There are times you know going into a film that your expectations for special effects should not be set too high. Other times, you assume a big budget film would spend the extra bucks to get computer generated scenes as perfect as possible. Sometimes that is accomplished to the extent of the available technology, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. Whatever the case may be, we thought it would be fun to compile our list of the worst computer generated imagery (CGI) we’ve witnessed in film.
Review by Tres
WELCOME MARK WAHLBERG!
Three things caught my eye when I first read about this 4th film in the transformers franchise.
2) Shia LeBeouf is NOT reprising Witwicky
3) Mark Wahlberg
The movie begins in a time where the world is still recuperating from the battle in Chicago and the destruction done by the Autobots and Decepticons. Harold Attinger (Kelsie Grammar) leads a CIA task force in hunting down hiding Decepticons and destroying them. However, in secret he is working with an advanced transformer bounty hunter and actually seeking out both Autobots and Decepticons and destroying all that he finds. The parts he ships to a research company that breaks/melts them down into their basic metal; the metal scientists are calling “transformium”.
Actor James Garner passed on July 19, 2014 at the age of 86. When I jump on IMDb, he is accredited with an incredible 95 movies; which includes roles as an actor and voice. As the writers at LTBM discussed Mr. Garner’s passing, it quickly became apparent that I had the most knowledge about and experience with his movies. (Another reflection of my age.) Having gone through the list, I have seen a little over 75% of the things that Mr. Garner has been in. It is my pleasure to offer the following as a small glimpse into the movie life of Mr. James Garner as I touch on some of the more prominent roles that I have enjoyed.
Review by Gene
I was a big fan of Rupert Wyatt’s first installment to this rebooted series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I don’t know of many who were not pleased with it. I felt the story laid a very solid foundation for a larger project, the intellectual and emotional progression of Caesar was tastefully and realistically done, and the action sequences were satisfying as well. All that praise, plus the spectacular CGI which brought these apes to life. The CGI alone really made the 2001 reboot starring Mark Wahlberg, though sufficient for its time, look like child’s play.
Now three years later, Matt Reeves has picked up the directing scepter and impresses again with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Events set in motion in Rise lead to a virus of sorts, dubbed the “Simian flu”, which wipes out over 99% of the human population on the planet. Now a full 10 years after those events, the remaining humans have made it through some very difficult times and are finding themselves confronted with a previously unknown enemy while trying to grasp at vestiges of their past.
Review by Logan
There are a lot of movies that tell us to disobey God, or insist that He doesn’t exist. Most of them are implicit, simply showing us how a sinful behavior is actually beneficial, or pushing the idea that all authority or authority figures are corrupt. Some movies, however, get more bold. Some of them take the subject of God and religion head-on, screaming with tenacity of its evil. Planet of the Apes is such a film.
Rant by Tres
I just returned home from seeing Transformers: Age of Extinction. (Look for my review soon on LTBM!)
I have to say I was impressed for the most part. I was enthralled until this…
What is that? Yes, I know they claim it to be a new element, Transformium. However, did the special effects people stick a bunch of angel hair pasta and sugar cubes together?
Review by Tres
Summertime movies for me often reflect the age of my children. This review is one such movie.
I recently took my youngest two to see the movie Earth to Echo.
The majority of the movie is with young actors and an actress.
Review by Elliott
Typically I choose a movie to review based on its moral message, but for today’s review I decided to watch a movie and see what it had to offer good or bad. I’ve really wanted to see The Host since back in 2013, when I saw the trailer, but haven’t had the opportunity till a week ago. I’m a sucker for science fiction stories based in utopias, so this movie appeared to be right up my alley. As a bonus it also had aliens! Aliens always make movies better…. ;) My main concern was that this movie was based off the book of the same title by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Series. (Note: I’m happy to say I’ve never seen or read any of the twilight movies/books. My wife has excellent tastes) I was also a little concerned that some of the scenes in the trailer looked like they came directly from “The Notebooks” deleted scenes, but I don’t mind some romance. Despite those two things I was excited to give this a try.
Rant by Gene
Seth Rogen is at just about the peak of the comedy mountain in Hollywood today. And when he’s not making funny movies, he’s ripping on Justin Bieber, so what’s not to love?!? All joking aside, I think Seth Rogen is quite a funny guy. He strikes me as the kind of guy that people are just drawn to and intrigued with just to find out how he can make this or that situation funny. Unfortunately, the foul language and crass scenes he’s become synonymous with often make me leery of seeing new films of his. I have not seen his new film, Neighbors, co-starring Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, but I suspect there will be plenty of funny moments with the occasional inappropriate and unnecessary scenes aimed directly at teenage boys. Given all that, I was very pleased to read some comments of his regarding typical marriages shown in movies today.
Review by Tyler Smith with More Than One Lesson
I just celebrated my nine-year anniversary and, just as in past years, it has caused me to reflect on marriage. Not just mine, but the concept in general. It seems to me that the very idea of marriage is about permanence. Specifically, it is about choosing permanence. In this life, there is precious little that can be thought of as lasting our entire lives, and even less that we have any choice about. We may decide on a career, but an unnerving amount of that is out of our hands, left up to those that would hire us. We may choose health – to eat right and exercise – but there’s no guarantee that illness or injury won’t occur. And, sadly, even parenthood isn’t immune from the possibility of tragedy.