Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

In preparation for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows movie, I re-watched the earlier Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 2014 and was reminded of just how awful that first film was. A sloppy mess, the story was incoherent and the effects were generally so cartoonish it might as well have been a direct-to-video-game release. Surprisingly, though, the box office results were decent, with the first film taking in just under $500 million against…Read More

Review: Lazer Team

Watch enough movies and you realize that not every film project is serious, not every director sees themselves walking on stage to accept the Best Picture award and not every cinematographer sees themselves as “painting with light and shadows” to create a new and unique vision for audiences. Some films are just good enough, and the best of those end up becoming far more popular years after they’re released than on opening weekend. In the science-fiction realm,…Read More

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Michael Bay hired director Jonathan Liebesman and brought back the somewhat radioactive Megan Fox as the human lead in yet another remake of the amusing children’s tale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. What’s Liebesman done before? Battle: Los Angeles (an incoherent mess) and Wrath of the Titans (a me-too Greek mythology flick). His lack of experience creating a polished film shows, and while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is true to the comic book origins of the tiny…Read More