Neo and Trinity are back and they need to save those that are still stuck in The Matrix. They have freed many minds and many have sought them out to be freed. Even though they know they need to do it they really want some time along so THEY can do it themselves. So many want their time and they just want some time to themselves. That is the initial setup of the film that really wasn’t as good as the first. The film was too staged and you can almost see what is going to happen before it does. I know that it might be to show how Neo is dealing with his new powers but come on, we need more suspense then we are getting with this one. Read more...(653 words, 123 images, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)
Perception: Our day-in, day-out world is real. Reality: That world is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence that control us. Whoa….
In 1999, Andy and Lana Wachowski came up with an amazing trilogy that took us into a dark, high-tech world where things were not as they seemed. They put together a cast of stars that were both A-list and unknown, and blew us away with some intense special effects, and via the local movie theatre screen, we were all suddenly jacked into The Matrix.
Even though this was one of the most intense movies of the late 90s, it was revolutionary in so many ways, with the dark effects, the slo-motion, the choreographed fight scenes created by Yuen Woo-ping, and even the idea that we might be all just part of a big battery that ran an earth that had been taken over by machines was mind-boggling. Add a high-energy soundtrack featuring some of the hottest names in alternative rock of the day, and you get a film you just never get tired of. It is no wonder that we just could not get enough. This even spawned a disturbing spin-off, The Animatrix that featured some of the minor characters from the trilogy, and some speculative history of how this alternate world came about. Read more...(849 words, 122 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
This was the last movie in a chain of prequels leading up to this summer season’s first blockbuster, The Avengers. It seems appropriate that The First Avenger would be the last to be brought into play. What is really amazing about this particular Marvel film is that critics just never seemed to get enough of it, and after watching it a few times now, I can completely agree with them.
It seems we can’t go a few months these days without seeing a trailer for some comic book-based movie. From the standards of Marvel or DC, to lesser known houses, like Dark Horse, or various manga outlets, like Shojo or Tokyopop, we are constantly seeing our heroes come to life in live or computer-animated action. Some people might even be lucky enough to see these 2D stories in vivid real 3D, not only in movies, but in video games as well. So, we go from there, 2012 back to there, where it all started, in New York, 1942, and learn about the story of a small man with big dreams that made them come true with some good faith, brave deeds, and lots of secret government funding. Read more...(679 words, 111 images, estimated 2:43 mins reading time)
Anyone who loves a good action film is not going to be disappointed by this film from Michael Bay. It has all the elements for a great Sci-Fi action thriller that should please everyone, unfortunately not everyone. Having watched the cartoon since it first aired on TV in 1984 and several of the incarnations since then I personally feel that the film indeed captures the essence of when Hasbro and Marvel first did the shows and comics. While purists hate anything Michael Bay may make this reviewer feels that he did the name of Transformers true justice. The film is about autonomous robots that are seeing something on earth, just as in the old series. While the first movie doesn’t deal with the search for Energon but it does make hints at it with them showing that there are a group of transformers on the surface of Mars. This film deals with the search for the All Spark, the Cube, their maker. The show also has the interactions between the humans and the transformers with the interaction with the teens that ultimately become their spokesmen on earth. With so much coming from the old series there is no way that you can not mistake this as not being a full authentic transformers film. Read more...(944 words, 105 images, estimated 3:47 mins reading time)
This fun, funky fresh movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Picture in 2007, and it was very well deserved. A galaxy of stars did the voices for these penguins. Elijah Wood does the voice of Mumble, an Emperor Penquin that went through some questionable development when his father, Memphis (Hugh Jackman), drop his egg during a very rough winter at the South Pole, while dreaming of Mumble’s mother, Norma Jean (Nichole Kidman) while she was away at the fishing grounds. In this version of Antarctica, Emperor penguins look for their mates using a heartsong, but none of them can dance. Due to Memphis’ mistake, Mumble is a little odd. He cannot sing, but he has a talent for tap dancing, which his society does not quite understand, but this also brands him as an outcast. He has only one friend, Gloria (Brittany Murphy), and as she grows, she develops a talent for singing that rivals even Norma Jean’s. Later, after botching a graduation celebration with his really bad singing, Mumble gets separated from the class, and after a nasty chase from a leopard seal, Mumble meets with the Adelie Amigos, Ramon (Robin Williams), Nestor (Carlos Alazraqui), Raul (Lombardo Boyar), Rinaldo (Jeff Garcia), and Lombardo (Johnny Sanchez), a group of fun-loving, arrogant Adelie Penguins, who take to Mumble’s fun dance, and find him to be “so accidentally cool!” In the Adelie colony, there is a “guru” that everyone looks to for answers. Lovelace (Robin Williams) is a Macaroni Penguin that feels that because he was “bestowed” with a magical talisman, actually, a set plastic six-pack rings, he now knows all the answers. Mumble goes to Lovelace for guidance, but never gets his questions answered. He goes back to the Emperor colony to find Gloria, where he meets with Gloria and helps her find her heartsong and the all the young penguins get into the dancing celebration, but the colony elders accuse his odd ways of being the cause of why the food supply is running out, and Mumble is going to find the truth. This takes Mumble to places he could never have imagined, where his dancing really comes of some use in helping his colony and other animals that live near them. Read more...(460 words, 49 images, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)