Sunday, February 23, 2014
As of now, my most popular review was my Top 10 Worst Movies of 2013, and I can understand why that's the case. We're really fascinated with the idea of something bad existing. It makes you appreciate all of the good movies, games, or even music even more. My list last year included a variety of different kinds of bad, like boring bad, annoying bad, insultingly bad, and disappointing bad. One kind of bad that I failed to mention on that list was the complete fail kind of bad. The bad that does nothing right and just falls flat on its face in the first five minutes. Birdemic 2: The Resurrection was self aware badness, but Winter's Tale is a complete and utter failure of a movie. It sucks in every regard and has little to no redeeming values except for one thing: this movie is absolutely hilarious.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
We live in an age where comic books have become a primary source for big summer blockbusters. Whether it’s Avengers, Man of Steel, or X-Men: Days of Future Past, we live in a world where if you’re based on a comic property, chances are you’re going to make an insane amount of money. What some people don’t know though is that while live action comic book movies are a huge hit almost 90% of the time, animated comic book movies… aren't that big of a hit. Barely anyone knows that they exist, and most people don’t particularly care about them unless you’re a die hard comic book fan. Enter Justice League: War, a movie that is trying to start a shared universe between all DC animated movies. I say try, because the result aren't really too promising.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
You know what I miss? Good old Vaudeville style shows. As we progress further and further into the 21st century, it's becoming more and more apparent that Broadway shows are going to be all style with very little substance. Looking at most of the big name Broadway shows that have sprung up in the last decade or so and while you will find shows that do have an emotional core and are legitimately good, they're quickly swept away to make room for what I call "Standard Broadway". A "Standard Broadway" show is a show that's a bid musical, has lots of dancing, may have a celebrity or two that the audience will cheer and yell at, or was made by an influential person, win tons of awards... yet immediately after seeing it, I can't remember a single thing about the show. No impact, no importance. It's just forgettable and gives a thrill for just that short time. It's only more off-Broadway stuff, or those few odd shows, that really make me excited and remind me of just what Broadway is capable of. In others words, you have to look for those risky shows to get the most enjoyment out of Broadway.
Monday, February 10, 2014
And with the release of The Lego Movie, my long two week break is over! I'm now fully recharged and ready to take what 2014 has to offer! And first up, we have a movie that I've actually been looking forward to, The Lego Movie. Legos have pretty much been around for over 30 years, so chances are you've probably played with Legos at some points in your life. I stopped playing with Legos when I was around 10 or 11, but I still have a soft spot for the little bricks. When this movie was announced, I was optimistic that it was going to be a fun, enjoyable family film that would just be a solid film. As I started to see more trailers though, I started to get a bit skeptical about the audience that the movie was trying to reach, often touting a terrible and wretched song ironically titled "Everything is Awesome" that made me worry that the movie would pander down to the lowest possible audience and be another dumb kids movie. What we get is... interesting to say the least.