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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”

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by Albert W. Vogt III

When I am writing a review, there is always one other page open on my browser: the listing on the International Movie Database (IMDb.com for short) for whatever movie about which I am writing. It is a great resource, but it can be frustrating. Sometimes it lists the actors and actresses in the most idiosyncratic… Read more “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, by Albert W. Vogt III

The year was 1993 and DC Comics, seemingly in a publicity stunt, decided to kill the most popular comic book character of all time, Superman. Although I considered myself strictly a Marvel man (or boy, I guess, at that time), I scraped together enough nickels to go out and buy a first printing. There was… Read more “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Terminator: Salvation, by Albert W. Vogt III

So I decided to skip over Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).  They are both good movies in their own right, but it would seem that they progressively abandoned the deadly seriousness of The Terminator (1984).  I wonder if James Cameron, who directed Terminator 2: Judgment Day, thought when the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) uttered the line “Hasta… Read more “Terminator: Salvation, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Last Samurai, by Albert W. Vogt III

Let me point out a few historical facts right off the bat: none of the characters depicted in The Last Samurai (2003) actually existed. This means main samurai rebel Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), prime protagonist Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), racist foil Colonel Bagley (Tony Goldwyn), and greedy Japanese industrialist Omura (Masato Harada) were all inventions of… Read more “The Last Samurai, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, by Albert W. Vogt III

Most people hate Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), and I have never been entirely sure why. When I came out of the theater after seeing it the first time, I was, on the whole, satisfied. It looked like an Indiana Jones movie and quacked like an Indiana Jones movie, so… Read more “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, by Albert W. Vogt III”