Monday, August 1, 2016

I Saw A Movie: Ghostbusters (2016)

Hello and welcome back, one and all. So, the movie that probably had the most publicized controversy for the past year or so has come out. Yep, I am talking about the remake of Ben-Hur.... wait, that's later. I am talking about Ghostbusters (obviously) with the all female cast. So, of course, I am sure you want to hear what I had to think. And you are in luck! Spoilers!!! But you probably knew that....

The movie starts with an paranormal activity happening in a museum that has some tricks to get the guest excited, but after the tour guide starts closing up for the day, he notices that there is a glow coming from the the floor below (and that voice in your head says 'Don't go down there!!'). After the opening sequence sets the tone for the movie, you have one of the (soon to be) Ghostbusters trying to gain tenure at a college, but it is discovered that she co wrote a book about ghosts and the paranormal. She embarks to see the other co author and friend to convince her that she needs to take the book down from all sales to help her career. After joining her friend on an investigation to the museum from the beginning of the movie and catching the a sighting of the ghost, recording it, and posting it on Youtube, she is let go from her post at her college. Thus, she joins her friend as on their experiments and ghost hunting.

The movie progresses with them finding a device that can break the barrier between the paranormal reality and this reality. After this, the Ghostbusters decide to perfect their ghost capturing and containment devices, and they also develop some other devices to help fight the ghosts that might (and will) appear. After all successful captures of the ghosts that they encounter, they find out who is behind the devices breaking down the barriers, who is looking to shatter the barrier and let all ghosts come back and have their revenge on humanity who wronged them. Spoiler! He succeeded in breaking the barriers which sets up for the final fight.

All ghosts have been unleashed on New York City, and the Ghostbusters fight back with all their tools and weapons that they now have at their disposal. After detonating a nuclear device next to the barrier destroying device, it reverses the polarity and sucks all the ghosts back into the paranormal dimension and sealed it up. Thus, the city and world were saved.... for now.

So, my feelings on this movie is that is was well done. It had the feeling of the original Ghostbusters, and even had most of the original cast in it too (R.I.P. Harold Ramis aka Egon), but they were only there for a short amount of time. My one beef with this movie is that they made Slimer kind of a jerk. In the original movie, he was a minor role and in the sequel he was part of the comic relief. But, maybe it's just me.

So, I recommend seeing this movie. It was fun and had a lot of nostalgic feeling to it.  I'm sure that they will make a sequel to it, and we will see how that one goes.


That is all.


Friday, April 8, 2016

A Random Post: Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer

So, as all of you know (and if you don't, you're about to find out), Lucasfilm/Disney launched the first teaser trailer for Rogue One, and it is something you should see, unless you haven't seen it yet, then I will leave a link here for you to see it again and again. But here are my thoughts....

As a kid growing up, I read a lot of the Star Wars books that followed the original group (Luke, Leia, Han, etc) and most were written so well that I just kept going; and I read some that were in the same universe but didn't follow the movies; and this movie seems like it will have that feel of being in the same universe and continuity, which I am looking forward to seeing.

The trailer gives you a piece of the universe, the main character, and what the overall feel of the movie will be. It has action, it has intriguing characters, some cool looking stormtroopers doing their thing, and also (for me) gives that sense of "danger" that The Force Awakens gave. The Force Awakens had (for me, at least) a feel of "anything could happen", and I loved that. It has that feeling of "the bad guys might win", and I am on board with that. As we all know (and if you don't, shame on you) that the Rebellion will win the day in the end, but I believe it will be interesting to see how it was done.

So, all in all, if Rogue One is to be the mindset of all of the future Star Wars "story" movies, then i think they will do very well, and I will be there watching each of them.

Here is the link to see the teaser trailer:

https://youtu.be/Wji-BZ0oCwg


That is all.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

I Saw A Movie: Batman v Superman

Welcome back, one and all. So, today, I got a chance to watch the new Batman v Superman movie, and I know all of you are just dying to know what I thought; so, I will indulge you. Just keep in mind, I will probably give away key points to the plot, so I am officially giving out a spoiler warning. You have been warned. 

So, the movie starts off with a flashback to the Wayne murders, Bruce finding the batcave, and then it goes into the final fight from Man of Steel in Metropolis but from the eyes of Bruce Wayne. It shows what he was doing during the fight, and how he comes to perceive Superman as a threat to mankind. From there, it shows how Batman is still effective in Gotham, but his tactics have become a little more brutal than the we have known. 

The movie moves along with discontent growing for Superman as his methods are called into question. The movie shows that both Batman and Superman are being manipulated towards a battle against each other, with Batman obtaining some kryptonite which he furnishes into a weapon, and Superman giving Batman an ultimatum to stop being Batman. 

Early on in the movie, we are introduced to Lex Luthor, who seems bent on making a weapon to deter, or flat out kill, Superman. He is met with opposition from a Senator who wants to give Superman a chance to explain himself before a hearing. Once Superman shows up to the meeting, it is sabotaged by Luthor by blowing up the room with Superman in it. 

To wrap this up, the movie is a fan service with lots of fun, action, and it is loaded with Easter Eggs. When you see it, make sure you pay attention closely because there are a lot of little things that can be missed. I recommend seeing this movie because you need to see it. Just a heads up, it's a long movie, so come prepared for a 2 1/2hr movie. 


That is all all. 


Saturday, August 29, 2015

I Saw A Movie: Terminator Genysis

Well, I know I am late to this one, and I figured I wouldn't even see it because I have heard so many negative things about the movie, but who can't somewhat enjoy a movie about robots from the future trying to kill each other in their quest to dominate or save mankind? But, here is my spoiler filled review of the movie; if you haven't seen this movie yet, and don't want to be spoiled, then I recommend watching it and coming back to this post.

So, here we go.


The movie starts off in the future where mankind is battling the machines for the survival of the human race. And, the war is going well; with John Conner leading the charge against the machines, brilliantly coordinating attacks, and always being a step ahead of the machines. The resistance strikes in 2 different locations, one being the main brain for the machines, and the other is a factory that has been developing time travel as a "last ditch" effort. And the machines use this last effort to win the battle over humanity by sending a Terminator (which oddly looks like Arnold) back to kill John Conner's mom, Sarah. But, John has a solution by sending his right hand man, Kyle Reece after the terminator to stop it and save his mom (and!!! [spoiler] make John).

Kyle travels back to a different timeline to find that Sarah is more than able to handle herself with the aid of another terminator (current day Arnold). As the movie progresses, Kyle is having flashbacks to a childhood that he never had because he was born after T2: Judgement Day (I had to put that in there). Sarah and "Pops" (as he is known) have been building a time machine to travel into the future to stop T2: Judgement Day from happening in 2007, but Kyle convinces them that everything is different, and they need to go to 2017 to stop this (where is a TARDIS or a DeLorean when you need one). They travel to 2017 where they need (spoiler!!) John Conner who cannot explain how he got there, but they (another spoiler) find out that he was turned into a machine right as Kyle was being sent back in time. But, he isn't any ordinary machine, he is a new version that mimics human tissue but is really a machine.... (sound dramatic music)

After a lot of explosions, civilians dying, and the final battle, the world is saved from the machines as Kyle, Sarah, and Pops literally drive towards a sunset to end the movie.

Overall, the movie was good. I'm not going to expect it to get any awards or major praise for being a timeless film, but it was enjoyable, even though the previews gave away every plot twist...


That is all. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I Saw A Movie: Poltergeist 2015

Welcome back one and all to my blog.

So, when I heard that this remake was coming out, I was skeptical because remakes are all the rage these days, and the original make of this was very good and scary. How was it? Well, here is my review, and, as always, I'm gonna spoil something, so you have been warned.

The movie starts off as most horror movies do, with introducing the main characters and give you the setting. The family is looking for a new house for a reason you're not told, but its not important. It does give you a little character building and a little history of family. But that's where it stops.

The movie is always trying to that eerie sense until it gets to the actual scary moments. They have a creepy doll clown, the tree outside the boys room, and the possessed closet. And, of course, the housing community built on a cemetery. But not an ancient Indian burial ground....

If you are familiar with the original movie, you will know the youngest daughter. And this movie follows the same premise and plot twists, and it throws in its own ideas and twists. The one thing that the movie could have left out was the older daughter. She was pointless and more annoying than anything else.

The director was very good at giving the visuals a scary feel to them with that sense of realism. He did add some small things to story that gave it his own feel to it, and I enjoyed it. One thing I really enjoyed was, when the son (yes, the son) goes to get his sister in the other dimension, the detail on that dimension. It was just very well done.

Overall, the movie was good, but it doesn't outshine the original. It is a decent scare. It's worth seeing in the discount theaters or wait for Redbox or Netflix.

That is all.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Update to an update

So, its been about 6 months since I've been on here to speak my mind. I know you all missed me.... If anyone is still here.

Since the last time we spoke, I've aged into another decade, I regenerated (but still look the same), and am looking into the future of things and life; but mostly life.

But for this post, I want to focus on something I'm working on, which is a new book. I have been writing here and there for awhile since I published my first book, but I'm focusing on a sequel to my first book. You read it, right? I'm sure you own multiple copies.

Its set a few years after the end of the first book, but focuses on a different character. And yes, I have heard some of you about spinning off other characters into their own books, but that's in the future. I have about 9 pages written plus the ending is written as well (sounds weird, but I just couldn't pass up the idea for the ending and it just flowed out of my fingers).

I'm developing characters for it in the same style that I used in the first book. I have a few already done and developing more.

That's all I have for now, but I hope to keep you updated as time goes.

That is all.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Movies...movies..

So, all of you know that I like movies...right? I enjoy the feeling of going to the theater, seeing the movies on the big screen, and sipping on a chilled soda. Don't you like that? Well, it seems like this past summer (yeah, the one that just ended) wasn't very promising for 'ol Hollywood. Too many movies had big budgets and didn't draw in the audiences that was expected (except Guardians of the Galaxy..did you see it? It was amazing!!!)

It seemed to be a summer of remakes, sequels, sequels to remakes, and just some really boring, blah, or meh movies. I saw quite a few movies this summer and there were some that got my attention, some that I saw that I thought would be good and were disappointing. But it makes me wonder, has Hollywood gotten lax in their film ideas? Or have people become bored with what was playing this summer? Or!!! Could it be piracy...

It seems like a lot of movies are being adapted from tween targeted books that don't look too impressive (to me at least), and there was a fair amount of superhero movies (Guardians of the Galaxy was amazing!!!). But what would it take to get Hollywood to generate these mega blockbusters (My Life As Me is still open for movie bids); will it take people being responsible for themselves and going to the theaters to see these movies instead of waiting for Redbox or Netflix or a movie rental store (RIP Blockbuster..).

I, for one, hope that Hollywood can come up with some powerful original ideas that will make people eager to see the movies in the theaters or even stand in line for a midnight premier. I'd go see it and then write me review for it right here so that you can read it and catch the spoilers.

Once again, I am willing to negotiate movie rights for My Life As Me.

That is all.