Monthly Archives: June 2015

Movie Review: Spy

5 Spy (2015)

I just got back from watching Spy, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. It is hands down, without a doubt the best comedy that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s easily the funniest movie of the year, and I honestly can’t praise it enough.

Clearly the movie is hilarious. There were so many amazing jokes throughout the film, it’s impossible to remember them all. The dialogue was amazing, it seemed as if there was a joke in every characters lines and I absolutely loved it. I don’t think I stopped laughing for more than a few seconds and that was probably just to catch my breath.

The plot was pretty straightforward, there were no big surprises but I still found it very enjoyable. There were no major plot holes and everything moved along smoothly. The film’s cast was simply fantastic as well. Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest women alive, and I am such a big fan of her work. I’ve loved her in everything I’ve seen her in and Spy is no exception. She does an amazing job at portraying her character as the shy nerdy type who has a dark/badass side. She has so many memorable lines and scenes in the movie, she really is a pleasure to watch.

Rose Byrne was her usually beautiful and hilarious self. Some of the best scenes in the movie were between Byrne and McCarthy’s characters. Both women just absolutely killed with their delivery of their jokes. I was laughing at pretty much everything that came out of their mouths.

One of the best and most pleasant surprises in the movie had to be Jason Statham. Not only is he arguably the biggest action star in Hollywood right now, but he definitely has the gift for comedy. He has excellent comedic timing and is absolutely hilarious as the straight man. His character was just the best. Everything he said was even funnier just because it was coming from such a serious badass. I know he’s had great success making action movies but I’d really love to see him do more comedies like this because he was simply awesome in it.

The person that I think stole the show though had to be newcomer Miranda Hart. She played kind of McCarthy’s side-kick/best friend and she had me laughing out loud with every single thing she said or did. She is without a doubt one of the best things about the movie, she is just hilarious. I hope they make a sequel just so I get to see more of her. Really, she was that good and that funny.

Spy isn’t just about jokes and comedy though, it’s actually also a pretty great action movie too. The stunts and action sequences were expertly shot and choreographed. This movie had some of the best fight scenes that I’ve seen in a while. I can’t say enough good things about them, they were both funny and exciting at the same time (they were pretty gory too). I especially liked the use of slow motion during some of the fight scenes, it helped make a funny movie even funnier. McCarthy more than held her own as an “action star” doing an excellent job in all that stunts and action sequences. I find it refreshing to see an action-comedy with a female lead. You don’t really see many of those types of movies but I hope that after this one we see more like them.

The movie also had great positive message. With a strong female lead like McCarthy the movie showed that women can be just as funny and badass as men. There is a definite theme of empowering women, and showing how a woman doesn’t need a man to be successful.

Overall, Spy is an absolute comedic masterpiece. I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about it, if anything I just wish it was longer so I’d get to see more of it. Director Paul Feig and McCarthy have proven to be an amazing team, and I can’t wait to see their next movie. I just absolutely loved Spy, and I enjoyed watching every minute of it. My face still hurts from laughing so much. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard and so often during a movie. It is without a doubt the best comedy of the year, and I can’t wait to see it again. If you haven’t already done so, go see it!! I can’t recommend it enough. 5/5

New Trailer: Sicario

Sicario is an upcoming crime drama that focuses on the war on drugs along the Mexican border. This movie looks pretty damn good. The cast looks amazing. Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin are all fantastic actors, and judging from the trailer they are set to deliver some great performances. The subject matter seems quite interesting as well. There have been a number of films made recently that focus on cartel violence and the war on drugs, but this to me looks better than anything else that’s come out in recent memory. I am very much looking forward to this film.

Sicario is set to come out in theaters on September 25th

Movie Review: Jurassic World

3.5 Jurassic World (2015)

I finally got around to watching Jurassic World this week. I knew the movie was going to be a big hit, but I had never imagined it would be such a huge commercial success. I was pretty shocked when I found out it had already made more than $200million in the domestic box office on opening weekend. I already wanted to watch the movie, but knowing this made me want to watch it even more. I wanted to see if the hype was warranted. Now that I’ve seen the movie I can see what the hype was about, and why it’s been such a massive success. At the same time however I left the theater feeling a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Jurassic World was a great movie, and I was thoroughly entertained, but this is definitely one of those movies that while good, could have been so much better.

First off, the things I liked about the movie. Obviously the main reason people want to watch this movie is all the action sequences and the dinosaurs. Jurassic World more than delivers on both. This movie has some of the best CGI I have ever seen. The dinosaurs look very very real, it’s amazing how far technology has advanced in the 20 years since the first film in the series came out. The action in the movie is fantastic as well. There are a ton of fights between man and dinosaur and even between dinosaur and dinosaur. The best parts of the movie definitely revolve around the dinosaurs and the mayhem they create.

Chris Pratt was his usual awesome self, he nailed his character as the tough guy badass, and he was also quite funny in the few scenes where he actually had comedic dialogue. The rest of the cast was nothing special, but It was great seeing Jake Johnson (New Girl) as one of the Jurassic World employees. I will say however that I was thoroughly impressed by the fact that Bryce Dallas Howards character wore high heels throughout the entire movie. She runs in heels better than most people do in running shoes, it really is an amazing feat.

The main thing that I disliked about the movie was the fact that it was painfully predictable. The movie was pretty straightforward, nothing really surprised me. I was even able to predict exactly how certain characters would die, which is never a good sign when it comes to a movie like this. Pretty much all the characters were one dimensional. You could tell who the good guys and the bad guys were right from the start and those roles didn’t change at all throughout the film. Everything was a little too obvious for my taste. I never really felt scared for any of the main characters, which is a bit sad considering the type of film Jurassic World is.

Not only was the movie predictable, but the number of plot holes was pretty obvious as well. I can overlook a certain amount of plot holes, particularly in summer blockbuster type movies, but Jurassic World had just too many to ignore. There were far too many lucky coincidences for my taste. Also, most of the dialogue in the film was pretty cheesy. I wouldn’t really say the acting was bad, I just think the actors didn’t have the best dialogue to work with.

I know I’m being pretty harsh on this film, and that’s probably due to my high expectations going in. The thing about Jurassic World that upsets me isn’t that it’s a bad movie, I would actually say It’s a pretty good movie, it’s just that it could have been so much better. At the end of the day Jurassic World is not the smartest or well thought out movie, but it is entertaining, and it more than delivers on the action side of things. I wish it would have been better, but I would still recommend watching it. For all my criticisms I still left the theater in a good mood, and feeling entertained. 3.5/5

UFC Rankings Matrix – June 2015

There has been a ton of great UFC action in the past month. Since I posted my last Rankings for the month of May (HERE) there have been 5 UFC events, and 59 fights (including 2 title fights).

In the past month we’ve seen #4 Stipe Miocic cement himself as the future of the Heavyweight Divison by absolutely destroying the great #7 Mark Hunt. We’ve witnessed the crowning of a new UFC Lightheavyweight Champion in #2 Daniel Cormier and we’ve seen some MMA legends come back and pick up some much needed finishes (#5 Carlos Condit & #15 Dan Henderson). Not to mention the very underrated superfight between #3 Frankie Edgar and #4 Urijah Faber. All in all these past 30 days have given us some fantastic fights and there has been plenty of movement in the rankings because of it.

Without further adieu, here are my UFC Rankings for June 2015 (Click on Images to see them Full Size) (Champions in bold):

Women’s Strawweight (115lbs) W115 June

* I included the fights from the 20th Season of the The Ultimate Fighter even though they were technically “Exhibition” matches because they were part of the tournament that crowned the inaugural champ.

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs #5 Jessica Penne on June 20th @UFN69

#4 Michelle Waterson vs #28 Angela Magana on July 12th @TUF 21 Finale

#6 Tecia Torres vs #17 Angela Hill on June 13th @UFC188

#10 Joanne Calderwood vs #16 Bec Rawlings on July 18th @UFN72


Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs)

W135 June

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Ronda Rousey vs #8 Bethe Correia on August 1st @UFC190

#3 Miesha Tate vs #7 Jessica Eye on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#4 Sara McMann vs #10 Amanda Nunes on August 8th @UFN73

#12 Holly Holm vs #13 Marion Reneau on July 15th @UFN71

#14 Jessica Andrade vs #23 Sarah Moras on July 15th @UFN71

#21 Jessamyn Duke vs #25 Elizabeth Phillips on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16


Flyweight (125lbs)

 125 June

Biggest Move

#8 Zach Makovsky up 3 spots from #11

#10 Henry Cejudo up 2 spots from #12

#9 John Moraga down 2 spots from #7

#12 Ali Bagautinov down 3 spots from #9

Upcoming Fights

#10 Henry Cejudo vs #17 Chico Camus on June 13th @UFC188

#16 Scott Jorgensen vs (135lbs) Manny Gamburyan on July 15th @UFN71

#19 Patrick Holohan vs Vaughan Lee on July 18th @UFN72

#20 Neil Seery vs #25 Luis Smolka on July 11th @UFC189


Bantamweight (135lbs)

135 June

Biggest Move

#9 Francisco Rivera up 2 spots from #11

Upcoming Fights

#1 TJ Dillashaw vs #2 Renan Barao on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#11 Eddie Wineland vs #14 Bryan Caraway on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#16 Thomas Almeida vs #18(125lbs) Brad Pickett on July 11th @UFC189

#21 Rani Yahya vs #23 Masanori Kanehara on June 27th @UFN70

#27 Cody Garbrandt vs Henry Biriones on July 11th @UFC189

#29 Russell Doane vs Jerrod Sanders on July 12th @TUF 21 Finale


Featherweight (145lbs)

145 June

Biggest Move

#18 Thiago Tavares down from #14

Upcoming Fights

#1 Jose Aldo vs #4 Conor McGregor on July 11th @UFC189

#6 Dennis Bermudez vs #12 Jeremy Stephens on July 11th @UFC189

#11 Dennis Siver vs #19 Tatsuya Kawajiri on June 20th @UFN69

#14 Hacran Dias vs #23 Chas Skelly on June 27th @UFN70

#28 Niklas Backstrom vs Noad Lahat on June 20th @UFN69


Lightweight (155lbs)

 155 June

Biggest Move

#3 Donald Cerrone up from #4

Upcoming Fights

#1 Rafael Dos Anjos vs #3 Donald Cerrone  in December @TBA

#6 Gilbert Melendez vs #7 Eddie Alvarez on June 13th @UFC188

#8 Michael Johnson vs #17 Beneil Dariush on August 23rd @UFN73

#9 Edson Barboza vs #27 Paul Felder on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#11 Jorge Masavidal vs (WW) Cezar Ferreira @TUF 21 Finale

#12 Al Iaquinta vs #13 Bobby Green on July 15th @UFN71

#14 Josh Thompson vs #16 Tony Ferguson on July 15th @UFN71

#20 Ross Pearson vs #26 Evan Dunham on July 18th @UFN72

#21 Joe Lauzon vs #28 Takanori Gomi on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#25 Rustam Khabilov vs Danny Castillo on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16


Welterweight (170lbs)

 170 June

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Robbie Lawler vs #3 Rory McDonald on July 11th @UFC189

#7 Matt Brown vs Tim Means on July 11th @UFC189

#8 Damian Maia vs #23 Neil Magny on August 1st @UFC190

#9 Kelvin Gastelum vs #22(185lbs) Nate Marquardt on June 13th @UFC188

#10 Jake Ellenberger vs #20 Stephen Thompson on July 12th @TUF 21 Finale

#11 Rick Story vs #16 Erick Silva on June 27th @UFN70

#17 Gunnar Nelson vs #21 John Hathaway on July 11th @UFC189

#19 Brandon Thatch vs John Howard on July 11th @UFC189

#22 Alan Jouban vs Matt Dwyer on July 15th @UFN71

#27 Lorenz Larkin vs Santiago Pnozinibbio on June 27th @UFN70

#30 Ben Saunders vs Kenny Robertson on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16


Middleweight (185lbs)

185 June

Biggest Move

#5 Gegard Mousasi up 2 spots from #7

#14 Dan Henderson up 5 spots from #19

Upcoming Fights

#1 Chris Weidman vs #2 Luke Rockhold in Late 2015 @TBA

#4 Lyoto Machida vs #8 Yoel Romero on June 27th @UFN70

#10 Michael Bisping vs #11 Thales Leites on July 18th @UFN72

#20 Urija Hall vs Krzysztof Jotko on June 20th @UFN69

#26 Thiago Santos vs Steve Bosse on June 27th @UFN70


Lightheavyweight (205lbs)

205 June

* Even though #1 Jon Jones is technically not the champion anymore, I still have him ranked as #1 since he was stripped of the title and didn’t actually lose the belt to another fighter.

Biggest Move

#2 Daniel Cormier up 2 spots from #4

Upcoming Fights

#2 Daniel Cormier vs #4 Alexander Gustafsson in late 2015 @TBA

#7 Glover Teixeira vs #8 Ovince St. Preux on August 8th @UFN73

#10 Shogun Rua vs #11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on August 1st @UFC190

#13 Rafael Cavalcante vs #14 Pat Cummins on August 1st @UFC190

#16 Gian Villante vs #23(185lbs) Tom Lawlor on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#18 Illir Latifi vs #28 Hans Stringer on July 18th @UFN72

#20 Nikita Krylov vs #25 Marcos Rogerio de Lima on June 27th @UFN70


Heavyweight (265lbs)

 265 June

Biggest Move

#5 Andrei Arlovski up 2 spots from #7

Upcoming Fights

#1 Cain Velasquez vs #3 Fabricio Werdum on June 13th @UFC188

#10 Josh Barnett vs #12 Roy Nelson on September 27th @UFN78

#11 Frank Mir vs #20 Todd Duffee on July 15th @UFN71

#14 Bigfoot Silva vs #23 Soa Palelei  on August 1st @UFC190

#15 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs #19 Stefan Struve on August 1st @UFC190

#22 Jared Rosholt vs Timothy Johnson on August 8th @UFN73

New Trailer: Z for Zachariah

Wow, does this movie look good or what?

Z for Zachariah is a post apocalyptic sci fi film set after a nuclear war. The movie is about 3 survivors, how they come together and how they start their new lives as possibly the last human beings on earth. Judging from the trailer alone there is going to be a ton of great drama, and tense situations in the film. The movie has such a great cast, which includes the beautiful Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall street), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Chris Pine (Star Trek). I already know the love triangle between Robbie, Ejiofor and Pine is going to be fantastic. This really is one of the movies I am most looking forward to this year.

Z for Zachariah is set to come out in theaters on August 21st.

New Trailer: The Martian

This is the trailer for Ridley Scott’s latest project. The Martian is based on a best selling novel written by author Andy Weir. I haven’t personaly read the book, but I’ve heard great things.

The movie takes place in the future during a manned mission to Mars. Matt Damon’s character is left behind when his fellow crewmembers assume he died. The movie is about one man surviving against all odds. It looks interesting to say the least.

Let’s be honest, this movie looks amazing. I mean the cast alone is spectacular, its going to be interesting to see how the filmakers use so many famous actors in the movie. I really can’t wait to go see it.

The Martian is set come out in theaters on November 25th.