I really love movies–from all different decades and genres and countries–so it was really tough (read “impossible and borderline painful”) to narrow this down from 50 to just 10. But here it goes: Continue Reading
They say a high turnover rate is a sign of a poor business model. Well, good thing we don’t make any money off this blog :) We’ve had a handful of changes recently here at LTBM which are probably best described as “bittersweet”. I like to save the best for last so here is the “bitter” portion of that news…
Review by Logan
Sometimes it’s hard, living in America, to truly appreciate what religious persecution is. We see some forms of it, with political events that sometimes challenge our religious freedom, or in some forms of discrimination in the workplace, but in general, we don’t really know what it’s like. We don’t know what it’s like to be threatened with execution because we believe something different from our religious leaders. We can’t grasp the scenario wherein we face excommunication for sharing the Bible with the common man. Martin Luther did, and even more impressive, he marched on anyway, literally changing the world. That’s what makes his story so compelling, and this film so inspiring.
This past Monday evening the country was stunned with news of the passing of Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams at the age of 63. As reported by many news outlets, Williams’ death is the result of an apparent suicide after battling years of depression and substance abuse. Widely considered the funniest man alive in the mid-90’s, and also capable of tackling deep dramatic roles, Robin Williams leaves behind a wife and two children.
I grew up with the TMNT. I had nearly every toy made. I even had a couple of costumes. I was excited when I was 8 years old that they were making a live action movie. I got to say, from an 8 year old’s perspective it didn’t disappoint. I had a mix of emotions when I was going to see the 2014 not so “live” action movie. Early on there was talk that the Turtles would be from outer space and other horrible rumors. Because of this my biggest emotion was fear, fear that producers would ruin one of my childhood favorites. (some spoilers ahead)
Drax the Destroyer: [about Drax] Metaphors go over his head.
Drax the Destroyer: NOTHING goes over my head!… My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.
Peter Quill: I come from Earth, a planet of outlaws. My name is Peter Quill. There’s one other name you may know me by. Star-Lord.
Until this movie was announced, I had never heard of Guardians of the Galaxy. I enjoy reading comics, but have only read a handful or so and GotG hasn’t been one of them. My first impressions after seeing the movie trailer was that this was going to be a less than serious scifi adventure. For starts there is a talking racoon and a humanoid tree. But that wasn’t about to scare me off. Marvel isn’t known for dark, serious films, they tend to be action packed with a good amount of lighthearted humor. Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t break that trend in fact it delivers the humor in spades.
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.