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Hercules

Well, that was better than I expected. Dwayne Johnson plays Hercules in this movie based on a comic book mini-series.  Hercules might not be the son of a god in this movie.

In this movie, Hercules leads a small band of merecenaries. He uses his legend to his advantage in combat. Hercules and his band are brought in to help a lord whose land is under siege.

Rufus Sewell and Ian McShane are on hand to provide class. And they do,  Some of the other supporting actors are good also.

It is a bit short at 98 minutes.  However, Johnson is good as Hercules. I thought it was pretty clear that he was not the son of a god for most of the film.  However at the end there seeemed to be hints that he migbt be the son of Zeus.

Movie Thoughts 7-24-2014

I am not sure where the idea/cliche that people only use 10% of their brain came from but it is a plot point for the movie Lucy. Scarlet Johasson stars as Lucy and she is exposed to a drug that unlocks her brain power.  As she accesses more and more of her brain power, she gets new powers. Reviews are mixed, I might skip it.

Hercules opens this weekend. Reviews are mixed. I hope it will be good but it might not be good. It has to better than the Legend of Hercules from earlier this year. I like Dwayne Johnson and I think he will be good.

The Sinister Six movie is scheduled to come out in 2016. Amazing Spider-man 3 is scheduled to come out in 2018. No word was mentioned about the Venom movie.

 

Movie thoughts 7-21-2014

Hercules opens Friday. I wonder how many people will go. Will this be the movie that becomes a franchise for Dwayne Johnson?

Sex Tape bombed. It looked bad and critics enjoyed or seemed to enjoy ripping the plot holes. If the movie was better, the critics would be kinder about the plot holes.

Fewer people went to the Purge sequel than went to the original. Maybe good word of mouth will get more people to the theaters next weekend. The sequel got decent reviews.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens next week. I hope it is good. The trailers look good but it might be hard to make a bad trailer.

Marvel studios executive Kevin Fierge finally talked about Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man. He did not anything too interesting but I guess he had to something. I hope the movie will be good and I hope when people see it that the troubles during production are downplayed.

TV thoughts 7-19-2014

NBC has struggled with sitcoms the last few years.  I think they have canceled 6 sitcoms in the last two years and I think five of them were on the air for less than 2 years.  NBC used to have great success with sitcoms, I wonder why they’re struggling lately.

Tom Selleck has not a new Jesse Stone tv movie in 2 years.  I hope he will have another one. Those movies are good. I haven’t read many of the books by Robert B. Parker that the series is bassed on but I think Parker liked Selleck’s performance.

Also Mark Harmon has not made another Lucas Davenport tv movie. Maybe they won’t be another one. It is a shame, Harmon was good as Davenport.  I remember reading the ratings were good, so why hasn’t there been another movie?

 

This movie is good. It is not great but I thought a sequel could have been good.  It looks like there will be not a sequel.

Chris Pine stars as Jack Ryan, the CIA agent and hero of Tom Clancy novels.  This movie is a reboot and it shows Jack in his first adventure. Kevin Costner is on hand in a supporting role. Keira Knightley is on hand as the love interest. There is a subplot where she suspects Jack is cheating on her.

Kenneth Branagh is the Russian villain.  He has a plan to destroy the American economy by causing the dollar to collapse. This would also hurt some other economies. Some of the details might have escaped me.

The action sequences were good. Pine is a likeable hero. He is not the best actor to play Jack Ryan but I thought he did a good job. It might have been fun to see some of his training.

 

Sam Wilson, the Falcon, will take over for Captain America. This will happen in October.  This is the third replacement Captain America storyline since 1982 and the second one in the last ten years, so I take it with a grain of salt.  However maybe the story will be good.  It shouldn’t be a big deal that the new Captain America is black in 2014.

Thor will be replaced by a woman. This seems a bit odd that Thor and Captain America are getting replaced at the same time. Thor once turned into a frog in the 1980s and he was replaced once or twice.

Oddly, the Hulk hasn’t been replaced in a long time.  Iron Man was replaced a couple of times, once with a teenage verison of himself from an alternate timeline.(Yes, that happened.) I cannot remember when the Hulk was last replaced. Maybe he’s next.

Wolverine is supposed to die. Yeah, right.

None of these changes at Marvel last very long. Maybe a lessor known character can stay dead or be replaced but some of the more notable ones cannot really stay dead. Marvel just replaced Spider-man and he was back within two years.

 

Sex Tape is getting bad reviews. Jason Segel cowrote it, so if the reviews are right, he is more at fault than Cameron Diaz. One review suggests that Segel is not good. Wow, he cannot write decent material for himself. (Okay, that might be a bit mean spirited.)

There is new trailer for Big Hero Six. I think that movie is going to be a lot of fun. It looks like it might be really good.  I might go even if my brother’s kids don’t want to see it. I think that they will want to see it.

The Purge Anarchy opens this week.  The first Purge was a big hit on a low budget but some critics said it was just another home invasion thriller. The sequel looks a bit different and it got some decent reviews. I wonder if it will be a hit. I am not sure I buy the centeral concept.

Hercules opens in a week. Guardians of the Galaxy in two weeks.  I will probably see both. I am not sure if I want to see Lucy.

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