Sunday, June 29, 2014

Age of Extinction Transforms the box office but might as well be extinct

“Didn’t I already see this movie 3 other times?”  That is what I thought leaving the theater. Despite that the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, had the biggest opening of the year so far. I guess everyone thought they would see a new movie this time.  

At 2 hours and 45 minutes the best part of the movie was the CGI. The problem is the movie just wasn’t good. This was like watching the first 3 movies over again with a new cast and a similar storyline.  The plot is the same as always: bad robots want to take over; humanity is left to the Autobots, screaming, running, and humans having to prove their worth. Besides the CGI the next best thing was the casting. Mark Wahlberg much better cast than Shia LaBeoff, not to mention better to look at. Plus Stanley Tucci, a highly underrated actor in my opinion, is great and adds some comic relief.

The movie ends much as all the other three did the ability for the saga to continue; Michael Bay has said this movie will kick off another trilogy of transformer movies…I hope they get a new plot before they do.

What it comes down to is, is it worth your time? Answer: No. Even with IMAX, 3-D and the amazing special effects CGI experience just wait and watch it at home.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

22 Jump Street Soars at the Box Office over How to Train Your Dragon 2

Summer's here and has two sequels to previous blockbusters are in theaters looking to pull audiences away from this weekends TV full of sporting events from the NBA Finals to the start of the World Cup, but the release of 22 Jump Street and How to Train your Dragon 2 brought in over $100 million this weekend; proving you can still just check the scores while in the theater.

22 Jump Street, reuniting Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill from the 2012 comedy remake of the popular '80s television show, proclaimed itself as the definitive winner of the weekend with an estimated $60 million. DreamWorks, How to Train Your Dragon 2, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, &, Jonah Hill was seen as the favorite for the weekend but brought in $10 million shy of 22 Jump Street with only $50 million. But either way Jonah Hill won the box office this weekend.

Will this be a fluke and the as the weeks pass the true winner will be in fact the DreamWorks animated How to Train Your Dragon 2? Possible, However 22 Jump Street has solid reviews (83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and word-of-mouth ("A-" CinemaScore) suggest it will hold up decently in the coming weeks. What do you think? Share your reviews and tell your friends and us who’s right at www.yourmediaworld.com.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Maleficent- Disney’s newest heroine-villain and proof that female prohibition has come to the Mouse

Angelina Jolie is radiant and delivers a complex performance with diamond-sharp cheekbones playing the role with an exhilarated air that is contagious in this unexpected retelling of the fairy tale, which also features dazzling visuals, a great score and a more than welcome modern message.

Many have criticized the Mouse for its old-fashioned female portrayals but times have changed and Disney is depicting strong female characters no more damsel in distress or homemakers these princesses are saving themselves. Look at the recent animated hit Frozen and now this new take on Sleeping Beauty(spoiler alert) Prince Philip doesn’t save the day in this version. The famous mouse has finally stepped into the modern era.

Now, I am not sure what is wrong with some of those critics out there I thought this movie was entertaining from beginning to end. Not only was “Maleficent” an unbelievable CGI experience but also the director gave the cast the perfect direction so every step and every line was delivered expertly. The directing debut of veteran visual-effects guru Robert Stromberg was a hit; he made Angelina Jolie into the best heroine-villain she could be. Elle Fanning may not be the ravishing beauty that you imagine when you think of Princess Aurora but her smile and almost ethereal presence does the role justice. In short the CGI, acting, and dazzeling special effects begs you to see this on the big screen and if you can handle the extra bucks seeing it in 3-D is one of the few experiences that may be worth your while.

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