Monthly Archives: February 2016

The DVD Critics Corner Academy Awards Quiz!

Hey movie fans, Tom here, your DVD Critics Corner pal!

Well, the Oscars are finally here! All the glitz and glamour, the stars, the movies…

The gold statue thing… the guy who says stuff…

Look, I’m going to be honest. I completely lost interest in the Academy Awards when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was not nominated for best picture.

I know! Right?  Complete outrage! So because of this egregious miscarriage of justice, I am boycotting the Academy Awards show this year. I have much better things to do with 5 hours on a Sunday night thank you very much. My socks are not going to sort themselves you know.

Since I did promise a quiz of some sort, here’s one based on the last movie I just saw which features natural disasters, massive destruction of property, and a DVD Critics Corner Hall of Famer! That beats some snooty ol art house Oscar movie any day!  Here’s a DVDCC Quiz about – San Andreas!

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SAN ANDREAS (2015)

Tom watched the movie San Andreas  because:

  1. He enjoys special effects laden disaster films.
  2. It was the next film on his Netflix DVD queue.
  3. He just felt like it okay?
  4. You’re not the boss of him!
Dwayne Johnson stars and plays Raymond Gaines, whose occupation is:
  1. LAPD SWAT team Leader
  2. Air Rescue Pilot for  the Los Angeles Fire Department
  3. Some other tough job you would never have because you’re a giant puss!
  4. Optimus Prime’s stunt double. The man is huge.

Ray is kinda bummed out because:

  1. His estranged wife Emma (Carla Guigino) has given him divorce papers and is going to move in with her wealthy architect boyfriend Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd).
  2. His daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) is going off to college.
  3. If his muscles get any bigger, he won’t be able to fit in his rescue chopper.
  4. All of the above.
Meanwhile, seismology professor Dr. Lawrence Hayes over at Caltech makes a horrifying discovery:
  1. The San Andreas Fault is about to shift dramatically.
  2. Any major city along the fault line is going to be destroyed by giant earthquakes.
  3. He’s played by Paul Giamatti, who really is too good for a movie like this.

A massive quake hits L.A. and traps Emma atop a crumbling skyscraper. Raymond:

  1. Flies to the rescue in his helicopter.
  2. Extracts Emma from the building before it collapses.
  3. When listening to her cries for help on the phone replies “Why don’t you get Mr. Rich Architect to help you, ya whore!” before hanging up.

Raymond and Emma then race to help Blake who:

  1. Is in San Francisco which is being leveled by the biggest quake ever.
  2. Is using the survival skills her Dad taught her to survive the chaos.
  3. Is super hot, and therefore must survive because so many hot girls in Los Angeles were probably killed in the earlier quake, and hot girls must not go extinct!
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TOO HOT TO DIE.

 

There are many exciting scenes in San Andreas, particularly:

  1. Raymond and Emma parachuting into a crumbling San Francisco.
  2. A massive tsunami that snaps the Golden Gate Bridge in half!
  3. Paul Giammatti looking at the earthquake data on his laptop and saying “Oh my God” a bunch of times. He’s such a good actor!

San Andreas draws to a dramatic conclusion when:

  1. Raymond and Emma rescue Blake from a flooded building.
  2. Mother, Father, and Daughter are reunited as rescue workers move in to comfort the survivors.
  3. EVERY CG BUILDING, TREE, AND NATIONAL LANDMARK IN SAN FRANCISCO HAS FALLEN!
Does Tom recommend San Andreas?
  1. Yes.
  2. No.
  3. Give him a minute to think about it, okay?
  4. You’re not his Mom!!!

 

Enjoy the Star Wars free Oscars.

 

 

 

 

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Robots in Disguise!

TERMINATOR GENISYS (2015)

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Starring: Arnold Shwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke

Director: Alan Taylor

Plot: To save mankind from extinction, Kyle Reese goes back in time to protect the woman who will be the mother of the man who will lead the humans in the future war against the machines. Nah! Just kidding. This movie is nothing like that.

Rating: PG-13 Because nobody does R rated action movies anymore.

Hey kids. It’s Tom, your DVD Critics Corner pal. Sorry I haven’t been around that much the past few months, but my job as a retired black ops soldier turned pro kite surfing champion who occasionally solves crimes the CIA won’t touch has been keeping me really busy.

Why just the other day as I was hanging from the landing skid of a helicopter with one hand with bullets and rockets whizzing by my head and a briefcase full of recovered nuclear missile launch codes in my free hand when it hit me; it this what I’m all about? Am I fulfilled?

The answer was no. So the CIA gave me a nice going away party, erased most of my memory, and here I am, back at my post as… what is it I do here?

I think the CIA gave me the deluxe memory wipe package.

Speaking of memory wipes, I want you to forget everything you know about the Terminator movies. Forget Skynet, forget a young Linda Hamilton running from a Michelin Man sized Arnold Shwarzenegger, forget everything that happened in Terminator Salvation – seriously, forget everything about that movie – because the latest installment of the venerable sci fi saga, Terminator Genysis has rebooted/revamped the franchise with a plot twist that has everything in the Terminator universe all topsy turvy and higgledy piggeldy.

Higgledy piggeldy is a movie reviewer word. Only we can use it. Let’s move on.

As the movie opens, it’s 2029 and the last surviving humans are duking it out with the Skynet and their evil army of robots. Under the leadership of John Connor (Jason Clarke), Skynet is on the ropes, but they activate their time machine to send a Terminator cyborg back in time to kill John’s mother in 1984. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, more wooden than ever) Connor’s most trusted soldier, volunteers to get naked and travel back in time to protect Sarah’s pretty little head from the menacing Arnold-bot.

Reese arrives in 1984 Los Angeles. But before he can play Donkey Kong on Colecovision or catch an episode of Dynasty, he’s set upon by a T-1000 liquid metal robot, who’s not supposed to be there. Before lunkhead Reese can figure out what is going on, he’s rescued by a gun toting Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and her T-800 bodyguard “Pops” (Arnold Schwarzenegger; still looking darn good) who have a lot of plot exposition to lay down.

Turns out Pops was (for reasons not explained) sent back into the 1970’s to protect Sarah when she was 9, so Sarah grew up knowing that her son was destined to lead the human resistance, a T-800 would be sent to try to kill her in 1984, and  most importantly, she has to do the no pants dance with Kyle Reese to insure her son is born.

That’s a lot of pressure on a little kid. When I was nine all I worried about was returning a book to the library on time. Hey, those late book fees could cost you 8 cents a month!

Since Sarah and Pops have already taken care of the T-800 cyborg sent to kill her, they want to now go forward in time to 1997 to stop Skynet from going online using the time machine she and Pops built in their secret underground bunker, which makes that old dresser you and your dad restored and repainted in the garage look really lame in comparison

But wait! Kyle suggests they go ahead in time to 2017, because when he was travelling back in time, he saw an altered timeline when his younger self tells him to go to 2017.

Remember all those sci fi books, movies, and TV shows that told us that mucking around in the past would cause irreparable damage to the future, and the end result could be a rift in the space time continuum that causes the collapse of the universe itself?

Nah! Forget that crap! According to Terminator Genisys, the timeline welcomes our abuse. So do whatever you want with it! Change the past, mess with the future, it’s all good! Don’t pay any attention to what Doc Brown said! Stupid old geezer…

Anyhoo, Sarah and Kyle travel forward to 2017 to find that Skynet isn’t a high tech defense computer controlling our nuclear weapons. In this new timeline it’s a super cool operating system named Genisys that’s about to go online to an adoring public hungry for a faster app that will help share pictures of the sandwich they are about to eat with strangers.

Sarah and Kyle hook up with an aged Pops, who has been hanging around awaiting their arrival for 33 years stockpiling more weapons in the bunker and catching up on his soaps. The valiant trio gears up to destroy Skynet/Genisys, but a new, stronger, smarter, T-3000 cyborg is running things now, and he looks a lot like someone they all know!

Terminator: Genisys has lots of action and cool effects – the fight scene  between “Pops” Arnold and his younger bulkier 1984 self is especially fun – the usual stuff you’d expect from a Terminator movie.

Which is fine, I guess.

The problem is the cast. As Sarah Connor, Emelia Clarke has a hard time filling Linda Hamilton’s combat boots. And Jai Courtney, bless his little heart is really trying to make a go with this whole acting thing, but when Arnold freakin Schwarzenegger shows more range playing an emotionless cyborg, maybe it’s time to try something new. I don’t care if he’s dreamy! He’s a lousy actor! Man, I wish the voice in my head would leave me alone when I blog!

To sum up, I guess those Hollywood movie folks thought the whole “change the timeline” thing would help reboot the Terminator franchise the same way it did for Star Trek in 2009, but this case the time tripping franchise makeover falls flat.

Still, it’s always good to see Arnold stepping back into one of his signature roles. And it’s nice to see Emelia “Game of Thrones” Clarke in a role that requires her to wear a shirt.

I didn’t write that last part. The voice in my head insisted I put that in.

He is such a prude.