Ant-Man: What did I think?

So I saw Marvel’s latest movie – Ant-Man – this past weekend, and here’s what I think: It’s great!

Just like they did with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel tried a different formula with Ant-Man. They’re calling it the “heist film” formula, and that’s pretty accurate. Much of the movie is centered around a heist involving the Yellowjacket suit.┬áHere’s a quick run-down, and I’ll try to keep the spoilers minimal.

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Dracula Untold: What did I think?

This weekend I was under the weather but still managed to catch Dracula: Untold with the Mrs. We’re both fans of vampire flicks like The Lost Boys and Underworld – the good, action-packed ones. I went into this film knowing that it puts more of a “super-hero” spin on the legend, and – even though I enjoy both the vampire AND superhero genres – wasn’t expecting much. I liked what I got, though. It was a thoroughly enjoyable popcorn flick, as well as a nice spin on the well-known story of Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula. It also kicks off a new attempt by Universal to reboot their popular “Universal Monsters” franchise made popular during the 40s and 50s. You all know these guys – Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

This review will contain spoilers, so proceed at your own risk. The film just came out, so I’m sure there’s a lot of you haven’t seen it yet. If you’re one of the brave & the bold, however, keep reading…

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Thor 2: The Dark World

So… We’re now solidly in Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Following Iron Man 3 (which I wasn’t really that great a fan of) comes Thor 2: The Dark World. Personally, I think Thor 2 made up for any faults I had with IM3 – this movie was brilliant. Not perfect – no movie is – but still brilliant. Ok, well actually there probably are a few perfect movies… Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, all 3 Lord of the Rings. But they’re rare. Thor 2 has been out for a few weeks now, so I won’t worry too much about spoilers in this review. Consider yourself warned if you haven’t seen it.

As I understand it, Thor 2 picks up between Avengers & Iron Man 3, so it’s somewhere in that 6-month period and almost two years after the first Thor film. The plot is actually pretty complex – they crammed a lot in this one movie, which is a good thing. I usually write up the plot in these reviews, but this time I’ll be lazy and just link to the Wikipedia page for the movie:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_2

Okay, now for what I thought and all those juicy spoilers I promised. Last chance if you haven’t seen the movie and wanna see it spoiler-free, otherwise keep reading.

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Quick Summary/Review of R.I.P.D.

So this weekend I saw R.I.P.D. finally. Since it’s only been out a couple of weekends, I’ll keep this short and spoiler-free.

As expected, it was essentially “Men In Black”, only with souls instead of aliens. It wasn’t as funny as I was hoping (I’m a big fan of Ryan Reynolds), but it’s still pretty watchable. Reynolds and Jeff Bridges have a fair amount of chemistry as buddy movies go, although Bridges’ accent was a bit of a put-off at times and fairly garbled.

Anyway, long story short – if you liked the “Men In Black” movies, you’ll probably like this one. I’d give it a 7 out of 10.

Movie Review – The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

I finally broke down and bought TDKR Part 2 today, so here’s the promised review of it. I was really hoping that Part 2 would help me get over the nitpicks I had about Part 1 (see that review here), but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. In fact, in a few instances they were worse. But before I get into the details, here’s a breakdown of what happens in Part 2. Consider this your spoiler warning as well.

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Man of Steel: What did I think?

Since the new Superman movie is still pretty new, I’ll hold off on posting a full review of “Man of Steel”. However, if you’re on the fence about going to see it, maybe this short quasi-review will help.

Overall, I loved “Man of Steel” – it’s an entirely new take on the Superman mythos, yet still retains all of the milestones we look for in a Superman story. All of the main actors did a wonderful job portraying their respective characters. I was initially concerned about Amy Adams as Lois Lane since she doesn’t fit with our traditional image of the feisty reporter, but she didn’t disappoint. Henry Cavill made a really good Superman, and Mark Shannon made a great Zod.

There are tons of easter eggs throughout the film for die-hard fans. The movie has references to the comics, the 1979 franchise, Lois & Clark, Smallville, and even other DC franchises. In fact, my only criticism would be that the movie feels overly long or rushed at times, almost like it’s 1.5 movies squished into one. Despite that, I highly recommend this movie for any fans of Superman, comic books, superheroes, or even just sci-fi in general.

Dredd vs. Dredd: Who got it right?

So last night I finally saw the new Judge Dredd film starring Karl Urban as the titular “Punisher w/a badge” we all love. My personal choice for Dredd would be Ray Stevenson, the man who IMO nailed Frank Castle in 2008’s Punisher: War Zone. Anyway, as one of the few fans who liked the 1995 Stallone version of Dredd, I thought I’d post my two bits about the new film and who I think did a better job portraying Mega-City One.

*** Major spoilers for those who haven’t seen one of the films discussed ***

You’ve been warned, but keep reading if you’ve seen ’em both or just don’t care about spoilers.

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