Movie Night: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

IMBd Link:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1972591/

Rating: PG-13

Tagline: Raised on the streets. Born to be king. [This is the one I liked]

Genre:  Action/ Adventure/Drama

Synopsis:

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

 

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Review:

First off let me say, this is a Guy Ritchie movie. Yeah, Madonna’s ex-husband, but don’t let that sway you. You’ve probably seen his stuff and you don’t even know it (both Sherlock films, The Man from U.N.C.L.E), so you probably have a good idea of his directing style-a lot of action with some incredible stunts. This movie is no different.

We’ve all seen the late Nigel Terry’s movie EXCALIBUR or perhaps the 2004 King Arthur with Clive Owen and Keira Knightly (I haven’t seen that one), so there is a bit of lore that one needs to follow for this story. I can assure you, even though this is a different take on that lore, it’s one that I found very interesting.

The tale of King Arthur is full of magic and honour but Ritchie takes it one step further by envisioning not only a story that sets itself apart from others, but makes Arthur more ‘real’ (for lack of a better word) for the time. Yes, it’s all well and fine to imagine the noble age of Knights and Kings, but not everyone lived that life, and here is where our hero is forged; not as a quire, but as a street-smart thief who ends up in his fair share of trouble.  It is this very trouble that sets him on the path to become King.

The mystical and magical elements in this movie are unique in their own right. Excalibur is more than a sword it is an amulet bound to Arthur’s bloodline; a secret that is not revealed until later. Arthur is crude, brash and far from honorable. He thrown into circumstances beyond his control he learns to be more than what his is, and rise to defend his people.

 

5 out of 5

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Movie Night: The Kingsmen; Golden Circle.

TheKingsmen2IMBd Link  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4649466/

Rating: R

Tagline:  N/A

Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy

Synopsis:  A devastating attack leaves Kingsman with just two surviving agents, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong). They must travel to the United States to find Statesman, a forgotten ally operating out of Kentucky with its own distinctly American way of doing things. New allies and old friends band together to face the global threat of Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore) and the Golden Circle.

Cinemaniacal

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Review:  We loved the first movie. There was so much action and I love the choreography of fight scenes. There’s something poetic about them. We both went into this excited because we like the first one so much, but this one was a little disappointing.

First off, before you read any further, there are spoilers.

There was plenty of action and the much loved choreographed fight scenes, but it felt a little forced. First off, I wasn’t convinced that the spies working for both agencies (one British, the other American) would NOT know about the other. Also, why the US? Britain is part of a Commonwealth so wouldn’t it make more sense that if the UK offices were gone, they would fall back on say Canada or Australia? About the US branch, I got the whole distillery background, but the rest of it didn’t fit and throughout the whole movie I couldn’t understand why they’d have a character in the movie that was supposed to help, but is rendered incapacitated for the majority of the film. The MC’s girlfriend had the disease already, there was no need to infect the US agent. Like I said, it all felt forced and it was enough to taint it for me. It’s a good movie, but it could have been a lot better.

 

3 out of 5

Movie Night: Star Wars; The Last Jedi.

TheLastJediIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336/

Rating: PG-13

Tagline:  (n/a)

Genre: SciFi/Adventure

Synopsis: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

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Review:

It’s been a few weeks now, and most of you have probably seen the movie or read other reviews, so there’s probably nothing more I can say; and I’m not going to try. Instead, I want to explore the plot of the movie.

The first thing I noticed was how much it reminded me of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In both movies, our heroes are brought to the brink of despair with the enemy one strike away from destroying the rebels, but at the end of both you can feel a glimmer of hope about the future of the rebellion; the plan to get Han back and the persistence of the remaining resistance fighters. As The Force Awakens mirrored A New Hope, I thought TLJ was a wonderful second act. I can just imagine what the third movie will be like. We could be in for the movie ride of the decade.

Something my son and I were wondering, especially with the fight scene with Kylo and Rey, if rumours about Grey Jedi would ring true. Grey Jedi are those who use both the dark and light side of the force without the life-altering consequences that Jedi Masters constantly go on about. There were several GJ in the EU series of books and it was even hinted on YouTube that Luke could have been one himself. Actually it was hinted that Luke had turned to the dark side as the first trilogy progressed. Maybe he did and this could be the reason he saw the darkness in his nephew.

If Kylo Ren is defeated, is this the end of the Skywalker clan? Would that be such a bad idea? In The Phantom Menance Qui-Gon Jinn asked Shmi Skywalker who Anakin’s father was; denoting that only Jedi could pass on the sensitivity to the Force, but as we’ve seen in the stable boy and the broom, it doesn’t have to be that way, leading that even if all the Jedi were killed off the Force would still continue. This holds with the EU books as well as many of Luke’s recruits (some of whom are middle-aged) had no previous experience with the Force. This would be a bold move but a refreshing one as it seems Writer/Director Rian Johnson borrowed from the book franchise.

Like I said, we could be in for the movie ride of the decade.

 

5 out of 5

Movie Night: Maggie

MaggieIMBd Link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1881002/

Rating: PG-13

Tagline: A father’s duty is to protect his daughter.

Genre:  Drama/Horror

Synopsis:  A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.

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Review:

I seem to be on a zombie kick as of late.

We picked up this movie with very little expectations other than it was a zombie movie. What I didn’t expect was another movie of this genre to be so heartfelt. I have to admit, it’s a nice change from the typical zombie movies. This one makes you think about what you would do if someone you loved was stricken with a terminal illness. There’s no cure, no therapy to ease the transformation and the prejudice against these people can easily mimic the early AIDS crisis.

Maggie is already infected when the movie opens. What we watch is her slow progress into a monster and her family’s attempt to be as normal as possible (if that’s even possible), all the while they know she will have to die before she turns completely. Getting Maggie’s perspective a few times throughout the movie, reinforces the idea that all the victims are human right until the end, and the questions this movie brings up can make one uncomfortable; should the father takes his daughter’s life?

While a zombie outbreak is fiction the circumstances are not. This movie goes much deeper than just a horror flick.

 

5 out of 5

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

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

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