4. Ron’s Gone Wrong - Charming animated film from 20th Century Fox.. so a Disney film without the Disney label (watched on Disney+) . Honestly, other then the title character, was not a fan of the animation style.. thought the human character designs looked weird and not in a good way. Story is OK fun, it’s basically a Black Mirror episode for kids. A boy wants the latest techno fad.. a robot social media buddy.. but his family (his widowed Dad who trying to establish a home business, and his elderly grandmother) can’t afford one, but after the father takes pity after seeing him get mocked by bullies decides to get him one, but after being unable to obtain one legally he gets a damaged one from the black market… Anyway the thing doesn’t work properly and crazy hijinks ensue. It’s one of those … beware of modern technology tales. And it’s nearly two hours, too long for a film like this. Not great, but worth a watch. Ron is voiced by Zach Galifianakis who is quite funny in the role.
Also like with Free Guy, Disney is reminding everyone they own this studio now.. with not so subtle references to Star Wars and Marvel.
"You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" - Steven Wright
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
3. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
I could've sworn this movie was sub-titled "Turtles in Time", but according to both Wikipedia and the TMNT wiki that's not correct.
I always felt this movie got a bum rap. Is it a step down from the second movie, which was already a step down from the first? Yes. Were the costumes and special effects dodgy, especially compared to the previous two movies? Yes. Did it have other problems? Yeah. But in the end I thought it was a well told story, everybody felt in character, and I appreciate them stepping outside the box for a story and not just falling back on another Shredder/Foot Clan plot. Oh, and Paige Turco looked cute with the short hair.
You know how I felt they could've done this better? Dig deeper into the mythos. Have April's part mostly replaced by Renet (if nothing else to give more of an explanation as to where the Time Scepter came from), have Walker be some version of Savanti Romero, tie Kenshin and Mitsu's marriage into the founding of the Foot Clan, etc. I think it could've worked.
3. Action Point - Watched this on Paramount on Demand. Watching "Class Action Park" recently made me want to check this one out. I had no idea of its existence and this movie came out in 2018, which was the late-2010s. Not sure if it was given a limited release but I had not heard of this film. If it was shown in my area at all, there had to either have been no buzz about it or it was shown in a handful of theaters, and I say this as someone who would go and see some less-than-well-known movies at times in theaters.
With this being a story that is loosely based on Action Park, the New Jersey amusement park that was known for being "anything goes" and how dangerous it was, as well as having Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius in it, it wasn't supposed to be a biopic, but rather a comedy that talked about the park and the troubles it went through, as well as had some family drama.
With all of this being said, I must note that I can tell that it had some influence from Jackass, especially with two of the Jackass guys involved in this film. I wasn't a big fan of Jackass back in its heyday during the 2000s (especially in the early-2000s when the show was on, despite there being other films and another one coming really soon), but I can see how popular it was. Johnny Knoxville did fine with what he had to work with, whether it was in the main story or the other parts of the film with him being older (not a bad makeup job on him for that, almost reminded me of Bad Grandpa). Given the style of the amusement park, I can see some of the Jackass element in some of the stunt-work that was done for it. I also found myself chuckling at some scenes. It had its moments, but I wouldn't call it a great film. Comedy is a subjective taste. Some may find some the humor immature, others may find it funny. Again, it was passable, but not great.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 9, 2022 23:55:13 GMT -5
#15 - Brother Bear (Disney+)
While certainly not on par with Disney's best films, this is a sweet movie with a good voice cast and a heartwarming story. I also like that it avoids the traditional romantic subplot these movies are known for. [***]
#16 - Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles (Disney+)
A really well done concert film with cool visuals and good performances. Disney loses points for not having Billie say f*** though. [****]
Bored, so I'll join in (if it's all right)... I don't have a lot of time to watch movies but I do try to get at least one in a week.
1) "The Revenge of Frankenstein", 1958 British Hammer production, with Peter Cushing as Doctor Frankenstein.
2) "The Snorkel", 1958 British Hammer production. Thriller about a man who murders his wife, his step-daughter suspects him, he tries to kill her as well. ALMOST has a satisfying Hitchcock-ian ending but pulls back at the last minute (I suspect to please the British film censors).
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 10, 2022 23:57:06 GMT -5
#17 - The Forever Purge (4K Blu-Ray)
I've enjoyed this franchise for the most part but this one was pretty bland. The idea behind it feels like the natural next step. The issue is that the characters never do anything to draw you in or make you care. [**½]
#18 - Bad Boys for Life (Starz)
It's Bad Boys. I came here for wild action sequences and fun banter between Smith and Lawrence. I got both, plus Vanessa Hudgens. It also wasn't overly long like the previous entry, though the twist regarding the villain is lame as hell. [***]
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 12, 2022 23:46:04 GMT -5
#20 - Princess Cyd (Hulu)
This is a great slice of life picture with some surprisingly great shots sprinkled in throughout. There's not much in the way of conflict but it's just a delightful LGBTQ+ movie with really good performances. [***½]
#21 - Mamma Mia! (Starz)
I had so much fun shaking my ass to ABBA during this film. [***]
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 14, 2022 0:08:54 GMT -5
#22 - Rocky (HBO Max)
I've seen both Creed movies and Rocky IV but never the original. I have no idea what's wrong with me. This was as good as advertised, telling a great emotional sports story that keeps things simple, which is part of why it works so well. [****½]
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 14, 2022 18:12:24 GMT -5
#23 - Sex Appeal (Hulu)
My first 2022 release! I thought this was good fun. They did some creative things with exploring the first time these characters engage in certain sex acts and the characters were pretty good. It didn't blow me away like some other teen comedies in the same vein but it was a good time. [***]
3. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
5. Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021)
See, this is much closer to what I'd like from a live-action Batman movie then anything I've seen from The Batman or Zack Snyder so far. Just a fun, rousing adventure. I'm a fan of doing superhero stuff as period pieces, and this has just enough 70's cheese to it to make it entertaining and not annoying. It's not perfect, there's way too much screen time where Bruce is just Bruce and not Batman like he really should be, plus I'm not a fan of the cliffhanger ending. And this really didn't need to be R rated. But over-all, a definite recommend.
A Disney movie with Lin Manuel Miranda songs. I liked the story and the characters were a lot of fun. Too bad I am burned out on Miranda’s musical stylings. I found the songs distracting and the rat-a-tat delivery rendered them incomprehensible in places. Still worth watching.
Finally getting around to watching this on Disney+. This was not only the first Marvel movie in a long time that I didn't see in theaters, this was also the first Marvel movie in an even longer time that I had no interest in seeing in theaters.
So somebody at Marvel really wanted to prove that they could make a better pretentious Justice League movie then DC can. I guess they succeeded. But in the end we're still left with a slow, boring movie with poorly timed humor and an overly complicated plot filled with holes that's awkwardly shoe-horned into a universe it doesn't completely fit. Some of the characters are kinda interesting, but they're not really the ones that get the focus. Hell, the best character in the movie was MIA for the final battle. It's not horrible, but it's not something I'm all that interested in seeing again and I'm really not interested in seeing how aspects of it are incorporated into the greater MCU.
Post by I'm Team Bayley and Indi on Jan 15, 2022 11:34:22 GMT -5
2. Prom Night (1980) - my least favourite Jamie Lee Curtis slasher movie from around this era, that's not to say I didn't like stuff about it including it's opening scene it's just from there it's slow to get going again (**1/2)
thanks to Ishmeal for the signature, you are truly awesome
In the early-to-mid 00's, JSA by Geoff Johns was honestly my favorite comic book on the market. If this had come out back then I'd be all over it. But twenty years of Dan DiDio's stewardship of DC Comics honestly destroyed any interest I had in the team and when this came out I completely slept on it.
So over-all a fun movie. Don't know why they needed to put Barry Allen in this and take focus off the actual JSA, but hey, at least this didn't have a pointless R rating like Soul of the Dragon.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 15, 2022 23:17:20 GMT -5
#24 - The Croods: A New Age (Blu-RaY)
I really dug this sequel. It kept a lot of what made the characters work originally while adding interesting new people and taking the story in a fun direction. Plus, the women save the day, which is great. [***½]