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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”

Captain America: Civil War, by Cameron J. Czaja

We’re finally at phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and what better film to start off with than Captain America: Civil War (2016). To me this film is a turning point in the MCU as it sets in motion the division of our heroes until they have team up again in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. To… Read more “Captain America: Civil War, by Cameron J. Czaja”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, by Cameron J. Czaja

When Guardians of the Galaxy was released back in 2014 it became a pop culture phenomenon. From the action, to the humor and retro soundtrack, it was something that everyone enjoyed.  It was no surprise that a sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), was already in the works. Before I watched the sequel, I was both excited and… Read more “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, by Cameron J. Czaja”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cameron J. Czaja

I’m not going to even sugarcoat it: aside from Avengers: Endgame, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, and one of my favorite comic book films of all time. I do apologize if it sounds like I’m already overselling this, so let’s back up. Also, I may sound a little biased due to… Read more “Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cameron J. Czaja”