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50 Movies in 100 Days: Warlock: The Armageddon

March 12, 2013

Warlock: The Armageddon

I, for one, can’t call this a good film.  In fact, it was really a pretty bad film, because the acting was bad, the writing was bad, and the special effects were beyond bad.  This movie was made in the early 90’s, but I have to say, that there is little to no hope for the special effects or the movie with the whole premise, and everything that went on with it.

The story dates back to the middle ages when there were a set of six stones which were needed to summon Satan, but only the Warlock could summon him, and only once in a while, every 500 years, I believe, could the Devil be summoned.  So the Warlock comes to Earth, and he has a few days to get all of the stones, otherwise the time will have passed and they will have to wait a long time again.  So the Warlock comes, who looks surprisingly like Julian Assange, and finds most of the stones, but there are two warriors who can stop them, but they are kids, and they don’t know they are warriors until a day or so earlier, after the Warlock has come to earth.  However, their combined power, and love for each other they are able to defeat Warlock.

The acting in this film is bad.  The Warlock is played by Julian Sands, which is why I find it hilarious that he looks so much like Julian Assange.  Otherwise the rest of the cast isn’t worth noting, not of the actors or actresses are really memorable.  And that is probably because this was such a bad thing, and I have to imagine whatever they are doing now (hopefully not acting) is better.

Visually is where this film really “shines”.  The visuals are just terrible as they try and do computer generated effects, but that doesn’t work well in the early 90’s.  In fact they try and show a dagger one second as the real dagger and next as this blocky pixelated mess which they then decide is a good idea to show on the screen for the next few minutes making terrible turns as it moves between two characters who are trying to kill each other.  It isn’t bad, it isn’t hilariously bad, it is almost unwatchably bad.

This film is a definite skip.  I’m trying to think of any redeeming qualities, and the best one that I can come up with is that Julian Sands and Julian Assange look extremely similar which made seeing the Warlock on screen kind of funny.  But other than that, there isn’t anything that makes it worth watching.  I’ll suggest to everyone that they skip it, if you want to see the resemblance, I’m sure there is some youtube video of 30 seconds of the film that would be better to watch to see it than actually watching this mess of a film.

Critical Grade: F

Entertainment Grade: D-

Overall Grade: F

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50 Movies in 100 Days: Batman: Under the Red Hood

March 12, 2013

Batman: Under the Red Hood

Yes, I know that this is a cartoon, but I had to watch it, because it was a shorter film, and I like to nerd out from time to time.  It ended up being a good batman story, they didn’t hide what it was going to end up at all that much, but it was pretty entertaining.  And it is a pretty nice Batman story because unlike the live action Betman movies it didn’t seem to be the same thing pretty much over and over again and it didn’t have a nice little third act to wrap everything up in a stupid little bow.  Sorry, as you can tell, I wasn’t that huge a fan of The Dark Knight Rises, it was entertaining, but a bit long, this was more focused.

The story starts with a new villain coming into town, and he seems to be taking over the criminal world, but at the same time, he is taking a more violent approach to taking care of criminals.  But to Batman this new Red Hood seems familiar, and he becomes convinced that it is his supposed to be dead former helper Robin.  It opens up old wounds for Batman as he faces many of his old villains and he has to come through a lot of emotions to face off against the Red Hood.  I’ll leave it at that, but I was pleased with the storyline.

The voice talent for Marvel and DC animated movies is actually surprisingly good.  Jensen Ackles takes on Red Hood, he might be familiar to some as he’s one of the lead characters in Supernatural.  Neil Patrick Harris and John DiMaggio are also in this film.  Neil Patrick Harris obviously has a big name for himself from How I Met Your Mother and many other things.  John DiMaggio is from Futurama lending his voice talent that.

This film is pretty well put together and the voice talent is very solid as well.  For an animated film it isn’t too bad in terms of direction and in terms of feel.  It has that grittier side, in many ways thanks to the Red Hood.  With Batman stories I’ve said it’s really been about the villain, he has stronger villains, and they will often make up for some slight problems with Batman being a weaker main character, or maybe it is that he is overshadowed by the villains, but that works really well and I like it a lot.

Overall, I haven’t seen enough Batman animated films to know where to rank this, but it isn’t too bad.  It was more serious than some superhero animated films that I’ve seen.  It’s entertaining, but I will said, you probably need to be a bit of a nerd to watch and enjoy it.  But if you are, you’ll enjoy it and you’ll enjoy the villains and you’ll enjoy the whole story.

Entertainment Grade: B

Critical Grade; C+

Overall Grade B-

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50 New Movies in 100 Days: Transylvania 6-5000

March 12, 2013

Transylvania 6-5000

This is probably the only G movie that will make the list, but it had Jeff Goldblum in it so I had to watch it.  He’s always entertaining on the night shows and in the other movies I’ve seen him in, and that is what drove me this movie.  It is kind of a goofy sort of movie, I would call it an early spoof playing off of creature features and turning them into a fun lighthearted family movie, but still something that is quite funny.

The story starts with Jack and Gil being sent off on a after there is some found footage of Frankenstein.  They are sent there find if there is something actually going on for a tabloid.  Things in the town don’t seem quite normal, and Jack falls in love, while Gil decides that the stories are definitely real.  However, things don’t go all that well, Jack doesn’t believe Gil.  Things change with Jack’s flame’s daughter gets kidnapped by one of the monsters from all the old horror movies, Frankenstein, Dracula, Mummy, and many more.  The town folks come to kill the monsters, but it turns out they aren’t quite as monstrous as they seem.

The acting talent is pretty good.  Jeff Goldblum is obviously the actor of note in the film, and it is a pretty good film because of that.  He has his normal nice goofy quality to the film.  Ed Begley Jr, Spinal Tap and other films.  So there is a second name with some note in it the film, and they play off each other fairly well as the two main characters.  The supporting cast is good too.  It seems, the acting style is actually pretty old in terms of how they wanted it to look, it makes sense because they are spoofing a lot of old films, but they do so very well and it fits the whole goofy mood of the film.

Visually this film works, like I said, playing off of an older style and feel, where it mirrors more closely to the older creature features.  It has a nice light and goofy feel to it, and it is a very entertaining G film.  It has a fairly predictable twist at the end of it, but it comes off really nice and is enjoyable, even with the goofiness.

Overall this is a film that is very out of my character, I don’t watch all that many goofy children’s films, but this one, like I said has Jeff Goldblum in it, so that is why I watched it.  Overall I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.  Twist was pretty predictable but overall I don’t think it should have ended another way.

Critical Grade: B-

Entertainment Grade: B

Overall Grade: B