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Twenty years ago, the blockbuster film Independence Day took the world by storm. Since then, it has become considered by many to be a must-see for any action movie fan. To this day, people still talk about how much they liked Independence Day. When they announced a sequel twenty years later, understandably some were excited, some weren't.
Independence Day: Resurgence stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher, and Sela Ward. Twenty years after the events of Independence Day, the aliens have returned. This time, they have a much larger ship and a more catastrophic plan. Humanity must come together to once again defend themselves and protect their planet. So, does Independence Day: Resurgence live up to its predecessor, or does it fail to try?
Independence Day: Resurgence is a terrible movie. There's no way around that. There are almost no redeemable aspects about this movie. The plot is weak, there is only one relatively good performance, the visual effects were decent, and its not-so-subtle attempts at setting up a sequel were cringeworthy.
Let's start with the plot. It is almost exactly what you'd expect any alien invasion sequel to be. "They're back and bigger than ever!" You could take that sentence, copy and paste it over and over again for a hundred pages, and get the rough draft of this script. There is no substance to it. It even does the most cliche thing imaginable by injecting a "Queen Bee" situation into the mix. They try to make Independence Day: Resurgence as quoteworthy and funny as the original, but it falls flat on its face. It feels like every other line of dialogue has some sort of one-liner. Except, throughout the entire two hours of the film, only one of them actually works! Even when that line is said, it's so quickly buried by other terrible jokes that you don't even have time to appreciate it!
When it comes to the acting, Jeff Goldblum is the only actor that seemed like he actually knew what he was doing. If a group of kids in middle-school decided to make a movie on their cell phones during Biology class, they would've given performances parallel to some of those in this film. By far, the worst of the bunch is Liam Hemsworth. Through a fusion of terrible writing and an even worse performance, his character feels like one you'd see in a farcical film such as Kung Fury or Sharknado. The difference here is, Independence Day: Resurgence is being entirely serious about his character! He's supposed to be this suave bad-boy that always has a terrible plan that works out in the end, and he became the most cliche, annoying, straight-up lousy part of the entire film.
The visual effects in this film were really hit-and-miss. There are some sequences that they look fantastic. You believe that there are actually aliens attacking the Earth. However, many of the other scenes feature noticeable green-screens and visual effects that you would expect out of a film from 1996.
Everything in this film felt way too convenient. Plot lines would cross paths simply because they happened to be coincidentally in relatively the same area, characters would wake up from comas because the plot demanded it, and, just like any other alien invasion film, all of the aliens would die the second the "Queen Bee" was destroyed. Sorry for that spoiler, but it's so predictable that you'd be able to figure that out an hour-and-a-half in advance.
The worst thing is, they were trying to lay the groundwork for a third film in this franchise. They were trying to give subtle hints towards another big event that could be happening, and they may as well have had somebody jumping around with a sign that reads "But wait! There's more!". It was forced, and if they ever do make a sequel, let's hope that it's better than this one.
Independence Day: Resurgence is the worst film I've seen this year. The plot is substandard, the acting is cringeworthy, the visual effects were spotty, and it still thinks it's getting a sequel. Please, don't see this movie. I'll give you two reasons. One: If you love the original, this might taint your feelings towards it. Two: If 20th Century Fox sees that people are paying to see this, we will get a sequel and it'll probably be worse than this. You have better things to do than watch this movie. If you're looking for a fun film to watch this Fourth of July, watch the original.
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Actually, today it wouldn't be moviegoers, it'd be Game of Thrones fans! Game of Thrones is considered by many to be the most popular show on TV, perhaps ever. Considering it has been the most viewed show on HBO ever, and it plays in 170 countries around the world, it's not that hard to believe.
Last night, the show finished up its sixth season on the air, and everybody is already anxious for the seventh. So, this article is going to mainly focus on discussing the ending of the season, particularly episodes nine (The Battle of the Bastards) and ten (The Winds of Winter). As a forewarning, there will be SPOILERS in this article. If you are not caught up on the show, don't read this article. You won't want to be spoiled, believe me.
Let's start with episode nine, The Battle of the Bastards. In my opinion, this was one of the best episodes that Thrones has given us throughout any of its seasons. The odd thing about that is, not much actually happened, yet so much happened at the same time. Game of Thrones is known for having many different storylines with many different characters. The Battle of the Bastards only focused on two of those stories, Jon Snow's reclamation of Winterfell and Daenerys Targaryen's defense of Meereen. However, it doesn't really switch between the two of them. It starts with Dany, then switches to Jon. It's pretty straightforward.
Dany's defense of Meereen featured some of the best CGI Game of Thrones has ever had. All three of her dragons, Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal, looked so realistic! The GOT team did such a great job making these fictional creatures become something that you believed existed. In addition to that, it was nice to see more than just Drogon actually doing anything. Seeing Viserion and Rhaegal finally break out of their chamber beneath the pyramid was such a good sight to see. However, it was a little convenient that they broke out at the exact moment Meereen was under attack.
Also, after the battle, the conversation between Daenerys and the Greyjoy sibling was a very intriguing one. It's always interesting when Game of Thrones crosses its storylines. Plus, as we saw in the finale, this lead up to something we've been waiting for since season one.
The actual Battle of the Bastards was the best battle sequence Game of Thrones has ever had. They did not hold anything back when it came time for the Starks to reclaim Winterfell. The battle was at least half-an-hour long, and it never got repetitive or boring. The direction by Miguel Sapochnik, who also directed last year's Hardhome and this year's season finale, definitely helped make this episode what it was. He was able to create such an uncomfortable aura in the air before and during the fight. It got the audiences' hearts pounding, and we honestly had no idea who would survive and who wouldn't.
It was a little disappointing not to see Jon's Dire Wolf, Ghost, not join the battle. However, upon further research, I discovered that it was a purely budgetary choice. They ended up having to pick between Ghost or the Giant Wun Wun. They went with Wun Wun for obvious reasons.
Now, let's talk about the finale, The Winds of Winter. There was so much that happened in this finale, and there is no way that I'll be able to mention all of it. So, let's just talk about the three major things, the happenings in King's Landing, Daenerys setting sail, and the reveal of Jon's parentage.
Almost everything that happened in King's Landing this episode was unexpected. Some people had speculated as to whether or not Cersei Lannister would become "The Mad Queen" and burn everything to the ground. While she may not have blown up the entirety of King's Landing, she did settle for the Sept of Baelor, and everyone inside of it. So many major characters died as a result of this! The High Sparrow, Lancel Lannister, Loras Tyrell, Margaery Tyrell, all victims of Cersei's revenge.
The biggest casualty was one that wasn't even in the Sept, but rather watching from a distance. Of course, I'm talking about King Tommen Baratheon. While Tommen may not have been the best king, he brought a sense of innocence to the show, which made his suicide by direct result of his mother's actions so powerful. This lead to the crowning of Cersei as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Without the love for her children keeping her at bay, it's scary to think what Cersei will be capable of in the seasons to come. She's definitely not making it out alive. Personally, I believe she'll die at the hands of her brother, Jaime Lannister, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Now onto Dany. It was such a fulfilling scene, seeing her finally setting sail for Westeros. This is something that she's been talking about doing since season one, and now it's actually happening! Not only that, but she has the Dothraki, the Unsullied, the Martells, and the Tyrells all backing her, thanks to Varys. Also, her anointing Tyrion as the Hand of the Queen was fantastic! I am so excited to see where she goes first and what she does first in her conquest of Westeros. Whatever it is, she should do it fast, as there are only 13 episodes left in the entire series.
By far, the most exciting thing to come out of the season finale was the reveal of Jon Snow's true parentage. This has been a topic of so much speculation since the very beginning of Game of Thrones. But let's be honest, did any of us really believe that he was Ned Stark's bastard? The Winds of Winter finally confirmed long-time fan theory R+L=J, or Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow. Some casual watchers might not understand why this is such a big deal. R=L=J means that Jon Snow is half Targaryen. In fact, he's the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, who was the rightful heir to the throne before Robert Baratheon's rebellion. Because of this, Jon has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne, even more so than Daenerys! Plus, this gives even more meaning to the title A Song of Ice and Fire. Since Jon is half Stark and half Targaryen, his tale is just that!
Right now on the show, Bran Stark is the only one that knows about Jon's true parentage. As we saw last night, Bran is getting ready to head south of The Wall. He'll probably head straight for Winterfell, where he will be able to relay the message onto Jon. I'm curious to see what his reaction to this will be. However, I might be even more so to see Dany's reaction when she catches wind of this!
With only two very short seasons left, season seven being only seven episodes and season eight being only six, Game of Thrones is going to start moving very quickly through its storylines. Personally, I believe that season seven will focus on Dany's conquest of Westeros and Jon's rise to power as King in the North. The season will end with Jon sitting on the Iron Throne with Dany at his side. Then, season eight will be all about the White Walkers and the War for the Dawn. Sadly, at the end, Jon will die heroically (perhaps fighting the Night King) and Daenerys will end up sitting on the Iron Throne at the conclusion of the series. However, this is all just speculation.
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There are very few actors and actresses that are truly movie stars in modern Hollywood. Nowadays, it takes more than just a popular name to get people into the theater, at least, for the most part. There are still a few true movie stars out there. One of them is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Central Intelligence stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart. When Calvin Joyner (Hart)'s former classmate Bob Stone (Johnson) comes to him for help on a secret CIA case, he'll get sucked into the middle of a plot in which he has absolutely no idea what is going on. He doesn't know who he can trust or what he should do. So is Central Intelligence a fun summer movie?
Central Intelligence is, in my opinion, the definition of a fun summer action-comedy. Carried mostly by the chemistry between "The Rock" and Hart, it is a really entertaining time at the movies. While it isn't perfect by any means, anybody can have fun with this film.
The humor in this film is one piece of the puzzle that makes this film what it is. There are so many scenes in this film that had the entire audience in the theater laughing hysterically. It'd be hard not to laugh at least once when watching Central Intelligence. That being said, there were a few jokes here and there that didn't really connect very well. They came off as more awkward and forced rather than funny. Although, that was a minority of the jokes. Most of them hit the audience pretty well.
Truly the best part of this film is its two leads. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart worked incredibly well together in this film. The chemistry between the two of them made for a fantastic comedy duo. Not only did they make the film enjoyable, but you could tell that they had fun while they were making it, which only added to the experience for the audience.
The plot in this film was where it fell apart a little bit. The plot was pretty by the numbers. A civilian gets caught up in a top-secret government mission, and they don't really know what to do, but eventually they learn how to be a secret agent and eventually they save the day. That's about it. While Central Intelligence does take a slightly different approach than that, it's pretty much the same. Several major plot points could be and were predicted from miles away. However, there was one big thing that they managed to keep the audience guessing about and that was where Johnson's character truly sided on the issue. You didn't really know. You weren't sure if this was a guy that could be trusted or not, and they kept it that way until the end when they answered that question. While I won't spoil anything, it did keep the audience intrigued and curious to see where they would go.
Finally, one big standout of this film was the action sequences. This film is a testament to how big a movie star "The Rock" is and why he is that way. His action scenes were fantastic. Plus, they were infused with just enough humor to make the audience laugh during them. While they weren't big, long, epic action scenes like the battle on last night's Game of Thrones, they were entertaining enough to make the experience enjoyable for the audience.
Central Intelligence is not a perfect movie by any means. The plot was a little weak and some of the jokes didn't work, but for the most part, this was a really entertaining movie. When I think of a good summer film, this is the type of movie that comes to mind. It's funny, action-packed, and the chemistry between "The Rock" and Kevin Hart was fantastic. If you are a fan of these two actors in any way, I think you'll find enjoyment in this film. I know I did.
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Finding Nemo is one of those movies that people in my generation consider to be a must-see. It has everything you could want in a film. It's funny, it's emotional, and it's charming. I don't think I've every met someone who doesn't like Finding Nemo. So, as you'd expect, the announcement of a sequel was met with much excitement. However, sequels to animated films generally aren't as successful. Plus, the original was released 13 years ago, so, to many that was a cause for concern.
Finding Dory is directed by Andrew Stanton and it features the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, and Idris Elba. Six months after the events of Finding Nemo, everybody's favorite forgetful fish, Dory, starts to remember bits about her family and where she's from. Along with Marlin and Nemo, she travels across the ocean in search of her family and the life she once had. So, is Finding Dory and instant classic like Finding Nemo?
While Finding Dory may not be as grand as Finding Nemo, it is still a very enjoyable experience. For the most part, director Andrew Stanton (who also directed 2003's Nemo) is able to recapture the magic of the original film and introduce an expansive cast of new and interesting characters.
The best thing about this film is that it doesn't feel forced. They took the popularity of Dory and capitalized on it in an organic way. Finding Dory felt like a very natural progression to the story of Finding Nemo. There are so many sequels out there that don't work simply because they feel too forced. While Finding Nemo didn't necessarily need a sequel, it was welcome.
One of the most notable things about Finding Nemo was how fun and creative it was. Finding Dory continues that trend, despite the 13-year gap between films, though none of the scenes quite match the wonderfulness of the shark Bruce and the fish eating intervention. Idris Elba as Fluke the Sea Lion was one of the standouts in the film, despite being limited to only one or two scenes. Ellen DeGeneres was perfect as the voice of Dory, just as she was in the original. In addition, Kaitlin Olson as Destiny the Whale Shark was also entertaining. This whale shark was one that fit into this series well, and she provided some truly funny moments.
While the film was satisfying, it did have its flaws. Particularly with the character of Hank the Octopus. You could tell that he was supposed to be a new addition to this family consisting of Nemo, Marlin, and Dory, but he just didn't fit. While the character never detracted from the film, he didn't really add to it either. He was just kind of there. While he did have some humorous scenes, as a character he just wasn't that interesting. Ed O'Neill did a good job voicing the character, unfortunately, Hank was just a bit bland.
Many people remember Finding Nemo because of how emotional it was. There were so many lessons to be learned in that film, and it was just an emotional rollercoaster. Finding Dory, while it does have a few emotional scenes, wasn't quite on the level of its predecessor. Yes it had valuable lessons, and seeing where Dory was from was interesting, but as a whole it was simply good, not great.
Finding Dory was a really well-done sequel to Finding Nemo. It may not have quite reached the same emotional level, but it was a really fun time at the movies. Fluke the Sea Lion and Destiny the Whale Shark were great additions. However, Hank the Octopus just wasn't that interesting. Finding Dory may not have been needed, but it was an enjoyable experience. To echo what I said earlier, it's fun, it's emotional (though not as much as Nemo), and it's charming. If you liked Finding Nemo, then you'll like Finding Dory.
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