Author: XPonce25

Going to the well one too many times

Do too many sequels hurt a film’s franchise?  Let’s take a look at some examples, shall we? 1. The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), & Terminator: Salvation (2009) – The Terminator was a great movie as it was about a seemingly indestructible machine (T-800) who was sent from the future to prevent a woman (Sarah Connor) from giving birth to her son (John) who would grow up to become the leader of the resistence.  Terminator 2: Judgment Day raised the bar by changing the plot: this time, the T-800 was sent back to protect the John from a new terminator (T-1000), a terminator more advanced than him that was made of liquid metal.  Just seeing him morph into various liquid objects as well as morphing into Sarah Connor herself was absolutely astonishing.  Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was about the T-800 protecting John from a female terminator, the Terminatrix.  While the movie was good, it wasn’t as good as Terminator 2.  Terminator: Salvation should not have been made at all.  It is about an adult John Connor leading a resistence against Skynet.   The special effects aren’t nearly as good as they were in the previous Terminator films.  Also, it’s just not the same w/out Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The only glimpse we get of Arnold is his face on someone else’s body.  Just like Linda...

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127 Hours (2010)

The old saying, “Stuck between a rock and a hard place” never rang more true than the nightmare that mountain climber Aron Ralston had to endure.  Stuck within the confines of Blue John Canyon, 127 Hours stars James Franco and is directed by Danny Boyle.  The film takes place around April 25, 2003 in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park.  This film is also part biography/part drama.  This movie is basically about Aron Ralston (played by James Franco) and the agonizing 127 hours he had to deal with being stuck in a canyon wall.  Before he gets there though, as he is running through the canyon, he runs into two hikers Kristi (played by Kate Mara) and Megan (played by Amber Tamblyn).  He takes them into a narrow passage which, when you drop, leads into a secret pool.  After they disband, Aron heads towards Blue John Canyon.  Unfortunately, as he falls down into the canyon, a boulder comes loose and pins his right arm against the canyon wall.  After realizing that his calls for help are pretty much useless from where he is; he must ration the little water and food that he has.  Thinking he has no way out, he begins recording himself on his video camera, basically saying goodbye to whoever should find it.  After miraculously surviving five days in the canyon, he has an epiphany; in order to...

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Tyson (2008)

Once known as “the baddest man on the planet”, the 2008 documentary film Tyson delves into the highly publicized life of one of the most controversial figures of all time, former heavyweight champion of the world, “Iron” Mike Tyson.  Directed by James Toback, the film stars Mike Tyson as it takes a look at his life both personal & professional; both inside & outside of the ring.   This 90 minute film is basically Mike Tyson opening up about all of the trials & tribulations that he has gone through throughout his entire life.  For example, he talks about how hard it hit him when his trainer, Cus D’Amato, passed away as he was like a father figure to Tyson.  He also opens up about not properly training for James “Buster” Douglas the way he should have & ended up losing the heavyweight title as a result.  Another thing Tyson discusses are both of his fights with Evander Holyfield & how he snapped during their second fight which caused him to bite Holyfield’s ear.  Of course, outside of the ring, he also mentions his tumultuous relationships with Robyn Givens & Desiree Washington.  Finally, he brings up his fights with Lennox Lewis & Kevin McBride & how he didn’t have that fire inside of him anymore & only did those fights for the paychecks.  One aspect of the filmmaking which...

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Back to the Future 25th Anniversary

Recently, the cast of the classic 1985 film Back to the Future reunited to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  The film was so successful that it would spawn two sequels, Back to the Future Part II in 1989 and Back to the Future Part III in 1990.  In Back to the Future, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels back in time to the year 1955 thanks to a DeLorean time machine built by Dr. Emmett Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd).  While trapped during that time period, he inadvertently causes his future mother Lorraine Baines (played by Lea Thompson) to fall in love with him.  As a result, he must not only force her to fall in love with his future father George McFly (played by Crispin Glover/Jeffrey Weissman) or be deleted from time history forever but he must also find a way back to 1985.  In Back to the Future II, Doc brings Marty and Jennifer Parker (played by Claudia Wells/Elisabeth Shue) to the year 2015 in order to save Marty’s son from being arrested.  While in the future, Marty decides to buy a sports almanac which tells the results of 50 years of sports (1950-2000).  However, once Doc finds out about it, he throws it away.  Marty’s old nemesis, Biff, finds it and uses it to become rich and powerful.  Together, Marty and Doc must travel back...

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Jackass 3D (2010)

Four years after Jackass Number Two comes Jackass 3D, the fourth installment of the popular MTV franchise.  The film is a comedy which stars Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Ryan Dunn, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Preston Lacy, Dave England, and Ehren McGhehey; and is directed by Jeff Tremaine. The plot of Jackass 3D is basically, none.  When I say none, I mean there are no heroes, villains, or protagonists in this film.  What you will find instead are a collection of pranks and skits.  The film starts off with another popular MTV franchise, Beavis and Butthead, explaining how 3D works.  From there, you are treated to 93 minutes of the Jackass guys doing completely idiotic things to each other.  For example, in one of the skits, they used super mighty glue to remove chest hair from Phil Margera and Preston Lacy.  In another prank, Johnny Knoxville wears makeup to disguise himself as a bad grandpa who makes out with his granddaughter in public.  One of the funniest skits was when Wee Man was at a bar talking to this lady when her man comes out and starts bar room brawl with Wee Man.  This in turn, leads to the cops and the paramedics coming out.  The funny thing is, everyone is a midget.  Just like in Jackass Number Two, there is a skit which stands out and...

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