Adventureland (2009)

I think the weirdest part of this movie for me is seeing a young Ryan Reynolds. Seriously nthe dude hasn’t really aged in the last like 12 years. Did Betty White check out and toss the keys to the fountain if youth to that guy?

Anyway, back to the movie. Adventureland is about a kid that was supposed to go to Europe for the summer and when his dad gets demoted can no longer pony up the money as a graduation gift as promised.

So our college grad James (Jessie Eisenberg) decided to get a summer job to save some money and go off to college in New York to further his education, but before than he falls in love with our cute Emily (or Em as she is called played by Kristen Stewart) that has a horrible relationship with her step mom and works at adventure land to piss off her parents. Coincidentally this is also the only job James can get.

These two hit it off but we soon discover our married local handyman/musician/cool guy Mike Connell (Ryan Reynolds) kind of has this thing with cheating on his wife. By that I mean he does it a lot. This summer with Em.

Connell isn’t exactly a bad guy so much as he is a um…ok so he is a bad guy but he is friendly, but he also never exactly gives James bad advice even when he discovered he had a thing for Em despite the fact he wasn’t exactly happy with it.

Honestly while I would like to say that whole thing is a side part of the plot it really is just the plot. It isn’t a love story however, this is simply used as a focal point to explain how one summer and a change of perspective can change what you see as important and that when things change that doesn’t mean they are over.

James for example loses all the money he saves up for New York and the friend he was supposed to stay with decided to go to a different school. He soon realizes however that doesn’t mean he can’t still go to New York and work his way through school.

Each character has a sort of summer that either changes them or at least makes them examine what they are doing, and it is good for a laugh along the way and that honestly is all I ask for. I can happily recommend this movie. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Justice League, Snyder’s Cut (Savior)

As many of you know, I had a few problems with the theatrical release of this one. I truthfully went into this thinking this would be four hours of more of the same.

Honestly  there were some things absolutely loved, for example Cyborg having a much bigger and more important role really made me smile. The same can be said for Flash. Steppinwolf also looked far better. That is pretty much where my praise will end for this new version.

The new story elements really served new purpose and had a lot of plot holes, for example how did he forget something was on a planet he had literally been too? Also, why why did he bother fighting an army in the past if he could have landed literally anywhere else on Earth to succeed in what he was doing?

A lot of my issues with the original movie not only still exist, they are now worse. The pacing of the movie that was already bad now stretches out for four hours. Worse, they changed scenes entirely and dragged them out to reach that length. If you want to make a four hour movies that shouldn’t be needed.

Don’t get me wrong the movie was fun, but so was the original. This really was more of the same and unnecessary. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Mortal Kombat 2021

  What is there to say about this new Mortal Kombat? We all went into this expecting the same thing right? Some beautiful effects, awesome fight scenes and at best some decent story, but did we get that?
 
    Well for starters, the effects were in fact beautiful. The ice coming off Sub-Zero’s hands in the very start of the movie were magnificent and seeing the blood splatters through out the movie, it almost looked like people really getting busted open.
  
   The right scenes were also great, the it was almost like watching a dance at a time but none of it seemed overdone. There was a nice mix of flashy moves and brutal combat.

   The story however falls flat, and honestly that’s no surprise. Really it was just a reason to get people fighting. The whole thing really takes place prior to the 10th win in a row for Outworld and of course Shang Tsung would like nothing more than to cheat his way to victory. He sends his assassin’s to kill Earth’s heroes Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Jax just to name a few.
  
   This brings me to the new original character Cole Young. Truthfully I hate this character. He is totally unlikable and his entire story is straight out of some 80’s acting movie cliche. Don’t get me wrong,Lewis Tan does an amazing job with what he is given. The character itself is just bad.
 
   All in all tho I enjoyed the movie, just watch it for what it is. An action movie where you are meant to enjoy the fighting and the story is just a means to get to those fights. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Godzilla Vs Kong

I have waited a long time for this movie, and to be perfectly clear I have been a life long Godzilla fan. I watched them growing up with my dad, and loved the original Godzilla vs Kong. I even watched the original King Kong and it’s lesser known cousin of sorts Mighty Joe Young. (Different gorilla made by some of the same people)

That being said, I went into this movie with small expectations because all I wanted was to watch the monkey punch the lizard and the lizard set the monkey on fire. Oh and I really would have been upset if Kong didn’t Shove a tree or something down Godzillas throat.

Truthfully, I more or less got all of that. The action scenes were amazing with special effects that are probably second to none. If you are simply looking for a monster movie,where stuff gets destroyed and monsters beat the holy hell out of each other, this movie is absolutely amazing.

That being said, if you are looking for an amazing story, keep looking. The story here is passable at best with much of it clearly being tossed together to make there be a reason for them to fight with a surprise ending. I don’t say this as a bad thing, that is all these movies have ever needed and all they ever will need.

I loved this movie, and I will watch it again. There were things that bothered me but I won’t place them here to avoid spoilers, just know if you go into this wanting more than a passable story and giant monsters beating on each other, you will be disappointed. But if like me, if thats all you want, you will be more than happy. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Ghost Of Girlfriends Past (2009)

I have always liked Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey, and the story of Ebenezer Scrooge is classic. So what would happen if instead of being a cheap rich man, he was a womanizing playboy that just lived to take photos of half-naked women, get drunk and get laid? Well truthfully we will never know, but we can find out what happens to Connor Mead (Matthew)

See this is Connors’s story, and that is basically it. We will see how he treats his female assistant, break up with his three girlfriends in a conference call in front of a singer he is fooling around with that he picked up at a photoshoot then off to his brother’s wedding where his dead uncle he learned this all from will tell him to expect a visit from three ghosts.

The ghost are of course from his past, his present, and his future. They will show him all the ways he is and was messing and what will happen if he doesn’t change his ways. This probably sounds just like a Christmas movie, tho this one is a bit funnier. That being said while the movie is funny and entertaining it isn’t a great movie. While the concept is interesting I feel like it could have been done better rather than just being one massive stereotype about a guy falling for the girl next door. So check it out if you have the time, the movie is enjoyable, but not life-changing. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

Yes Man (2008)

Yes man is the story of Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) who refuses to do anything, he doesn’t answer his friend’s phone calls and even misses his best friend’s engagement dinner. When an old friend suggested he go to a Yes Seminar, it changes his life forever. He makes a covenant to always say yes.

This leads to some interesting things in his life, for example, he starts approving every loan at work and ends up on a blind date with a woman looking for a husband from overseas.  He becomes a much better friend and we learn the reason for his shutting down socially is the divorce he went through a few years prior.

The movie isn’t perfect and it has a bit too much downtime between laughs for my taste but the movie was still fun enough to be worth a watch. Go check it out, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker has been a pretty divisive movie among fans, tho it has been another successful financial movie. So, of course, I and @torstenvblog went to go check this one out for my birthday as always with these releases. Truthfully, I don’t understand the hate.

First, the movie obviously isn’t perfect. It has its issues and they are many. The pacing seemed off as they clearly were trying to make this movie not three hours long. However, I enjoyed the movie.

The story while not perfect was fun. I enjoyed seeing how they ended things with Princess Leia and watching Kylo Ren come to terms with who he is. The fight scenes looked great and watching Rey train and learn was fantastic.

I am keeping this short because I don’t want to touch on the story too much or risk spoiling things and most importantly, ignore reviews on this one, even mine. Go see it or catch it on Disney Plus when it comes out because some people seemed to have loved or hated this from day one, and I doubt anyone can truly be nonbiased about it. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

Carriers

Carriers is an odd movie for me. It is a movie about a sort of plague illness that spreads across the world that is quite contagious but seems to only be in certain situations. If you get blood on you from a carrier or such you can catch it, but not being near someone with it. But everyone is wearing masks as if you can get it from the air.

The movie itself is about a couple and a brother and a random girl they never really explain very well as to why she is there. They are attempting to get to an old beach house the two brothers used to vacation at. Chris Pine, the oldest brother, plays the role of the hard headed jerk that does what needs to be done very well. In fact they all do.

As the movie goes on they slowly turn on each other, which is done in a rather interesting way. The issue really is much of the story is pretty much filled with weird holes that easily could have been filled. Like where did the 4th member of the group come from and why? It’s never explained very well. And if Pines character worked buring people with the plague how did he never get it if the thing was so easy to get? Any why the mask if you can’t get it that way?

The movie was fun, but far from great. Go check it out but keep expectations low.best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.