Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Full text on Geek.com

Monday, August 08, 2016

Review: SUICIDE SQUAD

Whoops! Looks like I neglected to post this over the weekend. As ever, full text review HERE.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: JASON BOURNE (2016)

Full review text and more on Geek.com

Look what's back in the news, again:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Review: STAR TREK BEYOND (2016)

Full review text at the new column on Geek.com

Friday, July 15, 2016

BIG NEWS!

I'm the new weekly film critic at Geek.com! So bookmark that (written reviews will be posted to Geek, video reviews will appear on their YouTube Channel) and share with as many people as you can - MovieBob is back, and it's because YOU demanded it!

Here's the inaugural review of GHOSTBUSTERS (2016):

Monday, July 11, 2016

In Bob We Trust: IS GHOSTBUSTERS REALLY A FRANCHISE?

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

In Bob We Trust: X-MEN - PHOENIX FAILS

Last week's show? One day late. So have this week's show one day early - enjoy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In Bob We Trust: THE X-MEN MOVIES ARE NOT GOOD

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Empathy

Hello friends.

The following was to be the script to this week's IN BOB WE TRUST, which would've been posted a few hours from now once it had been edited together. The subject was to be adding some context to some social media flaming I've been enduring for suggesting that, in the wake of Sunday's ghastly events in Orlando re: the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history; it might be prudent for people presenting at the also-unfolding E3 conference to look at any of their trailers/showcases involving gunplay and ask "Is there anything in here that will make me look like an asshole today, in light of this?"

Since it was hard to think about anything else, I decided to turn elaborating on my feelings about the blowback my Tweet received and what it says about geek/gamer culture's issue with empathy into an episode... only to discover when it came time to actually record the audio and put it together that there was just no way to make the seriousness of the subject-matter "gel" with my standard video presentation (i.e. jokey graphics, fast-delivery, etc) - and that in actually following through, I'd be (potentially, at least) engaging in the kind of good-intentions/poor-taste business I was questioning in the first place. So I decided not to.

There will be an episode of IN BOB WE TRUST this week, but it will arrive on Wednesday or late Tuesday night. My call, no one else's, felt it was what was best. But for posterity's sake (and because I feel it reads better in text format anyway, I'm presenting my thoughts as originally-scripted here. I hope you find something worthwhile in them, and apologize for the delay in episode production.

Thank you.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Review: WARCRAFT (2016) - Updated with Video

This review made possible in part through contributors to The MovieBob Patreon.


Monday, June 06, 2016

In Bob We Trust: AGENTS OF S.H.I.P.

Because you demanded it!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Review: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (2016)

It won't surprise me if the overall consensus on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (just TMNT 2 from here out, okay?) is that it's an improvement on the first film. It is - but only in the sense that the bar is already set so painfully low. The first film was a full-blown piece of shit - badly directed, badly scripted, poorly acted, edited into a clusterfuck to fix story problems that never should've made it that far to begin with and ugly to look at from top to bottom - this is seriously one of the worst production-designed series ever.



The sequel carries over all the pre-existing problems, but this time things are marginally better directed (however much of it was actually directed, since so much of it is so obviously comprised of bog-standard pre-viz) and they've imported a bunch of fanservice aimed squarely at the first-wave Millennial entertainment bloggers most likely to get assigned to review it by their Russian and/or Chinese owned traffic farm - er.. I mean, Perfectly Legitimate News Outlet so... yeah, the reviews will be better.

It's still pretty fucking bad.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

In Bob We Trust: GHOSTBUSTERS - WHY GET SO MAD?



FYI: There have been questions re: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. recaps. Short answer: Yeah, Season 3 ultimately got so tiresome I couldn't bring myself to do write-ups of it anymore. However, with the season now concluded, I will be addressing that on the next installment of this series, tentatively arriving one week from today. Stay tuned :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Really That Good: SUPERMAN (1978)

Watch it now, in case Warner Bros' bogus copyright claim goes through (if so, there is a Vimeo version.)



As ever, those who want to see more like this (at a more frequent rate) are encouraged to support The MovieBob Patreon.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cinemassacre vs Ghostbusters vs Internet

NOTE: This was originally written as the script for a video, but I decided it read better than it sounded performed. As ever, if you like what I do here, there's a MovieBob Patreon for that. 

Alright. The Internet is all up in arms because of the below video wherein a guy who reviews movies says he's not going to review the GHOSTBUSTERS remake mainly for nostalgia/"respect-the-original" reasons (and will instead do a "non-review" seemingly mostly about the failed attempts to make a proper GHOSTBUSTERS III over the years); and I find the fallout interesting because half the web is celebrating: "Hooray! Famous Internet Man has joined our anti-feminist witch-hunt!;" while the other half is scolding him over:"Boo! Famous Internet Man joined their anti-feminist witch-hunt."

Meanwhile, the gender-flip business of the remake doesn't really come up other than a factual acknowledgment thereof in the actual video, making it nicely illustrative of the tiresome way discussion of this movie has become proxy-vs-proxy and not about the movie at all... but also of who's to blame for that tiresomeness in the first place (HINT: It ain't the so-called "SJWs.") Anyway, there's the video, my take after the jump.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016)

Video Review Coming Soon. Enjoy this review? Please consider a contribution to The MovieBob Patreon.

Broken record time: There are plenty of pre-modern (read: prior to BATMAN BEGINS/IRON MAN) superhero movies that absolutely hold up. Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN is one. The 1978 SUPERMAN is one. BATMAN RETURNS... sort of. The first two BLADE movies, definitely - I know we're only "supposed" to like BLADE II because of Guillermo del Toro, but the first one is totally serviceable.


But the X-MEN movies? No. They don't hold up. Portions of them do: McKellan's Magneto is a hell of a performance, Jackman as Wolverine was a great discovery, Patrick Stewart is... basically doing exactly what you expected, so it's fine. Zeroing in on the gay-youth metaphor was a good idea. Sort-of-nude Mystique is iconic. X2 has a decent-ish screenplay, which helps alot. But taken as a whole? Only FIRST CLASS is a straight-up good movie, and THE WOLVERINE is 2/3rds of a good B-movie. The rest of them are varying degrees of straight-up bad (ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and X3 being the worst) - aesthetically ugly, blandly directed, filler-packed half-efforts of which X2 gets a pass because it's screenplay is good enough and restricting 90% of the action to the X-Mansion, underlit hallways and... more underlit hallways helps disguise Bryan Singer's inability to properly direct action sequences or really any sequence with more than one plane of action and more than three active characters.

(SPOILERS after the jump)

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

This review is made possible in part through donations to The MovieBob Patreon. If you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patron.



(Full Text after the jump)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Catching Up 5/4/2016

Hey! Did you notice I've been a little quiet on this website the last few weeks? Well, it's because big things* have been in the works. Two of which can now be read up on ScreenRant:

A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE:
Sure, you've probably read through the "which order to watch the Marvel Movies in" lists, and you've probably done your refresher-course work to get ready for CIVIL WAR (review forthcoming, incidentally) - but have you ever wanted to be able to look at a chronological breakdown of every event depicted in the MCU movies starting with the beginning of the Universe (as in The Big Bang) right up to this very week, including the events of the Netflix series and AGENTS OF S.H.I.EL.D.? Well, now you can. The (tentative) plan is to update it as new information becomes available, so bookmark it now if you want to - either way, enjoy!

15 CHARACTERS WE WANT TO SEE IN SUPERGIRL - SEASON 2:
Exactly what it says on the label. Sometimes work is hard, sometimes work is hard but you're getting paid to explain how Comet The Superhorse works.

*Yes, the long-awaited REALLY THAT GOOD: SUPERMAN is in fact one of those big things. It's on the way, and I thank you for your patience. As ever, both speeding me up and keeping me afloat period are functions of The MovieBob Patreon :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Here We Go Again...

The screencap, in case this was an early trigger-pull and they take it down: