The good thing about a franchise compromising of two universally praised films and two universally panned films is that a director, in this case Alan Taylor, only has to aim for mediocre in order to be regarded as the third best. Of course, it helps if the film is more on the side of good though. In that regard Alan Taylor has pretty much managed to hit a home run. In as much as Terminator Genisys is pretty decent and enough above mediocre to be on the right side of enjoyable. But lets go into more detail shall we? A semi spoilery review coming up. Although none more spoilery than the trailers have been really.
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There’s the new Critapocalypse podcast. Only film reviewed in this episode is Jurassic World but we spend a considerable amount of time discussing the Marvel films like the nerds we are. We also reviewed Orange is the New Black season 3, Season 2 of Agents of Shield, WWE’s Elimination Chamber and Money in the Bank events Massive Chalice on Xbox One, Bayonetta on Wii U, Download Festival 2015 and Amanda Palmer’s recent Union Chapel concert. Click the link below for the downloadable Soundcloud version and various links and timecodes.
Jurassic Park is an actual classic film. It’s not a perfect film. It’s not even an exceptional film, but it is an important film in the progression of blockbuster cinema. It had wonder, action, adventure and and single handedly created a generation, or two, of kids obsessed with dinosaurs. I was already a dinosaur nerd when the original film came out so seeing Jurassic Park was like I was finally getting to see actual dinosaurs on screen. I could write huge posts about how well Spielberg conveyed the jaw dropping sight of seeing these dinos realised on screen like never before. Jurassic Park wasn’t just about gawping at the creatures though. It was an action film. And a damn good one too. Jurassic World is fully aware that seeing giant monsters isn’t a huge deal now, hell, the plot revolves around that fact, so it rightly focuses on action. Does Jurassic World lose anything because of this? Click below for my words about this.
Just over a week ago I watched Mad Max Fury Road and now all action films have been ruined for me. Modern ones at least. I feel the need to watch films that feel more real and less like computer puppets being flung around a photo composite diorama. I need to see real stunts and real explosions. Maybe even some blood flying that wasn’t filmed in a small studio separate from the actors. For whatever reason I chose to watch The Running Man. It wasn’t a bad choice I suppose.
Jesus Christ Mad Max: Fury Road is one loud film. Not loud like, say, Transformers. This isn’t just noise filling the soundscape to fool you into thinking exciting stuff is happening. This is more the sound of the world of Mad Max. A world ruled by the roar of a V8 engine and the screams of the insane. This film will rattle your eardrums and melt your face with how violently hard it rocks. And there I go. Recommending the film highly right out of the gate. Can’t be helped. Mad Max: Fury Road is just that good. Click the link below for me gushing for around 1,000 words.
Why did I decide to watch Doom? I found myself perusing the various films Netflix has to offer on Saturday night with no idea what I should settle on. Jackie Chan films are now ruled out because they appear to all be dubbed… ick. Not much new that could be watched in under 2 hours was appealing. Eventually I just stumbled across Doom and thought “I haven’t watched that all the way through before” and suddenly I was watching it. Well… that wasn’t a great decision. I mean, the film isn’t the worst thing ever. It’s not even the worst game adaptation. It just, kinda, is. It exists. Allow me to go into detail right after that link below.
Remember George Lucas? He was that guy that messed up Star Wars like a jerk and should be hated for it. Also, he made Star Wars so he’s pretty cool. He also made Howard: A New Breed of Hero which was terrible and so he’s terrible. Oh, and he wrote raiders of the Lost Ark which is fecking awesome. And thus you see the conflict at the heart of many a nerd and the subject of today’s film, The People vs George Lucas. Click the link below for an awesome review… or the worst bloody thing you’ve ever read.