Incredible Hulk Throwback Movie Review

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Word of mouth is one of the biggest ways that a film can be marketed. "Did you see this?" and "I loved it when..." are great conversation pieces. And the biggest place to find out what people are saying is Rotton Tomatoes. One of the worst talked about films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on this metric, is 2008's The Incredible Hulk. There is good and bad in every movie, the question is, for The Incredible Hulk, does the good outweigh the bad? The Good The biggest thing that this film does well is the world that it's set in. A grounded world that throughout the film has subtle hints to the larger universe that it's a part of. Hints like blueprints with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Stark Industries logos, WHiH,…
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Iron Man Throwback Movie Review

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In a few months, we will be presented with Avengers: Infinity War -- the beginning of the end of a massive experiment in Hollywood cinema. This experiment is what we call the MCU and it started 10 years ago with Iron Man. When it was released in 2008, there was no idea what was being planned unless you stuck around to watch the scene at the end of the credits (which was another not so common practice then). The Players When it was released, Robert Downy Jr was not the person he is today and it was a major risk to cast him as Tony Stark. That risk ended up paying off and he nailed the character. This risk with RDJ was countered with a strong but safe casting of Jeff Bridges as…
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V for Vendetta Throwback Movie Review

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Dystopian futures have always interested me. There is always someone or something that happened that forced the world into such a dark place. I find that alluring and interesting. The future that we get in V for Vendetta has a corrupt Brittish government that rose to power after events they either caused or allowed to happen. The film also shows that this is a worldwide dystopian future with comments about a civil war in the United States, and with them being "the world's biggest leper colony." This world building makes me wonder what the larger world looks like and what happened to the Brittish Royal Family? The Cast V for Vendetta stars Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving in amazing performances. It also co-starred prominent Brittish actors Stephen Rea, John Hurt, and Stephen Fry. What is…
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The Italian Job 2003 Throwback Movie Review

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I have had a fascination with the design and looks of a Mini Cooper for a long time. It started the first time I watched 2003's The Italian Job. The Italian Job is a remake of a 1969 Brittish film of the same name that starred Michael Cain and Benny Hill. The 2003 film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham and Seth Green. While the 1969 version is considered to be a comedy caper, I would say the 2003 version is a straight heist film with revenge at its core. The Characters Mark Wahlberg is the mastermind, and Charlie Croker is that guy you can trust and will always be there for you. Donald Sutherland as John Bridger is the safecracker and the one that built the crew, a father figure…
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Wonder Woman Movie Review

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How many movies dive into World War I as a backdrop? Not many that I can think of. But there is one that does: Wonder Woman. There isn’t a specific battle or theater of World War I that is shown, but it brings the feeling of this being the worst war that the world has ever seen. Themyscira Wonder Woman starts out in her home of Themyscira, a lush island ruled by Wonder Woman's mother, Hippolyta. She only wants to protect her daughter, Diana, even if it comes at the cost of her people. It takes Hippolyta's sister General Antiope to promise to train Diana harder than any Amazon before her before Hippolyta allows it. The armor that Diana trains in to become Wonder Woman looks like it could be real armor. Covering…
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New Year’s Eve Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Throwback Review
Every year when the New Year rolls around, one emotion rises up in us above all else. That emotion is hope. Hope of a better year, hope of change, hope of love. And it's this hope that draws me in and makes the movie New Year's Eve an annual tradition for my wife and me to watch on New Year's Eve. As a 2011 compilation film, we start the movie by following 8 stories full of hope, although for vastly different reasons. The Cast Though it's full of A-list talents like Robert DeNiro, Zac Efron, and Michelle Pfeiffer, no one puts in an Oscar quality performance. While they are solid and believable in their roles, we just don't spend enough time with any one character to fully see any character nuances. The director,…
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Batman and Harley Quinn Movie Review

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When I was younger I can remember watching Batman: The Animated Series and enjoying the tone and style that it brought to screen. Batman and Harley Quinn use a similar art style to Batman: The Animated Series.  Bruce Timm, one of the men who created not only Batman: The Animated Series but also Harley Quinn, wrote both the story and the screenplay for this film. The Story The story sees Poison Ivy team up with Floranic Man in an attempt to turn the human population into plant-animal hybrids just like Swamp Thing. In an attempt to find Ivy, Batman sends Nightwing to find Harley Quinn, who is out on parole and trying to live a normal life. Children's Movie? Rated PG-13, this film has a few things within it that you would not expect to see in a children's movie. There is one scene where we find Harley as a waitress in a Hooters-esque…
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Bright Movie Review

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What happens when you take the idea of elves and orcs and magic and put them into a more modern setting? Bright is set in a world in which 2000 years ago a dark lord was banished by a multi-species army. At the time of the story, we find the society is deeply rooted in racism with prejudices and stereotypes abundant. The world's story is told through beat-cop Daryl Ward, and Nick Jakoby, his orc partner. The tension between these two is palpable. Slowly, their history comes to light.  And it is not one of peace. Ward is not a fan of orcs and Jakoby is constantly trying to get through without success. Classism This film spends a lot of time showing how the races feel about each other. Either looking down…
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Non-Spoiler Movie Review

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What makes a film inside of a larger franchise not only stand apart as its own film while at the same time fit within that larger universe? This is a question that The Last Jedi works with beautifully. Forging its own story while using throwbacks and homages to past films. John Williams' score uses musical keys from the original trilogy and it makes this film feel like its part of the larger whole. They also used some shots that physically mirror some of the previous films. The one scene that springs to mind is Kylo Ren leading troops into battle that mirrors a scene from Revenge of the Sith. The Main Players I would be amiss if I did not mention the actor's portrayals. Mark Hamill puts in his best performance as Luke Skywalker.…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Review

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How do you take a beloved franchise that has not had an installment in 10 years and bring it back to the forefront of pop culture? You give it to someone like J. J. Abrams, who successfully restarted Star Trek, another beloved science fiction franchise. Not only did he direct, he worked on the script with longtime Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan. This gave him a depth of character insight that he would otherwise not have had. Working off a solid script and given helpful direction, the cast turns in stellar performances. Be it the newcomers like Daisy Ridley or the veterans like Harrison Ford, the performances are spectacular. They really make you believe not only the story being told but also the relationships of the characters. There are without a doubt…
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