Thursday, June 22, 2017

Transformers The Last Knight Review: A Prime Example of What A Blockbuster Should Not Be!

In 2007 the movie world found a new blockbuster series to produce in the form of Transformers. The Hasbro based franchise has played a pivotal role in pop culture and the world of cinema was no exception. Since that faithful summer Transformers has been a big time franchise with several movies to its name. Now ten years later the series has its latest installment with Transformers The Last Knight. Like the previous movies the fifth addition to the series is directed by Michael Bay and features the Autobots in another summer adventure. Now if you know anything about me the you know that I am not a fan of this franchise-not one bit! I could go into the details about disdain for this series, but doing so would just lead to me ranting and raving and I will never get to the review at hand. So to say that I was not looking forward to this blockbuster could very well be  the understatement of the year. Yet despite this I believe that I can be proven wrong and there is always chance that The Last Knight could transform into a exciting film. So does this latest installment roll out to success or should it be dismantle?

Transformers: The Last Knight continues the story of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and the Autobots. While dealing with a world against Transformers, Cade and the Autobots have to deal with a dead Cybertron that is on collision course. The only way to stop the coming threat is for Cade to find the staff of Merlin which has the power to revive Cybertron. With the help of Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock) and Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), Cade and Bumblebee search for the staff but encounter other problems on the way-such as Megatron (Frank Welker) and even Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) who has been corrupted by Quintessa (Gemma Chan) to steal the staff for the sake of Cybertron.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Mummy Review: Rises Up as A Thrilling Reboot!

Over the years there have been many movies that have defined Universal Studios, but none may be as prudent as the Universal Monsters. Since the studio's inception the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman have defined the world of horror and Universal. It had been many years since these creatures have graced the silver screen, but that may change with the new summer blockbuster The Mummy. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy not only reboots the horror adventure series but also starts the Dark Universe: a cinematic universe that encompasses the Universal Monsters. The movie looked like a typical summer blockbuster, but could The Mummy bring new life to this series or is this a franchise that was better left dead and buried?

The Mummy centers on Nick Morton (Tom Cruise): a former soldier who scavenges the desert for valuables to sell on the black market. After a recon job goes south Nick discovers an Egyptian tomb that contains Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boultella) who sold her soul to the god Set in order to gain power. With the help of archaeologist Jennifer Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) Nick unearths Ahmanet's sarcophagus in the hopes for Jennifer to study the remains. However doing so allows Ahmanet to revive herself and her dark powers begin to fester- including cursing Nick so he can become Ahmanet's chosen for the vessel of Set.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wonder Woman Review: A Wonderful Adventure and A Glorious Blockbuster

For years moviegoers have been accustom to both Batman and Superman gracing the silver screen. The two icons of DC Comics have had many movies to their names and both have pioneered the foundation of the superhero genre. Yet if you are familiar with DC Comics then you know that along with Batman and Superman another hero forms DC's superpowered Trinity and that character is none other than Wonder Woman. The famed superheroine has been beneficial for DC Comics and has played a pivotal part in pop culture. Yet despite the character's fame Wonder Woman has never had her own movie, but that has finally changed. The character made her cinematic debut in last year's​ Batman v.Superman: Dawn of Justice and now the Amazon Princess her own solo film simply titled Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman is the fourth film in the DC Extended Universe and centers on the character's time during World War One. To say that there is much riding on this movie maybe an understatement as it not only has to bring Wonder Woman's story to the silver screen, but create momentum for the DCEU. So does Wonder Woman do justice for the character, the DCEU and the summer?

The story to Wonder Woman centers on Diana (Gal Gadot): an Amazon Princess eager to find her place on Themyscira bot to mention the world. Things change for Diana when US spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands on the island and tells the Amazons about the "War to end all Wars". Once hearing about a lethal poison created by Doctor Maru (Elena Anaya) and utilized by General Elrich Ludendorf (Danny Huston), Diana believes that the conflict is being created by Ares, the God of War, and decides to travel with Steve to fight in the war-despite her mother's objection.  Along with Steve and his companions Diana travels to the frontlines to bring an end to the conflict and become the hero that she was meant to be.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales: Sails to Adventurous Standards of the Franchise

In 2003 the movie world took to the seven seas with Pirates of the Caribbean. What was just a movie based on the ride from Walt Disney World became a massive blockbuster that would become a major series for Walt Disney Pictures. Since its first outing with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the swashbuckling franchise has had three sequel to its name; and now the series is back with yet another adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Directed by the team of Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, Dead Men Tell No Tales the fifth installment is said to be the final adventure and aims to emulate a similar tone to that of the first film. With the trailer showing off a blockbuster riddled with spectacle, the new movie looked to be another exciting adventure for the franchise. So does Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sail towards glory or does this sea adventure abandon ship?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales continues the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who finds himself in down on his luck since the events of On Stranger Tides. However fortune (or misfortune) finds Jack when he meets Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Henry warns Jack that Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) has returned from the grave and seeks vengeance on the pirate captain. In order to save his skin, Jack journeys with Henry and astronomer Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario) to find the Trident of Poseidon which has the power to control the sea itself and lift any curse.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cinematic Adventures: Dragonball Z Battle of Gods (SC Exlusive)

Greetings! Due to Youtube blocking this video worldwide, this edition of Cinematic Adventures can now be seen exclusively on this site. Stay tune for more updates and enjoy the video.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Alien Covenant Review: Gruesome, Thrilling and All Together Different!

If there is one franchise that has defined the concepts of sci-fi and horror, it would be none other than Alien. Since 1979 this franchise has brought a sense of horror to the realm of space as the monstrous Xenomorphs have become cultural icons in both movies and pop culture. Now the franchise returns with the seventh installment in the series Alien: Covenant. Directed by the pioneer himself, Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant is a prequel to the 1979 classic and continues the started started in 2012 blockbuster: Prometheus. With the movie looking to go back to the series' roots, Covenant seeks to be the bridge between Prometheus and Alien. Yet can this new installment live up to franchise's name or does no hear the screams of Alien: Covenant?

Then film centers on the crew of the Covenant who are tasked to find a new planet for colonization. After the ship is damaged by a freak accident, the crew discover another planet that can possibly sustain life. Once arriving the crew soon discover that things are not as they seems on the peaceful world as two crew members are infected by a spores that create monstrous aliens known as Neomorphs. Things take a darker turn when the crew meet David (Michael Fassbender), who has been stranded on the planet for over ten years, and reveals that there far worst creatures waiting to be released.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

King Arthur Legend of the Sword Review: An Ambitious and Entertaining Fantasy Adaptation!

Medieval times always been an intriguing concept to tell in stories. While this historical period is labeled the dark ages for a good reason, that has not stop storytellers from exploring this area of time; and perhaps no figure has better defined this concept better than the likes of King Arthur. The British King has played a role in the United Kingdom's history to the point where the tale of Arthur has fallen into myth and legend. Since the 19th century the story of King Arthur has been told in told time and again in a variety of mediums, and the realm of film is no exception to this. There have been many movies dealing with the legend of King Arthur and Camelot and they have ranged in all matters of concepts; from Disney's animated take in The Sword in the Stone or the realistic approach in the 2004 blockbuster King Arthur. Now the legend continues in the new blockbuster King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Directed by Guy Ritchie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword brings a sense of fantasy to the myth and is supposedly meant the first film in a series that centers on the Knights of the Roundtable. With Ritchie's sense of style the movie looked to be an investing blockbuster for the summer, but is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword worthy of the legend?

Legend of the Sword centers on Arthur (Charlie Hunnam): a peasant who runs the backstreets of Londinium. Everything changes for Arthur when he is sent to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone and, much to his surprise, is able to do so. It turns out that Arthur is the son of Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) who sent his son away after his brother, Vortigern(Jude Law), seized the throne for himself. Realizing his heritage Arthur reluctantly joins the resistance who seeks to overthrow Vertigern and place the rightful king onto the throne.