Courageous – In Theaters September 30

Sherwood Pictures latest movie, Courageous, hits movie theaters Sept 30th.  The official movie trailer for this movie was just released on their website.  Looks like the folks at Sherwood Pictures will be putting out another good movie.  Sherwood Pictures other movies include Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof.  I have not been disappointed yet with any of their movies  My all time favorite movie by Sherwood is Facing the Giants. If you get a chance this fall, check out Courageous.

I also want to mention the movie, The Grace Card. I heard that the trailer for Courageous is played before they start this movie in the theater.   I have not seen it yet but there is a lot of buzz about this movie on the Internet.  It is not playing in too many theaters but if you do see it at your local theater, check it out and tell us what you think.

Tinkerbell – DVD Review

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We decided to buy the new DVD, Tinkerbell.  I was not to sure how the movie would be.  I was never a Peter Pan fan growing up but both my kids sure know who Peter Pan is.  Saturday night,  we sat down and watched the movie.  It was a very good straight to DVD movie from Disney.

Here is the basic description of the plot. Tinker Bell will speak in an original film that reveals many of the mysteries of nature through this Disney story.   Tinker Bell opens the doors to Pixie Hollow, a secret hideaway deep in the heart of Never Land, where the Disney Fairies make their home. 

I enjoyed the message from the film of recognizing who you are and what your talents are and how you can help the world with your own talents, instead of wishing for another person’s talent. Also a nice theme theme of dreaming for things that other people say you can never have, and having the will to work for it anyways is written into this story.

The animation is really good and the movie had a great story with some good themes. My 2 1/2 year old daughter sat through most of the movie as well as my four year old son.   If you are thinking of pick it up, I would highly recommend it.  I would give this movie a 4.5 stars out of 5.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – Movie/DVD Review

I was excited to pick up the latest installment of the Indiana Jones series, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  The last one was so good that I knew this one had to be.  I guess I made a bad assumption. 

The plot is very unbelievable.  The Russians infiltrate a US military base in Nevada during the 1950’s.  Of course, it is Area 51 and the Russians want what the US recovered at an alien crash at Roswell.  The story leads us to South America and the search for  El Dorado’s City of Gold. Spoiler alert: We learn during this movie that Indiana has a son played by Shia LeBeouf. Of course, Indiana Jones is able to discover the City of Gold and the secret behind our alien visitors.  The story is alright but a little bit out there. 

I just noticed that George Lucas helped to write the story so it all makes sense.  While watching the movie I swore I saw a light saber, just kidding.  If you have not seen it, don’t waste your time.  Enjoy the first three movies and skip this one.  This movie has officially killed the franchise for me. 

Note to Steven Spielberg, do whatever you can to destroy every copy of this movie.  Note to Shia LeBeouf, just keep making Transformers movies.  I can’t wait for Transformers 2.  Note to Harrison Ford, time to move on to a new role.  I liked you in Air Force One and What Lies Beneath, keep those roles coming.

The Dark Knight Movie Review (2008)

Wow, we got out to see a movie.  My wife met another mom in her mom’s group that lives down the street.  I am very grateful to get out, just me and my wife.  I miss the kids but getting out the two of us is great.

I looked over the movies playing this weekend and I did not see a great selection out there.  Fortunately my wife went out with a couple of girlfriends to see Mama Mia. 

It was an easy choice to go see The Dark Knight.  I grew up collecting comic books and I like seeing many of the comic books I collected on the big screen.  I have not been disappointed in any of the Batman movies that have hit the big screen yet.  The only Batman movie, I have not seen, is Batman Returns.

——–My Review of The Dark Knight——-

 Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.

The movie is quite long at 152 minutes but it flowed very well.  I was never bored with the storyline and I did enjoyed how the story was woven together.  I liked how the role of the Joker was a criminal mastermind and everything was going according to his plan.  This movie is definitely action packed and quite fun.

Warning to parents with kids.  This movie is dark and paints a grime picture.  I don’t recommend it to parents with younger kids.  I think that the Dark Knight has a few scenes that are a very violent for a PG-13 movie.  I  remember the comic book graphic novel was also a  bit violent too.  Don’t expect a happy ending in the Dark Knight either.  The ending does not sit well with me and I will talk about that in the next paragraph if you do not want to read about any spoilers.

Spoiler Alert!!!! I was waiting the entire movie for Two-Face to appear.  When he finally appeared, it was a bit move graphic than I expected.  I could understand what drove Two-Face/Harvey for revenge after the death of .  i was surprised that they killed off Two Face so quickly, I had expected him to return later but in the world of Batman, there are many villains left to return with a sequel.  I hated the fact that instead of letting Harvey/Two-Face take responsibility for his action, Batman and Commissioner Gordon decide to blame everything on Batman. It was Batman’s stupid logic to blame for this.  Actually I blame the writers on this one.    I also wished that Alfred would have given the letter from Racheal to Bruce Wayne/Batman instead of keeping it from him.  I wonder how that could of played out in the end script?   I also hated the fact that Batman uses the sonar technology to pinpoint the Joker.  I felt that the Joker definitely won in this movie.   Batman bent a couple rules instead of using his wits.  Of course, it is OK to bend the rules as long as the intention behind it is good.  What does this movie teach morally? The acting was good. 

I felt that Christian Bale makes a good Batman but still fails at Bruce Wayne.  I am not sure if I should blame the writers for this or not.  I really enjoy watching Christian Bale in the role of Batman.  Heath Ledger did quite a job at playing the Joker but i still think that Jack Nicholson did the best. It is weird watching this movie knowing it was Heath’s last performance.  He did do a good job as the Joker.   Aaron Eckhart did a great job as Harvey Dent/Two-Face.  I felt bad for his character and how he became Two-Face but i knew it was coming.  To be honest, I wished Katie Holmes came back for this movie but instead Maggie Gyllenhaal took over the role.  Maggie did a good job playing the role of Rachel but I really missed Katie.    Gary Oldman does a great job as Lt. Gordon.  I was very upset when i thought he was dead but I did not know how they were going to get away with that.  They did get me with faking his death.  I also love the roles of Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Micheal Caine as Alfred.

Overall the movie was not bad.  I enjoyed the action and liked the storyline. I don’t like the direction they took Batman but the title explains it all, The Dark Knight.  I hate the outcome of the movie, Batman is no longer a hero but he is on the run.  The fact is he should be the hero but the two morally sound figures in the world of Batman, Commissioner Gordon and Batman, decide to hide the truth from the people.  Batman’s stupid logic wins over Commissioner Gordon and the public is fooled to believe in a lie.  Good Bye Batman, hello Dark Knight.  I am definitely going to miss my superhero friend, Batman.

Kung Fu Panda Review

I had the opportunity to go out with the family to see Kung Fu Panda.  This was not a movie i was looking forward to but I am always up to get out with the kids on the weekend.  I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old.  We were not sure how are two year old would do.  I knew my dour year old would sit through most of it.

 Overall the movie is cute.  Just imagine watching a Kung Fu movie in a cartoon format.  Here is the basic plot.

Po loves to play with action figures of the legendary Furious Five—Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. He dreams of being in their ranks as a true deliverer of kung fu awesomeness. But, alas, he is only a chubby, stumble-footed and easily winded panda, not a lightning-fast, disciplined martial artist. So he’s stuck in the family noodle business.

When word goes out that a Dragon Warrior will be chosen to fulfill legend and defend the Jade Kingdom from the dreaded martial arts master Tai Lung, Po can’t contain his excitement. With a great deal of effort he lugs his considerable heft up the hundreds of steps to the Jade Palace to see who will land the great honor.

Turns out, he lands it—after accidentally crashing the tryout party.

Nobody can believe it. Especially not the Furious Five and their kung fu master Shifu. But since the enemy is already on his way, they have to do something. If Tai Lung gets his hands on the lauded Dragon Scroll, he will surely be powerful enough to rule the world. Po must do whatever it takes to face the fearsome and treacherous foe. Uh … right after lunch, that is. ”

Overall the movie is fun.  My two year old was not into the movie that much.  My four year old got up a few times to go to the bathroom and since he saw his sister walking around, he want to do the same thing but he ended up watching 75% of the movie.  I asked him if he liked the movie and he gave me an enthusiastic yes!  What I saw of the movie, I enjoyed.  I would recommend taking your kids.  From personal experiences, I know my kids will copy what other kids do.  If they see someone else up, then they will do the same.  My son is older and better now.  i would take him to most kid’s movie.  My daughter I will probally wait another half year. 

So I would give Kung Fu Panda 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.  I would recommend it to anyone with kids or without.  In regards to taking the kids to the theater, it really depends on the kid.  It can be hit or miss, so beware.  The first time I took my son to see a movie (Cars), he watched about 10 minutes of the movie and walked out.  I would say this is definitely one of the best kid’s movie of 2008.

A-Team Movie Rumors

The A-Team movie should be release about one year from today.  It is being reported that the exact release date will be June 12, 2009. There have been a few casting rumors but nothing for sure yet.  Originally the rumor for B.A. Baracus (Mr. T.’s role) was Ice Cube but recently Tyrese Gibson has also been mention.  Bruce Willis is being considered for the role of Hannibal Smith and  Woody Harrelsonhas been mentioned for the role of Murdock.  i am not a huge Woody Harrelson fan but Bruce Willis would be cool.  There is no replacing Mr. T. so I pity the fool who gets to fill that role.

In regards to what the movie will be about, I have found a site on the Internet with that information.  So far, the movie sounds lame.  I enjoyed the show when it was on television but anytime there is a remake for the big screen the movie usually flops.  There still is a chance it could work out but I guess we will have to wait until next June.