G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Back in June of 2012, when Paramount first announced that they were going to be delaying the release of the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I have to say that I feared the worst. The original film hadn't really done all that well in the domestic box office and I doubt that anyone really believed that malarkey that the studio wanted the extra time to convert the film to 3D. Throw in a director known for his hip-hop dance movies and (gasp!) a Justin Bieber bio-pic, and it's not looking to good for our "Real American Heroes".

But color me red, white, and blue, I was completely wrong. This installment is far better than its predecessor and definitely worth a trip to the cinema. If Jon M. Chu can do this with material like G.I. Joe, I wish him all the best and hope we see more of him in the geeksphere. It almost makes me want to go out and take a look at his previous films.

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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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