Anything Michael Pena stars in is usually worth watching, sadly I can’t say the same about Dax Shepard. Chips was probably a fun show back in the day, which the writers tried to replicate here but was really hit and miss with. The sub plot really brought down the comedy and main story overall, which lead to more repetitive jokes that by the end they were not funny. Chips isn’t the worse buddy cop comedy out, but it won’t be something I remember fondly or have a desire to watch again, except maybe the outtakes.
When I was a kid, I loved the original power rangers series. I’ve never bothered to watch the other shows over the years, so I was only somewhat excited about this rather terrible reboot. The characters are not what we’ve come to expect over the years and the story lacked any real meaning. I felt the writers took our beloved heroes, altered their personalities and characteristics, and expected us to fall for them. The whole movie focuses on the wrong things, which left little to no time for real action and fighting. This may be an “origins” story that gave us a bad villain and uninspiring performances to start-up an epic movie franchise that needs to get better for me to care about the next five projected films.
Critics and the majority of people probably think The Ring Two is the weaker of the two, but I found this story to be more intense and less predictable which made it a slight more enjoyable. There was more of a plot here with some freaky nightmares and visions that was lacking in the first one. Maybe I was just getting invested in the characters or the depth of the overall story, which made me pay more attention to every detail and wait for an ending that we know would never actually be the end.
The Ring was supposed to be one of the scariest movies of this century, but maybe I’ve been spoiled with other movies to not bat at an eye at this horror tale. The story is really silly considering the lack of video tape equipment back in the day. This was a unique concept that had the potential to be something amazing, despite many sequels that don’t get to the root of the main problem: why is this happening. In my honest opinion, the story gets better, I just didn’t buy into it with this first installment.
Step Up All In may be considered a weak ending to the franchise, but has the best dance finale of them all. I hate reality TV, so this story is super lame and corny, but the chemistry between our two leads (both appearing for the second time) made for some intense story telling. The final dance off saved the story and energized me like never before. This wasn’t an ordinary dance off either and the use of props really aided the storytelling of moves, which summed up the fire that burns bright in all the characters.
Finally the Step Up movies returned to an angle that lacked in the previous two movies and made the original so good, a meaningful love story. With the introduction of yet another new leading guy and a pretty interesting extreme new group angle, Step Up Revolution took dancing to a whole other level and turned it into something more then just a work of art. Some would dislike the repressing dad angle or the entire MOB story, but something to really enjoy is the passion everyone brings to their dancing and their desire to fight for something they love.
Step Up joined the rest of the movie industry by getting released in 3D. At no point did a dancing movie need or deserve to be in 3D, but who am I to stop studios from making money. The best part of this story, which is the weakest of the entire franchise, is the inclusion of characters who have become a mainstay in all the films and how impactful they are to the overall story. By this time, we have all come to understand that these stories are generally weak, the dancing only keeps getting better, with the stakes get higher and higher with each new competition.
Step Up the Streets continues the tradition of an outcast trying to find some solid footing in their life, while trying to follow their dreams and pursue their passions. There is no denying there was a deep connection between lead dancers in the first installment, which really didn’t carry over with our two new leads. Of course in any sequel, the moves have to evolve and the beat has to change because every new competition brings new blood. The stakes are always higher and the expectations only grow which brings more pressure and more drama.
Kong: Skull Island was a pretty bad ass movie. CGI has come a long way, which helped make the King the best he’s ever been. There was a great ensemble of actors, all with good intentions until the shit hits the fan and its survival of the fittest. I hated Samuel L. Jackson’s deranged character, John C. Reilly was fantastic for being somewhat crazy, while Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson form a great heroine duo. The only other aspect I thought was really silly was the amount of extra larger than life creatures. This movie was about Kong and his island, not an island full of mystical deadly creatures.
Slap Shot is hailed as the holy grail of hockey movies (sorry Youngblood). Sometimes great ideas are not meant to be messed with because they lose their appeal. Goon was funny, outrageous, and totally unexpected, that this sequel was an absolute disgrace to the original. A really stupid side-show of characters and story derails what could have been an epic comedy sequel. The jokes didn’t hit their mark, the overall story and game lack the heart, desire, and passion of the original. I hate comparing movies to each other, but this movie is just terrible, much like Slap Shot 2 is to the original.