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I Finally Watched ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘War Horse’

So, over the past couple of days I’ve watched some pretty popular films; War Horse and Lethal Weapon. Both were memorable and I have strong opinions on both of them so with no further delay, here are my reviews for each movie.

Lethal Weapon

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Well, Lethal Weapon was not what I expected. Yeah, it’s a classic buddy-comedy duo type of a movie but it wasn’t as funny as Rush Hour and Bad Boys. Instead, it was a more serious film with humorous tones in it and I kind of liked that twist.

Mel Gibson’s suicidal Martin Riggs was a different type of a police officer and he ultimately got me invested in the story when I was kind of watching the film bored. The movie was good but at times it felt like a true-blue 80s’ film and that’s not always a good thing.

The scenarios Riggs and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) constantly found themselves in and out of at times felt ridiculous and totally cliche. But the movie was somewhat enjoyable and I understand why it is as famous as it is. I don’t think I’ll be watching it again though anytime soon.

Die Hard, however, a fellow action movie that had a Christmas setting in Los Angeles that came out just a year after Lethal Weapon, is far better though in casting, story, and action.

4 out of 5 stars

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It’s Hump Day!

There are those days when my brain is buzzing with great content that I’m ready to share with you all…and then there are days like today. Slow, fuzzy hump days when an idea for a post just seems to be floating out of reach.

Because of that, I won’t be sharing a post that specifically has a theme. I’m just going to be sharing random stuff that has managed to put a smile on my face…and maybe it’ll put a smile on your face too.

Luca drops on Disney+ on June 18
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What Are Steven Spielberg’s Three Perfect Movies?

Since the 70s’ Steven Spielberg let the world know…he could make movies. So many of his films are iconic, so many of his stories have helped inspire movies to this day, and I, as a movie lover, am always taken aback by how he manages to craft that on-the-edge-of-your-seat level of suspense in his films.

I’ve seen so many of his movies; Saving Private Ryan, The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hook, etc. but there are three movies of his that are 100% great.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

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You want to know the perfect action flick? I’m talking an action movie whose first second to the last delivers thrills, laughs, and chill-inducing moments that you’ll never forget. That is Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Harrison Ford takes a whip-wielding archaeologist and turns him into a movie icon as Steven Spielberg takes us on a worldwide adventure that never lets up.

Iconic isn’t even enough to fully describe the majesty of this action movie. There’s a giant ball that’ll crush you and your bones, plenty of creepy Nazis, a grand score that’ll leave your heart soaring as it imbues each scene with majesty, snakes, a fly (you know the one), and well, the power of God.

No movie has been able to replicate what seems like an easy concept but has been proven to be almost impossible to remake. Even the two Indiana Jones films that followed could live up to the standards of this Best Picture-nominated wonder.

In terms of my favorite scene from the movie: it’s literally the last one when we see the Man With No Name taking the Ark of the Covenant away. It’s the perfectly mysterious conclusion to a film that is, well, perfection.

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Revisiting ‘The Adventures of Tintin’

As a young teenager I remember watching The Adventures of Tintin every once in a while. At the time, I wasn’t a fan but my younger sister LOVED this story, mainly because of the staggeringly-beautiful animation that grips you with its unceasing perfection.

Recently, my sister and I began to reminisce about the animated film that Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson created and we decided to revisit the movie that, unfortunately, wouldn’t even be nominated for Best Animated Film in 2012.

The Adventures of Tintin feels like Steven Spielberg threw up all over it…in a good way. Every element feels like the best elements of his Indiana Jones movies as he tells a grand adventure featuring likable characters in the lead hero, Tintin (Jamie Bell), co-star Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), and Tintin’s super-cute dog, Snowy. Plus, the film’s villain, Sakharine (Daniel Craig), is undoubtedly one of the coolest villains I have ever seen. You almost want to root for the guy he’s so cool.

No, this isn’t the greatest animated movie I’ve ever seen but next to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse it undoubtedly has the best animation I’ve seen. Continue reading Revisiting ‘The Adventures of Tintin’

‘Saving Private Ryan’: The Best War Film of All Time?

I had heard about Saving Private Ryan but never felt compelled to watch it. All I knew was that it was a war movie starring Tom Hanks. On July 3 I watched it for the first time on TBS and was shaken to my very core by the power, grittiness, and at times disturbingly realistic portrayal of the ugliness of war.

Steven Spielberg, who would win Best Director for this film, provided what I feel is his greatest work in this movie. He made us feel like a soldier on the bloody battlefield. He made us feel the horror of seeing fellow countrymen killed mercilessly in battle. He made us begin to care for the characters and their internal struggles. He made us watch wide-eyed as the story continued, delivering gut punch after gut punch until the end.

Saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece. An utter masterpiece of filmmaking, specifically for the war movie category. I’ve seen Glory, I’ve seen Dunkirk and 1917 (by the way, 1917 is a total modern ripoff of Saving Private Ryan but isn’t nearly as good) but I have never quite seen anything like this movie I was fortunate enough to watch a couple of days ago.

Let me tell you, this movie is not for the weak. Its violence is on another tier of horror, showing war in a non-glorified light that reminds us why soldiers come home with so much trauma. But beyond the extreme violence lies a tale of bravery that is a testament to the character and virtue of the United States and what we are willing to do to protect our countrymen.

I’m giving this movie 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

Ranking the ‘Jurassic Park’ Movies

I love the Jurassic Park movies. I’ve seen all of them and even despite sometimes being annoyed by these movies I will be one of the first in line to see the next one, Jurassic World: Dominion, coming out potentially next year.

Today, I’m sharing my ranking of the five dinosaur-packed delights. Enjoy!

5. Jurassic Park III

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Jurassic Park III is pretty bad. I watched it and I honestly forgot what the film was about. It was just one of those movies that feel like plain dumb fun to watch with people getting chomped by dinosaurs and characters screaming and running for dear life. It’s hilarious. Continue reading Ranking the ‘Jurassic Park’ Movies