Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ted 2 Review: Promising, but not better than the first

The Hit:

Seth Macfarlane does it again and brings smiles and laughter with the voice of Ted in a sequel worth seeing. If you  haven't seen the first one, however, I probably wouldn't suggest it. A friend went with me and by not seeing the first he didn't really enjoy it. I heard him laugh at some scenes but all in all he was not a big fan. There were a lot of inside jokes in the first half of the movie that you wouldn't get if you hadn't seen the first Ted. The last half was rather boring and really dragged out. Even though some critics say this was better than the first I would disagree and say otherwise. But give it a chance if you're a fan and go see it. 

The story follows Ted and John (Mark Wahlberg) from the first but now we see Ted getting married with Tammy Lynn (Jessica Barth) and the after effects of that marriage. It's not so happy so they decide to have a baby and from trailers, that's when it gets funny, including a Tom Brady cameo.

When finding a donor for the baby doesn't work, Tammy Lynn and Ted try to adopt, only to discover that Ted is considered property, not a person. Everything goes down hill and that's when Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) comes in and takes the case to prove Ted can have rights just as a human does. They have fun with drugs and are immature just like the first and the lines are funny enough to keep watching it all the way to the end. 

There are other cameos from different actors you know and love and that makes it just as fun. The story I would say is just okay and if they do a third, I hope they can make it better and not dull for the last half of the movie. Don't go in with high expectations. You'll come out disappointed. 

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with caution)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Inside Out Review: One of Disney/Pixar's best and most creative films

The Hit:

We all know Pixar/Disney has some great movies and let me tell you that Inside Out has to be one of the best.The theme here is that they take you to a world where your emotions take control of situations you're in and why in some cases it is needed throughout life and the obstacles we face. 

We begin inside the brain of a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and the emotions there: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). Each one can take control of Riley in whatever situation she is in. The main emotion who is in constant command at headquarters is Joy and her job is to keep Riley happy at all times. Even though she is outnumbered she still tries her best to keep everyone in check.

What is so great about this movie is that it shows how young kids and adults alike go through different stages of their lives and the ensuing emotions. Riley is in one of those changes because she moves from one place to another at the age of 11 or 12 and what she leaves behind is her life that she grew up on, including friends, school, and memories. All of a sudden, she has to start from scratch and try to make new memories with new strangers. Joy has a lot on her hands trying to make Riley happy as much as she can and with the help of the other emotions, including sadness it's the only way to get through it. 

Inside Out takes you on an adventure when Sadness and Joy get sucked up away from headquarters and must make it back or else Riley is under the control of emotions Anger, Fear, and Disgust. With those three you can see Riley is in a situation no one wants to be in. They explore through the mind and all that's old from all that is new in terms of memories and events, they go through dreams, facts, opinions and even imagination. You will enjoy what this movie has to offer and the message it sends. 

Inside Out is really a great idea and that's what makes it so unique that I wonder why it wasn't thought of before. A friend mentioned that now that they have done what goes through a young kid's mind, maybe they can make a sequel or sequels about different ages. Our emotions are a beautiful thing and making those memories is what life is all about. Take your family and make sure to get there early because they show a short film right before the movie begins. Stay a little after to see emotions from other people including some animals. 
Great touching story with a lovable cast and colorful animation, you'll love it. 

The Verdict:

Green Light (Go see it)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jurassic World review: A phenomenal reboot to the beloved classic

The Hit:

Jurassic World was a big hit this weekend and an experience that will remind you of your inner child and love for dinosaurs will surface again. This movie is a direct sequel to the first which means the other sequels were completely erased which worked out in favor for the series.

Jurassic World takes place 22 years after the first Jurassic Park and the incident that happened then. Throughout the movie you will notice references of the first and how they made this a better place for tourists to come check it out and be safer. Just like Disney World or other theme parks, the only way to keep people coming is to go bigger and better by creating new dinosaurs to grab more attention. 

A new breed called Indominus Rex is created and besides being smart and cunning it has other traits too that place it at the top of the food chain. Can it be stopped?

To face Indominus Rex, we meet a raptor trainer by the name of Owen (Chris Pratt) who imprinted himself on the raptors when they were babies so that he is seen as the alpha of the pack. His storyline is then caught up with Claire's (Bryce Dallas Howard). Her life being in charge of the whole park takes a dark turn when her two nephews visit. Zack (Nick Robinson), and Gray (Ty Simpkins) get lost and it's up to Claire and Owen to find them. 

The storyline was just as amazing as the first movie and although we didn't see any cameos of the first cast, you will love these new characters and the story behind each one. Aside from all that I've said, you will see dino vs dino and the last scene is pretty epic. The only way the new dinosaur created is gonna get beaten up is for other fellow dinos to join forces.

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go see it)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Insidious Chapter 3 Review: a stellar horror prequel

The Hit:
Insidious is a favorite horror series scaring kids and adults alike and unlike some long series it's storyline is one of the best and doesn't leave someone confused or have any plot holes needing to be filled. The Insidious franchise as a whole is very interesting and worth watching.

If you don't know what is going on, Insidious Chapter 3 is actually a prequel to the first and follows the psychic Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) before she meets her demise at the end of the first movie. At first, Elise is trying to not use her gift because of personal reasons but a young teenager by the name of Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) seeks her out for help. After Elise refuses, Quinn is then haunted by some unknown entity. She believes it's someone close to her but in fact it's an evil soul-stealing demon. That's when Insidious Chapter 3 makes you either scream, jump or even close your eyes, just like scary movies are supposed to do.

Insidious Chapter 3 explores going to the "Further," the realm where evil lurks in the shadows, lost souls who didn't make it to the light. Those that are still living have an advantage when they are in that realm and can kick some major trash just by standing up to that evil. Sounds like out of the top but you'll understand what I mean if you've seen the previous two or if you go see this one. Elise is a fighter in this one and although she is fighting to keep an evil spirit away she comes through for Quinn's sake and fights off her tormentor. 

The ending is really touching. Even though there is evil there is always good to overcome the darkness. You"ll see what I mean when you watch it. Again, what kept me in the Insidious series is the storyline — it connects smoothly so don't miss out on seeing this flick. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go see it)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

San Andreas: A run-of-the-mill disaster flick


The Hit:
San Andreas is your typical disaster show. If you don't know what the San Andreas fault is, it's a fault line along California that will probably do as much damage as the movie portrays when it shifts. Although disaster movies are more far-fetched than actual fact, I want to start off by saying that this flick probably has hits and misses on what actually might happen if there was such a devastating occurrence. 

Amidst the whole destruction and masses of people dying as they try to flee from falling buildings, one family somehow manages to stay lucky enough to make it through it all. The leading man is Ray, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. We all know he's a bad ass tank of a person and made a perfect fit for this role. 

Ray's wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and daughter (with eyes that make a guy melt) Blake (Alexandra Daddario) were characters that really made you root for them.  Just like any disaster movie, a love interest is revealed and that's when Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his little brother Ollie (Art Parkinson) come into play. Now it's only a matter of courage and determination for them to all make it out.

San Andreas claims that a certain device is able to predict the next upcoming earthquake. The scientist behind that is Lawrence (Paul Giamatti). I don't know if there is such a thing in existence but for movie purposes, he helps everyone evacuate early by announcing it ahead of time and even though lots of lives are supposedly saved, I bet more died than actually lived. Some plot holes needing to be filled but there wasn't really any major issues.

San Andreas was a decent flick and will maybe even make people realize that an earthquake of that size could really happen. If you like Dwayne Johnson and cute chicks or good looking dudes for the ladies, go check out this action-packed movie.

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go see it)

Tomorrowland Review: Expect an average summer film and you won't be dissapointed


The Hit:
Tomorrowland is the movie I chose to see this weekend and from what my friends are saying about Poltergeist, I believe I made the right choice. If you've seen the trailer, Tomorrowland shows a girl pick up a pin with the letter "T" on it. When she touches it, she sees another world and escapes her current world.

The protagonist's name is Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), daughter of NASA genius Eddie Newton (Tim McGraw). He doesn't really have a pivotal role in the film, but is nice seeing Tim act every once in awhile. But back to the story.

Casey is a troublemaker and does all she can to prevent the demolition of a NASA project which might cause her dad to lose his job. A certain "recruiter" by the name of Athena (Raffey Cassidy) shows her the way to Tomorrowland and how she can use her smarts there to make the world to a better place before all humans destroy it. 

Tomorrowland centers around humans polluting the world and the only way to prevent that is by recruiting those who are smart in various subjects. Together, their goal is to make things better by working in Tomorrowland, away from politics and other distractions and biases. Casey and Athena must reach it before it's too late. 

The only way to get there is through Frank Walker (George Clooney), a stubborn old man who was banished from Tomorrowland. They use weapons not invented yet and other gadgets to get to their destination and when they finally arrive, the world Casey saw is not as magical as it seems. To preserve both worlds, the group has to fight off a dangerous disease.

Tomorrowland shows how pollution, wars and other human mistakes are slowly destroying the planet. It's a decent Disney adventure but I wouldn't say that it's a must-see. It was sure fun how they added sci-fi and future tech to bring Tomorrowland to life. Still, I'd pick this over a remade horror film. George, Britt, and newcomer Raffey were a fun team to watch.

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with caution)