Sequels

Terminator: Genisys

It was an interesting idea to twist the events of the first two movies. Too bad hardly any of it was understandable as the movie piled on one twist after another. Premise and Plot – Arnold Schwarzenegger as the original Terminator (T-800) befriended Sarah Connor when she was a little girl. That wasn’t a twist, […]

Horrible Bosses 2

Like Ted 2 that I saw within a couple of weeks of this, the sequel was smart in having a different premise than the original, but… Plot and Character The plight of the guys in the first movie was relatable and made me empathize with them. Here, it wasn’t clear if they suffered because of […]

Ted 2

A few good laughs, but overall the movie did not get close to the original. Plot The premise was smart- Ted wanted to be considered a person so that he can marry his girlfriend- because it grew naturally from the first movie and didn’t repeat the original’s story. Problem was, the typical court trial was […]

Jurassic World

An enjoyable update on the premise and visuals, a disappointing downgrade on the characters. Character Chris Pratt was always on the verge of being funny or cool as he was in Guardians Of The Galaxy, but ultimately he came off as a stick figure saying requisite lines. Another fine actor, Bryce Dallas Howard, also suffered […]

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Lots of good setup, little and poor payoff. Structure/Plot Joseph Gordon Levitt’s storyline did not connect to the rest of the movie and was weak in its own right. There was too long a stretch between his beating and return and then he was shot with too much time left in the movie…it would’ve been […]

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Like most, I felt the movie failed to reach the heights of the first. Unlike most, I think the reasons are fundamental and not about the limitations of the MCU. Character (Ultron) The hero is only as good as the villain is bad. That’s the guiding light in these movies and, while Ultron was bad […]

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

A good example of what Blake Snyder calls Too Much Marzipan. Premise and Plot The basic start was good: the US wanting to dispatch all transformers and not caring or believing that some are allies (the Autobots). Problem #1: The CIA partnered with another race of transformers (where did they come from?) to catch and […]