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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #2 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Since I reviewed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles yesterday, I thought I might as well continue with this film series with the 1991 sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze.

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So after the success of the first TMNT film, making a sequel had to be done right? But I guess certain changes to the tone, story and characters resulted in a not so impressive sequel. Now this is one of those kind of films I feel like I had seen already due to the reviews I’ve watched only (especially when it comes to James Rolfe’s reviews), but it is still to this day one that I have never properly sat down and watched for myself, I had to check it out just to see what it was like.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to create an army of new mutants.”

The story in this film was decent. I feel like Secret of the Ooze did certain things better than the last film when it comes to the characterisation and fun tone of the animated series, but overall this film doesn’t have that same level of quality that came with the last adventure. This is a tale of revenge and learning about the one’s history, and I feel like those aspects were handled pretty well. I liked the relationship between the Turtles and Splinter as it really emphasized the student-mentor relationship and made Splinter come across as more of an authoritative and father-like figure. There’s also a lot of pop culture references too, some of it works and others are a little too much. And like the last film this one is full of humour and is pretty cheesy, however, this time around the cheese factor is amped up by like one hundred. I guess because of the complaints about the violence and dark tone in the previous film, this film took the lighter approach and that’s why a lot of the humour feels like it was aimed at children, but overall it feels dumbed down, not so accessible to adults and leads to some truly illogical and random situations that feel like something off of Looney Tunes or Tom & Jerry, and it didn’t always work. OH and I couldn’t do this review without talking about the infamous club scene featuring Vanilla Ice, that sequence of action, dancing and music is just the most bizarre and incredibly strange moments in any film I’ve ever seen, but sure enough it is pretty entertaining and humourous.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Paige Turco as April O’Neil was pretty good. Imagine my surprise to see Paige Turco from The 100 here in her youth, that took me a few minutes to process, but anyways besides being really pretty, she made for a decent replacement for Judith Hoag offering a similar take on the character, but just not as feisty. David Warner was also good as Professor Jordan Perry, I thought that Warner’s performance was very convincing as a scientist and the man had a good level of charm, charisma and humour as well. Ernie Reyes, Jr. did a good job as Keno, despite being just a pizza delivery boy, he gets a lot of screen time for action and having interacts with the Turtles, April, Splinter and the Foot Clan too. Since there are a few too many people to mention when it comes to the Turtles in-suit performers and voice, I will just say that I thought that besides their super cheesiness, they are fairly entertaining with my favourites definitely being Leonardo and Raphael. Kevin Clash does a really good job voicing as Splinter and David McCharen does a decent job voicing Shredder.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film’s nice and the practical effects on the Turtles, Splinter and the two other monsters is pretty good, though it doesn’t look as detailed or cool as it did before. When it comes to the action scenes they were okay overall but really were a step down from the last film, having the Turtles barely use their weapons was horrible (Michelangelo never even used his nunchaku once, tragic) and the overall fight scenes were more comical than badass with their only being a handful of good Turtle attacks, really the best fighter was Keno, that kid was awesome and put the Turtles to shame. As for the soundtrack, John Du Prez returns to compose and once again does a good job with the music making it energetic, fun and dramatic when needed, I also like how he kept the Turtles theme intact for this film as it is pretty fun.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? As I said in the last review, I’m not a hardcore TMNT fan, but from what I understand this film kept most of the elements of the source material intact like the main characters. But the only major difference I noticed was with Tokka and Rahzar, those two were clearly some sort of substitution for Bebop and Rocksteady.

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So to conclude Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze is certainly a lot sillier and lighter in nature when compared to prequel, but this film still has a lot of fun, humour and that cool TMNT style that makes these types of films worth watching. I would say that this is one of those films that can only be enjoyed by hardcore fans and those who like its nostalgic factor.

Rating: 6.5/10 (A step down, but still pretty good)

So 2 reviews done, only 28 more to go. So have you seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #1 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! For those of you who have followed this blog for a while you may remember that back in 2013 I did my first Month of Superhero Film Reviews which was hella fun and interesting to discuss the adaptations of some of my favourite and most hated films in the superhero genre. This month we’re doing it again with a new batch of good, bad and indifferent films that will hopefully bring on some interesting discussions! Anyways today I’ll be starting with a classic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you know the good one from 1990.

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So here we are with the first TMNT film, after the success of the TV show, a film seemed like a no-brainer but at the same time this could have ended up so wrong. This kind of source material works okay in animation or print, but live-action? That’s a gamble yo. thankfully this film ended up being pretty good and after all these years it is still a pretty good time with a lot of nostalgic value.

In terms of the story, simply put it follows a group of mutated turtle warriors that must emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.

The story in this film is pretty good, it feels like a Ninja Turtles adventure, but has the kind of narrative that you would find in your standard superhero film too. The film deals with themes of trust, abandonment and family, and they’re tackled in a very nice way. There is a good sense of character progression for the Turtles and April, and it is good how the aspects of the past come into play in the present as well. It is also slightly more adult than the show with a highlight on the rise in crime, use of curse words (there’s a lot of “damn” in this film), talk of death and one kid/teenager smoking a cigar, it is a little odd but it’s also an interesting bit of maturity for this film version of TMNT. Also while this story does well to abbreviate the origin story of the Turtles and character introductions, for people who aren’t long-term fans it may be hard for them to get into the film or appreciate it as much a hardcore fan.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly there’s Judith Hoag as April O’Neil. I like how in this film she’s not a damsel in distress, but a proactive reporter who searches for the truth and isn’t afraid to speak her mind too. Hoag is so fun, charming and pretty as O’Neil and has good chemistry with the Turtles. Elias Koteas as Casey Jones is also pretty good, I like how his character operates outside of the law and eventually becomes an ally of the Turtles. And then there’s the Turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello played in-suit by David Forman, Michelan Sisti and Leif Tilden and voiced by Brian Tochi, Robbie Rist and Corey Feldman. Then there’s Josh Pais as Raphael who plays the character in suit and voice. I also like Michael Turney and Jay Patterson as Danny and Charles Pennington.  as The Shredder was pretty awesome too, being super intimidating and cool as the main antagonist and he’s played well by James Saito and voiced by David McCharen. Oh and seeing Sam Rockwell as Head Thug was so cool, never noticed him before until now.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is really good. There’s nice lighting and colours used for the night scenes, but the main thing that stands out is the Turtles. The practical special effects used to bring them to life is truly impressive, the only problems are with some of the facial movements, but for the most part it looks really good. I also liked what was done with Splinter too as he looked cool too. As for the action it was done well, the fight scenes were nicely choreographed and had a good sense of style, I only which there’d been more hardcore ninjitsu and martial arts added to the action sequences. As for the soundtrack by John Du Prez is appropriately heroic and cheesy, it feels very in line with the animated series and the choice of music tracks and instrumental material sounds very late 80’s/early 90’s and it is totally my kind of sound. But at the same time the music doesn’t always match the tone of the film, it can be kind of cheesy at points when it could have been slightly more serious.

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And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well I’m not the most hardcore TMNT fan, but I do know the basics. From what I understand the filmmakers basically took the source material and adapted it for film and kept most of the core elements intact. The origin story is fine, the character personalities are good and the costume design is mostly spot on. I know that this film was primarily based off on the 1980’s animated series, but I did like how they kept some of the aspects of the comics intact like April having the antique shop and farmhouse, and her relationship with Casey Jones.

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So to conclude Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is still a good film. While it may have aged quite a bit due its use of practical effects and that old 1980’s/90’s style, it still has all of the great codes and conventions of a superhero film and it brings the Turtles into live action in a very faithful yet slightly more mature way for fans of the animated show. I would still recommend this to those interested and open-minded enough to see what came before the 2014 edition.

Rating: 7.5

So there’s my first review done, only 29 more to go. So have you seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Check Out My Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Video Review!

Howdy people of the internet, just doing a quick blog post. So the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film has been out here in the UK for just a little bit and while I did a written review for it, I also made a video one prior to that. It has been a long-ass time since I’ve done a new video on my YouTube channel and I would ask you to view it and spread it like wildfire. Check it below:

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So if you don’t like reading or don’t mind hearing my opinion on a film twice, then check out this video, thanks. This is a pretty much a raw video with no edits or cuts and I tried to do it all in one take so I apologize for any mistakes made, but it was all ad-libbed so you have to give me some credit for that. 😀

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So have you seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and if so what do you think of it? Also what did you think of my review (be honest! :P) Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

Hello there ladies and gentlemen, I now return to the internet to give you my review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now I’ve been skeptical about this film since the dawn of its announcement, however as time went on and the trailers came out, I actually started to find myself intrigued and curious about how the end product would turn out. So is this a good or bad adaptation of the Ninja Turtles? Well, read on and find out!

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So for those who are not aware, the story can be described as the following:

“Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.”

What I really liked about this film is that they got the turtles right and when they were on-screen the film felt just like the standard Ninja Turtles that we’ve come to know and love. In addition to that when the film isn’t being overly serious it can be funny at times, besides a lot of moments that fell flat or jokes that were ruined by trailers and TV spots, there are some great pop culture references and a good few nods to the old Ninja Turtles TV show too. It is a shame that the whole story for the film isn’t as fun, turtles mainly play second fiddle to the human characters, especially April O’Neil, who has far more screen time than she requires and seeing her and Vern’s adventures aren’t nearly as interesting as the film’s writers would have us believe. Also the origin story of the turtles, which was fine with some of the modifications, I still understand while April had to factor in some much in on it, I just didn’t see the point, that could have been changed.

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When it comes to the cast, besides the turtles there is nothing remarkable about the performances from the other people involved. Megan Fox as April O’Neil, besides looking slightly hotter than usual, wasn’t all that interesting in this film. Her acting was better than some of the other stuff I’ve seen her in but she just isn’t that compelling of an actress for me to engage with as the lead character. And there’s Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick, poor Arnett, such a waste of his talent. I love this guy as an actor, but here he was just a plum, an uninteresting, silly and quite pervy plum which didn’t sit well with me at all. William Fichtner as Eric Sacks was alright, but didn’t really have any cool qualities that made him memorable. Tohoru Masamune played a predictable “bad guy in the shadows” as Shredder, he did his job was he was that compelling, while Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson was just wasted in this film.

I have to give props to Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo (who did the motion-capture while Johnny Knoxville did the voice) and Jeremy Howard as Donatello who did great as the turtles. These turtles felt like brothers and had some great banter together and their relationship was very believable. And finally Danny Woodburn did a good job as Splinter’s motion-capture performer, while Tony Shalhoub’s voice, while not what I was expecting, was decent.

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As for the presentation it is pretty good for the most part. Visually, it is a very stylish film with a very vibrant colour palette for New York especially at night, the cinematography is pretty slick and dynamic which is great for the action sequences (thought I wasn’t too keen on the overuse of slow motion). One thing the visual effects artists did get right was the combat and fight sequences which were some of the best the turtles have ever been in, this was real martial arts with super strength in the mix too which resulted in very satisfying fights with the turtles, Shredder and even Splinter too! When it came to the look of the turtles themselves, they were a mixed bag, while at some angles they look pretty cool, other times their faces were horrible and their bodies looked so beefed up on steroids. Leonardo was the best-looking turtle by far. As for Shredder and Splinter, as I said before in my TMNT (2014) Trailer #2 Review, Shredder is more machine than man now and looks like a miniature Transformer which was completely unnecessary for his character and as for Splinter, from a distance he doesn’t look too bad, but up close at a front-view angle, yuck! So ugly.

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In conclusion the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film was pretty entertaining and much better than I expected it to be, while it definitely isn’t the best film in the series and there was a lot of wasted time dedicated to April O’Neil’s character, when it comes down to the turtles running around, beating people up and having banter, the film works. If only there had been more. Hopefully the sequel will rectify this and make them front and center because there is something good to be found beneath the heaps lame jokes, boring story and unnecessary modern updates to the core TMNT formula.

Rating: 7/10 (Had more fun with this than I should have)

So have you seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and if so what do you think of it? Do you feel like it was a solid update on the old formula or are you disguised that your childhood memories were ruined? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer #2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, after a lot of trailers recently I’m finally here to review a new one and this one is fairly interesting as we’re gonna be talking about the second official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now I’m still looking forward to nuff films over the summer like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Expendables 3 and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, but this film is the one I keep forgetting about. The first trailer looked alright, but it wasn’t anything that blew me away and so far all the promotional material for this film has yet to get me pumped for this new version of the Ninja Turtles. But now we have a new trailer and I feel like I need to talk about it.

Have a look at the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing the trailer? Looks better than it did before.

This is definitely the most turtle-centric trailer we’ve gotten so far as the focus on the human characters was really pushed into the backgrounds and there was more of the turtles shown than ever before. We got to see and hear the turtles as the fought soldiers, interacted with each other and April and overall it just felt more in line with the type of TMNT characters that we’ve gotten in the past. Beyond the turtles we got to see glimpses of Splinter and got to see Shredder in action as well.

So what do I like about the trailer? Well here are some things I observed:

  • These Turtles Feel Like Brothers: Straight from the beginning of the trailer the for turtles are communicating talking about hostages, taking out the bad guys and saying interesting one-liners like “This is our city.”, “Like shadows in the night.” They sound cool as hell and definitely have personality.
  • The Film is Self-Aware: The point when Raphael says “Give me the camera.” And Someone (probably Michelangelo) says “Look he’s doing his Batman voice.” That shows that this film actually takes place in a world similar ours where pop culture references are in the know, so stuff like the gruff Batman voice from the Christopher Nolan films is common knowledge to people. I hope that this is just a piece of more references to come throughout the film.
  • The Film’s Gonna Be Funny: So far the trailers have been fairly serious, but in this one we hear a lot of funny one-liners (especially with Michelangelo talking to April, that was some funny stuff) and there’s one part in the trailer that will be sure to please and humour certain fans, but more on that later.
  • William Fichtner May Not Be Shredder: For the longest time we have all been told in press stories that William Fichtner would be Shredder and that pissed off a lot of TMNT fans and I too thought it was a bit odd considering the origin of the character. However now there’s a small screen in the trailer where Fichtner’s talking to a shadowy figure saying that he’s taking his armour to the next level. So one can possibly assume that this the actual owner of the Shredder armour, which in turn could mean we may this be getting the an asian actor to play Oroku Saki, however this is just speculation at this point, but hey one can hope right?
  • Shredder’s More Metal Than Man Now: That first shot when Shredder comes along and bust out to swords from both of his arm area and then releases another two on each side I was like “Damn, the Shredder’s turned into a machine!” The dude can throw and retract swords from his arms, he’s HUGE and he’s super strong as he can just throw Raphael like he’s nothing.
  • The Scope of The Film Is Pretty Big: It seems like the story and action won’t just be taking place in the city of New York but also in some snowy mountains (probably outside of America) and I like film’s that can stretch beyond one location.
  • They’re Not Aliens, They’re Turtles: Probably one of the most notable points of the trailer is when Will Arnett says “So they’re aliens?” And Megan Fox replies “No that’s stupid. They’re turtles.” Bam! And just like that all the backlash about the turtles being aliens that made so many fans pissed off is shut down in one sentence. This film is definite self-aware and it is sassy about it. That was a good line and pretty much made me smile.

All these things being said, I do have some nitpicks and concerns. Now I’m no massive TMNT nerd so I don’t have anything major to moan about, but the look of the turtles is still a bit iffy to me, at some angles they look really cool but other times they just look really odd and ugly. I am also not keen on how much of a robot Shredder has become, its like Silver Samurai from The Wolverine again, why must this keep happening to Japanese-armoured villains? While I’m not too frustrated with the change, I am kind of annoyed that they have to go so hardcore with the upgrades to the suit to the point where he looks like a mini Transformer. Oh and that dub step music, that’s just awful. Why is it a main source of music for trailers? Its horrible and it sucks!

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So in conclusion the second trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looks pretty intriguing and honestly it has my attention now. This is the first piece of material that feels like it has the spirit of the original TMNT in there, the voice acting seems solid, the turtle action sequences look frantic, kinetic and well-choreographed and it seems like there will be humour in the film as oppose to being totally serious all of the time. While I’m still not completely sold on the film, I feel like after watching this trailer that I have more reason to watch it now.

So what do you think of the second trailer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Are you down with this film now or are you still unimpressed with the way this film is looking in trailer form? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer 1# Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a trailer review and this is one I have been wanting to see for the longest time, I am of course talking about the teaser for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Out of all the summer films that are coming out this year this is the last big one to show any footage off, so now we finally have at least a teaser to work so let’s talk about it!

Have a look at the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing the trailer? Looks decent and interesting.

Now while I’m not jumping over the moon about this trailer, it does look pretty interesting and has some potential to be pretty good. That being said I’m questioning the origins of the turtles, the tone of the film and still questioning to this day the inclusion of Megan Fox.

So can I say about the trailer? Erm, well it looks like a modern, kind of darker interpretation of what has come before. It seems like there is not only a bigger level of crime in New York then ever before (especially if buildings are being destroyed and shit), but also a larger sense of scope than previous films. I mean you’re in New York at one point and then you see the turtles sliding down a snowy mountain slope, there’s definitely gonna be some travelling involved.

It also looks like April and he man who will become the Shredder play a big part in the origin of the turtles. Seems this film is changing up the origin a bit and I’m kind of in two minds about it. But in the end I don’t know how the origin is done, but it is weird to hear  William Fichtner talk about creating heroes and how he and April’s father were trying to make heroes. So clearly he’s implying something about the turtle origins but I guess we don’t know until we get a longer trailer so see the film which is still months away.

Now let’s talk about the Turtles themselves, they look pretty cool if a bit too detailed. Those models that were leaked on the internet a little while ago were a pretty good representation of the characters in the film as they look pretty spot on to how the characters are in the film. The turtles look rough as hell, dark in their shades of green, they’ve got gear and armour on and overall they look pretty nice. While we don’t hear that much of them talking, we hear Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo speak and they sound decent enough. I think their CGI could use a little touching up, but since it was motion captured it could have looked a lot worse and obviously since the film isn’t out until August the SFX guys have a plenty of time to beef things up.

The best part of the trailer is at the end when Leonardo drops and April backs away only to bump into Michelangelo behind her. And then he tells her not freak out about his mask, he takes it off and then April faints. I liked that moment just because that seems just like something Michelangelo would do, it felt funny and reminiscent of the character.

So how this looks compared previous Ninja Turtles adaptations? Well let’s take the animated adaptations out of the equation and look back at the previous films. Now to this day I’ve only seen the first and last Ninja Turtles films, the 90’s one still holds up pretty well and I still like it a lot, where as the full-on CGI film was okay but seriously dull and lacking in any form of charm. This film looks like it’ll once again be a dark affair with sprinkles of humour and while I’m tired of everything being dark and edgy, if it the tone and atmosphere is done right then it can work so I’m gonna give this new film a chance.

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So in conclusion the first teaser trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looks interesting and definitely could be decent if there is the right balance between seriousness and humour. I don’t care for Megan Fox, I just want to see the turtles and so far they look good, as long as Michael Bay’s involvement doesn’t turn the film into Ninja Turtles meets Transformers in terms of the destruction of cities and explosions then I’m all good.

So what do you think of the first trailer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Does it excite you or make you cringe with fear? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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First Trailer For TMNT To Debut With Captain America: TWS

Howdy ladies and gents I return once again to relay upon you some new film news! Now it has been a little while since the last the last bit of news surrounding the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, however it seems like there may be hope for some new visual material in the near-future. The following information comes from ComicBookMovie:

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“Producer Galen Walker just confirmed via his Facebook page that we’d be getting our first look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in action fairly soon when the trailer debuts with Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April.

“Ok-Cool Beans folks! the new “Ninja Turtles” Teaser will make it’s debut in front of the New Captain America Movie – April 4th. We are ready and prepared for lift off! Been a long haul.”

It’s not very often we’d get a first trailer for a movie just four months before it’s released, but hopefully we’ll at least get a few stills etc in the meantime. There’s actually still no official synopsis for the reboot either! But here’s the cast details.

TMNT is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans), and produced by Michael Bay. The script was written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, based on characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The cast includes: Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Danny Woodburn as Splinter, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Will Arnett as Vernon and William Fichtner as Shredder. It will hit theaters August 8, 2014.”

So after all this time we’re actually gonna get some visual footage on the new TMNT film? Nice. Sign me up. TMNT is the last of the big summer films that has yet to be seen properly with no official posters, photos or trailers. Even Guardians of the Galaxy has recently gone on overdrive to get itself out there to the public and it is out just a little earlier than this film. I will be curious to see what kind of look the film will go for, whether it will be comedic, dark or a blending of the two like in the 90’s films or if it’ll take more inspiration from the comics. Either way this film needs to be seen and I can’t wait for a teaser trailer because those set photos have been very questionable in content.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Much Better Look At New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Via Promo Art

Hello again people of the internet, just earlier on in the day images from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was dropped onto the net for the world to see, now it seems like we’re gonna get an even better look as the people over at ComicBookMovie have unleashed a beastly piece of promotional art for us to check out.

You can see the image below:

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Seems like we have slightly more expressive turtles in this artwork and it depicts I guess a bit more of their personality traits in the poses and faces. It looks nice to me, the models looked a little cooler, but this work because they still have their turtle look, colours and weapons, plus they look mean and I like that. One could argue that they look a bit too realistic and mean and to a degree I can see that, it is just promo art and that stuff can differ significant from what eventually ends up in the film so we can still just wait for official stills to give us the real thing. however For the longest time I’ve wanted a TMNT film that was good, the first 2 in the 90’s were cool, but that’s it and we haven’t had another decent attempt for years. I just want something that has a bit more grit and seriousness to it and give us NINJAS with cool MARTIAL ARTS and WEAPON fighting, it’s not impossible to do especially with all the fight choreographers and GCI people working in Hollywood today, get it done Paramount!

So what do you think of the images? Sound your thoughts off below yo!

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Is These Our First Look At The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Howdy people of the interweb, earlier on I saw in a news article something about leaked images from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot which apparently gave you a more accurate look at the turtles instead of that absurd Halloween costume. I wasn’t gonna blog about this until I saw it circulate around the net like wildfire, so I thought I should give my thoughts.

You can see the images below:

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If these really are legit, then damn, what a relief, these actually look pretty badass and could possibly be the best live-action interpretation of the turtles yet. Now I do love the 1980’s/90’s cartoon and appreciate the humorous side of the turtles but I’ve always wanted to see something a bit more serious and this film could be the one to change thing up and it seems like they’ve started with the turtles overall look. The face and body seem a bit more humanoid but in addition to that there’s a bit more gear on them and they look a little tougher and practical with the armour on the legs shoulders and arms. And then there’s the Shredder, simply put he looks badass, I like th design, it is like the original but updated enough to feel new but no ignore the past material. The way things should be done. If either of these images represent what we’re gonna see in the actual live-action film then I will be very happy and take back anything bad I said about this film.

That being said there’s still no official word from the studio or director or Michael Bay regarding the images, so I’m waiting for an official statement.

So what do you think of the images? Sound your thoughts off below yo!

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2014 Part 3

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to PART 2 of Films to look out for in 2014! In this series of blog posts I’ll basically be listing a number of films that you should keep your eyes on over the course of the year.  If you missed part one and part two then check those out and come here when you’re down.

The Rules:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not only my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care.
  2. 2013 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! 😛

Alrighty then, let’s start 😀

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: July 11th (USA), July 17th (UK)

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This is on my high priorities list of films to see this year. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprisingly strong, action-packed and heartfelt reboot of the franchise that gave enough nods to the past while having a few new ideas to make the film its own thing. Dawn looks like it’ll be chaotic and start create the shift that’ll lead to the eventual ape take over that we all know will eventually go down. The teaser looks dark and gritty, the cast is awesome and I’m expecting some cool stuff from Caesar and his crew.

Jupiter Ascending

Release Date: July 18th (USA), 25th (UK)

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Well this film certainly looks interesting and if there’s one thing you can’t knock The Wachowskis for is their continued levels of creativity and crazy visual experiences. This film looks like classic sci-fi with a few new things in the mix. I like Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum is growing on me these days, the film does loo a bit strange and it could be either surprisingly good or really questionable, guess we’ll later on in the year.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Release Date: August 1st (USA & UK)

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Unfortunately at this current point in time there is no official trailer for this film which SUCKS, however if you were lucky enough to see the Comic-Con teaser trailer when it leaked online then you know that this film looks special and totally unique with its interesting sense of humour and action scenes. GotG could be my most anticipated film of the year just because it looks pretty insane and promises to be a superhero adventure unlike any other that Marvel have given us before. Everything that is said about the film sounds incredible, I just want the film to kick ass and be the success that it should be.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release Date: August 8th (USA), October 17th (UK)

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Now this is a film I’ve been really against ever since Michael Bay’s involvement and then once Megan Fox got cast I think I just mentally throw up and even the after the set pictures were released didn’t help much. However for the hate and animosity I feel towards the production of this film, I still want to see a good Ninja Turtles film, it can be done and with the right kind of care and attention it could be amazing. I seriously want this film to work, but I can’t help but feel like it’s on the path to hell. Can’t believe we’ll have to wait until fucking OCTOBER to see this while everyone else gets this film in August, I may not be overly with the way the film is shaping up but that’s bullshit! Better get a trailer soon.

The Expendables 3

Release Date: August 15th (USA & UK)

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It is no secret that I love action films and while The Expendables 1 and 2 are pretty silly, absurd and lack any form of interesting plots, they’re still pretty fun films. Seeing kick ass action stars teaming up and beating the crap of other guys through hand-to-hand combat or an assortment of weaponry is stuff I’m down for. This cast looks incredible and I’m just curious to know what they’re gonna do with the new additions especially finally seeing Wesley Snipes back on-screen for the first time in YEARS! 🙂

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: August 22nd (USA), 29th (UK)

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The only justification I have for me wanting to see this film is that the first film was awesome and now I wanna see the sequel. I highly doubt that it’ll be as good as the 2005 film, but the cast look pretty solid and if the filmmakers are somehow able to capture the magic from the last film then we’ll have a good sequel.

The Boxtrolls

Release Date: September 26th (USA) 12th (UK)

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So far the animation studio Laika have yet to make a bad film. Coraline and Paranorman are both key examples of how to be a fine stop motion film and make it fun and engaging for all audiences. Laika’s film’s also look incredible with the most absurd attention to detail that I’ve ever seen and this film looks like it’ll follow suite too. Whether it’ll be as good as their previous efforts remains to seen, all I know is that they have a new film and I’ll be there to watch it opening weekend. 🙂

Interstellar

Release Date: November 7th (USA & UK)

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Okay, here we have another Christopher Nolan film and finally its NOT Batman, yay! Chris Nolan is a director who hasn’t made a misstep as a director yet so I hope that this new film follows that trend. Even though the teaser trailer tells you absolutely NOTHING about the film and cannot engage anyone who isn’t in the know about the film or the director, I’m sure it’ll do well.

Dumb and Dumber To

Release Date: November 14th (USA), December 19th (UK)

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Now under normal circumstances I’d totally dismiss a sequel to a film that only a certain number of people from a specific decade would remember, however I will make an exception with this film. I’m not sure if it is nostalgia talking or natural curiosity that is drawing me towards this sequel, I think it’s a bit of both, either way I hope that this follow-up with worth our time and not another failure from Hollywood as they continue to push out their sequels, remakes and reboots.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Release Date: November 21st (USA & UK)

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If you had asked me this time last year, “Would you be looking forward to the next few Hunger Games film sequels?” I would have said no straight up. But after the really good Catching Fire, I really wanna know where they go with the story and find out how Katniss ends up after the end of the last film. I want more danger, more drama and more footage from the other districts. Don’t let me down now Mockingjay – Part 1!

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Release Date: December 17th (USA), 19th (UK)

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Now I dunno about you, but The Desolation of Smaug was pretty much awesome thanks to one key aspect, a big massive dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch! Don’t get me wrong, I really loved the like the last Hobbit film with all of its action and additional character development, but Smaug really made the film for me. So I’m curious how this Hobbit trilogy will be concluded later on this year, I just hope it’ll be satisfactory and not feel like a cop-out.

And that is it! PROJECT OVER! That is the rest of my picks for films to look out for from August straight through til December! So yeah there’s my picks from the summer, make sure to come back to the blog asap as I finish the year off with part 3! 🙂

P.S. What do you think of the list? Also is there any films you think I’ve left out? Feel free to drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap. Until the next time, peace out! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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