Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (review)


More Turtle Time less Human Time

Despite critics panning the 2014 Turtles, audiences still flocked to see the movie because of one thing: IT’S THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FOR GODSAKES.  These are characters that non geeks and nerds love because the four Turtles have unique personalities and great chemistry together.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the newest entry in the film franchise. Yes, the critics are panning the movie but honestly their opinion shocks me because this movie is a lot better than the 2014 reboot.  It might be the best Turtles movie ever.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows begins with the four turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo still conceal themselves from the public eye to fight crime in the New York City. They fight during the night, and train during the day or be teenagers and do nothing.   April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is there only connection to the human world. She is currently tracking Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), and believes he is working with the Foot Clan and Shredder (Brain Tee). Shredder has plans his own to make an army to combat and get revenge on the Turtles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows does have major flaws. The dialogue can be so over the top like “I am going to be a detective someday” as Casey Jones yells when he gets suspended from the force. He also taunts Shredder in the movie. Who taunts Shredder? Seriously, major plot hole, the Shredder is the most dangerous person on the planet and could kill Casey in a heartbeat. Shredder is a throw away character. He literally does nothing. Krang is god awful. He doesn’t do much either.  The positives outweigh the negatives.

The main positive are the Turtles and their chemistry. They make the movie fun because of their personalities. The Turtles have to deal with conflicts within the team. The additions of Rocksteady, Bebop, and Baxter Stockman are another positives. Rocksteady and Bebop are formidable foes against the Turtles. They do fight once, and the winner is not who you expect. Stockman is portrayed accurately by Perry. He’s manipulated by other’s with power like he usually is. Perry makes the scenes with him more entertaining because his commitment to the character.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows isn’t a perfect movie. It’s more entertaining their X-Men: Apocalypse and Batman V. Superman. The audience walked out of the theater smiling and enjoying the movie. On a side note, I had to convince someone to go see X-Men: Apocalypse last night. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows gets a 3.5 out of 5.


My top 10 anticipated films for this summer (2014)

Captain American the Winter Solider opens this week and this release I wanted to do a list of my top anticipated films of the summer.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Paramount Turtles left from right: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo , Donatello

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Paramount August 8th, 2014
Turtles left from right:
Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo , Donatello

10.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja is one of the most unknown films coming out this summer. We don’t have a lot of information on or footage from the movie. From synopsis; we know Shedder and his foot clan have a grip on New York City political structure. The turtles need to find out their destiny and help April O’ Neil take down Shedder and his foot clan.  Michael Bay is the producer and Jonathan Liebesman is the director (The ring, The ring 2, Clash of the Titans). From the trailer, it looks like the movie will be visually dark for setting and  tone.  The turtles look amazing visually. The reason why this is movie is not higher on my list because there’s one trailer which does show the interaction between the brothers that fans love. Turtle fan’s love the conflict between Leonard and Raphael, the quirkiness of Michelangelo, and the inventiveness of Donatello. This movie has potential to gross  a lot of money world wide.


X-men: Days of Future's Past by Fox May 26th, 2014

X-men: Days of Future Past by Fox
May 26th, 2014

9.   X-men days of Future Past 

X-men Days of Future past is set in the future where mutants are hunted and killed. Xavier and Magneto send Wolverine back in time to prevent Magneto assassinating a senator which starts a mutant witch hunt by the Sentinels and their creator, Bolivar Trask.  The plot of this movie is unknown. I personality haven’t learned that much from the trailers. No one has seen footage of this movie and the excitement from the general audience is a shoulder shrug. They also made Wolverine the main mutant again and there is so many better mutants that they could have chosen. I think franchise fans want to see someone else be the focus other than Wolverine.  The film’s predecessor, X-Men First Class, was such a great movie for this reason. It focused on Magneto and Xavier and their relationship from friendship to rivals. People wanted a sequel to that movie not this mutant mixing pot of characters.  However, with Wolverine being involved I don’t know how this will play out.  I want more a more of narrative trailer because the two that are out doesn’t get me excited. I also want them to correct the mistake of Gambit and making Cyclops a pussy from the previous films. X-men days of future past has a sequel coming out called X-Men Apocalypse  on May 13th, 2016.


A million ways to die in the west by universal May 30th, 2014

A million ways to die in the west by universal
May 30th, 2014

8.  Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West by Seth McFarland. This comedy set in the old west tells the story of a common man and his friends who see people die randomly. The trailer is hilarious. McFarland also brought in great character actors to play roles such as Neil Patrick Harris as the womanizer and Liam Neeson as the gunslinger. I’m really looking for forward for this movie because early reaction has been extremely positive.


Frank by Studio 4 Release Date: TBA in the US

Frank by Studio 4
Release Date: TBA in the US

7.  Frank

Frank starts Michael Fassbender who plays Frank. Frank is a quirky comedy and the cast is amazing. The trailer is hilarious. The movie received so much positive reviews at Southwest and Sundance film festival that it will increase the potential box office revenue. Critics seemed to love this film.


Begin Again by the Weinstein  July 4, 2014

Begin Again by the Weinstein
July 4, 2014

6.   Begin Again

Begin Again is a potential Oscar nominated film. The premise of the movie is a studio executive getting fired and being at the end of his rope. He finds a musician playing at bar and sees a potential star in the making. They set out to make a record at locations with little to no money. The cast is very talent such has Cee Lo Green and  Adam Levine. It’s release date is good because it will attract a lot of the audiences who don’t want to see the superhero movies or action movies.


Transformers: Age of Extinction Paramount Pictures June 27, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction Paramount Pictures
June 27, 2014

5.  Transformers: Age of the Extinction

Transformers: Age of the Extinction is the fourth transformers movie directed by Michael Bay. The storyline is a father finds a dominant Optimus Prime who is being haunted by the United States Government along with his fellow transformers. The government also builds their own transformers including Glavatron which is built from Megatron’s body.  Optimus Prime has no choice but to call on the Dinobots to repeal the Decepticon invasion. The reason why I’m hyped about this movie is the cast. Paramount showed footage from this movie at Cinecon. Critics loved it. It reminded them of the first Transformers movie. The human story seems to work well and it looks funny.  The cast is completely talent and Mark Whalberg is the perfect actor to carry the franchise forward. At the end of the trailer; Optimus bitch slaps the giant robotic T-Rex, Grimlock,  and takes charge. I was sold on this movie from that scene.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  Caesar releases his army on July 11th, 2016

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Fox
Caesar releases his army on July 11th, 2014

4.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It’s set ten years after the first movie. Man has been wiped out by a deadly virus and a group of survivors are lead by Gary Oldman. Caesar and his apes live in the forest and the group of human thought they had wiped them out. Fox is so excited about this film that they’re already have brought back the writer and director for the sequel. They also have set a release date for this sequel for July 29th, 2016.  The movie only has one trailer but footage screen has gained positive reception.  The next film on my list has similarities to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2  May 2nd, 2014 Spidey takes on Rhino, Green Goblin, and Electro

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by Sony
May 2nd, 2014
Spidey takes on Rhino, Green Goblin, and Electro

3.  The Amazing Spider-man 2

Sony only has one big blockbuster franchise, and they got to make it count. A few critics have seen this film and compared it to the Dark Knight.  The trailers and featurettes  that have been released have added to my excitement for this film. The acting performances, the dialogue, and special effects from the first film were so amazing. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have such great chemistry on screen. Jamie Fox is playing a villain which he usually plays good guys. The storyline looks like it will reveal more about Peter’s past.  Electro has a very bad ass look to him. The score will be amazing since Hans Zimmer will do it justice. The special effects and visuals took amazing.This sequel is the second part of a larger universe of Spider-man cinematic universe.  We can expect a Sinister 6 movie, a Venom movie, along with the Amazing Spider-man 3 and 4.  This film is expected to give hints what will come in the Spider-man movie franchise.  The only reason why this film is not one number for me because I can’t wait for the two ahead of it more.


Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel August 1st, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel
August 1st, 2014 Left to Right: Star Lord, Drax, Gamora, Groot, Rocket Raccoon

2.  Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is the final film of Marvel Phase 2 before the Avengers: Age of Ultron which is released on May 1st, 2015. Guardians is about Peter Quill, Star Lord, teaming up with galactic misfits to prevent a deadly force from destroying the universe. The cast is incredible but a lot of the characters have been yet to reveal. My anticipation comes from the trailer. The trailer was completely different from any marvel trailer. It had a lighter tone with a lot of humor. It felt so human too even with aliens being the focus of the film. It will be an action movie and it will explain Thanos. He was the guy at the end of the Avengers. This film will help explain how the Avengers and the infinity stones will play out in the phase three universe.  My next film was always to be number 1.

Godzilla by Toho, Warner Bros.  May 16, 2014

Godzilla by Toho, Warner Bros.
May 16, 2014

1.  Godzilla

GODZILLA was the first word I ever read. He has been with me since I was two years old. I have been wanting for a new Godzilla movie for 10 years. The two trailers say it all. The film might be only 2 hours but it will be epic. I hoping for a 2 and 1/2 hour film because I really want to see a tangible story. Every account of people seeing Godzilla footage has been so positive. The most current footage of Godzilla was shown at Cinemacon. Adam Sandler and  Drew Barrymore took the stage once that screening was complete to present their upcoming romantic comedy, Sandler joked, “F*** Blended, how about that Godzilla!?!” Barrymore confessed that it had made her cry, declaring, “That is going to be such a hit.” Slash from Guns and Roses saw an early screening and loved the movie. It comes out in 6 weeks and I’ll safety bet the movie will be sold out at almost every showing for opening weekend. Godzilla is my most anticipated movie because it will be probably the best summer blockbuster that strikes a cord with the world and fans will demand more movies. I feel that Godzilla will be a film that everybody loves and leaves the theater satisfy twice or more after they come back to see it that many times.

Honorable Mentions:
The neighbors, Maleficent, Million Dollar Arm, edge of tomorrow, 22 jump street, Get on up, the expendables 3, Hercules