Category: Movies

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

 

Batman v Superman:  Dawn of Justice

**This review contains spoilers***

We have all been waiting for the Batman vs Superman to come out.  It is finally here and I got to see it.

I am so disappointed.  How can a movie with two of the biggest comic heroes be so boring.  I have seen a lot of praise for the movie saying that it’s a drama and that it was done like a ‘real’ movie instead of a comic movie, but that doesn’t mean the movie had to be so long and drawn out.  ‘Real’ movies can have good dialogue, suspense, well defined characters, and a great companion score.  It lacked so many of these qualities that I have to blame the director, Zack Snyder.

The story continues from Man of Steel. Superman is a controversial figure as people argue whether he is a good or a bad guy.  Bruce Wayne/Batman sees him as a threat to the planet and is set on taking him down.  However, Lex Luther has his own master plan and plays the two heroes against each other.  The plot itself is pretty simple and I have no problems with the story line.  However, getting to the actual battle took forever.  The suspense was minimal as Bruce Wayne/Batman sneaks around Luthor’s place to find information on the ‘White Portuguese’.  There is also a car chase/gun fight that tries really hard to be interesting but fails.

And then there is poor emo Clark Kent/Superman who is flying around saving Lois Lane and trying to be the good guy while everyone has a problem with him.  I felt bad for him, I wish they hadn’t made him so emo.  Other than putting his mother in danger, there is just not enough anger spewing from him for you to ever think he would take down Batman.

Now, it doesn’t matter what movie, comic book, or animation series Lois Lane is in, she is always getting in trouble and I usually cannot stand her.  So I can’t even give her a non-bias review.  I did sorta like her is Man of Steel though.

Poor Ben Affleck.  In my opinion he was pretty good as a Bruce Wayne.  He did what he could with what he was given and of course he is a really good looking chap.  Bruce Wayne/Batman lacked a personality in this movie. He didn’t strike me as a playboy or super grumpy.  He was just out to get Superman.  The movie loosely associated Batman’s rage against Superman because of the destruction caused during the battle with Zod in Man of Steel.  One of Wayne’s office buildings was also a casualty of the battle and causes the deaths of countless employees.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much good if you don’t actually feel anything for these mostly unseen employees.  And the one employee you do see, is kind of a douche.

Now, Alfred on the other hand was a pretty cool version of a butler.  Jeremy Irons played a great version of him. He had funny sarcastic lines and was Batman’s partner instead of just a butler.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like Jesse Eisenberg’s version of Les Luthor.  In this film, Lex is a very quirky and eccentric young business mogul, almost to the point that he seemed mentally unstable.  I much prefer him as a serious and sophisticated businessman/scientist whom you can never tell exactly what side he is trying to play.  I wonder if this was a personal choice or whether he was directed to act like that?  Overall, he lacked as a villain.  I felt they needed to add something more sinister…
Oh wait, there was another villain.  For a total of like 5 minutes of the movie!

The one great thing about this movie was Wonder Woman.  She kicked ass!  Even the music changed when she finally descended into the scene.  The music truly fit her character as if you were about to watch an old Roman/Greek battle at the Colosseum.  I especially liked the use of most of her weapons.  Her lasso was badass!  I wish she had been in more of the movie.

Although Dawn of Justice was a big disappoint overall as far as action and suspense, I will definitely see the next one.  The movie decisively gave small glimpses as to who will appear from the Justice League in the next movies.  And the story dips into The Death of Superman comic, and I’m sure fans will want to see how it concludes.  As a fan, I would recommend seeing the movie for yourself just so you can watch the next one without missing a beat. But I can’t say it was good.  It was more like a filler you put up with because you want to see the conclusion of the main story line.

Coral Gables Art Cinema: Secret Celluloid Society

 

Lately, I have been frequenting the Coral Gables Art Cinema for some of their after hours showings. The after hours are hosted by the Secret Celluloid Society and usually start around 11:30 p.m. As the name may imply, the movies they show are older and/or rare movies on 35mm film.  The Celluloid Society also goes out of their way to make the shows interactive.

 

 
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The first movie I was able to check out was Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  I had no idea what I was getting into.  My friends told me it was a fun musical.  Oh boy, was it an interesting musical.

The movie is about Hedwig, a transsexual rocker who is touring the US with her band.  She tells her life story from when she was a young boy in Berlin to how she got to the US in her current situation.  Her band is basically following the same tour dates of Tommy Gnosis, her former flame who stole her songs. The movie has humor, heartache, great music and great costumes.

As a special treat, the Celluloid Society was able to get Stephen Trask (the song writer of the movie) and a guest singer to perform before the screening.  Not only that, we had a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Broadway musical and cast.  At the end of the night we also were given free Hedwig shot glasses.  It was definitely a fun and different movie going experience.

Little Shop of Horrors

I remember I had seen Little Shop of Horrors when I was little.  But for the life of me, I could not remember anything about it other than there was a big talking plant in it.  So my friends and I decided to go see it.  It was a much darker movie than I remember.

The story revolves around Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy florist.  He works at a failing flower shop along with Audrey his co-worker and love interest.  After a miserable day of no sales, they suggest to Mr. Mushnik (the owner of the shop) that they put a unique plant he bought and has been taking care of at the front window display.  He calls the plant Audrey II, and business starts booming once they put it on display. Unfortunately, Seymour finds out the plant can only stay healthy and growing by drinking human blood.  As the plant grows in size, it becomes more and more blood thirsty and the dilemma ensues.

Steve Martin plays the role of Audrey’s antagonistic and abusive dentist boyfriend.  And there are also other cameos from famous comedy actors.  The music is fun and the characters are silly and exaggerated.  You can tell this was at one point a stage musical.

Once again, the Celluloid Society made the show interactive and their crew acted out some of the scenes, along with the help of a cute Audrey II puppet.  The version of the film we saw that night had the original ending.  In this version, Audrey II ends up being cloned from its cuttings and they take over the city.  Even the military seems helpless against the plants.  I can see why the ending was changed to a happier ending.

House



House was another movie I had no idea what I was getting into.  Just watch the trailer below and you will see what I mean.  Before the movie started, the Celluloid Society had up on the screen a electronic/new wave group inspired by the movie.  I expected this to be a scary Japanese horror movie from the 70’s.  What I saw felt like it may have been a bad adaption of a manga or anime.

The story centers around a young girl named Oshare a.k.a. Gorgeous, and her friends.  (Yes, they all have nicknames.  My favorite was Kung fu).  Oshare is expecting to spend her vacation with her dad, but is really distraught to find out they will be joined by her father’s new fiance.  This prompts her to write to her estranged aunt, and asks her if she can come stay with her instead.  Her aunt quickly replies that she has been waiting to hear from her, and she is more than welcome to come stay with her.  So Gorgeous and her friends decide to go to her aunt’s house since their plans were also canceled. At her aunt’s house, they catch up, and the girls start settling in.  Unfortunately, strange things start happening and one by one, the girls start disappearing.

I kept hoping the movie would get scary at one point or another, but it just kept being silly.  For example, their chaperon gets left behind because he trips and gets a bucket stuck to his butt.  Also, along the way, the girls meet a very strange watermelon salesman. The scary parts just ended up being wacky and the out dated special effects did not help.  I saw one review where it compared the movie to Scooby Doo.  I can see how they can make the comparison.  So I guess you can tell, I didn’t like it.  If you are into weird, wacky movies, or even anime, you might like it.  However, I was disappointed it wasn’t scary.  In the end, I guess you can describe it as a comedy horror movie.

Overall, I recommend you check out the after hours shows at the Coral Gables Cinema.  For the month of October they will be showing more horror flicks you can check out.  The Secret Celluloid Society makes sure to put effort into making the screenings fun and unique.  Whether the movies are older, not well known, or foreign, it’s always a good time.

Movie Review: Chronicle

I have been wanting to see Chronicle for some time now and finally had a chance to watch it.  I ended up liking it a lot.

The movie revolves around 3 teens:  Andrew, Matt and Steve who discover a cavernous hole in the woods while they are at a party one night.  After an encounter with whatever was down there, the boys acquire telekinetic powers.  As their powers grow their friendship also becomes stronger.  However, Andrew has a troubled home life, with an alcoholic father and terminally ill mother.  Unfortunately, as his home life gets worse, his emotions get the best of him and his powers are harder to control.

The movie is shot in a first person point of view, where the camera is being held by one of the boys during the course of the movie (supposedly this is called found-footage).  And it gives it the B-Movie type feel, or at least a semi-realistic point of view.  It definitely reminds me of Cloverfield, where it tries to put the viewer in the scenes with the characters.

The effects are pretty cheesy, I have to say.  When the boys learn to float and fly around, you can tell they are wearing harnesses and swinging on wires.  Either way the movie is still fun to watch.  It has its dark moments and it takes place in Washington state. Because of that, the skies are always gray and cloudy giving the movie even more atmosphere.  Lastly, I think I liked it because it reminded me a lot of Akira.  If you have ever seen Akira, you know that Tetsuo cannot control his immense powers and causes havoc.  Well, same thing goes for Andrew in Chronicle.

Despite the lack of originality, the movie was still entertaining and sorta creepy to watch.  You may like it. So, go ahead and check it out.  [I should really start some sort of rating system for movies.]

Thanks for reading!

Movie Review: Don Jon

So I read a few reviews on Don Jon and some of them make good points, but I still sorta liked the movie.

Don Jon is that typical Jersey shore type character we have been introduced to by MTV.  Gelled up hair, works out on the regular, goes clubbing to pick up chicks and ‘smash’, loves his family, goes to church and repeats his routine.  Except this guy has an particularly strong addiction to porn.  He likes it so much he is more satisfied by the experience of masturbating to porn than to having real sex.

So this movie actually does make some interesting points about sex and the expectations that porn maybe putting out to society.  His views on blow jobs, the way condoms feel, the issues with different positions, it all actually made some sense to me.  Obviously the view points are one sided.  You don’t hear the girls argument to these points other than his expectations are not realistic and that his porn addiction is disgusting…etc.  I believe a review on RogerEbert.com made a point that if this character gets laid all the time, how has he not run into a girl that wouldn’t mind doing more than just missionary style.  Either way it made me wonder how most one night stands go.

‘Don Jon’ as proclaimed by his friends eventually gets tired of his routine of one night stands and decides to start a serious relationship with Charlotte Johansson’s character, Barbara.  Unfortunately, she is a demanding, high maintenance type girl and he is forced to hide his addiction from her.

Barbara slowly tries to mold him into the boyfriend she wants him to be. Eventually getting him to go back to school where he meets a older classmate played by Julia Moore.  As much as Julia’s character Esther is made out to be a cougar (well she is a total cougar), she builds a type of friendship that Jon was missing.  Love without friendship is not love.

This movie ends up being a different type of love story. In the end we learn a lesson about love, friendship and intimacy.  Despite the raunchy porn scenes cut into the movie, the over acting and simplistic characters the movie was pretty funny, entertaining and thought provoking.

I would actually recommend reading more reviews on this movie.  They are almost as entertaining as the movie itself.  I am also surprised how offended people are by the porn clips and it’s jab at the Catholic church.  This movie didn’t strike me as very offensive, but it sure did upset some people.  Anyways, check out the movie on Netflix.  As always, I would love people to comment and leave their take on things.

Thanks for reading!

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

I have been trying to catch up with all the Oscar winning movies that I missed out on.  I finally saw Dallas Buyers Club this weekend.  I expected a good movie and was not disappointed.

Matthew McConaughey plays the role of Ron Woodroof; a hustler, gambler, and homophobic drug user.  After an accident at work lands him in the hospital, he is informed that he is HIV+.  As the movie takes us through his denial and finally acceptance of his situation he goes on a mission to get the medicine he needs to possibly get healthier.  During this time period AZT was one of the promising drugs being tested for treatment of AIDS patients. Unfortunately, it was not yet available to the public.  This leads Ron to seek help from a doctor in Mexico who offers medicines that are more natural and with less harmful side affects.  Ron decides to start selling these medications to other patients through the Dallas Buyers Club.  He partners up with a transvestite named Rayon played by Jared Leto, who helps him get more clients.
The entire cast does a great job. Although the movie revolved around very serious matters, the movie was still enjoyable because of the characters. Ron’s evolution from a self destructive homophobe, to a concerned friend and advocate was great to watch. Matthew McConaughey transformation for the movie to an extremely thin, sickly looking man was astonishing as well.  His friendship/partnership with the very sassy and sweet Rayon was great to watch.  Jared Leto clearly deserved his Oscar.  His mannerisms, voice, walk and makeup completely converted him into his character.  Of course the other cast members help the story along as well, for example Dr.Vass and Eve.   And who would have thought the FDA would be the bad guy in the movie, with the drug companies pushing their medicines when safer alternatives are available?
Overall the movie was bitter sweet, but I highly recommend it.

Movie Review: The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie came out this weekend and it is great!  This movie can be appreciated by adults and kids alike.

The movie is funny, full of adventure and nostalgia. It pulls all the LEGO sets in a cute story line where an ordinary construction worker is accidentally mistaken as ‘The Special’ who is prophesied to defeat President Business and his evil plot.

The voice cast for this movie was impeccable. Stars such as Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Charlie Day, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, and Elizabeth Banks bring all the characters to life.  (I’m sure after seeing the film everyone will have their favorite character.  Mine was Batman)

This film stays very true to the LEGO brand as well.  The characters move and look just like the figures.  And if you have ever played the video games, some of the building scenes remind me of the game play.

Overall it was tons of fun to watch and well made. I highly recommend anyone see it.

Movie Review: Documentary: Hot Coffee

I meant to write this earlier, but I’m always a slacker when it comes to blogging.  I recently watched Hot Coffee.  I love documentaries, and I especially like documentaries that are well done.  This one completely changed my view on some of the suits you may have heard about. Although it came out in 2011, it is still very relevant.

It starts off by examining the McDonald’s hot coffee suit but goes even deeper to discuss how corporations and their lobbyist have managed to manipulate the legal system to their benefit.  This doesn’t necessarily mean frivolous lawsuits do not exist (I can attest to this with my years of experience in customer service), but sometimes there is more to a story than the media portrays.
This leads the film to discuss caps on punitive damage.  This may seem like a good idea, but the film explores the affect it may have on legitimate cases.
Another topic the film hits on is the popularity of arbitration and the common practice of including this agreement in the fine print of many contracts such as your credit card or terms and conditions of anything you purchase now a days.  Just go to any web retailer and I’m sure you will see it in their terms and conditions. This process takes the dispute out of the court system and puts it in the hand of a third party which may not be completely fair to the claimant.
Whether you agree with the film or not, I believe the subject matter is fascinating.  The film does an excellent job of discussing the relevant issues and providing persuasive arguments with real life examples.  Check it out and leave comments!!!

Something Nerdier Podcast: Episode 2 – Discussing Thor and Other Comic Movies

Hi everyone (all 8 of you)!  We recorded a brand new podcast!  Funny man Tony Roman joins the cast along with German Nino and our editor Erik Tejeiro.  The podcast was a ton of fun to make.  Enjoy the silliness and thanks for listening!

Don’t forget to see Tony Roman and others at Loko Molokos: Lets Hear some Yokes!!!  This Thursday at 9pm  – 3201 N Miami Ave Ste 104 Miami FL 33127

 

BTW, this is just a temporary spot to post the podcast.  SomethingNerdier.com will be up and running shortly!

 

Thor: The Dark World

Sexy man Thor is back for a third time.  This time he is battling Dark Elves who are trying to engulf the world into darkness.  He is reunited with Jane Foster and her gang under unfortunate circumstances when she accidentally becomes the host for the powerful weapon the Aether.  Thor must protect Asgard and Jane from Malekith  the leader of the Dark Elves, but at what costs?

Although I have a huge bias for Thor, I have to admit Loki steals the show in this movie.  His playful and snarky humor begs for more scenes next to the God of Thunder.  He is a complex character that seems to be teetering between good and evil at all times.

Besides the humor, drama, and cast, the movie looks great.  The graphics were well done, Asgard and the other realms look as believable as they can be for a super hero flick.  Let’s not forget all the action sequences and fighting that happens.

Overall the movie is very entertaining.  This movie definitely gets a “go see it!” recommendation.  It has everything you may want in a super hero movie.  Hunky super heroes, cool villains, action, drama, romance and humor.  Do you need anything else?  Go see it!

Podcast: Episode 1 – Top 5 Comedies

Some time ago, me and my awesome friend/funnyman German decided to make a movie podcast  (visit his blog here) .  Well, I finally got around to editing it a bit, and uploading it.  It’s really long and not scripted but it can be fun to listen to.  My apologies for the constant use of the word ‘epic’ and giggling.  Have fun listening!