CinemaNerdz http://cinemanerdz.com Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:37:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Movie Review: Terminator Genisyshttp://cinemanerdz.com/movie-review-terminator-genisys/ http://cinemanerdz.com/movie-review-terminator-genisys/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:07:56 +0000 http://cinemanerdz.com/?post_type=os_movie_review&p=19717 Full disclosure: I’m a huge Terminator and Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, and since I’m so in love with the franchise and the world that James Cameron created over thirty years ago, I’m very critical of the later movies in the series (Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines [2003] and Terminator Salvation [2009]). In what is essentially a reboot of the Terminator universe, Terminator Genisys trips over its overly-complicated plot and questionable casting choices. While it has flashes of the Terminator Genisyscharm of The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), Terminator Genisys ends up limping to the finish line.

The fifth installment in the Terminator franchise opens up with a prologue of sorts catching people up on the events of Judgement Day, Skynet, and the war between humans and machines. We’re introduced to the new film’s Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) and John Connor (Jason Clarke) as they stage an assault on a Skynet to stop the war for good. Unfortunately, they’re too late and a Terminator has already been sent back to 1984. With a nostalgic nod to the original film, Kyle is sent back to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from the T-800. The only problem is that, just as Reese is about to make the time jump, John Connor is attacked by one of his own men (Matt Smith). This seems to have altered just about everything because this version of 1984 has the original T-800, a Sarah Connor that is just as bad ass (if not more) than T2‘s version. There are some reinterpretations of some classic scenes from Cameron’s first two movies in the Genisys version of 1984, but they ultimately just made me want to go back and watch the original films again instead of seeing their rebooted doppelgangers. One highlight from this extended sequence though was seeing the 1984 Arnold go up against the new version Terminator, named Pops (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Speaking of Pops (a name Sarah affectionately gave her Terminator), Schwarzenegger is the glue that holds this movie together. When he’s on screen, it’s a better movie; when he’s not, it drags along. Jai Courtney, as Kyle Reese, is obviously the franchise’s new heir apparent. The problem is, he just has no charisma compared to his cast mates. Not only was it hard to buy him falling in love with Sarah Connor, but I just didn’t feel emotionally invested in his updated story line. A quick way to improve this movie would have been to feature more of Pops, and less of Kyle Reese.

Terminator GenisysIn order to stop Skynet once and for all (and its new Operating System Genisys – think iCloud and Google Drive gone bad), Sarah and Kyle go into the future – not to stop Judgement Day like Sarah wants, but further into the future because of a new memory in Kyle’s head that occurred during his initial time jump. Here’s where the plot gets a little more convoluted. In an attempt to explain why they’re in the future and why they’re facing a new, unforeseen threat (or, as the movie describes, a threat so telegraphed it could’ve been sent by Western Union), the screenwriters trip over a clunky plot that requires more explaining than was offered.

Terminator Genisys wasn’t all bad. There were multiple action sequences that work amazingly well, including the final fight between Pops and the new timeline Terminator. Plus, the 3D was actually pretty enjoyable as well. I’m very critical of 3D, but Terminator Genisys did it right. Overall, it’s a typical summer action thriller. It’s good for the two hours you’re in the theatre, but forgettable within a few days. The only reason it’s stuck with me so much is because of how much I’ve tried to fit it into the franchise canon. Terminator Genisys was a necessary evil though – in order to move the franchise forward for the next generation, they needed to find a way to distance it from the past. Now that they have most of the exposition out of the way, I anticipate better movies to come. It’s just a shame that it looks like Courtney will more than likely take more of a lead role in the future.

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Win Passes to An Advance Screening of The Gallowshttp://cinemanerdz.com/win-passes-to-an-advance-screening-of-the-gallows/ http://cinemanerdz.com/win-passes-to-an-advance-screening-of-the-gallows/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:00:10 +0000 http://cinemanerdz.com/?p=19709 Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of the new horror film The Gallows, The Gallowsstarring Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, and Pfeifer Brown.

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THE GALLOWS: Twenty years after an accident during a small town high school play results in death, students at the school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy, but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone. (Warner Bros.) This film has been rated R for some disturbing violent content and terror.

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The Gunman Blu-ray Giveawayhttp://cinemanerdz.com/the-gunman-blu-ray-giveaway/ http://cinemanerdz.com/the-gunman-blu-ray-giveaway/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:00:20 +0000 http://cinemanerdz.com/?p=19701 CinemaNerdz is proud to offer our readers a chance to win one of three Blu-ray/DVD/Ultra-Violet Combo copies of The Gunman starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, and Javier Bardem.

The GunmanFor your chance to win one of the discs, just look for the “giveaway” box further down on this page.

There you’ll be directed to a variety of methods by which you can enter the contest. You’ll be asked to provide a valid email address, visit (don’t forget to like us) on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, and Tweet the contest. That’s it! That’s all you have to do to enter. We’ll contact you to let you know if you’ve won one of the prizes. But hurry, because the contest ends at 12:00AM on Saturday, July 11th!

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THE GUNMAN: From the director of Taken comes The Gunman, a pulse-pounding action thriller starring two-time Academy-Award winner Sean Penn. It’s been eight years since Jim Terrier (Penn) worked as a black ops assassin and now someone from his old organization wants him dead. Pursued across Africa and Europe by elite hit men, Terrier is dragged back into his dangerous past as he engages in a relentless cat-and-mouse game to take out the man who betrayed him. Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Oscar-winner Javier Bardem costar in a hair-trigger thrill ride the critics are calling, “Intense!” (Dave Karger, Fandango).

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Box Office Weekend: Jurassic World Avoids Extinctionhttp://cinemanerdz.com/box-office-weekend-jurassic-world-avoids-extinction/ http://cinemanerdz.com/box-office-weekend-jurassic-world-avoids-extinction/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:00:58 +0000 http://cinemanerdz.com/?p=19696 Audiences still showed up for dinosaurs in droves, delivering a third-week win for Jurassic World. With an estimated $54 million, the film is now the fastest film to earn $500 million domestically and likely to do much better as time goes on. However, though it now sits as the fifth highest earning domestic release of all time, it still has to rely on longevity if it seeks to best the one-two punch of James Cameron and his Avatar and Titanic. Audiences have been very kind to Pixar as well, as Inside Jurassic WorldOut held onto second place with an estimated $52.1 million and is close to earning $200 million domestically, a task it should handily accomplish by next weekend. However, despite the success of the original film, the world may not have been waiting for Ted 2, which ended up in third place with an estimated $33 million.

While Ted 2 may be suffering financial woes with its rough start, it is doing better than the family-friendly Max. While only two films in the top ten have been willing to release their budgets, the buddy dog/kid action/adventure and its estimated $12.2 million still sound like a flop in the works. Besting both films, Spy (estimated $7.8 million) and San Andreas (estimated $5.3 million) are doing decent business for themselves here while also doing decent numbers overseas.

Of the bottom of the pack, Dope pulled in an estimated $2.9 million, though the critically acclaimed film has only brought in $11.8 million in domestic earnings, eclipsed mightily by the also decently received Insidious: Chapter 3 (estimated $2 million), which has brought in $49.8 million so far and, if the previous films are any judge, far and away exceeded its unreported costs. In ninth, Mad Max: Fury Road will fall short domestically of its $150 million costs, its estimated $1.7 million bringing it within spitting distance, but like tenth-place finisher Avengers: Age of Ultron (estimated $1.6 million), foreign box office can be more than enough, as both films have done much better overseas than they have done here, with Fury Road raking in $356.4 million and Age of Ultron $1.4 billion worldwide.

Weekend Box Office (June 26th – June 28th)

  1. Jurassic World…$54 million
  2. Inside Out…$52.1 million
  3. Ted 2…$33 million
  4. Max…$12.2 million
  5. Spy..$7.8 million
  6. San Andreas…$5.3 million
  7. Dope…$2.9 million
  8. Insidious Chapter 3…$2 million
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road…$1.7 million
  10. Avengers: Age of Ultron…$1.6 million
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Movie Review: Ted 2http://cinemanerdz.com/movie-review-ted-2/ http://cinemanerdz.com/movie-review-ted-2/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:20:13 +0000 http://cinemanerdz.com/?post_type=os_movie_review&p=19684 Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane are back as John Bennett and his childhood stuffed bear Ted in the new film Ted 2. For those not familiar with the first film, Ted comes to life after a Christmas wish a younger John makes. Fast forward to the present, and both are grown up losers (of the lovable variety), smoking weed and drinking beer through life. A few years have passed in between the first movie and the sequel, and some things have Ted 2changed. John is now divorced, and, as Ted 2 opens, Ted is marrying his one true love Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth).

The film’s conflict begins once the honeymoon is over. Ted and Tami-Lynn are fighting more than expected and after some advice from a fellow cashier, Ted and Tami-Lynn decide to have a baby. The only problem is, Ted is a living stuffed animal with no working parts. Through the trials and tribulations of having a child, the government finally realizes Ted isn’t a real person and starts taking away his rights. To be considered a real person, he decides to sue for his rights, and it just so happens the only lawyer he can afford (pro bono) is a stoned junior associate named Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried). With everything going on in the United States today, there are many obvious parallels with Ted’s plight that were played to mostly comical effect.

Aside from the plot set ups, the beats in Ted 2 follow its predecessor – the humor, the eventual fallout between Ted and John, Ted getting in trouble, John coming to his rescue – almost to a “T.” If you like Family Guy or comedies of that ilk, you’ll probably like this movie. Even though this time around there are more misses than hits in the comedy arena, when the movie does hit, they’re grand slams. The problem is, the jokes that don’t hit are particularly groan-worthy. In fact, there were times where I could swear I’ve already seen the same gag on an episode of Family Guy. Even the movie’s opening credits were lifted from MacFarlane’s show.

Ted 2One thing I did enjoy with the sequel were the frequent cameos and A-list stars. Of course Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) makes a return visit, but this time around he’s joined by the likes of Tom Brady, Morgan Freeman, and someone with a particular set of skills. Also, as two lovers, Michael Dorn (Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Patrick Warburton (the voice of Joe Swanson on Family Guy, as well as The Tick) steal every scene they’re involved with, especially their scenes walking around New York City Comic-Con.

When it’s all said and done, Ted 2 is a decent comedy. It falls into a lot of the traps of other sequels though – it’s not as good, feels a bit lazy, and can’t live up to the fun of its predecessor. While it’s worth watching for some laughs (that is, if you don’t blush easily), with how much movies cost at the theaters these days, Ted 2 falls more in line with a rental or DVD purchase instead.

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