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The Wizard of Oz
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Once again, here's a movie that got remade in 3-D that I've seen before so I'll again be talking about the movie when I saw it rather than the 3-D version. If you've seen my reviews before, you probably also are aware of how much I tend to like film less when they are put back in theaters with 3-D added to it and how I usually see this as a bad thing. So do I say the same about the Wizard of Oz? Well hold on to your shorts because this is one of the few films I actually am glad they put back in theaters. Sure the 3-D is unnecessary as always, but this film is so harmless, so innocent, and so close to flawless for its time that I don't see any harm in re-releasing the crap out of this film because it's one of those rare films that no matter what your age, upbringing, or view, you should at least watch at least once in your lifetime. I mean it, this movie is so hard to find any real flaw in, with only tiny rumors around it being the one tiny questionable thing about it. Another thing is that if a movie from so long ago still demands being seen after this many years, it really says something about the quality of the movie. For its time, it was a pretty amazing film and while the effects may not be as shiny these days, it stands out so much more and is so much better than a lot of things we see pop up into theaters. While Star Wars Ep. 1 had no reason to be re-released, and Titanic had very shaky ground on being re-released, the Wizard of Oz is a movie that can be re-released and still remain as a solid classic. Its got so much charm to it that it's hard to hate and it has enough of a gentle touch that its hard to find offense in it. After so many years, I don't see any reason not to go see this again. If you want to revisit the movie, bring the family along or even just watch a good classic, I don't see any wrong in going to the theaters again to watch this one.

The World's End
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Here we are again with Edgar Wright in the director's chair with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at his disposal. Now this first part will be spoiler-free because this is a movie that I love and hate at the same time for being a good movie, but one that is hard to explain why without spoilers so I'm going to make this first part quick. If you loved Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, you'll love World's End. If you love comedies with smart undertones, you'll love World's End. If you love any of Edgar Wright's films you'll love World's End and basically most people will love World's End, even if it's not quite as strong as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, it's still a fantastic movie. Past this point shall be the spoilers. You have been warned.

World's End is a movie that is smarter than the average comedy. It underlines a certain feel for the film and strangely is more specific with what it makes fun of. While Shaun of the Dead tackled zombies and horror while Hot Fuzz took on American movies and Cop flicks, World's End takes a road less traveled with a more Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and They Live trail. Basically the movie is about five friends who went on a bar crawl 20 years ago but never finish reunite, thanks to their friend, Gary King (played by Simon Pegg). They've all changed, except King, but go to try to go through 12 bars, drinking a pint each on the way, all the way to the bar, The World's End. However, along the way, they discover things have changed in their hometown as it has become filled with android copies of the past members of the town who soon go after them. The movie is certainly hilarious all through the silly plot, but the movie still manages to have some brains, which many comedies these days seem to be lacking in. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost seem to have switched roles from their previous films, Pegg being the crazy, stupid one while Frost is the smart, straight-man character. The writers have certainly gone out of their way to try and make Gary King as unlikable as possible and yet, Pegg does it so well that he still manages to steal the show, though that's not saying the others are slacking. All the characters are good and well thought of, with Pegg's character being the most intriguing. Gary King seems to be living in the past by showing how he seems to be the only one who hasn't changed at all compared to his friends, and later on in the film, it shows how he might have a small bit of damage and might be in more need of help than is immediately apparent, making his character the deepest by far. While most of the movie is rather well done, the ending and final act really seem to be the movie's only real big misstep as it jumps off the deep end and goes absolutely bonkers. It was a very weak ending compared to Wright and Pegg's previous films and it knocks the whole thing out of proportion. However, the movie is still good, worth a few laughs, and certainly one of the best movies I've seen this year. The movie might fall apart at the end, but the journey is so great, the destination doesn't seem to matter as much in retrospective. In conclusion, The World's End is a fantastic movie that lives up to it's heritage, but doesn't quite surpass it. Great for just about everyone if you can forgive the ending.

Grown Ups 2
Grown Ups 2 (2013)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This movie is a sad case. It's funny, but it's heartless. In a world full of comedies with so much more brains than this movie, I feel that while this movie is funny, it really has no reason to exist. A problem I have with my favorite Genre of movies, Comedy, is that recently, they've been about the laughs and nothing else. I love a good, intelligent comedy more than I like a brainless one most of the time and this one couldn't have less brains if you gave it a lobotomy. Don't get me wrong, the comedy is funny, I laughed throughout the movie, but everything in between was disgustingly awful. The plot was pathetic, the acting was sub par, the cast was mediocre at best, and the conflicts were a bad joke in themselves. This movie isn't great, it isn't good, but I will say that it is funny and if that's enough for you, go see it. But if you prefer sophisticated humor or want a movie with brains, give it a miss because this movie is devoid of cleverness.