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My Favorite Scene: Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) “Enter Captain Jack”

There was a time, oh so very long ago, when Johnny Depp just made indie movies.  His casting in a movie about a ride at Disneyland was odd.  This was during barrel scraping days when they were making movies about their rides (Eddie Murphy’s Haunted Mansion ring a bell?).  Pirates of the Caribbean was getting rave reviews though.  I know the sequels have dulled the magic of the first film, and likely the fifth (which comes six years after the fourth and no one seems to be excited over it) won’t help.  However, remember back to 2003 when you first beheld Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow: the worst/best pirate to grace the screen.  His character’s entrance is rivaled only by Wilder’s Wonka as the best of all-time.  One of my favorite shots period is the slow descent of his boat to perfectly time his lurch on to the dock.  The Curse of the Black Pearl is one of the best action/adventure films of the 21st Century.  Nothing that followed can change that, and that this film inadvertently sent Depp on a career plunging spiral of self-indulgent nonsense, doesn’t take away from this performance and this moment.  I could watch it a thousand times.  Never fails to make me smile.

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Movie Review: Resident Evil 6 – The Final Chapter (2017) “It’s Over! Wait, What?”

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter
Well, after six movies and 15 years, the Resident Evil movie saga is finally ov….wait, they announced a week after the last movie hit Blu Ray that they’re rebooting the whole franchise?  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!  So….yes, Sony has already announced that Resident Evil is being rebooted and James Wan is talks to oversee.  Why would this happen when this movie (which I promise we’ll actually get around to discussing soon) bombed spectacularly in the United States?  Well, that would be entirely because the movie made a sarcastically absurd amount of money in China, bringing the overall gross of the franchise to $1.2 billion and Sony doesn’t do original ideas, so in a few years, we’ll have The Umbrella Corporation, the T-Virus, zombies, and people shooting zombies back in theaters.  But since I am a completionist and made myself finish out the series with the “final” chapter.  How did things go?  We’re still waiting for that first great video game movie.  But on the upside, you still have a few days left to find another way to celebrate National Zombie Awareness Month (yes, I’m serious). Continue reading Movie Review: Resident Evil 6 – The Final Chapter (2017) “It’s Over! Wait, What?”

In Theaters This Week (5/19/2017): Alien Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Everything Everything

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This week boils down to whether Alien: Covenant can shake off the Prometheus effect enough to take down Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/19/2017): Alien Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Everything Everything

My Favorite Scene: Aliens (1986) “Ripley vs. The Alien Queen”

First of all, shame on YouTube for not having one of the greatest fights in film history in one clip, and yes, the annoying intro for each part ruins the flow, but believe it or not, this is the best take I could find on the infamous climax in the second film in the Alien Franchise.  While Alien was a horror movie, James Cameron (remember when he wasn’t just the Avatar guy?) came in and made Aliens a war film.  It’s a total toss-up as to which is the better film.  They’re both perfect at what they were trying to achieve.  Back when sequels that matched the original really only had Godfather Part II and Empire Strikes Back as peers, Aliens completely matched its predecessor.  Instead of just one xenomorph, now there was an entire hive, which leads to the reveal at the end of the film of one of film’s greatest monsters: The Alien Queen.  Whereas in the first film, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is really just a survivor and a victim, in Aliens she becomes a warrior.  Weaver broke ground on what a woman could do as the star as an action movie, and remains the standard (she even managed to shake an Oscar nomination out of the Academy for something cool, which still blows me away).  From the discovery of the Queen and her nest to the loader battle in the dock, this titanic battle of two mothers over their “children” still remains one of science fiction’s greatest moments.
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“Before the Dark Times”: Stunningly Powerful Star Wars Fan Video

MrRazNZ has assembled one of the most powerful Star Wars fan videos I have ever run across.  Whether you love or hate the Prequel Trilogy, the final showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan is undoubtedly one of if not the most powerful scene in any of the films.  It changed forever how you view Obi-Wan in the Original Trilogy, especially his initial meeting with Luke.  This video does an exceptional job, using Williams score (mostly from Episode III’s “The Immolation Scene” track) to weave that initial talk in Obi-Wan’s hut between Luke and Ben with flashing back to the actual events.  What was once a whimsical talk between a mysterious man and a young boy is now a only the truth “from a certain point of view” conveyed to a son by the weary and aged warrior who had to cut down his father and watch him burn.  There are literally thousands of these kinds of videos on YouTube, but this one is a work of art and does the best job of expounding upon how seeing what happened on Mustafar changes the original film forever for viewers than anything I’ve ever read or seen.

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