Items tagged "adventure":

  1. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

    A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

    Was better a second time around! I was upset (with the theater) the first time i reviewed THIS.

    Lily Cole = love at first sight! She had he glued to the screen. She’s like a Nymph or an Angel. Funny how her model height showed (was obvious) in some scenes.

    R.I.P. Heath Ledger. This was unfinished work, that was finished - with the help of some noteworthy talent/friends. Kudos to you all gentlemen (Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell). The adjustment to keep this film going was truly remarkable/clever, and was a great “tribute” to Ledger.

    Terry Gilliam is a fantasy GENIUS!


  2. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

    An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

    The genesis of the iconic and legendary film Planet of the Apes (1968)!

    James Franco… man the guy is so hot he can sell an inverted crucifix to the pope. Undeniably one of the “in demand” actors in modern cinema. The guy’s got the looks and he can act.

    Now that that’s out of the way we can talk about the film and the spectacular effects. The Apes are the stars here, fuck all the humans. Not including the wonderful effects team that brought this film together and displayed their talent.

    Caesar aka Andy Serkis (Gollum) stole the show! along with his CGI primal mates. I loved how the writers tied-up the “launch” and left the film open ended. Leaving room for a “possible” part 2.

    The story also has a Monkey Shines (1988) element to it. Seeing John Lithgow made my heart pitter patter. That crazy old man!

    And there were some surprises too Tom Felton gets what he deserves and Brian Cox = a strict douche again. They represented so many of us who take things for granted, being the proud race that we are. One day we too shall be humbled.

    The chaos and theory was admirable. The demise of the world may come in any form size or number (rise of the zombies, rise of the robots, rise of the aliens, rise of the apes etc.). Splendid production quality that does not disappoint.

    Funny thing: They ate cookies more than they did bananas! (was there even a banana?) SEE: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) to find out why.

    I do hope they make a (the rumored) sequel…


  3. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

    A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.

    Jon Favreau “you da man” i admire yo work. This one was a tough one to judge.

    I initially thought this was a Wild Wild West (1999) mash-up with Outlander (2008). But then it dawned on me… fuck… it’s exactly like High Plains Invaders (2009).

    Thankfully, this had a solid cast and great special effect work. This was a different western - obviously. The alien race was “ok” and their methods were… a tad bit convenient, in regards to the whole western/cowboy/gold mining theme.

    Craig. Daniel Craig did a stupendous job, Alongside legendary Harrison Ford! who fuckin’ tore it up once again. That smirk gets me every time. Olivia Wilde was gorgeous, as usual… those damn eyes that hot bod. And Sam Rockwell rocks it as well, taking the passenger seat (so to speak) and yet holding his own. Everyone else = excellent.

    A western with guns aimed at kids. Fun, thrilling and satisfied my popcorn movie craving. Wasn’t my cup-o-tea but it did it’s job… entertain.


  4. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

    After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.

    Fun and action packed! But a failed attempt at redemption… it’s just like the comic-to-film fail Captain America (1990). Big expectations, weak delivery.

    Modern cinema technology has resurrected Cap and added some badassness to his persona. Trouble is… It’s Captain America. One of my least favorite “i don’t use weapons i use a shield” comic book heroes. I found his aura (in general- comic, cartoon and movies) bossy, arrogant and just a plain old boring straight edge hero.

    Chris Evans was perfect as the captain. No complaints here, he’s been amusing me ever since. There was a woman somewhere in this flick… obviously forgettable. Bucky was weak and the rest of the grunts/soldiers were typical. 

    Tommy Lee Jones!!! fuckin’ win man! AND That badass motherfucker Samuel L. Jackson returns as the “black” Nick Fury (i grew up to a white version- don’t mean to be racist). *You gotta see these two go head to head in The Sunset Limited (2011). 2 men, 1 apartment = brilliant.

    The good parts. The props, costumes and sets really did it for me. Amazing, it made me feel the film. I like that sorta grungy old-school look. The story developed well as it progressed. Viewers have to be reminded “The First Avenger” - this basically sets up the *fingers crossed* amazing coming moment in comic history! The story of Cap is crap, it’s The Avengers (2012) i like.  

    And now… the painful parts. Hugo Weaving, what the hell did you do to my Red Skull?!? Was he even in the movie?!? I must say the “battle” was weak and old. And the effects did not help at all. Damn Hollywood for messing, the best part of the story, up. Red Skull was a bitch. 

    There are more plus then minuses here. I expected way to much. It was fun, exciting and an adventure to remember. But it didn’t “wow” me, it’s good but not that good. I liked it but didn’t love it.

    Would i watch it again? yes. Would i recommend seeing it (at least once)? yes. Would i say it’s the greatest comic book movie? no.

    A “win” for comicbookdom, but not cinema.


  5. The Legend of 1900 (1998) aka La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano

    Shortly after the Second World War, Max, a transplanted American, visits an English pawn shop to sell his trumpet. The shopkeeper recognizes the tune Max plays as one on a wax master of an unreleased recording, discovered and restored from shards found in a piano salvaged from a cruise ship turned hospital ship, now slated for demolition. This chance discovery prompts a story from Max, which he relates both to the shopkeeper and later to the official responsible for the doomed vessel, for Max is a born storyteller. Though now down on his luck and disillusioned by his wartime experiences, the New Orleans-born Max was once an enthusiastic and gifted young jazz musician, whose longest gig was several years with the house band aboard the Virginian, a posh cruise ship. While gaining his sea legs, he was befriended by another young man, the pianist in the same band, whose long unlikely name was Danny Boodman T.D…

    Words cannot describe how much I LOVE THIS FILM. This re-visit was greatly appreciated.

    The music, the acting, the vision and the story - All modern cinema gems. This was BEAUTIFUL in so many ways. Poetic and emotionally crushing. 

    From the visionary eye of Spanish director Giuseppe Tornatore. Who gave us the dramatic and stunning Cinema Paradiso (1988) and Malèna (2000). His flare for drama is spot-on, making every film effort into a brilliant piece of cinema.

    Tim Roth, Tim Roth, Tim Fucking Roth! Man o man, he was spectacular!!! His performance was at such a great level he pulled everyone together and infected them, making this one of the best cast films ever! Brilliant from extras to supporting. Can you feel the energy? It was definitely captivating.

    Goddamn that face-off with Clarence Williams III BLEW MY MIND, the 1st time i caught this film. It definitely made me want to smoke, well done and mesmerizing. It’s hard to believe i caught this film “by chance” (one later night) on some foreign cable network. I believe it was “love at first sight/sound”.

    An uplifting masterpiece for all to see! If you haven’t had the pleasure, grab a copy now.


  6. Ironclad (2011)

    In 13th-century England, a small group of Knights Templar fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John.

    Ah… a medieval battle… I’ve seen some shit-storms in this genre… low and behold, my brother and i enjoyed this one, considering it obvious budget constrictions. A nice little tale with some familiar resonance.

    A land tormented by a traitor, and from that land comes an (indestructible) hero - with a heart… and principles. Alongside him is a group of skilled fellows and a mission they may not return from.

    Cut that fucker in half! Holy shit i couldn’t resist laughing, this had some brutal and intense fight scenes. Bring on the gore! What they lack in “grandness” they make up in the (well choreographed) fight scenes. Small budget with some prosthetic special effect payback, i was definitely impressed.

    The history? I really didn’t care if it was accurate or not. Though i did get in a scrap (with my bro) about this being a Hood tale. “C’mon his name is King John! and he’s an asshole- this is fucking Robin Hood”.

    Paul Giamatti is the King! I wasn’t too keen on the casting here, though it was appreciated. Jason Flemyng brings a familiar face to the rude crude badass dudes aka Merry men. And Kate Mara… oh boy… the only chick in the film, and she ain’t a babe.

    This is a guy flick. The romance moments sucked so fucking much. Temptation to fast-forward these parts is impossible to resist. Do it… you won’t regret it as much as watching this sappy so-called love story. Bring on the steel and blood.

    This was a great platform for James Purefoy, he is capable of holding a ragtag group together. I thought he was a modern Christopher Lambert… must’ve been the sword, grime and intensely sad eyes.

    It’s a typical action adventure. This was better than some (It was a little too much at times, which was forgivable considering the budget). You might be surprised one lazy Sunday afternoon.

    This isn’t something you’d go out of your way to grab. But when ya do get the chance to catch it, it ain’t so bad.


  7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

     The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

    Michael Bay does it again! Mindless action with “some” story… We follow and unemployed Sam Witwicky?!? Hard to believe sine HE DID saved the world. Totally a popcorn flick for pre-teens and kids.

    Shitty story, great action. You get exactly what is advertised, big robots battling for control of the Earth. And then…

    Shia LaBeouf returns with a new “love” the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley! Goddamn she was smokin’, and that accent - wow. “I need a fresh pair of boxers”

    What i really enjoyed was the presence of comedians! John Turturro returns as the crazy agent. Add comedy sensation Ken Jeong, and you’ve got guaranteed laughs. BUT who truly made me smile was Alan Tudyk aka “Steve The Pirate”, his character “Dutch” was the best of them all. The soldier guys come back too, eh…

    The Witwicky family… for fucks sake… spare me…

    LOVED (the new versions of) Soundwave and Lazerbeak! Shockwave was cool too, except for the indistinguishable tentacle thing he had. Prime… sheesh… what a square hero.

    So what can i say? I needed something senseless and fun. I got it. The romance bits sucked and the story was “convenient”. As i sad Michael Bay does it again.


  8. FLCL (2001) aka Fooly Cooly

    A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

    A vibrant and fast-paced 6 episode anime masterpiece! Suggested to me after posting Dead Leaves (2004) - TV head/robot. And i loved the EVA Neon Genesis type feel to it as well. This was a ridiculous and fun ride, though confusing at the start. Clarity comes in the end.

    This is just what the doctor ordered, an almost perfect getaway from reality. Let your mind go wild! Stunning to the eyes and mind. It’s got cats, robots and mad rockin’ guitars!!! And a brutal OST to boot.

    Loved the sexual innuendo and dark metaphors, imbedded in the fantastic animation. A roller-coaster ride not to be missed! Three thumbs up!


  9. Avatar (2009)

    A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

    I was in the mood for a comedy. “Oh my gawd, why can’t real life be like in 3d yeah?”

    After all the smoke from the hype settled i decided to watch this acclaimed “masterpiece” (again?!? i surprise myself sometimes). Star Trek (2009), District 9 (2009) and Moon (2009) dominated the sci-fi action adventure films of 2009.

    Avatar - It’s a Titanic for kids “on an alien planet” . With that being said, This modern day FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) meets Pocahontas (1995) had a great environmental message, Garbled by fancy computer graphics and a strong marketing arm.

    Over all i must say this was the visual feast it was expected to be. Brilliant CGI work, the creatures were animated well and the production was superb. The acting was decent. Michelle Rodriguez has balls, literally. Sigourney Weaver in a sci-fi = gold. Sam Worthington genuinely has that “douche” look down to a science. I have yet to warm up to that annoying face. War machine “kill, kill, kill” Stephen Lang was tremendously entertaining to watch. And Giovanni Ribisi, though portraying a mere speck of dust, was nice to see.

    When the “oohs” and “aahs” are over and done…

    In the end, it’s an family film that was made for 3D. I have given this a third chance and i stand my ground. This was all hype. It’s good but not great.


  10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

    The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last cannister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to create an army of new mutants.

    "Cowabunga dudes!!!"

    The heroes in a half shells are back for some more tubular action and radical laughs! A couple of changes and additions to the franchise. Watching this again made me realize this had lots more to offer “the youth” than the first movie.

    I loved how the whole opening sequence focused on PIZZA!

    Lessons! The whole “doesn’t matter how you were brought to the world, it’s what you make of yourself”, “finding one’s destiny”, “not to give up” and “the gift of youth and the value of experience”. These were nice touches to the film, giving it a positive light.

    The Turtles fight the evil nasty dudes, led by a resurrected Shredder. Part 2 involves the “Ooze” which mutated the Turtles and Splinter, into awesome! Evil creates Tokka and Rahzar, characters made by the original creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, which disappointed fans of the cartoon series. What happened to Bebop and Rocksteady?!? 

    What i enjoyed was the separation of Rafael from the group, in the comics the dudes a badass rebel. Who goes out at night as a (solo) vigilante a lot. I suggest checking out the violent TMNT comic books.

    The fights were slightly improved and the gangs were still lame. Paige Turco was a better/hotter April O’Neil! Mad scientist “legend” David Warner does what he does best. And Ernie Reyes Jr. begins his journey into the spotlight.

    Holy fuck Vanilla Ice!!! “Go ninja, Go ninja, Go!” - i totally forgot about this part. And upon doing some research i found out WWE/wresting superstar Kevin Nash was Super Shredder.

    Dedicated to the memory of “Puppet Master” Jim Henson.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) was just too kiddie for me. TMNT (2007) was a good attempt at bringing them back, but CGI just didn’t do it for me. What i am excited for is the “possible/rumored” comeback of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012).

  11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

    A quartet of humanoid turtles trained by their mentor in ninjitsu must learn to pull together in order to face the menace of Shredder and the Foot Clan.

    Based on the comic book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

    Does anyone remember this? PIZZA!!! = The beginning of an obsession. An action packed live action action ‘toon come to life. With Kung Fu, slang words, skateboards and mutated heroes. Radical!!!

    Those darn memorable green dudes. At the time THIS was the best of the best, costume wise. The animatronic heads were a marvel. The voices were different from the famous cartoon, but we (kids) didn’t seem to mind. Looking at it now i commend the men in “suits”, bet it was hell getting those moves down.

    Woah i totally missed -Corey Feldman voiced Donatello?!?!? I remember that Elias Koteas was perfect as Casey Jones. The girl who played April O’Neil was a let down, nowhere near “hot” or “cute”.

    TRIVIA: This was the highest-grossing independent film of all time, having made over $133 million in domestic box office.

    Cheesy as pizza! I will never forget the line “Ninja, Vanish!” and Tatsu’s growling/grunting.

    The animation and toys helped skyrocket these turtles to international infamy. Who didn’t have a turtle item in their home? During the late 80s and early 90s it was all about turtle power. I am proud to have been part of a generation who grew up with “non conventional” looking heroes. They ain’t pretty boys, but they sure are “cool”. Which makes this one of the successful comic book movies of the time.

    An era of awesomeness!


  12. Super 8 (2011)

    After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.

    Well, hello there 80s!!!

    J.J. Abrams takes a knee and opens wide taking in all the Spielberg he can. He had me with Star Trek (2009) and then this “viral driven” anticipated film of the year came out…

    Not just your average eye-candy sci-fi flick, this one’s got heart! Very Steven Spielberg: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) meets The Goonies (1985)with some horror sci-fi elements and Abrams signature “lens flare/glare” effect.

    A character driven kiddie adventure! Finally “substance over style”… well not really. This was visually spectacular motion picture. So much eye candy partnered with a story that we could all learn from: Letting go.

    The humor was spot-on and the casting was just right. And you gotta have the fat kid!

    Was it all hype? No. There is something “special” about Super 8, not as the imagination would picture it. An old idea made new, pretty cool.

    Fun for the whole family! I’d say this was a “steady” film, that brought me back to my youth.

    *I ain’t gonna say more because critics have spoiled the fun for me (prior to my viewing), i wouldn’t wanna do that to my readers.


  13. Green Lantern (2011)

    A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

    Critics expected what? My least favorite hero goes on the big screen… my expectations were set to “medium”.

    Was X-Men: First Class (2011) and Thor (2011) a tough act to follow? Perhaps.

    An Action-adventure sci-fi fantasy! By serious action director Martin Campbell. This just wasn’t in his realm of expertise. I feel that they tried to put too much into the story/film. There was just too much happening… And the far more important details were left open for the sequel? They should have solidified the character first.

    Ryan Reynolds makes a terrific Hal Jordan! His acting skills were tested and he brought it. His wing man or wing woman is the sultry Blake Lively. Who was smokin’ in this movie. It took me a while to recognize her. The ever-so-evil Peter Sarsgaard plays the demented and possessed professor, wonderfully.

    The interstellar police/Lantern Corps is led by Mark Strong aka Sinestro (who’s story didn’t unfold?!?!?). He is the villain! Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) told (hinted about) his story better.

    Green Lantern’s weakness? There was just too much CGI work here… Clancy Brown, Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan add talent to the animated characters. But those big names couldn’t fix the digitized look of the movie.

    I didn’t like the “oath” bit, but i enjoyed the film as a whole. This was ranked as a “win” but bordered “ok” because of the obvious flaws (kiddie). Regardless, DC has come up with a watchable film, which is just one of those set in preparation for bigger things.

    People are being a bit too harsh in their critique.


  14. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

    The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who is after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.

    "You got the touch, You got the power… Yeeeeeaaaah!!!"

    The ULTIMATE 80s sci-fi cartoon! The definition of “EPIC”. Childhood awe and splendor have resurfaced like an acid flashback. Intergalactic War has never looked so cool!

    Featuring the voice talents of: Judd Nelson, “Guinness Book of World Records fastest talker.” John Moschitta Jr., Mr. Sci-fi Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron, The iconic Optimus Prime voice by Peter Cullen AND the legendary Orson Welles as Unicron! Plus, the original tv character voices/actors.

    Cartoon death has never been so sad… the loss of a leader and a rise of a novice. An action packed adventure that will be with me ‘til the day i die. The live action films have never been able to capture the cartoon/toy franchise as true as this.

    No matter how many times i watch this… it never gets old.

    The Transformers is the crown jewel of 80s cartoon movies! G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987) is in 2nd place, without a doubt. Both tv series have influenced my life (moral lessons) and has made me the man that i am today.

    *Yes, i have a Decepticon tattoo.