August 10, 2013 at 3:28 AM (climate studies, comic book characters, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, political atmosphere, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)
I had been anticipating this evening’s features for a few weeks! I was glad to have gotten to the local theater, so that I could enjoy each film thoroughly! Whereas one was a continuation of an adventure story that is capturing the attention of action-seeking audiences, the second film forecast a future Earth where all is not set on equal terms for every person.
The excitement began with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters! The film is prefaced by letting the audience know that sometimes, the gods would have children with mortals, called half-bloods. One of them is Percy (Logan Lerman), son of Poseidon, who found himself in competition to become the next champion of the demigod children. Percy’s best friends are Clarisse (Leven Rambin) and Luke (Jake Abel). They attend the Camp Half-Blood For Demi-God Children together.
At this camp, Camp Half-Blood, Percy meets his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), who is a Cyclops. Also, the camp is eyed, then raided by Luke (Jake Abel), who is the son of Hermes. Luke has a vendetta against the gods, and he means to annihilate Mount Olympus! He has gone out of the way to poison a magic tree that protects the camp, now leaving it free to attack.
However, Percy’s friend Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) has learned that The Golden Fleece can heal the tree. The god Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) acquires this knowledge, and he sends two students, Tyson and Grover, to get hold of the fleece. Annabeth and Percy accompany them.
The Oracle gives a prophecy that one of the three major gods will battle Luke. Percy, with one of his friends, will either have to save Mount Olympus, or will have to eliminate it altogether. Percy and his allies go to seek Luke, yet they are trapped by The Manticore. The friends escape, yet they are caught and swallowed by The Charybdis, where they reunite with Clarisse.
The group escapes, managing to reach an amusement park. There, they set Grover free, and they get hold of The Golden Fleece. However, Luke arrives, stating that he means to use The Golden Fleece to awaken the god Kronos! Luke then tries to murder Percy with an arrow, yet Tyson positions himself between the shot, taking the arrow instead. Tyson winds up being brought back to life with water, as Kronos swallows Grover and Luke!
Percy is able to use his sword to attack and to reduce Kronos. Then, The Manticore ends up being killed by Clarisse and Grover. It nearly killed Annabeth, but Percy used The Golden Fleece to bring her back to life! Afterward, the friends return to Camp Half-Blood to use The Golden Fleece to bring the dying camp tree back to life!
Our second film was the anticipated Elysium! By reaching the year 2154, there is a definite and deadly distinction between the haves and the have-nots! All of those who have the luxuries of wealth, security, and personal satisfactions live within the Earth-orbiting space station called Elysium. All else whom are impoverished, uneducated, and diseased live on Earth!
Jodie Foster stars as Delacourt, a ruthless leader of an Earth-orbiting luxury station called Elysium. There, humans live in safety and security, with no fears or burdens. All others remain on the planetary surface, dealing with the hardships of poverty, illness, warfare, and the darker sides od humanity.
Max (Matt Damon) works for Armadyne Corporation, which built Elysium. It is during this work where he is exposed to lethal substances. These toxic chemicals create a deadly condition within him, giving him only five days to live! If Max wants to find a cure, he must leave Earth’s surface to reach Elysium!
His quest for assistance takes him to seek a man called Spider (Wagner Moura). This man has helped Max before, so Max trusts him. Spider assisted Max with sneaking into Elysium, and getting the medical supplies necessary to treat his chemical exposure. Once inside the station, Max was able to get biogenetic technology to enhance himself, becoming stronger, as he got wiser to what was happening with Delacourt’s actions. Yet, Delacourt learned of Max’s actions, and she sends scouts through L.A. to find him.
Spider got all of the details that he could use to give all of the Elysium residents on Earth. Max does not help with singling out only Elysium citizens. He deals with Kruger to get him to change Spider’s methods of operation.
While returning to Elysium, a fight occurs. Kruger is shot. All passengers are returned to Delacourt. She reprimands Kruger for encouraging the shot, and he stabs her! Delacourt dies! Kruger proceeds to raid Elysium, seeking Max, while chasing Spider as well!
Kruger encounters Max, and a fight ensues! The fight seems brief, and Max kills Kruger! Max then gets into the main computer room, logging onto Elysium’s main drive. Max starts the main systems, accessing all of the major population links, where he is able make all people legal citizens of Elysium. As the computer does this, Max dies.
As always, several great movies are coming! I am looking forward to films that include Baggage Claim, Closed Circuit, The Counselor, Ender’s Game, Getaway, Jobs, Last Vegas, Prisoners, Rush, and Thor: The Dark World! Movies, movies, movies!
…..and wha’s your motivation????
This was one feature that film fans had been hollering for throughout the summer! Two of Hollywood’s hot-daddies were billed as dual headliners in an action flick that was certain to entice audiences, while the theatrics lit up the big screen. Yes, 2 Guns did “bring the rain”!
The film begins with U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) working with Drug Enforcement Agency agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) on an undercover assignment to trace drug kingpins. Their mission has been to infiltrate the network of a Mexican drug cartel, and danger comes at every turn!
Stigman and Trench are not exactly friendly with one another, having been forced into partnership by their agencies. They realize that they must work together, as their mission can become lethal at any moment. This becomes especially dangerous with the allied addition of Trench’s girlfriend, Deb (Paula Patton) to their assignment. Now, the group must work together to track down and catch the drug traffickers while dealing with personal issues that have the potential to destroy the entire case!
August still has several films left for the month! Next week will feature the releases of the anticipated science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster! The same date carries Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and We’re The Millers! August 16 will have Jim Carrey leading a cast in Kick Ass 2, along with Oprah Winfrey’s The Butler! That day also has the openings of Jobs and Paranoia!
When you see I gotta gun, gimme da loot, damn it!!!
July 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM (comic book characters, curious research, current news, human life issues, late night studies, movie reviews, music and entertainment, public debate, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)
Like so many X-Men fanatics, I had been eagerly anticipating my chance to see the film The Wolverine! I was glad when the day arrived for which I had made plans to be at my regular theater to view the film, and I saw that I was not alone in my eagerness for this adventure. This recent release to the Marvel Comics franchise certainly stabbed at entries of expectation!
The movie begins with a pre-adamantium Logan (Hugh Jackman) in Japan, during World War II. He is at Hiroshima at the time of the dropping of the atomic bomb. Logan is in an area where he suffers the effects of the blast, as we see his flesh boiled from his body, yet regenerated time and time again due to his mutant healing capacity.
He escapes the area of the blast, getting to a place where he can rest. During this time, he imagines Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen), and the images become frightening. Logan leaves, walking into the woods, then to a gas station. He sees men at this gas station who have a dead bear on their vehicle, and this bear was friendly to Logan while he was in the woods. An altercation ensues, a Logan asks about the killed bear, the men get snide with him, and one man even strikes at Logan!
An altercation breaks out, yet Logan sees a girl. He is hit, but he breaks free from the fight, getting away with the girl. She is identified as Ariyako, and she means to give Logan a sword from Master Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi). He also wants Logan to fly to Japan, yet Logan does not want to go. Ariyako ends up convincing Logan to take the trip to Japan.
They arrive in the eastern nation, getting to the residence of Master Yashida. Logan still is ragged from previous fights, so he is taken to be cleaned by caretakers within Yashida’s home. Once refreshed, he is taken to a lab, where a doctor offers Logan the chance to be freed of his seeming immortality. This doctor wants Logan’s power in order to protect his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamato) from attacking Yakuza gangsters!
Logan again finds himself dreaming of Jean. He is interrupted by the leader of a Japanese fighting group with which he had prior affiliations. This person thought that Logan was dead. However, Logan and this man go on to attend the funeral of Master Yashida. The ceremony is interrupted, and gunfire erupts! Another mutant attacks Logan, as Yakuza attempt to get hold of Mariko. As some Yakuza run away, Logan is stabbed by sword through his abdomen, yet he chases his attackers! Mariko has been separated from him.
Mariko gets onto a speeding train, as Logan follows her, with Yakuza trailing them! Logan remains injured, yet he moves through the cars of the train, followed by sword-wielding attackers. He and Mariko both are chased and attacked, as a fight ensues through the cars, with Logan stabbing Yakuza as the train took them to a stop at a hotel station. There, both of them got out, checking into a room overnight.
Logan acts as a sentry outside while Mariko sleeps that night. He has images of Jean, and he collapses from being hurt during the prior fight with the Yakuza. He wakes up to see that his healing capacity remains lost, yet he has been stitched by a worker of the motel in which they have been resting, who happens to be a veterinarian! Yet, the villains Harada and Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) have connected, and Viper now is after Logan and Mariko!
Once they have reached Nagasaki, Logan and Mariko are growing fond of one another. He tells her of his past, as she has images of Logan dying. Mariko wants to tell Logan about these visions, yet she does not get the chance to do so. Mariko is caught, surprisingly by a kidnapper who was ordered to do so by her own father!
Later, Shingen tells the other members of Yashida Corporation that Mariko has departed the business empire. He means to kill her when his Black Ninjas arrive with Viper! However, Harada saves Mariko, as Viper poisons Shingen!
Logan gets to Yashida Corporation headquarters, where he gets hold of medical tools to remove the parasite that has been responsible for the attempted elimination of his mutant powers. He later fights Shingen, who is in the midst of trying to kill Yukio. He kills Shingen, then goes with Yukio to go after Harada and Viper. As they reach a research center where the enemies are at, Logan is attacked and caught by Harada!
Viper has Logan put into a machine that can remove his capacity for immortality. She lets him meet Silver Samurai, who was a super-heated, Adamantium sword! Yet, Mariko gets free to assist Logan, breaking Silver Samurai’s sword! Harada has a change of heart while in battle, opting to help Logan to escape, yet he gets killed by Silver Samurai. Yukio overcomes Viper by hanging her!
Logan gets into a death fight with Silver Samurai! He ends up having his Adamantium claws cut off, and his powers of immortality being taken away from him. Silver Samurai then shows himself to be Yashida, having faked his death all along. Yet, Mariko steps in, stabbing Yashida with Logan’s cut-off claws, and letting Logan toss Yashida over a cliff! As Logan passes out unconscious, he hallucinates of Jean Grey, seeming to move beyond her dying. Mariko does go onto become the C.E.O. of Yashida Corporation, while Yukio remains with Logan as his bodyguard, as they travel to locations yet to be revealed!
After the credits, we see that Logan returns to The U.S. two years later, and he is approached by Magneto (Sir Ian McKellan)! The lord of magnetism allegedly needs The Wolverine’s assistance with combating a new threat against mutants that means to attempt total mutant extermination! As Logan questions why he should trust Magneto, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) arrives! As Logan asks how it is that Charles is alive, The Professor pointedly reminds him that he is not the only one with gifts! MORE IS TO COME!!!!
Of course, more films always are around the way! Next week has Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in 2 Guns! More of August is exciting with other eagerly-awaited films! These include Afternoon Delight, The Butler, Elysium, Kick Ass 2, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones!
Friday is film day! Only one movie made the cut for us today, though we could have caught a second film. Actually, after seeing the movie that we did see, we probably would have seen the other movie instead! No matter; we saw what we saw!
Our feature film for this week was Pacific Rim! The film begins with the display of an ancient rift beneath the sea floor of The Pacific Ocean. It is from this breach of the ground that enormous creatures called Kaiju arise and attack! Nations of the world immediately band together in response, creating a pact that will allow their militaries to unite for the purpose of battling the marine monsters.
Extreme and enormous robots called Jaegers are created to battle the Kaiju. The Jaegers begin fighting the Kaiju at first, yet they come to a stand-off against the monsters. Fighters Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), Yancy Becket (Diego Klattenhoff), and Mako Maori (Rinko Kikuchi) are returning to the military program to train as pilots for the Jaegers. They have an initially disastrous test run of the Jaegers, yet the team is forced to regroup. Hong Kong has been destroyed by the Kaiju, and the forces are needed now!
Dr. Newton Geizler (Charlie Day) has been experimenting with mechanical technology and mental advancement. He has been testing with links to the brain and potential devices to enhance mental capacity. In his fervor to create more works, Dr. Geizler sneaks the assistance of black market operator Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman) to deliver more kaiju brain materials. Chau is critical of Geizler’s efforts, yet he does opt to go ahead with getting the brain materials from the Kaiju monsters. Yet, this is a fatal move for Chau, as he is killed in this operation!
Kaiju advance toward Hong Kong, attacking it! China has the assistance of Australia and Russia to defend it against the monsters, but their forces are destroyed quickly by the Kaiju. The Jaegers controlled by Mako and Raleigh manage to stop the attack!
Dr. Geizler has completed an experiment that allowed him to access the Kaiju brain. It was a nearly deadly test, yet Dr. Geizler learned that the Kaiju really are biological machines sent from another world. They are being used by their alien hosts as some manners of a step-one colonization plan!
As Dr. Geizler’s experiment became expansive, it drew the attention of Kaiju at their home world! More arrived at Earth, proceeding to Hong Kong to find Dr. Geizler. As one Kaiju is seen by Geizler, it is revealed to be pregnant. It dies, then it’s baby attacks Hannibal Chau and his attack forces. After eating Chau, the newborn Kaiju then dies before it can do any more damage!
Dr. Geizler and a colleague enter the dead Kaiju’s brain, where they discover a portal that allowed passage from the alien world to Earth. Jaeger machines are gathered, and a nuclear device is prepared for one to be deployed undersea. As Jaegers prepare to submerge for placement of the bomb, Geizler and Gottleib discover and underwater portal which allows the passage of only Kaiju!
Combative forces gather to battle the Kaiju. A nuclear bomb is made to destroy them once and for all. A risky mission is embarked upon to enter the undersea portal, yet Kaiju emerge to attack! One of the Kaiju is the biggest one that has been seen yet, and the human forces end up detonating bombs, killing themselves to destroy the Kaiju before they can reach the surface!
At the end, Raleigh and Mako get hold of a kaiju carcass, which they use to get through the wormhole. They enter the Kaiju dimension, where Raleigh creates a nuclear bomb. It explodes as he and Mako escape!
Next week has six features that plan to pull people to the big screens! The big films include The Conjuring (Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Patrick Wilson), Girl Most Likely (Annette Benning, Darren Criss, Matt Dillon, Kristen Wiig), Only God Forgives (Ryan Gosling, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying Rhatha Phongham, Kristin Scott Thomas) Red 2 (Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis), R.I.P.D. (Kevin Bacon, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker, Ryan Reynolds), and Turbo (voices of Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, and Maya Rudolph). We will pick the two that seem the best for that day!
Of course, some can be saved for the following Friday! Several movies will premiere that week, yet only one will be on the must-see list. The highly-anticipated The Wolverine opens Friday, July 26! That same day sees the openings of Blue Jasmine and The To Do List! That will wrap up July 2013 movie releases!
I was peepin’ in some mirrors…..
Movie day returned, with only one selection this week. We chose to view White House Down, as the action trailers made the film seem appealing! Plus, having Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum in the film was not bad, either!
The movie starts with John Cale (Channing Tatum) getting to The White House to interview for the position of Secret Service Agent. Cale has his toddler daughter with him, as he encounters Secret Service Agent Carol Finnerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal). She is a former classmate of Cale’s, who believes him to be immature, and incapable of handling a job as demanding as that of one that protects The President of The United States!
Cale does interview for the position, yet he is denied the job. As he is exiting with his daughter, Cale notices that people are starting to run wildly within the building, then gunfire is heard! No one notices a man dressed as a janitor walking to the center of The U.S. Capitol, as he drops a bomb, and it explodes!
Speaker of The House Eli Ralpherson (Richard Jenkins) was taken to an underground location, and Vice-President Alvin Hammond (Michael Murphy) was put aboard Air Force One. As The White House itself was supposed to be secured, terrorists have invaded the most secured grounds on the planet. The White House has fallen!
As the main building is filled with terrorists, Cale’s daughter, Emily (Joey King) gets away to hide. She has a cell phone with her, and she wisely begins to video-record what she is seeing. Yet, the terrorists learn of Emily’s presence, as they make motions to get hold of the young girl. They then tell Cale to surrender, or they will kill Emily!
Now hyped to save his daughter, Cale makes actions to combat the terrorists. He plans on how to get into the secured areas of The White House to rescue President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Once with The President, both Cale and Sawyer plan to figure out what is happening, and how to rectify the situation in order to save the nation!
There are a few twists toward the end, with some unexpected moments! Yet, this actually was a decent film. Some of the of the lines were a bit cheesy, yet I suppose that was to come with the particular turf. The film was good, for what it could give the audience!
I am jumping really ahead with potential postings for things I saw like Independence Day 2 and Transformers 4! WOW!!! Yet, on a more immediate note, trailers for fabulous films on the way include Blue Jasmine, The Conjuring, Despicable Me 2, Girl Most Likely, Fruitvale Station, Grown Ups 2, Let Me Explain, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., Red 2, Turbo, The Wolverine, and 2 Guns! Movies, movies, movies!!!
Can U Keep Up???
Like several film fanatics, I was hyped about getting into the cinema to view World War Z! I had been previewing the trailers, and they all were exciting! I was ready to watch was going down with the worldwide outburst of zombies, just how many people would be eaten, how much blood was going to be splattered, how many limbs would be flung, and how Brad Pitt’s character would attempt to save the world!
The film begins with Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) awakening his two young sons and his daughter for a regular day. They get to the kitchen, meeting with mom, Karin (Mirelle Enos) for breakfast. Afterward, the morning proceeds with The Lanes driving into central Philadelphia, where the streets are crowded, and police cars arrive. There are sudden explosions!
As cars collide, and more fire outbursts, The Lanes begin to panic. Suddenly, strange people with weird facial expressions and mangled bodies appear in the streets. Jerry and his family drive into central Philadelphia, as his daughter, Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) has a panic attack! Jerry tries to leave the Philadelphia area, wanting to drive to New York City.
Once in New York, Jerry had to leave his family to get supplies. While he was away, Karin and the others were attacked momentarily, yet they escaped. Meanwhile, Jerry is able to find out what is happening, and that a government experimental virus was accidentally released. It caused the mutation of people with whom it came in contact into raging zombies! The virus is spreading around the globe, and people are being infected faster than any cure is being found!
Jerry gets in contact with former co-workers at The United Nations, where he was a scientific investigator. He works with them to create a remedy that will cure the plague that is mutating humans into zombies. However, Jerry finds out that the infection is spreading faster than anyone thought, so he has to travel to Jerusalem, where government officials have prepared safety items that can help in his effort to get a cure together more quickly.
As Jerry believes he has found a safe spot in Israel while he is searching for this cure, he finds himself suddenly besieged by zombies! While trying to escape a raging onslaught of undead attackers, Jerry is bitten by one of them! He is then trapped inside of a zombie-filled building, yet one U.N. soldier who was not bitten sees Jerry, and is able to get him outside!
Once out of this building, Jerry locates an outpost of The World Health Organization. Inside, scientists are working fervently to find a cure to end the zombification of human beings. However, their efforts are inconsequential, so far. Yet, Jerry remembered that there was something that occurred in Jerusalem that gave hope for a possible cure to the effects of humans being transformed into zombies. He kept that thought with him as he prepares for a greater battle to save humanity from it’s own destruction!
July will blow up the big screens immediately with the releases of Despicable Me 2, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, and The Lone Ranger, all on July 3! That following Friday, July 5 will have The Way, Way Back and Stuck in Love! More July films include Blackfish, Grown Ups 2, Hot Flashes, Killing Season, Pacific Rim, Red 2, R.I.P.D., The Smurfs 2, and The Wolverine!
June 15, 2013 at 3:10 AM (comic book characters, current news, health care reviews, human life issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, music and entertainment, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)
This was one of those Fridays that we had been anticipating for a while! It actually was a two-film treat, with one movie that was something of a comedic surprise, and the second being the blockbuster that we were yearning to watch for months! I will say that I was happy with this evening at our area theater!
We actually started with This Is The End! A witty film that features some of the currently leading comedic actors, the movie opens with Seth Rogen and Danny McBride getting together to hang out. They hang out for a minute, then Seth hooks up with Jay Pharaoh to harvest their weed stock. They proceed to talk about committing more mischief, yet Jay is not interested.
The group gets to James Franco’s house, where party activity is happening. Rihanna happened to be there, and she bitch-slapped some guy! Jonah was playing with some Spaniel dog that did not know how to bark, while most of the others basically were talking shit. Other mischief occurs, then the group proceeds to serenade the girls at the party with their song “Take Fur Panties Off”!
As the madness continues, there suddenly is a giant quake! Blue beams blast downward from the sky, and people are lifted away by them! Cars begin to race and collide, as explosions occur, and the group gets back to James Franco’s house. No one there knows what has happened, as Jay tries to describe what he saw. Suddenly, there is another quake, so all of them run out of the house, which now is aflame!
Several celebrities have run outside. The ground has split open, sucking in one guy, then Rihanna! Kevin Hart and a few others fall into a hole in the ground. Jay Pharaoh runs inside, turning on the television, where information is broadcast that a 9.7 quake has occurred in Los Angeles!
Suddenly, a helicopter crashes outside of the house, and a propeller strikes one of James Franco’s family paintings. James Franco and Jonah Hill go outside, running amok. The group takes in what has turned out to be an evening of chaos, then they go inside to go to bed for the night!
As morning arrives, James Franco awakens, as Danny has cooked breakfast. He did not know what happened the night before, thinking it all was a joke. Suddenly, a strange man breaks into the yard, and the group argues about letting him inside. The man is decapitated, and his head rolls inside of the house! Now, everyone wants to know what is going on, so the group goes outdoors to see that Los Angeles has been set on fire!
James Franco video-records the scene, as Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill declare that The Apocalypse has arrived! They decide to have a get-high party, going indoors to jam to Gangnam Style! The group proceeds to smoke weed and to come up with silly ideas, when Emma Watson suddenly breaks into the house! She tells them that a zombie invasion has occurred!
Later, Emma is asleep, and the guys discuss flying the helicopter outside. Someone needs to go to get supplies without being caught by the zombies. Craig Robinson is elected to do this, and he does make it to a store to retrieve water. As he gets the water, something chases him! Craig runs, and the group now has no goods, with some creature outside of the house!
The group decides to dig through the floor to get to underground water. Meanwhile, Danny leaves, as Seth and Jay wind up hanging onto the remains of the floor that has collapsed into the ground below. Two barrels of water are salvaged. Yet, Danny returns, becoming reckless and irresponsible, as he wastes supplies and becomes selfish. The group decides to vote him out of the house, yet they give into weaker feelings, letting him stay!
Danny shows that he can cook, so they opt to keep him secured by putting him in the freezer! The day progresses into night, as Craig and Jonah decide to go looking for more supplies. While they are out, Jonah winds up being sexually assaulted by a demon, then finding himself possessed! He now has super strength, as he goes after James and Seth! The group manages to grab hold of Jonah to perform an exorcism, but a fire breaks out which burns down the house, and burns up Jonah!
Craig now decides to volunteer himself for sacrifice, allowing the group to escape an attacking demon. Craig winds up being taken into Heaven because of this good deed, so James decides to give himself up to cannibals to help the others escape. This works, at first, but James gets cocky, teasing the demonic cannibals because he is getting away. The light to Heaven suddenly vanishes, leaving James behind on Earth to be taken by the cannibals!
The Devil arrives, about to eat Jay and Seth! The two hug one another, rekindling their friendship. The Light of Heaven shines down to claim Jay, but being with Seth will not allow him to ascend! This prompts Seth to sacrifice himself to Satan, which allows Jay to get away, and also earns redemption for Seth!
At the end, Jay and Seth get to The Pearly Gates. Craig is there already, letting them inside to Heaven. There, Jay makes a wish that The Backstreet Boys would reunite (???). It all ends with a divine dance setting, as The Backstreet Boys perform Everybody!
The second feature was the eagerly-anticipated Man of Steel! It begins on Planet Krypton, with Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) enduring an intense labor. A male child is born, as the planet is collapsing from it’s core!
General Zod (Michael Shannon) is leading Krypton’s ruling council, through which Jor-El (Russell Crowe) has been taken prisoner. A fight emerges, and Jor-El manages to get free. The planet now is at war, as Jor-El hurries to a secret chamber to get hold of The Codex. Zod tries to steal this from Jor-El, yet Jor-El escapes!
The Codex has information about a distant and habitable world to which he can send his infant son, Kal-El. It is urgent that Kal-El reach ths world, as Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van place Kal-El into this pod, labeled with the S symbol.
Zod enters the chamber, as the pod is about to launch. He means to destroy the pod, as to destroy all traces of Jor-El. Kal-El is managed to be launched into space, yet Zod kills Jor-El! He then promises to find Kal-El, yet he is captured, and he is imprisoned for the murder of Jor-El. Moments later, Planet Krypton is incensed, then destroyed by it’s expanding, red-giant star! Baby Kal-El’s pod is thrust away from Krypton, as it later enters our solar system, hurtling past Saturn, and racing toward Earth.
A baby is taken in by The Kents, Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) of Smallville. He is raised as Clark. It is his human mother, Martha, who teaches Clark to stabilize his powers, as they create feelings of confusion and pain for him, at first. As Clark ages into teen years, Jonathan tells him that he truly is from another planet. He comforts Clark, yet encourages him not to use his powers in front of people, as society is not ready for him.
A powerful storm that produced a tornado struck Smallville. The effects of the storm lead to Jonathan’s death. After grieving for his human father, and with his human mother’s blessing, Clark leaves to wander the nation. He lives in secrecy for years, later finding a secret capsule from Krypton. It has a device inside of it that allows a communication with the hologram-spirit of his father. It just happens that a snooping reporter from Metropolis named Lois Lane (Amy Adams) came across this capsule, also. She is nearly injured while trying to get into it, yet Clark rescues her with his super-human capabilities!
Shocked by what has happened, Lois returns to Metropolis, and to The Daily Planet. She means to write a story about this super human who saved her life. However, the newspaper’s editor, Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) rejects her drafts!
General Zod voyages to Earth, tracing the scout ship in which Kal-El was placed. He demands to the people of Earth that Kal-El surrender to him, or they will suffer his wrath! Clark turns himself into The U.S. Armed Forces, as they proceed to give him to Zod! Zod then proceeds to reveal plans to convert Earth into a world more akin to Krypton through the use of an engine device that works with his space vessel. It will eliminate all of Earth’s people, making it clear for Zod to repopulate the planet with Kryptonians that have been engineered by the use of the codex stored within Clark’s cellular structure!
It is back at Smallville where Clark confronts Faora-Ul (Antje Traue). He is able to stop this assistant to Zod from proceeding with plans to convert Earth into a Krypton-like planet by surrendering to The U.S. Army, who are forced to turn him over to Faora-Ul! Clark and Lois are turned over to Zod and his forces, yet they get free by using an image of Jor-El that Clark downloaded into Zod’s main computer. This programming confusion leads to an attack from Krypton’s forces onto Earth, with The U.S. Army responding intensely! Clark appears as Superman, convincing The U.S. Armed Forces that he is their ally. Yet, Zod means to get hold of the codex, which is within Clark’s genetic code, and he releases a vessel over The Indian Ocean to begin an attack!
Superman now has Lois at his side, as they speak with U.S. Armed Forces. They give details from Jor-El’s computer program that set an attack against Zod’s vessel. A wormhole is opened slightly above Earth, which consumes Zod’s ship and his minions!
Superman returns to The Indian Ocean to shut down the engine that was starting to transform Earth into a Krypton-like world! Then, he races back to Metropolis to engage Zod in battle, as the villainous general uses powers equivalent to Superman’s. The Man of Steel ends up killing General Zod in order to save people from the general’s wicked wrath! Nearly succumbing to pain of emotion from having to kill, Superman is comforted by Lois Lane. He chooses to pick himself up, resuming a life as Clark Kent, living with the secrecy of Superman to protect humanity when needed!
Next week, we get to check out Brad Pitt in an all-out battle against zombies! The fate of the world will be at stake as he leads heroic human forces to save the planet in World War Z! The same day will have Monsters University, as June will close out with The Heat and White House Down!
Film number one was The Purge! It begins in March of 2022, with James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), preparing for the evening. The nation has reached a point where crime has overtaken civility, so drastic steps have been enacted to solve the situation. The national government has allowed for an annual event to occur, when crime and violence are allowed for twelve hours without legal repercussion, or medical assistance!
It is March 21, 2022 when this annual Purge takes place. The Sandins lock down their home like everyone else within their neighborhood. However, shortly into the start of the night, a strange man comes banging at their door, pleading for help. They suspect it to be a rouse, as crime is so rampant at this point. However, this man seems to be genuinely hurt. Then, The Sandin’s naïve (stupid?), teenaged son, Charlie (Max Burkholder) opens the door to a man who claims to be injured and desperately in need of help!
The man did have a deep wound to his abdominal region, and he needed medical attention. However, The Sandins’ home was not the location to find it, as young Charlie merely made his family subject to the wrath of the wantonly attacking neighbors. They announced to The Sandins that they were to surrender this man within one hour, or their house would be burned down, with everyone inside killed!
We saw Now You See Me for our second feature! This was an alluring feature that kept the audience interested in the plot, while likely trying to be sure that everyone was keeping up with what was really happening! It starts with the introductions of Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), and Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher). Each is a part-time magician / street performer.
The group gets invited to an apartment that turns out to be empty, yet the find schematics for a magic show machine that could benefit their act financially. They regroup, adopt the name of The Four Horsemen, and perform in Las Vegas. It is there where one show is used for them as a set-up for a bank robbery. Wilder calls out to one of the audience members, asking for the name of a bank. The person gives the name of a bank that is in France. Wilder has this person to come to the stage, to sign a card, then the man is magically transported to Paris!
Once in Paris, this audience member is inside of a bank. He is instructed to place the signed card inside of the bank safe, then to turn on a vacuum that sucks money out of the bank safe in Paris, and distributes it into the Las Vegas audience! The Parisian bank opens the following day with no money, and no realization as to what happened to their funds!
Interpol and The F.B.I. get involved with what is happening. F.B.I. Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) teams with Interpol Agent Alma Vargas (Melanie Laurent) to pursue this case. They start with interviewing the audience member who was transported from Las Vegas to France, learning that he had been hypnotized. They proceed to interrogate The Four Horsemen, having no real luck because the magicians are sly with their answers, and they use magic to taunt the investigators! The questionings lead to no answers for The F.B.I., so they have to release the magicians. However, a sudden clue from an F.B.I. agent lets Agent Rhodes know that long-time criminal suspect Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) is involved with this act!
The Four Horsemen have a sold-out show planned for New Orleans. They recognize that Bradley is in the audience, as is their financial sponsor Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), so they try to show their best acts. The group perform well-practiced acts, then they move to a grand finale. At this point, the group lures Tressler to the stage, where they perform an act that obtains the information from his bank account, emptying it, then spreading all of the money throughout the audience! Police are called; they try chasing the magicians and they do not catch them!
Dylan and Alma brood over this embarrassment, yet they plan to catch The Four Horsemen before they can make another such act. Alma has knowledge of a secret magicians’ group known as “The Eye”, which was known for stealing from the wealthy, then giving to the poor. Dylan was uncertain about any connections, yet Alma believed that there could be. They opted to interrogate Thaddeus Bradley for additional clues, then having Thaddeus positioned to be hired by Arthur Tressler to get a one-up on The Four Horsemen!
The Horsemen are in New York City. They are unknowingly following instructions of Tressler, as one of them, Jack (Dave Franco) is nervous about the events. The group leaves Jack alone to destroy the evidence afterward for their clean getaway, but he is found out by the police. Jack is chased by the cops on a televised broadcast, and it is seen when his car flips, then explodes on the night streets of New York City!
Jack’s chase is posted online by his fellow magicians, as a manner of mourning his loss. Alma and Dylan find out that The Horsemen mean to rob another F.B.I. safe, yet they are not on that case because their authorities believe that other agents would be more qualified to handle this particular situation. Yet, as the new F.B.I. team go to this safe to try protecting it, they find that it’s location is vacant, with an hypnotized agent there telling them new details for transporting the safe! They follow these plans, finding that they meet up with Thaddeus Bradley, and that they have been outdone by The Horsemen again with trying to get hold of the real money!
Dylan makes an effort to try arresting The Horsemen at a performance, yet they get away through the use of props, mannequins, and holograms! Again, they distribute money to the audience from the air as the flee, yet the money is all fake! Dylan opts to end his pursuit of The Four Horsemen, and to follow his romantic quest of Alma. Thaddeus ends up being arrested by The F.B.I. after the real money turns up in his car from the stolen safe (a la The Horsemen….)! He gets to prison, telling Dylan that he was framed, yet through the discussion, Thaddeus comes to realize that Dylan was the one that set him up from the beginning!
Alma gets back to France. She comes across a newspaper, finding an article about a magician who tried to do a trick underwater, but he drowned. Dylan then shows up, and he admits to Alma that this man who drowned was his father. Dylan said that he created The Horsemen to get revenge on those who were involved on the drowning of his father, and the acts that left his family without any money afterward!
Oh, yes! I have been waiting for next week’s prime feature! Like so many people, I have been a fan of Superman since childhood! I expect Man of Steel to be nothing less than spectacular! The trailers have been awesome, as Henry Cavill is really looking the part of Clark Kent / Kal-El, and the more I see of the updated General Zod seems to be so deliciously devilish! I am so excited! OOOH!!!
Of course, this summer is packed with fantastic cinematic releases! June alone still has The Heat, White House Down, and World War Z! July will burst forth with The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., and Red 2! Plus, there are several other films!
Go to bed wishing on a star……….
June 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM (childcare and child protection, climate studies, current news, environmental issues, extraterrestrial studies, human life issues, movie reviews, science and technology, social opinion, terrestrial studies, web gossip)
It was aiight! I had a good time watching it. I can see where some of the critics say it was overblown, yet it was meant to be a bit off the hinges. After all, it is a film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, so… you get what you get…. and you will enjoy it! Shyamalan did the direction of After Earth, while the production of the film was in the hands of The Mr. and Mrs. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, along with her brother, Caleeb Pinkett, and, Mr. Will Smith’s business associate, Mr. James Lassiter.
Anyhow. The plot goes with the idea of all of humanity choosing to leave Earth in the year 2025, after we have ultimately f-ed up the planet! (That actually is not enough time for us to have developed intergalactic space travel, or to have located another habitable world for the entire planetary population, but that is another story….) After one thousand years have passed, we have managed to find another world to infest, I mean to populate, called Nova Prime. It is the year 3000, and society is patrolled by a system known as The Ranger Corps.
Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is the lead general of The Ranger Corps. He is known for being strict and a stern disciplinarian. His son is Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith), who just has been recruited into The Corps. This is an issue for Cypher because he sees his son as a child without discipline, while always into mischief. Meanwhile, Kitai yearns for his father’s respect, attention, and most of all, his love, as he attempts t become the strongest ranger that has been seen in this corps.
Cypher engages in a discussion with his wife, Faia (Sophie Okonedo), about their son. Faia pleads with Cypher, urging him to see that Kitai wants his respect and his love. She requests of her husband to take their son with him on his next training mission, and Cypher agrees. Cypher sets forth with Kitai to a location that is unfamiliar to the younger Raige, yet the father does identify to his son as to where they have arrived…. Earth!
Indeed, in truth, not enough time has passed for creatures to have evolved into enormous dino-birds, or animals of unrecognizable features to be meandering about the planet. A mere one thousand years is not enough time for evolution to take hold for drastic changes in appearance of anything to happen. A wolf will still be a wolf, a snake will still be a snake, a bird will still be a bird, so that part of the story is bullshit! However, there was a bit of allure to the story in the idea of the fact that humanity should keep in mind that continuous damage to the planet at our hands will lead to a probable need to evacuate Earth! If that is the case, where will we go?
I had to put in The Beebs, featuring Lil’ Jaden!
I am one that will read the online postings and reviews in order to keep up with current events, and so on. I try to stay abreast of supposedly relevant information, so that I can be aware of details, possibly even having some flakes of facts to share with random readers. Anyhow.
As I was browsing the web earlier, I looked through reviews of the upcoming movie releases for this weekend. Like several people, I am excited about seeing After Earth, the movie featuring the father and son duo of Will and Jaden Smith. I am a big sci-fi fan, and I am a fan of The Smiths. I figured that this movie should be a total blast for me!
I do not really pay that much attention to the opinions of various Hollywood reviewers and film critics before I have the time to make my own assessments of the films that I want to see. Yet, I am so excited about seeing After Earth that I took the time to go onto some sites to see what was being said about the film by some of those who have seen the film already. Boy! This one fellow was NOT PLEASED!!!
A Mr. Richard Lawson with The Atlantic Wire basically wrote that After Earth sucked! He stated that the film displayed a strange depiction of the relationship between father and son Will and Jaden Smith, with the elder Smith consistently trying to show the younger Smith trying to learn how to be a man. He is confused about the capacity for strange new forms of life to have evolved on our planet on a brief time period of one thousand years (that is a very short amount of time for new life forms to evolve….). Lawson even bombs on young Jaden Smith because he does not seem to sound as articulate as he could or should be at the point of presentation for a mega-blockbuster film release!
Well! I am still going to see the film tomorrow. I will see it, and I will judge for myself. I am a sci-fi fan, and I am a fan of The Smiths. I recognize that may put me at a state of bias, yet if the movie is any good, than it should get a good review, regardless. I truly enjoy science fiction, so if there is an actually decent plot, and believable action, then I will buy into it. I will see tomorrow….
SEE THESE SITES!!!