A Good Day to Die Hard

I'm not the biggest movie guy around, but I do know what I like. I like action flicks as much as the next guy, I like guns when they're not really hurting anybody, and I like the Die Hard franchise well enough. So, I shouldn't be too difficult to please, right? I mean, this movie's pretty much got a disclaimer that says "Mindless action flick. Please turn all brains off." Our expectations should immediately be lowered. And they were, to a certain extent, and that makes what I'm about to say that much more difficult. I want my 300 pesos and 1 hour and 40 minutes of my life back.

This might get spoilery so turn back now if you haven't seen it. Actually, you know what, lemme save you the time and money, read on instead.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy left such an impression on the world that when we think of the words "epic trilogy," LOTR immediately comes to mind, along with Star Wars Episodes 4, 5 and 6. And maybe also Jaws. Maybe. Lord of the Rings was so massive that it practically spawned a whole new breed of fantasy geeks, which is a good thing. Years passed and the franchise was all but forgotten. Nine years later, we are treated to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which, to my knowledge, was written before The Lord of the Rings.

I've never read the books, so I genuinely had no idea what to expect as far as story goes, but the bar LOTR set was pretty high. Does The Hobbit meet our expectations? Is it everything I could've ever wanted for a prequel to a trilogy that pretty much rocked throughout my college life?

I don't really know how to review a movie in the academic sense but I do know what I like. This will probably not sound very smart, but I'll give it a shot. And yes, this is an invitation to you movie critics out there who'd like to write for a geeky blog. Please do sign up and write to your hearts' content.

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Wreck-It Ralph

The family and I saw Wreck-It Ralph over the weekend, after I spent a considerable amount of energy coercing them to. None of us really knew much about Wreck-It Ralph except that it was a video game-based movie and that Disney made it. Assumptions that I would be the only one to enjoy it were thrown around but we went into it expecting nothing more than mediocre 3D animation anyway. At the end of it, though, ultimately, we were all very glad we decided to see it.

Wreck-It Ralph is a Disney flick, starring John C. Riley, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. It was directed by Rich Moore. And it was brilliant.

The line between Disney and Pixar films has now been blurred beyond recognition. At first glance, and paying insufficient attention to the opening credits, you might think Wreck-It Ralph is a Pixar film. Paperman, the short film before the feature, only further demolishes any semblance of separation the two companies ever had.

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Dredd 3D

 

It looks like another movie that I really, really enjoyed has hit a wall with the current generation. Last weekend, the new movie based on the Judge Dredd comic book, Dredd 3D, gave an awful showing at the box office with only $6.3 million after it was done. $6.3 million. Sounds like a lot, until you realize this thing cost about $50 million to make. That's a bullet through the brain pan for the franchise and it never even got to start.

I haven't felt this bummed about since John Carter tanked.

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The Expendables 2 = Explosions and Ass Kicking

Man, I don't even know what to feel right now, just half an hour after watching an advanced screening of The Expendables 2. My adrenaline's pumping because of all the badassery, but I'm still kinda giggling from all the jokes that had me slapping my knee. It turned out exactly how I expected it to, and that's probably the best thing about it.

The Expendables 2 is directed by Simon West (Con Air) and stars about every action star who ever made it big in the 80's and 90's and then some - Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth and a buncha other people. The movie comes with a warning - those with weak hearts and weak asses may experience discomfort due to overwhelming asskickery.

At its core, it's a popcorn action movie. Don't expect anything deep, but you should strap in and sit back for one hell of a ride. You'll be pleasantly surprised and find that there's more to it than what's immediately obvious.

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