Leading up to the release of this movie longtime TMNT fans bemoaned Michael Bay’s involvement despite the fact that he was seemingly nothing more than a producer on the project. Many fans also complained about various aspects of the design of the new CGI turtles. As a kid who grew up playing with the original Playmates toys, I just hoped it would be a fun flick.
The original Resident Evil movie was one of the first of the wave of modern video game movies. Milla Jovovich also kind of led a new wave of female action movies. But the series has been going on for quite a long time. At a certain point though the series began to feel stale. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth film of the franchise, is supposed to be the final film in the series and it was timed to release at essentially the same time as the new video game, Resident Evil 7.
The Grey is one of those movies that I had intended to see for quite some time. I had heard good things but there always seemed to be something else that I watched, some good, some very bad.
The movie starts with three friends telling their story (via YouTube videos) of being forced to move out of their homes because of a new highway being built through their neighborhood. It’s a surprisingly emotional few minutes. These are kids who essentially only have each other for friends and they’re worried about all being moved to different schools and never making new friends. I moved a few times growing up and I can remember feeling the EXACT same way. The movie kind of won me over right there.
In case you were confused, this is not a review for 2007 CGI Beowulf known for CGI Angelina Jolie boobs. This is the 1999 Christopher Lambert direct to video post apocalyptic sci-fi version. You’d be forgiven if you had never heard of it.
I’m on a bit of quest. I want to view and review every Robin Hood movie possible. I have always loved the Robin Hood story. I grew up watching Prince of Thieves over and over and over again. It’s time for me to catch up on all the other versions of my favorite non-super hero.
With Sabotage, Arnold hoped to prove that he still has it. What exactly Arnold still has is not everybody’s cup of tea and just because he still has it doesn’t automatically make a movie good.
I’m not really the biggest fan of war movies but you throw Dolph Lundgren, Luke Goss, Mickey Rourke and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell and I’m all in.
I had high hopes for Man of Tai Chi. It seemed like a passion project for Keanu Reeves, who I have a lot of respect for despite him not being the greatest actor in the world. Unfortunately Man of Tai Chi ended up being yet another run of the mill “forced to fight” movie in the already crowded genre. The ever so slight alteration that is made is that the guy being “forced” to fight is actually starting to like it. A bit interesting… I’ll give it that but it never goes deep enough to make this tweak mean anything.
The movie starts with John Williams iconic theme song. I had forgotten just how incredible this song was. It’s right up there with the Star Wars theme, which was also written by John Williams. Both themes get the viewer into the right mood for this movie from the very first seconds they’re played.
I first want to say that it would have been an easy choice to throw Scott Adkins into the starring role. As much as I love Scott Adkins, I’m glad the producers went with a fresher face. Alain Moussi does a really great job for someone who has never really had a big starring role like this before. In 100% honesty, his acting does still need some work but he feels like he is close. I hope he is able to stick around the action movie scene for a while. We all know how badly the genre needs some new heroes.