Saturday, June 16, 2018
Warcraft (魔獸:崛起) is an 2016 film. The movie is based on the popular video game of the same name from Blizzard Entertainment. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, and Daniel Wu. Many of the folks were in complete CG that you didn't even know it was them.
Humans and Orcs long battle each other. When a evil wizard from the Orcs side gains from evil magic, it affects both side. Both sides must now join forces to defeat the evil wizard. But before they can do that, Humans and Orcs must learn to accept and fight along side each other.
This movie as a lot of CG. So much that it began to look cartoonish. And the CG wasn't bad like television, but it wasn't on par against other movies that rely heavily on CG. The story was also very hard to follow which made me confused and there are way too many characters that look similar that I couldn't tell them apart.
From the box office standpoint, it performed poorly in the USA based on its budget, but got the money back on the international market.
Not sure I can recommend this one. Better off dusting off your Windows 3.1 and going into DOS to set the memory to play the first Warcraft game. Wait, I still do that.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (金牌特務:機密對決) is an 2017 film. The movie stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Mark Strong. The film adds Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges to its supporting cast.
The films starts out with the Kingsman getting blow to pieces, suggesting a mole. Eggsy find his way to the US to enlist the help of the Statesman. Harry was not killed and was rescued by the Statemen, the US counterpart to the Kingsman. When they join forces, they head to stop another world usurper. Can they make it back in time to stop the madness?
This film was like episode two. It continues Eggsy's evolution from street thug to socialite. However, you can take the kid out of thuglife, but the thuglife lives on in him.
I liked the movie, but once you've seen it once, its hard to watch again. I've skipped it the last few times. I caught this for the first via Redbox.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
三生三世十里桃花 (Once Upon Aa Time) is an 2017 film out of Zhong Guo. The movie stars Liu Yifei and Yang Yang. The movie is based on a novel and a long drama series called Eternal Love was based on the same story.
Liu Yifei plays Bai Qian, a fox ferry that lives in seclusion and dreams of her lover. Ye Hua, played by Yang Yang, who belives Bai Qian is his long lost lover Su Su. Ye pays Bai a visit and tries to figure her out. They eventually fall for each other and go to the heavenly city. There, past lives and responsibilities and politics come into play. Can these two lovers that could be from multiple generations still find love?
I saw this movie at a local AMC back in the summer of 2017. Besides both protagonist being extremely good looking people, I found it hard to watch the movie. During the movie, two couples walked out. I have thought to do that before I think I have, just couldn't for this film. Liu and Yang are too beautiful to not watch. Even if the story sucks.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Kong: Skull Island (金剛:骷髏島) is an 2017 film. The movie is an ensemble cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, and John C. Reilly. The movie reboots the King Kong monster for the modern times and is the second movie of Legendary's MonsterVerse. The first being the recent Godzilla (哥吉拉) reboot. The two franchises will meet someday.
There is a secret island in the South Pacific. During WWII, two pilot crash land there, the Japanese and US pilots clash but are interrupted by a monster. Fast forward to the 70s. A group of researchers identify a strange island that needs investigation. However, in order to get there, a lot of parties join the fray. And all of them have there own agenda when they get there. As each group seemly tries to destroy the island. The protector of the island gets involved. King Kong of course. Can they get out of the island alive? Will Kong climb the Empire State building. Inquiring minds want to know.
This movie was well made. The addition of Jing Tian is to attract the Zhong Guo market. When seems like they did better than Godzilla. As a movie, I was entertained. Even though Samuel L. Jackson's character was cray cray, it had to done to move the story along. Lots and lots of beautiful people in this movie which make watching this movie a breeze. Not gonna watch it a second. It's been on rerun on HBO recently and haven't stopped to watch once. I got this via Redbox back in the day.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (野蠻遊戲:瘋狂叢林) is an 2017 film. The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas. The supporting cast include Bobby Cannavale, Rhys Darby, and Colin Hanks. The film was primarily shot in Hawaii and takes place 26 years after the events of the first movie, starring Robin Williams.
Four teenagers get into mischief at school and are sent to detention. There, they discover a old video game and decide to play it. The four pick characters and are magically transported into the game. They discover that they have 3 lives to complete the game and maybe get back home. Along the way they find out their skills and become "woke" to their ways in the real world.
The movie was a lot of fun to watch, the story was simple and the action kept me engaged. I like that each character had their moments and it wasn't completely a Rock movie. Johnson does get most of the scene time, but they do end up focusing on the other players a lot too.
This movie was also much different than the Robin Williams one. Where the game came to our world, this one was the gamers going into their world. A fun watch and recommended for a fun time.