Logan Movie Review

A goodbye to an era! 

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Let me start off by saying that I had stopped watching X-men since the monstrosity of Origins. That being said I don’t know what happen in Wolverine for the previous X-men first class and the others that follow. When I found out that they were FINALLY making Logan rated R I was thrilled! With the success of Deadpool, you had to be a fool not to make this one r-rated. If you didn’t know, Logan was always meant for that rating but because they believed it wouldn’t bring in money in the box office they settled with PG-13. So I was beyond excited, along with every Wolverine fan, to see his true colors in the big screen.

Not only was this movie going to show another side of Logan, it was also a goodbye to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. A man who has played this character beyond words for last decade. The movie starts out with Logan as a broken man who now works as a driver. Logan was always someone who has seen some shit, so to see him as broken as he was it made it feel all the more real. He has seen his love ones die time and time again! That would put a damper to your life. He’s older, not healing as quickly as before, he’s drinking and popping pills.

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Hiding out in the desert he takes care of Professor X, who is now locked up in a bunker. Along with seeing Logan in his true self, I was shocked to see the professor in a new light! Along with Logan, Professor X has had to deal with some heavy ordeals, he too has dealt with more deaths than a person can take. So we he cussed I taken aback but after I had time to process it, why wouldn’t he cuss! This man was done with subtly and restraint.

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Logan runs into a little girl named Laura who ultimately is his daughter because she was injected with the same DNA that can allow him to have claws, and healing powers. The very bad group that turns children into weapons is now on the hunt for Laura. Logan, Charles and now Laura are on the run. Let me just say THIS LITTLE GIRL IS THE SHIT!! I have never seen such intensity and strength from a character that doesn’t talk for more than half of the movie. When she did talk you were blown away with her convictions and the chemistry between her and Logan were out of this world!

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Logan was heavy with emotion. There aren’t many actors that when you see them you immediately see them as the character and not the actor playing them. Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine is one of them. The movie did an amazing job showcasing the struggle and baggage that Logan carried for so long and wondering if there is something worth living for instead of living to see others die. Logan was a thank you and goodbye rolled into one. It didn’t just have the violence and foul language that Logan always had but it had heart and hope for redemption. Logan exceeded everyone’s expectations, and gave the story of Logan that it always deserved.

THANK YOU HUGH JACKMAN FOR WOLVERINE/LOGAN!

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Fallen Movie Review

It confuses me why studios immediately go for the big screen instead of the small one. They all think it’s going to be as big as Twilight or The Hunger Games.

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I haven’t read this series but back in 2014 there was an announcement of an adaption ready to be released. It’s 2017! Not having read the books I was still eager to see another franchise grow as Twilight and The Hungers Games had. Although I wanted them to be successful, I don’t understand why they don’t go for a tv series. We’ve seen book adaptions succeed on the small screen, like Game of Thrones, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries etc. Either way we get either another shitty movie, potential one, or a guilty pleasure that one has heard of.

Luce (Addison Timlin) is sent to a private school in the middle of nowhere, where they have a special floor for people of mental illness. Luce is a resident on that floor. She sees images or visions of smoke, then learn that when she sees them something bad happens.

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In her class she finds herself drawn to Daniel (Jeremy Irvine) a quite and distant guy. Luce, though he tries his best to avoid her, begins to have visions of them together in different eras. It reminded me of Twilight with all the eye fuckery they would do.

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We can’t have a teen romance without a threesome, I mean triangle. Daniel continues to ignore Luce and Cam (Harrison Gilbertson) swoops in. Cam is the bad boy of the school and it becomes clear that he’s very much interested in Luce. In this type of genre I usually wait to watch until I have read atleast one of the books. It was surprisingly refreshing to watch something I didn’t know what was going to happen. So it was shocking to me that I was taken more by Cam then with Daniel. It was fun trying to figure out who wanted her love and who wanted the booty. THEY’RE ALL TEENS PEOPLE!

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Shit starts to hit the fan, because something always has too, when Luce begins to see the smoke. A smoke that had killed a person in front of her and caused people in believing she was crazy. With her only friend Penn (Lola Kirke) they begin to investigate when she learns about herself that can’t possibly be true. Yeah, trying not to spoil it, in case you do see it.

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It’s super cheesy, come on it’s a teen movie! The director does a lot of slow-mo’s that shouldn’t really be done. One or two, maybe even three, but constantly having them makes the more even more ridiculous and you really don’t want to add more to it. The effects should be good but there are some scenes where they should have just cut them all together. It sounds like I’m hating on this movie but I didn’t hate it and I actually enjoyed it. It was great not knowing who was bad or good, where the story was going to lead, or which guy was more bone-able, you know the important questions.

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I don’t think it will be nearly as successful as Twilight or The Hunger Games were but with improvements and a lot of promotion for it, it could make a good amount of money. It has the fans for it. The cast was good! They managed to hire solid actors and that’s a major high five within itself. It made me want to read the books and that a good well done on that department.

Fallen is only available in certain countries but will be available in September 1, 2017 in the US. What I found shocking is that a sequel is already in works, I just hope they don’t take 3 more years for it to be released.

Overall it’s a movie for a fanbase that love the series! As a person who hasn’t read them I didn’t hate it. I want it to continue and succeed, with improvements. If you were the ones that hated Twilight, then this is not for you.

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

I remember watching Independence Day in the 90’s thinking THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE LOOK HOW REAL IT LOOKS! 20 years later I now know that people are going to fuck up this planet not aliens.

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It’s been 20 years and they’ve learned that they need to up their game on protecting Earth from another attack like before. They use alien technology and weapons, they managed to have a station on the moon and flying cars on Earth…yeah, seriously. I’m all for learning the very thing that was meant to destroy the human race, but what made Independence, back in the 90’s, so great was that it looked like it could actually happen. So the second I saw how futurist Earth had become I was a bit disappointment. However, we still had two more hours left to judge.

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With my hopes still in the air it begins to crumble. They introduce Steven’s son (Will Smith’s character) who has followed his dad’s footsteps and is now a pilot.

Jeff Goldblum as David and Bill Pullman as President Whitmore reprise their roles and it was good seeing them back. I was intrigued on how they were going to contribute to the new movie when clearly they were introducing new characters…then more characters. We have Will Smith’s character’s son, Liam Hemsworth, who I ended up liking more than I have ever had and that’s always good. President Whitmore’s daughter, who was a little girl in the original, now an adult and former pilot.

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I’m all for new characters and expanding the franchise but it felt forced in to an already crowned movie. They were trying to tell the backstory of the three characters that did not need to happen. It was completely unnecessary and should have been cut from the movie and they should have used that time for something else. All of sudden we get kids…MORE CHARACTERS and these made absolutely no sense! If it’s necessary to the story than by all means but don’t add characters or a backstory just for the sack of doing it. Not only were they too many characters but the camera kept jumping from scene to scene to have all these characters have a few words in. It was hard to follow and out of place.

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I’ll give the new cast a break because there was an original character that still confuses me and that’s Dr. Okun. How is he alive? He was dead in the first one by the alien and you tell me he’s been in a coma for 20 years? Come on! This was another plot that made no sense to be and I get it that they needed someone who can “speak alien” but I felt like they could have found someone else or that one chick who flirts with David. No hate on the character but his purpose was done in the first and didn’t add anything new that he already added to the original.

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I’m not sure why but there’s going to be another Independence movie but that isn’t why that news bothered me. They way they did was so ridiculous to me! The only thing that they left out was them looking at the camera and saying “yeah, I’ll see you in Independence 3.” That is how obvious it was and that made me laugh out loud and it was out of awkwardness and disbelief that they did that. I’m sure they could have done a scene showing another alien on their planet ready to attack again with a picture of earth in the background and end it there. Clear and simple!

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It wasn’t horrible but it didn’t hold up to the original. The characters, the main ones, weren’t bad either but the unnecessary backstory made them forgettable and unrelatable. If they do end up with another one I hope they learn from this one and give us a good alien kick ass movie.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review (Spoiler-Free)

This is the 15th Marvel Movie!!

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Star lord (Chris Pratt) ends up finding his long lost father whose played by Hurt Russell. Family reunion! Some of the guardians go with Hurt Russell’s character while Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Goot, who is the cutest freakin thing, stay behind.

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Vol. 2 is definitely a Star-Lord movie but its broken into groups of each of them! I was surprised that it turned out to be a very emotional movie. These gold people called the Sovereighn are hunting them down because Rocket had stoled valuable batteries from them. The Sovereign’s weren’t necessary for this movie other than leading into Rocket’s true natural.

Star-Lord reunites with his father. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) try to yet again, to kill each other because their sisters. Want I did like was that we were given a little more back story on how evil Thanos really is.

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Then we’re with Rocket and that was a shock. I him as this comedic, strong willed raco… I mean person. To learn that was his defense mechanism was really an eye opening to how I will see him that was great.

Although I’m all for crying until the next morning, I found it too overwhelming. Not saying that they should take it all out but perhaps cut the time on each them. It felt like an origin movie than a sequel.

There was one thing I didn’t really like but that goes into the spoiler territory. The music of course was kick ass and I excepted nothing less!

I will say that there’s a scene with Star-Lord And Yondu that had me tearing up but because of Chris Pratt and his father that made that scene all the more powerful. I’ve read about how much this movie helped him with his father that i found it amazing that he took everything he was feeling and reflected it to Star- lord and that was great!!

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Overall, it wasn’t as great at the first but I had a good time watching it. It had A LOT comedy relief, the cast has even better chemistry and I hope they change a few things in the next Guardians.

IF YOU’RE A TRUE MARVEL FAN THAN THIS ISN’T FOR YOU! THERE ARE 5, YEAH 5 POST CREDITS SCENES! 

Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review

James Bond meets Men in Black…minus the aliens but for most that a major plus!

With the sequel set to come out in September of this year and the trailer showing come kick assery scenes, I knew I had to make Kingsman top movie to catch up on.

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Harry’s (Colin Firth) partner and friend died to save him and years pass he ends up recruiting him. Gary “Eggsy” (Taron Egerton) has had a tough childhood and when Harry shows up talking about his deceased father and an organization he finds himself with a new goal, become a Kingsman aka a spy. You can’t have an action, spy movie without fight scenes and that worried me because of Colin Firth. Colin Firth is a well known actor and I have seen hi in a few movies, but a movie were he has to physically fight I had yet to see. Of course he is older and I was worried that because of that the fight sequences it was either going to look like a stunt double or look too CGI.

NEVER JUDGE SOME BECAUSE OF THEIR AGE! A lesson I learned from this movie! Colin Firth is a beast! The second the movie was over I had to learn how much of it was exactly him and learned that he did 80% of his own stunt and trained for six months. I can’t even make it a week. What I loved about his character or what the Kingsman represent, is that they’re not only well dressed with proper etiquette but they could kill you with an umbrella.

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Eggsy agrees to audition for the Kingsman position, while Harry learns that a new threat has emerged. Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) has created a chip that once activated turned people into killing each other. Samuel L. Jackson can play a pretty good villain but they gave him lisp which didn’t really make any sense to me. Granted it didn’t make the movie unwatchable but I do wish they would have kept his regular voice.

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I found the training for the Kingman really interesting. You have a group of young people eager to join this organization but then you have Eggsy who questions everything and uses his life experiences to try and win the slot. There were moments where you think “maybe being a kingsman isn’t being on the right side” and I loved seeing that.

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PEOPLE DIE! In an action movie there’s going to be killing and a bit of blood, but I was not expecting the violence in this movie and it was awesome! You have Sophia Boutella who plays Gazelle, right hand man of Valentine, has these bionic legs knifes attached manages to cut a man in half and Colin Firth shooting people in the face, you see why this movie is rated-r while watching the movie.

I have to talk about Taron Egerton because…look at the guy! He did a really good job in playing the troublemaker as well as a kick ass spy, which isn’t easy to accomplish. I have never seen him in anything else but after watching I have a feeling, and hope to baby Jesus, that we’re going to be seeing a lot more of him.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service was awesome! It surprised me in the best possible way. I have never been a fan of James Bond and granted it never seen one, but if they’re anything like Kingman then you have gain a new watcher! Great story, awesome cast, action sequence were crazy good and overall I had a blast watching and can not wait for the sequel.

Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle 9/22/2017

Now You See Me 2 Movie Review

In most cases when they add a new character in a sequel to replace an original it tends to suck ass…this is a rare case! 

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After a hiatus Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) is tired of waiting for The Eye to finally giving them the green light to come out of hiding. Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) who plays the leader of the group returns with a new member, Lula (Lizzy Caplan). It is revealed that Henley (Isla Fisher) wanted an out and The Eye delivered. Real life Isla Fisher was pregnant and didn’t want to continue the franchise afterwards.

It’s always risky when there recast, while that’s a different actor playing the same character or a new actor trying to fill in the void of the missing character. It couldn’t go horribly wrong or it might just work. In this case it worked! Lizzy Caplan brought much more comedy that you would think Woody Harrison would bring. Although Woody brings some comedy relief, it was Lizzy Caplan that ended up carry the torch.

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Of course there’s a new bad guy and it’s non-other Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe. Daniel’s character kidnaps The Horsemen and hires them to steal a software that would allow him to hack into any device. Having no other choice The Horseman agree to steal it if it grants them freedom after. Really guys?!

Daniel Radcliffe played a good villain! I was worried that I won’t be able to see him as a different character than Harry Potter but I was relieved that that wasn’t the case.

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One thing I didn’t like about the movie was Woody Harrison’s “twin brother” who is played by Woody himself. It felt weird and just off and frankly wan’t necessary.

I have to talk about the coolest scene in the entire movie! While trying to steal the software they end up in a secure facility and use a card to disguise it and pass it to each other and making sure the guards don’t see it. The scene wan’t just great because of the effects but how each of the characters interacted with each other and they weren’t even talking. Woody, Jessie and Dave have already shown how great they are in the magic department in the previous movie. This scene was an audition within the movie with Lizzy Caplan’s character and how she worked along side the boys when they had to perform a trick. She killed and made the scene even more impressive!

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Dylan still struggles with being the leader of The Horsemen but without the actual title. The movie had a lot to do with proving yourself worthy of The Eye’s attention and it fell on Dylan and Atlas the most. Which causes they to drift apart.

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I enjoyed the sequel but didn’t surpass the first. Although they manage to not screw up a recast and it contained some pretty bitchin scenes, Now You See Me 2 just didn’t feel as captivating as the first. However, it’s a movie I enjoyed watching and would watch again. It was great seeing the old characters back, a new character that brought something new to the table, cool magic tricks, and Daniel Radcliffe as a villain. Overall the sequel didn’t hold up as the first but it didn’t fall short on a guilt pleasure movie.

Now You See Me 3 is rumored to be released in 2017/18 with a most likely return of the main cast.

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Now You See Me Movie Review

Who remembers watching that guy with the creepy mask show how magic tricks are done back in the late 90’s? Now You See Me is Magician’s Code but featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrison and Dave Franco and minus the creepy mask which is an added bonus!

Granted this movie was released in 2013 and I am just now watching, DON’T SAY IT! I shouldn’t say “spoiler warning.” But because I’m not a total dick, this review will have spoilers.

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Four people who are extremely talented magicians, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrison and Dave Franco are brought together by a mysterious person. After a year of meeting they have a successful show in Las Vegas. In their show they pull of a heist…in front of an audience without ever leaving the room. After they rob a bank, as the act of their show, they are arrested.

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Mark Ruffalo plays the detective that wants nothing more than to have the 4, who are known as The Four Horseman, behind bars. Mark Ruffalo’s character was one that we all are when watching a magic, and if you say you’ve never tried to figure out how a trick was made you are lying to yourself Janice!

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But everything every turn the group is about five steps ahead and Mark’s trying to find the logical explanation get’s angrier and desperate a times. The entire time I was trying to figure who was really pulling the Four Horseman strings. Who brought them together? When a new detective from FBI arrives and begins to work on the case with Mark and begins to drop hints of magic tricks and leaving things unsolved, I would have bet money on her. Goes to show what the movie brilliantly illustrated, “you focus on the magician and not the assistant.”

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Morgan Freeman plays a man who knows all the tricks and reveals then to Mark’s character after the group managed to pull of a grand scheme. He’s the guy that says, “oh you’re intrigued, well you’re an idiot because the box was never really cut and the chick inside it had a trapped door underneath it.” I really liked him! You didn’t know if he was playing a bad guy or just a guy that didn’t believe in magic because he knew all the do’s and don’ts.

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The magic sequences were extremely entertaining and kept you invested. Even though you know, magic trick or not, that would never happen it still left me with the “holy crap that was awesome!” What I didn’t see coming was the Mark’s character was actually responsible for bring the main characters together. Although I enjoy the unpredictability, it didn’t make sense and what the who “eye” thing was. I had a great time watching this movie! It had cool illusions, the chemistry between the cast was great, the action was none stop and it had humor. Now You See Me had been on my watch list since it came out and now I can watch part 2 without waiting a year or two for it. I still have to wait for part 3 but let’s not be a negative human!

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