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“It’s Time to Vote Tuesday” 174!

August 26, 2014

Today is Tuesday! And you know what that means! It is time for TIME TO VOTE TUESDAY!

For most people Tuesday is just the day after Monday, but for you it means that “Time to Vote Tuesday” is here!!

“Time to Vote Tuesday” is the session of fun weekly polls which spark thought, debate, and intrigue! Each poll closes in a week with results posted on the following ‘TVT’!

The last TVT poll has now closed (see it HERE). Entitled “Best of the Blockbusters” it asked voters to pick the top three summer blockbusters of all time! The votes are in (27 total) and the winner is:The-Dark-Knight-Wallpaper-the-dark-knight-30530515-1280-800

Thanks to all who voted!

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This week’s edition of ‘TVT’ focuses on another fun (or sore) movie subject: SEQUELS. Entitled “Saddest Sequels” today’s poll asks you to choose the top 4 most disappointing sequels of the year so far. With the summer now over with this upcoming weekend, it seems the perfect time to ask.Best-Movie-Sequels

Sequels are a never-ending thing in Hollywood. (Let’s be thankful we haven’t gotten “Land Before Time 134″ or “American Pie Spinoff 19.”) While some are great and even better than their predecessor, some you wish never existed. Today’s main poll asks you to consider the latter in a slightly different way.Sequels-and-remakes-2014-list-of-upcoming-movies

I want you to think about 2014’s sequels and the ones that disappointed you the most in comparison to your expectations. This means that even the possibly preferred sequels Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past or Captain America: The Winter Soldier may even get a vote from a few people who expected it to be even better for this reason or that. A vote for a sequel is not necessarily saying it was bad, just saying it was one of the most disappointing.ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

With that understanding—

Today I ask you

In addition, here is a bonus poll for you:

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

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“Trailer Time Thursday!” 8.21.14

August 21, 2014

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. ’71.71

  • Starring: Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris and more.
  • Releasing: September 27, 2014.
  • Director: Yann Demange
  • Synopsis: “A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.”

2. Rudderless.rudderless-poster-404x600

  • Starring: Anton Yelchin, Billy Crudup, Selena Gomez, Jamie Chung and more.
  • Releasing: October 17, 2014
  • Director: William H. Macy
  • Synopsis: “A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.”

3. Annabelle.annabelle

  • Starring:  Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin and more.
  • Releasing: October 3, 2014
  • Director: John R. Leonetti
  • Synopsis: “John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle”

4. Young Onesyoungones

  • Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Michael Shannon and more.
  • Releasing: October 17, 2014
  • Director: Jake Paltrow
  • Synopsis: “Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.”

5. Men, Women & Childrenmen

  • Starring: Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris and more.
  • Releasing: October 17, 2014
  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Synopsis: “A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world.”

6. Miss Meadows.miss

  • Starring: Katie Homes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Karen Leigh Hopkins
  • Synopsis: “A story centered on a proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a vigilante.”

7. The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.the-woman-in-black-2-sequel-597x600

  • Starring: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Adrian Rawlins and more.
  • Releasing: 2015
  • Director: Tom Harper
  • Synopsis: “40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.”

8. Automata.automata

  • Starring: Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott and more.
  • Releasing: October  2014.
  • Director:  Gabe Ibáñez
  • Synopsis: “Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.”

Spotlight Video of the Week:

New Trailer for NIGHTCRAWLERnightcrawler
Here’s a full-length trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal’s upcoming crime drama that also stars Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. Synopsis: “A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.”

Releasing October 21, 2014. What do you think?

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Automata
  • Nightcrawler
  • Miss Meadows

Which ones are your favorites??

—————————————–This Week

This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, August 22, 2014:

  • Wide Release: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, If I Stay, When the Game Stands Tall
  • Limited Release: The One I Love, To Be Takei, Are You Here and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

The 10 Best Superhero Movies of All Time Blog Relay

August 20, 2014

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I love blog relays and always count it a privilege when invited to participate in one…and this one is SUPER! A brainchild of my friend Bubbawheat from over at Flights, Tights and Movie Nights, this blogathon is in search of creating the ultimate list of the best superhero movies of all time!

The rules to this blogathon are a bit different than a typical blog relay. The variant rules are described below from Bubbawheat himself:

Now the first thing you might be asking is “why are there 12 movies in this top 10 list?” Well there are a couple changes that I’m making to the typical blog relay. Here are the rules for my relay.

1. The list of movies will be passed to another blogger who will post their list within a week.
2. The blogger will take their list, remove 3 movies – with explanations, and replace with 3 new movies – with explanations.
3. If a movie lasts five rounds without being removed, it is locked into place.
4. If a movie is removed three different times, it is locked out and can no longer be chosen by someone else.
5. Once four movies are locked into place, bloggers will replace 2 movies.
6. Once eight movies are locked into place, bloggers will replace 1 movie.
7. Once all ten movies are locked into place, the relay will be complete.

I will keep the current status of the relay here and you can also follow the steps of the relay as it goes along.

Check out the original relay post to see which initial 12 films made the list.

After which, Andrew from A Fistful of Films removed Hellboy 2, Batman: Under the Red Hood and X-Men and added Chronicle, Mystery Men and The Rocketeer (I was a little in disbelief that Batman: Under the Red Hood was cleared from the list to make room for those three…to be honest!

He then passed the baton to Ruth over at Flixchatter who removed two of Andrew’s choices (Chronicle and Mystery Men) along with Blade. She then added Batman Begins, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men 2.

So here’s the list as it currently stands:

The Avengers
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The Dark Knight
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Superman
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Spider-Man 2
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The Incredibles
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Iron Man
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The Rocketeer
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Batman Returns
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Unbreakable
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X-Men 2
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Batman Begins

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A good list, right? My daunting challenge is finding three that must make room for three more deserving. The three I choose to remove are:

Batman Returns. The Incredibles. X-Men 2

Batman Returns -This one never fully commits enough for me. It tries to be light and comedic and still also tries to be dark and daring and it just doesn’t work all that well…for me. Michelle Pfeiffer is a classic Catwoman, but the character/cast choices of this sequel derail it for me. It’s just not “Top Superhero movie material.”SuperheroesRelay_BatmanReturns

The Incredibles -I enjoy this animated superhero flick and the premise behind it. It’s fun with plenty of lessons. But it ends a bit too silly to keep it’s focus on the childhood audiences. All well and good and it perhaps could be in spot#13 of our list here, but there are a few more superhero movies I’d readily watch ahead of this one.SuperheroesRelay_Incredibles

X-Men 2 -Sorry, Ruth. I like the opening scene in this one too, and the intricate story. I eliminate this one not for any bad reason, but simply because I’d rather watch a few others ahead of this one.X-Men-2-

After serious contemplation, the three I’m adding to the list are:

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. V for Vendetta. Guardians of the Galaxy

Keep in mind, one of the things that I believe should be considered when it comes to this list is: “Will you watch these movies over other superhero movies?” I used this question when making considerations and my answer to these three was “Yes” while my answer to the ones removed was “No.”

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm -Often praised as one of the best animated DC comics features, this is one of the few that actually saw a [limited] theatrical release. If you have not seen this one (it came out in ’93) you definitely are missing out on one of the pioneering animated DC films that launched so many others. Perfect timing during the run of the animated Batman series on television, this is a staple “must have” on any true superhero fan’s list!Batman - Mask Of The Phantasm

V for Vendetta -This one belongs here because it makes even non-superhero fans a fan of a superhero movie. Successfully grasping the attention and admiration of different audiences, V for Vendetta is both a superhero and social success. Its leads (Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman) went on to star in additional superhero films and the mask and motto have become icon in culture today. An impressive success of a superhero film of a different cape and kind.v

Guardians of the Galaxy -Did you think it wouldn’t be on this list? I wrote in my review: “Every so often there releases a film that alters the scope of its genre and ushers in a new era of expectation and thus resets the bar for the films that follow to reach. When it comes to the superhero movie genre…Guardians of the Galaxy is one such film.” and I would be remiss to not include this here. You would be mistaken to not have it stay on your list of Top Superhero Movies! Great blend of comedy and action and introducing multiple characters all the while also upgrading them from “B-list” characters to A-listers overnight. This is a solid entry in this list.

Well, those are my three. I thank Ruth for passing the baton to me and Bubbawheat for starting this fun blogathon. As is custom, I now pass the baton of justice on to Jay at LifeVsFilm.com. The task is now up to you, Jay. “With great power comes great responsibility!”

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What films do YOU think belong on the list of the greatest superhero movies of all time? Share in the comment section.

Thanks for reading. Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer.

“Trailer Time Thursday!” 8.14.14

August 14, 2014

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. Camp X-Ray.campx-ray

  • Starring: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaaadi, John Carroll Lynch and more.
  • Releasing: October 17, 2014.
  • Director: Peter Sattler
  • Synopsis: “A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay befriends a man who has been imprisoned there for eight years.”
  • Thoughts: I like the name of this film and the implications of it. While I am known to be far-removed from those in “Kristen Stewart fan camp,” the emotionless actress appears to be getting a lot of praise for this. Who knows…maybe she went to actor boot camp. What are your thoughts on this one? -T

2. Love, Rosie.love_rosie_ver4

  • Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Christian Ditter
  • Synopsis: “Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.”

  • Thoughts: Meh…seen it so many times. Best friends never speak up until it’s too late. They laugh, they cry, they split up, they get over it, they cry again, then one falls in love while the other one isn’t “at that point yet in their relationship,” and then, in the end they find each other. yeah yeah yeah. Sorry, but the words of Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life rang through my head as I watched this trailer: “Sentimental Hogwash!” haha (those words also popped up during trailer#8!). Although I will say, doesn’t Lily Collins look a bit like Audrey Hepburn? esp at 0:56? -T

3. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.secondbest

  • Starring:  Judi Dench, Richard Gere, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and more.
  • Releasing: March 6, 2015
  • Director: John Madden
  • Synopsis: “Two hopeful new arrivals at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful quickly learn that there is only a single room left to rent.”
  • Thoughts: Superhero movies do it so why not “dramedy” movies? “Do what?” you ask…jump on the sequel bandwagon. I like the cast, but I did raise both eyebrows when I learned about this sequel. A surprise to me.  -T

4. Two Night Stand.twonightstand

  • Starring: Miles, Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr and more.
  • Releasing: September 26, 2014
  • Director: Max Nichols
  • Synopsis: “A snowstorm forces two people who made an online connection to unwillingly extend their one-night stand.”

  • Thoughts: Aside from Project X…which wasn’t groundbreaking, I can’t name a film that I like Miles Teller in really. He was tolerable in The Spectacular Now but this just…WHY??? Nothing here makes me want to see it. Nothing. A complete waste of time…twice over! -T

5. Maps to the Starsmaps

  • Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack and more.
  • Releasing: No US release date yet.
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Synopsis: “A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.”
  • Thoughts: Cronenberg brings another oddly intriguing yet twisted film that takes a look into the celebs of Hollywood and the craziness that ensues in a way that perhaps only Cronenberg can. A whole lot of crazy here and the cast looks pretty spot on for the parts.  -T

6. Mortdecai.mortdecai

  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Goldblum and more.
  • Releasing: February 6, 2015
  • Director: David Koepp
  • Synopsis: “Art dealer Charles Mortdecai searches for a stolen painting that’s reportedly linked to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”
  • Thoughts: This one looks just ridiculously entertaining. I actually don’t mind Johnny Depp in this. Even though it isn’t very far from his previous characters it seems still like it could be and could be refreshingly just different enough. Ha. I want to see it. -T

7. Revenge of the Green Dragons.revenge-of-the-green-dragons-poster-405x600

  • Starring: Ray Liotta, Justin Chon, Kevin Wu and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Wai-keung Lau, Andrew Loo
  • Synopsis: “A true immigrant story set against the vibrant backdrop of Flushing, N.Y. in the 1980s and 1990s.”

  • Thoughts: I used to watch a YouTube celebrity named Kevjumba who made short little fun videos. I was quite surprised and impressed to see his name in the top billing section of this film based on a true story. I’ll see it just for that. The poster looks cool.  -T

8. The Best of Me.best of me

  • Starring: Michelle, Monaghan, James Marsden, Liana Liberato and more.
  • Releasing: October 17, 2014.
  • Director:  Michael Hoffman
  • Synopsis: “A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.”

  • Thoughts: “Why does Nicholas Sparks keep getting his books made into movies?” you ask. It’s because people keep going to see them…and they are ALL the same (just like the posters are all the same) and yet people fork out the money to see the exact same thing. Don’t complain to me that another film is coming out. Go stand in front of your movie theater (especially usually around Valentine’s Day) and hold that picket sign up with an anti-Nicholas Sparks movie message on it! hahahahahaha. Here goes another only this time we don’t get Rachel McAdams or Miley Cyrus or Channing Tatum…say it with me: “Sentimental Hogwash!” :-D  -T

Spotlight Video of the Week:

Featurette for Sin City: A Dame to Kill Forsin_city_a_dame_to_kill_forHere’s a featurette for the highly anticipated sequel that releases next week. Enjoy!

Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For releases on Aug 22 and stars Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Juno Temple, Joesph Gordon-Levitt and more.

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Mortdecai
  • Camp X-Ray
  • Map to the Stars

Which ones are your favorites??

—————————————–This Week

This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, August 15, 2014:

  • Wide Release: The Expendables 3 (my review soon), Let’s Be Cops, and The Giver
  • Limited Release: Frank, Life After Beth, Jake Squared and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

RIP Robin Williams… oh how you will be sorely missed.

August 12, 2014

The Focused Filmographer:

facebook951407864690570I was going to write my own memoriam post about Robin Williams but Ruth over at Flixchatter summed it up so beautifully. I will only add this: Williams put so much joy and hope and laughter into our hearts thru the years and his passing as left a hole where happiness once was in the movie world. Pray for his family. Williams’ work inspired and uplifted so many, including yours truly as HOOK remains my all-time favorite film, and as Pan the Man has flown away we feel a bit like lost boys now. Robin Williams we thank you for so many smiles and laughter, O Captain, My Captain. -T

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I can’t believe I had to do another in memoriam posts when the sting of the last one hasn’t quite left me yet. I was just about to get on the elliptical machine at my gym when I saw my friend texted me: “Robin William died. OMG.”

Then I looked up at the rows of TV sets above the gym equipments, and sure enough… his face was splashed on the telly, along with the indescribable and incomprehensible caption: Robin Williams Dead at 63 in apparent suicide.

My heart sank.

In fact, it’s now four and a half hours after I learned of his passing… and it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. How could a man who brought up so much joy and laughter to so many people… could not find anything in his heart to be cheerful about? This was after all the same man who made his best…

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Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

August 7, 2014

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  • Starring: Megan Fox (Transformers), Will Arnett (The LEGO Movie), William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) and more.
  • Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles).
  • Synopsis: “Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.”
  • Rating: PG-13 for violence, suggestive material, brief language.
  • Must-Watch Trailer:
  • Review: (Okay…it’s more of a rant than a review!)

I used to defend Michael Bay. I mean, even when he took Transformers and ruined that childhood favorite of mine, at least he didn’t touch G.I. Joe, right? (That childhood fave got ruined by a couple other directors). Bay directed The Rock (which I enjoy) and The Island (which I liked) and Bad Boys and…sure, ok, Pearl Harbor and Armageddon…but we’ll leave those two alone. For some reason, Michael “bombastic” Bay decided to ruin Transformers further by giving us a fourth ridiculous one and, among it all, he decided to ruin another childhood favorite when he signed up to produce (not direct, however) a reboot for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg

It was a day that the 10-year old boy inside every 20 or 30 or 40-year-old fan cried. We didn’t even have to see footage to already know that the film would be nowhere close to what we’d want it to be. Pretty much a guarantee. Reluctantly, I went with low expectations to watch the renaissance-named heroes in a half shell. Unfortunately, there is no ditch or canyon on this earth deep enough for me to describe how much lower my expectations should have been.tmn

Plainly put, the movie is bad! I’ve heard things from it being “shell-shockingly sad” to a “cowabummer.” And it’s all true. But, let me tell you…it’s not all Michael Bay’s fault. As a matter of fact, as the producer, I can only wonder exactly how much influence Bay had on the film aside from maybe his signature explosions, actors with less than questionable or unused talent and little to no meaningful plot. No, even without Bay, this film beats itself up.

Like Michelangelo, Leonardo and the other great sculptors and painters of the past, allow me to paint a picture for you of what was good and/or decent about the film first. Hopefully it will give you something to enjoy about it, if you can.

  1. The CGI. Admittedly, there have been some pretty bad CGI in a lot of movies and thankfully the motion capture technology used to create the turtles works very well in their favor. (Even if they do look a bit like Shrek on steroids)
  2. The fight scenes. They’re fun. Noisy, cantankerous, flashy, distracting. What you’d expect.
  3. The comedy. Though juvenile…they are teenagers afterall…it works to an extent and will get many laughs from the varying ages of the audience.
  4. The character/individuality of the heroes.

That’s about it.

Here’s what was wrong with the movie:

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I’m not joking and I wish I was. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an unnecessary reboot and a film that teases fans with what could’ve been and instead is nothing but a disappointment.

From bad choices of voices for the characters to horrendously stale acting of the actual actors (Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner and Whoopi???)…tmntt…to the unbelievably wasted use of the villains in the film and the unknown and uncertain actual plot of said villains, to the lack of anything actually happening that makes you care about the characters to the amount of lack of tribute to the things that fans loved about the originals…there isn’t much to enjoy in this bad movie with a few good moments. (Quite the opposite when compared to another film in theaters right now focusing on a team of fighters who have jokes and work together to defeat evil.)

It’s an insult how Liebesman and Bay expect us to swallow this and call it yummy. I mean, I was willing to overlook the fact that the turtles are about gigantic in size and yet can slide through a 3 ft wide manhole into the sewer. I was willing to overlook the fact that Megan Fox is the “Shia LaBeouf” of this franchise. I was even willing to overlook the massive amount of product placement used once again in a Bay movie (i.e. Pizza Hut, Crush soda) and the clunky dialogue…

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But there’s no overlooking the fact that this is not geared towards the long-term fans and is clearly made for the kids who won’t see the plot holes, won’t see the problems with the villains who ultimately have no real purpose, and won’t see the problem with this movie being full of fast moving turtles and silly fun one-liners. But for the adults…well, I smelt a rat and it wasn’t just Master Splinter.

Kids will like it. That’s the target audience as the film tends to really ignore the original fan base. There are moments that are fun and that will bring smiles and laughter, but they are few and far between. Mind-numbing action, mixed with a never-ending noisy soundtrack, paired up with “mutant ninja turtle teenagers” who can kick butt all day long but suddenly forget how to fight that way when facing the big foe and blended with some occasional fun jokes and forgettable funnies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a bust with a lot of fast-paced action in the middle of nothing really happening at all. Even the half-hearted attempts at tying in the character’s histories and emotions together ultimately fall victim to nonchalant indifference.tmntttt

The turtles may be green and you may be too after watching it…either green as in sick or green as in full Hulk-mode mad. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Far from turtle-power’s finest hour.tmnttt

My Score: 1 out of 5 stars for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: Review for Into the Storm

“Trailer Time Thursday!” 8.7.14

August 7, 2014

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. Left Behind.left-behind-poster-422x600

  • Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson, Jordin Sparks and more.
  • Releasing: October 3, 2014.
  • Director: Vic Armstrong
  • Synopsis: “A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.”
  • Thoughts: I gotta say, this one looks a lot better than I thought it would look like when I first heard about it. It def looks a lot better than the poster for it. I’m actually a lot more interested in seeing it now. -T

2. Stonehearst Asylum.stonehearst-asylum-poster-405x600

  • Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Brad Anderson
  • Synopsis: “A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues — though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.”

  • Thoughts: Kingsley and Caine seem to be the perfect pairing for a movie based in an asylum. The look and feel of this added with the entire cast including Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess…yeah, color me interested. I like a good time period piece. -T

3. Reclaim.kinopoisk.ru

  • Starring:  John Cusack, Jacki Weaver, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Alan White
  • Synopsis: “After their newly adopted daughter goes missing in a small town, Steven and Shannon will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind her disappearance and the dangerous secret behind the adoption agency they trusted. Risking their own lives, they will discover just what being a parent means and how far they will go to get their child back.”
  • Thoughts: John Cusack as a bad guy usually works for me. He reminds me of a brooding Ed Norton. Mixed with a plot that looks a little bit like Prisoners mixed with Man on Fire mixed with Taken…I am curious. I also like the fact that the leading lady is not too well-known. It adds to its sense of authenticity or realism for me. What about you? -T

4. The Theory of Everything.theoryofeverything

  • Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, David Thewlis and more.
  • Releasing: November 7, 2014
  • Director: James Marsh
  • Synopsis: “A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.”

  • Thoughts: I had forgotten about the Stephen Hawking biopic until the trailer hit. Eddie Redmayne looks really good in the role, as does Felicity Jones. Perhaps this is an Oscar attempt (look at it’s release date), perhaps not, but it’s nice when biopics choose people that not only look the part but appear to embody it as well. I know little of Hawking’s life and perhaps this will give more insight into his reasoning and theories (regardless of how one may agree or disagree with them). There should be more biopics about people who have shaped the world in one way or another as opposed to some of the biopics being proposed as of late. -T

5. The Remainingremaining

  • Starring: Johnny Pacar, Shaun Sipos, Bryan Dechart and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Casey La Scala
  • Synopsis: “After a series of worldwide cataclysmic events, a group of survivors struggle to survive.”
  • Thoughts: “Left Behind: The Blair Witch/Paranormal Activity/Sharknado Edition.” I actually posted this trailer just to make sure that it was real. You see, if you all see the same thing I saw and comment on it, then I know my eyes didn’t deceive me and that this movie is actually real and coming. If you see me in the theater heading to this one, please rapture me out of that line! (I do kinda like the poster though) -T

6. Into the Woods.intothewoods

  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and more.
  • Releasing: January 1, 2015
  • Director: Rob Marshall
  • Synopsis: “A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.”
  • Thoughts: Looks beautiful. I like the cast. I’m intrigued that no one sings in this film that is supposed to be a musical of sorts. I’m kinda over the whole fairytale genre that has been blowing UP more than a Michael Bay movie. Pardon me while I say “meh” here. -T

7. The Penguins of Madagascar.penguins

  • Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Stormare, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong and more.
  • Releasing: November 26, 2014
  • Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
  • Synopsis: “Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.”

  • Thoughts: I didn’t really get into this trailer until the starting at 1:53 all the way to the end. Then I started laughing at the rest! I’ll admit I’ll go see this now, but it will probably only be an optimum experience if I am in a theater with other kids (yes, I said “other kids”) that are laughing at all the dumb little jokes as their parents sit there bored. haha. This will be one of those fun ones I have a feeling that is made funner the more people that are in the audience! -T

8. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water 3D.spongebob-squarepants-sponge-out-of-water-3D-poster-405x600

  • Starring: Antonio Banderas, Clancy Brown, Tom Kenny and more.
  • Releasing: February 6, 2015.
  • Director:  Paul Tibbitt
  • Synopsis: “SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate.”

  • Thoughts: Don’t say I never put up anything for the kiddos here… -T

Spotlight Video of the Week:

HISHE presents- How Captain America: The Winter Soldier Should Have Endedhow-captain-america-the-winter-soldier-should-have-ended-104154-640x320

  • Here’s the latest from the crew over at How It Should Have Ended as they poke fun at movie plot holes. Their latest target: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Enjoy!

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Stonehearst Asylum
  • Reclaim
  • Left Behind

Which ones are your favorites??

—————————————–This Week

This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, August 8, 2014:

  • Wide Release: Teenange Mutant Ninja Turtles (my review soon), Into the Storm, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Step Up All In and What If
  • Limited Release: The Dog, About Alex, Deepsea Challenge 3D and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

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