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6 Anticipated Movie Sequels 2016 Aftermath

I am way too late posting this thing again! But better late than never right?

I missed last year entirely too (maybe I was just too busy watching the sequels to write about them), but I'll be posting a list for this year soon.

You can find the old post from 2016 here, and as for my long overdue impressions on these promising sequels (which btw are not just 6 but 12 - something about how many awesome sequels there were this year):

Ride Along 2

I'd seen this one before I even posted the batch, and my impressions from earlier pretty much still apply. See the review here.

John Wick 2

Does this franchise still hold up to expectations? Hell yeah! The second segment of the series was just as flashy, classy, and tough an interpolation as the first one, and it looks like there's one more on route... at least! I'm looking forward to it. You'll find my review on this one here.

Now You See Me 2

It's got the magic! It's a real show of showmanship and distraction but... it didn't fully measure up to the first. Enter loose ends, too. Worth a watch, but not quite like the original. Review here.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny

Here's one I actually forgot about completely some time after I'd posted this list. I watched it now and... although it didn't compare the classic it wasn't bad. The feels are still there, just not as strong as they used to be.

Check out that review here.

Ice Age: Collision Course

I said this one might have a hard time measuring up to my expectations... and I was right. It didn't. It was still a fun watch, but overall this series just seems to be going downhill after the first one. Or rather getting messier and messier. Too many characters; too little red thread. You can read the review here.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Here's another one I actually hadn't seen before I revisited this old post! A few days later aaand here you go. Fresh impressions. Long (well actually it wasn't that long) story short: it was awesome! I'd forgotten how great the Kung Fu Panda franchise was. Rewatched the prequels while I was at it.

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6 Anticipated Movie Sequels 2016

Similar to 2013, the movie industry seems to prefer the probably-more-profitable sequels over new and original work, because there is a lot of them this year. I'll try to keep it to just my most-anticipated 6 though.

It's a bit late, I know, but fortunately most of these still haven't come out yet... or I haven't seen them yet. I'll start with the one movie that has come out that I have seen. Here we go:

Ride Along 2

This one was a major disappointment. The Cube + Hart combination was so perfect in the first, but here they just seem stuck. Their relationship since the last movie seems to have devolved more than anything else, and Kevin Hart never shuts up.

I mean sure, it wouldn't be funny without the dialog, but there is such a thing as too much. The endless bickering and Hart's eternal goal to prove himself gets in the way of the entertainment, and they went through all of that in the first movie too.

Though these movies might not become more than a duology, I do hope they get their shit together and make a third. A good third. It can still be great. Review here.

John Wick 2

I watched the first John Wick only recently, but it instantly became one of my favorite action movies in a long time past, with its creative action choreography and wicked style. I'm not expecting this one to be as great as the former, but I am looking forward to it! You can read a review on the first one here.

Now You See Me 2

An aggravatingly small number of people (at least among critics) liked the first movie, but I loved it! Can't wait to see what magic they'll have in store for us this time, though this is one of those movies I wasn't expecting a sequel for. It didn't really need one, so I hope they don't ruin what they had with the first. You can read a review on that one here.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

16 years after the original a sequel is finally due! I did feel the hype around the first was too high, considering that kind of love-story + action combination with a speck of tragedy and sacrifice and focus on the beauty and sadness is a common thing in Asian cinema, and there are plenty of similar movies who would've done just as well in the spotlight, but didn't star as famous actors, or somehow evaded their potential Western audience.

The first wasn't bad though, and considering how acclaimed it's become since then, the pressure must be high to make something fantastic out of this one. I'm looking forward to seeing what they might achieve!

Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen are in it too, so that's something to look forward to.

Ice Age: Collision Course

The first Ice Age was awesome, the second was good, the third was not bad, the fourth was OK. The fifth? I hope it exceeds all expectations! And since that is my expectation, that might be hard to accomplish. I am looking forward to it regardless.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda is just such a charismatic character. Who doesn't like him? And Jackie Chan's a voice actor, so what could you possibly not like with this series? The combination of modern animation and Asian myth is a perfect combo too.

I'm not expecting as much from this sequel as from the first, or second (which I barely remember... did I even see it?) but no doubt it'll be entertaining.

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6 Anticipated Movie Sequels 2013 Aftermath

I am way too late posting this thing! But better late than never right? You can find the original post here, and as for my impressions on these long overdue promised sequels (which btw are not just 6 but 12 - something about how many awesome sequels there were this year)...

A Good Day To Die Hard

Yupp, it's still Die Hard! It's better than the 4th one too. I was a bit disappointed to find out McClane's son in the movie wasn't actually his real son, since for some reason I was under that impression. After-Earth was a one of a kind movie at all. This one was great though! And they did seem like father and son in the movie, so much so that I thought the occasional flaw in their acting was a sign of their real life interactions. I wrote a review here.

Monsters University

Monsters wherever they are seem like an awesome bunch, and no less in this one, where the schooling moves on to a whole new level of games and challenges. It's hard to go wrong with a franchise like this.

The World's End

Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright's creative trilogy of collaborations come to an end with this spacey pub run. It starts regular, but quickly gets pretty crazy, and though it has a lot more dialog and a lot less action than the previous movies, it's got that special ingredient that makes it oh so tasty anyway. Mad and amazing. A worthy finale.

Superman - Man Of Steel

The new Superman felt like a great reboot to the old series, though not everyone else seems to agree. Well, I enjoyed it, and that's all that matters right? Will be interesting to see if the Batman V Superman sort-of-sequel tops this.

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

This one blew my mind. Best martial arts movie of the year, hands down. Though, the year was 2014! It was late! Arr. Review here.

Fast & Furious 6

Apart from the 7th, this might've been my favorite Fast & Furious yet. Big budget and crazy, with a charismatic cast and spectacular sceneries, in a time when Paul Walker was well and alive. Review here.

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10 Best Movies Of 2013

2013 was probably the first year that I've been consistently reviewing pretty much all the titles I've watched, both movies made during this year and previous years. I hope to keep the tradition going, because movies are a big passion of mine - I love watching them and I feel useful leaving a review when I do - so a post about the best movies of the year seems like the logical next step.

I wrote something about sequels I was looking forward to in 2012, and made a follow-up on that real quick, but this year I'm not about to delve into what movies I want to see: I'm just going to watch the ones that land in my path and have a blast doing so. Apart from Fast & Furious 7 and The Expendables 3. I'm already looking forward to those. Anyway...

The year of 2013 was a year packed with action. Looking through my reviews it strikes me yet again that this entire decade feels like a renaissance of specifically action. It's like the eighties all over again, and I didn't live during the eighties (apart from that one year before I was one year old) so I'm going to make the best of this era; appreciate it to the fullest!

And who knows, maybe it's not a new trend, maybe it's a new standard?

Here's my favorite ten movies of the past year, in particular order.

The Rankings

1. Homefront (2013)

I didn't watch this one till just recently, but as far as action movies goes it's top-notch. Jason Statham is on a roll with titles like Parker and Redemption, and more to come in 2014!

2. Chennai Express (2013)

I didn't know how beautiful Bollywood movies could be until I watched this! Maybe I was in a strange state of mind at the time. Maybe I was lonely. Maybe I was out of my mind. Maybe this is actually one of very few romantic action movies I don't mind giving a top score to. It was just so inspiring; impacting.

3. White House Down (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen was the other good and very similar terrorists-attack-the-White-House movie this year, but White House Down was the one that really did it for me. Crazy action and as much of an elaborate plot as a movie like this merits, and Channing as main character. There was never a dull moment in this one.

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60 Watched VHS Reviews

A while (read: a few years) back I gave away a box of old VHS movies. I took images of them all before I did though, and they've been lying around gathering dust for a while (but not as long as those VHS tapes!). But here they are, accompanied with short commentaries for those deserving of them. Why did I give the movies away, you ask? Lack of space, and VHS is unfortunately a format devoid of all future purpose. Same thing with DVD, but at least they take less space, and people still buy those. Anyway, here you go, alphabetical order:

3 Way

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6 Anticipated Movie Sequels 2012 Aftermath

This is just a quick rant on what I thought about the 6 movies I was looking forward to the most during the year before the last. A bit late I know, but here we go...

Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 wasn't quite what I'd wished for. It didn't have the same mystique and sense of isolation as the first, nor did it have that morbid darkness and distress. It was just full of clich├ęs. I wrote a review about it.

Golden Compass 2

I already knew there wouldn't be a sequel to the The Golden Compass... but I'm still hoping!

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight was awesome. It was the best Batman movie I'd ever seen... and it still is. It took the series to the point where I'd consider even a fictional superhero like Batman a favorite, and I never had that superhero kind of raising. But The Dark Knight Rises was... not as good as I hoped. You could say it was on par with the one before it. It had an Inception-style ending as you'd expect a single movie would... not one with a sequel. It had battles that seemed surprisingly down-to-Earth and normal. It was good; in fact you could call it great (acting and filmography were both masterful), but it just wasn't as awesome as it could've been. Because Batman starts out a tired and weakened fool maybe? Well I hoped for more.

The Expendables 2

All action actors packed together in one movie. With even more of them than in the first one! I knew I'd enjoy watching this! :) Even more so than the first one. In fact, way more, not least because Arnold was in it. And JC Van Damme played a killer killer. I've been hyped up about the third one since this one... and that was almost two years ago now!

Ice Age: Continental Drift

The first Ice Age movie was great. The second was good. The third was OK. This one was good. Angelina Jolie played a tigress and... well, it was good. Not a classic, but a worthy sequel; somewhat better than the third. Even if all the main plot elements and puns keep being repeated to life. I wrote a review too.

Men In Black

Aw yeah, they're back! And still kicking butt. Even though Tommy Lee Jones has aged quite a bit since the last one, he's still got it, and of course Will Smith still has it. That goes without saying. It was a worthy sequel and (I hope) the end of the trilogy as well.

All in all? It was a good year, with some good movies, though these were far from the best ones released in 2012. Best one of the list? I'd say MIB 3. See the original post here.

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