Logan (2017)

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Logan: I don’t know how you got me here, but… thank you.
Laura: De nada.
Logan: … You can talk? You can fucking talk?


Starring: Hugh Jackman as Logan, Dafne Keen as X-23,  Richard E. Grant as Zander Rice, Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce, Stephen Merchant as Caliban and Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, dir. James Mangold.

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‘Logan’ DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox
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Cinematographer: John Mathieson (The Man From UNCLE, X-Men: First Class, Kingdom of Heaven)

Suicide Squad (2016) Movie Review

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This was probably the greatest music video I’ve ever seen (besides Thriller of course, duh)

One of my favourite quotes from Suicide Squad comes toward the beginning of the movie when the age old question is asked: “What if Superman had decided to fly down, rip off the roof of the White House, and grab the president right out of the Oval Office. Who would’ve stopped him?” Well… The first hero I would think of to get us out of that hypothetical jam would definitely be Captain Boomerang!

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Suicide Squad tells the story of Amanda Waller, played by the always brilliant Viola Davis, as she attempts to assemble a team of the biggest and baddest to protect the United States against hypothetical Superman-esque forces. They are the bad guys, everyone. Get that through your heads, they will for sure remind you whenever they can that they are the bad guys. I will start off by saying Margot Robbie‘s portrayal of Harley Quinn has easily been one of my favourite performances in any comic book/superhero movie in recent memory. She is phenomenal, guys and I honestly would not have minded if the whole movie revolved around whatever the hell Harley felt like doing that day. I thought I would grow tired of that accent and ditziness and granted there was a moment, particularly toward the end when the worst line ever was uttered, Robbie somehow managed to keep the character fresh as the movie progressed. Gold Star!

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Jared Leto as the Joker… I don’t wish to cast too harsh a judgement on him since he didn’t play that big of a role in the movie, even though he did appear in quite a number of scenes, but for what I witnessed I wasn’t a fan. Not even counting the Romero, Ledger or Nicholson portrayals, the grills he was rocking added nothing to the character save it made it more difficult to understand him but he just didn’t have that kind of domineering presence to him. I was more scared of his bodyguards than him, and when it comes to arguably the greatest comic book villain of all-time, I need to feel sheer terror when he’s on screen. Cara Delevingne is a wonderfully attractive human being but for the love of all that is Matt Damon her acting abilities are virtually non-existent. I cannot wish enough that they got someone with the acting capability of a Margot Robbie to portray Enchantress. Will Smith gives a great performance of a quippy murderous Will Smith. Every other member of the Squad gave passable performances, Jai Courtney absolutely owned his Captain Boomerang character. The standout for me besides Robbie as Harley Quinn was Karen Fukuhara as Katana… She nailed it, dude. I think I felt more for Katana’s character than I did anybody else, and she had maybe 10 lines in the whole movie!

There are some great and not-so-great uses of special effects in Suicide Squad. MILD SPOILERS I loved a particular scene involving Diablo going Full Super Saiyan and some of the scenes with the beginning stages of the Enchantress. END SPOILERS. The effects that had to do with Enchantress toward the end though… oh man, it looked like a bit of a shitstorm. Especially with those overdone-in-film damn blue beams! The soundtrack is also quite enjoyable actually, I foresee myself viewing some of the scenes on YouTube occasionally when I get a hankering for Eminem. The score was way too much though. It was overpowering at times and all I could hear was just LOUUUUUUUUUUUD NOISES!!!

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You’ve probably heard about the editing issues in Suicide Squad… and ho-ly-dickens, my friends the editing is here, there, over there, under where, EVERYWHERE. Off the top of my head I can think of three four instances that immediately took me out of the movie because I thought “what the fuck did they not catch this post? During writing it??”As I mentioned, Cara Dev… is easily the weakest of the bunch and that is truly disappointing because of how important her role is. I actually enjoyed the exposition they gave for the characters since I knew nothing about them and felt like I had an understanding of each member by the end of the film, however you can see just how sloppy the writing really is and I do attribute that to the 6-week period director David Ayer allegedly had to pen the script.

To conclude, good god, DC, please crank up the brightness levels for your next features. Couldn’t see shit!

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If you’re looking for a relatively fun comic-book movie and don’t mind the occasional “wait… what the hell was that?” check out Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad receives 2.5/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Captain America: Civil War (2016) Movie Review

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Is it wrong of me to think everything could have easily been solved if all teams came together and had a reasonable debate a la 12 Angry Men about their issues??

So I will admit that I am not an insanely huge fan of the superhero/comic book genre. I like certain additions to the MC and DCCU (the first Avengers & Ant-Man were fun, BvS was ehhhh), I despise certain additions to the superhero genre in general (I consider The Amazing Spiderman to be an abomination), overall I will watch whatever comes out but I certainly do not fawn over them. The Russo Brothers‘ second addition to the Captain America trilogy and MCU is an incredibly action-packed and entertaining blockbuster that I am happy I watched.

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Many concur that the action scenes in this movie are phenonmenal, particularly that Airport Scene. Read/watch whatever you hear about that scene, it will live up to your expectations by showcasing every member’s abilities brilliantly with dashes of humour sprinkled in that, unlike Age of Ultron which falls slightly into the latter of my superhero genre additions, work to add to the experience of the movie rather than hinder it (in my humble opinion). Personally I found the characterization of mostly everyone to be wonderful, and as my friend Diego of the Lazy Sunday Movie Blog eloquently put it in his reviewCivil War is “a whole lot better than some other super hero movie, which had to juggle less characters and had tons of material to use but still managed to ruin the story.” This is something I appreciated because by the end of it, I felt a connection with a majority of the characters, and there are a ton of characters. Chris Evans‘ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark both had justifiable reasoning in their beliefs, although one weaker link I found was Sebastian Stan as Bucky/The Winter Soldier..

Look, I get it. Shit is tough. Revelations are made in this movie I don’t wish to spoil. But Bucky says something to Tony toward the end of the movie that made me go “why would you say that??” And Stan’s performance is… okay. Of every performance, Stan’s was my least favourite. I personally thought his dead eyes felt more like a moody goth circa 2003 than a domineering figure and since like 90% of this movie hinges on the character of the Winter Soldier, I wanted to have some sense of struggle or hurt this guy was feeling. Instead I honestly thought the world would’ve been better without him… Sorry Cap. You’re still incredibly beautiful

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You know who I loved? Paul Bettany as Vision.. I think he is my favourite character in the Avengers lore. I found his chemistry with Elizabeth Olsen really great and I want to see more of that hulking, beautifully synthetic man.

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Civil War suffers from Constant Weird Extreme Close Up Syndrome. Many scenes wherein the plot was attempting to be developed felt incredibly stagnant at times and although the action sequences were fantastic, there were times where I thought “PLEASE ZOOM OUT! I DON’T NEED TO SEE THE LUSCIOUS MANE OF SO AND SO!”

How were the Black Panther and Spiderman introductions?
I mean this with all sincerity, Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther and Tom Holland as our new Spiderman were two of my favourite aspects of Civil War. Black Panther had a presence to him and I was intrigued by this guy, I wanted to know more. Spiderman… Oh boy. This property is finally in the right hands, that is all I will say about that.


If you’re looking for a welcome addition to the MCU and want to see two heavyweight superheroes you know and love go hard at it, check out Captain America: Civil War. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go ogle that Chris Evans gif for another hour or ten.
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Captain America: Civil War receives 4/5 Matt Damon heads

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s/o: LazySundayMovies

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Bruce Banner: Ooh, it’s definitely the end times.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the Maximoff Siblings, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawk-Eye, dir. Joss Whedon

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Cinematographer: Ben Davis (Layer Cake, Stardust, GoTG)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Peter Quill/Star-Lord: You said it yourself, bitch.
We’re the Guardians of the Galaxy.


Starring: Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, dir. James Gunn.

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Cinematography: Ben Davis (Layer Cake, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange)
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Movie Review

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You know what? It was better than I thought


I will keep this one short and sweet because we all have read/watched the copious amount of reviews for this incredibly mixed-feeling movie, directed by Zack Snyder.

Side note: One of the biggest gripes with this movie prior to watching it was that trailer #2 (do not watch this trailer if you still haven’t seen the movie) they released back in December. Look, I like watching trailers. Trailers are supposed to make you excited to watch a movie you may or may not have been anticipating. I wanted to hold out hope after watching that trailer that just maybe it didn’t reveal too much… After watching the movie a couple of days ago and rewatching it tonight, that trailer makes me irrationally angry.

The movie itself: it is certainly gorgeous looking.

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Nobody denies that Snyder knows how to create a complete orgasmic experience for the eyeballs. The movie certainly looked beautiful in all of its glorious grittiness, however there were certain moments that were quite overwhelming. Maybe it’s because the colour scheme throughout was rather dark, when the brightness popped it fucking popped.

Batfleck was incredible. I loved this incarnation of Bruce Wayne. Henry Cavill is also a phenomenal Superman. Gal Gadot really surprised me as Wonder Woman because I thought she absolutely killed it. There is no definite consensus for the new WW, but I really enjoyed her performance; there were some moments where her accent protruded her portrayal but that didn’t deter me too much… I have nothing constructive to say about the following: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor was one of the aspects I absolutely hated. He felt like a spastic moron throughout it and really the only time I felt any genuine fear of him was during the scene on the rooftop. And he kept his twitching at a minimum during that time which was why I liked it.

Onto the movie, if I had to sum it up in one word it’d be “enjoyable.” Many scenes could have been shortened or cut out entirely. I feel disappointment that keeping those scenes hindered elongating the actual fight between the two titular characters… You know… where the “versus” comes into play… And there are a shitton of instances where you find yourself going, “wait.. what? Wait.. who is this and why is this like that… what??
However, again this movie is action-packed. Anytime we got any actual fighting occurring I was intrigued. Seeing Batman utilized that Batclaw made me extremely giddy. I am excited to see more of this Batman because he is bad. ass.

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If you’re looking for an enjoyable, action-packed superhero movie with two heavyweights you know and love being on-screen together, you probably already have, but check out Batman v Superman.


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice receives 3/5 Matt Damon heads.

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The Dark Knight (2008)

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The Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… *do* things.


Starring: Christian Bale as the Batman, Heath Ledger as The Joker, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, dir. Christopher Nolan

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