family and a certain enemy sniper, I do not care about the side characters at all; they are not interesting nor compelling.
…I have nothing more to add.

Overall:
I will be honest on something: I have never heard of Chris Kyle. I never heard that he is a legend in the US military, nor that he (uh, spoilers) was killed a couple of years ago. My apologies on that, but with that said, let us go to what I think of the movie: I like it. I found it a little confusing on why it is nominated for Best Picture, because this has been done before with The Hurt Locker, and better. However, on its own, it does have certain things that even The Hurt Locker did not do. If you want to watch a movie about a legendary US soldier, watch American Sniper. If you want to watch a movie about soldiers in the Middle East, The Hurt Locker and Zero-Dark Thirty are the better choices.

8/10

Review of Seventh Son:

Pros:
Some of the very few jokes they have are actually kind of funny.
Some of the action scenes are pretty cool, like Tom vs a burning knight.
…I have nothing else to add.

Cons:
What is the Seventh Son? I have to ask, because the movie does a very poor job explaining many of the lore of this film’s world, ranging from little to no explanation.
You can tell what is real and what is not, because the computer graphics and green screen are very obvious and poorly done.
The writing and dialogue are so tired and poorly done that even the great actors (Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore) cannot escape the terrible performances that they have to do.

Overall:
What is this? Are they trying to do their own version of The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? If they are, better luck next time. Seventh Son is a waste of time. I am not sure if it is faithful to the book, or if the book is even good, but this does not deliver a well done story. I did not care about the characters (some of them are not even developed that much), the story is so predictable and boring, I did not understand how the world of Seventh Son works, and I think this reinforces the idea that films in the first couple of months suck. All of this leads me asking one thing: What in the world is the Seventh Son!!??

2.5/10

Review of Kingsman: The Secret Service:

Pros:
Awesome action sequences with interesting camera work that follows almost every move with almost no cuts.
I find its self-aware writing very intriguing and somewhat interesting.
There are a few clever jokes in the film, and one particular scene that I am not going to spoiler is something I do not think anyone will forget.

Cons:
The CGI and green screen effects are not good most of the time. It sticks out like a sore thumb.
The best comedy bits are shown in the trailers. There are still a few more in the film, but you pretty much seen most of the jokes in the trailers.
Some of the cinematography can be a bit distracting, particularly when the camera moves to what the character is looking at and back.

Overall:
This movie pays homage to many of the spy films of the past, especially James Bond. In fact, they even referenced that in the film. Kingsmen: The Secret Service may not exactly be a perfect film, but I love it. It does not take itself that seriously, and it is self-aware on what it is. If you love the old James Bond films (before Daniel Craig) and entertaining action-pack fun, this film is for you. If you love serious and dark films that brood on dark topics, you are going to hate this film. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.

7.8/10

 

I apologize. It has been a while since I review any movies since I have been busy, but here is the next movie review.

Review of Chappie:

Pros:
The police robots in the movie look really good. Big plus to the animators and mocap actors.
The voice person for Chappie (Sharlto Copley, who played King Stefan in Maleficent) is pretty hard to recognize, so I applaud the voice filters for that. Not to mention Sharlto as a kid-like robot did a great job.
The action scenes are not bad…no other comment.

Cons:
This movie is unevenly paced. Many plot lines are not well balanced enough to make me care enough for the characters…
…Speaking of characters, I do not care about any of the characters at all. Some of them are cliched, some of them are stereotypes, some of them are stupid, and others are have dumb motivations. Chappie and Deon Wilson are the closest to be likable, but even they cannot escape being poorly to averagely-written characters.
I think this movie has several messages that it wants to talk about (from humanity to robots with minds of their own), but they are not subtle about it.

Overall:
When the credits roll at the end of the movie, I sat in my seat in disbelief in what I just saw. Not only is this movie not good, but how it ended just makes me question what the director, Neill Blomkamp is thinking. I am going to talk about this after I put in my rating, but to keep a long story short, I cannot believe what he just did. Chappie is not good. Even with good actors, they cannot save this film. None of the characters are interesting nor likable. The writing needs work. In fact, there are several better movies/video games that did similar writings, but better. All I am going to say is this: now that I have seen this movie, I am going to watch a better movie (hopefully) next week: Frozen Feve- I mean Cinderella.

4/10

SPOILERS:
In the movie, Chappie and Yolandi talk about souls inside other people, including robots. In the climax, when Deon gets injured, Chappie manages to save him by transferring his consciousness (or soul) into another robot. This happens again when Chappie transfers Yolandi’s consciousness into a robot (with a human-like face) by the end of the movie. I highly question what the director/screenwriter was thinking when he did this. This is highly advanced scientific feat for that to happen if that is even possible (which I do not believe). I heard movie called Transcendence did the same thing, but did not work. Overall, this is not impressive.

Review of Cinderella (2015):

Pros:
Great costume and set designs.
Characters are more fleshed-out and interesting than their animated film counterparts.
Writing is better than the animated movie version.

Cons:
There are some fairy tale tropes that may annoy some people.
While most of the CG are pretty good, there are still a few obvious fake CG moments.
It is a little slow when it comes to the First Act.

Overall:
I am…surprised. This film is actually good. Really good. It is not only faithful to the original Cinderella animated movie, but surpasses it. The writing and characters are much more interesting than the originals. Even Prince Charming, who was a blank slate in the animated film, has some character in this live-action version. I originally wanted to watch this movie so I can watch Frozen Fever, but this is actually a great film. If you want to see a movie that is faithful to the original and more, this movie is for you. If you want a movie that is different from the original and makes it dark and gritty (like Maleficent), this will not do for you.

9/10

As for Frozen Fever, it is a great short. The only complaints I have are that is way too short for me, and the second one might slightly spoil what happens, so I will not say it. That is all right, there is a sequel coming soon (although, I admit I am a little worried).

Review of Insurgent:

Pros:
Pretty good CG despite some obvious flaws and cracks in them.
Shailene Woodley is the best actor out of all the other actors…
…That is all I have to say…

Cons:
…which is probably needed for some of the dialogue that are stale and stock.
Some of the character motivations are dumb, confusing, or out of nowhere.
A couple of plot lines are not resolved or are introduced for a few seconds, only to be left in the dust and never mentioned again (and do not tell me that is explained more in the book).

Overall:
Many people did not like Divergent, but I did. However, the last time I watched that movie is when I watched it in theaters exactly one year ago. I completely forgotten about it, and I had to look up the synopsis to completely get the story again. As for Insurgent, I do not like it. The writing is not good enough to make care for the characters enough to be engaged in their conflicts. They are not in the levels of Chappie (in which I do not care or like any of the characters in that film), but it is still not good. It also did not help that I forgot about Divergent, so maybe it is a little better if I remembered, but I doubt it. If you want to watch a movie about a strong female character, watch the Hunger Games (which by the way, there is a teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in Insurgent).

4/10

By the way, I need you opinion on a name for my blog that I will have very soon. The best name that I got so far is “Benz Eye View.” What do guys think? If you can think of a better name, let me know.

Benz Eye View: Run All Night:

Pros:
…Nothing.

Cons:
Many of the technical stuff (editing, camera movement and placement, etc.) are done terribly. It is so distracting that it is easily noticeable to people who are not experts at those crafts.
A very bad way for this movie to give backstories to these characters is tell, not show. Rule #1: show, not tell in any visual medium.
Even the action sequences are a bit boring when there are so many dumb things that interfere with it.

Overall:
Long review short, this movie is terrible. The only thing that somewhat saves from being the worse movie of the year is the lesson, but the huge amounts of flaws cannot save this movie. Avoid it, even if Liam Neeson is in it.

1.5/10

Benz Eye View: Do You Believe?:

Pros:
Some of the conflicts shown in the movie do have some interesting relevance.
The theme, unlike God’s Not Dead, has true relevance with all the major characters.
The climax…I did not see coming, and it is the most interesting thing that happens in this movie.

Cons:
There are too many major characters to follow in this movie. Condense to one to three characters, then the movie will at least be all right.
The time we spend on each character is really unbalanced. One character we spend for a few minutes does not come back until twenty minutes later.
Like any Christian film, the big problem about this movie is that it is too preachy. Likely because of too many major characters.

Overall:
Christian films are not really popular in the world right now, and for good reason. They are usually not done very well to the point where that only Christians themselves only watch it, and even some of them notice the problems of these films. For example, I probably was too forgiving on giving God’s Not Dead a 6.7/10. After watching it more carefully, I give a 3.5/10. What about this movie? It is slightly better than God’s Not Dead, but it still has those problems that any Christian film has. Personally, I prefer if these films do something a little more daring to their works. However, if they want to keep doing this, they have to do a better job than that.

4/10

Benz Eye View: Furious 7:

Pros:
The action and car scenes are entertaining and stupidly awesome.
The self-aware humor is pretty good, although it is better for the Fast and the Furious fans.
The major actors did a great job interacting with each. It feels like they have known each other for a long time now; the writing in those moments probably helped…

Cons:
…However, I should let you know that I have NEVER watched any of the Fast and the Furious movies, so some of the interactions in this movie made me a bit confused or think of certain assumptions. It is not bad enough that I NEED to watch the other movies, but I am not as emotionally invested enough to care for them.
The CG is not really that impressive, especially with the obvious CG-face cover of Paul Walker.
The main antagonist, Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham) is barely in the movie. In fact, the trailers are a little deceiving, because the movie is about something else, while the main antagonist plot is just a subplot.

Overall:
As I said, I have NEVER watched any of the Fast of the Furious movies, so I am left with a disadvantage. I originally did not want to watch this movie because of that, but few people I know encouraged me to watch it anyway. What do I think? It is stupidly awesome. There are so many things that are cool about this movie, but it is the type of movie that realizes it is dumb, but goes all out on it anyway. If you are a fan of these movies, go ahead and watch it. If you are not, go watch it anyway unless you are really nitpicky.

7.8/10

By the way, the tribute to Paul Walker in the end is nice. Probably going to make some people cry.

I am going to do something a bit different in this review post, because I am going to review a TV show called Marvel’s Daredevil:

Pros:
Charlie Cox as Daredevil is awesome. He is so much better than Ben Affleck’s version in the Daredevil movie years ago.
Certain backstories (like Matt Murdock’s dad) are very interesting and impressive.
I like how this is the first time Matt Murdock becomes Daredevil, and how he struggles to keep on with his superhero work while going through his lawyer and religious life…

Cons:
…That being said, this may not work for everyone considering that he gets his butt kicked so many times, and this series spends most of the time with Matt Murdock without his mask.
Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin) should have been a great choice, but it is not. The only emotion that this character/actor seems to convey is sadness. Rarely does this guy have another emotion (besides anger), but it goes by pretty quickly. His romantic interest, Vanessa Marianna is much more interesting character and actress than he is.
The first couple episodes are pretty good, but it gets a little predictable and cliche throughout the rest of the season. It is not bad, but it gets a little annoying when they have to talk about certain things over and over again, especially if they do not show it.

Overall:
The first of Marvel’s Netflix series (the next three are A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist), Marvel’s Daredevil is another way for Marvel to expand its Cinematic Universe. This TV series is different than the Marvel films you guys have seen on the big screen. This series is darker and more down-to-earth so to speak. However, it does has its problems as I pointed down in the cons. The Marvel Netflix series has potential, but it does need some work. I hope to see how A.K.A. Jessica Jones will turn out later, and how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will fit into all of this. Might as well prepare for Avengers: Age of Ultron then.

The review process will be different in the TV series. Instead of a points score, I will give out one of three review choices: Pass, Occasional Viewing, or Watch It.

Occasional Viewing

By the way, do not expect many TV series reviews. I do not have that much time to see these anyway, but this is the only exception since I am a huge Marvel fan.

Benz Eye View: Woman in Gold:

Pros:
This would normally be a film I do not care for, but it did a great job for me to actually care about what is going on.
I love the subtle, covert comedy in this. It is not forced, but the comedy is well done that is natural to the characters.
The best actors in the film are the old and young versions of Maria Altmann (played by Helen Mirren and Tatiana Maslany respectively).

Cons:
Ryan Reynolds, as much as I can tell that he is trying, is the weakest actor of the bunch.
In the first two acts, the scenes should slow down, because each scene goes on for like a couple of minutes, and goes on to the next scene that goes on for a couple of minutes. In other words, better editing, please.
NITPICK: This film is supposed to take place between 1998 – 2004, right? Then, why did I notice a Guardians of the Galaxy billboard later in the film? I think there are also a few continuity errors that I missed in here.

Overall:
I notice that in the reviews that people gave it around a 6-5/10. I like this movie. Maybe there are some things that I did not notice, but if there is one thing appreciate about this film is the characters. I genuinely cared about these people, and support them (especially Maria Altmann during the Nazi regime). If the story do not impress, hopefully the characters will. Then again, if the story is not strong enough, why should we care? I still like this movie, nonetheless. Go ahead and watch it, and maybe you will appreciate the small details if you do not fully enjoy it.

8./10

Benz Eye View: The Age of Adaline:

Pros:
I like the subtle hints of Adeline’s immortality in the first act (in the other two acts, it got a little old).
Blake Lively as an immortal Adaline does a great job acting like an old woman in a young body.
The best parts are Adaline’s flashbacks. How she goes through her life as an immortal (like how she is accused of being a Communist) is interesting. However…

Cons:
…The flashbacks are poorly done. They show these certain flashbacks…only for the characters to mention them later; not very good…
…Speaking of characters mentioning things, there are too many expositions to the point where it gets boring…
…Speaking of boring, the romance is not interesting. The main leads are all right at best, but there is nothing in them that stands out other than Adaline having immortality.

Overall:
A romance about a woman that has immortality and has to live through it sounds like an interesting concept, but its execution was not well done. The only thing that probably is helping this movie is the actors, who do a great job despite a weak story. If you want the same old romance stories with a couple of interesting plot points, this is the movie for you. If it does not suit you, I say this is the end of the Age of Adaline and the start of the Age of Ultron.  J

5/10

Benz Eye View: Ex Machina:

Pros:
Fantastic story and writing; they point out certain plot points and lessons in this film.
Amazing acting, especially Alicia Vikander as Ava with her robotic movement and human-like expression.
Great computer effects on Ava and the robots; they look very real.

Cons:
It can be very slow for some people.
I am not going to spoil it, but there may be certain things in the film that some people are not going to like.
…That is all I have to say.

Overall:
This film…is amazing. There are some things that some people are not going to like (even I admit that), but this one of the greatest films of the year. The subtle messages and lessons, great writing, awesome acting, intriguing ideas are what stands up to this film, and done well. Watch it, and you will be amazed (if you can handle it).

9.5/10

Benz Eye View: Avengers: Age of Ultron:

Pros:
I love many of the character interactions in this movie, especially between the members of the Avengers. It makes them feel so alive.
Since you have seen several movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (at least, I hope you guys have been watching them), you easily care the old characters you already know, and automatically get into the new characters or characters that you barely know.
There are plenty of great action scenes to go through. From the Avengers fighting Ultron to Hulkbuster Iron Man fighting Hulk, there are plenty of well-choreographed fights…

Cons:
…Although, probably a bit too many fight scenes, which makes me glad there are quieter moments in this movie.
The plot seems a bit rushed. One example is that Ultron does not get as much screen time as much as I thought he would. I have heard that the original cut for this movie is over 3 hours long, and they have to cut some parts out in order to compensate for the audience. OK, I hope they have an extended cut for this on Blu-Ray, but for now, the plot does not seem to be that greatly paced.
They are making plenty of allusions to more future installments to this film universe (there is an allusion to Black Panther). It is not bad, but not really subtle. I hope this does not get worse as the universe progresses.

Overall:
What can I say about the Marvel Cinematic Universe? This movie franchise is going to keep on going, and it looks like it is not going to stop anytime soon…which worries me. At some point they have to stop, but they have made plans for more Marvel films up to 2026. Either they have to plan this really well and keep us interested, or stop at some point. This movie is an example of what worries me; Avengers: Age of Ultron is all right, but I do notice some problems with it. It is not a terrible movie at all, but not as good as the first Avengers (or even Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Daredevil). If you want to be entertained with more Marvel madness, go ahead and watch this movie, but please let me know if you also realize what I am thinking when it comes to these movies: they have got to stop sooner or later.

7.8/10

Benz Eye View: Hot Pursuit:

Pros:
Few of the jokes are funny…
…That is all I have to say…

Cons:
…However, some of the jokes fall flat, especially the ones that rely on old and predictable jokes.
This movie is predictable, cliche, and contains a few continuity errors.
Not the best choice if the only thing that keeps the two main leads talking is either exposition that we already know, or constant, annoying bickering.

Overall:
This movie is dumb. I think it somewhat realizes it, but it fails to keep me interested in the main leads, or find at least most of the comedic moments funny. If it wants to try to be cleverly funny, The Avengers: Age of Ultron did a fantastic job on that department. If it wants to be stupidly funny, Rush Hour is an example that just popped in my head. Heck, if you want a female buddy cop movie, watch The Heat; it is not the best, but a better movie in my eyes. Just save yourself some money and avoid this movie.

3/10

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2014 Movies Reviews In Facebook

Greetings.

These are my reviews back in 2014.  Like the 2013 reviews, forgive me if these are not done well, but I am starting to get better at it.  Enjoy these past reviews.

Review of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit:

Pros:
Interesting set-up of the conflict.
Good tactical atmosphere.
…That is it.

Cons:
Kevin Costner seems to be bored with this movie, because he does not seem serious on the conflict.
Romantic conflict is awkward at times.
The tagline “Trust No One” is deceiving.

Overall:
I have only seen one Jack Ryan film: The Sum of All Fears, and I have no recollection on what happened in that film. For Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, I say it is all right. There is nothing really special about it that stands out, but if you have nothing to watch, this is a good start.

7/10

It is that time. I am going to talk about the Top 10 Movies of 2013. Not only will I say what the best movies of the year in my opinion, but why I think they are great. I am going to apologize for any of the movies you like that did not appear on this list. It is either I do not agree that they go to my list, or I may not have seen it (I will discuss this on my opinion on who and what is going to win the 86th Academy Awards). Let us begin…

10.) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
The story really stands out to me, because I can relate to Walter Mitty. He has “zoning out” moments that occur in his life just like I do (especially when I was young). I also love many of those environmental shots that makes a great peaceful atmosphere as opposed to the busy and distracting city area. I probably understand why some people may not like it (I heard it is not really true to the original), but I still find this movie interesting to watch.

9.) Instructions Not Included
This film is pretty hilarious and heartwarming. A story about a Mexican man who received his daughter by his ex-girlfriend originally went all the way to California to give her back the daughter, only to end up living in Hollywood and loving his daughter, only to have his ex-girlfriend to come back and wanting to get the daughter back is a great setup for a movie. The chemistry between the father and daughter is excellent, and the conflict is well-done. The comedy is pretty good too, but I can think of a funnier film…

8.) The World’s End
A good way to end the Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End is hilarious and ridiculous at the same time. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost once again nailed the performances and comedy duo through this third film after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. While the premise can be a bit stupid, it is still enjoyable. Edgar Wright did pretty well on this trilogy, and I cannot on what he will do on the Ant-Man film.

7.) Gravity
Directed by the guy who directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this film shows how space can be truly frightening and dangerous. I give compliments to the CG, because it looks very realistic. I do like the lesson of when everything seems hopeless, just give up… I am joking. I mean do not give up even when there does not seem to be a way out. Very suspenseful in deep space.

6.) Prisoners
I like a good mystery, and this film delivers as advertised. Not only is this a good mystery film, but it also delves the difference between two men and how far they can go to rap a case. One tries his best to find the missing girls without breaking protocol, while the other would do anything to find his daughter, even if it means compromise. I like how it paid out in the end, but no spoilers here.

5.) Saving Mr. Banks
This feels like a Disney movie meant for adults rather than children. I never knew how difficult it is to work with the original creator of Mary Poppins, and how that book was inspired by her childhood events. I also like Walt Disney manages to work with Ms. Travers despite her attitude toward the film. Great acting, story, and characterization all around.

4.) 42
Being a baseball film is a good thing for me, being a great true story about Jackie Robinson is even better. Not only is it very close to the source material, but I enjoy the performances, the writing, and the sport. There are changes from what actually happened, but they are meant to enhance the story, and at least the director admitted the changes. It is a great way to tell a story about a great baseball player.

3.) Lone Survivor
Another film based on a true story, Lone Survivor shows the hard works of SEAL. I get the idea how Marcus Luttrel suffered the failed operation, but became the only survivor thanks to skills and help. I also like to compliment the sound team, because they did a REALLY good job show how much pain these soldiers go through when they were attacked by the Taliban. It shows how it is not easy being a soldier.

2.) 12 Years A Slave
Speaking of not being easy, this film shows how a free man’s experience from freedom to slavery can easily be traumatizing. This film does not hold back on how much suffering these slaves go through: from being whipped (in excessive detail) to being hanged. I heard this film is very close to book, so that is very good. It is satisfying how this all ends up, and I enjoy every minute. However…

1.) Frozen
THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE FILM OF 2013! If you guys have been paying attention to my Facebook posts for the past couple of months, you know how much I LOVE this film: the music, the story, the characters, the acting, the writing, the animation, EVERYTHING IS SO GOOD! What makes it better is this: Frozen makes me feel like I watched the old Disney Renaissance films, something I have not felt in a long time. To this day, I have watched this film FOUR TIMES. You guys should go watch it; it is still in theaters to this day, and I cannot wait to own the DVD.

Those are my Top 10 Movies of 2013. Feel free to give your opinions of your own favorite movies of 2013. Here are some honorable mentions on some films I considered for this list, but did not make it:

Iron Man 3
Star Trek Into Darkness
Pacific Rim
Captain Phillips
Ender’s Game
Thor: The Dark World
The Book Thief
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I will give my opinions on who and what will the 86th Academy Awards soon. And if you want, I can give my Top 10 Worst Movies of 2013 if you guys ask. Thanks for reading.

Review of I, Frankenstein:

Pros:
Pretty good fight scenes
Pretty good transformations of gargoyles
Pretty good certain shot in the climax…

Cons:
…but TERRIBLE character development
TERRIBLE CG
TERRIBLE screenplay

Overall:
I can think of several more cons of this film. From terrible costumes for the demons to cliches and stereotypes of plot and characters, this film failed miserably to make me actually care about the characters and story. What a terrible start for the films of 2014.

1/10

Review of The Lego Movie:

Pros:
Great voice acting.
Very clever plot twist.
Amazing animation…

Cons:
…However, there a few flops of animation.
Some jokes miss the mark.
The animation is so good, it may be hard to see everything on screen at once.

Overall:
This movie is funny and clever. It will probably appeal more to children than adults, but it still puts in room both audience demographics. If you want to enjoy more of this comedic carnage, I suggest the Lego games, especially the recent ones like Lego City Undercover.

8/10

By the way, the one song that is stuck in my head because of this movie is “Everything Is Awesome!!!” It is not the best song in the world, but it is my head all the time for some reason. Maybe I should “LET IT GO, LET IT GO!!!!” …That movie is never going to grow old for me.

Review of RoboCop (2014):

Pros:
Great designs for the robots and RoboCop.
I actually like the political conflicts in the film.
Supporting cast is awesome.

Cons:
Joel Kinnaman was not impressive until he became RoboCop.
Samuel L. Jackson is in the movie as an exposition dump.
The film barely gets interesting until the second part of Act II.

Overall:
This movie has its problems, but I still thought it was pretty good. I do not know if I can recommend the original, since it has been a long time since I seen that film, but RoboCop is at least a good popcorn flick to distract you if you do not have anything else to watch.

6/10

Review of Non-Stop:

Pros:
Pretty good premise.
Pretty good tension.
Liam Neeson’s charisma pulls of in this film…

Cons:
…Despite the bad execution of this film’s story.
The villain’s motivation is confusing.
If you think about it, the mystery and its payoff does not make sense.

Overall:
If you argue that this is one of those films that you can enjoy if you turn off your brain, I can see your point. However, Non-Stop is also a mystery film, so that is hard to go by in that subject. Overall, I cannot say much about this film, other than it is mediocre at best.

5/10

 

Sorry it has been a while since I have done this, but here it goes.

Review of The Muppets: Most Wanted:

Pros:
Many of the good jokes they have are very funny.
Cool celebrity cameos.
*Personal opinion* Sam Eagle is the best character in the movie.

Cons:
Only one song is memorable.
A few plot holes in the plot.
*Personal opinion* If they are going to have celebrity cameos from around the world, why not get Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and/or Peter Capaldi to come in when the Muppets go to London.

Overall:
I am sad to say that The Muppets: Most Wanted is not as good as its predecessor: The Muppets. However, it is still a decent movie that provides some entertainment, but more towards children than adults. If you do not anything else to watch, this movie will do for you.

7/10

As for the Monsters University short: Party Central, it is all right. Nothing special about it, so I have nothing to say about it. It did not really help that I did not watch Monsters University.

Review of God’s Not Dead:

Pros:
Interesting conflicts and situations.
Most characters are believable and interesting.
The debate is the best part of the film.

Cons:
Too many characters and their arcs to follow…
…and for those character arcs that are interesting, the film barely follows it, and does not really resolve.
Writing and dialogue can be sloppy at times.

Overall:
I am going to be careful about this review, because I know that some of you guys are not Christians. Here are two perspectives of this review: Christian and film critic. As a Christian, I do like this film. It has many great messages and teachings that are well-thought out(for the most part) and well-put together. I recommend it to every Christian people to go watch this movie before it goes down from theaters in a couple of days. As a film critic, the movie is a little messy. There are too many characters to follow, some characters that are two-dimensional to the point of what they do is dumb, and I can barely remember some of those characters I was supposed to follow. In fact, they can be completely removed from the movie since they provide little to no impact to the overall plot (in fact, the movie might be a little better like that). I am struggling to give this a score since I like it as a Christian, but not that much as a film critic. I think will give this a 6.7/10. This is a film I recommend for Christians, but for everyone else…well, I would like for you to watch it, just do not expect it to be the best movie ever made.

Review of Noah:

Pros:
All the actors are great in this film.
Interesting symbolism.
Settings are fine.

Cons:
CG is horrendous; the Watchers especially stand out from this film…
…which leads to many Biblical inconsistencies.
I…I cannot believe how they make Noah so much different than his actual counterpart.

Overall:
*Head slams at table* *Head slams at table again* *Head slams at table so hard, I am surprised that I am not unconscious let alone have a concussion* I cannot believe how wrong they got the story of Noah, and even the character himself. Not to mention they managed to create one of the greatest insults I have ever seen: they blend God’s creation of the world with evolution and the Big Bang. How does that even work? Putting these aside, once the ark life begins, another plot point starts that makes Noah become the antagonist (sorry for the spoilers, but this really annoys me). At that point, you may be wondering when this movie is going to be over. The plot before the ark was unbelievable enough as it is. I am going be merciful, and give this film a 5/10. If I was not merciful, I would have given it a 3/10. If you want to watch it, do NOT expect it to be like the actual story of Noah.

Review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

Pros:
Great character dynamics.
Great action scenes.
An interesting direction on Captain America’s life in our world.

Cons:
Shaky camera on some of the action scenes.
The Winter Soldier is barely seen in this film.
*Minor spoilers* The traitor in this film is pretty obvious.

Overall:
Marvel is on a roll. First the Phase I Marvel films (and others before), then Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, now this and three more Marvel films coming soon (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of the Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy). This film gives a great direction on Captain America, and an interesting plot. I am bit reluctant to give a grade, because part of me does not really like this film, because it is a change of atmosphere from its previous Captain America film, but it has a point for its change. It reflects to how Captain America has to deal with the changes of his life when working in our current world. Despite that, this is another great Marvel film. You better keep up, DC.

8/10

Review of Heaven Is For Real:

Pros:
Great actors to play in their roles.
A great message for people to think about.
The best parts are when Colton explains his experience in heaven.

Cons:
It takes a while for the film to introduce its plot…
…And even after that, there a few moments that interesting in the entire film.
The child actors are not the worst I have ever seen, but they are not the greatest either.

Overall:
I have to think long and hard about this, because there are some things that I do not like about this film not only as a film critic, but also a Christian. Heaven Is For Real is based a book of a real-life event written by the real Todd Burpo. It has its controversies not only by non-believers, but also Christians as well. What do I think? I admit, I do not have much experience about this, but if you really want me to give you an answer now, I say it tests out your faith; if you can really stand on what you believe in even you do not see it yourself. John 20:29 said, “Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” This is not a sermon, however. This a film review. Give this film a watch, because it gives an interesting thought of what I just mentioned.

6.9/10

Review of Divergent:

Pros:
Shailene Woodley and Theo James are the best actors in the film.
Great-looking sets.
The world of Divergent is interesting and spectacular…

Cons:
…Except I have seen similar worlds like it with several other book-to-film adaptations (i.e. The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game).
Found a few plot holes here and there.
The plot is pretty predictable.

Overall:
While I do think this film has its problems and predictability, I enjoy Divergent. Two reasons: The main actors’ charms, charisma, and acting holds this film together, and the world of Divergent appeals to me despite similarities with other worlds I have seen before. I am looking forward to the sequel: Insurgent, and I hope they do fix some of the problems I mentioned here.

6.9/10

Review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

Pros:
Awesome performances, especially from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Spectacular action scenes.
Amazing third act.

Cons:
The plot is a bit jumbled.
Electro is under-developed and under-utilized.
Do the web shooters ever run out?

Overall:
I was a little worried when the reviews of the film did make it look promising, however it is still really good and slightly better than the first Amazing Spider-Man despite its flaws. It is very entertaining and fun, while giving us a thrill ride in the eyes of Spider-Man. I enjoy it, so will you guys. There is only one BIG problem with this film: WHY CAN’T HE JOIN THE AVENGERS ALONGSIDE WOLVERINE?!

8/10

After thinking long and hard, I decided to change the score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from 8/10 to 7.5/10. The reason why: there is too much crammed into the plot of the film.

Review of Mom’s Night Out:

Pros:
Good lessons.
Somewhat good representations of what mothers have to go through…somewhat…
…That is about it.

Cons:
Most jokes fall flat, or overdone.
Characters can be annoying and obnoxious.
Show, don’t tell. That is an important rule in visual mediums.

Overall:
Throughout most of the movie, one thing came to my head: “When is this movie over?” Many plot points just end up finishing, because it does, THAT IS WHY! Most of the time, the film ends up being too long, because events in between are slow and annoying. I can think of some moments that should have been cut out, and the film would at least been tolerable. This film is not recommended as a Mother’s Day movie to watch, unless you can tolerate what is in the film. Look at this way, at least it is not another Adam Sandler film.

4/10

Review of Godzilla:

Pros:
Incredible special effects.
The film does a great job showing the danger and terror of Godzilla and the monsters.
Bryan Cranston is the best actor…

Cons:
…Unfortunately, I cannot say the same thing to the other actors. They are either overacting, underacting, or just terrible.
In some cases, you have to suspend your disbelief plenty of times.
The people in charge of handling the conflict are pretty stupid.

Overall:
Godzilla has not been around since Godzilla: Final Wars back in 2004. America tried to make their own Godzilla film back in 1998 which did not justify the King of Monsters well. In this film, Godzilla is treated well and proper. There are some things that the creators did well, and there are things that they did terribly. Despite that, it is a movie that is best seen in theaters. Watch it if you are a HUGE Godzilla fan, and enjoy some carnage and fear.

7.9/10

I did watch this film in 3D. Other than the rain effects, there is nothing worth watching, so skip the 3D, and watch it in regular dimensions.

On a side note, I find it interesting that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen played as a couple in this film, and in Avengers: Age of Ultron, they are going to play as siblings. Interesting; I hope they do not use the Ultimates version of the siblings…

Review of X-Men: Days of Future Past:

Pros:
An emotional and heartfelt story.
All of the cast do very well.
A good atmosphere of hope despite so much despair and tragedy.

Cons:
Still have many continuity issues and a few plot holes (i.e. How did Kitty Pryde have the ability to send someone’s conscious back in time?).
Visual effects need a little work.
So many cool new mutants (i.e. Quicksilver), and we barely get to know them.

Overall:
The X-Men series is very popular before the Avengers was even made, and it holds very well in this film. While I have issues with its continuity like X-Men: First Class did, the film makes it up with a great plot and story just like the previous film I mentioned. It has great charisma and charm that can pull it off despite some of its glaring missteps.

8.5/10

One more thing. Quicksilver in this film is awesome. Evan Peters did a fantastic job playing a funny and cocky jerk. I hope Aaron Taylor-Johnson can pull it off in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Review of A Million Ways to Die in the West:

Pros:
Beautiful landscapes and interesting sets.
An interesting satire of the Old West.
Some jokes absolutely hilarious…

Cons:
…While other jokes are offensive or disgusting.
In fact, the jokes spend more time on screen than the actual story.
Because of that, the movie goes on a little longer than it needs to be.

Overall:
This film is REALLY stupid. I will admit that it is hilarious, but with offensive or disgusting jokes, predictable and long story, and an anti-climatic finale, this film is probably not worth it unless if you have nothing else to watch. If you do not, go ahead, but watch at your own risk.

4/10

Review of Maleficent:

Pros:
Visually stunning.
Nice costume and creature designs.
Angelina Jolie is great as Maleficent.

Cons:
The tone is inconsistent.
Many plot points and certain characters are not well-written.
Many elements from the original animated film is forced in, and unnecessary.

Overall:
Maleficent is one the best Disney villains ever made, and for good reason. She is cunning, dangerous, frightening, and devious. This film does not make her look good, in a bad way. I do not mind making some changes on the original Disney story, but they did a poor job trying to make their own story. Some parts do not make sense, or they are confusing. I suggest you watch the Sleeping Beauty animated film rather than Maleficent. They only reason I would recommend Male is Angelina Jolie; that is it.

3/10

*Maleficent (on the second to last line). My apologies.

Review of Edge of Tomorrow:

Pros:
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt have a great partner chemistry.
Cool concept of a story.
Makes good use of repetition thanks to good editing skills…

Cons:
…Although, the repetition can be tiring for some people.
The alien designs are interesting, but get tiring over time.
While the ending is not bad, it could have been better.

Overall:
Based off a Japanese light novel “All You Need Is Kill,” Edge of Tomorrow is a nice and interesting story that has an interesting premise, and good execution. While they make good use of Tom Cruise’s character dying so many times (for some, it is a dream come true), it does get a bit tedious as it progresses. Plus, it could have ended a bit better than intended. However, you guys should give this movie a watch, whether or not you love or hate Tom Cruise.

7.9/10

Review of How to Train Your Dragon 2:

Pros:
Amazing animation.
Great Hero’s Journey story.
Aerial battles and travels.

Cons:
The mother subplot takes a little more time than the main plot.
Something about the main villain I do not understand (major spoilers if I say what it is).
The main villain is slightly forgettable.

Overall:
I watched the first How to Train Your Dragon, and I thought it was pretty good. The story was good, the animation was great, and I had a fun time. With its sequel, it is SO MUCH BETTER. Almost everything in this film has improved from its original. It is another rare movie that the sequel surpasses its original. Before I give it a ranking, I heard that How to Train Your Dragon 2 is better than Frozen. That is debatable. I agree that both of these films are great in their own way. However, if you want me to pick which one is better, I say Frozen. That film has a little more charm than How to Train Your Dragon 2, despite HtTYD2 has more realistic animation. Plus, the songs are what wins me over. However, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an amazing film, so give it a watch.

9/10

Review of Jersey Boys:

Pros:
The amazingly talented actors…
…Along with the incredible songs, and their singing.
Settings and costume design are coherent (I guess).

Cons:
Why are the four characters narrating to the audience by talking to the camera while they are still interacting with their lives?
The grey screen filters throughout the film is unnecessary.
The film follows several plot lines with the four characters until the last part of the second act where it just follows one character.

Overall:
Based on a famous Broadway show, Jersey Boys definitely shows off its talents and energy…on its music and actors. The execution of its story seems to have to put in most of the elements of the Broadway show. I have not seen the Broadway show, but if you watch the film, and tell me that most of those elements are in the movie, that explains it. The difference between Broadway and films is that Broadway has four hours or more to tell a story, while films have at most around two hours. Putting too much in the film makes it messy. Its saving grace are the actors and music. If you are going to watch this film for the music, you will be entertained. If you are going for any other reason, you will not walk like a man, or become a big girl crying.

6.5/10

Review of Transformers: Age of Extinction:

Pros:
I guess it has glorified destruction for those who like those type of action.
Mark Wahlberg is a better choice of a main character than Shia LaBeouf.
Cool Transformers design.

Cons:
Very poor plot and characters.
TOO MANY ACTION SCENES THAT GO ON FOR TOO LONG. In fact, the last act is what I consider it to be the full-length action act.
Huge continuity issues (i.e. one scene shows the Transformers in their car forms, the next shot shows the human characters, and the last shot shows the Transformers in their robot forms without any evidence of them transforming like sound).

Overall:
The first film was entertaining and fun, but pretty stupid. The second is awful with so many cliches and terrible writing. The third one is not as bad, but still awful. How does the fourth installment hold up? TERRIBLY! I cannot believe that Michael Bay cannot make a decent Transformers film after making three of them. There is no excuse for screwing up a series that he can easily learn from its mistakes, but he keeps on going anyway. I do not know what is wrong with this guy, and how manages to still make these films. I have some pain in my head and eyes after watching this; it is that bad. Do NOT watch this film, UNLESS you somehow enjoy all that explosion carnage.

2/10

* Actually, forget 2/10. Even its pros cannot save this film. 1/10.

Review of The Fault in Our Stars:

Pros:
A great romantic story…
…with great romantic leads and chemistry.
Subtle symbolism.

Cons:
*Minor Spoilers* The love scene is not needed.
A little more explanation on a certain character.
…That is about it.

Overall:
I do not mind romantic stories, but if I have to watch it, then they must do a good job on it. I am glad to say that this film does an excellent job. The characters are completely human and well-written. The story is very captivating and interesting. How it all ends is heart-warming and heart-breaking. If you are in a mood for a bit of romance, I highly recommend this film.

9/10

Review of Earth to Echo:

Pros:
The child actors are pretty good.
What a cute little robot.
Interesting idea to make this “film” created by one of the kids. (You will understand when you watch it)

Cons:
The jump cuts are annoying. I understand using it sometimes, but not almost all the time.
I am confused on the multiple cameras and its changes in angles.
Other than the robot, the visual effects need a little more work.

Overall:
I am willing to bet that every one of you saw the trailer for Earth to Echo and thought, “That looks a lot like E.T.” You know what, you are absolutely right. There are elements that are similar to this film, but it does feel like E.T. Putting that aside, this film is… all right. Nothing about it really stands out to me. The story is all right. The characters are all right. The character dynamic is fine. There is nothing special about it. There is nothing really bad other than the technical work (i.e. camera and editing). Plus, it is odd that it is a found-footage film, but it also shows the perspective of Echo sometimes. Weird. This film may not impress that much to you guys, so I only recommend it if you have nothing else to watch. Maybe you should watch E.T., or if you want something in theaters, watch Deliver Us From Evil…I am not reviewing that film.

7/10

Review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

Pros:
Great character development and story.
Very good look at both apes and humans’ good and bad sides.
Incredible mocap acting and visuals.

Cons:
Very few moments of bad visual effects.
Can be slow at times.
Be more satisfying if you watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Overall:
Ignoring the Planet of the Apes film by Tim Burton, Rise of the Planet Apes was a great start with its story and characters, as well as mocap acting. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the few films that overcomes its predecessors. If there are any errors that this film made, it is very few over the great stuff it has. I highly recommend watching this film after you watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes first; it gives a better impact if you do.

10/10

Review of Lucy:

Pros:
The first act is a little sloppy, but decent start.
It is short (you will understand later).
It is pretty cool to see Lucy using her powers…

Cons:
…but that makes me care less (not hate) about Lucy since she is invincible; not a very good in terms of writing.
The antagonist is a joke compared to Lucy.
I feel like every “scientific” observation in this film is completely made up when the creators were drunk, even the ones that “may” be true, they made it sound made up.

Overall:
A movie based on a misconception. That is not a good start. And it goes downhill as the movie progresses. It feels like the creators were just making stuff up as they go along, and they are just making this, because it is cool; it is not. This film feels insulting and stupid. It is not Transformers-insultingly bad, but it is close. I heard this film is just like the Japanese anime film Akira. I disagree. Where Akira was actually clever (and weird), Lucy is dumb. I suggest you guys look elsewhere, probably Hercules (maybe).

3/10

Review of Guardians of the Galaxy:

Pros:
Great team and characters dynamics for the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Amazing costumes, characters, and environment designs.
Great-looking visual effects on the characters…

Cons:
…Although the same cannot be said on the environments; they sort of stick out.
Some things are not explained enough, or explained too quickly to make me process that information.
*SPOILERS* A somewhat Deus Ex Machina way to take out the villain.

Overall:
Sorry it took so long to review this film. I have to watch it twice, because the first time I watched I cannot figure out what the characters are saying (maybe because of the theater). Anyway, I bet most, if not all, of you do not know who the Guardians of the Galaxy are. Well, have no fear, because this film is a great way to introduce a new team/heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some critics even call this the best Marvel film to date. I would not go that far in my opinion. My best Marvel film is Howard the Duck…Just kidding. It might be Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but that is what just comes to my head. Watch this movie, and you will be delighted that you did, unless if you want Rocket to capture as bounty.

8/10

Review of Get On Up:

I know. Many of you want me to review TMNT (2014). I will watch it tonight, and post my review as soon as I can, but all I got in the morning is Get On Up, so here it goes.

Pros:
Songs are pretty good.
Plenty of great actors on board on this film…
…And Chadwick Boseman is great as James Brown…

Cons:
…However, for the life of me, I can barely understand what in the world James Brown is saying. He does a good job speaking like James Brown, but he ends up sounding like Vito Corleone.
The film is told in so many flashbacks and flash-forwards that I have no idea which is which when they tried it a few times in the first act if the film.
Certain plot points that come in will not come back way later in the film (i.e. James Brown’s mommy issues)

Overall:
With all the cons I mentioned on a two hour and eighteen minute film, this movie ends up being longer than it needs to be. So many scenes can easily be removed, and editing can be improved, then this movie may end up being pretty good. What it is now, I cannot say the movie does not “feel good.” In fact, Jersey Boys did a slightly better job in their part, and they can “walk like a man.” I do not think this is a good send-off to James Brown, so just at least listen to his music.

4/10

The review you guys have been waiting.

Review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014):

Pros:
Shredder’s armor looks pretty cool.
Some of the jokes are funny (although second viewing will probably negate it).
…That is it.

Cons:
The visual effects really stand out, and look fake. The closest realistic visual effect is the Turtles, but that is not saying much.
Plot holes and inconsistent moments occur, along with dumb motivations and characters.
Megan Fox as April O’Neil is clearly the worst actor of the bunch.

Overall:
I AM A HUGE TMNT FAN. I watched so many versions of these characters: the films (even the third film), the TV series (1987 and 2003), and played some of their games. I love TMNT…but I hate this movie. Whether or not your fan, this movie sucks due its huge amounts of problems. So many things wrong with this movie, I probably have to make a full-length review if I have to point out everything that is wrong with it like terrible camera movements in action moments. The worst part of the film is the first half is clearly about April O’Neil, and the second half is about the Turtles, but it is not a good transition. It is not Transformers films bad, but it is VERY close.

2/10

Review of What If:

Pros:
Great romantic leads with great chemistry.
The idea of how to restrain yourself on pursuing the girl despite she has a boyfriend.
I like many moments that you do not normally see in a typical romance film.

Cons:
A bit too much exposition.
The third act almost ends up like a typical romance film.
Some of the characters are supposed to be likable, but they end up being jerks.

Overall:
When it comes to romance films, I do not mind them at all if as long as they are done well. This film does a pretty good job fulfilling its romance quota, but it does not stand out like any other romance films. There are some elements I do like they have done, but it is not enough for me to completely say, “That is the best romantic film I have seen this year.” The contender for that phrase is The Fault In Our Stars. Not to say What If is a bad film, it is pretty good. I just wished that some moments could have been better if they changed a few things a bit more. All in all, this is a pretty good romantic film.

7.9/10

Review of The Expendables 3:

Pros:
Pretty cool action scenes.
Great character dynamics and interactions.
Plenty of great cast members.

Cons:
Terrible visual effects work.
Barely got to know the new members of this film except for at least 3 or 4 of them.
Dumb dialogue and action moments.

Overall:
The Expendables series is hardly a masterpiece of films everywhere, but at least it is a fun series with its action and its interesting moments. This new installment barely has any entertainment, and instead adds dumb moments. Very few things hardly ever interest me, and many moments made me think, “Why would they do this when something similar happened to them before, and they did the exact opposite of what they just did?” I only recommend this to hardcore action fans, no one else more.

4/10

Review of The Giver:

Pros:
The film starts out black and white, and then color; it has a big significance and interesting symbolism.
Good-looking environments (I guess…)
The veteran actors (i.e. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep) are the best actors…

Cons:
…While the younger and main actors are not good in their performances (except for a couple like a 9-year old girl…that is sad).
For a world without emotions and feelings, some of the people of that world show it very well…their world already sucks.
Many things are not explained, and some are not explained well.

Overall:
I get what they are trying to do: a movie that explains that emotions and feelings are good despite its flaws and weaknesses. However, this film does not do a good job no matter how hard they tried. It is not that terrible of a film, but potential, great ideas are not executed well with this one. I am willing to bet that the book is much better. I can see they are trying, but I have seen better.

3.5/10

Review of If I Stay:

Pros:
The cello/orchestral and sometimes vocal music is cool.
A few side characters are interesting.
The third act is the best act.

Cons:
The romantic chemistry between the two leads is mixed at best.
I do not care much on what is going on in Mia’s love life; nothing in this film interests me except Mia’s out of body experience.
The film starts out with Mia’s out of body experience, and frequently shows flashbacks before that about her relationship with Adam… This is a bad way to present a film.

Overall:
This movie is not really insulting, but not very interesting either. I do not hate the characters, but I do not think they are that great either. The story is all right, but I have seen WAY BETTER romance films (remember The Fault In Our Stars anyone? Maybe even What If.). If the pros I have chosen are the smallest details in the film, then they failed to at least impress me. I recommend skipping this film, and watch the two romantic films I mentioned, or watch Ghost, a film very similar to this one, but MUCH BETTER.

5/10

Review of The November Man:

Pros:
Decent action scenes…
…Followed with great sound that gives the idea of how painful each attack blow is.
…That is it.

Cons:
Too much plot points and plot holes.
Most of the characters (even the main character) are not likable, and for those that are at least bearable are really dumb.
Very typical spy cliches, and pretty predictable.

Overall:
I…I do not know what else to say other than this movie sucks. Very few things I like about it cannot save how much this is dumb. Wait…I have one: it is not as bad as Transformers: Age of Extinction. Still, I do not have anything else to add; just do not watch this film.

2/10

Review of The Maze Runner:

Pros:
The world of the Maze, and how we learn it through the protagonist’s eyes is well done.
Most, if not all of the characters in this film are likable and interesting.
Intense moments are well done (although I prefer no shaky cam).

Cons:
A few cliche lines here and there.
Green screen and CG can be pretty obvious, or not that well made.
The main female lead has very little to do, and the actress is not that good.

Overall:
Like November Man, I do not have much to say about this film. UNLIKE November Man, this is a pretty good film. I do not know if it is that close to the book or not, but I enjoy almost everything in this film, and the world is full of immersion that does not break its flow (with a couple of exceptions). I recommend watching this film if you do not have anything else to watch (OTHER than Guardians of the Galaxy).

8/10

With that review out the way, I have an announcement to make. I would like to thank you guys for reading my reviews for the past year. Because of that, I am going to start making a blog on reviewing films. The difference between the reviews on Facebook and on the blog is that the blog version goes more in depth and more detailed on what is good or bad on the films I am reviewing, where as the Facebook version is brief and to the point. I will even take requests on what movies you want me to review in the blog, but know that the process is going to take a while since I am going to have to think about the movie as a whole. The blog is not ready yet since I am a bit busy with college, but I will announce when it is ready pretty soon. Also, I am planning to also review video games both in Facebook and in the blog. Like the blog reviews, that also has to wait since I have few ideas on how game designs work. Fortunately, I have found a book that gives a very good idea on game reviews, so hopefully I will be ready when I finish reading it. Keep in mind, I can only review video games that I HAVE. If you want me to review video games that are coming soon (like Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U) or games that I do not have, you are going to have to wait for a while until I get it and play through most of it. Thank you guys so much for reading my reviews, and I hope to get the blog and video game reviews up very soon. Enjoy watching movies!

Review of The Equalizer:

Pros:
Both the protagonist and the antagonist are interesting (although the protagonist is more interesting).
It can be clever on its actions and tense moments.
It mixes well between serious and funny.

Cons:
Takes a bit too long to establish things.
The subplots take over the main plot for the first half of the film.
Has a tendency to tell and not show sometimes; not a good idea in film media.

Overall:
I am going to type this down right now: The Equalizer is much better than Taken. You are reading this right. Taken was a decent movie, but there are some things that bothered me in that film. The Equalizer manages to fix at least some of the mistakes that Taken has. It is entertaining, interesting, and pretty cool film to watch. Denzel Washington is awesome, and I hope to see him very soon in many more films (I guess I should watch Flight then). There are some glaring flaws, but this is one of those movies of which I said to myself, “Who cares? This movie is so cool.” Unless if you are that nit picky and hate these types of films, I suggest you watch this movie.

7.8/10

Review of Gone Girl:

Pros:
Very tense atmosphere with help of music.
Well-constructed story.
Interesting editing that reflects the entire film.

Cons:
When a certain major reveal happens, I am confused how that certain character learns about it. I do not know if I missed it, but this is probably a minor problem (I hope…).
*SOMEWHAT SPOILERS* Some people may not like the ending.
In fact, there are certain content here that some people may not like.

Overall:
……….HOLY….! This is one of the most well-made mystery films I have ever seen. It has been a while since I seen one (Prisoners). This movie instantly grabs your attention throughout the entire time. It is tense yet very attentive, it is disturbing yet irresistible (that sounds like a REALLY bad thing if you watch and think about it), it is a film that may not satisfy everyone, but it is worth watching. Watch it at your heart’s content, but be warned; you may not like what is coming. >:)

9.5/10

Review of Dracula Untold:

Pros:
Generic (if sometimes bland) characters.
Generic (if already done) plot.
Pretty decent fighting choreography…

Cons:
…If I can see what is going on, thanks to the lack of lighting and intense camera movement.
Dracula can be pretty stupid on very obvious solutions to many problems.
Many continuity errors, and predictability on the plot.

Overall:
A movie about a man that has to make a deal with a devil (or vampire in this case) in order save the people he loves? It has been done before. Put it on a movie about a person that is originally completely evil, but changed it to a misunderstood character. That has been done before (Maleficent), except done a little better. Despite that, there is nothing very interesting about it, nor does it stand out when compared towards any other film that has done that before. It seems pretty soulless in comparison. It is not a terrible movie, but not a good one. If I were you, I avoid making this deal watching it unlike what Vlad did.

5/10

Review of Fury:

Pros:
Intense tank battle scenes
Dark imagery with war and tragedy makes a great atmosphere (probably not good for insensitive people)
Somewhat balances war and peace moments…

Cons:
… Although, certain peaceful moments can go a little too long.
Certain scenes that involve characters enjoying killing Nazis ruin the theme of this film.
In some ways, it is kind of predicable.

Overall:
With many films that involve the tragedy of World War II, Fury does an adequate job. It does what it needs to show: war buddy dynamic, dead bodies, cruelty of war, destruction, tragedy, peace time despite the times of war, etc. Nothing really stands out on this film. Saving Private Ryan does a better job, but Fury does well on its own despite its used plot and cliches. It could have been better, though.

7.5/10

Side Note: I do not know if I have bad hearing or not, but I cannot hear what the characters are saying either because of their accents or the film’s audio. I will let you decide when you watch it.

Review of The Judge:

Pros:
Great acting abilities, especially from Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall.
It can be very funny.
The jury scenes are the best parts in the film…

Cons:
…While the rest of it takes WAY TOO LONG to establish many things.
Many scenes and sub-plots do not affect the overall story that much.
The characters are not interesting until PROBABLY the third act.

Overall:
This movie has so much potential to be good: its actors, story, and ideas could have at least be a good watch, but with terrible directing, it ends up being tedious and uninteresting until the third act. Despite the best acting performances in this film, it does not save how much potential is lost here. I give this a movie a skip despite having Iron Man or some of the hilarious jokes.

4/10

Review of John Wick:

Pros:
Amazing fight and gun choreography.
Great camera movement (little to no shaky cam, thank you very much).
Most, if not all the characters serve purpose, and are used well.

Cons:
Keanu Reeves is not half bad, but he still shows signs of his weak acting.
The third act is pretty weak.
The last fight and ending is underwhelming.

Overall:
I have not seen a single trailer or advertisement about this movie other than hearing it is pretty good. Like Frozen, this movie blew my mind (not literally) and expectations (although it is not as good as Frozen). While this is a pretty typical action thriller movie, it does well on what it is, and it is satisfying for many action fans of the genre. If you are in a mood for great action, this is a movie for you. If you want a deep and interesting story, it will only give you partial satisfaction.

8.5/10

Review of Nightcrawler:

Pros:
All the actors, especially Jake Gyllenhaal have made fantastic performances.
Amazing use of tension and atmosphere.
The characters drive the story forward very well.

Cons:
……….Um, I cannot think of a single con.

Overall:
I want you to read this very carefully…….Nightcrawler may be my film of 2014. Everything in this film is done very well. I cannot express how much you guys should get up, go to the nearest movie theater, and watch this movie. The only reason I can think of not watching this movie is that if you really do not like movies about bad people, because the main character is not a good person at all. Still, go and watch this fantastic film!

10/10

Side Note: This film gives a good example of communication, and some lessons on RTVF. Big plus for me.

Review of Big Hero 6:

Pros:
“Fantastic” animation, especially coming from the micro-bots.
I find the world of Big Hero 6, or San Fransokyo “amazing.”
“Incredible” art design for buildings, robots, technology, etc.

Cons:
Pretty bad pacing.
It is predictable if you have seen so many super hero films, but to be fair, they do point out that cliche.
For a movie called Big Hero 6, I only got to know Hiro and Baymax. I barely know anything about the other members of the team; making them stereotypes, except nerd versions.

Overall:
A Disney movie based on a small-time Marvel super hero group that is based on America’s depiction of anime…interesting. I will say this, this is no Frozen. Do not get me wrong, it is still a pretty good film, but unlike Frozen, Big Hero 6 does not break any barriers. It does what it needs to do, but it could have been so much better. The one thing that completely bothers me about this film is the team dynamic. This movie is not about Big Hero 6, it is about Hiro and Baymax, the rest of the members are there along for the ride. An example of a film that does a better job with the team dynamic is Guardians of the Galaxy; I know and learn every single one of the members of that team, and they have their own character arcs, unlike four of the members of Big Hero 6. In fact, they are not even called Big Hero 6 throughout the entire film. I really need to start a blog, because I actually have more to talk about. Long review short, I do recommend this, because it has a good lessons and it is very encouraging, especially towards nerds. However, if you want a movie with good team dynamics, watch Guardians of the Galaxy or The Avengers. If you want a really good Disney movie, watch Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, or Frozen, because Big Hero 6 is not better than any of those films, but at least it tried.

7.8/10

Side note: The short animated film, Feast is very well done with great animation and storytelling. It is a “spectacular” watch.

By the way, there is something after the credits that may amuse you…

Review of Interstellar:

Pros:
Amazing visuals in outer space and other planets.
Cool designs for spaceships and the coolest (and weird-looking) robots I have ever seen.
Interesting cinematography for space exploration parts.

Cons:
The plot can be very complicated for some people.
There are some pacing issues.
For a movie about interstellar travel, plot holes are expected.

Overall:
Sorry it took some time to finally review this movie. I had to watch this twice for two reasons why: the plot kind of confused me, and…the first time I watched was opening night when I was tired, resulting me sleeping most of the first act. After watching this twice, I can say that this is a well done movie. However, it strikes me that this is one of those movies you have to watch multiple times to get the full details, many of the symbolism, some clever moments, etc. Maybe this is why I enjoyed this movie more the second time than the last, and I may like it more if I watch it multiple times, but I do not have the time for it unless if I REALLY like it (which I do not like THAT much). Go watch this movie, IF you have two hours and forty-five minutes to spare.

8/10

Review of Dumb and Dumber To:

Pros:
The comedic duo of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels holds this film together.
A pretty good emotional conflict for the main characters.
There are plenty of funny jokes; some of them are clever…

Cons:
… But some jokes are disgusting or offensive.
The film has to reuse some of the story elements from the first Dumb and Dumber, making it a bit predictable.
There are a bit too many jokes, making it hard to be completely in the story.

Overall:
Dumb and Dumber is a classic comedy, and it still holds up to this day. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd…I am going to pretend that never happened (and I think the sequel is doing the same thing). As for Dumb and Dumber To, it is actually a good film. It is not as good as the original, but it definitely holds on its own (especially better than Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd). Unless if you are really not a fan of disgusting and rude humor, watch this film and prepare to laugh with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

7.8/10

Review of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance):

Pros:
Fantastic acting with people trying to play their characters playing their characters.
Pretty clever symbolism that I am still trying to decipher.
Impressive cinematography that does its best not to have any cuts…

Cons:
…However, the cinematography may annoy many people because of the lack of cuts.
While the story has a point, it may not appeal to everyone due to its execution and atmosphere.
This is a very dialogue-heavy movie, so there is going to be more tell than show.

Overall:
Birdman is a very clever film with its cinematography, acting, and symbolism. However, while I will admit that this is probably one of the most well-made films I have ever seen, I am not a fan of its story and execution. This is an example of very deep and thought-provoking films; directed, written, and produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the man who created the “Death Trilogy” (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel). His films are pretty popular in the film world, but not so much for me (mainly because I did not watch that many films of his). If you are really into his films, Birdman is a movie for you, but if you are like me and do not care about this, watch something more heart-warming and exciting like Big Hero 6.

8.5/10

Review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1:

Pros:
Does a great job showing the dark and grim tone.
Pretty good amounts of character development.
I felt that there is more at stake; everything is going to fall apart.

Cons:
Pretty bad CG.
Many parts drag on a bit too long.
For anyone who is into action, this movie barely has any.

Overall:
The first Hunger Games was pretty interesting and exciting (except it is ripped off from Battle Royale). The Hunger Games: Catching Fire felt like a repeat from the last one with an underwhelming conclusion. I hate to say it, but this film is a little more underwhelming than its predecessors. I know some of you may say that they are saving the best parts for Part 2. That is fine, but the film still needs to make it interesting as it progresses. I do look forward to Mockingjay – Part 2, but I can only recommend this movie to people who are fans of the series.

7.5/10

Review of Hector and the Search for Happiness:

Pros:
Simon Pegg remains a charming and great actor, not just a comedian.
The subtle comedy works with Hector’s interactions with the world.
I like the main theme of this film: what makes a person happy?

Cons:
I find that there are a few contradictions between the story and its theme.
The film goes on a bit too long with many plot points that are not really balanced well.
How the film ends may end up making people confused (I will explain why on the overall section).

Overall:
Hector and the Search of Happiness reminds of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, except not as good. What troubles me about this film is not the theme and story, but its execution. Hector’s journey of happiness is interesting and exciting, but his journey’s end and conclusion to his question left me confused, because it seems to contradict the theme, and leaves a few plot holes. I am not going to spoil the movie for you, but it did bother me. That said, there are still good things about this movie, but it could have been so much better. If you want a movie that answers what makes people happy, look somewhere else, because the answers you seek is not in this movie. At least, not the actual answers.

6.8/10

Review of Exodus: Gods and Kings:

Pros:
All the actors do very well in their roles, especially Christian Bale as Moses.
The costumes and sets are extraordinary; reminds me of many historical epics of the past.
Nice visuals, whether it is computer-generated or by the set pieces.

Cons:
There are so many Biblical inaccuracies that will bother many Biblical/historical people…
…And the changes are stupid, because many of the characters actions are dumb, stupid, and nonsensical.
Pacing and development issues will make so many people confused, impatient, and wonder why a scene takes too long or goes on too quickly.

Overall:
Like Noah, this movie is based on the life of Moses, and does not do a good job reflecting it onscreen. Unlike Noah, in which at least the writing is decent, Exodus: Gods and Kings is TERRIBLE. I cannot believe they made a movie based on a source material that explicitly states what happens in Moses’s life, and they did not follow that. You may argue that they are making a different interpretation of Moses, then they did a terrible job regardless, because this feels insulting. Many actions are not explained, moments you wonder why Moses is even following God (who is portrayed by a child, by the way), they make Moses and God look like tyrants, and…my head hurts so much I cannot even finish this statement. This movie sucks. Jews and Christians will not like this movie. Non-believers will not like this movie either, but may end up getting some amusement. There are so much better movies based on Moses’s life. Do NOT watch this movie, and instead I recommend watching The Ten Commandments or The Prince of Egypt. If you are curious, read the Book of Exodus to get the complete picture about Moses. Otherwise, avoid this movie at all costs.

2/10

Review of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie:

Pros:
Few funny moments are laugh-out loud funny.
I enjoy the music, especially Bear McCreary’s version the AVGN theme.
Some of the practical effects are well done (especially the big monster moments)…

Cons:
…While other practical effects are pretty bad (i.e. I can tell some of those vehicles are toys instead of actual vehicles) or obvious (i.e. people running in place in front of green screens).
This movie is actually pretty predictable; if you have seen movies similar to this, you know what to expect…
…Well, sort of expect, because there are some moments that are dumb, stupid, or confusing (probably intentional, but it did not really work).

Overall:
If you guys SOMEHOW do not know, James Rolfe a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd is a popular internet game reviewer that has been around since YouTube’s birth. He is SO popular that he decided to make this movie about his character’s attempt to review the worst video game of all time: E.T. Many of his fans supported his work, and even donated money to him in his Kickstarter campaign. What do I think of this movie after a couple years work? …I did not think it was that great. Trust me, I really do want to like this movie. I am a fan of AVGN despite his rude and crude humor, but I cannot like this movie. There are still good things about this movie I like, but not enough to completely enjoy it. The writing, for all its good intentions, is pretty poor and predictable. Especially when they have cameos of other famous internet celebrities (i.e. The Nostalgia Critic, Pat the NES Punk, The Black Nerd, etc.) that are usually pointless. I do applaud that he is trying, but maybe he should try getting more help in writing, stick with the AVGN show (I know that is a bit early to judge), or make horror films that he enjoys. I can only recommend this to AVGN fans, but I am not sure if they are willing to watch it (but if you really ask me, I think they will).

4.5/10

A good reason to get the Blu-Ray movie is the enormous amount of content (i.e. The Nostalgia Critic’s review of the movie, audio commentary of the audience’s reaction, outtakes, etc.). Get it for that reason.

How are guys doing? Enjoy Christmas? Great! Right now, I have a new review for you.

Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

Pros:
The battle scenes are pretty cool to watch with its battle formations, and…fighting attacks…
…Some of the characters are…interesting…
…(sigh)…I am sorry, but I am going to skip to the cons…

Cons:
I am not spoiling anything, because it is shown in the first few minutes of the film: Smaug dies in the coolest, but anticlimatic way to start a film… Shouldn’t that part be in the end of the second film?
Certain subplots go on for WAY too long (i.e. Thorin’s obsession with the throne), or it is just dumb (i.e. the dumb romance between Tauriel and Kili).
While the CG and special effects are impressive, they REALLY stand out badly. Not only do they use this most of the time, but they also look like they belong in a PS4/XBox One video game, making it very distracting.

Overall:
I really wanted to give this movie a chance. When I came out of the theater, I thought it was not that bad, but after thinking about it and discussing it with my dad, we both realized that this movie sucks. For a two hour and twenty-four minute movie, it goes on for WAY TOO LONG when it could easily be condensed to…well, I will explain that later. The very few pros that are in this movie are not enough to save it from the HUGE glaring problems I can see in this movie. Some of the things that are not well explained are probably explained better in the book, which I have a feeling that the fans of the book are ticked off right now. If you want a true fantasy movie experience, watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you are curious to see how this all ends, read the book, or if you are REALLY that curious, knock yourself out and watch this movie, but I have a feeling once you watch it, you are going to agree that this should have been a single movie instead of a trilogy.

3/10

Speaking of the trilogy, I might as well put that into one single word: weak. An Unexpected Journey may have been slow, but at least it builds up to the second act/movie. The Desolation of Smaug is better and more interesting, especially when we meet Smaug in the last part (although, why he wants the gold is beyond me). The Battle of the Five Armies…well, I already gave out my opinion. This was a pointless trilogy that should have been summed up with one film. Say what you want about the Star Wars prequels, but at least it got better with each film, and got interesting as it progressed. The Hobbit got boring, then interesting, and insultingly long in the end. I do not know what else to say than this: it is a waste of time.

Some way to start the end of the holidays…

Review of The Imitation Game:

Pros:
Benedict Cumberbatch does a fantastic job portraying the brilliant, yet flawed Alan Turing.,,
…Speaking of Alan Turing, he is the most interesting, but flawed character I have ever seen in film.
The film does a great job of supporting the main characters, but also show that even they have conflicts that are subtle and connected. Plus, interesting symbolism and subtle comedy on the Imitation Game.

Cons:
Like many films based on true stories, there are historical inaccuracies that I have heard about this film.
A couple of subplots are forgotten by the film’s end.
The flashbacks and flash forwards are a little distracting, but it is balanced well.

Overall:
The Imitation Game is a great and interesting film to watch. The one thing that makes it worth watching is Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. His performance is what stands out in this film. He plays a very interesting character: he is brilliant, but flawed. He is smart, but arrogant. He is a genius, but can be clueless on simple things. That is a three-dimensional character in a very interesting story. Although there are things about the character I question, I still find it enjoyable to watch with this guy. That is how you hook your audience: have an interesting character with an interesting story. I do not have anything else to add; watch it (if you can).

8/10

On that note, Happy New Year, everyone!

Review of Annie (2014):

Pros:
Most of the actors (even the child actors) did a great job performing in the film (except Cameron Diaz…sorry).
There are some moments that are funny like Will Stacks attempting to be a nice guy with the poor.
Some of the songs are amazing to listen to, and they are entertaining…

Cons:
…But most of the time, they are usually played during unnecessary moments, or they are pointless and uninteresting.
Too much exposition since we already get an idea on what is happening (i.e. Cameron Diaz sings about how much she hates raising the girls fifty minutes in despite that we see that ten minutes in).
Too long of a movie that is also predictable if you have seen many movies involving a nice person changing a bad person’s heart when he/she wants something desperately by any means necessary.

Overall:
I have not seen the original Annie film or Broadway show, but I am willing to bet they are much better than this 2014 film, because it is not good. I did not find anything interesting in the film, because I have seen these types of film before. If they are going to make films we have seen before, they at least have to do a good job on it, but they did not, because there are plot holes, bad writing, and uninteresting story. It is not a terrible film, but it could have been much better. I would recommend watching the original Annie, but I have not seen it, so I think I will watch that when I have the time.

4/10

I going to add a new rule to my review: if I cannot think up to three things in my pros or cons, I will put in “…Nothing else stands out.” (Unless I have something special mentioned)

Review of Unbroken:

Pros:
I love how miserable these characters look from being hungry to dirty to bruised.
…Nothing else stands out.

Cons:
This movie is SOOOOOO SLOOOOOOWWW. Its expositions goes on too long; I got what is going on, so please move on already.
The plot (how the story is being told) is weirdly placed: it starts out with the present time, then a flashback, then present time, then a flashback, and the rest of the movie is the present time. The flashbacks have a point, but the movie should been placed in order.
I did not feel the impact of “never giving up in a difficult situtation,” because I have seen plenty of movies like this before.

Overall:
How does Angelina Jolie’s first directorial movie hold up? Not bad, but she has much to learn. As I mentioned before, this movie is slow, probably because the trailer shows off the entire movie (I saved you guys a few bucks if you have not seen the movie already). There is nothing new to this movie that I have not seen before, and it is not really that interesting nor does it stand out. The story is fine, but unless you want to a movie that moves on snail’s pace, go right ahead, but watch something more inspirational, or keep watching the Unbroken trailer.

6.5/10

Review of Selma:

Pros:
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. does a fantastic job playing a character that is charismatic, brave, kind, helpful, and charming person that has to deal with racism in a non-violent way.
I love that there are conflicts not only in a white person’s point of view, but also black and Christian points of view with some people arguing on how to be violent towards the white racist people, and others explaining that is a bad idea not only just a Biblical view, but also a factual view.
I also love that this film is very subtle on its Christian themes without blasting the lessons in the people’s faces. This is meant for everyone, not just a single race or religion.

Cons:
This movie assumes you know your history, so some of the things mentioned in the film are not explained, and mentioned briefly. Plus, historical inaccuracy on President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The movie is a little slow to the point I did not pay attention some of the times during the first and most of the second acts.
I do not like the camera work, particularly how there is so much extra space in the over-the-shoulder shots, making it really distracting.

Overall:
The first film of 2015 (technically December 2014 in select theaters) that I am reviewing in January: the month that is known for movie people when the worse movies come out. How does Selma hold up? …Pretty well, actually. A pretty good start for the January films (although, I am prepared to say that it may be the only good film in January). Come to think of it, a couple weeks later will be Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday…fitting. Anyway, this film is great, and you guys should watch it in the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his upcoming birthday holiday. It is inspiring to watch for everyone, not just for a single race.

8/10

Review of Into the Woods:

Pros:
I like how many of the characters’ arcs are connected to each other for an overall story.
I am surprised that this movie has elements of the original Brothers’ Grimm version of these fairy tales (although some of those elements work against this film).
All the actors did pretty well, even the child actors did a fantastic job not just their acting, but also their singing.

Cons:
As great as the songs are, there are too many of them. Some of them are not needed, or in one case, it is absolutely ridiculous. Also, do not use those songs as excuse of telling what is going on instead of showing.
If you actually think about it, this movie has plenty of plot holes. I am not going to spoil them, but think for a minute, and you will realize it has story problems.
This may have been foreshadowed, but when everyone has their moments, a new plot line begins almost out of nowhere, making this movie feel longer than it needs to be.

Overall:
Charming. That is how I describe this movie: charming…but a little problematic. There are things I like about it, but there are things I do not (like a certain plot element tries to rip off Frozen…Maleficent tried that and failed). The songs and the actors are probably what hold this film together, but the rest did not appeal to me that much. It is not a bad film, but it is certainly the best film I have ever seen. It is all right. Although, a different interpretation of these fairy tales is pretty cool.

7.5/10

I guess I should consider Selma a 2014 film, since it is nominated as Best Picture in the Academy Awards.

Review of Whiplash:

Pros:
Oh, man. The story and writing is very well done. I cannot find a single flaw in its storytelling (unless if I re-watch it again, and maybe there will be nitpicks) of a college freshman who wants to achieve his dreams to the point of abandoning the people who care for him.
The acting is incredible, especially J.K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher. How can I describe this character? I say if J. Jonah Jameson had a really bad day that lasted…pretty much his entire life, and he is actually is serious on telling how bad a person you are if you screw up even a single tone in your instrument; a.k.a. a mean-spirited perfectionist.
The music is very impressive, too. I still have the music’s beat in my head.

Cons:
…I cannot think of a single con, except with some change of musical history that was mentioned in the movie that got some musicians ticked off.

Overall:
I am attempting to watch all the Academy nominated films of 2014, even the ones I have missed from months ago (Boyhood, and The Grand Budapest Hotel). Starting with Whiplash, how is this movie? …This is one of the best movies I have seen in my entire life. Everything about this movie is well-constructed. The music, the acting, the camera work, the editing, the writing, pretty much everything is so well-made. There are some symbolism in there as well, but since I am not a music expert, I do not really understand. I recommend this to everyone, especially music people, but this movie is also tough to watch, because of Terence Fletcher, so do not say I warn you.

10/10

Review of The Theory of Everything:

Pros:
Eddie Redmayne is fantastic as Stephen Hawking, especially when he goes to his later stages of his motor neuron disease…
…Speaking of the disease, I love how subtle the director shows that the disease is on Hawking in the first act without acknowledging it until it gets to its bad stages.
All the characters are human; balancing out between being depressing and serious to funny and interesting. Their struggles on a genius with that disease is very well done as well.

Cons:
Goes on a little too long and slow for my taste. May not be a problem to everyone, but it does bother me.
The title is somewhat misleading, because it is clearly more about Stephen and Jane Hawking rather than the theory.
A small nitpick, but I wish that certain character gets a little more screen time, because he is pretty cool in my opinion.

Overall:
Another movie worthy of an Oscar nomination. Well, I can see how it is, but I have seen this before (i.e. A Beautiful Mind), but arguably a little worse situation for Stephen Hawking. I do not really have much to say about this movie other than it is well done, because it is not exactly my type of movie. If you are interested in biopics (in this case, about Stephen Hawking), this is a movie for you. Heck, Stephen Hawking himself likes this movie.

8.8/10

Hi, guys. I am so sorry this is late, but I manage to watch both Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Here are the mini-reviews for both of these movies:

Boyhood:
An indie movie that took 12 years to make, and so many film critics are praising it. What do I think of it? …I think this is one of the most overrated movies I have ever seen. The biggest problem I have about this movie is the story/narrative, or lack thereof. This movie makes us spend almost three hours of a kid from being 6-years old to a college student. There is no apparent wants or needs that this kid has to make us have interests on him. The rest of the movie qualities are fine (cinematography, acting, “writing,” etc.), but if I do not get invested in the characters or story, I am not going to care. You may argue that this indie film is being artsy; fine by me, but it has to be good (plus, I do not care about art films). Overall, it is very likely that if you are going to watch this movie, you are going to find it boring or tiring.

6/10

The Grand Budapest Hotel:
This movie, on the other hand, is awesome. The best things about this film are the cinematography and the characters (especially some of the actors). I have never felt so entertained and interested in the story, and how the director works with this film. It is clever, funny, interesting, entertaining, and a little messed up all at once. I enjoy it, and you guys should watch it as well.

9.5/10

I will post on what I think is going to win the Academy Awards soon, so hang in there.

2013 Movies Reviews In Facebook

Greetings.

These are my reviews back in 2013.  Forgive me if these are not done well as these are just me starting out on this.  I hope you bear with me, and enjoy me past reviews.

Review of the current movie I watched (Oz: The Great and Powerful)

Pros: The climax, the makeup (especially the Wicked Witch), resemblance of the Wizard of Oz.
Cons: Overuse of CG (except for the China girl), Oz’s ladies-man routine, most comedic routes

Overall: It is fine; recommended mostly for Wizard of Oz fans and children.

Watched G.I. Joe Retaliation.
My opinion:

Pros:
Pretty good action scenes
Snake Eyes and Storm Shadows
Many costume designs like Cobra Commander

Cons:
Unexplained plot points
Opening sequence
Inconsistent to G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra

Overall:
It is OK; still undecided whether or not it is better than the first.

Review of the film: 42

Pros:
Great characters
Great motivations
Great story and plot

Cons:
Kind of wished for an extended ending
Confused relationship between Jackie and his girlfriend when they are married (this con was removed as the movie was progressing)
…That is it.

Overall: I LOVE THIS MOVIE! GO WATCH IT! (if you do not mind some offensive moments (i.e. n word))

Review of Iron Man 3

Pros:
Nice physical and emotional dilemmas.
Very funny.
Nice twist.

Cons:
Need explanation on how Tony Stark managed to use himself as a magnet to retrieve his armor (Scientific Explanation please…).
I would list this one, but it is a spoiler, so hopefully you will figure it out. Here is a hint: the Mandarin.
How does Stark not die from falling and crashing into many areas?

Overall: Better than Iron Man 2, but not as good as the first Iron Man. Still recommend watching it.

Review of The Great Gatsby:
(Keep in mind, it has been a while since I read the book, so I do not remember everything in the source material)

Pros:
Very close to the book
Last half of the film is well done
Tobey Maguire and Leonardo Di Caprio are great in their roles

Cons:
Weird choices of songs
Imagery over SYMBOLISM!!!
Nauseating first half of the film with camera shifts and bright areas

Overall:
Many elements of the film is very similar to another film: Moulin Rouge. Makes sense since this is same director of that film. Pretty nice adaption of the book, but I recommend reading the actual book.

Also, anyone of my high school friends who is a friend with Mrs. Cardoza, let me know if she likes it or not.

(To give context on this review, this is when I had a class involving Japanese anime.  I made a post on a one-sentence review of each anime film I watched, and did it as a joke.  Here is the actual serious review.)  

To be fair, my last review post was a joke review. Here is my actual fair review of each of the anime films:

1.) Tale of Genji: The main lead is so unlikable, I am surprised that he did not get kicked out of his kingdom earlier. I do not like it.
2.) Princess Mononoke: Interesting environmental message and plot. Not bad.
3.) Sakuran: I would like the film more if the main female lead escaped from her prostitution prison, and managed to move on with her life. Not recommended.
4.) Grave of the Fireflies: It is a such a sweet and sad tale of the two siblings in Japanese-torn World War II. Check it out if you want to cry.
5.) The Heisei War of the Badger Dogs: Interesting conflict between past-cultural raccoons and suburban Japan. Pretty good.
6.) Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below: I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Great message and atmosphere in this film. Highly recommended.
7.) Summer Wars: I love the idea of family bondage in times of crisis: Check it out with a family if they do not mind some cheesiness.
8.) Spirited Away: Cool world and conflict. Good to see.
9.) Akira: There are some confusing moments especially in the ending, but it is a fine popcorn flick. Recommend seeing it once.
10.) Ghost in the Shell: I do not understand what is going; it is a very confusing story. Avoid it.
11.) Metropolis: Cool world, story, and characters. See it to believe it.
12.) Paprika: The weirdest out of all them, this film deserves the record of What the Heck is Going On!?

There we go. My actual reviews of all the anime films I have seen in my anime class.

Review of Star Trek: Into Darkness:

Pros:
Likable main and major characters
Very interesting and intimidating villain
Nice special effects

Cons:
*Slight Spoiler* The film tries to be like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but fails
One certain emotional scene is ruined by a very cheesy moment
Wasted potential of story and villain

Overall:
I am disappointed with this film, and it could have been better with careful planning and plotting. I am just going to watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or Star Trek (2009)

Review of After Earth:

Pros:
Environments and Design
Good acting, particularly on Jaden Smith
Great CG

Cons:
The villain is… a Sinestro Corp-like monster? Huh?
So no fear makes a person bland and unemotional
Cannot feel the father-son chemistry between the two Smiths, because of Will Smith’s character

Overall:
I do not hate nor like this film, so I will just say if you can tolerate some of the ridiculous moments, it is…adequate.

(Much later…)

I probably should take some of things from After Earth back…

Review of Now You See Me:

Pros:
Great All-Star cast
Nice magic tricks
Somewhat interesting twist

Cons:
Why are the FBI agents so dumb?
Pointless and dumb romantic subplot
The four main magicians do not get enough screen time

Overall:
I found myself entertained and the film is enjoyable. Better than After Earth.

OK, I have been thinking about this, but I will also make mini-reviews of video games I have received and played along the way recently alongside movies I recently seen.

So, here is the first mini-review: Injustice: Gods Among Us

Pros:
Great fighting system
Excellent story
Plenty to do in the game, particularly the STARS Lab

Cons:
Oh my word, what is with the alternate versions of Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman? (you will know when you see them)
Fighting can a bit stiff sometimes
Not much content when compared to Netherrealm’s Studios last game: Mortal Kombat

Overall:
Not a bad fighting game with DC characters and I do recommend it. If any one of you guys try to dare challenge for me in a battle, I can guarantee that you… will… kick my butt very easily.

Review of This Is The End:

Pros:
Interesting cameos… Um, there is Emma Watson
A bit of a redeemable third act
Lesson of friendship…

Cons:
…that could have worked if it were not the fact that these people are so unlikable
Very rude and crude humor
Exposition film

Overall:
I hope these actors are not like that in real life. Besides that, while it has its own “charm,” I cannot recommend this movie to anyone unless you want a headache like I did.

Since I just watched this twice, here is the review of Man of Steel:

Pros:
The human side of Superman
Christ-like symbolism
The overall lesson of this film

Cons:
Jumbled story
Too much CGI that can go right into your face
Undeveloped characters

Overall:
I stated this last time: the film is decent, but not “super.”

Review on World War Z:

Pros:
Brad Pitt’s charm IS in this movie
Very intimidating zombies
Second half of the film is the best part

Cons:
Shaky camera on most action parts of the film
Did not understand what the characters are saying on the first half of the film (could be my fault)
The zombies lose some of their intimidation factors by the way they act without attacking anyone

Overall:
Not a bad zombie film, but I do not call it scary. If you want a better zombie flick, watch The Walking Dead.

Review of The Heat:

Pros:
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are a good comedic duo.
Comedy is pretty good
Decent action

Cons:
Comedy can go too far in some cases with crude and rude jokes.
Typical and predictable
…That is it.

Overall:
Pretty funny comedy film, but I recommend only one watch unless you really like these type of films.

Review of The Lone Ranger:

Pros:
Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp are great in their roles of the Lone Ranger and Tonto.
That scarred villain is intimidating and cool.
Cool action scenes…

Cons:
…that are too far apart between bland scenes and story.
They say that the Lone Ranger cannot be killed…maybe it is because these guys cannot freaking shoot him.
This movie is too long and boring.

Overall:
I think I will watch the original Lone Ranger if I have the time over this boring movie. Also, next time get an actual Native American actor instead of Johnny Depp to play Tonto.

Review of Prometheus:

I know; this movie came out two years ago, but since I just recently watched it, I might as well review since I feel like it. Also, it has been a long time since I seen the Alien movies, so I have little memory on what is in continuity or not.

Pros:
All the actors are great, especially Michael Fassbender
Really good CG
Interesting monsters

Cons:
Can be a bit boring at times
Pointless characters (face it, you know the majority of them are going to die)
Many retcons on Aliens and Predators

Overall:
Decent film, but I now feel like watching the original Alien films.

Also, since I am at it, I might as well review movies that already came out to DVDs, but I have not seen yet. That is, if I feel like it.

Review on Pacific Rim:

Pros:
CG is excellent.
The monsters and robots are well designed and drawn-out
Battle scenes are exciting and thrilling..

Cons:
Not that interesting story.
It takes it time by giving backstory to the characters while we wait for the monster fights.
The government abandons the robots by defending from the monsters with…guess. The answer is huge walls. Dumbest plan ever.

Overall:
While not perfect, I enjoy this film so much. Cannot wait for the Godzilla remake.

Review on The Wolverine:

Pros:
Pretty good CG.
It takes in Japan. That is what I LOVE about it.
JAPAN!

Cons:
Some things are not well elaborated.
*MINOR SPOILER* Wolverine seems to take so many bullets despite losing his healing factor.
I cannot take certain action scenes seriously if these guys think they can kill a man with a mutant healing factor.

Overall:
Not bad. It is much better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it is worth watching if you have nothing else to watch.

7/10

Review of Elysium:

Pros:
Established world and characters.
Nice CG, especially on the robots.
Jodie Foster is clearly the best actor out of all of the others.

Cons:
How does that healing machine work?
Shaky cam is never cool.
Sorry Sharlto Copley, but Jodie Foster complete beats you on the villain scale.

Overall:
Adequate film, but I can think of other films that are better.

7.9/10

Review on Jobs:

Pros:
Ashton Kutcher is surprisingly amazing as Steve Jobs.
Very inspirational.
Very emotional scenes.

Cons:
Not bothered to explain why Steve Jobs has to walk weirdly (due to cancer).
Someone please some of the techno-babble here.
Editing and structure can be weird at times.

Overall:
I did not expect this film to be good, but it is surprisingly well-made. I really enjoyed, and I am currently thinking about using a Mac right now.

NOTE:
Remember when I said I would do video game reviews. Well, I save those for a special occasion when the time comes.

Review of Kick-$%& 2:

Pros:
Shows the consequences of being a superhero.
Pretty funny if your into that type of comedy.
Fight sequences are well-done.

Cons:
Can be pretty offensive and disgusting.
Probably a bit too long.
*Minor spoilers* Want to get rid of Kick-#@$’s girlfriend from the first film, make her have a misunderstanding and never be seen again.

Overall:
The movie did its job, but it is not for me. If I want a very good superhero film, I will watch the majority of the Marvel and DC films. If I want an antihero film, I will watch the Punisher.

6.8/10

Review of The Butler:

Pros:
Historical crossovers with the story.
Good contrasts between the butler and his son’s actions.
Um… that is it.

Cons:
It is…a little boring since it does not bring anything interesting or new in this film.
If this was based on a real person, why do they not actually use his actual name?
Introduction is rushed.

Overall:
I am going to admit that I am a little tired of these types of films. I will just watch 42 instead since it is exciting and interesting. Speaking of which, I need to find the DVD of 42.

7/10

Review of The World’s End:

Pros:
Great story and characters.
Surprisingly deep message.
Very funny.

Cons:
Slow at first (It is used to develop character)
I think drinking at 12 pubs would kill you.
Man, that is messed up on what happen to those people that were kidnapped (you will find out when you watch it).

Overall:
This is a very funny and great story. Great way to end the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy; I will take this over This Is The End any day.

9/10

Review of The Grandmaster:

Pros:
Well done fight scenes
Great settings
…That is it

Cons:
Slow and boring
More dramatic than kung fu, and the drama is barely interesting
Too many close-ups and slow shots

Overall:
This movie is surprisingly underwhelming, and that is disappointing. I expected more from this film, but from what they have, it did not hold for me.

5/10

Review of Instructions Not Included:

Pros:
Great father-daughter chemistry.
In fact, the child actress was not bad herself.
Very funny (although some jokes require you to know some movies).

Cons:
Some jokes would probably be more funny if you know Spanish.
Not really original, but it still works.
Um…that is it.

Overall:
A story about a father and daughter may not exactly be new or original, but what it has is heartwarming and entertaining not only to the Hispanic community, but to everyone else.

9/10

Review of The Family:

Pros:
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones done well on their roles.
The evil henchmen are very interesting (more interesting than the actual family)
Got to spend enough time with the main family…

Cons:
…Probably a bit too long, because the interesting conflict does not truly start until the third act.
For a family that is under witness protection, they do a horrible job maintaining their cover… and it is only comes up on one conflict.
I do not think a French person would like watching this.

Overall:
The Family is only worth one watch either in theaters or on Netflix. Only good enough if you have time to waste and some laughs.

5/10

Review of Prisoners:

Pros:
All the actors do well in their parts
I love a good mystery film
Well-done tense atmosphere

Cons:
A bit long, but still worth it
I am pretty sure one of the rules of police work is having a partner with you at all times, Jake
With a few exceptions, I only recall the characters with the actors’ names

Overall:
If you want a good mystery and tense film with following the law vs. taking things to your own hands, this is a film just for you. You just have to deal with a movie for being a bit long.

9/10

Review of Rush:

Pros:
Great rival chemistry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt
Very tense races
Interesting moral choices between the two racers

Cons:
Shameful sex moments
I am sorry, but I can barely tell what Niki Lauda is saying. Look at it this way: he is not Christian Bale’s Batman.
…That is it.

Overall:
If you are into racing, a huge rivalry, a story that is very close to its true source, then this is a film for you guys. However, I will admit that I prefer Prisoners over Rush due to mystery over racing.

9/10

Review of….(groan)…. Review of…. Don Jon:

…pros:
All the actors did well on their parts.
Um…good camera work?
Eh…Nice editing?
(Honestly, I would mention some of the “pros,” but I would end up spoiling the film.)

CONS:
Very unsubtle on the porn videos!
Very unsubtle on the sex scenes!
Very unsubtle on almost everything in this film! Comedy through sex and porn is never good in my book!

Overall:
I admit the reason why I watched this film is because the trailer was actually one of the most well-constructed film trailers I ever seen. I hoped the film would be subtle on the porn videos (only showing their females’ faces), but NOOOOO! They actually bothered to show many of the ladies’ front views (at least they did not show the guys’ privates). This movie is insulting for people like me (if you are into it, I am not going to judge you). I spent some time of the film placing my hood over my eyes not just for those scenes, but also on some flashy moments that occur on Don Jon. I have a headache. If I was unfair, I would have given this film a 1/10, but I am not unfair. This film gets a 7/10. If you can TOLERATE any of the stuff I mentioned, you may actually get through watching this film. If you cannot, watch something better. Now you EXCUSE ME, I planning to watch Gravity later.

Review of Gravity (in IMAX 3D):

Pros:
Very tense and suspenseful; gives you the reason why space is dangerous.
Acting is legitimate: fear and calm reactions.
Very impressive CG. The 3D is well implemented.

Cons:
I sometimes wonder if the actors are in CG.
I do not know why, but I did not feel claustrophobic until halfway through the movie.
Minor complaints not worth mentioning.

Overall:
This suspenseful film gives a good reason why space is dangerous, and I love it. Much better than DON JON!

10/10

Review of Machete Kills:

Pros:
All the actors have put great charm in their characters
Action can be impressive and ridiculous
The characters are interesting…

Cons:
…Shame that those characters are wasted
These soldiers have worse aim than the Stormtroopers
Shameful sequel-bating. I probably would not mind if the film did not have a terribly-executed plot.

Overall:
This film is dumb. Really dumb. It is not even so dumb, it is awesome. It could have been at least interesting, but it is not worth your time. I have not seen the first film, so that probably did not help. Try watching something else ridiculous yet cool.

4/10

Review of Captain Phillips:

Pros:
Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi are the best actors in the film.
Can be very intense.
The story is well-done; making you care about Captain Phillips…

Cons:
…Shame that he is not portrayed right when compared to the real Captain Phillips.
I am not a fan of the shaky cam. In fact, I felt a little sick after leaving the theater.
Surprisingly a little slow.

Overall:
I am bit conflicted with this film. It is well-done, but I do not like it when films based on true events have to portray the events wrong (i.e. Patch Adams). The film shows Captain Phillips as someone who cares about his crew, but the real Captain Phillips is actually a huge jerk, and it was his fault that he let the pirate attack happen since he knew it ahead of time, but ignored it. It also did not help that I felt a little sick from the shaky cam. The actual crew of the MV Maersk Alabama confessed that the film is not true, and they did not like it. As a film, I would give it a 9/10, but as a film based on true events, it gets a 6.8/10. I would like it more if it was more closer to the source material, but it did not.

Review of The Counselor:

Pros:
Michael Fassbender and Cameron Diaz are the best actors in the film
Clever symbolism
…That is it

Cons:
Can be surprisingly violent at some points
Cameron Diaz and the car scene…you will know if you see it
…That is it

Overall:
I will admit one thing: I barely paid any attention to this film, because it is not that interesting to me. It was so boring, I had to look up the summary in Wikipedia to get the idea what happened in the film. There are some good things, but not enough to give me attention. Now, I feel like I need to go to bed. I hope to find a more interesting film next week.

5/10

(For this review and the later ones, I was dared by my sister to watch and review ALL of the Twilight movies.)  

Here I go… I am going to review ALL of the Twilight films. I hope I can handle this. Any fans of Twilight, I apologize in advance in case if you do not like what I am going to say. Let’s begin with #1.

Review of Twilight:

Pros:
Interesting atmosphere.
The side actors did a good job.
Setting is good.

Cons:
Very slow and awkward.
The two main actors do NOT have good and convincing delivery, nor romantic chemistry in that matter.
The conflict does NOT START until I think around the third act.

Overall:
I will not give my full opinion until I see all of these films, but I can say this: I am going to have a LONG headache.

3.4/10

Review of Escape Plan:

Pros:
Stallone and Schwarzenegger make a great duo.
The two main leads are what hold this film together.
Pretty good fight scenes…

Cons:
…Unfortunately, there are not that many fight scenes.
The film does not get THAT interesting until the beginning of the second act.
The villains are so stereotypical, they might as well be cartoon characters.

Overall:
I did not see any trailers for this film, and to be honest, I am a little disappointed. I expected to be an action-packed film, but what it had is fine by me. I can think of better prison films (i.e. The Shawshank Redemption), but if you do not have anything else better to watch, this film will do.

7/10

Top of Form
All right… Review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon:

Pros:
Side characters are fine… In fact, the only character I really like is Alice Cullen.
The plot is slightly better than the first Twilight….and that is not saying much.
The new character, Jacob is probably better than the two lead actors to the point when even the lead actors themselves did better…

Cons:
…Unfortunately, it is not much of an improvement since the actors (especially Kristen Stewart) cannot do well in this film like the last one.
Bella Swan has gone beyond the dumb stages in this film.
Almost all the cons of the first film apply to this one as well.

Overall:
Slightly better film than the last one…and I am being a bit merciful here. I hope do not end up crazy when this is over.

4/10

Review of Ender’s Game:

Pros:
Very well acted, even the child actors did a great job.
Visually stunning.
Pretty good plot twist.

Cons:
Pretty slow.
The school scenario is a bit boring, but the actors and visuals are what saves it from being dull.
Some things are not well or never explained at all.

Overall:
I never read the book, so my experience of this film is just… dull. Do not get me wrong; it is not a terrible film at all. The problem is that I do not really get it that much. I do not get how some parts of this world works like that. My sister read the book, and she likes it. She also explained some things from the book, and I understand a little how the world of Ender’s Game works. I can only recommend it to anyone who has read the book. Anyone else may not enjoy as much as the readers have.

Non-readers: 7.5/10

Review of Thor: The Dark World:

Pros:
Thor and Loki’s interactions are the best interactions in the film.
The battle scenes are great; in fact, they remind of Star Wars.
The set and costume designs are great

Cons:
The CG and green screen are not exactly the greatest ones I have ever seen.
The main villain is forgettable.
*Spoilers* The final battle is anti-climatic.

Overall:
Thor: The Dark World is slightly better than its predecessor, but still has a few problems like the last one. Iron Man 3 still tops over this thunder god over quality and fun, so let us see how Captain America will do on his sequel. Until then, this film gets a pass from me.

8/10

Now excuse me, I need to prepare for a certain movie I am not going to like.

Here I go…Review of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:

Pros:
The plot is actually a little interesting.
The love triangle subplot is pretty good (if also ridiculous)
The climax is really impressive…

Cons:
…Too bad I have to go through less than two hours of dull moments.
I have an bigger disrespect for Bella Swan after the love triangle subplot.
Worst Graduation Speech Ever.

Overall:
This is actually a little better than the last two Twilight films due to a little bit smarter characters and conflict, but I would not give that big of a rating since it still contains the same problems from the other films.

5.5/10

Review of 12 Years A Slave:

Before I begin the review, I am going to stop making hints on the movies I am going to watch, because
a.) I cannot really think of any clever hints
b.) No one seems to respond to my hints

With that said,

Pros:
Most, if not all the actors of the film did a phenomenal job.
An amazing story, which I heard is very close to the book.
The film does a great job showing many perspectives of slavery (i.e. slavery as a necessary evil, slavery as property, slavery as evil, etc.).

Cons:
Many crude scenes that has meaning, but it is worth mentioning for those watching.
As with all films about American slavery, many N words.
It takes its time going through all the story, so be patient with it.

Overall:
This film is amazing. Sure, it is probably like any other slavery film, but what it has is genius. Not only does it show the perspective of Solomon Northup, but also the perspectives of other people’s opinions on slavery. However, this film is not for the faint of heart. It does not hold back on many violent and crude moments on slavery. Check it out if you can handle it, but I do not recommend it for the young and faint of heart.

10/10

Man, that movie was awesome. I had a great time. Now, to ruin my time with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1…Crap.

(This brief post is preparation for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.)  

Just watched the first Hunger Games in preparation of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Overall, I like it. The actors, story (even though it is similar to Battle Royale from what I heard), and tension are really good. The only things that I do not like are the shaky camera, underwhelming romance, and little understanding of the world of the Hunger Games (but not to the same point of Ender’s Game). I am looking forward to the sequel.

Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

Pros:
Jennifer Lawrence is great as Katniss Everdeen. In fact, she is one of the greatest women leads I have seen so far.
Costume designs are well done (even if some of them are absolutely ridiculous).
Fixed the camera issues from the first film.

Cons:
The film drags out so long to the point where I almost did not care about it.
I know there is a purpose to this, but I am getting tired of this “love triangle.”
…That is it.

Overall:
I feel a bit underwhelmed about this movie. The stakes were pretty high, but the payoff seems to only come in until the next film (by the way, the last film will have two parts). I can highly recommend the film to anyone who read the book. For the ones who did not, I can recommend it to them too, but not as a much as the readers. I can wait for the next installment, but for how the movie delivered, not by much.

8/10

By the way, for those what my score is for the first Hunger Games, 8.8/10.

Almost there… Review of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1:

Pros:
…The side characters are really interesting.
Settings look nice.
The first 20 minutes is fine…

Cons:
…but the conflict does not start until halfway of the film.
The plot point of whose fault of Bella’s pregnancy is stupid.
The birth of Bella’s baby…a little disturbing.

Overall:
If they have a good reason of splitting this film into two parts, I am not seeing it.

3.8/10

Review of The Book Thief:

Pros:
Great story and plot.
The narrator is awesome.
All the actors did well, like the main child actress: Sophie Nelisse playing Liesel Meminger…

Cons:
…but the German child actors are not the best child actors I have ever seen, but they are mostly German, so I cannot really blame them if they are struggling to speak English.
It bothers me when the child characters are meant to be 16 or 20 when they still look 13.
It took weeks for this movie to come to nearby theaters despite it supposed to come out weeks earlier…what in the world?

Overall:
This is a very heartwarming film that I highly recommend watching…which you should since the only people that I saw watching with me were my mom and some random guy. This film looks like it is going to be underrated, and I am a bit surprised that the reviews of the film is average. I like it. Go watch it when you have the time.

9/10

Review of Frozen:

Pros:
3D animation is excellent and beautiful.
Comedy is well-delivered
Most of the songs are well done, especially from the female leads…

Cons:
…I say most of the songs, because a couple of the songs are unnecessary and annoying.
Olaf is a little annoying, but not to the point where I do not want him around.
In many ways, it is kind of predictable, but still interesting.

Overall:
I went to this film not knowing anything about it other than the critics saying it is really good. You know what? They are right. The film is fantastic in its story, characters, and visuals. The world is so immerse and interesting, it would be nice if the world of Frozen can be included in Kingdom Hearts III. Disney should keep making films like these, unlike the other types of film *cough* Planes *cough*. If you enjoy these Disney Renaissance films, this is for you. If you do not like Disney or any fairy tale films, avoid it with you hearts contents, but only after watching it. It is great guys, and it is a good way to start the Christmas cheer.

9.8/10

By the way, a short was put in the film, and it is a good blend between 2D and 3D animation. Also, my cousin, whom she watched with me, said she saw Rapunzel and Tiana in the film for few seconds. I did not see it, so tell if you guys did.

Finally, it is over. Review of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2:

Pros:
The new side characters are much more interesting than the central characters. Why can’t the movie be about them?
The scene where the vampires teach Bella to act normal… he he.
…That is it.

Cons:
Worst CGI baby I have ever seen. A great example of the uncanny valley.
It takes a very long time to go to the final battle, and moments before that are barely interesting…
*SPOILERS* Speaking of the final battle, there is none! It just a vision from one of the vampires to another. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?
One more con: *SPOILERS* I do not like the idea of Jacob being with Reneesme in the end.

Overall:
I am glad I am done watching this series. The only reason I would check this out again is once I am ready with my video reviews (which will be coming soon).

3/10

I am going to give my long and full opinionated review of the Twilight Saga later, so stay tune.

You know what, after watching it the second time and thinking it about it, I decide to change the rating for Frozen from 9.8/10 to 10/10. Go watch it

(I watched Frozen four times in theaters.  I love it so much.)

Review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

Pros:
Very exciting action sequences
Very likable new characters, such as an only film character: Tauriel
Beautiful environments and sets with costume designs and great CG.

Cons:
Slow beginning
I keep forgetting certain subplots, because the film barely makes time for it
Too much action on the climax makes the situations dull

Overall:
When I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I thought it was underwhelming. It was barely interesting, and it took a long time for me to care about the situation. Not to mention it introduced too many characters too quickly (i.e. the dwarves). In its sequel, it is much better, but there is still some room for improvement. I can wait for the sequel next year, but if you want to watch this film, I do recommend it. It is much better than the first.

8.2/10

For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 7.8/10.

By the way, for those wondering about my full review of Twilight, I still need more time on that (mainly because I am a little lazy because the films suck so much). You guys can probably help me by giving me links of videos or sites of why people think Twilight is awesome. I prefer it is by people who have not read the books. People who like films despite its problems and read the books does not count. Now excuse me, I going to dread more and more on when Frozen is coming out on DVD. (Seriously, go watch that film. IT IS AWESOME!)

(Note: I never did the full Twilight series review.)

Review of Saving Mr. Banks:

Pros:
Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, and Colin Firth are the best actors in the movie (along with other certain actors).
The performances make me feel like it actually happened in real life.
A very true and heartwarming story…

Cons:
…although, not completely since I heard some parts are not true.
Child actors need a little more work.
One certain plot element I wished they explored, but they did not.

Overall:
It has been a while since I watched Mary Poppins. When I heard a film about its creation is coming, I thought it is going to be interesting. After seeing it, I feel satisfied. I enjoy what I have seen, and I recommend it to everyone, especially adult Mary Poppins fans.

9/10

Review of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty:

Pros:
Great cinematography
Great environmental areas
Story is not bad with good morales

Cons:
It is slow, especially on the first act
The imagination scenes can be over-the-top…
… Especially a scene referencing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button… weird

Overall:
I am probably giving this film too much credit, but this is probably one of the most thought-provoking films I have ever seen. The main reason is that Walter Mitty is so relatable to me. I have a hard time living in reality as much as he does (for those wondering, “You do not seem to be,” I do a good job not showing it unlike Walter). In the end, this movie is stuck in my head, because of its message and how it executes it. It may not be the greatest film I have ever seen, but I think it is worth a watch at least once.

7.9/10

Review of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues:

Pros:
It certainly knows how to stay “classy” with its characters.
Interesting choices of actors.
Some jokes are funny…

Cons:
…While other jokes go on way too long, or are not needed.
The majority of the story is nonsensical except being funny (especially Steve Carrel’s character’s romantic subplot).
It would probably be more funny with a huge crowd laughing along with you (I watched it with four people in the audience).

Overall:
This movie is stupid, but it realizes it is stupid, and goes all out on us (ESPECIALLY on the climax). It has been a while since I seen the first Anchorman film, but I can say it the second one is not really as good as the first. It will still give some laughs, but I can only recommend it if you have an audience with you. I can say you do not have to watch the first film to understand the second one, although it can help if you want some laughs.

6.9/10

Review of 47 Ronin:

Pros:
Sets and costume designs are nice
The final battle is good (somewhat)
Hiroyuki Sanada is the best actor of this film…

Cons:
…Which makes me wonder why Keanu Reeves is advertised and mentioned in-story as the main character when the film does not do a good job showing that. His does little to prove that he is the main character; Sanada’s character is the clear main character. Plus, Reeves is the worst actor in the entire movie.
CG is pretty bad.
Many plot elements are confusing or boring.

Overall:
Meh. That is all I thought of this movie: meh. I think the film’s biggest failure is that it does not explain the Japanese culture well. I do not understand many of the actions of these characters (i.e. the shogun’s actions). Films like The Last Samurai and The Wolverine did a better job showing Japanese culture from a person who has no idea who they are and what they do. Plus, the film loses a point for adding a fictional person on a historical story: Kai (Keanu Reeves’ character). They must have added him so the American audience can relate to him more, which they failed miserably. I cannot really recommend this movie to anyone, although my mom and dad said they liked this movie, so knock yourself out if you want to watch it and you end up liking it. On the other hand, I cannot agree with them on this.

3/10

Review of Lone Survivor:

Pros:
Great team dynamic
Awesome action confrontations
Mostly true to the real events…

Cons:
…Which is the reason why I wonder how these guys managed to walk despite severe injuries
Unnecessary amounts of f-bombs
…That is it.

Overall:
After seeing this, I am never going to forget it. It is not because of the action scenes, but also the brotherhood between the soldiers and one soldier’s survival in this tragic event. If HM1 Marcus Luttrell really wanted to make this film memorable for good reason, he succeeded. Mission accomplished.

9/10