Monday, October 31, 2016

Doctor Strange (2016)

I don't know Doctor Strange so well. I can't comment how faithful this is to source material. I have seen animated version of the origin story. This tells the same story with some changes. I can't say how The Ancient One was whitewashed or how Benedict Cumberbatch was wrong person to play Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange is another product of Marvel Studios' movie making machine. It has all the good and the bad of other Marvel Studios' movies. It is entertaining while it lasts but afterwards you don't remember much about it. Just like Ant-Man. Marvel Studios are not making the same movie again and again but outside few really good movies others are just ok. Movies are above the competition but there are so many of them they don't feel anything special anymore.

Doctor Strange's problem is uneven effects. Some of them are amazing. You wonder how they managed to do them. Other times they are really bad like they run out of money and time. What ever the reason there are too many effects. Effects took the center stage from the story. Movie was better before Doctor Strange learned to use magic.

Most dramatic moment has computer generated versions of Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch. Both are good actors who did good job in the movie. Computer generated versions of them took the weight out off the most dramatic scene.

Villains didn't help. They were just three or more people with black make-up around their eyes. Mads Mikkelsen was totally wasted. There were more of them but only three of them went anywhere at the time. Others waited somewhere. The big evil was as bad as Maleborgia from Spawn movie.

Doctor Strange is fun while it lasts. There are amazing effects. It has set up for few future movies. If that is good enough for you, you will enjoy the movie. How ever it could have been better with less visual effects and more story.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Justice League: Cosmic Clash (2016)

This is sequel to LEGO: Justice League vs Bizarro League and Justice League - Attack of the Legion of Doom. Like I said when I reviewed those movies I am not the target audience for these movies. I just was curious to see what these are. This time Justice League faces Brainiac. Brainiac is one of more interesting Superman villains. I like him when done correctly, This is for kids so they could not done him correctly.

I was surprised to see they destroyed one planet after showing aliens who lived there. It was done for laughs but those aliens did not survive. It was unexpected from Lego movie. Another unexpected thing was when Justice League went full Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. All of them had ships which created one big robot when combined. I guess their publisher owns rights to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers too. Otherwise they will see in court. It was as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as Justice League can be.

Cosmic Clash is best Lego Justice League movie I have seen. It don't have as many simply annoying moments than other two and Batman was quite interesting. It is stupid and runs from one place to another without too much content. There were few enjoyable moments. It seems like they are learning what these movies should be.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Flash - Season 1 (2014-2015)



I am bit lazy here. This video was originally published on my Youtube channel last Thursday. I didn't feel like doing spoiler and non-spoiler reviews since this is too new anymore. Why I review first season of The Flash now is because it took this long for it to become available for streaming.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon (2008)

With some movies you know they will be bad but you are curious to see how bad they could be. Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon is one of those movies. It was in scifi section but it is more adventure movie with horror elements. It is not so bad it is good. It is just boring and stupid. I write this to warn you not to waste your time with it.

It tells about scientists/treasure hunters who search signs of Egyptians from Grand Canyon and find lost Aztec city with their ancient god. I won't go into how bad effects were. They were bad but they weren't the problem. Writing, acting, dialog, story and cinematography over all were. Can't say nothing about score because I am not sure if there was music. I don't remember.

I watched it fifteen minutes ago and I have hard time remembering what happened. Story just went back and forth. It was supposed to be horror movie where group dies one by one but after few deaths they stop dying. Movie teases they died but after few moments we see they didn't die after all. I don't mean they should have died but when their deaths and sacrifices were teased many times you lose your interest.

I think everyone's but Shannen Doherty's characters death was teased. Some characters' deaths were teased more than once. I can't remember who survived. Worst thing was when one guy stayed behind to let them escape and they gave montage of his and Shannen Doherty's character's love story, which was non-existent and guy was back with them few minutes later.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Luke Cage (2016)

Luke Cage is third Marvel superhero getting own Netflix Original series. He was introduced during Jessica Jones. Like others Luke Cage is dark and grim series. I had my doubts before watching the series. How they could make series about man with bullet proof skin fighting against normal people interesting?

I watched series in two sessions. I ended first at middle of seventh episode. After first session I liked the series but it felt too much like black version of Daredevil with exception Cottonmouth wasn't as interesting as Kingpin. I started to see pattern. Series was good but felt too much like Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

Then there was big twist. This is spoiler free review so I won't go into it. After it Luke Cage didn't feel like others. It got its own story and felt more interesting than before. Bullet proof skin wasn't problem. Series had ways to make it interesting even when hero's life wasn't in danger for the most of the series. However I doubt they can make second season as interesting.

If I have to nitpick there were couple twists which were destroyed because they were so obvious that you just had to wait them to happen. Story went couple too many times back and worth and felt we saw same things happening too many times. It wasn't too big problem. Maybe shorter series would have helped to keep the story tighter.

If you liked Daredevil and Jessica Jones you will like Luke Cage. It is same quality but little bit different tone. Next year we will see if Marvel and Netflix can do this fourth time when Iron Fist is released. It was teased at the end of this series.