In the 5th installment into the Terminator franchise we see John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) in a post-apocalyptic future battling the terminator threat. As we have been told all along, John learns how to take the terminators down for good, but first must send Reese back to 1984 in order to protect his mother Sarah Connor (Emila Clarke) from the original terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). All goes according to plan, that is until John is infected with a mechanical “virus” as Reese is being sent to the past which changes everything as we know it.
Terminator Genisys was a head scratcher even when the trailer was released. The question on everyone’s mind was simply, “Why change the original story?” I don’t understand why they couldn’t have made a movie about the war, what John does to extinguish the threat, and have him close the loop by sending Reese back to protect his mother. That plot would have made complete sense and everyone would have praised it for bringing the series back to the original idea; that John ends the war. Instead, filmmakers have Reese going back at the beginning of the movie and having the 1st film be totally reconstructed. I just don’t understand why this needed to be done nor what it solves in the story line. It just feels wrong.
While we are on the topic of “things feeling wrong,” let’s talk about the cast and characters. Now, I understand why we needed younger actors to play these iconic roles, but IF we don’t mess with the orignal movie, we don’t have to sit through a movie that just feels and looks confusing. These actors do NOT give us the feeling that they are who they are portraying! Sure, Jai Courtney could pass as Reese, but if Sarah Connor was supposed to already be a badass chick rather than a weak waitress, I don’t think she would have been whiny/irritating as she made out to be by Emilia Clarke. Arnold was Arnold so no complaints about his terminator but the whole plot surrounding his existence was strange.
Speaking of the plot change, let me address the giant problems I have with the story. First off, don’t EVER make John Connor the villain. Seriously, why? That was a horrible idea from the start that already makes the story bogus. Secondly, what was the point of 9-year-old Sarah being attacked when she was 9? In reality, if the terminators can’t kill young John, young or adult Sarah, why don’t they just keep going back earlier and earlier to attack her grandparents, or maybe even the dinosaurs! The idea was simple in the first and second movies. The terminators were focused on the 2 people who were the biggest threat, but if the machines really want to win, they could easily just continue to send terminators back to 1984 or 1991 over and over, right? On a side note, what happened to the T-1000 that was in 1984? You know, that random Asian terminator cop who disappears after they time travel to 2017. Anyone? Anyone?
If you can’t tell already, I didn’t like this movie and I strongly believe that it destroys the whole idea of the franchise, however, there were some good things about it. The action is decent and the special effects are good. Even Arnold keeps his trademark humor alive in his terminator, but that is about it. At the end of the day, Terminator Genisys feels like a horrible jumbled mess that screws with something it shouldn’t have screwed with. For true fans of the series, this movie feels wrong and it is hard to watch due to the cast and characters. Sure the action is fun, but when you make John Connor the villain, you just can’t help but disapprove. Co-starring J.K Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, and Byung-hun Lee.
5/10 Stars – For non-fans, the subtile irritants won’t deter you from enjoying this action mess, but for fans, this movie destroys the whole idea of what the Terminator series stands for.
Love and Mercy is the story about Brain Wilson of the famous Beach Boys during his early days making music as a young man (Paul Dano), and as a middle-aged man dealing with his mental illness (John Cusack). The story bounces between the 1960s where we see Brain as a budding young musician who is creating some of the best Beach Boy’s songs and the 1980s when he is battling his psychosis while trying to date the love of his life Melinda (Elizabeth Banks). The story is both true and heartbreaking as Brain attempts to make his life better through music as everyone around him tries to control his with fear.
Love and Mercy is one of those true stories that you never knew happened until now. As someone who is 32, I never grew up with the Beach Boys nor really know anything about the members so this story is eye-opening. This story is both enlightening and heartbreaking all at the same time as Paul Dano and John Cusack deliver wonderfully moving performances. The only problem I see with this movie is how uninteresting it could be for younger audiences of today. People under the age of 40 probably won’t know who Brain Wilson is, let alone care to watch his story for 2 hours. Unless this movie starts turning heads during award season, I fear Love and Mercy will be lost due to its dated subject matter. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is touching and interesting (especially due to the cast), but I just feel too many people will find it “just ok” and move on. Kudos for telling Brain’s story and getting awareness out for people who take advantage of the sick, but I don’t think this movie will entertain many people apart from Beach Boy fans.
6/10 Stars – Even though the movie is well acted and emotional, this story just seems outdated and one that will be forgotten about.
Back in 1982 when games such as Pac-man, Galaga, Centipede, and Donkey Kong were ruling the arcades, NASA sent a time capsule with plenty of pop culture items into space in case it ever reached intelligent life. Unfortunately for Earth, an alien race found the time capsule and mistook the games as a global challenge with the loser being annihilated. Now it is up to a bunch of nerds who won the video game championships back in 1982 to save the world from being pixellated.
The only reason I gave this movie a chance was because of Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad. These guys might not make good movies, but they sure are funny… however, this time around, they made garbage. First thing to note is the horrible acting and story line. There are way too many awkward scenes between Michelle Monaghan and Adam Sandler that make you want to turn this off. Their chemistry just isn’t there. Maybe Drew Barrymore was busy? Next, they want us to believe that Kevin James is the President… yup… President… moving on! After a while everything just added up to one giant joke, but not a funny one.
I give the filmmakers props for trying something new by having video games come to Earth threatening to kill everyone, but the MAJOR problem is that they used video games that only people born before 1970 actually played! I’m 32 and I started with the Nintendo, not the Atari, so the audience they are aiming for wants to see Link, Mario, Master Chief, Kratos, and Solid Snake. They don’t want to see Pac-man and Q-bert! I think had they made a movie where Bowser, Gannon, and many other villains of today squared off with many of the heroes, they might have had something going in the right direction. The first thing that came to mind was a Super Smash Brothers movie. Throwing tons of characters together that beat the crap out of one another would have been way more fun to watch. Sure it wouldn’t have much of a story, but neither did Pixels!
At the end of the day, Pixels wasn’t a waste of my time, but the lack of a good story while showcasing outdated video games really hurt the likability of this movie. Not to mention but Pixels wasn’t really funny. I would avoid this movie especially if you under the age of 40 and like video games, which is exactly the target audience of this movie… Co-starring Brian Cox, Peter Dinklage, Matt Lintz, Sean Bean, Jane Krakowski and Dan Aykroyd.
5/10 Stars – Normally a 4 due to the crappy story, lack of comedy, and outdated game choices, but I sure do love these guys and miss their glory days of comedy! I’ll give them an extra star.
Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) has reached the twilight of his life. He lives with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her son Roger (Milo Parker) as he spends his remaining days beekeeping and writing about his detective work. When it comes time to write about the unsolved case that put him into retirement, he has trouble remembering the events. With help from Roger, Sherlock tries to solve this troubling case before it’s too late.
I knew this movie had high marks when I went to see it, but I must say that this movie is 100% BORING! Sure Ian McKellen is his normal curmudgeon self, but the story is not something you would connect with the great Sherlock Holmes. There are aspects of this story that I just flat out didn’t understand. What was with the bees? What was with the prickly ash? Why was Holmes losing his memory an aspect of the story? If the story was surrounding a specific case that Holmes couldn’t solve, why was it not front and center? The story bounces around from topic to topic so that I couldn’t keep anything straight so when it was all over, I couldn’t honestly tell you what I was watching.
By looking at the setting and costumes, this movie is definitely a period piece set in England after World War II. This movie is going to appeal to mainly women who enjoy Jane Austin type stories but if you are someone going into this movie looking for a “Sherlock Holmes” film (and no, I don’t even mean the Robert Downey Jr kind) then you will be sadly disappointed and bored. Co-starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, and Patrick Kennedy.
5/10 Stars – Even Ian McKellen can’t save this confusing and boring story.
Amy (Amy Schumer) was told early on in life by her father that “monogamy isn’t realistic” due to the problems in his own marrage. Apparently Amy took this phrase a little too seriously because 23 years later, she is commonly getting drunk and having one night stands. She works for a magazine built around gossip and trash (think TMZ) so when her boss (Tilda Swinton) tells her to write a story on a sports doctor (Bill Hader), she is skeptical because she knows nothing about sports. It doesn’t take long before Amy sleeps with the doctor, but unlike her many other escapades, this time she falls in love.
When I saw first saw the trailer for Trainwreck I knew it was going to be gold. From the comedy to the charm, it had “feel-good love story” written all over it. Then I saw who was directing it and I was thrilled. Judd Apatow has directed one of the most revolutionary comedies to date in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (in my personal top 100), and many others such as Knocked Up and SuperBad. Not to mention that Bill Hader has slowly become gold to me and Amy Schumer is always loveable (watch out Jennifer Lawrence.) I knew I was in for a treat!
After the movie was over, I text my wife “solid 9,” and I truly believe that this movie will be a staple for comedy like The 40-Year-Old Virgin was. It is charming, funny, raunchy, emotional (yes emotional) and has a cast you can’t help but love. There are some big factors about this movie that will help it stand above the rest.
Trainwreck introduces Amy Schumer to the big screen and she is flawless in her transition from TV. She owns the role and you can’t tell this is her first starring role. Did you know that she also wrote the story? Something that took me by surprise was the amount of emotion added to this movie. There are several scenes that could potentially cause tears to roll and that is what is missing out of most romantic comedies. I loved how this movie feels realistic and not just scripted for a Hollywood movie.
The additions of John Cena and LeBron James as not “just cameos” really ups the charm and likeability. They both are in several scene and they don’t feel forced in. However, there are some great cameos such as Daniel Radcliff and Marisa Tomei in the spoof “The Dog Walker.” This again adds to my love for this cast and makes the charm skyrocket! Sure the story might seem formulaic and predictable, but the ending is one that stands on its own. As I was watching the movie, I was scared that the end was going to be lackluster and typical, however I believe the ending is one that will stick in people’s minds as something new and fresh which saves it from being “just another Rom Com ending.”
At the end of the day, Trainwreck not only confirms Judd Apatow as one of Hollywood’s biggest comedic minds, but shows us that both Amy Schumer and Bill Hader are pure gold! If you are someone who can handle some raunchy comedy, then you MUST see this movie. Go! Now! Co-starring Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Jon Glaser, and Ezra Miller.
9/10 Stars – The best of 2015 (so far) and one of the best romantic comedies I’ve ever seen. The cast will steal your heart, make you cry and make you laugh!
His Review: In the 5th installment into the Terminator franchise we see John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) in a post-apocalyptic future battling the terminator threat. As we have been…
His Review: Love and Mercy is the story about Brain Wilson of the famous Beach Boys during his early days making music as a young man (Paul Dano), and as a middle-aged man…
His Review: Back in 1982 when games such as Pac-man, Galaga, Centipede, and Donkey Kong were ruling the arcades, NASA sent a time capsule with plenty of pop culture…
His Review: Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) has reached the twilight of his life. He lives with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her son Roger (Milo Parker) as he…