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Zootopia

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Hello everyone, today is the final day and Z brings the highest grossing movie of 2016 so far.

Zootopia

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Venue: Palace Cineplex
One of the best movies I have ever seen. If you ever thought Pixar's Up might be too lauded, here's something amazing in animation I hope will thrill you highly. Going to Palace Cineplex is a bit of chore since I have to jump on four modes of public transportation (2 to cinema and 2 to get home) unlike Carib 5 where I can end up using only 2 if I get the right bus on time (or better yet sometimes a family member will pick me up so I only pay for one bus). But Palace Cineplex is in Sovereign Center, one of my favorite malls in the country so there is an upside. Anyway I arrived early, got my ticket, ate a lovely meal of curry chicken and rice and peas in the food court and got inside in time to enjoy my first theater viewing animated movie for this year (first movie I saw in theaters this year was Deadpool). 
From the start I was taken away into a w…

You've Got Mail

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Summary on Google: Struggling boutique bookseller Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) hates Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), the owner of a corporate Foxbooks chain store that just moved in across the street. When they meet online, however, they begin an intense and anonymous Internet romance, oblivious of each other's true identity. Eventually Joe learns that the enchanting woman he's involved with is actually his business rival. He must now struggle to reconcile his real-life dislike for her with the cyber love he's come to feel.
This is one of those nineties movies that allows me to reminisce. A reminder that romance can indeed happen anywhere and with anyone. One of my favorite Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movies. The top for each actor being Forrest Gump and City of Angels, respectively. Movies like these just don't make it in theaters anymore or at the very least just don't hold the level of that special something that this one did. That of course is my opinion and if you have see…

X is for those movies that deserve a red mark

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We have all been there. That movie that just disappointed on all fronts. Now I will use X in this challenge to show four movies that I feel deserve that big X. From those that were a disappointment straight to the ones that were just flat out horrible.

1. Tomorrowland



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This movie missed the mark in all sorts of ways. I posted it as T early in this year's challenge and almost every comment agreed with my disappointment. A movie with so much promise that crashed. Not quite a burned out hull but no firework show either.

2. Man of Steel



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I really dislike this movie a whole lot. Worse I feel Superman Returns got shafted for this mess. I understand that there are people who enjoy it. But I am far from one of them. Saw this at home and every time I have tried to watch it since has only annoyed me more. Even if it came before Superman Returns I'd still hate it. I've nicknamed it 'Sophisticated Transformers'. Except I actually like the Transformers movies. Mi…

Waterworld

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Summary on Google: After the melting of the polar ice caps, most of the globe is underwater. Some humans have survived, and even fewer still, notably the Mariner (Kevin Costner), have adapted to the ocean by developing gills. A loner by nature, the Mariner reluctantly befriends Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and her young companion, Enola (Tina Majorino), as they escape from a hostile artificial island. Soon the sinister Smokers are pursuing them in the belief that Enola holds the key to finding the mythical Dryland.
Honestly I don't really remember this movie all that well. Will try to watch it again in the future. But I did recall liking how big the world was and the scope that was put into making this. In a way it's the living novel no one can really afford to make which proves true since it had way too big a budget in 1995 to make back it's money. Ironic enough this was the first of two mid-nineties post apocalyptic box office flops/misfires for star Kevin Costner. I…

V for Vendetta

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Summary on Google: Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known only as V (Hugo Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressors of the world in which he now lives. When V saves a young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) from the secret police, he discovers an ally in his fight against England's oppressors.
This film is what I would love to see more with superhero movies. Amazing one offs that focus on the deep elements of the world the story is set in. When I saw it on cable for the first time I was 100% drawn in. This is what helped me learn about graphic novels and during this time was part of a small boom of graphic novel adaptations including Sin City and The Spirit. Now don't think I'm dissing Marvel or DC superhero movies but I love seeing various sides of any medium and sadly superhero movies are becoming an area where newer franchises are afraid to adapt their heroes for the big or small screen.…

Tomorrowland and Ultraviolet

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Note: Check out my version of A to Z Lite! Kidding, the weekend was a bit tough and I had to prioritize work over blogging. Flu still with me but I aint complaining because I'm thriving. Suck it sickness I'm still going. Zombie shuffle everybody! Thanks for stopping by.
Tomorrowland

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Summary from Google: Whenever Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to Tomorrowland, a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney), a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets.
You ever have a movie that makes your lips go thin just seeing the poster? Before seeing this epic disappointment I was excited. The trailers promised an epic adventure that I wanted to go on. Well guess what? You get a road tri…

San Andreas (A to Z) and Seismic Crimes Book Release

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Honestly guys mid-week became very flu-ish. *Sigh* I need more medicine. To my bed with my cache of flu tablets! Oh wait I'm already in bed. I type there. Reach!


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Summary on Google: A seemingly ideal day turns disastrous when California's notorious San Andreas fault triggers a devastating, magnitude 9 earthquake, the largest in recorded history. As the Earth cracks open and buildings start to crumble, Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson), an LAFD search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, must navigate the destruction from Los Angeles to San Francisco to bring his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario) to safety.
Frankly guys I'm too deep in flu hell to really give out much about my movie experience. But I will say that I recall having a good time. It was exactly what is needed from a disaster movie with satisfactory acting and lots of destruction. Whoopee! 
 Seismic Crimes Book Release
Today is also the release day for Seismic Crimes novel by Chrys F…

Repo Men (2010 film)

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Summary on Google: In the future, medical technology has advanced to the point where people can buy artificial organs to extend their lives. But if they default on payments, an organization known as the Union sends agents to repossess the organs. Remy (Jude Law) is one of the best agents in the business, but when he becomes the recipient of an artificial heart, he finds himself in the same dire straits as his many victims. With his former partner (Forest Whitaker) in hot pursuit, Remy runs for his life.
Wasted potential. Something no one wants to hear slapped on their movie. But that is exactly what happened with this movie. Saw it at home on the SYFY channel and was excited. By the the end I still liked it but knew this was way below what was offered. I can see why the director has only done television since this. A movie with a plot as intricate as this movie was not for him. This is a movie Christopher Nolan should have directed. I can just imagine how kick ass that would hav…

The Quick and the Dead and Mini Book Review: The Great Hunt

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Q was not an easy letter. But I got three movies I saw at home and decided to go with the one below.

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Summary on Google: A mysterious woman gunslinger, Ellen (Sharon Stone), saunters into the town of Redemption looking for revenge. Her father was killed by the town's sadistic mayor, Herod (Gene Hackman), who is in the midst of organizing a quick-draw tournament. The lady enters, joining a cast of miscreants and outlaws for a brutal competition in which the loser dies. Among the competitors is "The Kid" (Leonardo DiCaprio), an upstart who has his own score to settle with Herod.
I saw this movie at home years ago. Now at age 31, I still love that this was a movie set in the Wild West that actually had a starring female who could handle a gun. There are not nearly enough of these types of Westerns in my opinion. Growing up most of the females in Westerns were damsels in distress. While it did not make me hate those kinds of movies this one was a nice change…

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Note: The Great Hunt book review is actually being posted on Wednesday (tomorrow), not today. 

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Summary on Google: Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. The pirates kidnap the governor's daughter, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), who's in possession of a valuable coin that is linked to a curse that has transformed the pirates into the undead. A gallant blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) in love with Elizabeth allies with Sparrow in pursuit of the pirates.

I saw this movie first in theaters on a fluke. Some family members had seen it before and when we went on as a group most either wanted to either see it for the first time or again. I didn't have to pay for the ticket and liked going to the movies so go figure. But I ended up having a nice time. There are not many pirate movies coming down the pipeline in the t…

Oblivion and Monday MishMash during A to Z Challenge

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Summary from Google: In the year 2077, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) works as a security repairman on an Earth left empty and devastated after a war with aliens. Jack has two weeks left before his mission ends and he joins his fellow survivors on a faraway colony. However, Jack's concept of reality comes crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger (Olga Kurylenko) from a downed spacecraft. The woman's arrival triggers a chain of events that culminates in Jack's nearly single-handed battle to save mankind.
If anyone saw my Movie Love: Oblivion post in 2013 then you already know how I feel about this movie. It was a feast for the eyes with a sci-fi plot that will either intrigue you or confuse/bore you. This is not an in-between movie, you'll either like it or dislike it. Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper a man on a ravaged Earth who among other things repairs drones. Most humans are now off planet and other than his partner (in both work and life) there …

Nightcrawler

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Summary from Google: Los Angeles denizen Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) survives by scavenging and petty theft. He stumbles into a new career as a cameraman and -- armed with a camcorder and police scanner -- begins nocturnal forays across the city in search of shocking and grisly crimes. When he catches the eye of a shopworn news director (Rene Russo) who welcomes the chance to raise her station's ratings, Louis goes to increasingly greater lengths to catch the "money shot."

This movie was one of those gems you're just glad you were smart enough to go watch.  A guy going from petty theft to cameraman is just the tip of this marvelous iceberg. There is not much I can say without giving away the plot so I'll just say you must see it. Everybody has dreams but the ways and lengths the star of this movie goes to get them is just mind blowing. So much so sometimes you almost agree with him despite being appalled. Now that is great acting and writing c…

The Maze Runner and Mini Movie Review: Batman V Superman

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Summary from Google: Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), a teenager, arrives in a glade at the center of a giant labyrinth. Like the other youths dumped there before him, he has no memory of his previous life. Thomas quickly becomes part of the group and soon after demonstrates a unique perspective that scores him a promotion to Runner status -- those who patrol the always-changing maze to find an escape route. Together with Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the only female, Thomas tries to convince his cohorts that he knows a way out.
I got the book before the movie came out but found it a bit outside my taste. Still think it's a good read and plan to finish it one day. But I still wanted to see the movie. It was good to see the Dylan O'Brien outside Teen Wolf (which I enjoyed on MTV) and he definitely has a bigger career in the works if he plays his cards right. This movie is another YA dystopian adaptation and does an adequate job at showing how these teens with no memori…

Lucy (2014 film)

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Today I am excited to say that I'll be seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this evening on a free movie pass. Won it yesterday on Twitter during Palace Amusement's #AListers giveaway. Will I be blown away? You'll know tomorrow when I post M along with a mini review for B v S (will post full one in May).

Oh and this month I'm a minion for the Joy Brigade. Been doing my best to keep up my minion list but dang dentist drama got me sidelined some days. Thanks for dealing with the wrong tooth Mr. Dentist. I really wanted you to deal with filling in the tooth without the painful cavity. So yeah, I have to see a different dentist month end. Not going back to that pompous idiot (before you think I'm being mean this guy decided to just take on the I'm the . Listen to your patient!!



Lucy (2014 film)

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Venue: Carib 5
Scarlett Johanson has really done the right things for her career. She has become an integral part of a Marvel franchise, a popular act…

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Summary on Google: Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) recognizes potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree.
Venue: Carib 5
Oh my God, I love this movie so much. From start to finish this movie was a marvel to behold. Whether you want action or a movie with sophistication this one has both. Plus an unlikely villain who can compete with any unsuspecting bad guy. Harry Hart plays an elegant but deadly agent and mentor to Eggsy. When Eggysy decides to become a Kingsman his life takes a turn that he could never imagine. I mean how many movies can pull off a villain sidekick with blades for…