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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, by Albert W. Vogt III

Here we go with another Sandra Bullock film with Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005).  That sounds more uncharitable than is intended.  As I have said in other reviews of her films, I enjoy her work.  Still, they are kind of redundant.  Her sense of humor shines through, but the plots are usually similar.  That is why I appreciate a film… Read more “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, by Albert W. Vogt III

If there is one movie that I feel best encapsulates my distaste for certain films as a practicing Catholic, it is Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).  Though tales of vampires predate the Irish author Bram Stoker’s most well-known work, simply titled Dracula (1897), it is the one most often credited for kick starting the Western craze for these monsters.  And I do… Read more “Bram Stoker’s Dracula, by Albert W. Vogt III”

First Blood, by Albert W. Vogt III

You might be confused by the title, First Blood (1982).  It is a movie about America’s favorite Vietnam veteran, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), and it is the first in a franchise of films that feature the character.  Strangely enough, the second one is titled Rambo: First Blood, Part II (1985), even though the subtitle was the main title in the first… Read more “First Blood, by Albert W. Vogt III”

DC League of Super-Pets, by Albert W. Vogt III

The summer is coming to a close.  Who am I kidding?  I live in Florida.  Summer will be with us well into October, meteorologically speaking.  There is a sobering thought as I sit here on a sweltering Friday evening doing my best to ignore the need for air conditioning.  At least it is quiet, relatively speaking.  The old man I live… Read more “DC League of Super-Pets, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, by Albert W. Vogt III

Believe it or not, there was a time when Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson was not known for allegedly killing Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.  I say “allegedly” because while he was acquitted of those charges, public opinion begs to differ.  He later went to jail for other reasons.  Yet, before his legal troubles began, he turned a hall… Read more “Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, by Albert W. Vogt III

Finally.  Did you know that every film in the current five movie series that is Pirates of the Caribbean is at least two hours in length, on average close to two and a half hours, with the third being nearly three?  That is almost fifteen hours of your entire life that you would have to devote to watching them… Read more “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, by Albert W. Vogt III

Going into watching Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), I kept telling myself, “Just one more after this one.”  That will be a true statement until they release the sixth installment of this idiotic franchise.  Who knows when that will be, and that ambiguity offers small comfort.  Based on the limited rumors that I have gleaned from the… Read more “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, by Albert W. Vogt III

If only the subtitle in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) meant the final entry in the cinematic universe that is this franchise.  Actually, it could have been, but they decided to mush on with two more after this one.  For those of you who think filmmaking is simply about producing quality movies, I give you this… Read more “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, by Albert W. Vogt III

Why could they not have just stopped Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Pearl (2003)?  Oh yeah, because the movie took in over $500 million above its cost to produce.  Sigh.  If I may rail for one more moment against this film, why is its subtitle The Curse of the Black Pearl?  The only hex placed on anyone is for… Read more “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, by Albert W. Vogt III

Get ready for The Legionnaire tackling the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise!  Hooray!  At least, I hope you are more thrilled about it than I am.  I hate these movies.  I try to avoid using that word, but there it is.  Among the many stories from history that fascinated me as a youngster, tales of piracy made up a portion of them.  I even had… Read more “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Blade: Trinity, by Albert W. Vogt III

Did you know that there are actually three different Marvel cinematic franchises in which Ryan Reynolds appears?  Before he donned the famous red body suit of Deadpool (2016), before he was an early version of Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), he was Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004).  Please do not take that as a recommendation to see Blade: Trinity.  If it… Read more “Blade: Trinity, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Full Metal Jacket, by Albert W. Vogt III

The only Stanley Kubrick films I reviewed are A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980).  If you are at all familiar with these films, you will understand the tone of most of the famous director’s work.  In short, he seems to have had a penchant for violence.  It is not the random kind, either, which in many respects is scarier.  Though I… Read more “Full Metal Jacket, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, by Albert W. Vogt III

In going through my reviews recently, I was surprised to find that this Catholic reviewer, huge Star Wars fan to boot, has not covered Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015).  Perhaps some of this has to do with the fact that I seem to be part of the minority that likes the new films.  Because of this, I… Read more “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

There are those who, like me, are Star Wars fans but do not like the prequels.  Within this subset slice of humanity, there are some who believe Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) is good.  I can understand some of the reasoning behind this flawed notion.  After all, for all their warts, the prequels are still Star Wars.  While I… Read more “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, by Albert W. Vogt III

For those of you who wanted a better follow up to Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) with Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), I am so sorry.  It was a reasonable expectation.  People loved the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) for good reason.  Whether you want to talk about it in… Read more “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, by Albert W. Vogt III

For years, this Star Wars fan subsisted on re-watching the original trilogy.  I viewed the first three movies so many times I had them memorized, shot-for-shot, word-for-word.  In high school, when my know-it-all teenaged self would get bored with whatever it was the teacher was saying, I would play one of these films in my head.  I got through many… Read more “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Chronicles of Riddick, by Albert W. Vogt III

Since I reviewed Pitch Black (2000), why not do the sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)?  Actually, there is an animated featurette called The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004) that is technically the follow-up to the 2000 science fiction horror film that was star Vin Diesel’s real big break.  I saw it once, a long time ago, and thought it confusing.  It is… Read more “The Chronicles of Riddick, by Albert W. Vogt III”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, by Albert W. Vogt III

If you have seen Deadpool 2 (2018), and you are a veteran of Marvel films, you will have stuck around during the credits and noticed Wolverine/Logan/Jimmy Howlett (Hugh Jackman) in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) looking on as Deadpool/Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) sidles up to the earlier cinematic version of himself and shoots him in the head. Before exiting stage right,… Read more “X-Men Origins: Wolverine, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, by Cameron J. Czaja

The Multiverse. Even though the concept of it has been thought out for a while now, I haven’t really put much thought into it. Ever since watching the Disney+ shows Loki (2021) and What if. . . ? (2021), and the more recent film Everything Everywhere All at Once, however, that idea started circling in my head and had me… Read more “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, by Cameron J. Czaja”

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, by Albert W. Vogt III

There was a time when part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios was dedicated to a little film called Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989).  In fact, the park opened the same year as the movie, originally as Disney’s MGM Studios.  In case you are wondering, MGM stands for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer.  At any rate, one of the early attractions at the… Read more “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, by Albert W. Vogt III”

National Treasure: Book of Secrets, by Albert W. Vogt III

Because I found National Treasure (2004) so ridiculous, I must not have bothered going to the theater for National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).  That is what I am telling myself.  I actually thought I had seen it when it premiered, but I have no recollection of it.  After re-watching it on Disney+, all I can say is that if it did… Read more “National Treasure: Book of Secrets, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, by Albert W. Vogt III

You can make quite the list of people who have played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Everyone from Basil Rathbone (ever hear of him?) to Will Ferrell, there have been well known comedians and child actors of both sexes who have filled the part.  The two best ones of late have been Benedict Cumberbatch… Read more “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, by Albert W. Vogt III

While walking out of Mass this weekend, I complimented our pastor on the use of the words “cat’s meow” and “anthropomorphic” during his homily.  We had a nice chuckle, and then I asked if he wanted to go see Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.  He said he wanted to watch it, but politely declined citing not… Read more “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Everything Everywhere All at Once, by Albert W. Vogt III

What is to follow is yours truly attempting to describe the impossible.  The first thing to say about this particular brand of impossible is that it is called Everything Everywhere All at Once.  If you read that title as a sentence, this too is impossible, unless you are God.  This will factor into the review later, so keep this… Read more “Everything Everywhere All at Once, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, by Albert W. Vogt III

I wish I had a good explanation for odd events, though I do try my best.  I hope The Legionnaire is a testament to my desire to make sense of the current goings on by using my Catholic perspective.  Movies are my vehicle for doing so, and my desire is that they help my fellow faithful (or anyone) to… Read more “The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Incredibles 2, by Albert W. Vogt III

Since I had already done The Incredibles (2004), why not do the sequel, Incredibles 2 (2018).  Why did they drop the “the,” anyway?  One of my favorite online film reviewers (other than myself, of course), Red Letter Media, once surmised that the reason why Revenge of the Jedi was changed to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) was to save money.  “Return”… Read more “Incredibles 2, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Treasure Island (1950), by Albert W. Vogt III

There have been many motion picture versions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island (1883).  I have already reviewed Muppet Treasure Island (1996).  Of any of them I have seen, for understandable reasons it is the least true to the source material.  Then again, I have never read the book, so I cannot say with any kind of real authority. Alternatively, it… Read more “Treasure Island (1950), by Albert W. Vogt III”

Against the Ice, by Albert W. Vogt III

I am fascinated by tales of survival.  The viewing public is, too, since there have been many television shows featuring individuals (not counting the camera crew) placed in the middle of nowhere and demonstrating basic techniques for staying alive.  My favorite was Man vs. Wild (2006-2011).  I could watch Bear Grylls do things in the wild every day, and have… Read more “Against the Ice, by Albert W. Vogt III”