My new novel has been released! If you enjoy tales of dragons, aliens and zombies, be sure to check out Aurum: Screams of Decompose
Zombies, plagues, war, assassins… and death
The Gold Dragon, the most powerful of the Wyverns, sets into motion the events needed to end the Wyvern-Alicorn War and bring about the legendary Triple Twilight. This event is rumored to bring peace to the galaxies, and sate the legendary Decompose who spreads deadly plagues.
The key to success lies with a woman who has spent her entire life as an assassin, hunting magical creatures who impose their will on lesser beings—a definition that both the Gold Dragon and Decompose fit.
Success seems within the dragon’s grasp, but the encroaching Triple Twilight creates new desires in Decompose that even the Gold Dragon did not foresee.
The length of this movie is really the only negative comment I have. The acting on everyone’s part is spot on. The science, although I’m uncertain how real it is, came across as real enough that while watching the movie I often felt like I was watching a movie that was based on real events. The sarcastic remarks Matt Damon’s character makes throughout the film really adds the extra spark of personality to the movie and makes what could have been a rather dull movie quite entertaining.
If you have the time to spend two and half hours watching a movie, you should def consider seeing this film. Not sure it was good enough for any Golden Globe nominations, but its close.
The trailers for this movie actually inspired me to go watch the first movie. When does that happen? A sequel looking so good I decide to watch the original that I obviously didn’t think was worth seeing when it was in theaters? Well, I’ll tell you this, the first movie is amazing and a must see. Especially with Halloween coming up. Grab the kiddos and rent “Hotel Transylvania“. You won’t regret it.
Movie two however, was a let down. What made the first movie good was the interaction between Dracula and Jonathan. The bond the two of them form makes for a great story. I mean, it’s a love story, but what makes this movie good is the friendship the two men form.
This relationship is nearly nonexistent in the second movie. They only have a few scenes together. The former star of the first movie, Jonathan, is now reduced to cracking a few jokes as a secondary character that has less screen time than most of the secondary characters. And there are a lot of secondary characters. Jokes that worked well in the first movie are attempted again in this movie, rather than creating new ones.
I would have preferred to see this movie done differently. As a sequel, the bar has to be set a bit lower, so I wouldn’t say you should avoid the movie. But do not expect to be laughing it up as much as you did on the first.
Hotel Transylvania 2
The trailer and idea behind this movie seemed good. It was one of those movies that could have been great but ended up getting lost in the mundane of everyday life. As the painfully slow plot moved forward I kept waiting for the kick, the moment the movie would pick up momentum. It never happened. The events in the movie or possible attempts at plot twists, took so long to come into fruition that its impossible to not already know what is going to happen. The movie is a constant repetition of “finally” moments and a struggle to keep your eyes open.
The characters are bland and bored with their lives, so I’m not sure why the writers thought we would be entertained. I get that they were trying to make the movie as real as possible. But what they forgot is… real life is boring. No one wants to go to the movies to watch a film that is as predictable as their own lives. The fact this film is two hours long, seals the deal on this negative review. Do not go see this movie.
I walked into this one mostly unaware of the plot. In all, the movie is good. If you like dramas, especially those based on true events, than this should be on your must see list.
I enjoyed how time is taken to present the main characters and get you attached to them. The little details like pouring soda on the battery wires to get the car running, are what make this move relatable. Neither character is perfect and its their broken states that help them heal each other.
So by itself, the movie gets a thumbs up review from me. What bothered me is the “true life” aspect of things. It’s mentioned in the movie that there is a $65K reward for anyone helping them capture the convict. It isn’t said, but I would assume the woman who is held captive and helps the police catch him, is then given this reward. This same woman has now written a book and made a movie. She sure did make out pretty good on this tragedy, huh?
It does sound like she is using her experience to help others, so in that aspect I applaud her and I hope she is able to do so.
If you enjoyed the first Maze Runner movie, you’ll likely enjoy this one. The same brotherly bond continues between the characters as they struggle to find a place in the world where they can exist without being hunted. New allies are made who are good additions to the cast.
My only complaint was the excessive amount of “running” that took place in the movie. I’d say a good thirty minutes of the movie could have been shaved off if the chase scenes were shortened, but then that’s part of the appeal of the movie. The running makes up the “action” part of the film. It also adds substance to the line, “I’m tired of running” told by one of the characters toward the end of the movie. I say good, cause we are tired of watching you run!