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April 30th, 2018 Movie – Still Waiting

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The problem with direct to video sequels is that they almost always fall short of the original. That is definitely the case with today’s movie. I mean, when you can’t get some of the bigger name stars to return, you are already at a disadvantage. I will be honest, I saw this on the video shelves as Blockbuster was going out of business and I didn’t consider renting it. Instead, I decided “What the hell” and just bought it. I am honestly not sure how big of a mistake this was but there is only one way to find out, and that is the go ahead and watch Still Waiting.

The plot: Dennis, the manager of a Shenaniganz restaurant, is hopeful that after 10 years on the job, he will be made district manager but knows it won’t be easy since the new restaurant, Ta-Ta’s, has opened up next door and stolen away most of his customers and some of his waitresses. However, his mother, who he still lives with, doesn’t share his enthusiasm and comments on his lack of a girlfriend as they eat breakfast. Meanwhile, Allison and her boyfriend Agnew are arguing about her quitting Shenaniganz and going to work at Ta-Ta’s. When Allison heads inside Ta-Ta’s, she is met by her friend Suzy and taken to pick out her uniform and then introduced to Raddimus, who is the head cook there. As Radimus is asked to show her around the kitchen area, he tries to tell her about this game he is starting up (a variation of the penis game he started at Shenaniganz) but Suzy tells him that none of the girls are interested in playing his game. Back at Shenaniganz, Dennis is going over his numbers when he is interrupted by Dan, a former manager of a Shenaniganz before he went Corporate, and Dan tells him that if he doesn’t have a $9000 night in order to make his numbers for the quarter, he won’t get the district manager’s position. Dennis decides to hold a staff meeting before the restaurant opens and tells the crew that if they don’t have a $9000 night then the store will be closed, attempting to get them motivated for fear of losing their jobs. After their normal lunch hour rush, featuring mainly senior citizens, Dennis checks to registers to find they only did just over $2000 worth of business. He heads over to Ta-Ta’s to speak with Calvin, the manager there and another former Shenaniganz employee. Aside from asking about the business, Dennis asks him about how he was able to change his attitude and Calvin tells him about some DVD’s he ordered that taught him how to be an asshole in order to pick up girls, which boosted his confidence. After a massive call in order boosts their sales numbers, Dennis works to keep them motivated during the dinner rush. Meanwhile, Nick is upset with Theo leaving Shenaniganz to work at Ta-Ta’s and Theo tells him that they needed to grow up, forcing Nick to examine himself and decide to try and change as well. Naomi attempts to help steer business away from Ta-Ta’s by lying to the customers before they get in but Calvin catches her and tells her to leave. As she does, she ends up stepping in dog crap and wipes it off on the side of the restaurant only to have a fly land in it. The fly then makes it’s way into the restaurant during the height of the dinner rush and lands in a bowl of soup as Amber delivers it, causing the customer to send it back and other customers to change their orders. As the cooks work on dealing with the order changes, Mason, the cook in charge of the frier and french onion soups, gets tired of being picked on all the time and quits. As the night ends, Allison shows up at the restaurant and tells Agnew that she is dumping him, revealing that she is hooking up with Raddimus. Meanwhile, Dennis is payed a visit by Dan and the general manager, Dean. Dean explains that he didn’t hit his numbers and he won’t be getting the district manager position but it could be worse as he could be like Dan. Dennis goes to tell the staff that they did a good job but they did not reach their mark. When the employees all worry about them closing the restaurant, he tells them not to worry, then lies and says that he paid the difference. One of the servers decides to invite him out to the bar to join them for drinks and he agrees. While the gang is all there, Amber hears Mason talking and is attracted to the way he speaks and hooks up with him. While this is going on, Calvin, who was supposed to meet up with one of his servers for the night, ends up losing his confidence and she blows him off. Meanwhile, Dennis ends up hitting on a drunken Naomi and she takes him back to his place to have sex. When she wakes up in the morning, she is horrified at first but decides to go ahead and have sex with him again.

Yeh, this was definitely a disappointing movie and a poor attempt to try and cash in on the original’s somewhat cult status. The acting was ok, with John Michael Higgins doing a good job as the good intentioned Dennis, while the returning characters were decent and did show some growth from the original movie but there really were too many characters to really give them all the attention they really deserved. The story was honestly a little weak and not very original, as the whole place trying to make a quota by the end of the day, has been done over and over in movies before. The comedy was some of the same coarse humor that was in the first movie, only it just came across as even more juvenile and rather lame. Yeh, direct to video sequels are always hit or miss on if they capture the magic of the original and in this case, they fell pretty flat.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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April 30th, 2018 Movie – Waiting

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So as I start the letter “W” with today’s blog, we are getting close to the end of the line here folks. For a time line of events, in a little over 2 months, I will be finished up with the letter Z, then I have 3 months of movies to rewatch and review, as I had watched them before I started the blog. After that, I will be reviewing the new movies that have come into my possession since the year began. Now I know what some people might be thinking (which has also been brought up by my friends); “Why don’t you review them as you get them?” The reason I am not doing that right now, as opposed to how I have done it in the past, is because I have a couple of out of town trips this year and I am working on pre-writing those blogs before I leave and when I get a new movie, it throws things off and makes me have to watch even more movies before to pre-write. Now that I have the explanations out of the way, let’s get on to today’s movie, Waiting.

The plot: After hosting a house party at his place last night, Monty shows up for work at Shenaniganz the next morning and starts flirting with the hostess, Natasha, who reminds him that she will no longer be a minor next week. Monty is then met by Dan, the restaurant manager, who asks him to show Mitch, a new hire, the ropes around the place while it is slow. Once Dan leaves, Monty starts talking with Mitch, talking over him when Mitch tries to talk, and starts explaining that there is a game many of the guys in the restaurant play, where they attempt to get people to look at their crotch and then kick them in the ass while chastising them for looking. Meanwhile, Monty’s roommate and co-worker Dean has lunch with his mom, who comments about one of his high school classmates, Chett, finishing college and getting an electrical engineering degree, and Dean gets upset at her passive aggressive tactic of comparing him to Chet to show her disapproval in his life. Dean shows up at work at the same time as his girlfriend Amy and Monty’s ex Serena, who both work as waitresses with them and they enter the restaurant to change and encounter Monty messing with Mitch. Monty then introduces Mitch to some of the other workers; head dishwasher Bishop, stoner busboys T-Dog and Nick, and head cook Raddimus, who Monty leaves Mitch with so he can go over the finer points of the “game” while he attends a meeting with the other servers that Dan is having. After the meeting, Dan pulls Dean aside and offers to make him assistant manager, saying he will get more perks and a pay increase and asking him to think it over. Naomi, a surly waitress, overhears the conversation and tells the others about it and when Monty asks Dean what Dan wanted, Dean doesn’t say anything. The day starts and the servers head out to the various table but Dean is still distracted by Chett’s success and Monty asks him if he is going to take the assistant manager’s job, surprising Dean that he knows about it, and Dean admits he isn’t sure. When one of the women at Amy’s table is overly rude to her, then criticizes Monty and Amy when Monty brings out the food, which she claims was made wrong, Monty takes the plate back and signals Amy to come to the back with her. Presenting the plate to the cooks, he tells them the customer was a “beeyotch” and Amy agrees that she needs to be burnt, so the cooks proceed to mess with the food by spitting in it, rubbing some of it down their pants, and putting pubic hairs in it. After Monty serves it and the woman starts eating, he explains to Mitch that she had broken the cardinal rule; Don’t fuck with people that handle your food. When Dean receives the payment for his table from a redneck couple, and only receives a $1 and change off of an almost $60 check, he insults the customer by handing the tip back, claiming that he needed it more than he did. The customer gets angry and starts yelling for the manager and Dan works to placate the customer with some coupons for free dinner. Afterwards, Dan pulls Dean into his office to yell at him and Dean ignores him, then complains to Calvin, who is also in line for the position, about how his life seems to suck. Dean and Monty then try to give Calvin some advise on women, then call Amy and Serena over to give him the female perspective of what they want, which ends up turning into an argument between Serena and Monty as to what went wrong in their relationship. As the dinner rush starts up, Monty leaves Mitch to watch the training video, which he finds incredibly boring. During the rush, Dean is giving thought to taking up Dan’s offer of the job. As the dinner rush winds down, Dan flirts with Natasha and when she brings up the party after work, he says that the guys always seem to forget to invite him and she tells him she will get the directions for him. Monty and some of the other servers are comparing tips as they get ready to leave and as Calvin questions how Monty was able to earn so much in tips and Monty says he will tell him how, which ends up with him tricking Calvin and Mitch into looking at Raddimus’ crotch. After kicking both Calvin and Mitch, Monty jokes with Amy, Serena, and Naomi about joining in on the game and Naomi takes him up on it and flashes the guys, resulting in the girls kicking all three of them in the butt. As Monty and the others leave, leaving Dean and Amy to close down the front, one final customer walks in just before closing. Dean goes to wait on them and discovers that the customer is Chett, who taunts Dean with his new success. The cooks, upset with having to work past closing, purposefully drop the food on the ground before serving it then head out for the night, followed shortly by Bishop. Dean hands Chett the check and as he receives the payment, finds that Dean payed with $100. When he goes up to Chett and tells him he paid too much, Chett said that the rest was for him, as he obviously needed it more than he did. Natasha heads into Dan’s office and tells him she is leaving, handing him a slip of paper with the address for the party on it, and after she leaves, Dean walks in and Dan asks if he is taking the job. At the house party, Monty is talking to Mitch when Dean walks in and Monty quickly ignores Mitch and goes to speak with him. Dean says it’s ok about what happened with Chett, as it helped him put things in perspective, and he tells Monty that he quit his job at Shenaniganz and later, Dean works on repairing his relationship with Amy. Meanwhile, Monty and Natasha head into Monty’s room and start making out but when Natasha starts to take off her clothes, Monty stops her and says that they should wait until she turns 18 the following week. As the party continues, Mitch is still unable to say anything, as he is constantly interrupted or talked over, and he finally snaps. Turning off the music, he proceeds to yell at everyone there, calling out Naomi, Dean, Calvin and Monty in the process, then tells them he quits. Mitch starts to leave, the stops and points to Floyd, one of the cooks, and says he is the worst out of all of them. As everyone turns to look at Floyd, who wonders what he could have done to Mitch, they all turn back to Mitch and react in shock as he had pulled down his pants to show off his crotch as “the Goat”, which Raddimus had said would make him a god among men. Mitch leaves but Monty quickly runs out after him and apologizes to him and invites him back to the party and Mitch agrees to come back. As the party continues, Natasha tells Monty about inviting Dan but it’s revealed that she had actually given Dan the address to the redneck couple, who asks Dan for his gift certificates. Back at the party, Monty admits that she got him with the trick and comments on one more week before they can officially get together.

Waiting met with poor results from the critics, holding a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Waiting… is a gross-out comedy that is more gross than comic.” The Shenaniganz restaurant was actually a converted Bennigan’s, which many people noted the similarities, but has since been converted to a Verizon Wireless store. The movie was a box office success, earning $18.6 movie off of a $3 million budget and would produce a direct to video sequel a few years later.

This is admittedly a pretty a coarse movie but it does have some funny aspects to it. The acting was good for the most part, but it honestly seemed like Ryan Reynolds (Monty) and Justin Long (Dean) just played the same exact character types that they almost always play, which made their characters pretty boring. A lot of the other characters felt more interesting but due to their being so many characters in the movie, they didn’t get a lot of development. The story was interesting and, while definitely extreme in several instances, it did show an interesting side of the restaurant business. The comedy was very adult at times as well as childish, which is definitely not going to appeal to the majority of people. If you do like the style of humor, it will make you laugh, but it could have been a better movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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April 1st, 2018 Movie – Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise Of The Panther

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Happy Easter/April Fools everybody. I am curious how many people are pulling some pranks regarding Easter candy today. Anyways, today’s movie is one of Marvel’s early animated features that the released to DVD. Now I know you might be asking why I am starting with the second movie and not the first one. The answer to that is quite simple; I was too lazy to rebuy the first movie when it wound up to scratched up to be playable. Anyways, the one thing I thought was funny regarding the two movies was that they were based on the Marvel Ultimate version of the Avengers, which is also a little bit of the basis for the MCU movies. The timing of me reaching this movie now is pretty amazing, as this introduces the Black Panther to the series, where as Black Panther is winding down it’s takeover of the Hollywood box office and Avengers: Infinity War is coming out later this month. So let’s have fun with today’s movie, Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise Of The Panther.

The plot: In the African nation of Wakanda, two warriors are racing back to their city, being chased by two Chitauri soldiers. In the city, King T’Chaka is holding a ceremony welcoming back his son, Prince T’Challa, who had been studying abroad, though some of T’Chaka’s advisors are not happy with T’Challa’s leaving the country to learn other ideas. Suddenly one of the Wakandan warriors appears on the cliff overlooking and shouts out a warning before he is killed. T’Chaka goes to don the garb of the Black Panther and head out to face the inturders, despite T’Challa saying that he is not fit to do battle. T’Chaka finds a group of Chitauri soldiers and kills them but ends up being stabbed by Herr Kleiser, who had survived his encounter with the Avengers. T’Challa, who had followed his father, cries out at seeing his father mortally wounded and Kleiser approaches him, hoping to finish off the royal bloodline. Seeing this, T’Chaka uses the last of his strength to turn more cat like and attack Kleiser, sending them both off a cliff, which finishes off T’Chaka but Kleiser is able to get up and walk away. Some time later, T’Challa oversees the funeral of his father and is escorted by the high priestess to the sacred chamber of the Black Panther, where T’Challa sees articles about Captain America’s own encounter with Kleiser back during WWII and his return. In the U.S., Captain America (Steve Rogers) is foiling a robbery by Hydra soldiers, getting shot in the process. Natalia Romanov (Black Widow) and some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive after he is finished and Black Widow chastises Captain America for going in on his own and asks if he wants to kill himself. When Captain America brushes past her, Black Widow has Nick Fury try to talk to Captain America, and Fury ends up telling Captain America that he is pulled from the mission he plans on going on, threatening to have him arrested like Bruce Banner. Meanwhile, Bruce is being interrogated by Dr. Oiler,  a former colleague, over his assault of the Avengers during the Chitauri invasion and when Bruce gets riled up, asking to see Betty Ross, he is sedated and Oiler tells them to keep the video of the Hulk’s rampage playing on a continuous loop in Banner’s cell. That night, as Captain America is attempting to sleep, he is plagued by dreams involving Kleiser and when he wakes up, finds T’Challa, in the Black Panther costume, in his room. Thinking he is being attacked, Captain America grabs T’Challa and throws him out the window, then follows after him but as he grabs T’Challa and asks him who he is, they find themselves surrounded by S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers. Fury explains that the intruder is Black Panther but is shocked to see that is is T’Challa behind the mask. T’Challa explains that his father is dead and he needs to speak to Captain America about Kleiser, asking him how to kill him. Captain America says that he can’t be killed, as he had killed Kleiser twice before, and Fury tells T’Challa his only chance against the Chitauri is to open Wakanda’s borders so the Avengers can help. T’Challa refuses, saying he has betrayed his people already just by coming to seek Captain America’s aid and, asking one last time if there is any information Captain America can give him, T’Challa leaves, and Fury decides to bring in the other Avengers. In his lab, Hank Pym (Giant-Man) is working on increasing his maximum size beyond 60 but when the strain on him becomes too dangerous, Janet Pym (the Wasp) orders the experiment stopped and Hank gets angry at her for ruining his work. When Janet suggests him trying to go back to shrinking, he gets even angrier and storms out of the lab. Meanwhile, Tony Stark )Iron-Man) is on a business retreat when he gets the call from Fury while Thor is using rune stones to see the future and gets a vision of the dead bodies of his teammates. Back in New York, Betty Ross is examining the wreckage of a Chitauri ship and discovers sections of it have become incredibly brittle. Deciding to no longer put it off, Betty goes to see Bruce, who is happy to see her, and she mentions the strange phenomenon with the wreckage but when Bruce offers to help, she tells him that nobody wants his help or trusts him. When Janet, Hank, and Tony show up, Fury leads a mission briefing, telling them about Kleiser and what little they know of Wakanda, due to their isolationist tendencies. Fury wants the Avengers to head to Wakanda on an information gathering mission, telling them to try not to be seen as he doesn’t want an international incident, then places Natalia in charge, as Steve is to angry over Kleiser’s involvement to think clearly. When the Avengers arrive in Wakanda, they encounter T’Challa, who angrily tells them to leave, then relents and says that Steve can come with him but the rest must go back to their ship. T’Challa and Steve sneak into the city and T’Challa explains that in 1942, during the reign of his grandfather, the Wakandans were approached by Kleiser, who offered friendship between his country and theirs, but he betrayed them and attempted to steak the Heart of Wakanda. The Wakandans fought back and were able to bring down the Chitauri ship but it left the people untrusting of the outside world, prompting their adaptation of a more isolationist society. Meanwhile, the Avengers continue to look around and are discovered by T’Challa’s soldiers, who begin attacking them. Hank is drugged by multiple arrows while at giant size and Iron-Man is severely damaged when T’Challa shows up and puts an end to the fight. T’Challa says he will provide the antidote for Hank but they must leave immediately and Fury orders the team back to New York. Meanwhile, Kleiser contacts his commander and tells him that they had trouble securing the planet and his commander tells them that nothing must stop their takeover, revealing a Chitauri flagship heading towards Earth. Elsewhere, Thor contacts Odin to ask him about the vision he was shown and Odin reveals the Chitauri flagship on it’s approach towards Earth. Thor says that he must warn the Avengers and Odin says that Midgard has turned it’s back on the gods and he should no longer meddle in the affairs of mortals but Thor refuses to abandon his friends. Back at the Triskelion, Betty Ross is examining a cube of pure vibranium from the downed Chitauri ship and tells Fury she can’t get any readings off of it but knows that it has stored an incredible amount of energy. Meanwhile, Bruce notices something during the constant replays of his attack and asks to see Betty but Oiler has him sedated again, using increased doses to keep him under. As the Avengers are leaving Wakanda, Steve notices a Chitauri wandering in the jungle below and, defying Natalia’s orders, takes the jump ship back to Wakanda. Meanwhile, T’Challa faces the council of elders, who strip him of his authority to rule due to his bringing outsiders into Wakanda and defying Wakandan law. As he leaves the chamber, T’Challa notices the Chitauri and, donning the Black Panther costume, he goes after it. When Steve lands, he hears the sounds of struggling and sees T’Challa defeating with the Chitauri and Steve says to let them find out what it’s plan is and T’Challa agrees provided that he goes with them. They take the Chitauri back to the Avengers ship, where Natalia chastises Steve for risking their lives and T’Challa suddenly reveals himself to be Kleiser. The Chitauri reveals that it was playing possum and it begins attacking, injuring Janet in the process. Kleiser and the Chitauri soldier get into the jump ship and leave, contacting the flagship and telling it to fire on the Avengers’ ship. Meanwhile, Thor returns to the Triskelion and warns Fury of the approaching flagship and they get it on the screen just as the flagship blasts the Avengers’s ship but Thor is able to teleport there and bring his friends back to safety. Hank takes Janet to sick bay, angrily blaming Steve for her injuries, while Stark returns to Stark Tower, where he preps his War Machine armor for battle. In the detention center, Betty goes to see Bruce, who points out the Hulk attacking the Chitauri ship and theorizes that the Hulk’s gamma radiation affected the hull, causing it to become brittle. He tells Betty he has a small gamma generator she can use to test it and begs her to let him help but she says she can’t as Fury won’t allow it. Meanwhile, the Chitauri flagship extends a membrane like barrier across the planet, then proceeds to launch it’s armies onto the surface. In Wakanda, the people retreat into the palace and the palace defenses begin attacking the Chitauri. Inside the control room, the elders point out that they don’t need the help of any outsiders but T’Challa expresses his doubts. T’Challa  contacts S.H.I.E.L.D. and asks for their help and explains that the Chitauri are after the Heart of Wakanda, which is the mountain deposit of vibranium that fuels their technology but his transmission is broken up by the chief elder. Outside the city, Kleiser discovers that the Wakandans are using the wreckage of one of their ships to power their defenses and orders the flagship to blast it, and the resulting explosion powers down the palace defenses. Thor teleports Fury and the Avengers to Wakanda, where they are met by T’Challa and begin to lead a counter attack. Meanwhile, Betty finds test the gamma generator and discovers it does work against the Chitauri, just as the Chitauri begin to attack the Triskelion. Three Chitauri soldiers enter the detention center and attempt to kill Banner but when they can’t penetrate the glass, they order Oiler to give Banner a lethal dose of sedative gas in order to kill him. The Chitauri kill Oiler but are then killed by Betty and Janet, who wants to revive Bruce but he says it is better that he dies in order to ensure the Hulk doesn’t hurt anyone else and Betty cries as he dies. Betty and Janet take the generator to Wakanda and come up with a plan to take out the flagship. While Thor deals with the cannon, Tony will fly into the flagship and take out the core and Hank says he will go with him. Janet tells him no, as the strain of shrinking might be too much for him but Hank says he will be fine and shrinks down to go with Tony. Meanwhile, Steve and T’Challa are fighting with Kleiser and both end up being severely wounded by him but they manage to knock him into the smelting facility and pour molten vibranium on him, and he ends up sinking beneath the molten metal before it quickly hardens and entombs him inside. Meanwhile, the Triskelion is still under attack when suddenly, Banner transforms into the Hulk and breaks free from his containment, then proceeds to start battling the Chitauri. Back at Wakanda, Thor distracts the cannon long enough for Tony and hank to make it inside the flagship but is then blasted by the cannon and falls to the ground. Inside, Hank grows to giant size and holds off the Chitauri so that Tony can reach the core. Tony begins using the generator on the core but when it runs out of power, he throws the generator into the core in frustration. The generator cause a chain reaction that causes the core to explode, destroying the barrier covering the earth and depowering all of the Chitauri troops and vehicles around the world. Hank grabs Tony as they are blasted out of the flagship but some debris knocks him unconscious and Tony is forced to make Hank shrink back to normal size so he can save his carry him. When they land, Janet rushes to Hank who briefly speaks with her before dying from the strain he placed on his body. When they notice the flagship heading towards the city, Tony flies off to try and divert it, using up all of the power in his suit to do so, then he crashes to the ground while the ship safely crashes away from the city. Steve rushes to his friend just as Thor recovers and uses his lightning to serve as a defibrillator to revive Tony, but they are unable to revive Hank. The elders all apologize to T’Challa and restore his authority as king as the Avengers head back to New York. When they reach the Triskelion, they are unaware that they are being observed by the Hulk, who quietly whispers “Betty” before ducking away when she looks towards him, then leaps away and leaves the city. As Betty looks at the empty cell that Banner was in, Janet approaches and tells her that at least she knows he is alive somewhere, then they head off together. The Avengers all gather to hold a wake for Hank and afterwards, Tony goes to comfort Janet and Betty for each of their losses, Steve approaches Natalia and says they should think about their future before kissing her, while Fury and Thor share a drink and Thor tells Fury about how he once saved Midgard from Surtur.

When it comes to animated comic book movies, DC almost always beats out Marvel, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a good movie because it actually is. The voice acting was pretty good, with the various actors returning to voice the characters from the first movie. The story was pretty good, though I don’t know if it necessarily follows an actual comic story line or not. The animation was pretty good and did a great job in helping to sell the action. It’s a fun movie to watch but I will be honest, the only thing it does right now is make me want to see Black Panther again and get me further hyped to see Infinity War.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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