A Stephen King adaptation, the creepy Annabelle doll from the Conjuring horror film universe, and Ryan Reynolds paired up with Samuel L. Jackson in an R-Rated action comedy. That lineup sounds almost too good to be true. But that is the August we’re getting into. Let’s talk about how much money these films will make. (more…)
The following is a review of Kong: Skull Island – Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
In 2014, no film disappointed me more than Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. It’s not a bad film, per se – and I do think Gareth Edwards is a talented director – but it remains one of the biggest movie disappointments over the last few years, for me. Therefore, I was, obviously, apprehensive about the next film in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s monster movie cinematic universe.
My main issues with Godzilla were that Godzilla, essentially, had a story that was populated with mostly uninteresting characters, and that I also felt the marketing had promised me much more of both Bryan Cranston and the titular monster than we were given. Does Kong: Skull Island share those issues? Well. Yes and no. (more…)
The following is a spoiler review of Marvel’s The Avengers, a Joss Whedon film. This review was written in early 2016.
Marvel’s The Avengers was and is a very special movie. For many this film was not unlike a religious experience. You finally saw that these mega-movie events were possible, and Marvel Studios had finally proven that their cinematic universe was built on solid ground, with a fantastically entertaining team at the center of it.
But there are some very noticeable problems with one of Marvel Studios’s very best films, and some of those problems really annoyed me when I rewatched it a third or fourth time. So, in this review I will be brutally honest, and therefore the review does include some spoilers. You have been warned.
The following is a retro review of Iron Man 2, a Jon Favreau film.
Jon Favreau returned to the Iron Man-franchise, with a sequel to the critically acclaimed original film from 2008. Marvel Studios was desperate to build the universe, and chose to start building their new empire within the sequel to Iron Man. But while easter eggs can be promising and exciting, studio-mandated easter eggs can ruin a film if they dictate too much of the plot. (more…)
The following is a top 10 list of the best films of the 1990s
The 1990s were very important for the evolution of major motion pictures. It gave us the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999), as well as Pixar – the greatest computer animation film studio in the world. Meanwhile, the advancements made in the field of CGI also made some of the most important 1990s films possible.
Do note that this is my personal top 10 list of the 1990s. Your favorite film may be missing, and I may have loved that film, but, ultimately, this is just a top 10. These decade-lists are the very hardest lists to write, for there are so many films that I had to leave out. If there are films on this list that you’ve never seen, then I would suggest that you check them out post-haste. These aren’t full reviews of every film, but each entry features a comment or two about the film. (more…)
The following is a spoiler free review of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The original review was more positive, but I still like the film.
Marvel’s The Avengers is one of the biggest films for comic book nerds across the globe. But with the incredibly successful first Avengers outing in mind, could Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige surprise and wow us again? Well, yes and no. Whedon makes some superhero movie-sins, but does give us visual spectacle.
*I attribute it to 2015 due to the fact that it was only released at a festival in late 2014 – and was officially released in its country of production in 2015. A similar thing happened with Jagten aka The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen from 2012/2013.
If you’re like me, then you like the Daniel Craig Bond-films. If you’re like me, however, then you think they take themselves too seriously. In what is a nice break from serious spy flicks, Kingsman takes over and captivates its audience. If you want to know what the love-child of The Spy Who Loved Me and Kick-Ass is, then watch this film and find out.
Warning – expect spoilers for the film in the following part of the review
Colin Firth stars as Harry ‘Galahad’ Hart a secret agent from the organisation Kingsman who made a mistake during a mission in the middle-east and got a partner killed. That partner’s son, Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin, is played by Taron Egerton – and his life has gotten off the rails. Eggsy is recruited by Galahad to be in the running for a place as a Kingsman agent – replacing the former Lancelot. Though unsuccesful in becoming Lancelot, Eggsy is soon thrown into an agent role, when Richmond Valentine, an internet billionaire, plans to cull the human race.
Colin Firth is spot-on as Galahad – meaning that he’s an absolute gentleman, until you show that you have no manners. I really like Firth, and to see him in an action role was a lot of fun. Speaking of fun – Taron Egerton blew me away. He is charming, funny and totally believable as a thug-gone-good. Instantly lovable.
I am extremely happy that they didn’t force romance down our throats – instead Lancelot was developed as more than just a love interest. Which also led to one of the funniest scenes featuring a ‘Swedish princess’. Which reminds me, this is not a family movie – not a simple Bond-movie – don’t expect that.
As for the villains? Samuel L. Jackson was great as usual – I loved Galahad and Valentine’s tête-a-tête about Spy-flicks – and Valentine’s Jaws-like side-kick Gazelle, played by Sofia Boutella, is fun to watch. However, I felt that they underused Michael Caine’s character.
I thought Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman did a great job with this film, and while a person sitting next to me thought it had pacing-issues – I didn’t think it was as much of a problem. I loved how the film felt like the plot of the original Star Wars at times – meaning that Firth had his Obi-Wan moments, and Egerton his Skywalker moments. I desperately want a sequel for Kingsman, and I want Vaughn to stick to a franchise for once.
Final Score: 8.6 out of 10.0 – A perfect love-child of The Spy Who Loved Me and Kick-Ass.
I’m Jeffrey Rex