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My Quick Thoughts on the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy Trailer (PSX 2016)


If you’re like me and are currently in the midst of either finals week or hell week, the PlayStation Experience probably happened right under your nose this year… and last year… and it probably will next year, too. Really, this event is in an awful spot for college students. The point is that I missed the show and was only able to watch it yesterday morning before getting right back to work. In case I don’t get another chance to blog until the end of finals week (Thursday), I wanted to take just a little time to talk about at least one big trailer to come out of this year’s event: Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy. Continue reading My Quick Thoughts on the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy Trailer (PSX 2016)

My 2014 Movies: Robocop (#17)

I have never seen a Robocop film before. My extent of knowledge of the franchise borders between the realms of seldom and none. That is until I saw its recent remake with a couple of friends in February. Now I can at least tell you who Robocop is and how he came to be. More importantly I am interested enough to know more. I can’t say if the film was a worthy remake of the original film, but it was worthy enough to turn a newcomer to the series. In my book, that’s a remarkable thing!

The film takes place in the year 2028, where military force has since been assisted by mechanized soldiers. These military robots are produced by a company named OmniCorp, who wishes to sell his technology for use in US law enforcement. Such a concept has been considered unconstitutional and unlawful. Still, it remains a topic of debate in the States.

Alex Murphy is a police officer of the time. He lives a normal, happy life with his wife and son. One night, a bomb was set in Alex’s car which detonated leaving him mortally injured and on life support. The only chance he has involves an experiment OmniCorp is conducting in order to combine the robotic technology with an everyday policeman. This in theory would convince the public to accept robotic law enforcement as lawful. His wife agrees and the experiment is successful.

Murphy returns to his life and job while being overseen by the research team and OmniCorp. Along the way alterations begin to take place which may compromise Alex’s humanity. The ethical question arises about how much of him is man and how much is machine. And how far will OmniCorp go to turn Murphy into a means to a financial end.

As I previously said, I have never seen the original 1980s films. So I won’t be able to tell you how much of the source material translated faithfully from those movies. All I can properly comment on is this movie as an independent piece. With that said, this movie is very good.

I’ll tackle the story first which I found surprisingly in-depth. I wasn’t expecting a movie called “Robocop” to make me think. However, it’s a topic worth discussing as this concept of android technology isn’t too far into the future. Once the technology is within our means, how far can we go? Is it morally sound? How robotic can someone be until they’re no longer human? Do androids have human rights or not? Would robotic law enforcement be constitutional?

These are all issues that are discussed throughout the narrative. The film’s overriding theme is human vs. machine. It’s a constant struggle that this poor man is caught in the middle of. It’s a struggle that has many factors to consider, from his family to the greater good. You can really get invested in a concept that truly is just one technological advancement away from being reality.

The bottom line is this isn’t just a mindless, senseless action movie. There is a genuinely good story here to go along with those great action scenes. I’m not trying to say it’s this super deep film, but it is at least thought-provoking. The writing of this movie deserves a lot of credit. It’s execution of this interesting plot hits just the right note to be both thought-provoking and fun at the same time.

Of course we do have to discuss the action scenes since that’s the reason most of us will see this movie. Thanks to stunning CG effects this movie packs a good amount of great action to satisfy the explosion-lust within us all. It isn’t until the second act that you’ll finally see Robocop taking out baddies with his high-tech gear and superhuman abilities. Even then, the film provides smaller sequences in the beginning to act as appetizers for what’s to come.

Then there’s the acting which is incredibly well-done. You have Joel Kinnaman as the main star, who personifies the struggle and tragedy of Robocop. His performance give genuinity to the character, which makes it heartbreaking to see him go through this internal and external struggle as he lives life as something completely else.

Gary Oldman plays a scientist who represents the ethical side of the argument and is immediately effective at portraying the good guy. Michael Keaton is the head of OmniCorp who reciprocates Oldman’s character. I’m glad to see Keaton make a little comeback this year with this and Birdman (which I didn’t see). I never knew he was so good at being despicable and diabolical. Performances by the Murphey family, the fellow scientists, and Samuel L. Jackson as a TV show host are excellently portrayed.

All that remains are the production values such as camerawork and cinematography which are stunning as expected. The POV shots of Robocop are definitely worth noting. The slightly futuristic Detroit sets make for some great metropolitan scenery. And the music is also as epic and thrilling as needed for an action film.

This film will be an excellent choice for any action movie fans young and old, casual or hardcore. I believe this film went beneath many people’s radar, but rest assured it’s a good flick. The only people who may have any issue with the movie would be fans of the original films. Even then, you’d be a fool not to at least give the film a fair shot. It may not be as witty or satirical, but you may be surprised with the alternative.

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Analysis: The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers movie remake

Recently I was perusing some movie news and noticed a headline that took me back 10 years. A new Power Rangers movie is in the works, but not in the way you expect. Instead of picking up from the more recent incarnations of the Rangers, this is actually a reimagining of the series that started it all. Back when teens took orders from a big talking head with the voice of God. Back when the color of your Ranger uniform was coincidentally the same color as your skin. Back when even the biggest threat to our planet could be horribly dubbed. Ah, those were the days.

I may be too young to have watched this part of the series when it was new, but my introduction to Power Rangers was, in fact, the Mighty Morphing series. I went on to watch every other series up to Mystic Force. I have a terrible soft-spot for Power Rangers and was ecstatic when I heard this news. And though there is something to be said about how Hollywood does nothing but remake nowadays, I’m actually all for this.

It’s been a couple of months, and we have some details surfacing: some rumors, some confirmed. So, let’s first go over what we know.

This movie is being made by Lionsgate in association with Saban Brands. Lionsgate has a healthy backlog for the most part and does hold promise as the distributor of The Hunger Games. They also distribute The Expendables movies. When you think about it, this combo of epic adaption-work and over-the-top action would fit a Power Rangers movie perfectly. With Saban providing the basis of what Power Rangers is and Lionsgate providing the basis for modern-day quality films, this is promising.

The writing staff also shows promise. Ashley Miller and Zach Stentz, who are writers of X-Men: First Class, were recently confirmed to be writing the script. Additionally, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Thor writer Robert Orci will act as executive producer. I think that there is no better group of people to have their hands on this license. These people know how to properly adapt a classic license and make it accessible to both general audiences and hardcore fans alike.

And so far, the rest are rumors. The cast, director, and synopsis are currently unknown. All we can do now is speculate, and that’s what we’re going to do.

I think the choice in cast is going to be the most controversial part of this movie. We already have a feeling that the original cast will not be reprising their roles, or at least won’t be in the suits. That leads us to 2 options: a cast of unknowns or a cast of A-list actors. My preference would be to cast fresh talent to play the Rangers.

There are already rumors of well-known actors being in the film. The ones I’ve heard going around include Taylor Lautner, Liam Hemsworth, and Chloe Grace Mortez among others. It’s not that these are bad actors. It’s just that these characters are so hard to cast for in the first place. It doesn’t matter who you put there, I won’t take them seriously. I’ll immediately associate them with prior works and it will take me out of the film. With a cast of unknowns, you don’t have that problem. All you have to worry about is whether they give a good perfromance or not.

However, these aren’t the only characters who need representation in this movie. You still have Zordon, Alpha, and whichever villain they chose to be in this movie to consider. For Zordon, all you need is any deep voiced actor. Given the fact that Zordon only needs voice work, this performance can be given by a well-known actor without much controversy. Imagine Zordon played by James Earl Jones. That would be pretty cool. There are so many candidates for this role that even Tay Zonday doesn’t sound that bad of an idea.

Alpha can be played by anybody. I’m not sure who would play him, but my preference would be that whoever it is maintains Alpha’s personality.

You also have Bulk and Skull, who we aren’t sure will be in the movie at all. I’m really iffy about how they would go about this. To me, there is only one Bulk and one Skull. I can’t see anyone else taking their place, and I doubt that the original duo could reprise the roles. It would be silly to see these teens getting harassed by grown men. Then again, they were a big part of the show; several seasons of it to be exact. I’m not sure who would be a candidate for these 2. I predict that if they get in, they’ll be side-lined majorly. Kind of like Easter eggs in the background with a couple of lines.

Then there are the villains. Will it be Rita or Zedd? It would make sense to make it Rita because she was the villain during the first season and plays a big part in the story. However, Zedd has the most potential for a movie in my opinion. His design alone has a lot of possibilities. I doubt that it’ll be both, because this movie’s success would guarantee a sequel, and they’d probably save Zedd for that sequel. So my money is on Rita, if they even go with an already established villain. I don’t know who the hell would play her. Rita is such an animated and over-the-top character that casting her is an unbelievable challenge.

The last thing I’ll touch on is the story- primarily whether or not we’ll see the Green Ranger. Well seeing that this is a reimagining, we very could see a lot of changes. To me, the Green Ranger is contingent on which villain they choose. If it’s Rita, then yes. Keep in mind that the Green Ranger was one of the earliest plotlines of the show. (Second episode of the show to be exact). It would make a lot of sense to establish this into the movie. Besides, the Green Ranger is a crowd favorite.

Let me know your thoughts on the Power Rangers movie, and what you want to see from it. Is there any aspect I didn’t touch upon that you want me to? Do you agree with my opinions or do you feel differently.

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