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Army of the Dead, by Albert W. Vogt III

Zack Snyder is a hack.  If you have not gathered that this is my opinion of his work from reading my reviews of his dumb Justice League films, then let this definitive statement erase any doubts.  Alright, I will confess to enjoying 300 (2006).  It was original in its style.  Unfortunately, Snyder seemed to have fallen in love with slow motion and sepia… Read more “Army of the Dead, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Snakes Eyes: G. I. Joe Origins, by Albert W. Vogt III

Call me pleasantly surprised.  As I had zero intentions of seeing M. Knight Shyamalan’s Old, I resigned myself to what I assumed would be an eye-roll fest with Snake Eyes: G. I. Joe Origins.  I loved the G. I. Joe cartoon growing up, and the enigmatic Snake Eyes was always a favorite.  Okay, I just used a few words that are probably… Read more “Snakes Eyes: G. I. Joe Origins, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, by Albert W. Vogt III

Is it odd that I have reviewed the Star Wars films, my favorite cinematic franchise of all time, in such a piecemeal fashion?  Outside of the original trilogy, perhaps this is somewhat apropos.  After all, in the late 1990s, a full sixteen years after Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983) came out, they released Star Wars: Episode… Read more “Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Company of Heroes, by Albert W. Vogt III

Perhaps when I was scrolling through Netflix’s offerings a few days ago and landed on Ghosts of War (2020), I was actually looking for Company of Heroes (2013).  You know what would be nice of Netflix to do, even though it might end up costing them business?  Attach reviews of films to their on-screen menus.  Though I doubt they would want The Legionnaire’s… Read more “Company of Heroes, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Black Widow, by Albert W. Vogt III

Finally, Black Widow arrived.  A film that we have been seeing trailers for, what, two years?  It seems longer, but that is what the pandemic and lock down did to people.  From everything that I read, I thought it would explain some things from Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).  As it stands, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) seems to be at a… Read more “Black Widow, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Terminator 2: Judgement Day, by Albert W. Vogt III

Setting aside the theological ramifications of a title like Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), specifically everything after the colon, such a sobriquet does not make a ton of sense.  Then again, had they called it Terminator 2: Stopping Judgement Day, that would have given away the ending.  The events in the film also do not have anything to do with… Read more “Terminator 2: Judgement Day, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, by Albert W. Vogt III

My love for Star Wars began at an early age.  I watched the original trilogy so many times that I had them memorized.  My favorite of them, as I have indicated in other reviews, is Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980).  However, it and the rest of the billion dollars franchise would not have been possible without the… Read more “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Mortal Kombat (2021), by Albert W. Vogt III

You can hardly have existed in the 1990s without hearing the title of today’s movie being shouted.  Mortal Kombat (1995), the film version of one of the most controversial video games to ever be released, starts out with that phrase, followed by its earwig techno music. As a teenager, these were the sounds that haunted parents. When… Read more “Mortal Kombat (2021), by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), by Albert W. Vogt III

There is a saying that bigger is not always better.  I can think of few movies where that is more applicable to than the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.  With its 1951 forerunner, there was a certain charm to its campiness and simplicity.  Premiering as the Cold War was still relatively new, its message of… Read more “The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by Albert W. Vogt III

In my review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), I mentioned my love of the 1977 cartoon version of The Hobbit. At least that is how I remember feeling about it. I had not seen it in roughly fifteen years when The Fellowship of the Ring premiered, but my… Read more “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, by Albert W. Vogt III

My apologies to any of you that have been waiting on a review from The Legionnaire for a film you requested. You have our assurances that they will be seen and covered. However, when I saw how St. Joan of Arc was portrayed in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), it got me thinking about… Read more “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, by Albert W. Vogt III

While watching the early 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy over the past few days, a series of inexplicable choices emerges. For example, why did they decide to have Casey Jones (Elias Koteas) in the first installment, not bring him back for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), only to… Read more “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, by Albert W. Vogt III

If you have not yet noticed, there is a “III” suffix at the end of my name. When I was born, my parents and grandparents had a small debate over what they were going to call me. My paternal grandfather went by “Al,” and they called my dad “Albie,” though he goes by “Al” now.… Read more “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, by Albert W. Vogt III

Every New Year’s Eve for well over a decade, I have gathered with some of my closest friends and their steadily growing family to have a Harry Potter movie marathon.  With eight movies covering seven books, we can never get all of them seen in one day, but we enjoy putting them on and passing the… Read more “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, by Albert W. Vogt III

I do not consider the recent reboot of the famous humanoid, be-shelled martial artists, beginning in 2014, to be the real Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nor really would be the 1990 movie under examination today. If you were a kid in the 1980s like me, you will remember the way the cartoon version seemingly invaded… Read more “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, by Albert W. Vogt III”