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  • Scene About It?
    Published 3 years ago
    Baywatch Rolls With the Tides Without a Wipeout (Spoiler-Free Review)

    Baywatch Rolls With the Tides Without a Wipeout (Spoiler-Free Review)

    We all remember the male and female lifeguards jogging in slow-mo from the beach, clad in trunks and bathing suits with supermodel physiques. This is a classic intro from the late 80s-early 00s tv series Baywatch. The image has been branded in our brains as both an often parodied superficial joke and 90s nostalgia. Personally, the tv series was never appealing enough to get through full episodes or even remember the characters' names. The only things that rang clear were the tv series' intro accompanied by Jimi Jamison's rock theme song, "I'll be Ready." That, plus the soap opera acting and the fact they lived in a world where every 20 and 30 something had ideally "perfect" beach bods. Maybe some unfamiliarity was for the best though, as Baywatch the movie offered a refreshing, comedic approach to the soap opera-like series of the late 80s and beyond. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Mitch, well known captain of the Baywatch lifeguards. He's a smart-mouthed hot shot hero, well respected among staff and beach goers alike and is king of his sand castle. Things shake up a bit when he is met with a new kid on the block, Matt Brody (Zac Afron), a witty bad boy with an award winning swimmer background who enlists with his team to train as a lifeguard. Mitch and Matt form an instant dysfunctional relationship of trading humorous nickname insults while co-working that (like it or not) keeps them dependent on each other for the remainder of the film.With a movie called Baywatch, of course there are panned shots of attractive beach goers either laid out, standing and mingling, or surfing the waves. And of course they pay a parody homage to the slow-mo jogging in bathing suits from the series. What's cool about this reboot is the fact that we see a lot more realism in diversity; not only in ethnicity as one might expect in 2017, but in body types as well. Lifeguard C.J. (played by supermodel Kate Upton) initiates a genuine love interest in Ronnie (Jon Bass), a flabby, somewhat clumsy average Joe. She enjoys his company and dorkiness and isn't attracted to anything superficial about him, despite stereotypes one might expect from an ideally physically attractive woman.There's an overflow of f-bombs and enough cliché boob, butt, and genital joke references every 5 to 10 minutes to fill an ocean throughout the film. Very rarely is it visually graphic, but the humor is raunchy; don't bring your kids out thinking it's the one-dimensional boy scout and girl scout cast of the 90s. This ain't your mom and pop's Baywatch! Aside from all the juvenile anatomy jokes that only 20 and 30 something's may be able to stomach, there is a sense of heart and loyalty among the Baywatch staff; even if they are at times disturbingly dysfunctional with each other throughout the film. A surprising highlight about Baywatch is that in spite of the childish jokes, it does tackle very realistic and unexpected plot twists you wouldn't expect in a comedy about beach lifeguards. The starring cast sees first hand the permanent consequences of not obeying professional safety orders and forsaking teamwork for selfishness. Sure we see serious moments in comedies such as friends and lovers temporarily breaking up or the good guys temporarily losing, but they're always minor, fixable things that get laughed off in the end. It was interesting to see a tragic moment that enforced the seriousness of responsibility and permanent losses between running jokes.The stakes get higher when a neighboring business rival, Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra), threatens to sabotage Bay Watch altogether. Unable to contact authorities due to an irresponsible and embarrassing failure on their part, Mitch must illegally investigate with his lifeguard team to uncover what Victoria is plotting before it's too late. There is action, and lots of it. You can't have a movie with The Rock without action, right? There's danger, explosions, free falls, murder mysteries, you name it. The fight scenes are hilarious, even going as far as using household toiletry products to one up enemies between throwing blows. In closing, if the sound of sexual jokes get you triggered, don't bother. If you're more open with humor then check it out. Think of the Power Rangers reboot; the same original character's names and some signature elements that we loved from the series, but with a realistic, racy vibe of it's own.
  • The Chairport
    Published 3 years ago
    The Mummy Review

    The Mummy Review

    So there's a new film universe out there now called Dark Universe and it's going to be (no matter how hard you try to make it not happen) all of Universal's monster franchises rolled up into one. This Dark Universe is starting off with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise as the main character. Spoilers may follow! Now the last version of The Mummy, starring Brendon Fraser, isn't exactly the perfect film series ever. In fact, I would say that as serious films they aren't great but as fun action adventure films they are really quite entertaining. This is why Tom Cruise is the most important person in the middle of the set-up of this whole Dark Universe.
  • Mickell Ford
    Published 3 years ago
    Wonder Woman Was A Success, But What's Next For DC?

    Wonder Woman Was A Success, But What's Next For DC?

    Wonder Woman opened this past weekend with a weekend gross of $103 Million and a worldwide gross of $228 Million. The first female-lead superhero movie to accomplish this feat. It is also the first DCEU movie to receive positive reviews. Let's face it, the start of the DCEU has had its critics and Wonder Woman is the soft reboot it needed to survive because if this movie failed the DCEU would be dead in the water. Now that Wonder Woman was a box office and critical success, DC and Warner Bros. need to keep the momentum going with Justice League coming out in November. But does DC or Warner Bros. have a clear cut plan going forward?
  • Scene About It?
    Published 3 years ago
    Wonder Woman Renews Interest In a Long Underused Character (Spoiler-Free Review)

    Wonder Woman Renews Interest In a Long Underused Character (Spoiler-Free Review)

    With a universe of popular characters as large as D.C.'s, it's strange how they've only recycled Batman and Superman over the last 50 decades at the forefront of their big budget material and reboots. Every character outside of these two hero's universes has either been used for a short-lived Saturday morning cartoon show or short-lived tv series. But thanks to the 2013 film Man of Steel (yet another Superman reboot), D.C. has sought to catch up with Marvel's blueprint of bringing lesser-used heroes to the big screen. Man of Steel served as a test pilot for its sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hinted at building the Justice League and was also a big-screen debut for the heroine of the hour, Wonder Woman. This is a big deal, considering the character has had little use over the decades since her tv show of the mid-70's.
  • FilmSnob Reviews.com
    Published 3 years ago
    Nebraska Review

    Nebraska Review

    Title: Nebraska
  • Karen Chapero
    Published 3 years ago
    Reality TV Gone to the Extreme?
  • Loni Beach
    Published 3 years ago
    The Major Flaw in Amy's Plan in 'Gone Girl'

    The Major Flaw in Amy's Plan in 'Gone Girl'

    Alright, so recently I decided to watch the movie Gone Girl. I was actually pretty excited to watch this movie seeing as it was a thriller and contained Neil Patrick Harris in it. Yes, I am aware the movie came out in 2014 and I am now finally getting around to watching it. I guess, I just never really found an interest in it until now. So, my boyfriend and I laid down and proceeded to watch the movie which, by the way, is almost two hours and thirty minutes. It took us two days to watch it since we were not aware of this going into it.
  • Madame Quixote
    Published 3 years ago
    King of the Belgians (2016): King Incognito in Terra Incognita of the Balkans
  • The Chairport
    Published 3 years ago
    Wonder Woman Review

    Wonder Woman Review

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  • FilmSnob Reviews.com
    Published 3 years ago
    Non-Stop Review

    Non-Stop Review

    Title: Non-StopMPAA Rating: PG-13Director: Jaume Collet-SerraStarring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle DockeryRuntime: 1 hr 46 mins
  • James Giles
    Published 3 years ago
    Twin Peaks 2017: The Magic of Twin Peaks Special Effects

    Twin Peaks 2017: The Magic of Twin Peaks Special Effects

    "The storytelling remains the same, but the tools for doing it have changed. The first two seasons were shot on film. This time we shot digitally. So I used all the available technical means possible to bring my ideas to life."
  • Rikki La Rouge
    Published 3 years ago
    A Psychological Analysis of the Motion Picture 'The King of Comedy'

    A Psychological Analysis of the Motion Picture 'The King of Comedy'

    King of Comedy is a motion picture from 1982 that stars Robert DeNiro, Jerry Lewis, and Sandra Berhardt. The film was directed by Martin Scorcese. The plot of the movie is want to be comedian Rupert Pupkin played by Robert DeNiro pursuing and becoming obsessed with talk show host Jerry Langford, played by Jerry Lewis. Rupert becomes obsessed with Jerry because he believes that he can give him his big break in show business. He has a friend named Masha played by Sandra Bernhardt, she is also obsessed with Jerry Langford but for entirely different reasons than Rupert's. Her reasons are she wants to have a romance with Jerry. Masha and Rupert are united by their infatuation with the talk show host.