Redeeming Street Fighter (1994)

Redeeming Street Fighter (1994)

This movie proves that video games can make money in Hollywood! Jean-Claude Van Damme in his heyday along with the fantastic Raul Julia in his final performance. Why did critics go after this movie and why didn’t fans verbally defend it. Ultimately fans did defend it by actually going to see it. It was profitable and caused Hollywood to start churning out movies based on other video games. They gave up and now Uwe Boll does it and it is not quite as good.

Justice League – Hope Springs Eternal

Justice League (2017)

I had a lot of excitement building to see this movie and the day finally came. The reviews came out and they were brutal. But I haven’t listened to a critic’s opinion on a film since 1993. I feel like Siskel and Ebert were wrong about Cliffhanger. I loved that movie. That’s when I knew. Critics watched a movie for different reasons than I did. So when I saw that the reviews were not good for Justice League. I didn’t worry about it. And man am I happy I have that outlook.

This movie was fantastic! The beginning felt a little rushed and felt like it was going to be. That is a lot of story and a lot of heroes to cram into two hours runtime. But once the story gets going, it really moves. I saw a news report today that Matt Reeves (Director of the new Batman movie that is in pre-production) didn’t want Ben Affleck for the lead role. After having seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and now Justice League I feel like there is no one better suited. Ben Affleck is wonderful in this role. Henry Cavill knocks the role of Superman out of the park…again. And don’t get me started on the awesomeness that is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ezra Miller as Flash were great and newcomer Ray Fisher (Cyborg) was a welcome addition.

I won’t spoil anything for this movie, but I will say this. This movie made me feel something that I feel is in short supply these days. Hope. I actually got goosebumps while watching. I hope you feel the same when you see it.

Blade Runner 2049 – Will it win any awards?

Blade Runner 2049.

I wanted to like this movie, and on some level I did. It hit a lot of points in a movie that I like. Likeable actors, intriguing story, and I was entertained. But now that the newness has worn off I find myself going back and asking myself: did I really like this movie? I loved Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Sylvia Hoeks, and Ana de Armas. Of course it was awesome seeing Harrison Ford come back to this role. But after watching the original again, I just didn’t feel like he was Rick Deckard. Instead it felt like he was Harrison Ford playing Harrison Ford. The big surprise in this movie, for me, came from Dave Bautista. That guy really set the tone for me and I really enjoyed his performance. I definitely underestimated him. The movie is definitely worth a watch and overall I am happy I saw it in the theater. It will be interesting to see if this movie is up for any awards, considering the first one was pretty much ignored in its time.

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The House – I would not bet on it

The House.

When I first heard about it, I thought it would be a very funny movie. I mean, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and Jason Mantzoukas. These are comedy giants, but they just couldn’t bring it. Not that they didn’t try. They did, they tried really hard. And that was part of the problem. They tried too hard. A lot of the jokes were what you would have expected, it was pretty formulaic. The big surprise in this movie was when Jeremy Renner showed up, but that couldn’t even save it. I’ve seen him be really funny and I feel like he was wasted in this movie. I rented the movie from Redbox, so it is definitely worth a watch if you can get it from there. Or maybe if it was reduced price on iTunes or Amazon. But I am happy I didn’t go to the theater for this one. Final verdict: Redbox Rent.

Thor: Ragnarok – Yes, it is as amazing as you think it will be!

Thor: Ragnarok. What can I say? This movie is highly entertaining. I judge movies based on their entertainment value and this scored an A+. It had everything: action, comedy, drama. You name it. Chris Hemsworth was amazing. Tom Hiddleston, amazing. Cate Blanchett, amazing. Have I mentioned that this movie is amazing? It is the highest rated Marvel movie so far, 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. And after having seen it, I can definitely see why. This movie sends a pretty powerful message too, women are just as strong as men. Our main villain, Hella, is a woman that destroys Thor’s Hammer (Mjolnir). Taika Waititi knocked this movie out of the park. Go see this movie. You will not be disappointed.