Welcome movie fans! Due to my current circumstance I've had an opportunity to watch quite a few movies recently that I just don't have time to do a full review on. None of these are of the horror variety but I watched 'em so I'll let you know if you should or not...
Lately I've been watching quite a few movies therefore I don't have the time to do a full review of each one and frankly sometimes you don't need a huge ass review for me to tell you whether I think you should watch a film or not. None of these are horror films though I will have a few of those coming up since they warrant some extra thought but for now most of these are bigger films that you can either catch in the theater or when they come to DVD soon. I'll keep these short and spoiler free so you can decide whether you want to add them to your "To Watch" list or not.
Some Quick Movie Thoughts From Feind...
I watched The Nice Guys because the trailers looked pretty good, it stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling both of whom I generally like and it was directed by Shane Black who is also usually pretty good. The Nice Guys is essentially a "buddy cop" movie only Crowe & Gosling aren't cops they're private investigators, not really a big difference. They come to odds over a missing person case, Crowe & Gosling initially clash since Gosling has been hired to find a girl who Crowe has been hired to protect from anyone finding. When the girl is allegedly killed the film turns to the question of why and what does a porn film have to do with it? Honestly, this film was funny start to finish with plenty of 70s nostalgia for old bastards like myself. I believe this may be the first and only Shane Black film not set at Christmas which was a big plus to me as well. This is a fun and funny buddy cop mystery like a Lethal Weapon set in the 70s which I highly recommend.
The Legend of Tarzan has a very undeserving 36% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Was this a fantastic film? No, but it certainly isn't terrible. I liked that this Tarzan wasn't an "origin story" though his origin is told in flashbacks and through supposition. The Legend of Tarzan begins with John Clayton/Tarzan back in England with wife Jane trying to just live his life peacefully when an American ambassador (Samuel L Jackson) convinces him he needs to return to Africa to help investigate what Belgium is up to in the Congo. After seeing the fantastic CGI animals in The Jungle Book those here would be great if you haven't seen that yet. The CGI animals here are good but not great. Overall I enjoyed the movie and the story it was telling. There was some over the top ridiculousness in the final act but overall I liked it. My favorite version of Tarzan will probably always be Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) starring a young Christopher Lambert but this version was a lot of fun and a good adventure film. I don't think this is a "must see" by any stretch but it is a good film while shoving popcorn or some other snack into your gaping maw.
A short time ago my partner Cult reviewed Warcraft and seemed to quite enjoy it along with one of our idols George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse (also a huge World of Warcraft gamer) so I thought I should at least check it out. Based on the the glowing recommendations I was expecting to at least enjoy the film. I'll say up front I have never played WoW and really don't intend to, it's just not my kind of game, however, I've loved good fantasy films since I was a kid. I remember going to see Clash of the Titans and Krull as a kid and loving the shit out of them. None of the trailers for Warcraft had particularly wowed me so I had pretty low expectations based on that and several lackluster reviews I had seen but I had no real bias one way or the other going in, I just hoped for a good movie. So admittedly I was kind of disappointed as I didn't find Warcraft to be a bad movie I was just bored, sorry. I had read things like there wasn't enough explanation so that only gamers could understand it fully but I didn't find that true at all. I thought the characters and setting were explained enough, I just wasn't enthralled by any of it. The CGI was good, the characters looked good (speaking mainly of the ogres there) and there were a lot of actors I genuinely like in it but I was still just kind of bored through the whole thing. I didn't feel pulled into this world like I did during the Lord of the Rings films or even those fantasy movies I mentioned from my childhood. I wasn't rooting for or against the Horde or the Alliance, frankly I just didn't care about either one. There are some cool fights and a decent battle scene at the end but overall I wasn't engaged in this movie at any point. At the end I thought it was okay but that's about it. It's worth seeing if you like fantasy movies but I definitely wouldn't call it a "must see."
DC may be struggling to get their live action universe correct but damn if they aren't killing the animation game. Last year's Batman vs Robin was excellent and I'm very much looking forward to Frank Miller's classic The Killing Joke which comes out July 25th. I hadn't seen that this one came out earlier in the year or I probably would've watched it already. This film is really a Batwoman movie but if it was called Batwoman: Bad Blood unfortunately most would probably skip over it which is kind of sad really. In this film Batman is feared to be dead after being captured by The Heretic while trying to save Batwoman who is in over her head in a fight. To cover Batman's disappearance Nightwing takes up the mantel with young Damien Wayne/Robin defiantly thinking it should be him taking over. Nightwing, Robin, Batwoman and later Batwing must try to keep the peace in Gotham while trying to find out what's happened to Bruce Wayne/Batman. This is another excellent story and well done animated movie out of the DC animation studios who are just killing it in the animated realm. It makes you wish those working on these DC animated films would help out in the live action universe because the stories are a 1000% better. Maybe now that Jeff Johns is consulting with WB on the film universe that will happen but only time will tell. If you've seen some of the DC animated films in the last few years then you'll enjoy this one as well. Sure it has some campiness because it's an animated film but it's still far better written than Man of Steel or Batman v Superman (also I recently updated my BvS review with my thoughts on the new Ultimate Edition) which is really sad when you think about it. Maybe it's just the perpetual 12 year old in me but I love these DC animated films.
Yes, occasionally I watch an actual comedy! This is one I watched somewhat reluctantly though. I saw the first Ride Along and while it had some funny moments I thought it was just okay but my lady friend really enjoyed it and wanted to see this second installment. Honestly, I was expecting to be underwhelmed maybe have a laugh or two but overall be bored to tears. I was wrong. Not only was Ride Along 2 funny, it was funnier and better than the first one. I literally laughed nearly beginning to end and genuine laughter not just a giggle or two under my breath. Kevin Hart's schtick has worn a little thin for me in recent films but his jokes here I found genuinely funny and Ice Cube is probably the best straight man working in Hollywood today. Sometimes you just need to watch something that gets you smiling and laughing and this movie fit that bill perfectly. I assumed going in that it would have the same jokes as the first and be a real snoozefest but the back and forth between Ice Cube and Hart is fantastic with the chemistry between the two being visceral. Face it, we all have a person in our families whether by blood or marriage that we tolerate just to keep the peace even when we don't like them or downright despise who they are. That is the dichotomy played out between these two characters which works because it doesn't feel forced. Ice Cube and Hart seem genuine which makes the jokes work so much better. I honestly don't understand the lackluster RT score on this one, 15% critic and 50% audience approval. I laughed all the way through this one and definitely enjoyed it better than the first one. It's a comedy, take the stick out of your butt and laugh, it won't kill you unless you're old or something then maybe but probably not. Usually I'm laughing at movies that others think odd or sick but none of that here just genuine happy laughter all the way through. It's a comedy and it had me laughing so it did it's job, I hope you enjoy it too. I'd give it a full 5/5 but there were no real gut busting belly laughs but that's not really a complaint.
I keep forgetting to write down what I've watched so I know there are some more I need to catch up on but the way I've been watching movies lately I'll have enough for some more quickies soon enough. For the record I'm not being lazy just sitting around watching movies all day I've just been watching like one each night before I go to sleep and sometimes I don't make it all the way through. Sometimes not making it through is the purpose, I need a little background noise to fall asleep so watching older flicks I've seen several times works well for that purpose. Hopefully you haven't seen some of these and now will check them out for yourself. Remember your opinion is the only one that matters so see which ones you like then come back and tell us about it. I have my own taste as you do yours so feel free to disagree, there's no right or wrong in what you like or don't like. I try to share my honest opinions about anything I watch or hear even if I watched something I would have been ashamed to admit I liked when I was younger or if I disagree with my partner Cult. We don't all like the same things and even when we do there are varying degrees of how much we liked it. Cult loved Warcraft, I thought it was just kinda meh but that's life. Cult and I disagree as often as we agree on movies and music and as we've both stated in the past, if we didn't this site wouldn't even be worth running. We both probably need to do a better job conveying that where possible so we'll make an effort to going forward. Anyway, as always, if you didn't like any of these flicks just look around, you're bound to find something you haven't seen before that you just might love. Feind Out!
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