Transformers 4

Transformers 4

  No, just no. Despite seeing this film for free, I want a full cash refund. Or at the very least, compensation from Michael Bay for the near three hours lost witnessing him do the unspeakable; make an even worse Transformers film.   Despite time passing since I first saw Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, my disappointment in this film hasn’t subsided. Explaining to friends why I didn’t enjoy this film, I receive the same blank response; “well, what did you expect?”. But I wanted more, I say. After three strike-outs but Michael Bay Transformers films, dumb schlocky explosions at the expense of story shouldn’t be the default state. .   We live in a world where fans of 80’s cartoon and comics are not only a sizable chunk of the market, but are also the parents of the next generation of consuming kids who will cling to the their childhood cartoons in decades to come.   Audiences are smarter. They know what can and can’t be done within the constraints of modern technology. The illusions of CGI no longer wow us into ignoring plot holes and bad story telling. What did I expect? I expected better, I expected a renewed take on a beloved franchise that Michael Bay has turned into a mockery in its past two films.   Typically, criticism of Bay’s previous Transformers films has been leveled at Shia LaBeouf’s character Sam Witwicky (currently topping the polls for ‘character most desired to be stepped on by a giant robot’), or the token eye-candy female protagonists who exist solely for up-skirt camera pans. Classy stuff.   But...
22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street

Great actors have convincingly played the fool in the past, Tom Hanks even won an Oscar for Forest Gump. But all of them should now bow down to Channing Tatum. In reprising his role as Jenko, Tatum is deserving of considerable praise for portraying one of the most convincing idiot man-children in the history of cinema.   For the uninitiated, 22 Jump Street is the sequel to 21 Jump Street – a film based on the late 80’s TV show starring Johnny Depp. The first film ended up being funnier than it deserved to be (considering its source material) and shocked a lot of people who had originally dismissed it. Like a prized boxer, the film hit you with a 1, 2 combo followed by a powerful upper cut that put you on your arse.     This time around our main characters Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back and have moved on from their old assignment as High School students, to being College Students. Imagine, if you can, all of the stereotypical jokes and situations that two 30 year old cops pretending to be College students could inspire. Most are likely to be present in this film. Now you would think these jokes would come across as stale, but here’s the thing, they don’t. What 22 Jump Street does, what many other comedies fail at, is making obvious and worn out jokes seem fresh.   Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have created a film that is self-aware and happy to poke fun at its content and stars. I normally hate films when they try to...
Xmen: Days of Future Past

Xmen: Days of Future Past

Let me start this off by saying that I loves me a comic book movie.  Anyone who has listened to the podcast knows that as much as I try to fight and hide it, I’m a geek at heart. Yes, being on a video games podcast cemented that, but well … whatever.   I’ve seen all the films in the X-Men franchise, and I would like to think I am very forgiving of their faults.  I forgave X-Men: Last Stand for what they did to the Pheonix Saga; and even what they did to Deadpool in Wolverine Origins. OK, that’s a lie, I will never forgive the Deadpool thing.  But there is something about this movie that while being awesome in so many places, just didn’t seem to sit right with me.  Now I didn’t just rush into writing my piece about Days of Future Past, as I would of just “fanboy’ed” it.  I loved so much of what this film had, but I walked out of it not wishing I could see the next movie straight away. Hell, I didn’t even walk out wishing I was a superhero like I did leaving Man of Steel.  So I waited until I could really pinpoint what didn’t sit well; and it all begins and ends with the pacing of the film for me.   The pacing of this film made it a struggle for not just me, but the others I went with. Following everything that was going on was difficult; which is bad when you know what is supposed to happen!  I don’t care that Bryan Singer’ n’ co...
Godzirrrrrah

Godzirrrrrah

  Now, unlike the majority of the internet loving movie masses, it seems I have not seen old Godzilla films outside of the one with Puff Daddy and the destruction of Madison Square Garden.  So, other than toys and old film posters, I didn’t really have much of an idea of what the true Godzilla was supposed to look like on the big screen, or how the films really play out.  Sure, you go in expecting a giant lizard stomping through a city, but what I witnessed was one of the most badass looking monsters I have seen on the big screen in a very long time cause pure havoc.   I should preface this write up by saying that I had watched all the trailers in the lead up, as after seeing the teaser trailer it was hard not to be sold as it looked dark and beautiful. However, by the time trailer #2 came around, what I thought the movie was going to be about took a sudden turn as a gigantic winged monster known as a MUTO appeared in the trailer.  Don’t get me wrong, I was a big fan of the “King of the Monsters” game on Arcade, and loved that there was more monsters than just Godzilla. But you know what would have been awesome? Not knowing that before I sat down.  This was a major plot twist from what I was expecting, and while not at the spoiler level as say a trailer telling me “Bruce Willis was actually a ghost”, it certainly took away from my experience … and from what I...