Some talk was circling around the communication lines here at DestroyTheCyb.org! regarding putting together a massive post about some of the movies that have come out and are coming out (kind of) this year. Some of the writers came together and I, Mike, realized that we’re seriously vocal about some of these flicks, so we’ve broken this up into three parts that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks–starting today.

For part one, we’ll be covering the following:

After the jump, get ready for some opinions like you’ve never read before and maybe some pretty pictures and a few chuckles as well.

Priest

Mike
Filed under Movies I have no clue about: Kevin wrote a review about this movie a short while ago, I read through it, but I still don’t know what to think about it. I don’t want to see it. I don’t care if I see it. I know it’s based on a comic, but frankly, it sounds like a bastardized, parallel dimension’s version of the comic. So… no thanks.
Mind Spit: I keep thinking this is Preacher when I skim over the title of the movie, then have to slap my brain to calm it down.

Ryan
Filed under Movies That I Want to Avoid at All Costs!: Whether it was a comic book or not it doesn’t matter the concept seems very cliche, unoriginal, and uninspired . Add to the fact that everyone including my dear friend Kevin have nothing good to say about the film, I’ll take their word for it and appreciate their bravery so people like me can avoid this flick.
Final Thoughts: With your only other feature film directing job in Legion I’m not expecting much from this film. My only question is how does this guy manage to get Paul Bettany to act in his movies?

Dan
No interest in seeing.

Kevin
There are not enough nasty things I can say about this steaming, festering pile of crap that they tried passing off as a movie. If you want to know how I feel about Priest, just read my review as I have wasted more than enough time on this “movie”. Easily the worst movie of this still-young year.

Nick
Unlike what seems like the rest of the world, I kinda actually liked Legion. It was, by no means, a good movie. But it was entertaining enough. That said, I have no plans to see Priest in theaters, of enjoying Priest when I eventually receive it from Netflix or subjecting anyone else to my viewing of Priest. I will watch this one by myself, in my apartment, with the lights off like the dirty, dirty guilty pleasure it will be.

Thor

Mike
Filed under Movies I know something about: Seeing that this movie is already out, but I didn’t review it, I can say this: it’s good, but only because of its lead into The Avengers. The whole movie feels like a setup, but that’s not a bad thing at all. In 10 or so years looking back and having seen Thor 2, Thor 3, The Avengers 1-3, Iron Man 3 & 4, and Cap 1-3, I’ll appreciate it more, I know it. Marvel isn’t messing around with their movies and I may whine a bit about Thor, but it’s still an outstanding film as a whole and the beginning to something great.
Rating: 7/10

Ryan
Filed under Movies I’ve seen already: I have a mixed reaction to this film. It wasn’t a dumbed down action Transformers-esq film, quite the contrary Thor carries all the baggage of a Shakespearan epic. Although most of that is due the fact director Kenneth Branagh. Branagh who is best know for acting and directing Shakespearan tales. While I appreciated the added character development and depth to the characters, it became apparent that that Branagh wasn’t prepared to direct the action sequences of the film. Most of them were poorly edited and were spaced few and far between for my liking. That being said I loved the art directions, visual effects, and actors. They elements made me engage with this comic book that I’m unfamiliar with outside of Norse mythology I learned in school.
Rating 7.5/10

Dan
Saw and Was Disappointed:
Too much Earth, not enough Asgard. Plus, Natalie Portman looked embarrassed to be in it. Chris Hemsworth was perfect casting for Thor, though.

Kevin
Thor is probably the best film I have seen this year, which is troubling considering how many films I have seen this year. While Marvel’s first film of the year is a fun ride and pretty enjoyable, it is still not as good as Iron Man. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are awesome as Thor and Loki respectively, with Hiddleston easily stealing the show. While some complained that there was too much SHIELD and Avengers build-up in the film, I thought it was a lot better than what was in Iron Man 2, and SHIELD felt like they had more to do in this one, while the cameos for Marvel’s 2012 headliner were a lot more exciting and the hints were less in-your-face. It is also worth mentioning that Thor actually improves with a second viewing, as you are able to watch it without heightened expectations and it is much more fun to watch. All in all, it is a pretty good film adaptation and a good popcorn flick.

Nick
Thor was great. Perfect start to the Avengers hype. Fun throughout with some great performances by both Thor and Loki. It certainly wasn’t Iron Man quality, but I think it’s a satisfying summer movie and was about the best I could expect from a movie staring Thor, which is undoubtedly one of the most difficult Marvel characters to adapt into film. In fact, I would argue Thor is probably one of the most difficult characters to write a comic book about. It’s obscure and the fact that the filmmakers managed to make it accessible and fun is a feat in itself.

Green Hornet

Mike
Filed under Movies I know have a vague idea about: One of those movies where I didn’t care, didn’t have any interest, and as much as I like watching Seth Rogan be a stoner/ass hole who gets the girl for an hour and a half, not even bitchin’ karate/kung-fu could bring me to see it. Sorry Dynamite! Entertainment… I just didn’t care.
Thoughts: I’ll find a way to see this movie eventually (Netflix), but I wouldn’t want to spend more than a dollar to see it.

Ryan
Filed under Movies I’ve seen already: Not your typical take on the comic book genre. I’m probably the only one on this site who’s seen this film. It’s basically what you see from the trailers just extended to two hours. There’s some great comedic bits with Seth Rogan and Jay Chou. These two have a great chemistry similar to James Franco and Seth Rogan in Pineapple Express. Christoph Waltz and Cameron Diaz also do a decent job as well. However this movie suffers from a predictable plot and bad 3-D effects.
Rating 5.5/10

Dan
Saw and Liked:
Jay Chou absolutely stole the movie, Seth Rogen worked as an unlikely superhero, and Christophe Waltz looked like he was having fun. It was a decent popcorn flick, and I don’t feel like I missed anything by not seeing it in 3D.

Kevin
If history has shown us anything, it is this one simple truth: Artsy filmmakers usually do not mix well with superhero movies. Gavin Hood proved it, and Michel Gondry supported it with this uninteresting mess of a film. It didn’t help he insulted Green Hornet fans at Comic-Con. We could probably blame a lot of what was wrong with the movie on Gondry, but even more of the blame can be laid on the slacker-extraordinaire Seth Rogen, who wrote the script for the film and decided he was the best man for the role of Britt Reid, a.k.a The Green Hornet. Considering Seth Rogen’s acting ability ranges from “I’m Seth Rogen” to “I’m Seth Rogen playing Seth Rogen,” Sony should have known the film would be D.O.A. from the onset and pulled the plug on this. Or at least tried getting 20th Century Fox to distribute it.

Nick
This was a serious surprise for me. I got to see a free screening of this film and went in expecting it to be pretty bad. I don’t really like Seth Rogan, I have no particular interest in Green Hornet and I had heard virtually no hype about the film. That said, I found Green Hornet to be really entertaining, very funny and even was slightly surprised by some of the plot turns. Sure, it’s a fairly cookie-cutter action film, but sometimes that’s ok.

X-Men: First Class

Mike
Filed under Movies I know something about: As a die hard X-Men fan, I’m expecting liquid cocaine and gold from this movie. Chances are, I’ll get a bit of chocolate and some bronze filings, but at least it’s not X-Men 3. Of course, with director Matthew Vaughn at the helm, I’m not worried about the look and feel of this flick at all–remember Kick-Ass? I hold high hopes that this movie will be in the top three super hero movies of the summer.
Expected rating: 8.5/10

Ryan
Filed under Movies I’ve want to see in theaters: I was extremely worried about the premise of making a prequel to the X-Men trilogy. Then I learned that Kick Ass director Matthew Vaughn, and actors James McAvoy and Michael Fassender would play Professor X and Magneto respectively. Then I saw the trailers and clips from the soon the released film and I became convinced that this would be an entertaining blockbuster. I’m very interested to see how the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Civil Rights movement shape our characters (Charles and Erik) into the two opposing camps that clash in the later X-Men comics/films.
Expected Rating: 9/10

Dan
Intend to see:
I’’m a sucker for films set in the 60s (a steady diet of James Bond films will do that to you), and if the trailers are to be believed, I’m gonna get a healthy dose of Magneto (my absolute favorite supervillain), so my curiosity is piqued. On the other hand, I hated X3 and was bored by Wolverine, so I’m not as enthusiastic as I could be. If it’s better than those two, I’m calling it a win.

Kevin
This movie represents exactly how I feel about the 2011 Summer Movie Season as a whole: Faded interest and very little excitement overall. 20th Century Fox hasn’t really been able to do a good job with an X-film since the first film and has gotten progressively worse with each attempt (Sorry everybody, I did not care for X2). Adding to my distrust of the film is the fact the roster featured isn’t very exciting and screwing up continuity (Including Havok without Cyclops, really?). However, I do like the idea of bringing on Matthew Vaughn as the director and exploring the origins of the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, the relationship between Xavier and Magneto and the addition of the Hellfire Club, I am still hesitant. I think First Class may be the tipping point for Fox and the X-Men franchise. Deep down I want to root for this film, but there is a truckload of things working against it. I will probably see it eventually, but the fear of wasting my money on another mediocre or poor film will affect when.

Nick
This is a hard one. My Marvel fanboy side wants so badly for this to be good. My film lover side thinks this is going to crash in burn like so many X-Men movies and prequels before. I have to admit I’m not really a fan of any of the X-Men films (the first one is decent, but not really what I want out of an X-Men film). But the cast and the teasers so far have me really, really pulling for this one. I think it could be good. I believe it can be good. But I’m skeptical until I see it.

Keep on the lookout for part two–coming soon!

About The Author

Mike is currently the Editor-in-Chief at DestroyTheCyborg! as well as a full time web developer for Comixology in New York. He's a die-hard X-Men fan whose love of Gambit will stand the test of time.

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