Posts Tagged ‘Logan’

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Yeah, I don’t really have an intro on this one guys, let’s just dive straight into that good jelly jam shall we?

Micah Reviews: Logan

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Logan: The best beard of 2017.

 

The X-men Franchise is rife with hits and misses, highs and lows, awesome mutants, and mutants whose superpowers involve having spiky faces… for some reason. Even the Wolverine specific movies have one really good one, and one VERY bad one. It’s a game of Russian roulette, except the gun is half filled with bullets and instead of losers getting the sweet embrace of death they have to suffer through 2 hours of vague powers and bad dialogue. So where will Logan fall? When will Logan rise? Can you name your future children Logan without people thinking you’re pretentious?? (No.)

The Plot:

So it’s not a great time to be alive if you’re an X-men. All of the other X’s are ex-alive. People have continued to be the worst. And big machines are killing cornfields… or something. Anyway, Logan (Wolverine) is still alive and kicking, though he’s not exactly killing like he used to kill. The old murder claws ain’t muderin’ like they used to. He’s also got Professor X to take care of, mortgage payments to make, and the kids college fund to think of… well that first one anyway.

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So many claws… so little human-claw repositories.

 

Introduced into this unfortunateness is a wee baby girl child who also has a penchant for murdering people with claws and is on the run from some people who really wish he would stab stabbing them specifically. Logan, baby child, and Professor X must embark on a cross country road trip to find some other children, and cause just ALL the collateral damage.

The Positives:

All right, let’s cover the obvious and most important parts: Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are fantastic. Jackman especially as he is (obviously) the main protagonist here, but both actors get to flex their significant acting muscles and in a movie that definitely lives or dies on their performances, they do an incredible job of carrying it through. The rest of the cast also does admirably well, but this is clearly Hugh Jackman’s show and he does not disappoint.

The action is very good here, with well choreagraphed fight scenes and some super well done claw work with young Wolverina. The last X-men movie (apocalypse) just featured a lot of quick camera cuts and people staring at things, so it was nice to get some good old fashioned claw cuts and some actual combat in one of these X-movies.

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Logan: Legendary Stomper of Puddles

 

The script is solid and the story is well told. It doesn’t exactly go above and beyond with plot twists or great lines of dialogue but it does a good job of staying within’ itself and that’s something to be commended for.

The Negatrons:

Not really a lot to talk about here though I will say the movie was VERY predictable. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and I’m not even talking about the big spoilers that everyone who knows anything about this movie knows, I’m talking about the little things that the movie could have done to mix it up that it didn’t do. It sets itself up for a couple ‘big reveals’ or ‘isn’t THIS cool’ moments all of which are very clearly telegraphed. This isn’t a huge problem by any means but it represents some missed opportunities.

The villain here wasn’t very interesting but honestly I REALLY hesitated to even mention it because the movie doesn’t really need or have time for a good villain. I prefer this method of focused storytelling over the current trend of spending twenty minutes “establishing the villain” only to have none of that work and the villain to be at best un-justified, and at worst boring and un-justified (glares at X-men Apocalypse again.) It merits a VERY slight mention, but it really didn’t negatively affect the movie much at all.

In Conclusion:

Logan is a tight, well told, brilliantly acted movie that does exactly what it sets out to do in giving one of the most consistently beloved comic book characters (and actors) a VERY fitting send off. It sacrifices a little bit in terms of villain and twists to be such a tight story, but I found it to be an incredibly gratifying experience and just a great send-off for Hugh Jackmen and Wolverine.

I give it 4 Wolverina’s, out of 5.

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Well hello Internet, and happy last day of February! That’s right guys. You made it. You did it! You survived the horror of Jefbruary, you held on through the horrible movies, the terrible weather and the somehow even worse political nightmarescape and you made it to March where at least one of those things will change… though probably not the other two. But let’s not focus on the fact that we can’t change the fact that the weather is having a severe identity crises, or the fact that no one seems to know what exactly is going on in the news or the fake news or… whatever we’re calling it. And let’s just focus on the fact that new movies are coming, and some of them are probably, maybe, sort of gonna pretty good!! Yay!!

March 2017 Movie Preview

I’m sorry for the weird pictures today… wordpress is being strange again…

March 3rd

Logan –

Okay I’m REALLY trying to tempter my expectations for Logan but it’s getting increasingly harder. The movies gotten great reviews, it’s finally a movie that seems to have caught on the usual Fox-movie tropes out, and it’s Hugh Handsom Jackmen!! I’m all in on this and can’t wait to see it! That said I will be VERY sad when it’s over, because it’s apparently a very sad movie, but it’s not like the trailers were exactly a barrel full of laughs. This is gonna be a great movie, but I’m going to be VERY sad after words and may eat my weight in pasta (or pasta like substitutes.)

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Anna Kendrick and a band of other quirky actors play in a movie about a bunch of quirky people seated together at a wedding. These movie tend to either work really well, or be one million percent broken so… it’s a toss-up. There’s a delicate line between quirky and unwatchable as it turns out, which is, consequently, why my career as a professional dancer never panned out.

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Look at all that Quirkyness

 

 

March 10th

Kong: Skull Island

I’m weirdly interested in this movie. I say that because I’ve never really gotten the whole “King Kong” thing. I mean sure it made sense in like the 20’s when the coolest thing people could think up was “A monkey, but big” but nowadays we have Godzilla, and whatever those monsters were called in Pacific Rim and a bunch of way cooler things then “Hey look, that monkey is larger than a monkey should be.” But this movie actually looks pretty good! Tom Hiddleston, Sam Jackson, Brie Larson, and John Goodman make for a killer cast and I’m genuinely interested to see what happens here.

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Hard to get a tan with Kong around…

 

March 17th

Beauty and the Beast

It’s weird too me that we’re about to kick off a generation of children who see Emma Watson and think “Belle” instead of “Hermione” but whatever. Look, this movie won’t be exactly changing the landscape of film forever, but it’s got a great cast, a good storyline, an established and well known musical score… it’s hard to see this NOT being good. Once again, it’s not gonna be a new and revolutionary step in film or anything, but it’s GOT to be good… right?

March 24th

Power Rangers

Look… I tried to be optimistic about this… probably. At some point. But I’ve seen the trailers, I’ve watched the ineffective high school actors, struggle with a lazy sounding script, and distinctly B looking effects and I’m officially ready to announce: This movie will be the sucks. REALLLLLLLY the sucks. Suckity suck such from Suckburg. Sorry both you Power Rangers fans… nothing to see here.

March 31st

Ghost in the Shell

I’m still torn about this one. The original anime’ was… revolutionary?? I mean it was good. It looked good. But it didn’t exactly make sense, so much as it made ZERO sense. At all. So hopefully this movie can keep the cool visual style and sweet punchity, kickity action. But can also be (as the French would say) sensical.

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The original movie explained it’s concept abut as well as this…

 

And there you go guys! Some sweet sweet snowy deliciousness from the wonderful month of March. Thanks March. You’re the best!

Oh and if you haven’t hear my new podcast yet, we just put out our second episode and it’s exactly as random and Quail filled as you would expect! Check it out here: thepsv.podbean.com

Ah children of the Internet! Hello, and welcome to a special and sacred time of year. A time when we look at the year ahead with hope in our hearts… potentially for the last time. But let’s not worry about that right now. Let us instead turn our attention to what I like to call:

Micah’s Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

But before we get to the top ten let’s… let’s talk about the DC Comics shaped elephant in the room. Namely: DC Comics.

Not appearing on the list: Justice League and Wonder Woman. Sorry guys, I refuse to get excited about DC  movies anymore. I’ve been hurt too much. Yes Wonder Woman’s trailers look really good, and sure Justice League seems like a can’t miss team up but we literally saw both of those things with these years DC movies (Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman respectively) and both of those movies ended up on my worst movies of the year list!! And so… I’m out. I really hope these are good, but I will not be excited for them. You’ve burned me too many times DC. You’ve singed my heart with many… singes. And you’ll have to earn it back… with unsinging… or something.

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Sorry lady… you seem like you’ve got a great… X. But you’ll have to let Rotten Tomatoes convince me.

 

Anway:

  1. Lego Batman/Kong: Skull Island

Yes, I’m doubling up on number 10, but that’s just because either of these two movies could go really south really fast. Lego Batman looks fine but I haven’t really seen anything to make me think it’ll be anything more than a cash in on Batman’s success in The Lego Movie. And Kong just… worries me. There’s a lot of ‘dumb action movie’ potential here and the only thing that really intrigues me about it is the cast they’ve assembled. So both of these are ‘I’ll see them if they get good reviews’ entries, and so they slunked in here at number 10.

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Keep your batwings crossed everyone.

 

  1. The Mummy

Yes, I have also been burned by the “New Age Classic Monsters” series twice now (Frankenstein and Dracula Untold) but I do love the idea of this movie, and the trailer looked very cool and they’ve at least had the gumption to put it in with the other summer blockbusters rather than burying it in the fall/spring like they did the last two. I’m cautiously optimistic on this one and I feel like worst case scenario it’ll be a fun romp movie.

  1. Spiderman: Homecoming

This movie ended up being WAY lower on this list than I thought it would be. Maybe I’m more burned out on Spiderman than I thought I was. I really like Tom Holland in the role though and I feel like the inclusion of Iron Man and Marvel studios will really give this movie a lot more to work with than the previous Spiderman series. That said: this is my third Spiderman now and eventually I’m REALLY gonna stop caring entirely.

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Also: great suit… or suite… sweet???

 

  1. Beauty and the Beast

For the most part I’ve abstained from Disney’s whole “live action classics” movement. Not because I thought they were bad (most of them were quite good) but because I felt like I had already been there and done that. The movies were fine for bouncing baby Micah, but had no place in the life of bouncy adult Micah. Beauty and the Beast though… I mean come on. It’s probably the best of the classic Disney cartoons and they literally cast the PERFECT group of people for this. I mean perfect. Look at this poster. Look at it!!

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I mean look at that cast!!!

 

So yes… I’m excited.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok

Thor 2 was not a great movie. It was a fun movie, and I had fun watching it, but it wasn’t great. But I feel like Marvel looked at that and learned from it, and thus we’re getting the first of (what I hope will be a long run of) Marvel team up movies. Teaming up Thor and Hulk was a no brainer and I’m super excited to see what this ends up looking like. The cast is great, they got rid of Natalie Portman’s character who never really felt like she did anything at all for the narrative and I’m ready to see what Loki and Thor can get up to this time around!

  1. Logan

Look… I’m not super proud of this. I mean, what have the X-men done for me lately? X-men apocalypse was terrible, the last Wolverine solo movie was… fine. Even X-men: Days of Future past didn’t exactly turn the world on its head or anything. But I’m super excited/interested to see what Logan ends up being. I’m all the way behind this if for nothing else because Hugh Jackmen has always been a great Wolverine even if the movie around him wasn’t very good. Here’s hoping we can send him off with the movie he deserves.

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I’m not in the habit of saying this… but that is an attractive old man.

 

  1. Blade Runner: 2049

I feel like if we learned anything from Star Wars: The Force Awakens it’s that Harrison Ford still has something left in the tank. Blade Runner was an interesting world, and handing off the series to Ryan Gosling is a very smart move. I’m interested to see what happens with this and the trailer has a really great feel to it! That said I don’t feel like Ridley Scott (the director of this and the original movie (and the Alien franchise)) really knows the difference between a good movie and a bad movie anymore. He’s just making movies at this point because people keep writing him checks. We’ll just have to see which side of the coin this one lands on.

  1. The Dark Tower

Goodness we’ve been waiting a long time for someone to make this movie! But it’s finally happening and the casting of Idris Elba as the Gunslinger has brought me huge amounts of joy and comfort over this movies long production process. That said, there’s a very good chance the wheels came off this at some point along the LOOOOOONNNNGGGG road to cinemas. I mean the source material is huge and complex and very well loved so… I mean there’s a real chance this’ll be bad. But I’m gonna ignore all that and just be excited that someone is finally making this movie! Here’s hoping they don’t screw up the end of the first book! Cause if they mess up the end of that book I will walk right out of that theater as fast as my bouncy legs can carry me.

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Now see… that is a cool picture.

 

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Love the cast, love the trailer, love the vibe and the music and… look. There are a lot of shaky bets on this top ten list but I feel very safe in saying: this movie will be a lot of fun. I don’t know if it’ll be as good as the first movie or not, but it’s gonna be just a big old bouncing ball of fun and frenetic space action! And that’ll work for me!

  1. Star Wars: Episode 8
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Star Wars Episode 8: The Next Star War

 

Yeah I know… big surprise. But what can I say guys: I’m REAL excited for this. I’m excited to re-connect with Rey and find out more of her back story, I’m excited to see what Finn gets up to with his best bro-pal Po. I’m excited to find out if Mark Hamill can make Luke into less of a dweeb and if Kylo Ren can be less of a whiny, grease headed failure. I’m just very excited for this movie. Fortunately for me: it comes out in December so… I’ll have a good long while to nurse that excitement.

And there you have it guys, probably the least surprising most anticipated movie since… well the last Star Wars movie to come out. Check back in Thursday when I do my annual wild predictions post and see how I did on my predictions for 2016!! I literally don’t remember any of them, so it’ll be a nice trip down memory lane for everyone!