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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”

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, by Cameron J. Czaja

Unlike the previous movies that I’ve reviewed for The Legionnaire, this one is a bit different because Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the first movie that I’m covering that I’ve seen it two weeks in advance. One afternoon during my break from work, I discovered a link for free passes for an advance screening of the… Read more “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, by Cameron J. Czaja”

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, by Albert W. Vogt III

In my review of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), I discussed how I had no intention of seeing it. Basically, I saw it on Disney+, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “meh,” whatever.  And aside from my annoyance with Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), it is a thoroughly “whatever” movie.  Perhaps there is some jadedness on my part,… Read more “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, by Albert W. Vogt III

I had no desire to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009).  The original Night at the Museum (2006), was fine.  Set at the American Museum of Natural History, it had some fun with the various collections of old stuff stored at the museum.  You know the kinds of things of which I speak, right?  Items that are interesting usually… Read more “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, by Albert W. Vogt III

There are the good sequels, and there are the bad sequels.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is in the latter of those categories.  This was a disappointment to me because I felt like they had fun with the first installment in the franchise.  All the subsequent attempts have paled in comparison, to put it mildly.  I knew I was in… Read more “Kingsman: The Golden Circle, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Kingsman: The Secret Service, by Albert W. Vogt III

When I first saw Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), it was my introduction to star Taron Egerton.  Given the material and tone of the film, I assumed he would go on to be an action star.  Many of his films since have been of that variety, including the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), and the hilariously bad Robin Hood (2018).  I would not… Read more “Kingsman: The Secret Service, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Dark Knight Rises, by Albert W. Vogt III

What happened between The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)?  A little digging will tell you that they were going to bring back the Joker character from The Dark Knight until Heath Ledger passed away.  It is said that, out of respect for Ledger’s performance, director Christopher Nolan did not want to recast the character in The Dark Knight Rises.  This is… Read more “The Dark Knight Rises, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Dark Knight, by Albert W. Vogt III

When Batman Begins premiered in 2005, it marked a departure from the hokey Caped Crusader films that had come to typify the cinematic version of one of the most famous comic book heroes of all time.  When Michael Keaton stopped filling the role after 1992’s Batman Returns, the movies about the title character increasingly became cartoonish and silly.  Michael Keaton’s… Read more “The Dark Knight, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, by Albert W. Vogt III

What do you get when you are watching your adolescent nieces and you tell them to pick the movie for the evening?  You get Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012).  You.  Get. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.  Actually, I realized something while writing the title for this movie: it can also be read as a sentence.  It is not much, but it is… Read more “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Karate Kid (2010), by Albert W. Vogt III

Potentially unpopular opinion: the 2010 version of The Karate Kid is the best one of the series.  Before you navigate to some other website, determined never to read another review from The Legionnaire ever again, allow me to explain.  First, credit should be given to the first four.  Obviously, without them, there would not have been a fifth one.  Further, the latest iteration… Read more “The Karate Kid (2010), by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Next Karate Kid, by Albert W. Vogt III

I would have thought that The Next Karate Kid (1994) was Hilary Swank’s first film.  The International Movie Database (IMDb) proved me wrong.  Anyway, it is the earliest example of her on the big screen of which I am aware.  I am also guessing they wanted another trilogy to be launched from this one, given all the millions of dollars… Read more “The Next Karate Kid, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Karate Kid Part III, by Albert W. Vogt III

After re-watching the original Karate Kid trilogy, I am a little lost as to why anyone thought these were good enough to make four seasons of Cobra Kai (2018-present).  My sneaking suspicion is that whoever it is behind the series originally made for YouTube, but now appearing on Netflix, simply thought man, I thought The Karate Kid (1984) was really cool!  I am… Read more “The Karate Kid Part III, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Karate Kid Part II, by Albert W. Vogt III

I have seen plenty of sequels.  Remember what I said about The Karate Kid (1984) and its low-budget?  When you have a film that surpasses its budget ten times over like the original, there is bound to be a thirst for follow up productions.  What is strange about The Karate Kid Part II (1986) is that its first almost ten minutes are… Read more “The Karate Kid Part II, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Karate Kid, by Albert W. Vogt III

Like any good child of the 1980s, I watched Cobra Kai (2018-present), the once quaintly nostalgic but now tediously repetitive spin-off from the classic Karate Kid franchise.  Oddly, it seems that the more of its familiar teenagers hate each other, teenagers fight other, teenagers form new alliances formula it replays, the more people like it.  Throw in the constant bickering of… Read more “The Karate Kid, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Dog, by Albert W. Vogt III

When Cameron told me he wanted to review Uncharted this past weekend, I initially thought I was getting the short end of the stick.  The only other movie I knew of that was premiering was Dog.  My experience with movies with animals and humans as co-stars is limited, and not good.  Usually, they have a wacky premise with predictable, slapstick jokes.  I… Read more “Dog, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Abominable Bride, by Albert W. Vogt III

Some justification is in order.  The Legionnaire is a movie review blog, though maybe someday I will branch out into books or television.  Today is not that day.  If you are at all familiar with The Abominable Bride (2016), you might be saying to yourself, “Wait, is this not an episode of Sherlock (2010-2017)?”  Okay, your thoughts probably did not include the dates of… Read more “The Abominable Bride, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, by Albert W. Vogt III

When it comes to making films out of books that so many millions of people love with a passion bordering on mania, it can make for a tricky business.  So often, the cinematic product induces that tired criticism: “The book is better than the movie.”  The reason for this repeated failure is easy enough to understand.  Books have… Read more “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by Albert W. Vogt III

With all the struggles Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) experiences in his early on, more kind-hearted fellows like myself might look at his life and want to see him have some semblance of normal.  From being an orphan, to being the most famous person in a world he never knew existed, and then seeing his godfather die… Read more “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by Albert W. Vogt III

With Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), we are now on the back nine, if you will excuse the golfing parlance, of the franchise.  The concluding events of Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire (2005) saw the return of the much feared arch villain Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).  Naturally, the issue on the minds of everyone was how… Read more “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by Albert W. Vogt III

One of the reasons why I believe so many people like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) is because it marks a departure from the original two.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) set a fun and whimsical tone for the film versions of J. K. Rowling’s hugely successful… Read more “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by Albert W. Vogt III

When I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), only the first four books had been published.  It is a good thing for all interested parties that they continued to be literary hits.  Had it not been for the movies, I would have had no interest in reading the books.  This is in keeping with my semi-hipster character.  Like anyone… Read more “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by Albert W. Vogt III

In typical fashion for The Legionnaire, I reviewed the last film in the Harry Potter series first.  Continuing that trend, I will probably end up releasing one for each installment in the franchise in the haphazard style that has become somewhat of a hallmark for my cherished blog.  If you read my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly… Read more “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Shaun of the Dead, by Albert W. Vogt III

Before there was The Walking Dead (2010-present), or even a Zombieland (2009), there was Shaun of the Dead (2004).  It premiered in an era when zombie films and television shows still took the notion of reanimated corpses seriously.  I cannot think of any other examples before 2004 with a light-hearted take on the sub-genre.  Given the success of Shaun of the Dead, one can make… Read more “Shaun of the Dead, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The World’s End, by Albert W. Vogt III

With my birthday last weekend conveniently falling on a Friday, I thought it would be nice if I shared on The Legionnaire’s various social media platforms my top three movies.  Hence, the day of my birthday I shared Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980); my second favorite, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), on Saturday; and on… Read more “The World’s End, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Ocean’s Eleven, by Albert W. Vogt III

Unwittingly, I seem to make controversial statements when it comes to films.  For instance, I like all the installments in the Ocean’s franchise.  Many look at the first, Ocean’s Eleven (2001), as the best, and dismiss the rest as pale imitations thereof.  For me, there is enough of a difference between them all for them each to stand on their own.  Granted, it… Read more “Ocean’s Eleven, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The 355, by Albert W. Vogt III

Earlier in the evening when my girlfriend and I saw The 355, we attended a special Mass at The House of Prayer in Clearwater, Florida.  Every first Friday, they host a night called Rekindle.  In addition to Mass, there is Adoration and Reconciliation.  That is a trifecta of Catholic goodness.  Afterwards, we had some Chinese food goodness.  The last item on… Read more “The 355, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, by Albert W. Vogt III

The only logical questions to ask after watching The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) are: Huh?  What?  Of course, these questions are the result of some familiarity with the original story.  In order to gain such familiarity, I recently watched the source material thanks to Fathom events’ airing of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet, which in turn is based on a short… Read more “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, by Albert W. Vogt III

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) seems to defy many conventions.  Sequels are always tricky.  If a film enjoys even the most modest of success, its fans start clamoring for a follow-up.  For all the uproar, these usually fail to satisfy, and there are a couple reasons why this happens.  First, oftentimes part two is compared, for better… Read more “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Spider-Man: No Way Home, by Albert W. Vogt III

Honestly, I am running out of ways of describing the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  It is not that I do not understand it.  Like any loyal fan, I consume the content as it released.  I have seen all the movies (some multiple times), viewed all the shows (even the seemingly forgotten/being brought back in Netflix series), but I… Read more “Spider-Man: No Way Home, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Lethal Weapon, by Albert W. Vogt III

Like Die Hard (1988), Lethal Weapon (1987) is another one of those movies that launched a franchise, and of which I had only seen the last installment.  I think.  I know I only had seen Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), which I remember for it being Jet Li’s debut in American cinema.  As for the Die Hard series, I am fairly certain I saw Live Free or Die… Read more “Lethal Weapon, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Rocketeer, by Albert W. Vogt III

One of the first movies I watched when I got my Disney + subscription was The Rocketeer (1991).  It was a way for me to fill in a gap from my childhood when, for reasons I cannot recall, I had been prevented from seeing it.  Me obtaining said subscription fell within the purview of The Legionnaire and its existence.  Hence my surprise… Read more “The Rocketeer, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Independence Day, by Albert W. Vogt III

Nothing says Christmas like watching the citizens of Earth come together to spectacularly destroy an alien invasion!  No?  When you think about it, that first sentence kind of describes how people view Christmas these days.  I sympathize with the people who have the “Keep Christ in Christmas” bumper stickers, even if I do not have one on my… Read more “Independence Day, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Snatch, by Albert W. Vogt III

There was a time when the director of Snatch (2000), Guy Ritchie, was known for gritty, semi-comedic crime films. Today’s film is one of them.  However, it and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), which also launched Jason Statham’s career, at some point transcended their cult classic status.  What that meant for Guy Ritchie is that he entered the pantheon of… Read more “Snatch, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Black Dynamite, by Albert W. Vogt III

Full disclosure up front: I do not recommend Black Dynamite (2009).  For starters, unless you are familiar with the 1970s so-called “blacksploitation” films it spoofs, you might be a bit lost.  Related to that, it relies heavily on you understanding the racial stereotypes it underscores to make its point.  If you watch this without a working knowledge of these things,… Read more “Black Dynamite, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Robin Hood (2018), by Albert W. Vogt III

Okay, look, I have done enough of these darn Robin Hood movies.  Again, inexplicably, Hollywood decided to dive once more into one of the more familiar stories in the world.  Why?  I am guessing the simple reason is name recognition.  What do people know about the Sherwood Forest bandit?  Basically, that he hangs out in the woods with a colorful… Read more “Robin Hood (2018), by Albert W. Vogt III”