Sunday, July 26, 2015

Southpaw review: An emotional ride you can't miss

The Hit:

Southpaw is a movie with bumps along the way and by bumps I mean serous emotional trauma. The premise is an undefeated boxer with the world in his hands until something goes horribly wrong.

Southpaw Boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) and daughter Leila Hope (Oona Laurence) are a family held together by wife and mother Maureen Hope (Rachel McAdams). Sadly, a tragic event happens and Billy loses Maureen due to a situation that is partially Billy's fault.

 Billy spirals out of control and loses all sense of what to do because Maureen called the shots and he just fought. . With Maureen gone, Billy has to be a father and provider to Leila but has a tough time. His daughter is taken by child protection services and the only way to reunite himself with her is if he cleans himself up for a couple months and that's when Southpaw gets rolling even faster. 

Billy gets himself a day job while training at the same time to enter the ring again with gym owner and new coach Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker). Together with Tick, Billy changes his fighting style while dealing with his grief and learning to be a better father. 

Southpaw is an emotional roller coaster that breaks the mold of your typical fighting movie. It was great seeing a fighter lose it all and fight back to the top with the help of close friends and family. Jake Gyllenhaal did an awesome job playing Billy and Rachel McAdams is always a dime. Aside from an appear from 50 Cent as Billy's agent, Jordan Mains, another key actor who shined was Oona Laurence as Leila. Yes Southpaw is worth it and yes you will want to start a boxing gym after because it's just that good. You'll love it. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go see it)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ant-Man Review: A surprise home run for Paul Rudd and the rest

The Hit

Because Ant Man is a part of the Marvel Universe and will be a future avenger according to the comics, I had to go see it, even though I had really low expectations. I was glad I gave it a try because I walked out loving it! I might even see it again in theaters. 

The reason Ant Man was so good was the added humor (a lot of it). One funny character, Luis, (Michael Pena) brought humor to every scene he was in. Aside from Luis, our main hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) nailed it as the new Ant Man. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) from the comics passes his torch down to Scott to save his own company and the world in general. 

Scott asks why Hank can't just call the Avengers for help and an earlier flashback shows why Hank won't deal with anyone Stark-related. The only Avenger appearing in Ant Man is Hawkeye and that scene gets pretty heated.

Ant Man starts sort of slow with a build up of characters and the story of Hank when he first donned the suit. This flashback revealed previous Marvel characters, including someone close to Tony Stark and someone really close to Captain America. My inner geek/nerd was at an all time high throughout those scenes where other Marvel connections from past movies were made. 

Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), the daughter of Hank Pym, will kick some butt in the future and might even give Black Widow a run for her money in looks and moves. She played a big role in the movie and gets a treat after the credits which has been a long time coming for her. Do not leave after that scene, stay until the very end and (NO SPOILERS) watch the short scene setting up the next Marvel movie.

I went into Ant Man not expecting much and walked out loving it. I hope you feel the same as well. 

The Verdict
Green Light (Go see it)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Selfless Review: Hit and miss for big name actors

The Hit:

We've all thought of death and asked if there was a possibility to live longer? The truth is, eventually it's a tragic fact of life we must all face at some point. Well, what if you could just keep transferring your consciousness to a new body, a younger body and be immortal through that type of path? Selfless explains just that and falls under the category of a mystery and sci-fi flick and was a different movie I have been waiting to see.

Selfless takes place in the present time we are right now and the introduction of such an experiment gets introduced to a dying old man dying from cancer. Not only is he old but rather wealthy and the thought of going young and starting new would be great so after much thought he decides to do it. Damian (Ben Kingsley) gets transferred into a younger body (Ryan Reynolds) and even though all is great, he has to start new. All of his old past connections must be forgotten for purposes of the company doing the procedure — it has to be top secret or else they will do anything to keep you quiet for its protection. 

The storyline for Selfless is great throughout, and when Damian starts getting old memories from the new body he is in, things turn for the worse and soon uncovers the bodies used for the procedure are not humans created in the lab after all. The trailers gives away what is going on so some of you know where the bodies come from but I'd rather you go see it. 

Selfless is great for sci-fi lovers but is not really worth seeing on the big screen. It's a mediocre movie and if you want to wait to Red Box it, I wouldn't blame you, even though it has a good storyline and a good ending. The acting was meh — some actors were better in other roles and some did great in this. What really had my attention and held me in my seat was where the story was going.

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Terminator Genisys Review: A new cast makes for an instant classic

The Hit:

"I'll be back" a famous phrase we all know from Arnold Schwarzenegger and it's still just as great hearing it come out of his mouth. Aside from that phrase, Terminator Genisys was action, action, action. Did I like it? Well, because I'm a guy I enjoyed it — the story was straight and narrow. If you haven't seen the rest of the series, you better pay extra attention or you will be lost.

Everyone in Terminator Genisys is new besides Arnold but they're all likable. The new Sarah Connor is played by the lovely Emilia Clarke (known for her role as Daenerys in Game of Thrones), her son John (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). Arnold is the terminator and guardian for Sarah Connor and anyone that tries to mess with her will have to go through him. The story is rather different from the original because now when kyle goes back in time to save Sarah from the Terminator sent to kill her it's a whole new timeline. Now they must change their course in planning and stop the machines from taking over in a new way.

It was a treat seeing the future where humans were fighting the robots and how it all started when they sent Kyle and the Terminator back in time. You can't forget seeing a terminator beat a mere human and also the liquid type from Terminator 2. With all the new and old stories combined into this sorta remake it was really awesome. Emilia Clarke wowed me as Sarah and being the Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones she was a bad ass mother to John Connor here too. I don't want to spoil the storyline so if you're a fan I suggest you go watch Terminator Genisys and again pay attention. Will this be the last Terminator movie they make? Stay during the ending credits and find out. Don't' stay until the very end because there is nothing, only stay for the mid credits.

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go see it)