Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cars 2 review

Cars 2 is the sequel to 2006's Cars, but don't expect it to be anything like the original. Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is racing in a new competition known as the World Grand Prix.The competition has been organized by a car named Axlerod (Miles Izzard) who is testing his new alternative fuel, Allinol. But a group of cars who are a part of the Big Oil industry, led by Professor Z attempt to sabotage the World Grand Prix.

So, McQueen and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) head to Japan for the first race of the World Grand Prix. The race takes place in three countries: Japan, Italy, and England. McQueen and Francesco (John Turturro) are the lead competitors in the race. Then after the first race in Japan, Mater is mistaken for an American spy by British spies Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holly Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer).

Cars 2 is different from anything else Pixar has ever done before. This film is the first by Pixar to have more action and less story. Mater is now the main character and he is pretty funny. The film's humor is funnier than you would expect from an animated film, with more jokes that teens and adults will find funny. Francesco is hilarious and carries a lot of the racing scenes. The animation is amazing and colorful like last year's Toy Story 3. But the thing that separates the animation in Cars 2 from the animation in Toy Story 3 is that Cars 2 takes place in Japan and Italy and the colors seem to pop off the screen. Also, I did not see the film in 3-D, but I have heard that it makes it dark and fuzzy. I would not recommend seeing it in 3-D.

If you like spy films and action you will love Cars 2. But if you prefer Pixar's more story-oriented films like Finding Nemo or Ratatouille, you will think of Cars 2 as the worst film Pixar has ever made. Personally, I liked it a lot and I think that it is the best animated film of the year.

THE FINAL GRADE:  B+                                          (7.7/10)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Trailer Central

Check out new trailers for Abduction, The Muppets, and Puss in Boots. By the way, the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises was a fake.

Favreau, Disney to make Magic Kingdom movie

If you have ever been to Walt Disney World, you know that the centerpiece of the world is the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney Pictures is now teaming up with Jon Favreau, the director of Iron Man to make a movie set in either Disney World or Disneyland. Disney is working on the script currently with Favreau and a few others. Expect Magic Kingdom to be like Night at the Museum. Magic Kingdom will be released in 2013.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Green Lantern review

Green Lantern is the latest superhero film from Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, a test pilot who works for Ferris Air. His partner is Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) who is the daughter of the owner of Ferris Air. Now switch over to another galaxy. The Green Lantern corps' greatest warrior, Abin-Sur (Temeura Morrinson) has been killed by Parallax, a giant monster that feeds off fear. Abin-Sur crashes on Earth and gives his ring and lantern to his successor, Hal. A funny scene follows with Hal trying to speak the oath of the Lanterns. He is then taken to Oa, the Lanterns home planet and trained to be a Green Lantern by Kilowog (Michael Clarke Duncan), Tomar- Re (Geoffrey Rush), and Sinestro (Mark Strong). Those scenes were funny and entertaining.

Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) is grabbed by Senator Hammond (Tim Robbins), his father, and investigates the body of Abin- Sur with another doctor (Angela Bassett). Unfortunately, Abin-Sur had a piece of Parallax in him. Hector grabs the piece and becomes infected. He turns into an evil villian.

Green Lantern is a decent superhero movie, but not great. Hal fights evil on Earth a few times as Green Lantern, but there seems to be no intrigue as to who he is. There is little action in the film and the climax with Parallax is really bad. Hammond and Parallax set up each other well as villians, unlike Spider Man 3, where there was a ton of bad guys. I had high expectations for Lantern but it did not meet them.
THE FINAL GRADE: D                                                                                                                   (3/10)

Super 8 review

Super 8 is the latest film from Lost creator JJ Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg. The film stars Riley Griffiths as Charles, an aspiring movie director. His best friend is Joe (Joel Courtney), who is grieving the death of his mother. Charles is making a zombie flick along with Joe, Preston (Zach Mills), Cary (Ryan Lee), and Martin (Gabriel Basso). The group of friends sneak out one night to film a scene at a local train station. The meet Alice (Elle Fanning) at the train station, who both Joe and Charles have crushes on. They begin filming a scene while a train passes by. Then a car goes onto the tracks and blows up the train. That scene was exciting, amazing, and awesome.

They begin to investigate the wreckage. The kids find out that it was a schoolteacher, Dr. Woodward that crashed the train. The the military shows up and the kids rush away. Not only did a train explode, but a monster was let loose onto the town of Lillian, Ohio. Soon enough, dogs, people, and other stuff starts disappearing. Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler) is Joe's father who investigates the crash while trying to connect with Joe. Joe and Alice begin to get closer, but their parents don't get along because Jackson blames the death of his wife on Alice's dad. The film is great mixing great story with great action. Super 8 is without a doubt the best film of the year.

THE FINAL GRADE:  A+                                           (10/10)

Kung Fu Panda 2 review

Kung Fu Panda 2 is the sequel to 2008's Kung Fu Panda, which in my opinion was one of the greatest animated movies ever. The sequel met my expectations. Kung Fu Panda 2 has humor and action mixed together well again like they did in the first one. The movie starts with Po (Jack Black) having nightmares about who he is and where he came from. He asks his dad, Mr. Ping (James Hong), to tell him where he came from. Mr.Ping tells Po that he was adopted (shocker!), and that he found him in a box of radishes. Then Po is called to the temple by Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). Shifu tells Po that some of Kung Fu's greatest masters are being killed. Shifu thinks that it is Lord Shen, an evil peacock who has mastered the use of gun powder. Po, Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Crane (David Cross) aka The Furious Five set off to find and stop Lord Shen.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is not as funny as the first movie, but still is pretty funny. I think that the film would have been funnier if Shifu was in it more.The film is darker and more serious. Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) is a better villain because of his past but not a better character than Tai Lung, the villain in the first movie. Soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) is a good new character that adds to the story. Master Croc (Jean Claude Van-Damme) and Master Ox are pointless additions. Once again Kung Fu Panda 2 does a good job mixing humor and action, but the humor suffers a bit from the dark tone.

THE FINAL GRADE:  B-                                           (6.8/10)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides review

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The series was supposed to end as a trilogy after 2007's At World's End, but Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brought it back for a fourth chapter. Johnny Depp is back as Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush is back as Barbossa, and Kevin McNally is back as Gibbs. Those are the only actors and characters that returned from the previous films. Director Gore Verbinski also left and Rob Marshall steps in as director.

The film starts the Spanish finding the journal of Ponce De Leon, the man who discovered the Fountain of Youth. Then we shift to Jack, who is trying to break Gibbs out of prison. He does break him out but a group of English Soldiers catch him and take him to the King. Jack is in possession of a map to the Fountain of Youth. The King (Richard Griffiths) wants to find the fountain. Jack escapes the King's court. Then he is kidnapped by Angelica (Penelope Cruz), an old love. He is taken to Blackbeard's ship. Blackbeard (Ian McShane) is Angelica's father and also wants to find the fountain. Meanwhile, the King of England sends Barbossa to find the fountain. Barbossa is now a privateer in the King's army.

This installment is enjoyable, but not the best in the Pirates series. Characters like Pintel and Ragetti that I enjoyed from the first film are gone. Barbossa explains that they were killed in a raid by Blackbeard. I missed the old crew a lot. There is a new crew on Blackbeard's ship, but they are not very interesting.

Also, the sea battle that were a large part of the first three films are virtually gone. The film takes place on land mostly. There were a few opportunities for more action, but the film did not take them. Overall, a pretty bad Pirates movie.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thor review

Thor is the latest superhero action flick from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment. Thor stars Chris Hemsworth as the title character. One day in the alien world of Asgard, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is handing over the title of king to his son, Thor. Then a group of Frost Giants, the enemy of the people of Asgard. They attempt to steal an artifact that was stolen in the war between the Frost Giants and Asgard. The Frost Giants are stopped but Thor gets angry and heads to the Frost Giants planet to get his revenge. Thor, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and a group of about seven soldiers go to the land of the Frost Giants and fight the giants. They almost lose when Odin comes in and saves them. He then banishes Thor to earth.

Thor lands in New Mexico where Jane (Natalie Portman) finds him. He is taken in by Jane, Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Eric (Stellan Skarsgaard). Odin also took away his power, leaving his hammer in a stone near where Thor crashed. Back at Asgard, Loki takes over. In Norse mythology, Loki is the god of mischief. That means Loki is the bad guy.

Now, if you have been following the Marvel universe lately you'll know that every movie that Marvel has made is being connected as a massive prequel to next year's The Avengers. So of course, the agency forming the team, known as SHIELD, gets right in and investigates the site where Thor crashed. The movie would be better if it did not have the stuff with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), but I understand the purpose.

Overall, Thor is fun, action-packed and a really good superhero movie. Kat Dennings is hilarious as Darcy. Thor is a much better movie than Green Lantern overall.

THE FINAL GRADE:  B                                             (7.3/10)

Is this the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises?

A video has leaked online that might possibly be the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. The copy was filmed supposedly in a showing for Green Lantern. Check out and post a comment about your opinion. Is it real or fake?

The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012

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