World War Z, zombie apocalypse preparedness

13 July 2013

World War ZBrad Pitt  
Mireille Enos  
Daniella Kertesz  
James Badge Dale  
David Morse  
Fana Mokoena  
David Andrews  
Sterling Jerins  
Abigail Hargrove  
Peter Capaldi  
Pierfrancesco Favino  
Ludi Boeken  
Gregory Fitoussi  

PG13           116 min           2013

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

World War Z is a crazy zombie ride. Even as entertainment you can gleam knowledge from this film that stars Brad Pitt. From beginning to end I was riveted by the story and the drama. He’s a man essentially with a gun to his families head. If he doesn’t help his family will be kicked of the safety of the boats.

This movie is based on the book of the same title by Max Brooks. I haven’t read the book but I think I will at some times. I watch zombie films like they’re preparation films. I know I sound crazy until I don’t. It’s easier to watch film like World War Z, Zombieland, and Dawn of the Living Dead than going to into the zombie head space for however long it takes me to read a novel, much longer than watching a two hour movie.

World War Z pulls no punches. It’s a harsher reality than we’ve seen before even in Dawn of the Dead. Even when you’ve found your way to safety you’re not safe. Its shows how survival takes hold and people start to lose their humanity. It shows that the vast majority of people are shit out of luck, and no amount of preparedness is going to save people.

This will be the world we live in where nowhere is safe. Not even behind fifty foot walls. Only the select few will be taken to safety. Everyone else its kill or be killed. When that first news report starts describing the symptoms of zombism don’t put your head in the sand and not believe. That’s the first mistake of people they don’t want to believe it can happen. It will and you should.

I give World War Z 4 out 5 Gs.


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

12 June 2013

HGWWJeremy Renner  
Gemma Arterton  
Famke Janssen  
Pihla Vitala  
Peter Stormare  
Thomas Mann  
Derek Mears  
R           98 min           2013

Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. – from imdb

I thoroughly enjoyed Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters . It’s humorous, crass, and revels in violence. It’s implied in the name: Witch Hunters. This revisionist of the classic story finds two lucky children turned into damaged scarred adults.

With its steampunk weapons, these siblings slaughter witches wholesale. They don’t ask for or accept forgiveness; they are badassdem to the core.

Gretel is such a kick-ass female. It should be renamed Gretel & Hansel. For all the good he did, as much as he gets the shit kicked out of him. She is a queen bee with all her workers following her. (You question that check out the end credits and tell me if she isn’t the queen of her domain.)

The only problem I really had with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was the use of diabetes. Since learning what diabetes is, I always thought Hansel and Gretel would be characters to have it. This movie addresses the possibility but it uses it for shite. Hansel is diabetic, but never in the history of diabetes has insulin ever supercharged a diabetic.

With such elaborated design of background witches at the gathering, I would have rather Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters been a television series, where they dispatch a witch of the week, because some of those costumes were so distracting excellent.

I give Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3 out 5 Gs.

Rifts (Grace Murphy 2)

6 March 2013

RiftsRifts (Grace Murphy 2) by Nicole Hamlett

“Remember when life used to be nice and easy? No? Yeah, me either.”

Grace Murphy, a single mom and newly made demi-goddess is slowly learning what it means to be a Hunter. What she finds is that no matter how big they get, kids are still rambunctious, men are still kids and there is something much more terrifying in this world than the boogeyman. She’s going to have to face it and she may very well not be ready for it.

Rifts, the sequel to Huntress, isn’t just about Grace learning how to navigate her new powers, it’s about navigating the Rifts caused in daily life.

Magic is easy. Relationships are the hard part.

As second novels in a series goes Rifts (Grace Murphy 2) ROCKED! The sense of humor that is infused in the character had me constantly laughing; not to mention the pop culture references. By the time I finished I hadn’t realized that they day was gone.

Even as Grace is the new kid on the block she’s a fish out of water. She has arrested development somewhere around the time she got pregnant. She’s a woman floundering in this new life. It’s pure hilarity to read. Sometimes I wonder if I laughing with her or at her because she has no idea what she’s doing. It’s like she said, she’s “barreling through her own life.” If Dylan didn’t seem like an amazing kid, I would call her a nature disaster.

The only regret I have is this isn’t on television. A few more books and Grace Murphy would be ripe for a thirteen episode season show. They all end on perfect seasonal cliff hangers. This is the material it seems networks are looking for in the pilot season of 2013.

Book 1 – Huntress

Book 3 – Volcanoes

I give Rifts (Grace Murphy 2) 5 out 5Gs.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

5 March 2013

breaking dawn 2Kristen Stewart  
Robert Pattison  
Taylor Lautner  
Peter Facinelli  
Elizabeth Reaser  
Ashley Greene  
Jackson Rathbone  
Kellan Lutz  
Nikki Reed  
Billy Burke  
Mackenzie Foy  
Michael Sheen  
Dakota Fanning  
Jamie Campbell Bower  
Christopher Heyerdahl  

PG13       115 min       2012

After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

This movie took several awards at the Razzies this year namely Worst Picture of the Year. The Razzies love to give Twilight hate. It’s not a masterpiece but this movie is nowhere near the worst movie of 2012. Not by a longshot for one simple redeeming fact. It’s a little twenty-six minute action sequence that nearly made the entire series worth watching.

Taking into account all the acting digs, the questionable special effect executions, you still have to admit that final battle was amazing. You had to get to know the character to appreciate that final battle. Yes, I read the books and knew what was going to happen. It was still an amazingly drama action scene.

Whether you liked it or not Breaking Dawn Part 2 put to bed a series, which changed the movie landscape. Just like the Matrix redefined movie special effects, the Twilight change skewed the movie demographic from males to females. It’s also lead to Hollywood’s new tread: finding their blockbusters in the aisles of bookstore. If you want to find what Hollywood is going to be producing next you’ll find it there.

I give The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 4 out 5 Gs.

Robin: Lady of Legend

13 September 2012

Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) by R.M. ArceJaeger

What if Robin Hood wasn’t the man you thought him to be—what if he wasn’t a man at all?

Robin of Locksley is young, headstrong, and about to receive the worst birthday present of her life. Still struggling to define herself in a society that believes women are fit for little more than governing a household and bearing children, she balks at her father’s plans for her future, but the consequences of her rebellion prove deadly. Hunted by both her father and the Sheriff, Robin is forced to hide her identity and seek refuge as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.

Disguised as a lad for protection, Robin maintains a careful isolation from the world around her…until she chances upon a young boy being beaten to death by the Sheriff’s soldiers. Her rescue of the youth marks the beginning of her leadership in Sherwood forest and of the unfortunates who seek refuge therein. Robin’s endeavors to provide a life of honor and purpose for her people while aiding the land’s downtrodden win her high esteem, but enrage the Sheriff of Nottingham, who plots a deadly fate for her and her band.

As the Sheriff’s traps close in around her and assassins seek to bring her down, Robin must risk losing love, leadership, and life if she is to save her people and fulfill her destiny as one of history’s greatest heroes.

Alive with adventure and danger, sword fights and heists, hatred and love, Robin: Lady of Legend is the never-before-told tale of the girl who became Robin Hood.

Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) is easily one of the best reimagining of the English legend. Although I’m not familiar with the story that inspired the author’s tale, I’m inspired by this one.

Although it goes against the traditional tale of this legendary hero, it should be placed within their same note. It captures the same things that make other adaptations captivating. This one has the added bonus of a female protagonist which I think will appeal to the same market as the Hunger Game. Reimagining Robin Hood as a girl has been done before, Princess of Thieves, but never as skillfully done. It’s a tale of female empowerment as much as it’s a sweeping action adventurer.

R.M. Arcejaeger crafts a Robin Hood that is truly believable as a girl, that could definitely lead a band of outlaws in the Sherwood Forest. The only real question is how long she can keep the masquerade up. More than anything Robin of Locksley is an outlaw because she has modern notions that have no place in medieval England.

If you’re looking for a new adaptation on the Robin Hood legend, an action adventure with a female lead, or something that will appeal to the Hunger Games crowd, Robin Hood: Lady of Legend is the novel for you.

I give Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) 5 out 5Gs.


7 July 2009

pushChris Evans
Dakota Fanning
Camille Belle
Djimon Hounsou
Neil Jackson

PG13           111min           2009

A group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities are hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilize their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever.

There is nothing spectacular about this film that makes it stand out. It’s a good science fiction film, but it felt like it was the pilot to a television show or a setup to a better sequel.

This is a quick paced film from beginning to end. All the fat has been cut to the point of almost leaving it tasteless. I want more from the story and I want to see where the rest of the story is going. With most of the cast being second generation “talents” and references being made to the generation before, there’s more interesting story to this film that has not been told.

Push does a good job of grounding its science fiction to reality. The character have layers that where lightly pealed in this film. This does two things… leave the film open to sequel and allows the writer much more room to layer onto these characters.

What this film doesn’t do well is conclude the story. At the end of this film it still felt incomplete. This was either done intentional or poor writing. If intentional then I’m looking forward to a sequel; but with so much story untold it could easily be adapted to television.

I give Push 3 out of 5.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

26 June 2009

Transformers (RotF)Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox
Josh Duhamel
Tyrese Gibson
John Turturro
Ramon Rodriguez
Kevin White
Julie White
Isabel Lucas

PG13           150min           2009

Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle. | – from imdb

If you were around during the heyday of Transformers then you know the story of ROTF. Most parts are taken from the original cartoon movie. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is modernized and simplified for the commercial marketing

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” definitely does what a good sequel is supposed to. More robots, more hot bodies, and it moves the trilogy arc along. With over 20 different robots represented in the movie, it doubles the number and also most quadruple the screen time from the previous. Jessica Lucas comes to the screen bringing another hot body with a surprise. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen brings more story showing how our civilizations histories are intertwinned.

All those crying out that the twins are racists lighten the frak up. They are comic relief and fictional robots as much as I wish they were real. Its the absurdity of the characters that makes them funny.

Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen is what it is… a great summer movie. It’s directed by a director at the best of his game. Go, relax, buy some popcorn and soda, and enjoy one of this summer’s best film. Coming next week “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, in his second outing this summer, and Marion Cotillard.

I give Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 5 out of 5.

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