Movie Review: Baby Driver

Details: Released in 2017. A little under two hours long. Stars Ansel ElgortJon BernthalJon Hamm. Written and directed by Edgar Wright.

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of this movie. Which is surprising given just how many big names are in the cast. The title sounds like the name of an Adam Sandler comedy. Anyways, when the film was released, a wave of reviews came out and this movie is seemingly one of the best reviewed films of the year. Without knowing much about what this film was about, I decided to give this film a watch and found a highly stylized film that I greatly enjoyed.

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Movie Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

 

Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Tom HollandMichael KeatonRobert Downey Jr.

Spider-Man returns and we finally get a look at the kind of Spider-Man movie the Marvel movie machine would make. Before getting into specifics, I’m going to say that Spider-Man: Homecoming is a good movie that takes a very slightly different take on the character as compared to the prior Spider-Man movies.

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Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Details: Released in 2017. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright.

I didn’t read any reviews before watching this movie in order to avoid spoilers. After seeing the movie, I went and scavenged over all the reviews on the internet to see what other people thought. Generally, people love this movie. I’ve even heard it called a perfect superhero movie. Personally, I enjoyed the movie, but I think it is far, far away from a masterpiece. I also think there are many existing comic book movies that are easily superior to this one. No spoilers except a brief summary of the premise.

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Movie Review: A Fistful of Dollars

Details: Released in 1964. About an hour and forty minutes long. Directed by Sergio Leone. Stars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch.

Of the three Sergio Leone westerns, I’d say The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best, For A Few Dollars More is the worst, and A Fistful of Dollars is in the middle. This is a good movie and has a lot of what I enjoyed from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, except they fit it into an hour and forty minute run-time versus a three hour run-time.

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Anime Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

Details: Released in 2016. Thirty-nine episodes, each episode is about twenty-three minutes long without commercials. Watched with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Diamond is unbreakable is the fourth season of the Jojo’s Bizzarre Adventure anime. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a very popular, over the top anime that has a lot of action, a lot of comedy, and a lot of camp.

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Video Game Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Game of the Year Edition

Details: Originally released in 2015. Purchased through http://www.gog.com and their game client. Purchased for about $25. Played on the PC. The Game of the Year Edition comes with all subsequently released downloadable content, including the two expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. Spent about a hundred and ten hours in the base game, around thirty hours in the Hearts of Stone expansion, and about forty hours in the Blood and Wine expansion. Total time spent in the game: about one hundred and eighty hours.

No spoilers, as usual. 

Now that I’ve played this game, I can understand why this game is so beloved. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt does not reinvent the wheel. It does not push some new kind of game. It is an open world, action role-playing game in a time with many, many similar games like Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Assassin’s Creed, The Legend of Zelda, and the Batman Arkham series. What Witcher 3 does do is that it pushes the genre of open world games forward, improving on almost every aspect of the genre and producing a game that can be considered essential if you are a video game lover.

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Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

Details: Released in 2017. About two hours long. Stars Keanu Reeves.

I loved the first John Wick movie. I just didn’t expect the amount of incredibly well choreographed action nor the relative realism that the movie had. Accordingly, John Wick 2 is perhaps one of the only movies I was truly looking forward to this year.

The movie takes place about a day after the end of the last movie. John has gotten his revenge, his car, and a new dog and seeks to retire again, when a person from John’s past as a hitman returns to call in a favor. Now John must dive back into his old life of murder and death in order to free himself of the obligations held against him.

If you came to this movie for the story, you will be disappointed. This is an action movie. This is gun porn, knife porn, jiu-jitsu porn, car porn, and just action movie porn. There are few movies where you get to hear the audience gasp with you as incredibly fun, violent things happen on-screen. This is one of those movies. Lots of gasp inducing things happen that I won’t spoil.

Acting was fine, but definitely no Academy Awards here. It was nice to see Laurence Fishburne make an appearance and see The Matrix crew reunite, even if it was for only a little bit.

Overall, I may have enjoyed the first John Wick movie more, but I still enjoyed this movie nonetheless. Like the first film, this movie knows what it is and achieves what it sets out to do. If you are a fan of action movies, then you should watch this movie.

Score: 7/10

Movie Review: The Lego Batman Movie

Details: Released in 2017. About an hour and forty minutes long. Stars Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson. Rated PG.

The Lego Batman Movie is about Lego Batman (part of the Lego Universe from The Lego Movie). Lego Batman is lonely and tries to deal with his relationship issues while defeating the Joker and his evil plan.

Visually, it’s like The Lego Movie. The film looks like they used lego to build everything and filmed that. It’s fun to look at and try to guess how they will animate something.

While this is a mainstream movie, there are only a few demographics of people I would recommend this film to. I can recommend this film to children, but the truth of the matter is that there are so many jokes that make so many references that are thrown at the audience so quickly that only an adult will likely get full enjoyment from this film. The kids would probably just enjoy watching Lego move around though.

I can recommend this film to Batman fans. Lots of references to the prior movies and other aspects of Batman lore. I found the very funny. I appreciated Tom Hardy reprising his role as Bane. That was a nice touch.

I can recommend this film to people who liked The Lego Movie. The humor and pacing is about the same.

Otherwise, I’m not sure you’re going to like this film. I enjoyed it, but it hits such a small part of the population in terms of interests and type of humor. If you have even a vague interest in any of the things written above, I’d recommend watching the film and giving it a chance.

Score: 6/10