Pixels: Adam Sandler Screws With Our Childhood…Again

Hello everybody! We are back from a little intermission and for our first new movie show we have Pixels!

PIXELS

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DIRECTED: Chris Columbus

STARRING: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Jane Krakowski

GENRE: Science Fiction, Comedy

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States, China, Canada

maxresdefault (1)As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

Alright, so I was very hesitant to watch Pixels, especially since I hate Adam Sandler soooo much, especially here on Media in Review. Unfortunately, Sandler and company actually managed to impress me just a bit. I was glad to see a bunch of my favorite classics on the big screen in all of its amazingly animated glory. While the story for the most part was complete garbage, it definitely had its moments.

pixels-movie-trailer-large-10Of course though, Adam Sandler has unfettered access to even the most secure of places…the White House…seriously? It just shows how ingrained Sandler is into our movie viewing society.  I enjoyed everyone’s performances except for Sandler and James, mainly because I am tired of seeing Sandler as the hero. Don’t even get me started on Kevin James as President…what the hell were they thinking?

 

PROS:

  • Nostalgia…
  • Classic video games!
  • Supporting cast performances.
  • Soundtrack.

CONS:

  • Adam Sandler is yet another hero.
  • Kevin James as the President? BWAHAHA
  • Main cast performances.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Transcendence: Very Close to a Sentient Computer!

Hello everybody! Today we have Johnny Depp’s most recent attempt at film, Transcendence.

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DIRECTOR: Wally Pfister

STARRING: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser, Paul Bettany

GENRE: Science Fiction

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, China, United States

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Transcendence is an interesting film and I felt that it was released at the perfect time. People are afraid that as we push the boundaries of technology we will eventually make a smart enough computer that will become sentient and rule the world. Transcendence definitely has the same feel as late 1990s science fiction film, but it feels updated and it works.  Wally Pfister, an ace cinematographer known for many blockbuster films, makes his directorial debut and the film looks awesome. His cinematography background truly shines throughout the film.  Transcendence takes an interesting (yet outdated) concept and updates it for the new generation.

Let me put this out there right now, Transcendence is far from perfect Johnny Depp struggles throughout the entire film, his acting background definitely doesn’t show at all. What happened Johnny Depp? Why did you take this role? I could see so many other actors that could have filled the role better than you did. While Wally Pfister is an awesome cinematographer, I feel that he should stay out of directing. The narrative was strong through the first half of the film, but logic problems and plot holes completely ruin the rest of the film. I don’t feel like anyone will absolutely love Transcendence, they will definitely like it or extremely hate it.

PROS:

  •  Interesting concept.
  • Beautiful visuals.
  • Great timing for release.

CONS:

  •  Disappointing narrative.
  • Johnny Depp’s performance.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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Hetalia The World Series: Allied Forces

Hello everybody! Today we have another installment in the Hetalia series, Hetalia: The World Series.

You can check out my review of another installment here Hetalia: The Axis Powers.

HETALIA: THE WORLD SERIES

DIRECTOR: Bob Shirohata

WRITER: Hidekazu Himaruya

GENRE: Historical, Comedy

ORIGINAL RUN: March 26, 2010 – March 11, 2011

NUMBER OF EPISODES: 48 episodes (Plus 4 OVA)

COUNTRY: Japan

Italy, once home of the strongest empire in the world, has changed. This is the story of Italy, now a cowardly pasta-loving fool, and his friends (other personified countries of the world) as they live through strange moments in world history. (This is a continuation of the first series.) Hetalia: The World Series focuses on other countries other than the Axis Powers, even though they are still present. They offer some of the funnier scenes throughout the entire series.

Hetalia: The World Series is the continuation of the Axis Powers series, since the introduce and focus on many different characters that are not Italy, Japan, and Germany. Don’t get me wrong though, they still appear quite often. The World Series follows the same episodic length and format as the Axis Powers, which definitely works to the shows advantage.The World Series mainly focuses on the Allied forces: America, Britain, France, China, Canada, and Russia. There are definitely plenty of great stories to tell with these characters.

Hetalia: The World Series suffers from a major drawback. The Allied forces just aren’t as funny as Germany x Japan x Italy. While there are some hilarious stories, it won’t beat Germany’s aggressiveness, Italy’s cowardness, and Japan’s passiveness in sure hilarity. I also feel that throughout the World Series the historical factor seems to be more and more lacking. Sorry Allied forces, the Axis Powers win this round.

PROS:

  • Relative equal screen time among Allied countries.
  • Most historical comedy than Hetalia: The Axis Powers.
  • Re-enforced stereotypes.

CONS:

  • Axis powers don’t have as much screen time.
  • Not funny consistent bickering among countries.
  • Strays away to their strong period (WWI – WWII)

SCORE: 6.2 / 10

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