<p><b><u>Last movie watched and when (only movies I've seen for the first time)</b></u><br /><i>22 Jump Street</i> - July 6, 2014</p><p><b><u>Top 3 movies in 2014 (can include certain films released in 2013)</u></b><br />1. <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i><br />2. <i>The Lego Movie</i><br />3. <i>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</i><br /><br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://staging.flixster.com/movie/edge-of-tomorrow"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/movie/11/17/82/11178261_pro.jpg" title="Edge of Tomorrow" height="117" width="81" alt="Edge of Tomorrow Image"/></a><a href="http://staging.flixster.com/movie/the-lego-movie"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/movie/11/17/20/11172079_pro.jpg" title="The Lego Movie" height="117" width="81" alt="The Lego Movie Image"/></a><a href="http://staging.flixster.com/movie/captain-america-the-winter-soldier-2014"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/movie/11/17/72/11177246_pro.jpg" title="Captain America: The Winter Soldier" height="117" width="81" alt="Captain America: The Winter Soldier Image"/></a></p></p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
4 turtles and a canister of ooze is what's on the table in Michael Pressman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Pizza too.Cheesy, yet radically amusing is how the story plays out for its 80 minute entirety. Definitely, not as strong as its predecessor, but easily more entertaining. There isn't much in the way of character buildup, especially when all of the major characters have already gone through that in the first film.While lacking emphasis on the individual weapons of the turtles, the martial arts segments have excellent choreography. The scenes at the end with music provided by Vanilla Ice is worthy of note. "Go ninja, go ninja, go!"For 4 people in turtle costumes, the acting is what it is, backed by acceptable voice work. Paige Turco gets lost in the shuffle as April O'Neil. Ernie Reyes Jr. gets a chance to showcase top notch martial arts skills.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze passes by as quickly as a ninja vanishes. Cowabunga!
Steve Barron has 4 turtles in his shell. 4 teenage mutant ninja turtles.While looking a little cheesy, and not just the pizza, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles entertains for all of its 90 minutes. It isn't good clean fun for its entirety, as the the story manages to get some downtime and character going. That isn't necessarily a bad thing.The costumes and the animatronics work well for its time. Excellent choreography stems from the martial arts sequences and it leaves the want for more, especially with the weapons.Judith Hoag and Elias Koteas bring personality to the table and they do stand out amongst the human characters. The voicework of the turtles falls into place over time; perhaps not the greatest, but certainly acceptable.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spoils the pizza every once and a while, but all in all, it is a recommendable pizza delivery.
Brad Silberling has done a lot of directing for various TV episodes and such, but he does also direct movies. In this case, he brings the story of Casper to life in an impressive way. This is one fun film from start to finish.There isn't much to the story, especially in the first half, but this is where it is the most fun. The nicely thought out dialogue and the funny antics of the ghostly trio, Stretch, Stinkie, and Fatso, all keep this picture highly entertaining. The second half of this 100 minute film slows down just a bit to get more story going. At this point the ghostly trio are a little less involved and Casper takes the stage.The CG is outstanding. I know the ghosts look all cartoony, but this is a childish film. Anyhow, they look great. The voice acting is also spot on. Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey, and Brad Garrett match wonderfully to their ghost characters. Malachi Pearson is also a solid Casper.All the actors for the human characters are magnificently cast as well. Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman portray a nice father daughter relationship. Cathy Moriarty matches as the evil Carrigan Crittenden and who better than Eric Idle to play her goofy comedic sidekick. There are also a ton of enjoyable cameos in this movie, including Dan Aykroyd as the Ghostbuster Raymond Stantz.Casper is truly one fun family film, except for a couple occasions where the "B" word comes out of somebody's mouth. Watch this if the opportunity arises.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It takes two directors to direct a sequel of twos.For an hour and 50 minutes, 22 Jump Street strings a lot of the same along the way; however, through it all, the entertainment value manages to loiter at a high level. The story is also easy to follow.R-rated material lace the humor. Sexual, racist, and consistent cursing, while overdone in this day and age, find a way to generate laughter. The violence is in good quantity, although mild in nature when compared with the strong humor.Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill work well together, creating great chemistry for a leading duo. Ice Cube delivers in some of the funniest pieces of the film. Amber Stevens is easy on the eyes.When all is said and done, 22 Jump Street is an enjoyable sequel, especially with the closing credits.
Seven Swords has Tsui Hark conjure up 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 swords.Lengthy can be used to describe the story. There's a lot of characters to go around and while sporting a decent pace early, there are moments later on when it slows down. By the time the end credits roll, 2 and a half hours have passed. With that said, there is enough material to fill the time; just not enough of the right material.The action is highly stylized with unique weapons across the board; however, the lack of emphasis on the swords is a letdown and the editing during the martial arts segments has room for improvement.The cast needs no introduction. Some characters have great buildup, while others are, unfortunately, left in the dust. Donnie Yen and Leon Lai are a bit stale. On the other hand, Honglei Sun and Jingchu Zhang have emotion.Seven Swords has the potential to be much more, but it is good for what it is.