‘The Angry Birds Movie’ Film Review.

Score: 3.5 out of 5

ho00002960The island where the birds in ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ (based on the ever-so-famous mobile app that received 1 billion downloads and was played in high schools back in the early 2010’s) reside is as colorful as all the characters themselves. The animation is exceptionally beautiful to look at and very impressive despite its cartoon nature; yet the film is not only pun-and-soundtrack heavy, it comes off as gross and more catering to child audiences (a lot of children were cracking up while watching this beautiful movie).
I admit that I laughed during a scene where Red (Voice of Jason Sudeikis), the cardinal with a huge temper problem and star/mascot of the games themselves, reacts to a doctor birds’ tapping of his knee with a slap to the face. I especially adore how its major action sequence involving the birds, the pigs, and a huge slingshot was adrenaline-pumping and very rewarding to fans of ‘Angry Birds.’ Its story even gives the characters more depth and takes time to be a movie while also trying to be a comedy. There are also a couple good jokes and many attempts at pointing out its own flaw at character cliches.

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‘Eye in the Sky’ Film Review.

Stars: 5 out of 5

eye-in-the-sky-poster-lg‘Eye in the Sky’ ranks above ‘Zootopia’ as this year’s best film by far. Alan Rickman (who has played Hans Gruber in the first ‘Die Hard’ and Severus Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ series) has been gone for months and his soul will live on through this political surveillance-thriller named ‘Eye in the Sky;’ directed by Gavin Hood. I felt tension as I was sitting in a small independent theater for almost two hours where I was immediately hooked during the 20-30 minute mark. I have to give praise to ‘Eye in the Sky’ for the feeling of suspense in similar vein to films such as Clint Eastwood’s war-biopic ‘American Sniper’ and Sidney Lumet’s courtroom drama ‘12 Angry Men’.

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‘Keanu’ Film Review.

Stars: 3.5 out of 5
 
keanu_posterKey and Peele are getting more recognition with their cancelled variety comedy series named after them, and this took place after their ‘Mad TV’ years. While Keegan-Michael Key is in almost every comedy/animated film that has, or is coming out, we’ve never actually seen his good friend, Jordan Peele in anything, have we? So both Key and Peele have decided to take their buddy humor to the big screen in the cutesy Gangster comedy ‘Keanu,’ which also happens to star a cute kitten which Peele’s character names Keanu (as a tribute to Keanu Reeves).

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‘Ratchet & Clank’ Film Review.

Stars: 4.5 out of 5
14045_poster2I’ve only played maybe one of the ‘Ratchet & Clank’ games years ago and I have always imagined childhood memories turning into movies and how they would turn out; luckily, ‘Ratchet & Clank’ is a breath of fresh air despite holding a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. I really enjoyed this film for its crisp and colorful animation, sense of meta-humor, in-jokes and PlayStation Easter eggs for the fans to laugh at and enjoy.

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‘Purple Rain’ Classic Film Review.

Stars: 3.5 out of 5
 
purple-rain-poster-bigRest in peace, Prince. Your music will live on in our hearts for the rest of our lives. Also, judging by the emotional impact I had when watching ‘Purple Rain’ in a crowded theater tonight, I will say that this movie is one I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I can’t say that Prince’s first feature film is flawless or even a great movie, but it is one that makes you think and start to appreciate life more because of it.

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Film Review.

Stars: 3 out of 5

bw2-rtdtsr1sht-rgb-0111-1-web-56d8cdce6bae3-1Nia Vardalos looks like she hasn’t aged much since the first ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ The first film happened 14 years ago and was based on a one-woman show that she did, which Tom Hanks thought was a good idea and called her up to let her know he wanted to produce the film version. The movie happened to be one of the highest grossing movies of all time, but since the 2010’s are a decade where everybody is making cast reunions with films like ‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ ‘Fuller House,’ ‘Zoolander 2,’ etc. Vardalos decided to write the idea for a sequel with Tom Hanks still being a producer of the film. Disappointingly, I enjoyed the first film better.

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Monthly Update: June 2016

Hey Everybody!

This update’s going to be a quicker one. Hope everybody is doin’ well.I don’t have a ton to say so let’s just get to it.

May Thoughts

Man, I was busy. That’s been most of my thoughts lately. Had a few things published last month but it was relatively slow. You may have seen an update regarding my company, which I encourage you check out (here) since it explains why I haven’t been posting much.

Lastly, I started the “What’s Jon Doing?” segment last month. I’m doing it again this month, so if you like it please let me know on either of them by giving it a like or commenting so. Otherwise, I’m just not going to do it any more. It’s a fun thing for me to do, but it does take some work to keep it up to date. I don’t mind doing it, but if nobody likes it I’d rather focus the attention elsewhere. The idea is to let everybody be a bit more connected to me since I can’t always get articles out in a timely manner due to real life happening.

Plans For The Month

I’ll be taking finals later today, so I’ll be very busy. I will also be moving back home for the summer until the next term starts up. I finish my degree next year (thank goodness), but I’ll also be working and managing my company all at the same time. I’ll be a busy guy.

I digress, once I’m back home I’ll have a bit more time to write so expect to see something from me this month for sure. I’m hoping to finish at least part 2 of a past series that has been on hold, but no promises yet. Other than that, Jacob has a ton of movie reviews coming your way every T/R for the next while. Let him know how he’s been doing, I really appreciate his work for the site and I hope you guys do as well.

That’s it for this month! Have a great month and see you back for another one of these in July.

-Jon Spencer

What’s Jon Doing? June 2016

Hope Everybody Doing Well!

This is the second ‘What’s Jon Doing?’ article

I didn’t receive any feedback on last month’s ‘What’s Jon Doing?’ so if I don’t get any this month I’ll be scrapping the idea altogether. I don’t mind doing this and as you may have noticed, I updated last month’s article nearly every other day. I cannot stress enough how important it is to let me know if you enjoy this sort of thing or not. With that, let’s get this thing started! Continue reading “What’s Jon Doing? June 2016”