Why Transformers Sucks!

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In 2007, the first Transformers film released starring Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox. Who would’ve thought that the series would receive so many sequels but also spiral into mediocrity? Personally, I enjoy the first two films and tolerate the third. However, when the fourth and fifth movie released I realized we’d get nothing like the film that started it all.

Rehashing the Same Plot

As a series continued I felt like we are watching the same movie over and over again. The government says that they cannot help the heroes that have protected earth with their lives and they state they’re not allied with them.

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Then the government proceeds to help the Decepticons find and defeat the Autobots. The story boils down to both alliances trying to find an artifact that will grant the user a great advantage in battle. After that point, the day saved and everyone goes home happily ever after.

Something New

In 2018, Bumblebee released and I believe it was received pretty well. Hopefully, as we go into the future more good transformers films will be released. As much as I hate to say it I don’t think Michael Bay was the issue nor Mark Walberg. One of the main reasons I believe the series is spiraled out of control is simply bad storytelling.

After the third film, I believe we needed something fresh and new. However, the formula kept on repeating itself. In Transformers: Age of Extinction I don’t believe Mark Wahlberg was really an issue I believe he did the best in the cast. I think the characters that surrounded him were the problem.

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Lack of Reasoning

For instance, his daughter and his daughter’s boyfriend added nothing to the narrative. At least in the first three films, it made sense why our protagonist is not the only one caught up the situation. The enemy constantly came after Shia Labeouf and the people surrounded by him.

In Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight I felt that the other characters didn’t have to be put in danger. They weren’t really involved in the conflict and they could’ve walked away at any point.

Too Predictable

If I can tell you what happens in a film before it begins that’s a problem. My biggest issue from the Transformers series is how massive the threat is. In each film it’s the end of the world for heroes fail The stakes are so high but they always come out on top so where’s the tension.

In the MCU, each film has differing levels of severity. If every entry was as high-stakes as the Avenger’s movies there’s no way they could’ve held the public’s attention for as long as they did. An Action-packed franchise, not every single found needs to possess a world-ending antagonist.

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If this is truly what they want they should make a different result in the end. Do something to shock audiences. Be bold if they kill off a character don’t bring them back. Maybe not make Megatron the main villain every single time. Who says that the villain has to be someone the audience already knows. Make a brand-new villain!

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Conclusion

I believe that huge amounts of money that the Transformers series has received has led to the creators of these films getting lazier and lazier. Each film was the same with minor differences here and there. At times the plot feels like it doesn’t make sense because of the decisions that certain characters make in these movies.

Finally, it’s all just too predictable audiences know exactly what the getting into. I want more good films to come from this franchise and I hope that future releases surpass the mediocre entries such as Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight. 

 

 

 

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The Worst Film of 2019

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Have you ever seen a comedy that fails at the genre itself? Whether the answer is yes or no The Hustle will undoubtedly be one of the least funny attempts at comedy you’ve seen in 2019.

Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway) is a British con-woman who makes a living off of gullible men. After years of perfecting her craft soon comes another woman named Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson), an energetic Australian woman who is also a con-woman. Despite their different methods, the two come together to try and pull off an extravagant score on a young billionaire in the South of France.

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From Bad to Worse

The beginning of a film is generally where you can tell if a movie will be good or bad. The opening scene is pivotal to nail and in The Hustle, they failed completely. However, seeing how the movie began it made me not surprised in the end result. The end result being an unfunny comedy.

Sorry to break it to you Hollywood but being fat just isn’t funny. Penny Rust is the one and only character who even utters something that could be considered comical. With that being said I still don’t find her too amusing.

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Having one of your main characters entire comedic routine be about how they’re fat is a film that is destined to fail from the start. I’ll admit that I did chuckle a couple times throughout the picture simply because of the adlib Rebel Wilson had to offer but a few chuckles throughout a full feature-length film are not enough to call a movie a comedy.

Running Terrible Jokes into the Ground

One of my biggest pet peeves while watching comedy is hearing the same unfunny joke multiple times. It wasn’t funny the first time so how do you think that it will be received when it is heard again. This is one of the reasons I believe this film is so unfunny because they don’t stop beating the dead horse.

Overdone Plot

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You have seen this movie before just in a different circumstance with other characters. We’re introduced to a character who knows how to do everything perfectly. Then, later on, we are greeted by a second character who isn’t necessarily as well polished in their craft as the protagonist. However, they still get the job done at the end of the day.

The film feels as though it’s on autopilot. Mainly because The Hustle seems like it wants to be like every other film that has a similar story. One example I have is that even though the two main characters are butting heads throughout the film and possess to signs that they enjoy each other’s company. They still become friends and it doesn’t feel right.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this film is a failure at comedy from beginning to end. Ninety percent of the jokes don’t fall and the other 10% that do aren’t too funny. You’ve all heard this story done before in many other films. Plenty of motion pictures have executed this plot with much greater quality than this.

Verdict 3 out of 10 Stars

 

 

The Peak of the Most Ambitious Movie Franchise

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Making History

In 2008, when Iron Man released I’m sure that no one saw this franchise becoming as big as it has become. Now 11 years later the hype that was built up for Avengers: Endgame is unavoidable. There is no escape if you have a social media account or are around people often since the announcement of the fourth Avengers film the public have made their excitement known.

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The idea of having a movie franchise composed of over 20 films all to culminate into one huge event has never been done before. To keep the interest of the public for years and years is a feat in its own right. For the fans, it is my belief that Avengers: Endgame is the event of a lifetime.

The Story

After Tony Stark’s battle with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War he has drifted aimlessly in space. With not much oxygen in his ship and lack of food, the end seems near. On Earth, the remaining Avengers Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Bruce Banner are tasked with finding a way to retrieve the allies they lost because of the infinity stones that Thanos wields.

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Hard Work Pays Off

After spending all of these years assembling the Avengers it has paid off with what I would say the definitive superhero film. I couldn’t imagine a replacement for any member of the MCU. The actors & actresses picked for their roles expertly portrayed their characters. Before these films, many audiences had no interest in the majority of the superheroes Marvel had under their belt.

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Depending on how invested you are in these films will determine how much you enjoy Avengers: Endgame. While I think this film can be enjoyed alone without seeing previous entries the development that most characters received will not be known to that individual. Not one hero is the exact same person they were when they debuted.

The Array of Emotions

To not mention the flurry of emotions that one goes through when attached to these characters would be a crime. There will be times where you laugh, feel tense, be filled with excitement, or maybe even cry. At no point was I hoping that the film went by faster and that’s because they kept me engaged.

To keep the audience engaged for three hours is no easy task and with that being said the Russo brothers did it expertly. In a film this long there will be slow moments that aren’t necessarily filled with action. Even in these instants a little or a batch of jokes kept most people entertained throughout.

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Some films can’t manage to make a movie funny while the protagonist has to engage the enemy. Marvel knows their audience and it shows since the different moods never ruin a scene throughout the motion picture.

Expectation Subversion

Without diving into spoilers what you expect to happen probably isn’t what actually develops. This goes for much of the film, not just the story. The superhero genre needs more of this. Many superhero films boil down to superhero battles the villain and the hero succeeds in the end. Because of this, it has made the general audience believe all of these films are exactly the same which the MCU has proven is not true.

A Love Letter to the Fans

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The creators, actors, actresses, and everyone who was involved in this project want the fans to enjoy this film. They want to reward the fandom and they do in the best way possible. Avengers: Endgame is a great movie but it’s a fantastic payoff of what’s come so far. This is much more than a movie it was a monumental event that has been talked about around the world for weeks. It leaves me thinking how in the world can they top this already marvelous peak.

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Conclusion

This is the first movie franchise of this scale and that has had this much success in the movie industry since it’s inception. Avengers: Endgame will leave audiences in shock at how many emotions they express while watching the epic. Your expectations will be subverted and in the best ways possible. Finally, This passion project not only promises to please fans of the MCU but even stands its own ground as a motion picture.

Verdict 9 out of 10 Stars

The Most Unique Animated Series on Netflix

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Love, Death, & Robots will be without a doubt one of the weirdest shows you can watch among all of the Netflix Originals. Many episodes leave you in need of answers or at least want a full series based on the particular episode.

This series consists of a collection of animated short stories that range from horror to comedy to science fiction all from episode to episode.

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The Style

Regardless of how you feel about the show as a whole the animation style cannot be underappreciated. Most episodes look very different from the one previous, but it’s never distracting.

The Witness is the third episode of the series and it has a drastically different look from the CGI animation from the first two episodes. It is most reminiscent of Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse with its overall look.

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Episodes such as Sonnie’s Edge & Beyond the Aquila Rift are some of the best-looking episodes throughout the whole series. Their CGI look as impressive as feature-length films produced by the biggest names in the business.

The Twists

Often when watching this series there will be a twist that occurred and it becomes something that you’ll to look out for. Sometimes the ending will be pretty obvious but many times my guesses were way off. This show is not trying to give you a happy ending most of the time and at times you’ll think “no they won’t do that” then they do exactly that.

 

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With the show not being so easily telegraphed it interesting to watch each episode all the way through. The suspense really gets to the viewer and the element of surprise is without a doubt one of the best things this series does.

Everyone Has Their Own Experience

When watching this series you’ll have a different experience from most people. There have been a few episodes that have consistently shown up at the top of viewer’s lists but most of the episodes I have seen people rate have been all over the place. The Dump is one of the weakest stories for me, but I have seen many people stand up for the short.

Episodes that I believe have much higher quality than others have been pushed to the side by fans in favor of episodes I believe are weaker. That’s the beauty of this show and good on Netflix to give these creators a platform for their beloved ideas to blossom. I look forward to seeing what other ideas stem from this anthology series.

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Conclusion

This is an odd show but implore you to give it a shot. The genres span between sci-fi, horror, comedy, and fantasy. The visuals are top notch when they want them to be and in the episodes that have cheaper looking animation is done that way on purpose. While some episodes deserve a full-blown series more than others I think that every episode offers something.

Verdict 7 out of 10 Stars

 

The Best Film of 2018

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Regrettably, I didn’t see Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse during the year of its release. I had the opportunity to see the film this past weekend and it surpassed every single expectation. Through the excellent characters, writing, score, and animation this becomes one of the greatest experiences you can have as a Spider-Man fan.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is your average teen who’s entire world gets flipped upside down when he gets by a radioactive spider. Thus he becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and must team up with others of his kind to defeat a threat who dangers all realities.

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Different Spider-Man? No problem

Miles breathes new life into the role of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. He’s biracial but the film doesn’t take advantage of his race to push some agenda. The film isn’t about him being both African American and Puerto Rican but his heritage gives him a little more character.

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He’s a young kid and for an animated film, the mastery of his newfound abilities are pretty grounded in reality. Miles doesn’t start jumping off buildings and swinging throughout the city the second he gets bit. This film could’ve easily made Miles a Gary Stu, but the writers refrain from doing that and the movie benefits from that choice.

Playing safe is a thing of the past

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Many movies fail because they don’t push their respective genres enough. When creating a film that doesn’t try to do many new things you can’t expect to do much better than average. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is the furthest film from that state of mind. The movie wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive if they just told us the same old Spider-man story.

The animation alone allows this film to stand out in a good way. In every scene, you could pause the movie and find a great freeze frame. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is filled to the brim with style. There are details that you might only notice after your third or fourth viewing and that is a sign of a film that does more than what is needed. This is a passion project and knowing that this film wasn’t about just making money and that it’s creators just love what they were working on makes me appreciate the picture more.

A Very Effective Soundtrack

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Having a soundtrack isn’t special it’s a thing that the majority of films have in common. However, there are very few films whose soundtracks elevate the product they’re played in. If you have a musical itch that needs to be scratched you’ll certainly be pleased while watching. Artists such as Post Malone, Swae Lee, Lil Wayne, etc. offer new songs and long after watching the picture you’ll be trying to look up a few their songs played through the film.

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Conclusion

This will go down as one of the best-animated films ever produced. The characters are varied and all have their place throughout the narrative. Deciding not to make a “safe” Spider-Man film really pays off by giving us an experience like none other in the realm of this superhero. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse oozes personality at every opportunity and the soundtrack is memorable, to say the least.

Verdict 10 out of 10 Stars

Netflix’s Umbrella Academy Is Not Your Typical Superhero Show

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The story of the Umbrella Academy begins all the way back to 1989 when 43 children were born to different women around the globe who didn’t show signs of pregnancy the day of. Seven of these children were adopted by a man named Sir Reginald Hargreeves and he creates what is known as the Umbrella Academy. While he raises them he prepares his children to save the world. During their teenage years, the family disbands all creating their own paths. However, in present time their father Reginal Hargreeves passes and this forces the family back together again. Now they must work together to uncover the mysteries behind their father’s death and the upcoming threat to the world itself.

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Weird Is the New Good

This is anything but your average superhero show. If you go into this expecting crime-fighting action around every corner this isn’t what you’re looking for. Our heroes are all but retired at this point and they dislike the sight of each other. Their personalities clash at every instant without fail. These people are flawed with many issues including narcissism, drug habits, and more giving us a very different perspective of heroes since they are almost the opposite of any Marvel hero we see on the big screen.

Not an Origin Story

Instead of telling this story in order the viewers are subjected to a lot of jumping around. We are introduced to plenty of characters in a short amount of time and throughout the season we’ll learn more about each one. Flashbacks are present to give some background on the story and its characters.

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This is not a show that you can start watching at any point. You’re going to want to watch this from start to end or just not at all if you want to understand the plot. You’ll also need to be paying close attention being on your phone or talking can make up miss out on important moments that affect the story at a later time.

Our Heroes

As previously mentioned these characters were all introduced in quick succession, but they all earn their screen time. Number 1 otherwise known as Luther (Tom Hopper) has been on the moon for the past four years of his life and possesses superhuman strength. Diego (David Castañeda) also known as Number 2 has the ability to thrown knives with great accuracy and works as a vigilante taking down criminals any way he sees fit.

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Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) is Number 3 and she can make “rumors” reality just by saying them aloud. Klaus (Robert Sheehan) is Number 4, he can speak with the dead when he isn’t under the influence which is pretty difficult for him since he’s a junkie. Number 5 (Aidan Gallagher) doesn’t have a name, but he can jump through time. Ben is Number 6 and he was killed before the events of the Umbrella Academy happened. Finally, Vanya (Ellen Page) is Number 7 and she doesn’t have any powers. However, her skill with the violin is rivaled by close to none.

Conclusion

The different approach that this show took to the superhero genre is welcoming, to say the least. Having the story bounce around from time to time allows for the exciting bits to be constant. We also aren’t given an overload of information at any one time except for the beginning. The cast is stellar and they all deserve much praise. Each performance was convincing and they all brought something different to the table. I implore you all to sit down and watch Netflix’s newest hit show.

Verdict 8.5 out of 10 Stars

The Surprise Hit of 2018 Has Been Green Lit for a Sequel!

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I’ve mentioned time and time again that 2018 was a great year for the cinema. Marvel had an outstanding showing with titles such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Deadpool 2. I found myself attending the theater the most I have in recent history last year. Every couple of months something I had been dying to see would have its release and I was seldom disappointed. Little did I know when I went to see A Quiet Place it would be one of my favorite movies of the year it was truly a surprise hit.

What I Loved About the First

This film can be seen in two different lights depending on how you saw it the first time. Watching A Quiet Place in the theater is astonishing. With very few lines of dialogue you can tell from the start this isn’t your standard horror/suspenseful thriller. Generally, when one watches a movie in the cinema they are subjected to others who talk or make noise. This movie can’t be fully appreciated unless it is quiet. I implore you if you have an interest in seeing this film to watch it with as little outside noise as possible.

When you aren’t invested in the characters horror movies can fall pretty flat. I can say confidently you’ll be able to connect to at least one person. The father (John Krasinski) was that individual for me. The things he does to protect his family are just admirable it would be difficult not to enjoy his character. The mother (Emily Blunt) can’t be forgotten either her character is so strong, but she doesn’t quite get to Mary Sue status which is a good thing.

 

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Expectations for the Sequel (Spoilers)

The ending of A Quiet Place definitely left room for a sequel, but with that being said can it live up to the first? While I’m excited for this sequel I’m a little concerned because of the mood change at end of the first film. Our characters defeat one of the aliens that have been hunting them the majority of the film, and this is the only one that died throughout the entirety of the movie. Unless they change the genre I don’t see how they’ll capture the same concern I had for these characters in its first outing.

My hope is that this film can give me an extraordinary viewing experience like they did with the original. I want to see the characters continue to grow and I want them to sell their situation well. If director John Krasinski wants his audience to be scared then I want the actors and actresses to appear that way as well. I hope this film can exceed all expectations and can even surpass its predecessor.

The Most Anticipated Horror Movie of 2019

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The Horror genre has been incredibly popular for decades. There’s just something so compelling about the plot of these films. You want to find out what will happen to our main characters in the end. The question we ask ourselves is will they survive or meet their brutal end? In more recent years these films have evolved into something beyond the antagonist murdering everyone in sight. In 2017, moviegoers were blessed with the release of Get Out directed by Jordan Peele. This upcoming film that many are raving about is another film directed by Peele named Us.

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Plot

Adelaide Willson (Lupita Nyong’o) accompanied by her husband, son, and daughter return to her vacation home where she lived when she was younger. Because of a traumatic experience from her childhood, she grows concerned for the safety of her family. Her fears are realized when four masked strangers show up at her home. When the masks come off each of the strangers have the appearances of all four family members.

The Astonishing Trailer

Around a week ago I saw the trailer for Us, and I was blown away. It was expertly shot and the music added so much to the overall product. Normally, I hate seeing trailers because they spoil many movies. Way too often they just reveal too much in them, however,  this time I was left with more questions. A horror film that goes beyond a gore fest and makes you have to use your brain to figure out the twist adds much-needed depth to the ever-growing genre.

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Conclusion

My hope is that this film becomes the new standard. I hope that it’s good enough that the entire genre stops being lazy. Horror movies these days are pretty much all the same with their abundance of jump scares and simplistic plots. From what I’ve seen and heard Us seems to bring it’s “A” game to the party and I couldn’t be more excited for it.