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Friday, July 10, 2015

Ted 2




"You do understand that I myself am not a child?"

           Seth MacFarlane’s comedy has been hit and miss over the years.  'Hit’s' usually tip the scale with him, that would explain his longevity.  Ted 2, however, was mostly misses and I don’t feel as though that is an opinion.  I was mostly low-browed through the majority of the film.

    I was taught at a very early age that if you can not say something nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all… I’ve had this review on the back burner for a week trying to find something interesting to say.  At last I give up.

    I will admit to some funny parts but OH BOY were they few and far in between.  Beware.

    Not Worth Watching.

There is a bonus scene with Liam Neeson after or through the credits.  I did not see it because we were in a hurry to get out of there!

    letter grade:     D

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Terminator Genisys




"This is all wrong! John sent me here to save you!" 

    Terminator Genisys received a lot of bad reviews and probably rightly so depending on the individual expectation level. I am NOT going to be another bad review guy.  Ultimately, I was entertained, a feat the last two installments just could not provide. The ONLY reason it succeeded, in my opinion, is solely because of AH-NAWLD.

    Yeah he will more than likely never win an Oscar or proper recognition for his role in cinema, especially in the 90’s era but that is okay.  Those of us that know realize charisma and originality goes a very long way.  This Terminator movie would have been miserable without Schwarzenegger and that is a fact.

    Whenever you have an iconic movie franchise this fixed on a very specific date ("judgment day"), the more it’s stretched out over decades and decades of movies, the more we lose interest.  It is inevitable, like a kid promised ice cream at the beginning of the day and it’s past nighttime, the moon is out and still nothing… What!? You think we forgot!!???  Enough with the politicking already!!  We know you want to make money but forget that too!  You guys are going to lose a very sizable part of your fan base if you keep twirling that yarn in front of us cats… somebody at Paramount Pictures apparently got that memo.  We finally have proper direction. Amazingly that only adds to my then stagnant intrigue.

     I must admit to being frustrated roughly all the time in the beginning of this story.  Thanks to all the space time continuum being all mixed up and confusing but honestly, each time that happened, the story explained itself and I was able to catch on.  

    Emilia Clarke was decent and so was Jai Courtney as Kyle.  Shout out to J.K. Simmons!  I don’t want to be too prickly with critique.  One thing this franchise is going to have to do along with most other current CGI filled movies is go back to using real fire, real explosions and give more of a percentage to actual mockups and puppets screentime than post production computer imaging work.  Maybe I am becoming desynthesised to great GGI work.  I am shocked that this isn’t being dealt with in the focus groups.    Jurassic World even suffered a little bit of this.  I wrote about that very thing in the review here on Worth Watching.

    I think this movie is Worth Watching.  3D was okay but not a must.


letter grade:  B-

Inside Out




"Take her to the moon for me, Joy."

     Inside Out was as innovative as I thought it would be and even more.  The people at Pixar knows how to perfectly pull at those heart strings.  They are experts at nostalgia. They also have a track record to impress so why would I expect anything less??  From UP to Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Toy Story just to name a few!!  I don’t think I could have been more impressed.  The ingenuity to come up with such a concept as telling a story through our perceived emotions should win an Oscar in the soon-to-be category: Cinematic Ideas.

   Before the feature even started we are privileged to yet another awesome and heartfelt short film called “LAVA”.  It has a very catchy song “I Lava You” and is sure to intrigue young and old.  I was very impressed with it.

 Inside Out was casted beautifully.

   I am not going to spend an inordinate amount of time breaking down everything I loved about this soon-to-be classic.  I will just say don’t be the last one to the party.  I recommend putting it on the top of your “To see” list.

   Very very very much Worth Watching.  One of those films you can’t go wrong with.

letter grade:  A