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We review Ant Man – “Way better than expected. Highly Recommended – MR

Ant-Man

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Ant-Man
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peyton Reed
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Edgar Wright
  • Joe Cornish
Based on Ant-Man
byStan Lee
Larry Lieber
Jack Kirby
Starring
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Russell Carpenter
Edited by
  • Dan Lebental
  • Colby Parker, Jr.
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
Running time
117 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $130 million[2]
Box office $114.4 million[3]

Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name: Scott Lang and Hank Pym. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twelfth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Peyton Reed, with a screenplay written by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd, and stars Rudd,Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas. InAnt-Man, Lang must help defend Dr. Pym’s Ant-Man technology and plot a heist with worldwide ramifications.

Development of Ant-Man began in April 2006, with the hiring of Wright to direct and co-write with Cornish. By April 2011, Wright and Cornish had completed three drafts of the script and Wright shot test footage for the film in July 2012. Pre-production began in October 2013 after being put on hold so that Wright could complete The World’s End. Casting began in December 2013, with the hiring of Rudd to play Lang. In May 2014, Wright left the project citing creative differences, though he still received screenplay and story credits with Cornish as well as an executive producer credit. The following month, Reed was brought in as Wright’s replacement, while McKay was hired to contribute to the script with Rudd. Principal photography took place between August and December 2014 in San Francisco and Metro Atlanta.

Ant-Man held its world premiere in Los Angeles on June 29, 2015, and was released in North America on July 17, 2015, in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Cast

A former systems engineer at VistaCorp and petty criminal, who acquires a suit that allows him to shrink in size but increase in strength.[4][5][6][7][8] Regarding Rudd’s casting, producer Kevin Feige said, “Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavory things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.”[5]On the character, Peyton Reed said, “He’s not used to being a hero. He’s more like George Clooney[‘s character Danny Ocean] in Ocean’s Eleven. He’s a guy trying to create a new life for himself and find redemption.” To get in shape for the role, Rudd worked with trainers and cut alcohol, fried foods and carbohydrates out of his diet.[9] Rudd stated that in preparation for his role, he “basically didn’t eat anything for about a year … I took the Chris Pratt approach to training for an action movie. Eliminate anything fun for a year and then you can play a hero.”[10] Rudd signed a multi-film contract with Marvel, with Feige saying it was “three[ films]-plus-plus to appear in other things.”[2]
The daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne and a senior board member of Pym Technologies, who helps Darren Cross take over the company.[11][12][13][14][15] The film ends with van Dyne taking up the mantel of Waspfrom her mother.[16] Describing her character, Lilly said, “I was raised by two superheroes. So, I’m a pretty screwed up human being. I am also fairly capable, strong, and kick-ass, which is wonderful to play, but the most fun to play was just how messed up she was from being raised by two superheroes. And the clear message sent by my name is that I’m not a big fan of my father and so I took my mother’s name.”[17] She added that van Dyne’s “arc in the movie is trying to find a relationship” with Pym.[9] Originally cast by Wright, Lilly was reluctant to take the role after he left the project until she read the revised script and got a chance to meet with Reed.[13]Feige noted that van Dyne was the more obvious choice to take up the mantle of Ant-Man, being “infinitely more capable of actually being a superhero” than Lang, and that the reason she does not is because of Pym’s experience with losing her mother, rather than sexism, which Feige felt would not be a problem for Pym in modern times. Subsequently, Feige stated that the film would hint at van Dyne eventually taking up the identity of Wasp from her mother.[16] Lilly signed a multi-film contract with Marvel.[18]
A former protégé of Pym, who takes over Pym’s company, militarizes a similar version of the Ant-Man technology and creates the Yellowjacket suit.[12][14][19][20] Describing the suit, Stoll said, “Darren Cross… has a suit that is sort of the next generation of Ant-Man’s suit. It can do everything that Ant-Man can do, but more. It’s more badass, more militaristic, sleeker… sort of like if Apple had designed a battle suit.”[21] As for his character, Stoll said, “He is not a villain in the vein of Thanos or Loki, who are villains that know it. [Cross] is a guy who is not that dissimilar from Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym. A brilliant scientist, who is not ethically pure. I think a great thing about the whole movie is that everybody in this movie is in those shades of gray a little bit.”[22] Unlike Rudd, who wore a practical costume as Ant-Man, Stoll wore a motion capture suit when performing as Yellowjacket. Reed explained that this decision was made early on when creating and filming with a real Yellowjacket costume was found to be unpractical.[23]
A police officer[15][24][25]who is engaged to Lang’s ex-wife Maggie.[26] Cannavale stated that Rudd and McKay convinced him to join the film, saying, “They sort of pumped [my] part up a bit in [their rewrite] and they both called me and said, ‘You’ve got to do this.’ They called me before Marvel called. I really went on good faith because they’re so secretive over there about the script. I just trusted them.” He also added that the process felt like an indie film, instead of a large-scale blockbuster, and that he was able to improvise frequently, along with the other actors.[26]Patrick Wilson was originally cast in the role,[27]before leaving the film due to scheduling conflicts brought on by the filming delay.[28]
Lang’s cellmate[24][25][29]and a member of his heist team.[30] Peña stated he modeled Luis’ vocal style and positive outlook on life “on a friend of a friend”, saying, “That’s just the way he talks and the cadence. He’s got this grin on the entire time and he doesn’t care. He’s the kind of guy where you’re like ‘Hey, what’d you do this weekend?’ and he’s like ‘I went to jail, dawg,’ with a smile on his face. Not a lot of people do that. Not a lot of people think of life on those terms.”[31] Peña signed a multi-film contract with Marvel for three films.[32]
An Avenger who is a pararescueman trained by the military in aerial combat using a specially designed wing pack.[33] On including Falcon, Reed said that it was not done just to include the character, rather “It served a plot point; a purpose in our story” and allowed them to enhance Peña’s “tip montages”, which were written by production writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer,[34] also adding Falcon “seemed like the right character — not a marquee character like Iron Man or Thor, but the right level of hero.”[35]Rudd and McKay decided to include Falcon after watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[36]
The original Ant-Man who is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent,[38]entomologist and physicist, who in 1963 discovered the subatomic particles that make Ant-Man’s transformation possible and later mentors Lang to take over the role.[6][7][19][39] Douglas compared his decision to join a superhero film to his role in Behind the Candelabra saying, “Sometimes—like [when] they didn’t see you for Liberace—you’ve got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun.”[40] Describing Pym, Douglas said, “He’s sort of a Northern California, formal guy. He’s lost control of his company. He lives in sort of a time warp. He was always a bit of a tinkerer. He’s got a lab, plus a lot of other stuff, in his basement that we find out about. He’s certainly bitter about what happened with his company and deeply scared of what the future might hold – because he himself, after having gotten small so many times, it’s difficult. He looks and tries to find a guy that he can work with and has the right characteristics, which is [Scott].”[15] Douglas indicated that he would not be wearing the Ant-Man suit, saying, “My costume will be hung up and Paul will be wearing it in good form.”[41]

Additionally, John Slattery and Hayley Atwell reprise their roles as Howard Stark and Peggy Carter, respectively, from previous MCU media.[42][43] Slattery stated that his involvement in Ant-Man was “not that much more” than his participation in Iron Man 2, while Atwell described her appearance as being “more of a cameo”.[43][44] Abby Ryder Fortson portrays Cassie, the daughter of Lang and Maggie,[2][16][45]Gregg Turkington appears as Dale, the manager of Baskin-Robbins,[25][46][47] and Martin Donovan plays Mitchell Carson, a former member of S.H.I.E.L.D. who works for Hydra and looks to purchase the Yellowjacket technology.[48][49]Garrett Morris, who had played Ant-Man in a Saturday Night Live sketch, appears as a taxi driver.[50] Ant-Man co-creator Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance in the film as a bartender.[51][52]Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan make uncredited appearances during the post-credits scene as Steve Rogers / Captain America and Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier, respectively.[53] Hayley Lovitt makes a nonspeaking cameo as Janet van Dyne / Wasp.[54]

Plot

In 1989, scientist Hank Pym resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering that the espionage organization attempted to replicate his Ant-Man shrinking technology. Believing the technology is dangerous, Pym vows to hide it as long as he lives. In the present day, Pym’s estranged daughter, Hope van Dyne, and former protégé, Darren Cross, have forced him out of his own company. Cross is close to perfecting a shrinking suit of his own, theYellowjacket, which he shows off to a horrified Pym.

Upon his release from prison, well-meaning thief Scott Lang moves in with his old cellmate, Luis. Lang’s ex-wife, Maggie – engaged to policeman Paxton – will not let Lang see his daughter Cassie unless he provides child support. Unable to hold a job due to his criminal record, Lang agrees to join Luis’ gang and commit a burglary to get the money. Lang breaks into a house and cracks its safe, but only finds what he believes to be an old motorcycle suit, which he takes home. After trying the suit on, Lang accidentally shrinks to the size of an insect. Terrified by the experience, he returns the suit to the house, but is arrested on the way out. Pym, the homeowner, visits Lang in jail and smuggles the suit into Lang’s cell to help him break out.

At his home, Pym, who manipulated Lang through Luis into stealing the suit as a test, wants Lang to become the new Ant-Man to steal the Yellowjacket from Cross. Van Dyne, who has been spying on Cross for Pym despite her strained relationship with her father, helps Pym train Lang to fight and to control ants. They send him to steal a device from the Avengers‘ headquarters, where he briefly fights Sam Wilson. Pym tells van Dyne the truth about the death of her mother: she was Pym’s counterpart, the Wasp, and she disappeared into a subatomic quantum realm to disable a Russian nuclear missile. Pym warns Lang that he could suffer a similar fate if he overrides his suit’s safeguards.

Cross perfects the Yellowjacket and invites Pym to the unveiling ceremony. Lang, along with his gang and a swarm of flying ants, infiltrates the building during the event, sabotages the servers, and plants explosives. When he attempts to steal the Yellowjacket, he is trapped by Cross, who intends to sell both the Yellowjacket and Ant-Man suits to Hydra. Lang breaks free, defeats the Hydra agents, and pursues Cross as he escapes, while the explosives detonate, vaporizing the building.

Cross dons the Yellowjacket and fights Lang…

Our Thoughts

I expected this to be bad. I was wrong. So wrong that I have to say this may be one of the best Marvel movies to date. The characters and camaraderie were similar to The Avengers, but on a lower scale. I laughed my butt off at times, and even though I saw the ending coming, it was still worth the wait. Way better than expected 5 Stars and Highly Recommended – MR

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We Review: Terminator Genisys “Arnold is back! A recommended sequel.” – MR

Terminator Genisys

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Terminator Genisys
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alan Taylor
Produced by
Written by
Based on Characters by
byJames Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
Starring
Music by Lorne Balfe
Cinematography Kramer Morgenthau
Edited by Roger Barton
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 22, 2015(Berlin premiere)
  • July 1, 2015 (United States)
Running time
126 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $155 million[2]
Box office $129.7 million[3]

Terminator Genisys is a 2015 American science fictionaction film directed by Alan Taylor and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. It is the fifth installment in the Terminator series, and acts as a retcon to the series.[4]Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as the eponymous character, along with newcomers Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, and Lee Byung-hun. The film was released by Paramount Pictures on July 1, 2015. In addition to showing in regular theaters, it was also shown in 3D, Real 3D, and IMAX 3D.[5]

Plot

In 2029, Human Resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) launches a massive final offensive onLos Angeles against Skynet and its time machine weapon. Before the Resistance can reach the time machine, Skynet sends back a T-800 (Model 101) to 1984 to kill John’s mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), John’s right-hand man, volunteers to travel back in time in order to protect her. As Kyle floats in the machine’s magnetic field, he receives new memories from his childhood about events in 2017.

When it arrives in Los Angeles in 1984, Skynet’s T-800 is killed by Sarah and a reprogrammed T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sent to protect Sarah by an unknown agent when she was nine years old, whom Sarah has named “Pops”. Kyle arrives a short time later and is immediately attacked by a T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun). Sarah and Pops join Kyle and kill the T-1000 using acid. Sarah and Pops have constructed a makeshift time machine similar to Skynet’s, and Sarah plans to travel to 1997 to prevent Skynet from becoming self-aware. Realizing the timeline has been altered, Kyle is convinced that the future has changed due to the warning he received in his vision during time travel. He persuades Sarah to travel to 2017 instead to stop Skynet, which is being constructed under the moniker Genisys.

In 2017, Kyle and Sarah materialize in the middle of a busy San Francisco highway and are apprehended by city police. While being treated for injuries, Sarah and Kyle learn about “Genisys”, a soon-to-be-unveiled global operating system. John Connor rescues Sarah and Kyle, but Pops appears, revealing that John is a T-3000 nanomachine hybrid. John explains that shortly after Kyle was sent back he was infected by Skynet in T-5000 form (Matt Smith). His mission is to ensure that the Cyberdyne Systems Corporation would receive Skynet’s technology and secure its rise.

In a safe house, the protagonists make final preparations to destroy Cyberdyne’s Genisys mainframe. Sarah, Kyle and Pops head toward the Cyberdyne’s headquarters with the T-3000 in close pursuit. During the airborne chase, Pops divebombs into the T-3000’s helicopter, causing it to crash.

Surviving the helicopter crash the T-3000 enters the Cyberdyne complex and advances the countdown from 13 hours to 15 minutes. Pops, Kyle and Sarah plant bombs at key points in the facility while holding off the T-3000. Later, Pops traps the T-3000 in the magnetic field of the prototype time machine and destroys it, but not before the T-3000 manages to throw Pops into a vat of mimetic polyalloy liquid just beneath the magnetic field. Before the machine explodes, Kyle and Sarah reach a bunker beneath the facility. The explosion sets off the bombs and prevents Genisys from coming online. Pops appears, upgraded with mimetic polyalloy components, and helps them find a way out of the debris.

Cast

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Guardian/The Terminator/Pops: A reprogrammed T-800 (Model 101) Terminator sent back in time by an unknown agent, to protect Sarah as a little girl, who ends up being a father figure for her. Sarah usually calls him “Pops”.[6] In addition to the reprogramming, his learning capabilities have also been enabled, allowing adaptation without direction.[7]
  • Brett Azar as young T-800 (body double): the Terminator sent back to 1984 to kill Sarah, as seen in the original timeline.[8]
  • Jason Clarke as John Connor[9] / T-3000:[10] Leader of the Resistance, who, in the original timeline, is the son of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese. John Connor is compromised by Skynet and transformed into a T-3000, programmed to serve Skynet and ensure that the Cyberdyne Systems would receive its technology to reverse-engineer. He is determined to stop his alternate parents and their cyborg guardian after learning their arrival from 1984.
  • Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor:[11] Terminator’s protégée, who is raised and trained by him. “Pops” raises her with the knowledge of what was to be in the original timeline. Because of this, Sarah gains an unparalleled inside knowledge of Skynet and its creations (an advantage her original alternate self lacks), including a capability of building a time machine. She is determined to stop Skynet herself after the murder of her parents by a T-1000, initially avoiding key events that lead to her destiny as John Connor’s mother. She resents the idea of being dictated by fate to be with Kyle Reese, a man she does not know, rather than falling in love with someone she freely chooses to be with.
    • Willa Taylor as young Sarah Connor
  • Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese[9] John Connor’s right-hand in the Resistance and Sarah Connor’s love interest. He is originally sent to protect her from a T-800 but, after the timeline’s alteration he ends up fighting alongside with her and her terminator “Guardian”. He ultimately learns his paternity to John Connor along with his own death in the original timeline, and becomes reluctant to pursue a romantic relationship with Sarah after realizing John’s manipulations.
    • Bryant Prince as young Kyle Reese
  • Lee Byung-hun[12]as a T-1000: An advanced shapeshiftingterminator composed of liquid metal sent back in time to assassinate Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese. Another T-1000 travels back to 1973 to kill Sarah Connor as a child, killing her parents in the process, but is stopped by Pops. These events, in addition to Skynet’s actions at 2029, cause the timeline’s alteration, and thus is the catalyst for the events of the film.
  • J. K. Simmons as Detective O’Brien:[13] A weary and alcoholic detective who investigates occurrences involving time-travels and terminators after his brief encounter with Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese in 1984. His fascination with the possibility of time-travels cause the protagonists to encounter Kyle’s alternate younger self, after he contacts the Reese family following the discovery of the connection between both Kyles.
  • Matt Smith as Skynet[15]/the T-5000:[16] An advanced terminator, the embodiment of Skynet, who has traveled various timelines and dimensions to infiltrate the Resistance, posing as a recruit named “Alex” in the year 2029.[17] Skynet beginsascomputer program, and eventually evolves into the T-5000. Its attacks on 1973, 1984 and 2029 cause the timeline’s alteration, and thus is the catalyst for the events of the film.
    • Ian Etheridge as voice of “Genisys” / 10 year old Skynet: Skynet in this altered timeline is initiated by the creation of an app by Cyberdyne Systems, connecting itself worldwide throughout the Internet under a guise of the benevolent A.I. “Genisys”.
    • Nolan Gross as 12 / 14 year old Skynet
    • Seth Meriwether as 18 year old Skynet

Other cast members include: Aaron V. Williamson as the terminator who corners the young Kyle Reese,[18][19]Courtney B. Vance as Miles Dyson,[20]Dayo Okeniyi as Danny Dyson,[21]Gregory Alan Williams as Detective Harding,[22]Sandrine Holt[23]as Detective Cheung, Griff Furst as Agent Burke,[22]Douglas Smith as Eric Thompson[citation needed]andMichael Gladis as Lieutenant Matias.[24

Our Thoughts

“Once the timeline, or alternate timeline, that was affected by the events in the earlier films, was sorted out, this became the non-stop, action thriller I paid to see. Over the top special effects, a relatively un-cheesy continuation premise, good acting, and whallah! A, 4 -star, sci-fi movie that may bring us two or three more Terminator flicks. As long as Pops is alive, Arnold is back! A recommended sequel.” – MR

 

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We Review: Ted 2 “If you don’t watch this in Colorado you might be breaking the law! Hilarious” – MR

Ted 2

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Ted 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Narrated by Patrick Stewart
Music by Walter Murphy
Cinematography Michael Barrett
Edited by Jeff Freeman
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 24, 2015(New York City premiere)
  • June 26, 2015(United States)
Running time
115 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $68 million[2]
Box office $71.7 million[3]

Ted 2 is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild. A sequel to the 2012 film Ted, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane as the title character, both reprising their roles from the original film. It was released on June 26, 2015, by Universal Pictures.

Plot

John Bennett has been divorced from Lori Collins for six months. Meanwhile, Ted marries his girlfriend, Tami-Lynn, but they fight constantly. Ted and Tami-Lynn decide to have a child to attempt to preserve their relationship. Since Ted is incapable of reproductive functions, he goes to John for help. At the same time, Ted is trying to encourage John to start dating again, but John is reluctant. Ted discovers that John has gotten increasingly addicted to Internet pornography. Ted encourages John to date the first woman he meets.

Ted and John attempt to get a sperm donor, and ultimately, Ted accepts John’s donation offer. Unfortunately, Tami-Lynn is infertile, having ruined her ovaries through excessive drug use. Tami-Lynn and Ted’s inquiries into adoption draw attention to his status as property, resulting in the loss of his job and financial accounts. Furthermore, Ted’s marriage to Tami-Lynn is annulled. John suggests that take the situation to court. Since they cannot afford a lawyer, their case is assigned to the novice, Samantha Leslie Jackson. At first they are reluctant to work with her, feeling she is too inexperienced but they quickly change their minds when they discover that she shares their love of marijuana. The three bond as they prepare to present the case.

Meanwhile, Donny is now employed as a janitor at the Hasbro Toy Company headquarters. He convinces the company CEO to hire an expert attorney to ensure that Ted maintains his status as property. Donny proposes that Hasbro capture Ted and study him in hopes of discovering the secret to creating more living teddy bears.

The court rules against Ted. Dispirited but desperate, Samantha, Ted and John turn to Patrick Meighan, a highly respected civil rights attorney, in the hopes of overturning the court’s decision. They take a road trip to New York City to meet with him, but their car goes off road due to Ted’s irresponsible driving, and the group spends the night in a hidden marijuana patch. While sitting around a campfire, Samantha and John realize their attraction for each other. The next morning, the group proceeds to New York City. Meighan is sympathetic to Ted’s plight, but ultimately refuses the case, as he believes that Ted has not significantly contributed to humanity due to his irresponsible and hedonistic lifestyle.

Ted, frustrated over the injustice and jealous of Samantha and John’s new relationship, runs off to be left alone. Donny follows him as he wanders into the New York Comic-Con. Once inside, Donny poses as a costumed fan and asks Ted for a picture, but Ted flees as soon as Donny reveals himself. He steals a phone and contacts John before Donny catches him. John and Samantha arrive at Comic-Con and search for Ted, arriving as Donny is about to cut Ted open.

Cast

Cameos

Our Thoughts:

This one started slow and I was just about to be disappointed when all of a sudden I was laughing so hard It hurt. After that point it was non stop, green cloud,  hilarity. There is enough GREEN humor, meaning WEED humor to warrant the “R” rating and I don’t recommend this for anyone under sixteen. Otherwise, it is a highly recommended modern comedy. The undertones of tolerance and acceptance are timely. I’m waiting for Ted 3 now. – MR

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