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Battleship

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battleshipPeter Berg produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper’s fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper’s older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane.

My Review

To be honest, I actually enjoyed this movie more than The Avengers. It has less line setup and went into action mode pretty quickly. There was a couple of scenes made the movie memorable.

First of all, anyone who gets me chicken burrito in battleship style, I’ll marry him right away. Second, I liked the scene where they tried to dock as close to the cove so the alien ship are in the direct line of the sunrise. Third scene when the last destroyer was destroyed and they had to use USS Missouri, a 70-year old decommissioned battleship that has been converted into a museum. It was moving when they invited the retired Navy personnel to join hands to defeat the aliens. The strategy of maneuvering of the old battleship was cleverly planned.

Keep an open mind and don’t be a hater for this movie. You might be surprised that the movie wasn’t half bad. It was well worth of the two hours of my time.

My Grade: B+

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Dark Shadows

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dark_shadowsBarnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.

My Review

One sentence summarized it all. The trailer was way better than the movie itself.

It seems like the director had no idea which direction it wants to go with, so it was slabbed right in the middle between a horror/drama and a comedy. I knew this is a remake of an old movie which I think it should have been left alone. The only memorable character I liked from this movie was Willie Loomis, the housekeeper, played by Jackie Earle Haley. This movie shown how much Chloe Moretz has grown from Kick-Ass.

My Grade: C (too generous for my taste especially with so many heavyweight casts)

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Marvel’s The Avengers

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the_avengersMarvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

My Review

There’s one thing I had to vent about this movie. Why do they have to kill off Agent Phil Coulson? They could have killed Cobie Smulders’ character Agent Maria Hill instead. Clark Gregg’s character Phil Coulson was the anchor on all the Marvel comic superhero movies.

This movie was long. At times, it dragged trying to set the background on all the characters. Fans should already be able to pick the story line quickly, therefore, the introductions are not required especially Pepper Potts and Jane Foster appearances.

I absolutely loved Tony Stark’s snarky comments and Hulk’s smashing. Captain American doesn’t have much room to explore, with that said, I can’t wait for Captain America 2 movie. I can do without Thor. Chris Hemsworth just doesn’t sit well with me. Now, I am scared that he will ruin the next movie for me, Snow White and the Huntsman.

I guess I have high expectations on the movie and was sorely disappointed.

My Grade: B+

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2012 Summer Blockbuster

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2012 summer blockbuster line-up preview

May 4th, 2012 Marvel’s The Avengers
May 11th, 2012 Dark Shadows
May 18th, 2012 Battleship
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
The Dictator
May 25th, 2012 Men In Black 3
June 1st, 2012 Snow White and the Huntsman
June 8th, 2012 Madagascar 3
Prometheus
June 15th, 2012 Rock of Ages
June 22nd, 2012 Brave
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
June 29th, 2012 G.I. Joe: Retaliation moved to March 29, 2013
Magic Mike
July 3rd, 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man
July 13th, 2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift
July 20th, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises aka Batman 3
August 3rd, 2012 The Bourne Legacy
Total Recall
August 17th, 2012 The Expendables 2
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Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows

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Sherlock Holmes: A Games of ShadowsSherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)-and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction-all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

My Review

I heard of Sherlock Holmes but never got a chance to read the classics. They definitely have my attention now. I did watch the first installment of Sherlock Holmes but I don’t remember the plot at all. Netflix time!

Alright, back to Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows. It was actually pretty good with some good funny moments. I especially like both camouflage scenes where Sherlock Holmes hid in plain sight. I wasn’t able to pick him out from the scene until he actually moved. Hats off to the costume designer. The directing and cinematography were exceptional. The detail attention paid to the exploding scene was mind blowing.

Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law chemistry was undeniable. The opening of the movie reminded me that Rachel McAdams did a good sexy job in the predecessor. Too bad, she only played a very small part in this movie. Noomi Rapace did a great job as Madam Simza and she was presented with a more feminine side compared to her Lisbeth Salander character in the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

I hope they will make the third movie for this franchise.

My Grade: A-

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