With the recent release of Oz the Great and Powerful on DVD and Blu-Ray, audiences can again return to the Land of Oz, complete with Emerald City and Yellowbrick Road, but will this film be the comeback to the franchise that we all know Disney is hoping it will be? Read on to find out if this movie finds it's courage or melts under the stress.
The first thing that I loved about this movie is the homage that it payed to it's predecessor. The film begins in black and white and as Oscar Diggs, we'll get to him in a sec, enters Oz the movie goes full colour and wide-screen. The original Wizard of Oz used the switch to show the staggering power of colour on film with Wizard of Oz being shot in Technicolor, which was huge at the time (1939). In this film it just pays tribute to that which came before, but it did bring a definite smile to my face. There are other little winks and nods along the way that people who watched the original film will appreciate and Sam Raimi even managed to squeak in a cameo by Bruce Campbell, just a little something he does. As for other nods, you can definitely tell that this is a Disney movie, castles have that certain flair, and after watching the special features on the Blu-ray you see just how much of an influence early Disney animation had on this film.
So you’re wondering how Marvel will come back after the smash success of The Avenger’s movie of last year. Their response: Iron Man 3. I had a chance to watch the newest iteration to the Marvel Cinematic Experience last Wednesday and I’d like to offer up my brief review of the film. In a way Iron Man 3 is not only a sequel to it’s sequel but more of a fact that it’s a sequel to The Avengers. Iron Man 1 and 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor all led to the first of the Avengers movies. Iron Man 3 is the first of the Marvel movies in the Phase Two list leading up to the eventual sequel to the Avengers. Is Iron Man 3 worth the hype and excitement? Read on to find out. For films so close to the release date I do try to avoid spoilers but in this review I will note where spoilers begin and where they will end. You have been forewarned!
This week’s Netflix Movie Friday is brought to you by Sky Captain and the World of tomorrow. Following this week’s theme of 1940s era, this movie takes place in an futuristic 1940s era where flying machines and giant robots are more likely rather then implausible. The unique selling point of this film is it’s combination of art style as well as overall presentation.
This week’s Neflix Movie Friday Review comes courtesy of Balls of Fury. A relatively cliché movie from beginning to end, there still are some very good sequences that, while are visible a mile away, offer some good laughs. Plus, I feel like I’ve been reviewing shit movies the past few weeks so I decided to at least watch something I could get a few laughs out of. Plus Christopher Walken.
Holy wow there’s something to be said about a movies made in the 80s. Some of the faults of this film can be attributed to the era of horror movies to which this movie came from. Also the fact this is the 8th Friday the 13th movie. While I don’t deny the appeal that the Jason movies brings to the table, you think after 8 movies in a row, you’d stop for a breather to reflect on how terrible the film is.