Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Movies I've FINALLY got around to watching

So all summer I've been trying to catch up with a lot of movies that I've wanted to see, but didn't have the time for. Here's a short list of the movies I've watched.

"Cabin in the Woods" was spoiled for me soon after it premiered, so I never felt compelled to see it. After years of putting it off, I finally sat down to watch it, and it's an instant new favorite movie of mine. I just love the world they constructed here. I want to work for the agency portrayed in the movie, it's my new dream job. 


"American Ultra" really surprised me. I thought it'd be a bit more serious than it was, since it's a take on the MK Ultra experiments that the government was (is?) involved in. Jesse Eisenberg plays a sensitive artist stoner who doesn't remember being a part of this Ultra experiment. Now he's like this super-soldier assassin. It's a great movie, loads of fun. I kinda wish there was a sequel.


"The Adjustment Bureau" is a romance story disguised as a sci-fi conspiracy thriller. I mean, maybe it is; I definitely wasn't expecting it to be that. I'm not really well read when it comes to Phillip K. Dick stories so I was unfamiliar with the premise of this film. Definitely worth the watch because of all the interesting philosophical ideas presented.


So I'm a nervous flyer, so my preferred movies to watch while traveling by air are cutesy kids movies. They keep me calm. I watched "Storks" on my way to the Philippines, and I have to say, I had loads of fun with it. A needlessly all-star cast, but, it works. Normally I'm against hiring big time celebrities for animated movies because usually an experienced cartoon actor would usually do a better job, but here, everyone is fantastic, even the side characters. I was really surprised. 


"Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" is way better than it has any right to be. The show is funny enough, and I enjoyed the original series enough, but this movie is some new level of ridiculous. To date, it's the best new DC movie. 


I watched "The Meg" just last night, and I enjoyed it. I love a giant monster film. I was really into the futuristic underwater hotel world they were located in too. I still think I prefer the "Mega Shark" movies from Asylum, but seeing a big budget version of that same sort of movie was a nice novelty. I wasn't entirely enthralled by the narrative, but everyone involved did a great job and I wouldn't mind seeing more in a sequel or something. 


I watched "Rampage" right before my trip and it was fantastic! Everything I wanted in this movie to happen did happen. I can't say if it's the greatest video game movie of all time, but it is definitely a good video game movie. I loved seeing these interpretations of George, Lizzie, and Ralph. The forest scene with Ralph was especially good. For me though, Lizzie's spiked and tusked design wins the lot. This is an absolutely fun and exciting creature feature and I'm hoping they make more, although the ending of this film leaves it feeling complete. 


There are a few others I've seen, but this is the list of maybe the more important ones. This week I hope to catch a few more while I work on other projects. 

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