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My first in a series of video reviews where I chronologically review the Godzilla and Gamera films (all that I can get my hands on). I will continue all of my reviews in video format from now on and I’m very excited to continue with this series. So please check it out, and if you can like, comment, rate, share and or subscribe. I would really appreciate it.
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I thought it was about time to do an update. I’m starting a new series of reviews that’s going to be entirely focused around the Godzilla and Gamera films. I’m really excited to be starting this. but what’s more, I’m also going to start making the reviews into videos as opposed to just text. It will start with the Godzilla/Gamera reviews and then afterwards I will translate my older reviews into videos. Bad Movie Studios has a YouTube page and you can check it out here
That’s where I will be posting the videos. I look forward to getting started.
- The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (2013) – A Bad Movie Studios Film Review (thatfighterguy.wordpress.com)
- Bad Movie Studios – Best of 2013 (thatfighterguy.wordpress.com)
- Godzilla Reboot Gets First Amazing Teaser Trailer (technobuffalo.com)
BAD MOVIE STUDIOS
BEST OF 2013
With the year drawing to a close, I decided that I wanted to do some sort of “Best” list. So, I’ve compiled a list of the films that I’ve seen released this year. I’m going to run down some honorable mentions, and conclude with the film that entertained me the most this year. Keep in mind, this does not mean that it’s the best film this year from a technical standpoint, or that it’s them most creative or original. But just the one that I had the most fun watching. So let me get right to it.
A Haunted House (Comedy)
Directed by Michael Tiddes
Starring Marlon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, Nick Swardson
When I saw the advertisements for this movie, I first thought that it was going to be another poor cash in on the “Scary Movie” franchise. I’ve long since thought that particular series has run it’s course and didn’t feel the need to watch a poor mans version of it. Well, I was wrong. This movie did more to remind me of the better parts of the Scary Movie franchise, and carries the legacy of that film better than it’s own sequels. It’s got crude Wayans humor, and a fun cast. I was far more entertained by this movie than I thought I would be. I would definitely recommend watching it with some friends.
Movie 43 (Comedy)
Directed be (Assorted)
Starring (Assorted, Including) Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone
I have never seen a movie like this before. Movie 43 is basically a comedy anthology film. What makes is so unique is how damn raunchy it is, and how many A-List actors are in it. There’s literally too many to mention, but to add to those who I’ve already listed, you have Gerard Butler, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Faris, Kate Winslet and Chloe Grace Moretz. This movie had me laughing from the start, and if you’re a fan of ridiculous comedies, then this one is definitely for you. I haven’t seen anything else like it all year
Identity Thief (Comedy)
Directed by Seth Gordon
Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Patrick
I didn’t see this movie by my choice. Actually, my mother is a fan of Melisa McCarthy, and so I went with her to go see it. Free movie right? Well, I’m glad to say that not only did I like it, I sat through it a second time. This is a good buddy/road trip comedy and a definite highlight for Melissa McCarthy’s career. Jason Bateman plays the straight man in this film, and she works off of him. And they both do a good job. It’s another movie that I recommend seeing with some friends. Worth a watch.
World War Z (Action-Horror)
Directed by Marc Foster
Starring Brad Pitt
Upon hearing Brad Pitt’s casting for this movie, I already knew that it wasn’t going to be the same as the book that I read and loved so much. Let me be the first to tell you though, that I still enjoyed this movie even though it strayed so far from its source material that they could have called it something else. This movie is riddled with plot convenience and over-the-top sequences that crush the realism that it intends to set. But what you get instead is an entertaining ride that is churned out by thousands and thousands of running, screaming infected monsters chasing our main hero across the world. It was a fun movie, medium differences or not.
Man of Steel (Sci-Fi Action)
Directed by Zach Snyder
Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
I have to admit, I’m not really a big Superman fan. I love comic books and comic book heroes, and I certainly like the Man of Tomorrow, but I could never get over his boyscout like quality and adore him like so many. But with the director of Watchmen (2009) at the helm of this film, I couldn’t wait to see what was gonna happen. And I’m very pleased with the results. As DC tries to keep up with Marvel in the comic book movie department, they can finally say with all certainty that they’ve made one of the best superhero movies ever, and by FAR the best live action film featuring their mascot Superman. I really liked this movie. The fight scenes were awesome, with plenty of destruction and obliterating of Metropolis. The film is riddled with little inconsistencies, and if you nit pick it it’s the farthest thing from perfect. But if you tune off your scan for artistic achievement and just enjoy the “super” that this movie brings, you can’t help to like it.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (Fantasy Adventure)
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage
I won’t talk too much about this movie because it’s getting it’s own review shortly. But I should mention that I saw this movie as part of a double feature at my local AMC theaters, paired with the first Hobbit movie. That’s 6 hours of Hobbit. And let me tell you, this movie entertained me so much that 6 hours went by in a flash. When Desolation of Smaug was over, I was legitimately disappointed because I wanted to see more. I already cant wait for next December to finish this Trilogy. This is a Fantasy film that more than deserves to stand with the best of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and any other major fantasy film that’s been released. I liked it that much. Oh, and the dragon was F’n awesome.
Evil Dead (Horror)
Directed by Fede Alvarez
Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci
I’m a huge fan of the Evil Dead series and have seen Sam Raimi’s work probably a couple dozen times. So I was skeptical but interested when I heard that a remake of one of my favorite franchises from my favorite genre was being made. Well, I’m glad this movie exists. Evil Dead pays ample homage and fan service to it’s source material, while still being different. It brings the blood, gore and over-the-top creepy Evil Deadness in spades. It’s a movie I recommend to fans of the series, to fans of horror, hell I recommend it to everyone. I just loved this movie, and I can’t wait to get the blue-ray copy to watch it again.
And so, here we are. Time for me to tell you what my favorite film of 2013 was. Well I’m happy to inform you, that Bad Movie Studios’ pick for the Best of 2013 is…
Pacific Rim (Sci-Fi)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Staring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
I’ve been waiting for Godzilla (2014) to come out for close to 7 years now. Godzilla is probably my most favorite thing ever, from all the way back when I was a toddler. This of course raises in me a huge love for giant monster movies. Pacific Rim was like my appetizer. This movie was just awesome. Giant monsters? Check. Giant robots? Check. Movie based entirely around them fighting? Check. I absolutely adored this movie. It was the one time that I can remember where I felt like a kid again in the movie theater. And it helped boost my anticipation for Godzilla’s upcoming return. Now I know what you’re thinking. How could Pacific Rim be the Best of 2013? It’s so ridiculous. Well, first remember that I wasn’t judging these movies by quality but by the sheer entertainment value it brought me. And on a personal level, no film entertained me more than Pacific Rim. A movie that instills joy and nostalgia so deep in me that my anticipation for something that I love gets to a fever pitch HAS to be my favorite movie of the year. The acting is pretty bland, the story is ludicrous, and it’s probably the most unrealistic thing I’ve ever watched. And that’s cinema perfection. Pacific Rim is one of the best films in it’s genre, and my favorite film this year. So it’s with great pride and joy that I claim Pacific Rim as Bad Movie Studios Best of 2013.
I hope you enjoyed my Best of 2013 list. As promised, I’ll get to putting out Hobbit: DoS shortly. Then after that I’m going to try to get some video game stuff out. And that should close out the year for me. Well, I hope your year has been good, and I’d love to hear what your Best of 2013 is like. Maybe you’ll agree, or what’s more likely…you won’t. But oh well. You can’t all be as awesome as me I suppose.
- Review of Identity Theif (2013) (filmdays.me)
The Hobbit (2012)
A Bad Movie Studios Film Review
I decided to do a two part review of The Hobbit and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug after planning to see them both at my local movie theater in a double feature. Six hours of Lord of the Rings in 3D. I’m not big on seeing movies in 3D, because I find it a gimmick that shouldn’t really effect my opinion of a film. And by that, I mean that a film shouldn’t be based around 3D as a selling point, and my opinion shouldn’t have to revolve so much around an added feature. To be honest, The Hobbit and Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug are the second (and third) films I’ve seen in 3D. The first being Thor (2011). Anyway, I’m going to write these reviews back to back, with a little space put in between their release. So let me first talk about 2012’s, The Hobbit.
Everyone and their grandmother knows Lord of the Rings, whether they’ve seen the films or not. They are fantasy adventure epics that pretty much define the genre. Most people know that they are based on a series of books by J. R. R. Tolkien. The books in the series were published between 1937 and 1949. But before Tolkien wrote that trilogy, he wrote The Hobbit. I would hazard to guess that these days most people know the series by the films instead of the books. And before this series of Hobbit movies was produced, most people didn’t really know about the tale themselves.
The story of the film primarily revolves around Bilbo Baggins (uncle to Frodo Baggins) being swung into joining a group of thirteen Dwarves and the wizard Gandalf, as they make their way to the Dwarve’s ancient treasure filled mountain home. The mountain is now home to Smaug, the fire beating, gold hoarding dragon that killed most of the Dwarf people. So, the company travels across Middle-Earth, battling Orcs, goblins and the impending evil of Sauron, on the quest to regain their home. The plot definitely has that grand adventure feel that Lord of the Rings is known for, but to me it’s actually pulled off better for the most part. The story and situations aren’t as big as the more famous works in the series, but they are more coherent and less complicated. I have a much easier time following the different subplots with the different characters. Much more of a convenient experience than Lord of the Rings. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I haven’t watched the original trilogy in a while, but I just recall forgetting more of what happened in those movies than I did remember. Something that I did find interesting, is that even though there are a lot of changes from the source material and even a decent amount of padding (it’s hard to turn 300 pages of literature into 9+ hours of film) The Hobbit doesn’t really feel like it drags along any place. That’s impressive to me. Yes, it still does feel like a 3 hour movie, but that 3 hours moves at a solid pace. I have found myself able to sit through it on 2 separate occasions without the need for a break. Also, I know there are a lot of different opinions on how the plot of the film goes. Some will undoubtedly take issue with the changes, both the additions and subtractions, to the original works. Some will be able to look at it as it’s own thing and appreciate it as such. Well, I haven’t read the books (as I’ve mentioned) so I have no ties to the preexisting text. This means that I fit into the second category. I will say however that I hope the fans that aren’t taking a liking to the changes that a medium swap demands can still look past that and see the competent narrative that this film brings to the table. It’s not amazing or a spectacle playing out before your eyes, but it works and gets the job done well.
The cast in the film is solid as well. Ian McKellen does a great job as the wizard Gandolf yet again, and Martin Freeman’s Bilbo has settled in to me as one of the stand out characters in the series. He’s FAR more likeable than Frodo and Sam were. And he’s equally as entertaining as Mary and Pippin. Of course the returning side characters are good too. Hugo Weaving as Elrond is good, as well as Cate Blanchett as Galadriel. But personally I was just overjoyed to see Christopher Lee return as Sarumon the White. I’m a big fan of Lee, whom I’ve liked ever since seeing him portray Dracula in the HAMMER films. So seeing him again in The Hobbit, at around age 90 no less, was awesome. A new character that we get to spend some time with, is another wizard by the name of Radagast the Brown. He’s a sort of “in touch with nature”…madman, for lack of a better word. He’s played by Sylvestor McCoy. You may know he actor that plays him as the seventh Doctor from the long running Doctor Who franchise. He’s good here, giving Radagast a feverish eccentricity that fits well with the character. To be honest, the only characters that are a little underwhelming are the dwarves. They’re actually all likable for the most part, and I found myself wishing for them to succeed in their quest. But with so many of them on screen at once for most of the film, it’s hard to give them all distinguishing qualities. Well the filmmakers tried their hardest, and they were successful, if albeit they did so modestly. The dwarves are all different, but this amount of variety comes with the detraction of them all begin pretty one dimensional characters. They really cling to the single aspect of their personality that makes them different than the others in the group for the entire feature. And I’ve also noticed that their group tends to have a very common sense of emotion. By that I mean, when one is sad, they all end to be sad. Or mad, or happy or what have you. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you could easily make a case for this actually deepening their character pools collectively, showing bond and unity as friends and family. Or you could just say that they all happen to be conveniently like minded. Take your pick.
Something that I’ve noticed about this movie, is that I actually think it looks better without the 3D. The 3D gave me problems focusing on certain objects on the screen, and pointed out the CGI in the film like you wouldn’t believe. And that was my first criticism on the movie as a whole, the large amount of CG. When I think about Lord of the Rings, I think of the practical effects. The groups of 200 soldiers on screen at one time, the villages built entirely from scratch. The huge, vast landscapes. Not to say that this film doesn’t have that, but I definitely feel that there was much more reliance on CGI in this film than on the others in the Ring series. This isn’t to say that the computer effects don’t look good, they look fine. But to me CGI is pretty noticeable. And I just happened to notice it more than I would have hoped for this film.
I guess overall, my opinion on The Hobbit is that it’s just different. It’s got a pretty good fantasy story, good scenes of battle and combat, likable characters, plenty of moments that suspend disbelief and entertain, and that classic Tolkien feel. But it doesn’t feel like Lord of the Rings to me. And to be honest, I find that a strength. It didn’t feel like a retread of the same old thing we’ve seen before 10 years ago. Not too much anyway. It really feels like it’s own adventure, and in my opinion, one that entertains me a little bit more than Lord of the Rings did. It’s a story that I’m more interested in seeing the continuation and ultimate conclusion of.
My Final Score – 7.5/10
Not perfect, not broken. It’s a decent first installment to a trilogy that never had to be, but that I am glad exists. Next time, I will do the sequel to this film, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
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