The Goonies Review

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One of my co-workers at my job wanted me to review this movie. So I gave it a re-watch since it’s been a long time I’ve seen this movie. It was also directed by Richard Donner who did the Christopher Reeve movies as well. The movie is about some kids in Oregon who find a treasure map from some pirates in one of the kids home attic and they try to find it. Some of them aren’t just doing it for the sake of it but one of them is trying to find the treasure to save his home from being evicted.

Along the way to get the treasure they encounter some escaped criminals, as well as this person Sloth who I think, is the criminal’s brother. Sloth had these birth defects or maybe it’s just makeup, but he’s friendly to the kids and wants nothing to do with the criminals. Tell me in the comments to clarify if Sloth really looks like what he looks like since I’m not too sure.

As the kids get deeper they also encounter traps that the pirates made and the ending is pretty good for the time in the 1980s. This movie was also I think one of the first to have the whole kids going on a big adventure kinda stories like on Stranger Things, Harry Potter, and other movies back in the 1980s to name a few. I heard it also became a cult classic as the years went by and it reminds me of a simpler time where kids actually hanged out and weren’t online all the time.

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Zombie Review (Spoilers)

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I remember seeing the DVD cover for this at a Circuit City a long time ago. Also remembered the Cinema Snob reviewing it as well as the sequels and this movie made the director, Lucio Fulci into a horror icon. There was also barf bags when this movie was in theaters in case it was too graphic, but now people throw up when there’s too much shaky cam in theaters nowadays.

Anyway, on to the movie, the movie starts off with someone shooting a dead body in the head and putting this body on a boat. After the opening credits, the boat makes it to New York City where some cops see it. Just so some people know there’s a lot of bad dubbing in this movie since it was an Italian exploitation movie. After the cops board the boat a zombie is onboard and one cop gets bit, the blood also looks kinda like red paint when it happens. After the zombie falls overboard they bring the boat to shore where this girl confirmed it’s her father’s boat. Then this reporter gets info from a guy played by Lucio Fulci himself as a cameo to check out the investigation.

Both the girl and the reporter go to the dock at night and we get to see a “Fakeout Makeout” from them and then they find some info from the girl. Something about the boat came from an island somewhere so they try to go to that island. Along the way we meet Dr. Mennard, trying to find a cure for what’s happening to the island people. His wife wants to leave but he wants to stay and do everything he can to make sure what’s happening to the island people doesn’t spread to the mainland.

The girl and the reporter get a boat ride halfway there to the island from these people. One of the boat people go do some diving and see one of the zombies trying to attack a shark and the shark is a real one as well. I hear sometimes there’s legit animal killing in some of these Italian exploitation movies but it seemed like only this shark gets hurt in the movie.

After that, the movie goes to Dr. Menard’s wife and the zombies end up attacking her at her house. There’s this scene where she gets a massive splinter in her eye and it’s pretty gruesome so I just skipped it. When the boat with the girl and the reporter make it to the island they try and find Dr. Menard and he tells them to find his wife. When they do it is pretty gruesome as well and then we see the zombies rising from their graves. One of the island people mentions there are zombies as a part of some voodoo curse and it’s almost like the hell filling up speech from Dawn of the Dead.

As the crew gets back to Dr. Menard’s research tent the Dead people there end uprising and it’s also a bit weird since the people alive don’t try to run away. During the struggle, Dr. Menard ends up getting bitten as well as the boat crew while the girl and reporter try to burn down the tent. When they escape though they find out that New York City has been overrun with the zombies and then it ends.

This movie seemed a bit okay and I looked up his IMDB to check out some of his other movies but might not watch them, at least on a full stomach. Though if you like these movies try and give them a watch since they seem to be more about atmosphere, tone, and a foreboding mood.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Review 

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Hearing about this I thought it would be kind of boring and would be just Call of Duty in space. Also found out the trailer for this game on YouTube and the most downvotes ever on YouTube. Though I played this free trial on either Xbox One or PS4 to see what the single player campaign was like. Also, I play the campaign as a way to also get a feel of the controls for when I go on the multiplayer.

The game Starts in the far future where mars declare independence to the earth forces. The first few missions help you get a feel of what the story will be like and there’s also the spaceship sections that feel like Battlestar Galactica. The main cast is pretty good, there’s Reyes, kinda looking like Tom Cruise, a lady soldier Saulter or Salt as she is called, and a combat drone Ethan, that has a lot of personality in this game.

After you get your main ship you go across the solar system to stop the Mars forces. There’s this one mission where you have to be stealthy which is unheard of at times in Call of Duty. There’s also these fighter ship levels but they are a bit far and in between. As the campaign goes on all the way to the end it’s surprising what happens during the struggle and it feels like at the end you barely won.

The multiplayer though just feels like the same from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, where you jet pack everywhere, there’s loot boxes, as well as micro transactions. People also said the multiplayer is really glitchy as well and I tried to play multiplayer but everyone was level 100 or something like that. So that also feels like a pay to win at times.

Anyway, the single player campaign is pretty good if you want to play that though I didn’t quite play this from start to finish. I just watched it as one of those game movies, where this one person has online stitches the cutscenes together as one big movie. That seemed pretty good if you just wanted to see the games for their stores or something like that. Here’s the link to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare game movie I watched if you want to see it yourself.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Review

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This movie is based on the kids’ books of the same name, though I only read the first 4 of the books. Though I hope to check the rest out a bit later if I can. Then I started watching this when I found out Weird Al Yankovich did one of the songs. Watched this on Netflix and it seemed to be what it made out to be. A harmless kids movie that is self-aware and has a lot of juvenile potty humor in it. It’s nothing like having actual poop and actual pee since that would end up being dirty. There are also some different animation styles in this, like one scene where these sock puppets. As well as the flip-o-rama the books had where you just flip the pages back and forth for the action.

The movie also takes some of the books plots in it as well. This movie made me want to read the rest of the Captain Underpants books to see how far the books have been going. They also made a Captain Underpants tv show on Netflix and it gets the tone from the movie and books pretty well. Give this a watch since it’s like your inner child coming out at times with this movie.

Aquaman Review (Spoilers)

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Just so people know I didn’t see Justice League before seeing Aquaman since I thought Justice League wouldn’t be that good. Also thought Aquaman wouldn’t be that good not because of all those jokes about him, but that the movie wouldn’t try to be entertaining. I tried to go to an earlier screening but they couldn’t show the movie because of projector problems. So after a few weeks, I went to a different theater and it was pretty packed even though it was a week after opening day. Also, I might be a bit vague since when I watched it in the theater I was really close to the screen so it was a lot to watch is all.

The movie starts with Aquaman’s parents meeting for the first time and up to his upbringing to now. When the movie gets to Black Manta and his father a bit later in the movie where Aquaman fights and defeats them makes Aquaman look like a jerk at the end of the battle. Then Aquaman meets Mera at his hometown, Mera tells Aquaman that his half brother, later called Ocean Master, wants to unite the Atlatian tribes to attack the surface world because of all the harm they do to the ocean. Then there’s this attempt to flood the shores of the surface world and on the news channels this guy getting interviewed, Dr. Shin, tries to explain to people it was Atlantis but they don’t believe him. Which is weird since there are aliens and supernatural monsters in this world but people don’t believe in an underwater city.

Mera takes Aquaman to Atlantis where he also meets his mentor who taught him how to be Atlantian played by William Defoe. He and Mera explain there’s this ultimate trident hidden somewhere in another underwater city that could unite both land and sea people, or destroy the land. After they all get captured, Ocean Master and Aquaman do this fighting challenge and then he and Mera escape and hide before Aquaman gets killed. They both travel a little around the world and Ocean Master unites the underwater tribes and gives Black Manta some Atlantian weapons he later reverse engineers to make his power armor suit.

When the movie gets to Black Manta and Aquaman fighting it’s pretty amazing since the power armor suit Black Manta uses has this laser vision that is powered by water, at least that’s what the movie said. At the last location, Aquaman and Mera go to it felt like it was out of place since it had dinosaurs in it. The ending though has both Ocean Master in his armor and Aquaman in his classic armor and seems pretty epic.

There was a lot of CGI used in this and sometimes it felt a bit out of place or was used too much. Though I am not complaining since this movie made $1 Billion worldwide and during the post-credits scene though builds up some of the characters in probably the sequel. Jason Momoa mentioned Wonder Woman and the Flash might cameo in the sequel but I don’t know how that will work. Though I hope to see one of the Aqualad’s in the sequel if we can. I also read some of the Aquaman comics and some of the origins like Black Manta was a bit off compared to the movie. Also at some point in the comics, Aquaman loses one of his hands and gets a hook hand for some reason.

Anyway, this movie felt good, but not great, maybe because of all the CGI being used a lot or that the humor is a bit off at times. Though if you like the DC movies give this one a watch.

Knight Rider (Classic) Review

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I remember watching this show on the Sci-Fi channel when they did these day-long marathons of old shows. Basically in this world where criminals go above the law this guy and his talking car try to stop them. When this cop, Michael Long, is shot in the head and given plastic surgery, is then called Michael Knight, played by David Hasselhoff.

This show I think he was at least trying back then and I was also surprised when he was in the movie Starcrash. Also before that internet video made him look dumb as well. Michael’s car is also given a remodel as well as an AI partner in his car called KITT, which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand. KITT is also voiced by Mr. Feeney from Boy Meets World, in case you didn’t know that as well.

Watching it on and off from beginning to end and it is a little slow but it was the 1980s TV and it was more in your face at times. They notch up the formula as well, where they’re these scenarios where KITT gets beaten up badly, where KITT is hacked and when KITT also loses his car body in certain episodes.

I heard they made for TV movie of the show and try to make it but the remake was pretty bad. Probably because it was made during the writers strike and also Val Kilmer voiced the Knight Industries Three Thousand and was kind of a jerk in it. Also, they were the scenes were the car transformed using nanobots which really was just CGI and he wasn’t a transformer. Looking back it felt like it was a lot of CGI and green screen and just felt off at times.

Dr. No Review (Spoilers)

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This was the first James Bond movie based on the novels by Ian Fleming. Released in 1962 it stars Sean Conery as James Bond. In this, he goes to Jamaica to find the disappearance of some MI-6 agents. Along the way, he meets some of the locals and a CIA agent there as well. The action scenes are okay but the acting makes up for that here in this movie. Also, these movies show James Bond’s way with the ladies, and this was an era before people used protection and birth control. So some people might question if Bond caught something or got the girl pregnant.

Regardless the middle of the movie introduces Honey Ryder, played by Ursula Andress. She explains that she is trying to find Dr. No herself so she teams up with him and then they get taken to Dr. No’s underground base. After they get scanned for radiation and washed up they’re sent to some guest room. After that, they meet Dr. No who has these pincers for hands, why I don’t quite know but I’m sure the book explains it. Then Dr. No does the whole explain his plan before they kill his pattern and then is sent somewhere. After Bond escapes he defeats Dr. No, activates the self-destruct for the base, and finds and saves Honey. Then after they escape Bond’s American contact find him and Honey and she and Bond celebrate. This movie is pretty amazing and I read the book so this is a pretty good adaption. The sets are creative as well as the locations and Sean Conery is just amazing in these movies.

Ant-Man (Movie) Review

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Watched this as a way to catch up to see the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp. Was hoping Hank Pym would be Ant-Man in this since he was the first person to become him but we get Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man instead. Also was surprised Michal Douglas played Hank Pym since I heard he had a battle with that cancer awhile back. Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang and he used to be a safecracker until he was caught, he was released later but it left a mark on him.

It was nice to see this guy trying to get a second chance since a criminal record gives you a bad mark still. The scenes where Ant-Man shrinks down almost felt like I was watching The Incredible Shrinking Man at times. Yellowjacket is also in this but is played by someone else instead of Hank Pym. To those who don’t know Yellowjacket was one of Hank Pym’s personas and he was a little crazy. There is also talk of the quantum universe or sub-quantum realm or sub-quantum universe, and it makes me think we might see more of it and someone else in the sequel.

There are also all these scenes with Michael Douglas was trying to be the straight man but can I had his wall street vibes when he got angry. Paul Rudd was also pretty good in this as well and I kept thinking about his previous works like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The movie itself feels OK and there are some scenes where they try to be funny at times but doesn’t quite feel right.

Transformers: The Last Knight Review (Spoilers)

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Watching this movie the first thing I didn’t like was had the aspect ratio kept changing. Almost like he used to different cameras and maybe he did maybe to mess with us. Then the movie starts at King Arthur and his knights in the middle ages and the Autobots helping them. Then with the present story, it shows Optimus coming back to Cybertron and meet this lady transformer called Quintessa. She then minds controls Optimus to go to earth to find something.

On earth Cade Yeager, from the last movie, is on the run and befriends some people and transformers like Bumblebee. There’s also an anti-transformers force called the TRF though I wonder what happened to NEST honestly. Then the TRF also gets help from Megatron and he wants them to release some of the Decepticons to help him.

After a battle with some TRF drones and the Decepticons, this C3P-O looking transformer takes Cade to Britain where this guy, played by Anthony Hopkins, tells him and this British lady about the secret origin of the transformers throughout history. Even though this messes up the continuity still again given the other movies timelines. Then Optimus comes back and tries to get this staff that King Arther was given by the Autobots during the Middle Ages. Bumblebee snaps Optimus out of his mind control by Bumblebee using his actual voice.

They then get the staff and stop both Megatron and Quintessa then the movie ends. Though during the post-credits they are making plains for the next movie with Unicron. Something about he hid under the earth for billions of years or something like that. Also for those who don’t know Unicron is I giant planet transformer that eats planets.

In the end, this movie feels a bit repetitive, since it feels like the plot from the same 4 Transformers movies. Though I guess the rest of the world likes them, especially China as well since there was some product placement for I think for Chinese Spotify. If you like these movies it is fine, it just feels like they are a bit repetitive at times. I will still give Bumblebee a watch since the setting feels like a callback to the G1 Cartoon, taking place in the 1980s. Hope that movie does something a bit different though.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review (Spoilers)

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When trying to watch this movie on Blu-ray it felt kind of bright. The move stars with the transformers creators trying to colonize the earth for their kind back in the age of the dinosaurs and that was how the dinosaurs became extinct. Then the present story starts and the world hates transformers now because of the last movie. Kelsey Grammer plays the leader of this CIA board trying to hunt down and kill transformers and is pretty good in this and it makes me want to find out what he’s been doing all these years.

Mark Walberg is in this and plays an inventor named Cade Yeager. He plays an inventor trying to find the next big thing coming out to make. He’s okay in this even though he has the potential to be a good actor. In this one scene in some old theater, they mention remakes and sequels are crap even know I was just thinking, “pointing out your problems doesn’t make them go away.” and a little later Cade finds Optimus Prime in there. Cade repairs Optimus and then the CIA tracks Cade down and threatens to kill his family. Optimus saves Cade’s family and they run away somewhere.

After regrouping they go to this business building, KSI, since they seem to be dissecting the dead transformers for resources and using them to combat other transformers. They also create Galvatron out of Megatron and he goes a bit out of control. Then they go to China since one of the KSI factories are there and also these movies are big in China, for some reason. Galvatron then takes control of the KSI made transformers and tires to blow up a part of China for some raw material.

The Autobots hide on the bounty hunter’s ship to get to China and along the way they meet the Dinobots, sadly they don’t talk. The action and fight in the scenes with the transformers in China just feel there since they don’t feel built up. In the end, the CIA agent tries to stop Cade but at the end for the CIA guy feels contradictory to the Autobots since in the first movie they do not harm humans. Then Optimus leaves Earth and goes to Cybertron to find his creators.

In the end, this movie felt boring, bright and maybe just one big commercial with all the product placement in the movie and on the transformers. Though it made a lot of money with help from China, I guess. If you like the Transformers movies this one is okay, I was waiting to see more of Kelsey Grammer but he isn’t in this too much. Will get to The Last Knight soon when I can.