In life we all have to pick our poisons. My poison of choice is Lord of the Rings among sundry others. I am also a sucker for romantic dramas and comedies. Who am I to argue that Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 is overwrought and cheesier than a hunk of freshly curdled muenster cheese? A movie pundit with a massive audience, that's who! Breaking Dawn Part 2 could not have been ended any other way than it did and that is the honest truth. Stephenie Meyer is the producer and that counts for something. The way in which the Volturi and the Cullens and their allies engage in mortal combat is the icing on the cake. my nitpicking qualms aside, those action sequences solidify the film as something epic for what it is.
The Expendables 2 Blu-ray has been released twenty years too late...and that has made all the difference. Thank goodness Sylvester Stallone is still going strong. Resurrecting Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris has been a stroke a genius. Adding Nan Yu and Liam Hemsworth has made this second episode in the lives of ALL of our 80's larger-than-life superheroes in The Expendables 2 on Blu-ray simply transcendent. Sure, hardly any of the action is believable, but when has that ever stopped the all time greats? Perhaps I would have appreciated a cameo for Kurt Russell instead of for JCVD, but sour grapes are just that, putrid.
The question is not whether Taken 2 is a great film; rather the question is whether or not the series deserves to be a trilogy. Has Taken 2 made a strong enough case that there are more frills and thrills that will compel audiences to clamor? Is there an entertaining storyline waiting to be written that will advance the lives of the central characters in a meaningful or exciting way? It is clear that the original Taken was heralded as an instant classic in the revenge drama genre. The original reminded fans of a Death Wish or The Brave One. Revenge is a powerful motivational force and it makes for compelling cinema. The second Taken focuses more on an obvious premise and never goes beyond surface details.
Total Recall 2012 exudes a tranquilizing effect. Viewers recently turned on to the concept of memory implantation will surely find this picture to be an exciting adventure. Total Recall 1990 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger had been the very first film that I had ever watched in a movie theater. To this day, that film remains a brilliant and visionary work of art. It presents one of Arnold’s finest performances and there are at least two handfuls of films to choose from. The remake (Total Recall 2012) benefits from having two gorgeous leading ladies duel to the death (Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel Timberlake), but it will never amount to being half as stellar or as creative as its progenitor.
There is a micro-niche audience for films such as Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness. For the remainder of society it is obvious that this is one dungeon not to be toured and any hint of dragons is nothing but a tall tale. Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness stars actors Meagan Good, James Rawlings and Eleanor Gecks.
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