Movie Night: Train to Busan

Train2BusanIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5700672/

Rating: N/A

Tagline: N/A

Genre:  Drama/Horror/Thriller

Synopsis:  Sok-woo, a father with not much time for his daughter, Soo-ahn, are boarding the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the apocalypse begins, and most of the earth’s population become flesh craving zombies. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passenger’s fight for their families and lives against the zombies – and each other. Written by Anonymus

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Review:

I first saw the trailer for this movie over a year ago. It looked awesome despite the fact the whole thing is in Korean, but I don’t mind reading my movies.

This movie starts off the way most of them do; a deadly virus is unleased upon an unsuspecting population so fast they don’t have time to evacuate properly. As the train speeds toward its first stop, the world around them falls apart in a horrifying blood bath of zombies. Unlike most of the movies in this genre, there were some very noticeable differences. Mostly creative, but one in particular – the fact NO ONE HAD A GUN, must be cultural. The zombies themselves were different. Not so much in the way they looked, but how they reacted, and the actors they got to be zombies, must have been contortionists the way they bent their bodies.

There was something else different about this movie; it was a survival movie, not a monster movie.  The difference is, with a monster movie, the hero generally prevails. In a survival movie, just about all the cast are killed or (like in Tom Cruise’s remake of The War of the Worlds), the cast are just trying to survive against impossible odds. I can also say this is the first zombie movie that made me cry. Over all, this was a good movie that I think should be viewed in the original Korean.

 

5 out of 5

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Movie Night: Spiderman; Homecoming

SpiderManHomecomingIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2250912/

Rating: PG-13

Tagline: Homework can wait. The city can’t.

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-fi

Synopsis:  Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. – Written by Benett Sullivan

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Review:  I was worried about this one. The last two Spiderman movies were origin movies and I thought “Oh no, here we go again”. I was pleasantly surprised to see that instead of starting at the beginning, they picked up the story after the airport incident from the Avengers; Civil War. Just like the synopsis states.

This is a good movie for so many reasons. One of which is portraying Peter Parker as an actual teenager who does dumb teenage stuff. I get the nerdy version with Tobey Mcguire and the brainy one with Andrew Garfield, but these actors felt a little too ‘mature’ for the role. Tom Holland pulls off the gushing teenager with all the stupid teenage ideas. Another reason I liked this movie, the young supporting actors, especially Ned; Peter’s best friend and confidant. This teenage reboot works so much better than the dreaded FF teenage reboot, and I can’t wait to see this new Spidey in both Infinity Wars and Spiderman Homecoming 2.

 

5 out of 5

Movie Night: Alice Through the Looking Glass.

AliceThroughLookingGlassIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2567026/

Rating: PG

Tagline: This spring, it’s time for a little madness.

Synopsis:  Alice returns to the magical world of Underland, only to find the Hatter in a horrible state. With the help of her friends, Alice must travel through time to save the Mad Hatter and Underland’s fate from the evil clutches of the Red Queen and a clock like creature, known as Time.

– Written by Ghostface

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Review:  It’s often said that a sequel is not as good as the original. Sometimes, in the case of John Wick 2, that doesn’t hold true, but I’m afraid it might for this sequel. Sequels are funny things. They have so much hype to live up to, and if it doesn’t meet the expectations of the audience, it can ruin any chance for a redemption.

We really liked Alice in Wonderland. It was rich and full of colour and craziness, and though it was NOTHING like the book, I thought it did well in staying true to tone. I had a friend of mine tell me that it was a typical Tim Burton movie; just full of weirdness and Johnny Depp. While this movie does keep that feeling, the plot felt a little flat. That might be the reason why it didn’t pan well with audiences. I can understand the frustration of trying to put together a story from something so scattered as the second book, and its attempt to understand the reason behind the quarrel between the white and red queens, dragging in the past of the Mad Hatter and having it all connected, lost me a few times, but to be honest, I don’t think you could make a movie based on the book.

If anything, it was a visually beautiful and if you love Tim Burton, then add this to your collection.

 

3 out of 5

Movie Night: Suicide Squad.

SuicideSquadIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386697/

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis:  A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.

Review:  I was skeptical about watching this movie. I’d heard it didn’t get very many favorable reviews (bloated cast) and something about the majority of Leto’s scenes cut out, but Husband picked it up and there was nothing on television.

I have to admit, I liked this movie.

Now I’m not a DC fan, and I think they do better on the small screen (The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, etc) and I think they’ve rebooted Superman and Batman more times than Marvel has rebooted The Hulk, but this movie didn’t make me reach for my tablet half way through to start playing Candy Crush. It took a bit to get started; explaining who each character was (for those who don’t read the comic), but unlike other movies I’ve seen it didn’t get bogged down with extra detail and explanation.  Once the action started it didn’t stop and the villain didn’t suffer from what I call ‘Terminator Syndrome’ (where the villain keeps coming back after we think he/she is dead). I was a bit confused as to why the joker was even in this movie, as he served no point other than being back story and a failed rescue attempt. A large cast ensemble can work; and it does in this movie. Each member of the squad was useful and served a bigger purpose. IF they make a sequel, I’d watch it. I might even pay money to see it at the movies. There was one plot hole that Husband caught, but other than that, I think he liked it too.

 

4 out of 5

Movie Night: Rogue One; A Star Wars Story.

rogueoneIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3748528/

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis:  All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success.

– Written by Ryan Cullmann

 

Review:  I know, I know. I’m about six months late with this review. Ah well . . .

I don’t think there’s a Star Wars fan out there that hasn’t seen Rogue One yet. At first I was unsure if I wanted to watch this movie. It wasn’t the sequel to The Force Awakens (which after that cliff-hanger, we can’t wait much longer), but I felt Disney did a pretty good job with that movie so I was willing to give it a go.

All I can say is wow. Rogue One is dark and gritty, reminiscent of The Empire Strikes Back and reminds me a lot of that movie. Our heroes are out-numbered and narrowly escape death several times. It doesn’t have the swashbuckling feel of the series movies, but it’s full of enough action and adventure to please any die-hard fan. With new worlds and a glimpse back in time before the story line of Luke and the gang, there are some references that fans will pick up on. I’m not getting into the ending but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing them again. Maybe?

 

5 out of 5

Movie Night: Fantastic Beast & Where to Find Them

fantastic-beasts-IMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183660/

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis:  The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander arrives in New York after a world-wide excursion looking for magical creatures. When several creatures escape from his suitcase, his journey becomes a lot more complicated than he wished, and ends up causing trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. With the help of a No Maj, an ex-auror and her sister, Newt recovers the missing creatures and helps solve a series of bizarre and deadly magical occurrences that have been plaguing New York.

Review:  First off, let me say the tone of is movie is somewhat dark and deserves the PG-13 rating and was quite surprised by the tone and might be too scary for a younger audience; especially the final scenes.

Many reviews said the movie was slow, but I disagree. It wasn’t full of action the whole time but good story telling is a combination of both. I loved the special effects, and the magical creatures were fun as always. It would be nice if there was a sequel to this movie, picking up where this one ended and possible continuing with the hidden sub-plot (which doesn’t reveal itself until the end). Or perhaps that is what will happen? A second series in the magical world of J.K. Rowling?

Overall, if you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Oh, and hats off to the set creator who fashioned the headquarters of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in DecoPunk!

 

4 out of 5

Movie Night: Collateral

Collateral_2004_movieIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369339/

Rating: R

Synopsis:  A cab driver (Max) finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer (Vincent) as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

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Review: This movie was something I turned on for background noise while I wrote. I didn’t think I’d actually like it so I was pleasantly surprised. What kept my attention was the dialogue and interaction between the two main characters. Vincent might be a killer, but he has class. He’s clever; befriending one target right up until the moment he takes his life. Vincent understands killing is his job; this is what he chose to do. Max is a dreamer and has aspirations of being something more than just a cab driver, but never does anything but talk about it. Vincent berates Max several times about his lack of commitment to his dream, and it’s this alone that final prompts Max to take a stand against Vincent.

One thing I really appreciated with this movie; no extended final fight scene. I despise movies where the bad guy (whom everyone thinks is dead) makes one last ditch to kill the good guy. There were a couple things that bothered me, but nothing that really took anything away from the movie. Overall, it wasn’t all that bad.

 

4 out of 5

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