Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Directed By – Terry Gilliam

Screenplay By – David Peoples & Janet Peoples

Cinematography By – Roger Pratt

Starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe & Brad Pitt

129 min.

This movie is awesome.

Brad Pitt’s eyes are amazing and not in the dreamy sense. Watch this movie and tell me Brad is a bad actor. The guy has crazy eyes the entire movie and they’re awesome.

The score is awesome. Just thinking of it give me the shivers cause of how awesome it is.

I love this movie.

Bruce Willis is also really fucking crazy good in this movie and proves that he can act.

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Directed By – George Miller

Screenplay By – George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouris

Cinematography By – John Seale

Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult

120 min.

Wait! Wait! Wait! Did I see Fury Road for a third time in theaters? I couldn’t, I wouldn’t, and I totally did! Oh boy did I!

I’m telling you, this movie is so rich in so many different aspects that it took me three time to feel like I actually was able to register everything that was going on. This might be the most well executed movie in cinema’s hundred and fifteen years. It really is a masterpiece and I think it will be sticking around for decades to come.

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Directed By – George Miller

Screenplay By – George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouris

Cinematography By – John Seale

Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult

120 min.

Oh did I see Fury Road again the next day?! You bet your sweet ass I did! There’s to much awesomeness going on to be satisfied by just one viewing.

THIS MOVIE FUCKING KICKS ASS, everything about it. The opening sequence of Max getting caught and trying to escape is amazing. Mad Max getting used as a fucking blood bag. Getting strapped to the front of a fucking car. Surviving the craziest sandstorm known to man. It is all fucking amazing!

Tankers flip over. Canyons crumble. Faces get ripped off! There’s a tiny weird person with a telescope. There’s a man with legs the size of elephant’s. There’s a flame throwing guitar!

Tom Hardy is a complete badass. Charlize Theron creates a character that all people, male and female alike, should idealize. “Nicholas Hoult giv[es] the greatest acting performance in the history of cinema.” The list goes on and on.

This movie is the best big budget movie to come out since The Dark Knight and I firmly believe it.

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Directed By – George Miller

Screenplay By – George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouris

Cinematography By – John Seale

Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult

120 min.

FUCK YES! Fuck you Hollywood, this is how you make a blockbuster!

George Miller has made the best big budget hollywood film since The Dark Knight, and I firmly believe that. It has little CGI with most stunts being actually performed. It looks fucking awesome. It sounds fucking awesome. It is action packed with, awesome action sequences (probably the best choreographed action sequences of all time). And the acting is perfect (except for Zoe Kravitz who is also the only one who looks like she doesn’t belong in this Mad Max world).

Each visual element and sound element is so thoroughly thought that I can’t really think of a better action movie than this one. Yeah yeah yeah it doesn’t have a ton of character development but who gives a fuck when you have cars exploding, gigantic sand storms, and a villain a fucking crazy as Immortan Joe.

This movie is mind-blowing in the best way possible!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Directed By – Joss Whedon

Screenplay By – Joss Whedon

Cinematography By – Ben Davis

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner & James Spader

141 min.

How do you top The Avengers? Joss Whedon doesn’t know that answer either as he merely doubles down on the formula that worked the first time around for Age of Ultron. A baddie who’s looking to destroy the world with an army of minions all of whom never give us even the slightest of scares that they will be able to stop any of our Avengers, makes for a lackluster second half to what could have been something really special.

I think what Whedon missed was that the strongest part of the plot is when Ultron’s focus is to destroy the Avengers. Instead that focus quickly disappears and Ultron refocuses on what do you think? Destroying the world, surprise surprise.

Also what Whedon forgot is that there is an extreme gratification for the audience when the good guys (The Avengers in this case) defeat the bad guys (Ultron in this case). Why I suggest that he forgot this is that he has Ultron clone himself over and over again until he has an Ultron army. Now while this might be useful to serve your “Let’s destroy the world because the humans are actually the evil ones” plot, it also becomes a law of diminishing returns as we watch The Avengers rip through Ultron after Ultron with no effort. So when the “real” or “ultimate” Ultron is actually conquered it’s a big whoopty-fucking-doo.

Is Age of Ultron immaculately crafted in terms of its action sequences and making it feel like all of it’s main characters get the screen time they deserve? Yes. Do all of the special effects and is the sheer amount of time it must of taken to coordinate everything mind blowing? Sure is. But is Age of Ultron just a shinier less original version of the first? Most definitely.

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Godzilla (2014)

Directed By – Gareth Edwards

Screenplay By – Max Borenstein

Cinematography By – Seamus McGarvey

Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson

123 min.

Godzilla (2014) suffers from a case of BORING. The problem stems from the direction of Gareth Edwards.

Let’s take a minute to look at Edwards’ previous film “Monsters” which is exquisitely executed and is a dramatic film set in a world where alien monsters roam free. It’s limited budget actually helped the film as per the classic cinema maxim “less is more”. To those at Warner Bros. Edwards seemed like the perfect fit to be handed the King of The Monsters.

BUT, when it comes to a known property like Godzilla we expect to SEE a lot. MORE is MORE and precisely why Edwards got this movie is because he is excellent at “less is more”. So when I want and actually expect MORE and I get LESS, I also get bored! Case closed.

P.S. Don’t kill your best actor in the first act unless the remainder of the film is monster battles (that actually include GODZILLA), which this film is not!

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Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise (1987)

Directed By – Hiroyuki Yamaga

Screenplay By – Hiroyuki Yamaga & Hiroshi Ônogi

Cinematography By – Hiroshi Isagawa

121 min.

Royal Space Force is a mature movie for all ages. While space exploration drives the plot, Wings of Honneamise explores what it means to be an adult, what is love and how to be a responsible role model. It all culminates in a rocket launch countdown that will have you cheering for our hero to get  to the final frontier.

A solid anime if you are willing to have patience and an open mind.

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Ex Machina (2015)

Directed By – Alex Garland

Screenplay By – Alex Garland

Cinematography By – Rob Hardy

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac & Alicia Vikander

108 min.

Anytime we actually get a decently financed, original science fiction movie I’m going to support it. Luckily, Ex Machina has the goods to back up my support. Originality is so sparse these days that you could feel the enthusiasm for this movie amongst your film circles. A strange ambiguous thriller with Oscar Isaac and a robot? Hell yeah I’m going to see it! It’s not a sequel or a remake? What? How?

And wonderfully for us all it is a solid addition to the A.I. film repertoire. It’s not as impactful as something like District 9, but it delivers on everything you want it.

Oscar Isaac is enthralling as an alcoholic programming savant. Alicia Vikander, as the robot Ava, is the right mix of innocent and seductive to make you unsure of if what your feeling for her is okay because she isn’t suppose to be human. And Domhnall Gleeson is Domhnall Gleeson.

My advice to Domhnall is to slow down on the boring everyday man roles for a bit. The public is going to get tired of him if he just keeps showing up as himself in everything. Even when he does try something a little off beat (his character from Frank) essentially it is himself trying to be a bit off beat and he fails. He definitely doesn’t hinder Ex Machina, but out of the core players he’s the only one not taking the movie to another level.

My only other qualm with Ex Machina is its ending. I didn’t love it. I won’t tell you why cause I don’t want to ruin anything for anybody but the only time I was unsatisfied with anything was in the last few minutes of the film. Other than that, Ex Machina is a breath of fresh air and a really exciting experience.

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P.S. Oscar Isaac’s dance scene is weird, creepy, sad, and some how so beautiful, it might just be the strangest scene of the year. It was wonderful.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Directed By – Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Screenplay By – Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

Cinematography By – Trent Opaloch

Starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson & Robert Redford

136 min.

I fucking hate Marvel because of how big a sucker I am for them. But actually Winter Soldier is a fantastic movie and anyone who doesn’t like this movie doesn’t like fun.

Really what I’ve come to terms with is, what other kind of movies is Marvel, a comic book company, going to make besides comic book movies? Exactly. That’s why I am no longer going to hold a grudge against the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I do hate how they have changed Hollywood. The studios suck. They now all want to be Marvel, but Marvel is a comic book company. They manufacture superheroes. Which is fine, because that is what they do. But the studios have an obligation to their audience to give them new and original content and until the audiences start demanding this we will continue to get regurgitated crap because the studios feel they have to compete against Marvel’s stage 2, 3, 4…

Think long and hard about when the last time you saw an adventure movie that had original characters. Not based off of a comic book or a book, but truly original to the big screen. It is depressing how unoriginal our movies have become and I’m sick of it.

Now going back to Marvel and The Winter Soldier, Marvel doesn’t have this obligation to make new content, to create new characters, because this is their first big stand in movies.

The Winter Soldier is a badass film and one of the better Marvel movies to date. I am excited for the Marvel Cinematic Universe but studios need to realize that they are m-o-v-i-e studios that are only limited by imagination and their courage to support new content. The only reason there are movies like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones to make sequels and reboots out of is because someone at a large studio green lit these original stories. Marvel also needs to encourage studios to produce new content because if the only movies that come out of Hollywood are sequels, reboots, and superheroes than the rush to go see Marvel’s products will decrease as the viewing public will eventually turn on this unoriginal unimaginative bullshit.

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