Rampage was by far one of my favorite arcade games to play as a kid. It was simple and fun with a bit of a twist, you were the monster. You got to smash buildings, cars, and eat people as either a giant werewolf or a massive gorilla. For a kid with a lot of pent up video game rage, Rampage was the perfect place to escape watching my friends who could master combos on Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. So when I heard about a film adaptation of the game starring The Rock, I was like – yes please!
It’s essentially Arrow meets Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and I am not complaining. Whenever I go see a movie based on a video game, I set my sights to “just keep me entertained.” Tomb Raider wins points for being stimulating, interesting, and filled with mostly plausible action sequences. One of the reasons I had no desire to see the Jolie films is that I never really played the game that much, and I considered the character to be a ridiculous fantasy. I am pleased to say that Vikander has brought some needed reality to an otherwise forgettable character.
When I first saw an ad for Bright, I felt the same way. Actually I thought of it more like Alien Nation, where there is an extraterrestrial species trying to assimilate with humans and work on the police force. I was excited to see Bright, and I was looking forward to getting a press screening for it. But, then I found out it was coming out on Netflix with no theatrical release. Interesting, I thought – and rather than focus on why that was happening, I decided that I would definitely be checking this one out. All I can say is, sorry I took so long, David Ayer!
I am a casual fan of Ayer, but I had no idea he was behind Bright. I was a bit disappointed with Suicide Squad, but my main critique was that he didn’t tap into what made him great, namely Training Day and End of Watch. Speaking of Suicide Squad, you will recognize quite a few of the actors in Bright.
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The most hyped comic book movie since Avengers itself is finally out in theaters, but does it deserve all the fuss? Black Panther definitely lagged in a few places, but overall the film delivered a solidly entertaining story with interesting characters. Like all comic book films, the story is only as good as its villain, and the vengeful Killmonger makes for a perfect villain in a struggle reminiscent of Shakespeare.
Overall you will be entertained with Black Panther. But, will you find it worth all the hype? Only one way to find out. Go see it for yourself!
Everyone who was alive on September 11th, 2001 knows exactly where they were and what they were doing that morning. It’s one of those moments that gets captured in time like a chrysalis and from that pupal stage we were all born anew as students of a new reality. So many of us had wild fantasies about directly confronting the enemy, head on, and making “the shot” – the shot that would end the life of our persistent tormentor, Osama Bin Laden. He famously said that we would lose, because we love life, where his troops loved death. Well, ODA 595 with the help of the “Northern Alliance” decided to send as many of those fuckers to “paradise” as the Pentagon would allow. 12 Strong tells their story, or at least the best that Hollywood can.
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