Stars: 3 out of 5
Nia 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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Score: 3.5 out of 5
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The jungle has never been brighter, the story has never been more mature, and the effects are quite decent in Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book.’ Jon Favreau – who you may know as the director of ‘Iron Man’ 1 & 2 and ‘Chef’, which he took the main role as a struggling cook – has given us his vision of not only the Rudyard Kipling books, but the original animated Disney movie which showed us a positive dancing blue bear named Baloo who became friends with a stubborn, yet cheerful man-cub named Mowgli. In this film, Mowgli is played by Neel Sethi, who is almost comparable to the animated man-cub. Sadly, his performance is disappointing; his delivery starts off as a boy who can’t project or scream when a bear wakes him up.
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Score: 4 out of 5
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Melissa McCarthy struts herself with style, which includes a turtleneck in every scene she shows up in with frizzy red hair; in her husband’s, Ben Falcone’s new movie ‘The Boss’. From the first moment we see her shout at a crowd as if she were a motivational speaker, this movie seems like it’s trying too hard for pop-culture references, celebrity cameos (Kathy Bates as her former supporter, Ida Marquette), and crude, yet unnecessary, sex jokes that would make any pastor blush. I have to disagree with the tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes (17%) by saying that I had a good time watching ‘The Boss’.
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Score: 2 out of 5 stars
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Like a chart your boss shows you to let you know how stocks and sales are going, ‘The Divergent Series’ has taken a roller coaster ride so far. It started off low with ‘Divergent’, a poorly shot pisser-of-a-film that made my blood boil inside. Then the series surprisingly gave me hope for its future with last year’s semi-blockbuster ‘Insurgent’. Sadly the series is going downhill with ‘Allegiant’, and even though this movie is not as headache-inducing as the first film in the series, it feels like a bore.
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Score: 4 out of 5 stars
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Pee-Wee Herman does not age at all, both figuratively and literally. He still has his charm, his looks and childlike behavior we are so used to seeing back in his ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ years; and there’s no one who can play him better than Paul Reubens. Audiences were first introduced to Mr. Herman in 1981 as a stand-up act, years before Jeff Dunham introduced his puppets to the world, on an HBO stand-up special that was played late after parents put their children to sleep. The character was so popular with audiences that Warner Bros. wanted Reubens to write a film titled ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.’ This was a family-friendly theatrical film about the love between Pee-Wee and his bike, which one day gets stolen by a rival/bully of Pee-Wee Herman. Not only was it Tim Burton’s first theatrical film, it was also so popular that a sequel was made called, ‘Big Top Pee-Wee’ which showed Pee-Wee Herman helping a carnival get back on track was made.
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Score: 2 out of 5
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A first-person shooter as a movie has potential to make you feel like a man; I was expecting a bunch of awesomeness when I walked in to see ‘Hardcore Henry.’ The first trailer I happened to see was an advertisement on a Youtube video I was watching. It gave me that feeling of excitement. I wanted to transport myself into the world of Henry, a man brought back to life by his wife (Hayley Bennett) who becomes a total ass-kicking machine using an array of guns, grenades, and many other weapons he can find to shed some blood. Sadly, I was filled with disappointment.
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Score: 3 out of 5 stars
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It’s the moment we all have been waiting to see! In one corner is a mecha-suit wearing, gun-toting, robotic-voiced Batman (Ben Affleck), and in the next corner is an angry-faced, muscle-bound Superman (Henry Cavill) ready to break down some punches and maybe shed a little blood in the new film by Zack Snyder, ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Admit it, you were truly excited to see two of your favorite superheroes duke it out in a death-match. I mean, come on! It’s Batman vs. Superman! Who wouldn’t want to see that? It’s every superhero lover’s wet dream come true if you ask me! Sadly, I wanted to see more of a conflict and less of a jumbled story.
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Zankyou no Terror, or Terror in Resonance in English, is an 11 episode anime from the Summer 2014 anime season. Having been directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, this anime quickly made it onto my radar. However, since I tend to lag behind in what I watch (there are a lot of shows), I only just got to this one recently. These articles are discussion pieces on the anime itself, I will review parts of the show, ultimately giving it a score and recommendation as per the norm. Naturally, there will be some spoilers. Continue reading “Thoughts On Terror In Resonance, Watanabe, & Contemporary World Issues – EDITED”
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Based on the popular PS2 title, Persona 4 The Animation, is another adaptation that had me intrigued. Initially, I had heard of both the game and series from a friend. I had tried to watch it awhile back, but at the time, I was too tired and put it off until recently. I haven’t played the game, and this review only covers the first series, NOT Golden Time, so be sure to keep that in mind. I wrestled with my true inner self while formulating my thoughts on this show; was it BEARY-good, or did it leave me disappointed? Continue reading “Persona 4 The Animation Review”
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Gun X Sword is the best Action/Adventure/Revenge/End-of-the-world/Slice of life/Sci-fi/Space/Villain-of-the-week/Philosophic/Coming-of-age/Romance/Comedy/Mech/Spaghetti western I’ve ever seen. In all seriousness though, Gun X Sword is a big boiling pot of popular tropes and elements of popular anime of the 90’s and early 2000’s that manages to be somewhat unique in it’s lack of originality. Continue reading “Gun X Sword Review”