The Avengers Infinity War

This post contains spoilers and I’d really suggest you exit out if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

 

First Impression

 

Still here? Good well I hope you’ll share your own first impressions of the movie with me. I for one couldn’t begin to review it and in fact feel the strong need to see it again to fully process it all. There is a lot going on in this movie and I think the genius of it is that it will practically require a second viewing from nearly everyone. I was so floored at the end of the movie that I barely know what happened before the credits started to roll. I vaguely remember Thanos sitting by a lake but I couldn’t say for sure what happened. Once our heroes started fading away into the wind I was lost.

I know that most, if not all, of these characters will inevitably return but that does little to take the sting out of the ending. They lost! The Avengers actually lost and the consequences were dire. I was more than floored, I was like Vision after Scarlett Witch sent him crashing through the ground in Civil War. There were characters I went into this movie fully expecting to lose before it was all said and done. It’s like they knew what I was thinking though and did the exact opposite.

I think Marvel somehow knew what everyone was thinking and they managed to shock us all. Never in my wildest dreams did I see some of these guys fading into dust. I am amazed at the decision to have Black Panther as one of the characters because the studio is literally still raking in the cash from the character’s debut film in theaters. It takes a lot of balls to create such a massive following for a character and then kill him off mere months later. Black Panther made me gasp, but Dr. Strange! Star Lord! Spider-Man for crying out loud! I think Spider-Man’s emotional fading away was the hardest for me to take, and to understand.

They must be freaking out over at Sony. I cannot believe they would actually go along with Marvel if the plans were to kill him off in this movie. I mean it seems like an insane idea. The sequel for Homecoming has already been announced but they can’t advertise or reveal anything about the movie before the next Avengers film when Spider-Man inevitably returns. From a marketing standpoint alone it doesn’t seem like a good idea and I would never trust anybody who said they saw that coming in this movie. The next Avengers is due out next May and the Spider-Man sequel is due out two months later. It’s hard to believe we won’t see a preview for the new Spider-Man prior to May but how can we when he is dead in when the Avengers starts?

I went to see this movie with my mother on the first possible showing I could get to. I flew home from vacation on Thursday night and skipped out on work the next day in favor of seeing the film. 11:05 on the opening Friday was the absolute first possible chance I had to see it and I absolutely couldn’t wait any longer. After the movie my mom and I went to lunch and she was trying to talk to me but I couldn’t find any words to reciprocate the conversation. I think I was literally in shock at how this movie ended and honestly that feeling has stayed with me for the past few days.

I don’t know that I have ever been hit so hard by a film’s ending. Yes there are more dramatic endings out there but this was all just so unexpected that I can’t help but put it near or on the top. There are precious few films I walk out of and feel different. This is one of them. It wasn’t the best sort of different because I felt defeated when I left this movie. I had been thrilled through and through but leveled to the ground in the end.

I by no means am talking bad about the film. I loved the movie, but it left me a shock that I haven’t been able to shake. All I can think about is how much it means for the next movie. Regardless what happens to bring everyone back we can at least expect a movie that doesn’t fully feature the likes of Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and so many more.

Truthfully, these days as long as we got Thor we definitely have something to look forward to and I have no doubt that the next Avengers film will be awesome. I revel in the opportunity to see all these characters together though and I don’t think we get that until most likely the end of the next film or late in the second act at best. It will be cool to see pretty much the original Avengers regroup to fight Thanos a second time and win but it will have high expectations to live up to.

This movie managed to not only live up to but to exceed expectations and that gives me hope. We will finally see what Hawkeye has been up to and Ant Man will be on hand to help out too. Their complete absence in this film was disappointing but at least in Ant Man’s case it makes sense because he has a new film due out in a couple of months. I look forward to seeing Ant Man and The Wasp particularly to see how it ends and if anybody fades into dust.

I am a sucker for records being broken and it pleased me to no end that this movie not only broke, but shattered the opening weekend box office record. Making over $258 million in three days is impressive, and good enough to beat out the insane $248 that the The Force Awakens made. It’s so awesome that with this culmination of a ten year cinematic journey that they were able to duke it out with the greatest franchise in history and win. I am not the biggest Star Wars fan, but I have to admire its earning potential. It’ll be hard for The Avengers to stay atop the box office in the summer with so much coming out on a weekly basis, so it’ll be really interesting to see if it matches Black Panther numbers, which continue to grow.

I might sit down and write about this movie again after I see it a second, and maybe third, time and properly digest it. I can’t process it all now, I’m in such a state of shock that I can’t even put my thoughts together properly. For now, if you’re still with me at this point, share your thoughts on the film. What shocked you the most? Where do you think they go from here? Most importantly, what did you think of the movie and will you see it again?

 

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Terms of Endearment

Year: 1983
Directed By: James L Brooks
Written By: Larry McMurty (novel) James L Brooks (screenplay)

RYAN’S REVIEW

This is a movie that I would never normally go for and in fact had never even heard of it until about six years ago. I was listening to my favorite morning radio show when I heard about it. A funny conversation about the movie caught my attention and I sought out the film to see it for myself. When I saw this film for the first time I was really impressed with the drama of it all. The performances of Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine were very strong and I felt it qualified for a place on the shelf.

Years ago I was riding around listening to my favorite morning radio show, The Two Guys Named Chris. They had gotten a big celebrity interview with Jeff Daniels and spent all morning teasing it. As I drove along and listened to the host, Chris Kelly, interview Daniels he spent most of the time talking about this movie I had never heard of, Terms of Endearment. At one point he asked Daniels what the Oscars were like to which Daniels replied he didn’t know because he had never been invited. He apparently was the only actor not nominated for his role in the movie and it led to an awkward exchange that had me laughing all the way home.

With this interview leaving me laughing I had to see the movie that had amassed so many awards the year before I was born. Little did I know that while the interview left me laughing this movie would inspire very few laughs and in fact I’m unashamed to admit I cried my freaking eyes out. Watching it this time around was even worse because I find myself the head of a family of five and the heartache hits home so much harder.

I dare you to watch this movie and keep your eyes dry. If you manage it I’d question whether or not you actually have a soul because this is the type of movie to suck you in and then bring you to your knees emotionally. As we watched it I literally found myself trying to look away so I didn’t cry my eyes out in front of my wife, but I failed and the tears fell.

I bought this movie and added it to the collection after seeing it for the first time because of the emotional response it got out of me. As life carries on you can almost become numb to things over time but movies like this remind me that I’m still alive because it makes my emotions bleed through my eyes.

Another reason I bought this movie was because I simply marveled at Jack Nicholson. I have never been a fan, and I always admire an actor I don’t like that manages to win me over. One of my favorite lines in this movie is from the scene where Shirley MacLaine went to his house for the first time and mentioned that his home was a bit egotistical. It is decorated heavily with space and astronaut stuff. His reply was something like “there are only 100 astronauts in the whole fucking world and I’m one of them!” That he had a right to be egotistical was hilarious to me and I love that line and scene.

Months later….

OK so we started binging Game of Thrones and it took us a couple of months. Somewhere along the line this post got lost in the shuffle and I couldn’t begin to tack on a finisher now. I don’t even have the energy to read back through this sad and unfortunate film to proofread it so excuse me if there are typos in it. It’s a tough one, but I think it is definitely worth your time under the right circumstances.

NEXT MOVIE: Thank You for Smoking (2005)

 

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Year: 2003
Directed By: Jonathan Mostow
Written By: James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd (characters written by), John Brancato, Michael Ferris, and Tedi Sarafian

RYAN’S REVIEW

This is where our journey in this franchise ends, because there is nothing worthy of the collection that follows. After 12 years of waiting for a potential sequel to Judgement Day we finally got something that sported some good things and some bad things. I think the story for this film was really the strength and it was a fantastic idea that made sense in the end. However, they simply couldn’t have done a worse job in the casting of an adult John Connor.

I think that a new terminator coming back in time to take out not John Connor himself but his top lieutenants was a great idea. I think the action that follows is both exciting and up to par with the franchise. The car chase scene in the beginning was especially well made and if I’m not mistaken Schwarzenegger funded part of it out of pocket to get it that awesome (though he made so much money to come back this was an easy decision for him). I thought it finally made sense in the end how this weak and pathetic John Connor ended up as the leader of the human resistance. It was that interesting twist at the end that impressed me.

The problem with this movie is so big that it threatens the film as a whole. Despite all the great action, despite Schwarzenegger bringing his A game to hold on to any credibility he had left in a changing industry, and despite the well conceived story there was just nothing that could quite overcome the casting of Nick Stahl as John Connor. I get it if they didn’t want Edward Furlong back, or if they couldn’t get him. I don’t see how the kid from T2 grows up to be the guy we see in this movie. Furlong played a tough and street smart kid who looked totally believable to rise in the future. He was reloading weapons and hacking into bank accounts in Judgement Day like a 10 year old badass. The man we see in this movie is a pussy plain and simple. He spends most of the movie bitching about everything and he comes off as overwhelmingly pathetic. He is unsure of himself and wears that on his sleeve but most importantly he is just lame, even threatening to kill himself at one point.

In fact, Claire Danes was much more badass in the role of Katherine Brewster, who would grow up to be John’s second in command and wife. I really liked that since John was off the grid that a terminator had been sent back to kill the young versions of his future lieutenants. It’s a cool concept that makes sense but John coincidentally crossing paths with this new terminator is a bit lame. Had to bring the story together somehow right? I don’t know that it was really necessary to make the new villain a “T-X” instead of a Terminator we had already seen. I mean how do they keep making upgrades in this future that keeps getting stopped or delayed? They had to up the ante somehow, but I think it is a typical mistake to do so.

I mentioned that Schwarzenegger brought his A game to this movie and he did. The physical condition he was able to get into alone at his age (56) was impressive but not as impressive as his contract. His contract was an unprecedented amount of money, something like $29 million as well as a part of the proceeds and plenty of perks. Making things even more interesting was the fact that this movie came out the exact same year Schwarzenegger took office for the first of his two terms as the California Governor. In this movie I think he again leaned too much on an effort to be funny but it didn’t bother me as much as it did in T2. I actually thought he had a bit more edge to him in this movie when he was clear about not being the same terminator and having no obligation to John beyond his mission.

After taking eight years off of acting to focus on his side venture political career Schwarzenegger got right back into the mix of things when his term ended. Not only going back to his bread and butter, action films, but even becoming the terminator for a fourth time in the God awful Terminator: Genisys. He continues to work toward yet another sequel, albeit this time with James Cameron’s involvement (allegedly), but nobody wants him to at this point. Schwarzenegger is a man of great ability to succeed and I have no doubt that he will eventually find a new niche in the world to make himself even more famous and wealthy. Hell, with the way things are going in this ass backwards country there may finally be that new Amendment passed that will allow him to run for President.

This movie isn’t bad, but it simply isn’t James Cameron and that makes such a difference. James Cameron, as my brother pointed out in his T2 rebuttal is the Jesus Christ/savior of the movie industry. I’ll never forget sitting in the theater watching Avatar years ago and realizing what James Cameron had accomplished. In this current climate of declining theater attendance there is less and less reason to go to the theaters these days. Yet when I watched Avatar I saw the future. I saw that James Cameron had created not just a visual spectical, but a reason to leave the comforts of home and go to the theater. Avatar was a movie that could only be properly seen in the theater. Take away Cameron’s 3D effects and you had nothing more than a Pocahontas story with blue people, but in the theater with those glasses on was an effect that couldn’t be recreated at home. Of course that has been an impossibly long six years ago with little change to the industry. However, with three sequels coming out in tandem in the eventual future there is still hope to see how Cameron changes the industry permanently.

Cameron’s absence in this franchise started a downward spiral of quality to the Terminator brand. There was a TV show, The Sarah Conner Chronicles, and it wasn’t bad but the fourth film was. I remember being really excited to see Christian Bale as John Connor in Terminator Salvation and being so disappointed in the movie I literally got up and left the theater. I was interested in Genysis when it came out but not enough to venture out to the theater. I was really intrigued by the Schwarzenegger vs. Schwarzenegger fight the movie sported but it wasn’t good enough to overcome what was simply a really bad movie. I sat patiently through the movie when we rented it but threw my hands in the air in disgust at the end when Schwarzenegger was “upgraded” to a T-1000.

This franchise took a lick with Genysis but as long as Schwarzenegger is backing it there is really no end in sight. It’d probably take a few bad movies to put it to rest but there is always the inevitable reboot so I wouldn’t expect them to leave the Terminator to rest in peace any time soon. So I’m inclined to say this movie is definitely worth your time because this is probably as good as it gets for the franchise. It’s all downhill from here, or truthfully it’s been all downhill since the first film came out but it at least stayed interesting through three films.

NEXT MOVIE: Terms of Endearment (1983)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Year: 1991
Directed By: James Cameron
Written By: James Cameron and William Wisher

RYAN’S REVIEW

12/3/17

Sometimes this journey through our DVD collection thoroughly surprises me. Sometimes I go into something with a certain impression and find that I was entirely wrong to begin with. I sat down to this movie whole heartedly expecting to like it more than its predecessor. While I do love this movie, and I do think it is one of the greatest sequels ever made, I find myself really having enjoyed the first film more. The action is better in this one but there is a tonal shift that I am not crazy about. It’s not as hardcore as the first film and has a lighter, almost comical, tone that doesn’t sit right when watching them back to back.

I really loved Schwarzenegger as the terminator in the first film. The first time around he was a cold blooded killer who didn’t say much but didn’t have to. This movie is a full blown Schwarzenegger love fest with a terminator that doesn’t kill and asks far too many questions. Granted things were much different for Schwarzenegger in 1991 when he had more power, and an image to protect. I always liked Schwarzenegger better in the 80s when he was a bit more rough around the edges. Once the 90’s rolled around he became the musclebound funny guy with a lot less violence to his performances. He grew more famous, but I think the product suffered a bit and after watching this I just don’t think this T-800 compares to the one we saw in the first one. He simply talks too much in this movie.

Robert Patrick on the other hand fills the void of villain nicely. I don’t understand why Robert Patrick wasn’t utilized anymore than he was as a villain over the years because he was great in this movie. James Cameron handpicked him after seeing him in Die Hard 2 but it seems no one else saw what Cameron did as his career lagged through the 90s before finding his niche on television in recent years. As the T-1000 he’s as ruthless and unstoppable as Schwarzenegger should have been.

1/23/18

I’ve now let this review sit for over a month and I still haven’t found the right words to finish it up. I think I was just flabbergasted by my lack of enthusiasm after watching it. This is such an important film and such a fixture in my household growing up that it just can’t be right. However watching the first film and this in succession left me thinking this one really wasn’t all that good.

That isn’t the case of course, this is a timeless classic and I love the movie. I just feel like the first one was much better and I can’t get past that realization.

I can’t close this out because my tone is all wrong and I can’t get it back. There aren’t enough words in the world to convey quite how influential this movie was in the household I grew up in. Lines like “he’ll live” and “I know now why you cry” were dropped on a regular basis and even to this day I hear those lines coming from my brother. Not only that but I’m pretty sure my brother has some sort of neurological disorder fixated on this movie. No matter where we are or what we are doing he is humming, whistling, tapping, or just making general noise to the beat of this movie’s score.

It’s also my brother holding me up on this one because I know he is going to read this and find my impression to be nothing short of blasphemous. The expectations are simply too high and my thoughts don’t live up to them.

This is a groundbreaking movie for special effects and action, but I think it lacks the edge that the first film had. The first film is darker and that is simply what I prefer in this franchise. I don’t care how likable Schwarzenegger needed to be to protect and enhance his own product. I thought he was better as the quiet and ruthless killer. In truth it makes little sense for him to be in this movie at all. Why would they send the same model Terminator that was sent to kill Sarah Connor anyway?

This was and is a vehicle for Schwarzenegger and wanting to be the good guy was natural whether it makes any sense or not. It’s one of the things I have always admired about Schwarzenegger, throughout his entire career he has not been a man to say no to, be it as a movie star, television star, or even Governor. It’s an incredible life the man has lived and one day it will make an exciting story. Doesn’t matter if his smiling Terminator was a poor substitute for his killer Terminator or not.

Despite my opinions posted here I do think this is one of the best sequels ever made and it was a great continuation of the franchise. It easily is the primary reason the franchise has never been able to be put to rest properly. Everybody wants to get this glory back but no matter what they do they simply aren’t James Cameron and they can’t get it done.

Leave this franchise alone people, and um I’m speaking to you Mr. Schwarzenegger. Every new entry only tarnishes the legacy of something great. So to bring my rambling to an end I’ll simply say that of course this movie is worth your time and if you haven’t seen it there is something wrong with you.

There is so much more to discuss but I’m spent, I’ve sat on this one long enough. Maybe I’ll come back to it in time and discuss the badass Linda Hamilton or the snarky and street smart Edward Furlong. In the meantime feel free to share your own thoughts, because this one did not go at all as I expected.

NEXT MOVIE: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

As expected my brother had some thought about the lackluster review I wrote for one of his most beloved movies. He made several good points so I thought I’d share them with everyone. Without any further adieu, here they are:

NICK’S THOUGHTS

Just a few issues I had with your review.  I have to get to work so not a lot of time here.

First of all every proper savior must have the initials JC.  Humanity – Jesus Christ.  Terminator – John Connor.  Rome – Julius Ceaser.  Pinocchio – Jiminy Cricket.  Madden – John Campbell.  And even cinema with James Cameron.  Failing to mention this fails to educate your legion of readers.

Second the warning of AI.  While Cameron isn’t the first to mention this he does drive the point home.  We are within decades of not being the smartest kids on the block.  I was just listening to a lecture by Sam Harris the other day where he says and I quote “I’m not saying we’re going to invent Skynet here, but we have to stop and steer this thing in a direction we want.  We tell this thing that we don’t want any more spam and it decides to create an army of terminators to wipe out humanity because that’s one potential way to stop spam.”

The information dump.  The scene where they’re driving through the desert and Arnold spills the entire back story within 2 minutes that has as much story as the whole movie combined and nicely ties it all together.  I love these.  See Donald Sutherland in JFK, Sam Neil in Event Horizon, Morpheus in the Matrix and the Architect in the Matrix Reloaded.

The scene in the park where the nuke goes off while she’s shaking the fence.  Absolutely terrifying to 10 year Nick like nothing else he’d seen to that point.

While the scene from the first movie where Arnold goes into the fuzz station and handles his business is one of the greatest examples of badassdom ever, the 2nd movie offers up a more than healthy buffet of badassness to feast on.

Yes there is some comedy in this one that is hard to reconcile, however I offer up the Asian guy that gets caught in the crossfire at the mall as a proof its worth it.  Hilarious.

And yes of course the soundtrack.  Nothing musically has ever been so catchy.  Nothing.

I’m sure I could go on but that’s what I got with 5 minutes.

Potential Return of The Office

Going all the way back to the mid 2000s Amber and I have been avid fans of The Office. Watching every new episode all the way up till the ending in 2013. We have since binged the entire series multiple times on Netflix. It is literally our go to when there is nothing on and we find that we are still laughing in nearly every episode.

So when I recently heard that there was a possible comeback for the show we were both very interested. I read that the show is looking to return with a mix of old and new characters. I am intrigued, but I do have a few thoughts about this possible comeback.

First, I don’t think I can take the show seriously without the presence of Dwight. The show ended with Dwight finally becoming Regional Manager and I don’t think it would be practical for any continuation without him in that role. The article I read said that they were looking for someone who could fill the shoes of Steve Carell but I think that would be a horrible mistake. Avid fans like us know, Dwight would never leave Dunder Mifflin, and I think he is already the character they are looking for. It’s not like Rainn Wilson has anything else going for him so he would be perfect as one of the returning characters.

Obviously Jim and Pam are out and I don’t think either of those characters should be involved. It’s blasphemous to say so but I never liked the two of them as a couple. They were terrific as the friends who were actually in love but once they actually got together I thought they lacked the chemistry to be a believable couple. Jim was great and I loved his shenanigans with Dwight but his character moved on to bigger and better things and it simply wouldn’t make sense to bring him back.

Other characters who moved on at the end of the season include Darryl (Athlead), Andy(Cornell), Oscar(running for office), Stanley(retired), Creed(in hiding from the law), Toby(fired by Dwight) and Kevin(opened a bar after being fired). I didn’t mention Ryan or Kelly because they were gone long before the show ended and I don’t see a return from either as practical.

That leaves Angela, Erin, Phyllis, Meredith, Pete, and Clark. I actually really liked the new additions in later seasons of Pete and Clark so I would like them to return. It’s hard to imagine Ellie Kemper coming back but Erin became one of my favorite characters and I really hope she does. I hope the door isn’t closed for an Oscar return, maybe his running for office didn’t pan out and he returned to his old job. I’d also really like Kevin to be the barkeep that makes regular appearances at happy hour.

I don’t know what is in store for any new rendition of the show but I know quite a few people like Amber and I who continue to watch the show on a regular basis. If anything I would assume that because it’s streaming on Netflix that the show is actually much more popular now than it ever was while airing weekly. Just last week I found myself at a resort in Cabo San Lucas and walked around wearing a Dunder Mifflin t-shirt that got a lot more attention than I expected.

I would really be open to a continuation of the show as many shows are currently seeing some sort of revival and finding success. If they don’t pick up in some sort of fashion where they left off though I would be really disappointed. Dwight will be the indicator about whether or not I give any new version a chance. I think the show should really get back to the basics. When it was its strongest was in the first three seasons before they started upping the ante for more laughs with weirder and weirder plot lines.

It should be just like Seinfeld, a show about nothing that takes place in an office with characters that peak our interest and keep us laughing.  That’s exactly what it was in the first three seasons and that’s where it should pick up. With Dwight as the zany boss that drives everyone nuts and some fresh faces to go along with some of our beloved older ones.

What do you think about a potential return of the series? Would you like to see Dwight still in charge or should they go with a new Michaelesque character? Which characters would you like to see return? Let us know with a comment or a message.

 

The Dark Tower

Year: 2017
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel
Written By: Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Nikolaj Arcel (so many writers…a wonder the script was a blur right?) Based on the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

RYAN’S REVIEW

I’m one of those dedicated readers who climbed the tower all the way to the top and saw what was through the doorway of fate for Roland of Gilead. So I knew better than to expect too much from this movie. I mean for starters it seems a little baffling for several thousand pages to be condensed into an hour and a half movie. Beyond that there is just no way this story was ever going to translate to the screen the way we wanted it to. Considering all of that from the beginning puts this film in an interesting perspective. So when I received this movie as a Christmas present I was delighted to add it to the collection.

I love Idris Elba, I mean who doesn’t think Stringer Bell is the shit right? He’s a cool guy and I think he looks really good on paper but in this movie he seems like he doesn’t really know what to do with the character. In this movie he delivers one of the worst lines I have ever heard. Shortly after Jake discovers his mother has been killed the two find themselves sitting on a dock and Roland looks to Jake and says “I will kill him” or something to that effect. It’s a poorly written and poorly delivered line that just doesn’t hit the spot. I don’t think Idris Elba ever bothered to read the books and only went by the convoluted and regularly rewritten script. He has several moments in this one that make it worth it, but overall I just don’t think his heart was in it. I did think he looked cool as the gunslinger and I didn’t mind the race bending.

Matthew McConaughey on the other hand was simply overplaying his part. I do get the feeling that McConaughey read the books and got really invested into the part but I think he was over doing it nonetheless.  There are better ways to convey this type of bad guy and I don’t think McConaughey pulled it off at all. He’s too super powered as a magician that likes to make people stop breathing with the oh so subtle phrase of “Stop breathing.” Walter Paddock, Walter O Dim, The Man in Black are all incarnations of Randall Flagg and McConaughey had nothing on Jamey Sheridan. Yes, I’m comparing McConaughey to the television adaptation of The Stand and determining he sucked at this part.

I did think that Tom Taylor was fantastic in the part of Jake and probably gave the strongest performance among this film of giants. It’s sad that in a film with two such well known leads that the best performance is giving by the kid with barely any acting credits to his name. I don’t know much about this kid but looking over his IMDB page shows he came from television and I hope the future is bright for him. This movie certainly isn’t going to get his foot in the door to bigger parts but I think he showed a lot of promise in the role.

What I do like about this movie is that I feel like it is full on Stephen King. I am a big fan of King and noticed many easter eggs referencing the universe he has created in this writing. Off the top of my head I remember references to Cujo, It, and the Shining among others. There are probably tons more that I either didn’t notice or forgot to mention. I love Stephen King and the interesting ways his books manage to tie all together. I can’t claim to be a mega reader who has read all of his books but I have read many and more than most.

With the way Stephen King sells books it’s understandable why filmmakers would want to develop any of his works into featured films but I’m at a loss on what they were thinking when it came to this series. There are just so many problems in adapting it. First of all there are seven books in the series, eight if you count Wind Through the Keyhole, which is a lot for any film to take on. Where do you even start? You can’t really start with The Gunslinger because that book is barely readable much less adaptable. Had King not been so persistent this series would have never got off the ground. The second book, The Drawing of Three, is far and away superior to the first book in every way but it is so out there that I couldn’t imagine how someone would adapt it. When you go on from there it only gets weirder with a talking train, a really long flashback, then all hell breaks loose with worlds colliding. It just doesn’t translate into a film and they were never going to get it right in a short film at that.

What I don’t understand is how they approached this. If you aren’t franchise building with a property like this I don’t know what the point is and they obviously didn’t build this film for sequels. Killing off the main antagonist in the first film for example leaves little to build on and where are all the other characters besides Roland and Jake? If they were going to bring this story to the big screen they needed Eddie Dean at the very least, and I for one really would have liked to see Oy. The Dark Tower series is a rich and fantastic story but it’s really really weird and it just doesn’t make sense to adapt it with one film. You’re only going to disappoint people like me and you certainly aren’t going to make new fans with a movie that makes little sense to those who didn’t read the story.

I watched a YouTube video recently where the commentator listed this as one of the worst films of the year, and I can’t really say she was wrong. I found things that I liked about it but I was being generously optimistic in doing so. I liked the references to King’s other work and some of the action was satisfying enough. In the action I liked that they came up with all those nifty reloading tricks instead of having Roland twirl his gun like a gunslinger in a western. I always find it silly for people to twirl and shoot at targets in western movies. These shenanigans just seem unnecessary and foolish. A real badass doesn’t need to show off with tricks. Roland isn’t showing off his skill in this movie we simply see it through the action of him doing it.

If you made that long and arduous journey to the top of the tower like I did I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on the film. I can’t say I loved this movie by any means but I honestly can’t say I hated it either. I found enough I enjoyed to add it to the collection but my bias is well noted here. I came into it with low enough expectations to avoid utter disappointment and found things worth wild. If you’re willing to do that then I think this movie might be worth your time. If you are unfamiliar with The Dark Tower or Stephen King then don’t even bother because it definitely isn’t worth your time.

Basic Instinct

The Movie Snobs

Year: 1992
Directed By: Paul Verhoven
Written By: Joe Eszterhas

RYAN’S REVIEW

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  Mix in murder, mystery, and psychology and you have made something people will definitely like.  It’s hard to narrow down movies you love the most when you love a lot of movies but this one falls within my top ten of all time. It is high up in my favorites, and has been for many years.  This movie is mysterious, it’s well made and acted, and it’s sexually charged in a way that gets everyone’s attention.  Some might call this a guilty pleasure but I don’t see the point in feeling guilty about something so good, it’s a great movie.

I like a few Paul Verhoven films but I think this was by far his best. He has a deliberately graphic style that I appreciate, especially today when so many sell out…

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