Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Seriously, Who Is This Mess For?

Leonardo (Pete Plosnak), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), and Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) have been confined to the sewers of New York City all of their lives by their father and Ninjitsu master, Splinter (Danny Woodburn), who wants nothing more than to protect them. But when the Foot Clan, a gang backed by the evil Shredder (Tohoro Masamune), threatens to take over New York City with a deadly toxin, the turtles come out of hiding and take on their enemies with the help of spunky reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox), whose scientist father gave them their mutations. Continue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Seriously, Who Is This Mess For?”

Matt Damon in Elysium

Elysium: How a Good Blockbuster Feels

Elysium is one of the few science fiction films that came out this summer that wasn’t Scientology propaganda (I’m looking at you, After Earth). I went in with high expectations and came out feeling wholly satisfied. Then again, it would be wrong not to predict a win for Neill Blomkamp (director of District 9 and protégé of Peter Jackson), who seems totally at home in the sci-fi genre. Continue reading “Elysium: How a Good Blockbuster Feels”

Disney's The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger: A Good Movie Under a Bad Mask

I think I cursed Gore Verbinski. In my World War Z review, I said going over-budget is a bad omen for a film. I also said that the only directors who can go over-budget and still turn a profit were Michael Bay (Transformers franchise) and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). Well, it looks like Verbinski’s luck just ran out. Now, we just have to hope that curse finds its way to Michael Bay so we won’t have three more Transformers. Continue reading “The Lone Ranger: A Good Movie Under a Bad Mask”