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Movie Review: What Happened To Monday?

December 5, 2017

mv5bmje4mdqxmdg3mf5bml5banbnxkftztgwnjq0mtcwmzi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Netflix sure is on a roll this year. This isn’t an amazing film or anything, but it’s a solid dystopian concept with a fantastic lead in Noomi Rapace. Willem Dafoe is also in here as a kinda creepy support character. As good as these two are though the rest of the cast is just okay. Glenn Close feels like she’s seriously phoning it in.

Story was interesting as far as dystopian concepts go, but it kinda just seemed like an excuse to have multiple Noomi’s running around, none of which feel fully developed enough because we don’t spend enough time with any of them. Dialogue is thrown around about overpopulation and GMO’s, but that stops being touched on after the set up. It was definitely original, I just feel like they could have pushed the concepts a bit further.

Overall I say check it out if you’re bored, pretty good. 7.5/10

 

 

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Movie Review: Carol (2015)

November 26, 2017

mv5bmtczntq4oteynv5bml5banbnxkftztgwndgymdi3nje-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Just saw this on Netflix and I’m really bummed I didn’t get to see this back when it initially came out. This is a small story about two women who fall in love with each other at some point in nineteen fifties New York. It’s a slow paced romance that’s fairly sad, and easily one of the best of theses types of films that I’ve ever seen. But if that doesn’t sound like your type of thing then I can’t imagine you’ll find much to like here.

Acting is by and far the best part of this film as it should be for this story. Rooney Mara plays the younger shy girl who’s discovering her sexuality, and she give a nice subtle performance. Cate Blanchett dominates every single scene as the title character, an older woman who tries to balance her family life with a prolonged seduction of Mara’s character. The few supporting characters are fine, but nothing compares to these two leads.

Overall I would say that this is an amazing film and if you want a good cry and suburb acting then Carol is the film for you. Maybe not the most original of plots, but it was executed so well. 9/10

Movie Review: Justice League

November 21, 2017

justice-league-poster-fandangoSo here we are, five years after the release of Avengers and DC has finally graced us with the Justice League. It’s the fifth film in their somewhat desperate attempt to catch up with Marvel, and it definitely suffers from the fact that only two of the members had movies before this team up. That being said it did like it being the huge nerd that I am.

I will definitely miss Affleck in this role if he really does leave, he really delivered here along with Gal Gadot and the newcomers. I always liked Henry Cavill’s performance as Superman, but here I feel like he finally got to be Superman. Ezra Miller is good but nerds be warned, his character might be named Barry Allen but he’s acting way more like Wally West. Ray Fisher is making his big screen debut here and he’s pretty amazing considering that we only get to see like half his face the whole time.

Directing here feels weird. You can definitely pick out a few scenes that feel more like something Snyder did and other scenes that feel a lot more like Whedon, but overall the film doesn’t feel like either director’s vision. I like to call this film the product of Joss Snyder. Has a better ring to it then Zack Whedon.

Story here was clunky and convoluted and it was really hurt by that two hour mandate. I mean if Aquaman and Cyborg had solo movies before this then maybe you can cut down Justice League to two hours, but as it stands they didn’t have near enough development.

Score had some enjoyable callbacks to the Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman themes that we know and love, but I did feel like I heard anything that I would call a Justice League theme. I hate to say it but Danny Elfman may have been phoning it in a bit.

Special effects were sadly one of the bigger issues with this film. I mean with as much as this thing cost to make you’d think the cgi would be fully rendered. I know everyone is talking about Superman’s upper lip, but that was barely noticeable to me compared to the ugly gray mass that was Steppenwolf. His design in general was boring and uninspired, but they kept giving that poorly animated mess a close up for nonsense dialogue. The Flash and Cyborg effects looked good though.

Overall this was enjoyable for me but I get the critics that still hate it. Comic nerds will certainly appreciate it. 7/10

Movie Review: Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

November 16, 2017

large_1rre3m7wsi2qavnzd4aua8lzzckSo I know I’m eighteen years late to party on this one, but I was eleven when this came out so cut me some slack. I was scrolling through Netflix and I stopped reading the synopsis when I saw Kubrick’s name. So I was completely unprepared for seeing that much of Nicole Kidman right up in the front of the film. The nudity only ramps up from there as the story explores the darker sides of human sexuality.

Acting is pretty amazing from the two leads of Kidman and Cruise, easily among the best performances I’ve seen from both of them. Kubrick is the real star here though as the close ups and pacing really drags you into Tom Cruise’s head.

Story plays out like a typical drama until it doesn’t. You feel like the story is building in one direction and then suddenly it becomes a different film with a different story to tell. I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending, but it’s a good sign that i’m still thinking about it.

Overall I can understand why none of my friends seemed to like it when asked, but personally I’m a fan of weird films that explore the slightly fucked aspects of humanity and this film does so expertly. This was Stanley Kubrick’s final film before passing and in my humble opinion he was at the height of his powers. 10/10

Movie Reviews: Raw, 1922

November 8, 2017

raw_28film29Raw is the first of two horror films I saw recently on Netflix. This film was viscerally disturbing. It starts off with a fucked hazing ritual and gets darker from there. The story doesn’t really work for me, just seems like a thin excuse for the horror to happen. The two sisters are good, but the supporting cast seemed a little stiff to me. Overall I can’t say I enjoyed the experience of watching it but I admire what they were going for. I imagine there are plenty of horror fans out there that’ll love this film and perhaps even have a laugh at the pitch black humor. Overall I give it an 8/10, just not for the faint of heart.

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mv5bytg0mmuynjityzjmni00ytcxltg4otqtnmi2zji0zdiznjq2xkeyxkfqcgdeqxvyntm0mdc1ode-_v1_uy268_cr40182268_al_1922 is the third Stephen King adaption that I saw this year and it’s another win. Of the three this is the one that I did not read the source material for, but a lot of the familiar King tropes are here, jealous man, the twisting of religion and fucking rats. Thomas Jane is unrecognizable as Wilfred James in what I might have to say is his best performance to date. Score was also amazing, really kept the tension up through the otherwise quiet moments. No where near as disturbing as Raw, but I would say that the acting and story are better here. 8/10

Movie Review- Thor: Ragnarok

November 3, 2017

mv5bmjmyndkzmzi1of5bml5banbnxkftztgwodcxodg5mji-_v1_uy1200_cr9006301200_al_This movie is fucking awesome. It’s not high art or whatever, just fucking awesome. From the heavy metal opening to the Hulk, to the Goldblum and everything else in between this movie actually touched the epic excitement that Thor comics give me, and it was able to ride that feeling unlike the previous Thor films.

Acting was great, everyone is fully entrenched in their characters at this point and the newcomers feel like they’ve always been there. Hemsworth is practically showing off with his perfect comedic timing, Ruffalo actually gets to play Hulk as a character, and Cate Blanchett was clearly having a lot of fun just cranking the evil villainess schtick to 11.

Taika Waititi was the perfect choice for Ragnarok, and I really hope he stays in the Marvel Universe for a bit. I mean can you imagine a Doctor Strange movie by this crazy guy? I don’t think this is quite as good as What We Do In The Shadows, but it’s easily one of the better Marvel films.

Story was very silly and comic booky, but it had some great character stuff woven in as well. The Thor and Loki relationship is handled well, I really liked the little bit of Banner/Hulk character stuff, and Valkyrie was awesome.

Score was okay I guess? I don’t really remember the score to be honest, I do remember Thor fucking up a bunch of fire demons while Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin played. Does the rest of the score even matter after that?

Overall this movie brings the thunder. You should definitely go see it if only to know what’s up with Thor when he shows up again in the next Avengers movie. 8.75/10

Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

October 26, 2017

mhzrnctd4xxnzzus83he_largeI gotta say I’m impressed. I really had no faith in this movie mainly because I didn’t want a sequel to Blade Runner, but I’ll be damned if this film isn’t at least on par with the amazing original.

Acting is amazing, the entire film rest comfortably on Ryan Gosling’s shoulder’s and the rest of the cast deliver fantastic performances. Harrison Ford was good, but he didn’t really feel like the same character from the first film. Maybe that’s just me though, he has gone through some shit it the thirty years between the two films.

Directing is stunning, Denis Villeneuve is on another level and teamed up with Roger Deakins a beautiful movie is all but guaranteed. As much as I loved all of these breathtaking shots back to back, the overall film was just a bit too long.

The story was very interesting and will lead to debates amongst nerds, but I can pick it apart if I wanted to give away spoilers here. It works well enough within the context of the film, my bigger issue with the plot is all of the dangling threads still left by the time the credits roll.

The score was mesmerizing, possibly my favorite part of the entire piece. It’s haunting and oppressive and clearly influenced by the Vangelis score from the 1982 film. Just listening to this gives you that sci-fi detective feeling. Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer are both having a great year in film scoring.

The visual effects are tied with the score for my favorite now that I really think about it, they just work so well together in tandem. This film had a pretty big budget and you can see damn near every penny on screen, I mean the L.A. from the first film pales in comparison to what they created in this film. No spoilers, but just pay attention to the scene in Las Vegas, it’s utterly beautiful.

I’m so bummed that this movie is bombing at the box office because I would love more films like this. Thought provoking sci-fi is the best kind of sci-fi, and it’s at it’s best when it’s has the budget to fully realize their thought provoking ideas. 9/10, you’ll see this one again on my end of the year list.