It’s been a while (2 or so months) and I have no good excuse. Not sure if I’ll return to regular posting but I figured I could go through the first half of 2018, including a ton of stuff I didn’t review.
Over time, this movie has grown on me more. Even if it doesn’t quite work as a comedy, fantastic performances, and a great story easily make up for it. This is the only movie I’ve seen this year that I could easily recommend to anyone.
Unless you’re sensitive to swearing, which makes me wonder what the fuck are you doing here?
A Futile and Stupid Gesture
As someone who was absolutely unfamiliar with Doug Kenney, I found this movie rather hard to get into. The movie seems more focused on delivering laughs than telling any sort of story, which to me was a detriment. My other problem is that the movie seems to gloss over the more tragic parts of Doug Kenney’s life. Still, if you are familiar with Doug or National Lampoon, you may get a kick out of it.
A mindless action movie that is way too long. It’s also a rip-off of the vasty superior Heat. I can’t say it made me angry, but at the same time, I can’t recommend it over Michael Mann’s masterpiece.
This documentary focuses on the lives of the police officer’s in Flint, Michigan, during the water crisis, the 2016 Presidental campaign and various police-involved shootings such as the shooting of Philando Castile and the Dallas shooting where five officers were killed. Combine that with high crime rates, political distrust, funding, and staffing issues and you have a city seemingly on the brink of collapse.
My only complaint is that at times the series becomes more focused on style rather than substance, but you have any interest in policing or the situation in Flint you need to watch this documentary.
Although I’d consider this movie overrated, it still was entertaining. A solid villain and interesting visuals keep Black Panther from being completely disposable. If you’re looking for a fun comic book movie you could do much worse, but you could also do much better.
Despite an interesting concept, Red Sparrow offers nothing but boredom and desperate attempts at shock value. I’d probably recommend Atomic Blonde before this one, and I fucking hated Atomic Blonde. Except for the stairwell scene. That scene is dope.
Although nowhere near as good as the first series, Season Two of Jessica Jones is the best series in the Netflix Defenders series since at least Luke Cage. An engaging story and good lead actors carry somewhat bad effects, filler side plots, and a frustrating start.
Certainly not a movie that’s for everyone, and that would happen to include me. For every interesting idea or great visual effect there seem to be bad dialog or holes in the group’s planning. That said, it’s in no way a bad film and if you’re interested in seeing it, I’d say it’s worth a watch.
If you need a review of this movie you’re not the target audience. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and a big CGI gorilla tell science to go fuck itself for the entire runtime.
Happy! – Season One
Take one part Sin City, one part Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and one part Crank, and you’ve got yourself Happy! What really carries the show is Christoper Meloni, who is fantastic as the detective-turned-hitman Nick Sax. That being said, sometimes the show gets a little sidetracked on trying to be whacky and eccentric rather than developing the plot.
Although the story and directing are better this time around, Deadpool 2 never really seem to rise above its peers. I still can’t bring my self to get all that invested when all the main characters are practically invincible and there are no real consequences to what happens. You can spout all the movie references and meta jokes you want, but if there’s no consequence, I’m going to lose interest.
At least the trailers were fun.
All Walls Must Fall is so close to being an indie gem it’s painful. Unfortunately, an interesting concept with fun combat isn’t enough to save the game from its repetitive nature and bland level design.
Coming of the fantastic Shadowrun games, I figured Harebrained Schemes would have another home run on their hands with Battletech. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Oddly enough it has the opposite problem as the Shadowrun games, with decent (yet not amazing) combat and a bland story. As much as the combat was weak in the Shadowrun games, the world building and stories kept me motivated, whereas the story in Battletech is so generic and by the numbers, I just don’t give a shit.
Another game I’d compare Battletech to is Jagged Alliance 2. Both games center around a group of mercenaries who are hired to liberate people from a tyrannical government. The difference is that Jagged Alliance 2 has personality and charm. Even with its very basic story, Jagged Alliance 2 has fantastic characters, great dialog, and diverse playstyles. It’s honestly frustrating to see a game that was made 19 years ago do so many things better than a game made recently.
This is what my life’s become.
Hopelessly searching for a worthy successor to Jagged Alliance 2.
Even as the industry moves further away from what made Jagged Alliance so good…