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Bumblebee (2018) Review

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE


 

The Transformers live-action movie franchise has been somewhat of a “slippery slope” since it began back in 2007. Overseeing by director Michael Bay, the cinematic saga (based on Hasbro’s classic toys line of “robots in disguise”) has been called many things, including loud. bloated, slightly racist / stereotyping, nonsensical, too silly, repetitive, mindless, etc. However, despite these glaring problems, the films have never been boring, creating a big visual spectacle worthy of the very definition of what man would consider a classic summer “popcorn” blockbuster from Hollywood. The first film (2007’s Transformers), the first installment in the live-action franchise) was met with problematic scrutiny and criticism from both moviegoers and critics alike, but was still able to garnish the most positive acceptance from its viewers (of the entire film franchise no less) and did score big at the worldwide box office. Naturally, this prompted the studio hivemind to green light future installments, further continuing the adventures of the Autobots, the Decepticons, and their alien conflict on Earth. Unfortunately, after the success of the first film (setting the cinematic foundation for the large-scale sci-fi tale of giant alien robots with their war brought to Earth, the Transformers sequels (2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, and 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight) missed their mark, with series director Michael Bay helming each installment and ultimately pulling the saga down with his signature barrage of explosions, excessive action, and other senseless elements. Thus, the Transformers franchise has been “on the decline” of movie popularity, with many loosening interests in the cinematic series altogether. Even series director Michael Bay has lost interest in directing the franchise, stepping down the role and moving on to other projects and endeavors. Now, a year after the release of 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount Pictures and director Travis Knight return to Bay’s movie world of Autobots and Decepticons with the prequel / spin-off film Bumblebee. Does this latest Transformers movie bring the franchise back to its former glory or is it a failed spin-off endeavor from a failing cinematic saga? Read more

Blockers (2018) Review

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW


 

Speaking in general terms, it’s a commonplace theme / mantra (almost a “rite of passage” to some) for teenagers to (or to simply attempt) in losing their virginity sometime before their high school years come to an end. Whether good or bad (depending on the circumstances of things in reality), its usually during this point when teenage individuals are “discovering themselves” and want to experience new things and becoming more acutely aware of the sexual identity and pleasures. Thus, before heading into their post-high school world (college, military service, job, etc.), it’s a ripe time (in a young adult’s mind) to experience such things before heading into their stage of life (i.e. adulthood). Of course, Hollywood has taken their stance with this many story / narrative premises over the years and (naturally) has touched upon this subject in several feature films. While some are a bit grounded and serious, most feature films that tackle teens seeking to lose their virginity have been played for laughs, making a somewhat lighthearted and / or comedic aspect of the situation. While many of these films were created back during the 80s and 90s, 1999’s American Pie and 2007’s Superbad are arguably some of the most memorable ones in this niche, playing up the teen sexual angst (broadly) in R-rated raunchy comedy playing field. Of late, however, Hollywood has somewhat moved beyond its premise (mostly like to the change in attitude towards the concept of virginity nowadays, refocusing on different topic / subject matters to poke fun at and / or perform satire parodies of with its new audience of moviegoers. Now, Universal Pictures and director Kay Cannon sees the return of the teen sex comedy niche with the film Blockers. Does new R-rated comedy stand on solid ground for this narrative to return to the big screen or does it outdated premise and subject material fail to connect with the current generation of viewers? Read more

Ferdinand (2017) Review

YOU BETTER BULL-IEVE IT!


 

While the powerhouse giants of Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and Illumination Entertainment jostle with the yearly releases of animated features, Blue Sky Studios is somewhere trailing behind them; caught in their dusty cloud smoke of racing to the “success” finish line. Originally connected to 20th Century Fox as their parent studio (which is probably now owned by Disney since their recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox), Blue Sky Studios, after doing several small projects and TV commercials, released their first animated film Ice Age in 2002. The film itself, which starred the voice talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, and John Leguizamo, was generally well-received by the both critics and the general moviegoing public as it somewhat launched the studio into a contender in children’s animation motion pictures. Unfortunately, while trying to build an Ice Age franchise brand, its subsequent sequels (i.e. Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Ice Age: Collision Course) were subpar to its original, lacking a wholesome narrative and feeling derivate to other animated film projects out there. Additionally, with the Ice Age franchise failing to be their flagship franchise, Blue Sky Studios did other animated features, including the more successful The Peanuts Movie, Rio (and its mediocre sequel Rio 2), Robots, Horton Hears a Who, and Epic. With the exception of The Peanuts Movie, most of Blue Sky Studios Non-Ice Age films were faced with mixed reviews and received a mediocre return at the box office, placing the animation studio behind the curve against its competition, which were producing either superior cartoon endeavors. Now, after a year of solid animated films (i.e. Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and Coco), Blue Sky Studios (and 20th Century Fox) and director Carlos Saldanha present their newest animated film Ferdinand; based on the beloved children’s book by Munro Leaf. Does Blue Sky Studios make their mark on the 2017 year with their latest animated movie or does it fail to make a lasting impression? Read more

Sisters Review

A HILARIOUS (YET FAMILIAR)

PARTY HOUSE COMEDY


The comedic actress styles of both Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey are highly enjoyable and entertaining. Hitting their comedys strides during stint on SNL (Saturday Night Live), the duo collaborated in the 2008 comedy Baby Mama and shares some great on-screen chemisty of playful banter. Since then, the pair have created some memorable roles over the years in their various projects, further establishing themselves as a comedic actress (individually) as well as a comical and dymanic duo when paired together (this includes seveal reprisals at co-hosting the Golden Globes). Return to share the screen play with their shenngians, Poehler and Fey reunite for the comedy filled feature Sisters. Does the movie hit its mark or is it just a bland attempt at getting a few cheap laughs (as well as your cash)? Read more

Trainwreck Review

TRAINWRECK IS BOTH HILARIOUSLY

FUNNY, BUT PREDICTABLE


 

As a stand-up comedian, Amy Schumer has gain followers with her off-beat comedy routine, poking fun at her personal appearance as well as her sex life. While her comedy is colorful, Schumer’s talents hasn’t being fully tested on the TV / movie platform with an only a couple of small supporting roles in various projects and mostly recently her own show on Comedy Central called “Inside Amy Schumer”. Now Schumer, along with director Judd Apatow, brings her comedy routine to the big screen with the film Trainwreck. Does the film prove to be suitable ground for the 34 your comedian or is the movie like its namesake (a train wreck)? Read more