Rants, Raves & Reviews – Midway

imagesBeing a lover of war movies, I had to see the new ‘Midway’ movie on the big screen. And since the genre’s not Cathryn’s favorite I brought a buddy. The previews looked amazing, especially with today’s CGI technology and special effects. I knew the battle scenes would be explosive, literally. I was also anxious to see how the new movie stacked up to the 1976 version.

Unlike many American-made war films this story is told and viewed from both sides, the United States and Japan. It’s about the battle of Midway, which turned the tide of war in the South Pacific during WWII. As in the earlier version, the movie starts with the attack on Pearl Harbour – the decisive blow that forced the U.S. into the war.

The story was a bit choppy. It covered a lot of material and tried to focus on the personal lives of certain soldiers, along with naval strategies behind the scenes. There was plenty of action and battle scenes to carry the movie past the two hour mark. It didn’t drag on but definitely outlasted my popcorn.

The acting was good but there were only a few recognizable faces in the cast – unlike the ’76 version with its star-studded ensemble. That version also used actual battle footage which brought a sense of realism to the movie. In this new installment viewers get a look at director John Ford on the island of Midway, while he films the 1942 publicity documentary of the same name.

Overall the movie was good, but it felt lacking and got a 7 out of 10 from both my bro-friend and I.

Now You See Me 2


Whoever says that  sequels are never as good as the originals, will be proven wrong when they see Now You See Me 2.

Lizzy Caplan is the new the fourth Horseman, along with returning magicians Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco. Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine all return to keep you guessing and scratching your head at the clever and well thought-out plot.

There are more twists and turns in this movie than and Indy-car race track. Don’t worry about getting too confused by all the magic and illusions, they explain how most of them are done.

Michael Caine looks like he made his appearance right from the grave, but Morgan Freeman acts like he’s got another twenty years to go. This sequel has more of everything in it. If you’re into magic and illusions and quick-witted drama, this movie is for you. It’s good fun for the whole family.

Cathryn and I give it our best score yet, 10 out of 10.