Saturday, October 30, 2010

Men In Black II

While not the worst sequel out there, this one did not stand up to the par of the first Men in Black film. We'll have to see if they step it up for the third MIB movie. This film was enjoyable to a point, but it didn't have all the fun and wit of the first one. This film lacked the humor and innovation of part one, and the character development style was just plain goofy. Smith's character acted like a high-schooler attempting to be too cool and came off more as annoying. In the first film, his attitude was funny, in this one it was childish. Bringing back Jones' character was a smart move and made the film more agreeable, but he didn't have the powerful presence he had before (but seeing him in a postman outfit was pretty funny). Serleena, the Victoria's-Secret-model enemy, was non-threatening, no matter how invincible they attempted to make her (she died at least 3 times). Scrad/Charlie, the idiotic evil henchman, was the Jar-Jar Binks of this film: unhelpful and annoying; the movie would have been much better without him.
The film did have it's moments (Michael Jackson's cameo was spot-on), and the new theme song wasn't too bad, but they just weren't enough to make this the good flick that it could have been.

P.S. - The image in this post is copyrighted by Columbia Pictures.

Previous Contest Updates...

Alright, it's been a while, but I'm back in the game. In the last post, I mentioned two specific contests that had videos from either me or my film group. The first contest was the International Movie Trailer Festival contest in which we had entered The Hall with Eyes trailer. Unfortunately, our trailer did not make it into the semi-finalist round. Too bad, eh?
The second contest I mentioned was the CBI National Student Production Awards contest where Macbeth: Realization of a Vision was a finalist in the "Best Documentary" category. The winners of each category were announced yesterday and, sadly, Macbeth was not it. So, that's the update on previous contests. As for now, were are still moving forward strongly with entries to other competitions. We are working on entries for the "Crash the Superbowl" contest and I have submitted Macbeth to the College Television Awards competition. We'll keep you updated.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Three Men & A Baby

This movie came out in the late 80s and I had never seen it. I'd seen the sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady, but never this one. So, being that there was nothing new I wanted to see and intrigued by the idea of Leanord Nimoy as a director, I watched the film.
Honestly, I found the film to be quite entertaining and enjoyable to watch. You can't help but laugh at watching some of Hollywood's manly men (at least back then) deal with the daily routines and hardships of raising a baby, especially without a woman around to help. It's fun to watch blue-blooded Tom Selleck, high-spirited Steve Guttenberg, and cheerful Ted Danson attempt to apply their business-know-how to raising a child and then watch as they deal with the consequences.
I did think it odd how they tried to interweave two very separate storylines into one plot and it was almost too much for one movie. You have the "three men and a baby" plot set alongside a "three men caught in a drug smuggling plot"...plot. It was just weird mix. They did a good job overall in making it work, but it was still somewhat of a rough ride.

**Spoiler-Alert**
I just have to admit that the ending almost ruined the film for me. So a past fling drops her baby off at the apartment door with a note claiming that she just can't do it anymore. Then she returns near the end of the film and expects that she can just take the baby back as if nothing happened. And the the three men let her do it! After working so hard to take care of the baby, I would have called the mother out on her irresponsibility and shameful "knock-and-run" and then expected her to do a lot more to prove her love for the child and ability to properly care for it. But that's just me.
**Spoiler-Alert End**

Overall, this was an enjoyable film with a lot of humor and content. I recommend it. I also highly recommend the sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady. Hilarious!

P.S. - The image in this post is copyrighted by Buena Vista Pictures.

Vintage Reviews

As it turns out, there really aren't that many new films coming out that I'm interested in seeing. I will watch the films that have been requested, but other than that, if I don't want to see it, I probably won't watch it. But, that makes for a boring blog and a review blog will have entries that are few and far between. Thus comes the "Vintage Review." Vintage reviews are meant to bring back classic and not-so-classic movies back into the spotlight; this way, if you haven't ever seen one, this may persuade you to avoid or look-into it in the future. So, let the reviews flow!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Iron Man 2

Overall, I think I liked this film as much as the first film. I went into the film with lower expectations since most of the people I talked to said it was either as-good or not-as-good as part one, and was able to walk out of it feeling satisfied with the overall film. The humor was good, the action was fun, the graphics were impressive, and the acting was up to par.
The movie follows Tony Stark/Iron Man as he deals with politics, media, and personal dangers incurred by the public disclosure of his secret identity and also faces a new enemy: the deadly son of a deceased Russian engineer that helped create some of the Stark enterprise.
But concerning the actors, I was always disagreeable to the change of actors with Colonel Rhodes' character from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle. It's not that I don't like Cheadle or think that he did a bad job, it's just that Howard fit into the character (and the suit) a lot better than did Cheadle. Cheadle's character seemed lost the entire film and too easily persuaded by both sides of conflict. He bounced back and forth to Stark's side and then back to the military side and then back to Stark and never really seemed to find his place. Even in the end he seemed conflicted on what ground he stood on.
I also felt that Scarlett Johansson's character was overly-hyped by the previews and media and that her character was pretty unnecessary to the film. They really did not need her. Her job was to keep an eye on Tony Stark, but she was hardly around anyways and didn't seem to be as important as they tried to make her in the film.
They also spent a lot of time in the movie building up a back-story for the new Avengers film. With all this prep and fine tuning for the Avengers via several other movies (Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, upcoming Thor and Captain America movies), the film better blow the audience away or it's going to be a very, very, VERY big let down for the viewers.
Other than that, I really enjoyed the film and felt that it deserved more applause than it was given. This is a very note-worthy sequel in my opinion.

P.S. - The image in this post is copyrighted by Paramount Pictures.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Hall With Eyes...

Life has been pretty busy recently. Myself and a few chosen others are in the beginning processes of creating a film production company and that is taking most of our time. More information to come on that subject. As one of our start-up projects, we entered into a contest called the International Movie Trailer Festival. The rules require that you make a trailer for a movie - produced or un-produced -  that would be intriguing and very high-quality. We decided to produce a trailer for an idea that Shelton had called, The Hall With Eyes. Here is the completed trailer:


The competition closed on September 30th and all entries are currently being reviewed. The grand prize for the competition is $5,000 plus a meeting with an industry insider, along with other various subsequent prizes to be won. We're hopeful. This could be the necessary kick-off for our company. Winners will be announced anytime between now and December 1st of this year.

Also amongst contests is the Macbeth: Realization of a Vision documentary that I created in February:



It is currently a finalist in the CBI National Student Production Awards contest. Winners will be announced at the end of this month. Macbeth will also be turned into the College Television Awards (hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, A.K.A. - Emmys) contest soon.