Month: July 2015

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Hollywood Road. A review of Vacation.

I have a very fond memory of the National Lampoon Vacation series. This will probably lose me some credit, but I am even a huge fan of Vegas Vacation. I remember watching it when I was younger and just thinking to myself how much fun it would be to be in Vegas with the Griswold’s. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Christmas Vacation. I watch it on repeat every year. And of corse the Original Vacation. One of the all-time classics. So I was very excited to see that the franchise was not getting a reboot, but a continuation. With Rusty taking his family on vacation. I was not excited while watching this film.

Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins, Vacation is the semi re-quel to the long running Nation Lampoon Vacation franchise. This go around Rusty Griswold (Helms) has decided to take his wife (Applegate) and their two boys (Gisondo and Stebbins) on a cross country vacation to the legendary Wally World. Along their way things don’t necessarily go according to plan, and against the families’ wishes, Rusty is determined to get them to their destination.

Sounds fun. It is not. Nearly every single joke is in the trailer. In between those are just long periods of boredom. With a few minor jokes that rarely ever hit. Not to mention every single punch line is predictable. Not to mention it is filled with nothing more than over done toilet humor that we have all seen before. It was funny 15 years ago; it is no longer funny Hollywood. As I said, each joke is in the trailer. Which a lot of comedies do. However in most comedies, though the joke is in the trailer, the film normally expands on said jokes. Giving you more or a different version even of what you have seen. Vacation doesn’t even try to do so.

There are a few chuckles to the film. I wouldn’t say I didn’t laugh at all. Just, very little. As well casting was pretty good. While Ed Helms pretty much does what Ed Helms does. He is more or less the same as always, just without Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. This makes him a lot less funny. But I still saw Rusty Griswold, not the same 4 different versions we’ve son, but again, the son of Clark. Christina Applegate is fine in her role, and always beautiful to look out. The break out is the youngest boy, the few laughs I had he was one the major reasons. As well Thor, Chris Hemsworth is hilarious. Again you see everything with him in the trailer, but it’s still funny.

I almost gave Vacation a bonus for Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo’s cameos, but it just wasn’t enough. My excitement for seeing them was whisked away after their minor cameo and I was brought back into the unfunny world I was in. So all in all Vacation is getting a Jeebus Score of 2.3. But hey, all film is subjective, especially comedy. Maybe you found it funny Jackass Nation. What did you think? What is your favorite of the Vacation films? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, keep on nerding.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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is Trainwreck a train wreck?

Amy Schumer is a comedian I have been growing to really like. At first her material didn’t really hot well with me, but the more I see of her the more I like her. She has tried her had at acting now, and writing with the Judd Apatow directed Trainwreck. Coming along with her is a plethora of Apatow alum as well as some high powered cameos and great comedians. Train wreck stars Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, John Cena, LeBron James, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, and Ezra Miller. Directed by Apatow himself and written by Amy Schumer.

Trainwreck is the story of Amy (Schumer) who lives the perfect life, or so she thinks. She has a great job and busy sex life. When her she is tasked by her boss (Swinton) to write an article on a sports doctor Aaron Connors (Hader) she finds herself falling in love for the first time in her life. Trying not to self-sabotage herself she must learn what is important in life, and what she truly wants.

Not the synopsis the trailers lead you think huh? My exact thoughts. Though that’s not bad. It is a lot of fun, and the cameos are freaking amazing. I was wondering how Schumer would be as the lead in the roll, and honestly she was very good. I really enjoyed her portrayal of the character. She’s raunchy and hilarious. Bill Hader does a wonderful job as always, I’ve always found his humor great. And not much more could be said about Collin Quinn. He’s always a great talent. However the break out of this film isn’t the trained professional actors. No, that title goes to LeBron James and John Cena. They are freaking hilarious. Probably some the best parts of the film involve them.

It’s funny how this story works as well. It takes your average Guy afraid of commitment story and flips it on its heads. The roles of the commitmentphobe goes to Schumer while nearly every guy in the film is want and need of that relationship and life. It was a fun twist that worked really well. Another plus is the heart this film has, that I wasn’t really prepared for. You really get to know and care about the majority of the characters.

What I didn’t like is something I don’t like about most Apatow films. The run time. It really begins to drag as the 3rd act gets going. Almost to the point that I was continually checking the time to try and see how much longer. Maybe it’s just me, but these Apatow films really drag in my opinion. Also there is a short storyline involving Ezra Miller’s character that really didn’t care for, seemed very pointless and out of place for the time it wrapped up. It also made me very weary of him playing the Flash, but that’s a story for another time.

All in all Trainwreck is a fun film; it can get a little slow so I don’t suggest catching the late showing like I did. It has a lot of laughs, some good heart, and it’s honestly a great date night movie. I’m giving it a 3.2 with a bonus of .3, .1 each for John Cena, LeBron James, and the rest of cameos. Giving Trainwreck a Jeebus Score of 3.5. Have you seen it Jackass Nation? What were your thoughts? Let me here in the comments below! And as always, keep on nerding!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Ant-Man

Ant-Man was supposed to be made over 8 years ago. Edgar Wright had a screenplay written and ready and it finally came go time. And then uh oh, Edgar Write no longer fits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So in comes Peyton Reed. Can this comedy director do the MCU justice? With a character that no one knows, or cares about? A character who arguably is dumber then Aquaman? Well let me tell you what, Ant-Man does not disappoint! Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, and Corey Stoll, it is an action packed, fun filled, heist film!

Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) has spent his life trying to protect the secret of the Ant-Man. But when his protégé Darren Cross (Stoll) finds the secret to his technology, Pym must find a way to stop him from certain doom. To do so, Pym recruits career cat burglar Scott Lang (Rudd) to help him and his daughter (Lily) break in and steal back his technology.

This movie is sooo much fun. It was easily my most anticipated of the year. Not for any other reason than it was the most different. It had that Guardians of the Galaxy feel to it! It’s not a sequel, it is new, and it was interesting. It was the newest property from Marvel, and with its history of Edgar Wright leaving the property, it had the biggest possibility of failing. However, I do not think it will be a failure. This is a true heist film. It’s almost Honey, I Shrunk the Kids meet Ocean 11. Everyone was well cast, the story was fun, and the action is on par with the Marvel films. There are many tie ins and Easter eggs that link to the rest of the films, and the ever growing universe. They aren’t thrown in there just to be there either, they actually fit well.

One of the positives is obviously Michael Douglas. He is amazing as Hank Pym. I really want a Hank Pym prequel! Starring Michael Douglas! Paul Rudd kind of tones down his Paul Ruddyness, and is fun to watch, and believable as badass superhero. Evangeline Lily has really set herself up to be a great action starlet. Between her work on The Hobbit films, and her incredible job here, she is really going to be a big part going into the rest of the Marvel Universe. I loved the side cast too. Michael Pena and TI are great! Awesome comic relief.

Ant-Man does a great job of being an origin story, without being an origin story. While being an origin for Scott Lang, it’s not an Ant-Man origin. And that is a great plus to the film. As well the story itself is fun and a different take on Marvel films. After The Avengers Age of Ultron, they do a good job at scaling down the films stakes. It’s not world defeating, while still having grave stakes!

But no film is perfect, and this one has a few problems. While Corey Stoll is an incredible actor and great at his roll, the roll is not great. He is kind of one the things that Marvel does do bad, and that’s make a weak villain. He is scary, and ominous, but he’s just a bad guy, to be a bad guy. There is no real reason for it, other than “You never gave me your secret so I’m bad!” Which I noticed very early on. Also as cool as the ants are, especially ANTony, they kind of took me out of the film when they were on screen. I didn’t really like the CGI of them. It felt very cartoony, not what they did, just the look of them.

So folks that is Ant-Man. I’ll let you know, there are 2 post credit scenes, so stay till the end. Falcons cameo scene is incredible, and a lot of fun. Basically, Ant-Man is just as exciting and awesome that I had expected it to be! I’m giving it a score of 3.7, with a full .5 bonus for the SECOND post credit scene, because it was so epic! That gives it a Jeebus Score of 4.2! SO much fun! But how about you Jackass Nation? What did you think about Ant-Man? Have you seen it? Are you looking forward to it? Let me here your thoughts in the comments below! And as always, keep on nerding!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON!!!!!

What began in 1970 as a couple of guys sitting around talking about their comic books has now grown into a multimillion dollar convention. Where people from around the world all travel to San Diego California for 4 days to get the latest in movies, television, games, toys, and of Corse, comics. San Diego Comic Con has once again come and gone. I am beaten, I am broken, but I will give you my thoughts on everything major that came out the past 4 days. I’ve included links to the panels for anyone that wants to watch themselves, curtesy of Youtube.com/SchmoesKnow

Now the only panels I got to really go to personally was the Screen Junkies Honest Trailer/Movie Fights Panel. One of my main highlights of the entire Con. I had so much fun with it. They should be posting it up on their YouTube channel later this week. I also attended the panel Movies That Never Got Made which focused mostly on Jon Schnepp’s documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? A film that I have been very excited for and I will be reviewing it as soon as I sit down and watch the entire Blu Ray. Including the 10 hours of bonus footage.

I spent my time for the most part wondering back and forth from outside Hall H to the Omni Hotel Lobby where there was free Wi-Fi. Between these points I came across all sorts of content. The Heroes Reborn Trailer, which looks interesting enough. I’ve never seen the original series, every time I tried to watch I never got through more than 3 episodes for one reason or another. But I definitely will give this a look. Blindspot the new NBC show starring Jaime Alexander looks to have a few episodes then be cancelled. I don’t see how it can really last long. It looks dull to me honestly. And for no reason in particular. It just feels like this is one of those shows that will sizzle out and be cancelled within the first episode, which is sad because I really like Jaime Alexander.

So Hall H began With The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part II. The panel was moderated by none other than Conan O’Brien. He did a great job being able to mix his comedy in with the cast and keep the panel rolling soothingly. These guys have such great chemistry together. On and off the screen. It is so fun to see them interact with each, and you truly feel the emotion and love they have for these films. They played a new trailer for the film which has yet to be released online. But from the sounds of it was action packed and showcased the true feel of the movie. Jennifer Laurence is an amazing person. She has the complete blend of intelligence, beauty, and class, all while being a complete ditz. She’s like a starburst, a complete contradiction. You hear her and think she’s ditzy until she turns the charm on and says something that completely blows your mind. She truly is the whole package, and true genuine person. You can catch the entire panel right here.

Fox truly brought the house down when they took the stage. They opened up with The Maze Runner followed by Victor Frankenstein. Where they each brought out the cast and spoke about the films, showing the new trailers for each. But honestly these were just the preshow for Fox. They then gave you Fantastic Four as an appetizer. But they finally brought the house down when Ryan Reynolds, not is costume oddly, came out on stage and introduced the raunchy, dirty, R rated panel for Dead pool! Which you can see here. As you see it was fun, it was amped up. The crowd was crazy hyped for it. I got a chance to see the footage they showed, and let me tell you, it was awesome. The bulk of it was the live action version of the leaked test footage from a year ago, with a lot of action set to DMX’s X Gone Give It to Ya. You’d think this was the main event, but they didn’t stop there.

Out came the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. Another amazing panel with amazing footage. After the footage Hugh Jackman all but confirmed that The Wolverine 3 would in fact be Old Man Logan. Which we can all agree, will be epic! Now the footage was very basic due to the fact they are so early in the production process. But we see Jean, and Jubilee, and quick sight of Cyclops. You get glimpses of Apocalypse all throughout it. But then, to close out the footage, Magneto stares at the screen and asks “Who the F*** are you?” and boom, we get it, Apocalypse in full garb. And he looks amazing. And if that wasn’t enough, they walk Channing Tatum, Gambit himself, to be included in their epic X-Men Selfie. This panel was so fun, and so exciting, and I cannot wait for the film! These panels were just so much fun, and the excitement they all show about the films makes me even more excited for them.

Next up we had the much anticipated Star Wars Panel. So much excitement, would we get the official announcement of Collin Trevorrow directing Episode IX? What about the Anthology films? Well we didn’t really get much of that all. Instead, we got Harrison Freaking Ford! That’s right ladies and gentlemen; Han Solo himself was in the house.  This was so awesome. Seeing the big 3 on stage at Comic Con is amazing. Plus added in the entire cast of Episode VII, get out bro! It was amazing! And I think bringing Harrison Ford out was there way to please the fans for not bringing any new footage or announcements. We got some behind the scenes footage, but nothing really new. But JJ brought out some of their practical effects creatures, and it was just incredible all the insight they brought with them. You can really tell this cast is passionate, and fans of the material. After the panel they took the fans outside and had an amazing Star Wars concert where every member of the audience was given a Light Saber!

WB/DC is going to be my vote for the Winner of Comic Con though. Starting with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and then going into PAN They hit the ground running. But the meat of the morning was Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Suicide Squad kicked it off with some incredible footage that can now be seen right here. Next up they brought out the entire cast of BvS for their Panel, and these guys are so into it makes me ready for it! For quite a while now Captain America: Civil War has been my most anticipated for 2016, this panel, and this trailer, are giving Marvel and Civil War a run for their money.

All and all Comic Con was freaking amazing guys. If I had to Jeebus Score it, I’d go 5.5 with the full bonus of .5 for EVERYTHING, giving San Diego Comic Con the first ever perfect 6.0 Jeebus Score! An amazing time, and I look forward to going to it again next year! Make sure to check out all the Comic Con coverage at Cinelinx.Com! And all always Jackass Nation, Keep on Nerding!

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Terminator Genisys

“The future is not set, there is no fate, but what we make for ourselves” as said by John Connor, leader of the resistance. Problem is, if that really is that can’t be true. Because we can never seem to stop Skynet. Skynet has become self-aware and will continue to create Terminator films.

Terminator: Genisys is a film I have been both excited for, and worried about. Early rumors about a twist that dumb as hell had me worried initially. Then the trailer came out and spoiled that twist of John Connor being a Terminator. Which I thought was stupid. SO I went into Genisys with a lot of fear that this would be complete garbage, yet I was hopeful that maybe it would surprise me. The fifth installment of the Terminator franchise stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Lee Byung-Hun, Matt Smith, and J. Jonah Jameson, I mean J.K. Simmons. Directed by Thor The Dark World director Alan Taylor, Genisys tells the story of John Connor (J. Clarke) finally sending Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (E. Clarke). However now that Reese has arrived, an alternate timeline has taken place, and nothing is as it seemed. Will they once again be able to protect the legacy of John Connor, or are we, the human race, due for Termination.

Honestly, like I said, I was really worried about this film, but I try to do my best to check my emotions at the door and just judge the film on its own merit. Maybe this was my low expectations, maybe it was me falling in love with Emilia Clarke, but I actually enjoyed this film quite a bit. It definitely had its problems, but for the most part, I had fun watching it. It does not live up to T2 or TERMINATOR, but I will say it is better than Rise of the Machines and Salvation.

The positives start with Arnold. He is awesome. He takes you back to the Terminator you knew and loved. The explanation for his aging, which is exactly how most thought it would be, is viable and believable. His one liners are back in full force and fun as ever. I thought some of the through back ones would of felt jammed in there, but they weren’t. This film does a good job paying homage to original films. It has a lot of shot for shot remakes from the first film, and I really enjoyed it. Also, Emilia Clarke. After rewatching Terminator the other day, I bought into her appearance as Sarah Connor. And after watching the film, I found her acting to be perfect for the role as well. We finally get the explanations on how the whole time travel started, why Kyle Reese had such a bad entrance to 1984 while the T-800 had an epic entrance. It makes sense. The action was over the top and fun, and I think there was really only one moment that I thought to myself “wow Cinema Sins is going to love that one”. While most people are hating on Jai Courtney, I actually didn’t mind him. He was pretty functional in my opinion.

But that’s not to say it does not have its problems. It legitimately rips holes in the plots of ever Terminator film to date. Completely screwing up the time line, and an effort, I think, just to put Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese in today’s age. Not cool. It also never fully explains where the Old Terminator comes from. There is a little through away dialog but never follow ups. I guess you can chalk that up to the soon to be sequels? But still, lazy writing. The John Connor is a Terminator angle isn’t terrible, but was pretty confusing to me. It felt like the writers just said hey, we don’t have an idea for the next model, let’s just make up some science crap and hide Dr. Who in the back ground. Yes, you have Dr. Who Matt Smith and barely even use him. While the original films were fun because they were well written, horror/action/thrillers, this one takes the approach of T3 and is nothing more than a popcorn action flick. Not what you want. From Terminator. I was also not a fan of Jason Clarke’s portrayal, it was bland and boring. J.K. Simmons character, while cool in concept, also needed a lot more fleshing out. Also. PG-13. Come on Hollywood. Couldn’t you give us the R version of this? I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but it is to my understanding that Emilia Clarke is always naked on there, you couldn’t give us that scene here?! I’m taking off .2 of my final score for that crap.

All in all, Terminator Genisys is not the return to fame that we all want. I want to compare it to Jurassic World, but at the same time, I feel I can’t. While Jurassic World to me was not the Jurassic Park level I wanted, and Genisys is not the Terminator/T2 level I wanted, but still enjoyed both films, something is still off on Genisys that wasn’t with Jurassic World. I can see that most people are already bashing this film, and I can understand why, but I can’t tell you it’s terrible, because I honestly had a good time watching it. I’m giving it a score of 3.4, with a .3 bonus for Arnolds performance, but -.2 for no R rating and nothing but teasing us with Emilia Clarke nakedness. That gives us a final Jeebus Score of 3.5. Not terrible. But look, like I’ve always said, I love 90% of films I see. I even loved Super Mario Bros. So don’t take my word, go see it yourself, see what you think, come back and let’s talk about it. In the comments below or you can always find me on Twitter. Until next time, I’ll be back.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.