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Throwback Friday: The ‘Jurassic’ Franchise Has Become A Fallen Kingdom

My introduction to Jurassic Park for the first time ever was in IMAX during the film’s anniversary. Since then I have grown to love the Jurassic Park movies. The Jurassic World movies, however, have begun to turn the franchise into an empty husk of what it once was and so today, in this week’s segment of Throwback Friday, I’m taking a look back at my review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I hope you enjoy.

I went to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hoping that the alarming Rotten Tomatoes score (a rotten 51%) wasn’t completely accurate and that I would end up actually liking the film. Wrong! This movie is clearly the worst film of the year I’ve seen so far and for so many reasons.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! I’m about to relay to you every reason why this movie was so lackluster in quality in detail so I advise you to discontinue reading this now if you don’t want to know any of the details of this film. Thank you for heeding this warning.

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‘Braveheart’ Is A Historical Masterpiece

For years my mother has told me how incredible a movie Braveheart is. She introduced me to Gladiator which turned out to be one of my favorite films of all time. So, I decided last night, to finally watch this Oscar-winning movie starring yours truly; Mel Gibson.

Braveheart is an interesting movie because it doesn’t grip you immediately. We are introduced to William Wallace as a child where the brutalities of the Englishmen are revealed on full display as he views the multiple hangings of some of Scotland’s most prominent figures at the time couple by the loss of his father and brother after a fight. It’s at this moment that the Englishmen are immediately presented as a ruthless enemy and the Scottish as a terribly oppressed people.

SPOILER ALERT! This post contains heavy spoilers and so if you haven’t seen the movie I highly advise you to stop reading now. Thank you for heeding this warning.

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The Future of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ Franchise

22 years, six movies, and 3.6 billion! dollars. Yeah, the Mission: Impossible franchise is very successful. And at the helm of it all has been Tom Cruise. He has delighted us for over two decades with his breathtaking stunts and action-packed Mission: Impossible movies and the franchise’s latest installment, Mission: Impossible-Fallout, was its best entry to date with even more jaw-dropping action scenes and stunts performed by yours truly; Tom Cruise. At 56-years-old he has already defied expectations but, as the years go by, the day is imminent when Mr. Cruise’s years as the coolest secret agent ever will have to come to an end.

If the trend continues and we get yet another Mission: Impossible movie in 2021 he’ll be 59! One year away from 60! As we have seen from action movie actors such as Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise’s years as an action movie star are not at all close to an end. But Mission: Impossible is a tasking franchise with practical action scenes that require arduous endurance and skill. As the movies continue the action scenes get grander and it’s not going to be long before Tom Cruise won’t be able to do what he has done for so many years. And so we must look to the future of this awesome franchise and the directions that it can go so we can continue to enjoy these movies for years to come. Here are a couple of ideas of mine that I think would be a great fit for the franchise moving forward.

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Is the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Too Lackadaisical For Comfort?

I’ve watched a lot of trailers in my time. Some have been unforgettably awesome. Some have been downright forgettable. One of the best trailers I have ever laid my eyes on, however, was the Avengers: Infinity War teaser. It was on another level of epic. I have watched that trailer at least twenty times and every time I have ever seen I am covered in chills and utterly blown away by the trailer’s amazing tone. It presented the clear idea that Infinity War would be the climactic movie that we had been waiting six years for and I had no doubt that it was going to be the franchise’s most enjoyable installment. And it was.

Last Friday when the Avengers: Endgame dropped I screamed. I was that excited. For months I had waited and waited, hoping that at least the title would be dropped, and yet Marvel didn’t give us anything. Rumors kept appearing that the trailer was coming but as the weeks went by and the rumors continued turning up false I started not to care anymore.

When the trailer arrived I watched it with a wide-eyed carefulness, clinging to every word, every shot with the passion of someone desperate to get information from the new movie. To get a glimpse of what to expect. At the end of the two minutes, however, I found myself flabbergasted by how underwhelming the trailer turned out to be. I began to think that it was a teaser for the real trailer but then when I discovered that it was the official trailer I was at a loss of words. Continue reading Is the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Too Lackadaisical For Comfort?

‘Mission: Impossible-Fallout’: A Blu-Ray Review

I love good movies. Good movies can turn a dreary day into a wonderful day. Good movies expand the mind and make you think. Good movies can change the way you perceive things or send an impactful message that you can retain for your own personal life. And good movies are just plain fun to watch. Mission: Impossible-Fallout is more than a good movie. It’s a GREAT movie. One of the best I’ve ever seen. And so imagine my excitement when I finally got to own it last Tuesday on Blu-Ray. I couldn’t wait to revisit all of my favorite scenes and be reminded why I love the movie so much. Since obtaining it a week ago I have watched it every evening because I just can’t seem to get enough of it. But most of the times when you get a movie the behind-the-scenes features are subpar and even, at times, highly underwhelming. Mission: Impossible-Fallout is the exact opposite!

This film is not only a blast to watch but the behind-the-scenes features are utterly phenomenal as well. In fact, I haven’t even tipped the iceberg of the featurettes yet, that’s how incredible.

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The Blu-Ray I got was the Steelbook version which you can only find at Best Buy. It comes with three disks; one regular disc, a Blu-Ray disc which contains not only the film but three! different commentaries (have you ever heard of three commentaries for one movie?!) and there is, of course, a disc which consists of all of the behind-the-scenes featurettes. And, don’t forget, it comes with a Digital code as well so you can take this movie anywhere with you, whether you’re on a long flight or having a cross-country road trip.

I’ve gotten a lot of DVDs in my time and up to this point my favorite behind-the-scenes featurettes has belonged to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (those featurettes were AMAZING) and The Force Awakens (which is also incredible.) I never thought there would be another movie that could join these two films’ ranks in the Blu-Ray department but I’m very glad to say Mission: Impossible-Fallout did not disappoint in the slightest.

How would I rank this Blu-Ray? 100 out of a 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. It’s fantastic just like the movie and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed this film. It’s a definite must-have.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

The Monsters Are Here in the New Trailer for ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

It’s a busy month for next year’s biggest blockbusters as the studios start preparing us for 2019. And now after Marvel excited us with trailers for Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame it seems that Warner Bros. wants to get into the game by releasing a new trailer for its monstrous second installment in the Godzilla series. Here it is.

I watched Godzilla four years ago in the movie theaters. I didn’t enjoy it, which was a bummer considering that I was excited to see it. I was hoping that maybe this sequel would make me feel differently.

This trailer was compelling at first and for the most part, it’s a decent trailer with plenty of potentials but the trailer lost me after I saw actor Thomas Middleditch in the film. There’s nothing particularly wrong with him as an actor but I just can’t unsee him as the VERIZON guy. And because of that I probably will not go and watch this movie. It may turn out to be one of the greatest blockbusters of the year but because the VERIZON guy is in it…I just can’t do it.

How did you feel about this trailer? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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