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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Cali » Tue May 12, 2009 8:28 pm

Well, I just saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Holy crap, it was the best of all the X-Men movies. Even if it didn't have the cute girl that can walk through walls. :lol: The action was very well choreographed, and it explained things wonderfully. Few things I didn't like, was that in a few parts you could tell Logan's claws were CGI. And the battle in the alley, when the fire escape fell, it was really bad looking. Looked terribly fake to me. However, besides all those little nitpicks, it was an awesome film. Kan'dosi!
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Master Fetty » Wed May 13, 2009 2:02 am

Cali, you're wrong.

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HoboBob1138 wrote:Saw star trek, ashamed to say it was really good.


And what exactly do you mean by that?


Because normal people (and normal Star Wars fans) don't like Trek. Its a very nerdy thing if you haven't noticed.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Cali » Wed May 13, 2009 6:57 am

Fetty, look before you post. I never said anything about the Star Trek/ Star Wars stuff.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Master Fetty » Wed May 13, 2009 7:46 am

I wasn't talking about Star Wars/Trek. I was talking about your Wolverine review. I found that film an utter travesty, hole-filled in its plot and jumbled in its approach.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Lord T » Thu May 14, 2009 12:10 pm

Make sure you watch Wolverine first or you'll have a disappointing second film.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Heady » Thu May 14, 2009 12:14 pm

I've reached phase 4, and have a fairly active social life, as well, when I'm not inhabiting the interweb tubes.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Cali » Thu May 14, 2009 4:52 pm

Master Fetty wrote:I wasn't talking about Star Wars/Trek. I was talking about your Wolverine review. I found that film an utter travesty, hole-filled in its plot and jumbled in its approach.


Have you watched the original 3?
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Master Fetty » Fri May 15, 2009 5:39 am

I have indeed. Those helmed by SInger were awesome. The third one was weak (but a tad better than Origins). I'm not against the idea of X-Men, just didn't like Origins as a film.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Jedd the Jedi » Tue May 19, 2009 1:48 am

^^Thank you, Master Fetty! Writing reviews is something I really like and I hope to build a portfolio of these. Many magazines and newspapers I read give ratings with half-a-star in them. Because if you look at a movie as upon 10 points and as upon 5 points, it is fairer to give half a star. For example, 2.5/5 stars is a pass, and 2 stars is not but 3 stars might be too leniet. Delicate balance guys! I did not give Star Trek a perfect score because while it is really awesome and I totally enjoyed it, it is still flawed. The only film I did give a perfect score was The Dark Knight, but then again I'm a biased Batman fan.

Speaking of comic book films, here's another review from me of the most recent one - and a very disappointing recent one at that.

Movie Review 18/5/09

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
2009

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Released by: 20th Century Fox

The X-Men film series began in 2000, paving the way for almost all of the superhero films this past decade. Now, the franchise is expanding with “origin” movies that endeavour to explore the individuals among the myriad of X-Men out there. After Brett Ratner’s noisy, empty and pointlessly-violent X Men: The Last Stand, I’m afraid to say that this half-baked prequel/spinoff does not fare so much better.

As the title suggests, the focus of the film is the angsty, fan-favourite anti-hero Wolverine (Jackman). The film opens in 1845, where the sickly James Howlett (Troye Sivan) experiences a family tragedy and escapes with his half-brother Victor (Michael-James Olson). It is quickly revealed that both possess unusual powers, especially the sickly and weak James who actually has retractable claws made of bone. Also, both are practically immortal, as the opening credits sequence of the brothers charging in battle through five different major wars establishes.

In the aftermath of an incident in which Victor goes violently overboard and James (now Logan) defends him, they are approached by Major William Stryker (Huston) who recruits them into a “special” team. The mutants who make up Team X include wise-cracking assassin Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), teleporting John Wraith (Will.i.am.) lethal marksman Agent Zero (Daniel Henney), electricity-controlling technopath Bradley (Dominic Monaghan) and the indestructible Fred Dukes (Kevin Durand). Led by Stryker, they go on their first mission together in Nigeria and Logan splits when things go awry.

Years later, Logan appears to be enjoying an idyllic new life as a lumberjack in the Canadian Rockies, living with his girlfriend Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). Victor, now going by the moniker Sabretooth, abruptly re-enters Logan’s life when he apparently kills Kayla, driving Logan to take revenge. He agrees to cooperate with Stryker, who is serving his own evil agenda, and has his skeleton bonded with the super-alloy Adamantium (as all self-respecting comic book fans would remember). Post-op Logan (who now calls himself Wolverine) escapes Stryker’s Alkali Lake facility and Agent Zero is sent to track him down. Meanwhile, Logan is dedicated to tracking down Victor which leads to several brutal encounters between the two. Their former teammates also get caught up in the conflict.

Logan slowly uncovers Stryker’s plan to capture and conduct military experiments on mutants, and seeks the help of the telekinetic Remy LeBeau /Gambit (Taylor Kitsch) to take him to Stryker’s base of operations, where the climatic showdown between Wolverine, Sabretooth and a surprise villain Stryker has been working on takes place, as the captured mutants flee and are rescued by a familiar face.

Now, despite much hype and circumstance, Wolverine is almost a complete letdown. The movie seems dutiful but almost reluctant to tell the Origin story, and too many superficial attempts are made to appeal to the fans – even a surprising cameo at the film’s conclusion does little to help this predicament. It seems to be perpetually stuck in a no-man’s-land sort of quality level, being almost the definition of average in parts. After a while, the film stops struggling to reach high ground and slumps towards a climax that is only moderately enjoyable.

In terms of story, the Oedipal conflict between Wolverine and his half-brother Sabretooth seems more rote than epic and despite being played out with enough gravitas by the two leads, is weak and severely under-developed. Wolverine’s personal vendetta against his half-brother seems to be the poorly-made adhesive struggling desperately to bond too many other subplots.

The screenplay by David Benioff and Skip Woods is clunky at best, and it seems that the apple has fallen far from the tree in that the first two X-Men films directed by Bryan Singer dealt with big themes while delivering the action goods, while this movie only somewhat achieves the latter. Writers such as David Hayter and Tom DeSanto were able to do far more in those movies than this prequel ever will achieve. Academy-Award winning director Gavin Hood, who got his Oscar for the South-African 2005 film Tsotsi, is also not the right director for this film. His direction brings to mind Marc Forster’s work for the recent Bond outing Quantum of Solace. Both directors have more of a dramatic background and struggled significantly with their big-budget blockbuster-type films. Hood tries but fails miserably to insert pathos into the action proceedings; the romantic scenes between Logan and Kayla are painful to watch, for one. Ultimately, Hood seems to be no more than Hugh Jackman’s errand boy, doling out a generic actioner for the star.

This leads us on to the undeniable point that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a Hugh Jackman vehicle. He is okay, but only okay, as the titular character. We’ve all come to accept him as the definitive screen Wolverine since the first X-Men picture, but he does little more than in the three main films that went before, which is a big part of why this flick disappoints. Soon enough into the film, a slight odour of the “vanity project” kind wafts unpleasantly from the screen – it seems as if Jackman desperately wants to be the centre of attention, even at the expense of the movie’s overall quality.

Liev Schreiber is very good as Sabretooth, definitely a notch or so up from former-pro-wrestler Tyler Mane’s barely articulate beast in the first X-Men film. The Shakespeare-trained actor excels in sparring, both physically and verbally, with his half-brother, and these battles make for the best moments of the film. However, Schreiber is given fairly little wiggle room by the restricting screenplay. He tries to make the most of it, but even that barely suffices. Even the usually-great Danny Huston struggles to step up to the plate as William Stryker. Granted, Brian Cox left a tough act to follow as the older Stryker is X2: X Men United, in which he emanated quiet menace very effortlessly and could stand up to Patrick Stewart and even Ian McKellen when he shared the screen with them. Here however, Huston appears to simply go through the motions, like most everyone else.

As for the rest of the cast, the filmmakers have a host of great characters at their disposal, many surefire fan-favourites straight from the comics, but do little with any of them. These incarnations are relatively faithful to the comic book source material and it is evident that most of the actors are having fun with this movie. However, this ensemble is a truly very mixed bag – first time actor Will.i.am.(more famous as a rapper with the Black-Eyed Peas) is painfully stiff as John Wraith but Taylor Kitsch is suave and even a tad dangerous as Gambit. Unfortunately, without giving too much away, the filmmakers end up doing the unforgivable to a promising character and just about ruin the last act of the movie.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is far from this year’s The Dark Knight; in fact it is not even the equivalent of The Incredible Hulk, which was at least a little engaging. Not once does one get sucked into or immersed in the world that this movie tries to create. To be fair, there are many action sequences and whatnot that are plenty of fun, but they stop at being just that. “Plot twists” seem predictable and inconsequential and even the computer-generated effects of this film look barely as convincing as those of its predecessor X-Men films. After a while, it seems that mutants are being pulled out of a sack and flung onto the screen in the hope of placating restless moviegoers, which is a prime example of how not to go about an X-Men film. One would think that the Wolverine character’s mythos would make for ripe material and a most excellent film – apparently, not so. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a mediocre effort that is watchable only at its best.

RATING: 2.5/5 STARS
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Darth Caedus » Tue May 19, 2009 2:19 pm

* Crank: High Voltage (April 17) - blblblblblblblbbluh! Saw the first one, totally ridiculous. No way, no way.
* X-men Origins: Wolverine (May 1) - Loved it, loved it, loved it. Great acting all around, and awesome mutants. No annoying teen characters either (Pyro and Iceman were irritating in the Xtrilogy). Walked out of the theater really satisfied.
* Star Trek (May 8) - I can acknowledge that it's good, but sorry, Wars > Trek. We Sith deal in absolutes.
* Terminator Salvation (May 22) - OH YEAH! Pumped for this, Christian Bale is a perfect John Connor. I am loving the post-apocalypse war!
* Up (May 29) - AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE. Won't touch anything pixar with a ten foot pole, absolute crap. Please, just go away.
* Land of the Lost (June 5) - Ferrell = Fail. He wasn't funny then. and he isn't now. Ugh.
* Year One (June 19) - Dumb comedy, pass
* Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26) - Shia LaBoof + a Toy Commercial? No, no, no.
* Public Enemies (July 1) - Booyah, more Bale, and Johnny Depp too.....lookin' good!
* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17) - Looks epic, we'll see how they handle the romance.
* G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (August 7) - Ngh! Agh! Ooch! Has Mortal Kombat-style fail written all over it.
* Inglourious Basterds (August 21) - One of the best trailers ever (I love the Wolverine and 300 trailers at the top). It's Tarantino, and it's Brad Pitt killin' Nazis. Call of Duty meets Kill Bill, sounds good to me.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Firespray » Tue May 19, 2009 2:58 pm

You don't like Pixar?! You've lost the internet today.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Joedward » Tue May 19, 2009 2:59 pm

Jedd, I have a huge problem with your reviews. You're giving away way, way too much.

You're basically giving the cliff notes on the film. If someone is curious about the film, and undecided about whether he or she wants to see it, they may wish to read a review. If they read yours there wont be any point at all in going to see the movie anymore, because you've just told them everything that happens.

You could, at the very least, put huge frakking great spoiler warnings before and after the review. I didn't finish reading the first paragraph of the Wolverine review, and I wish I hadn't even read that, and am so glad I read your Trek review after seeing the film.

I think it's great that you're reviewing these, and they aren't badly written, it's just it might very well be ruining the experience for anyone who hasn't seen them yet. It is possible to write a review without revealing every major plot point throughout the course of the film.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby SkwerlJones » Tue May 19, 2009 4:10 pm

Up (May 29) - AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE. Won't touch anything pixar with a ten foot pole, absolute crap. Please, just go away.


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No offence, but I honestly hope your kidding. Pixar is probably the only studio, animated or not, out there today that constantly produces excellent and intelligent films. But don't take my word for it, just ask the 4 Academy Award wins Pixar has, or you can even ask the American Film Institute who included two of Pixars films on their list of the 10 greatest animated movies of all time.

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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby 11Numb » Tue May 19, 2009 5:37 pm

Loved Wolverine and hates Pixar? I call Spah.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Turkguy19 » Tue May 19, 2009 5:46 pm

* Star Trek (May 8) - I can acknowledge that it's good, but sorry, Wars > Trek. We Sith deal in absolutes.

lol, fanboyz.

* Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26) - Shia LaBoof + a Toy Commercial? No, no, no.


Hayden Christensen + a Toy Commercial? No, no, no.

* Up (May 29) - AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE. Won't touch anything pixar with a ten foot pole, absolute crap. Please, just go away.

Hmm...kinda how I feel about your opinion on movies right now....
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Joedward » Tue May 19, 2009 5:58 pm

I completely agree with Skwerl, so to comment on a few others;
Darth Caedus wrote: * Star Trek (May 8) - I can acknowledge that it's good, but sorry, Wars > Trek. We Sith deal in absolutes.

I realise that everyone is entitled to their own opinons, and I myself love Star Wars to bits, but this is just such a narrow minded comment. Aside from the fact that they're both space, they are completely different, it's almost pointless to compare them. Having said that, Trek OWNS. This one new film is better in gorram near every single way to the entire PT combined (possibly the OT too, but I like them too much to bring into this), and then some. Trek was writen and directed well, so incredibly well. And my god, the cast can act, and I mean really act. If the cast in the PT had been able to act I could have enjoyed it so much more. I've been a Star Wars fan since I was 6, and yet Star Trek is one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Quite possibly in the top 20...maybe top 10. (And I've seen a lot of films....like, too many, if that's possible)

* Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26) - Shia LaBoof + a Toy Commercial? No, no, no.

Megan Fox + Robots blowing crap up? Yes, yes, yes.

* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17) - Looks epic, we'll see how they handle the romance.

Epic you say? In that they they blew so much on CGI it's gone past the point of even hoping to look even remotely real or believable. And the romance, considering there's barely a shred of acting tallent shared between the entire teenage cast of these films, they'll handle it pretty bloody poorly. Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon. Those are some very, very fine actors, and their talent is completely wasted on this franchise which could never hope to be as spell binding, entrancing or just down right fantastic as the books were.


Oh, and I saw a trailer for Sherlock Holmes today, it looks great.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Firespray » Tue May 19, 2009 9:06 pm

Pixar didn't make Shrek, you just lost the internet again.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby The Brain » Tue May 19, 2009 9:22 pm

Just out of curiousity--what exactly about Pixar films makes them abominable? They have wonderful stories, very deep and funny. If the audience is mature enough to understand the true meanings and messages, Pixar's animation comes across as a wonderful medium. If the audience is of a younger frame of mind, then the cute (and truly breathtaking) animation and good humor is enough to keep them glued.

I haven't disliked any Pixar movie I've ever seen. IMO, each newer one "one-ups" the previous one (except in the case of Cars, which wasn't my favorite...). I love the buried political jokes and social puns they incorporate. I wouldn't miss seeing a Pixar movie over some generic Hollywood line that's been produced far too many times in too many incarnations (POTC anyone?).

^^Just to clarify: I loved POTC I, POTC II was pretty bad but watchable, POTC III flat out sucked. Period. I hope the fourth one doesn't follow the major decline trend--otherwise I may end up boycotting it.
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Turkguy19 » Tue May 19, 2009 9:44 pm

Darth Caedus wrote:Of course, no Gandalf or Picard...


Niether did any of the other movies, they had Magneto and Professor X.....Picard is from Star Trek: The Next generation, and Gandalf is from The Lord Of The Rings......I think you have your stories mixed up a bit bud....


Oh, and just to let you in on a HUGE secret....Star Wars was FILLED with whinny teen characters, with worse dialog too....
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Re: Summer Blockbusters 2009

Postby Jedd the Jedi » Wed May 20, 2009 2:48 am

Joedward wrote:Jedd, I have a huge problem with your reviews. You're giving away way, way too much.


Thanks for the feedback Joedward. I was worried about as much. However, I thought I hadn't given too much away. I mean, Leonard Nimoy's Spock Prime appears in the trailers of Star Trek anyway, and so does young Wolverine's claws. Please do PM me with what exactly I spoiled, so I can not make those mistakes again.

That aside, Turkguy, I think Darth Caedus was playfully referencing these other films with the knowledge of who the characters are - both Magneto and Gandalf are played by terrific stage veteran Ian McKellen, and both Professor X and Picard are portrayed by the inimitable Patrick Stewart. It just like everyone calls Arnold Schwazzenneger "Terminator", or Harrison Ford "Indiana Jones". Those were some of their well know characters over their careers.

And now with that out of the way, I love Pixar. Somehow, they've been able to present animation as an art form, while most other studios (I'm talking to you, Dreamworks SKG) put out largely unpalatable fare that is fun the first time around, but when the sequels arrive, blech. Filled with immature humour for the young kids and "smart" pop culture references for Dads and Mums. Pixar on the other hand, has been able to offer remarkable storytelling consistently, with fresh ideas (a rat who wants to become a chef, monsters who scare people for a job, out-of-work superheroes-and their kids, a robot left on earth 700 years after we've evacuated) and so much more. Of course, Pixar has been a master at animating physical humour- and I'm not talking fart jokes either. The chase through the kitchen in Ratatouille or WALL-E's indecision on how to classify a spork are wonderful examples of how Pixar has used humour in fresh and appealing ways.
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