Movie I Saw

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Plot: A family has to pretend that the mother and father are still married when the adopted son’s mother comes in for his wedding.
Review: The movie tries to be a little better than your average wedding comedy so I will give it points to that.  But I will immediately take all those points and all points away for their biggest act.  You see that white guy in the middle?  The young one?  Yeah, he’s supposed to be hispanic. Yup.  And he’s played by a British guy! That’s not even close!  Come’on. Giving him a tan does not equal Latino.  They don’t even give him an accent, which I assume they did as to not be racist but… He’s WHITE!   And it’s not like a little thing, it’s a MAJOR PLOT POINT!  His latino family and heritage is pretty much the driving force of the movie, so to do this feels disrespectful and really racist.   
Trivia: Three cakes were made, one of styrofoam. 

Plot: A family has to pretend that the mother and father are still married when the adopted son’s mother comes in for his wedding.

Review: The movie tries to be a little better than your average wedding comedy so I will give it points to that.  But I will immediately take all those points and all points away for their biggest act.  You see that white guy in the middle?  The young one?  Yeah, he’s supposed to be hispanic. Yup.  And he’s played by a British guy! That’s not even close!  Come’on. Giving him a tan does not equal Latino.  They don’t even give him an accent, which I assume they did as to not be racist but… He’s WHITE!   And it’s not like a little thing, it’s a MAJOR PLOT POINT!  His latino family and heritage is pretty much the driving force of the movie, so to do this feels disrespectful and really racist.   

Trivia: Three cakes were made, one of styrofoam. 

— 12 hours ago
#The Big Wedding  #hispanic  #latino  #film  #movie  #movies  #films  #review  #reviews  #2014  #Movie I Saw 
Plot: After losing his dog, a boy successfully brings him back from the dead but once word gets out chaos ensues!
Review: Man that was a great final thirty minutes! It’s kind of everything you want from Tim Burton.  It’s dark without being cynical, it’s smart, it’s funny and has nods to older films without hitting you over the head with them.  I quite enjoyed it.  Too bad the lead up to the climax was kind of dull.  
The problem with the movie, until the end, is frankenweenie himself. The whole story is built around his boy’s relationship with his dog.  The only problem is that we don’t really see that relationship.  We see a bit at the beginning but once he dies and is brought back to life, the movie shifts to being about hiding the dog and setting up the climax.  This has the negative effect of keeping the relationship away from us.  So we don’t really know why they are fighting so hard to stay together.  This is changed a lot by the ending as they work almost as partners to solve the crime but up until then it’s a bit of a tread.  
So I don’t really know what to say about Frankenweenie.  Overall I enjoyed the ending a lot but the first hour was a dull bore.  
Trivia: The third collaboration between Burton and Winona Ryder.

Plot: After losing his dog, a boy successfully brings him back from the dead but once word gets out chaos ensues!

Review: Man that was a great final thirty minutes! It’s kind of everything you want from Tim Burton.  It’s dark without being cynical, it’s smart, it’s funny and has nods to older films without hitting you over the head with them.  I quite enjoyed it.  Too bad the lead up to the climax was kind of dull.  

The problem with the movie, until the end, is frankenweenie himself. The whole story is built around his boy’s relationship with his dog.  The only problem is that we don’t really see that relationship.  We see a bit at the beginning but once he dies and is brought back to life, the movie shifts to being about hiding the dog and setting up the climax.  This has the negative effect of keeping the relationship away from us.  So we don’t really know why they are fighting so hard to stay together.  This is changed a lot by the ending as they work almost as partners to solve the crime but up until then it’s a bit of a tread.  

So I don’t really know what to say about Frankenweenie.  Overall I enjoyed the ending a lot but the first hour was a dull bore.  

Trivia: The third collaboration between Burton and Winona Ryder.

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#winona ryder  #Tim Burton  #frankenweenie  #kids  #movie  #film  #films  #movie review  #movies  #Movie I Saw  #2014  #horror  #reviews  #review 
Plot: Stories told across time share themes of love.
Review: If we were going to base this movie only on ambition then Cloud Atlas would be amazing! And it does sell you for about half the movie.  But once you realize how simple the themes are, and how generic the stories with those themes are you kind of get super bored. Which is too bad because the two stories that take place in the future, while not super original, at least acquire some interesting world building and are easily the best part. 
This kind of shows the movie’s weakness that we keep cutting between each story as we cut from a super exciting underwater chase in a future city to old men and women trying to break out of an old folks home in a zany way! The stories are just too different that mixing them reminds you that you are watching the movie.  Also in another case of ambition versus reality, each actor place different roles in each story changing sex and race.  In theory this was to connect the stories but when in use, it looks silly and super distracting! 
I really wanted to like Cloud Atlas but sadly it big off more than he could chew.  
Trivia: Tom Hanks signing on helped the film get made.

Plot: Stories told across time share themes of love.

Review: If we were going to base this movie only on ambition then Cloud Atlas would be amazing! And it does sell you for about half the movie.  But once you realize how simple the themes are, and how generic the stories with those themes are you kind of get super bored. Which is too bad because the two stories that take place in the future, while not super original, at least acquire some interesting world building and are easily the best part.

This kind of shows the movie’s weakness that we keep cutting between each story as we cut from a super exciting underwater chase in a future city to old men and women trying to break out of an old folks home in a zany way! The stories are just too different that mixing them reminds you that you are watching the movie.  Also in another case of ambition versus reality, each actor place different roles in each story changing sex and race.  In theory this was to connect the stories but when in use, it looks silly and super distracting!

I really wanted to like Cloud Atlas but sadly it big off more than he could chew.  

Trivia: Tom Hanks signing on helped the film get made.

— 3 days ago with 1 note
#Cloud Atlas  #movie  #film  #Tom Hanks  #2014  #Movie I Saw  #review  #reviews  #wachowski 

This week I will hopefully be looking at the Raid 2, Insidious 2, Transcendence, and Rosemary’s Baby.  I know I keep saying rosemary’s baby but I will get to it! 

— 3 days ago
#raid 2  #insidious 2  #transcendence  #rosemary's baby  #film  #movie  #movies  #review 

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Synopsis:  The adventures of two twenty something girls in New York.

What Season: 1 

Review: I’ve talked a lot about the weird and somewhat depressing time it is after you get out of college.  But there’s another part, there is a freedom that isn’t there before.  Right after college, you don’t really have anyone to look up to. No more teachers and your job isn’t really your career so there is a sense that you don’t have to answer to anyone really. That’s what Broad City celebrates.

Broad City may be the best new show of this year and it’s instantly charming. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer play a tweaked version of themselves as they just try to get by in New York.  Episodes can range from losing your keys to going to dinner with a very Seinfeld vibe.  It’s the way these characters relate and interact with everything that makes the series work so well.

The duo also play off each other really well by playing a completely different people.  Abbi is the more straight man one but she still has some of the best lines in her quiet rebel she has going on.  Ilana Glazer plays the wackier of the two but she never feels like a cartoon. You never feel like one is better than the other and when they are together it’s great.

Broad City is the kind of smart comedy that doesn’t have to talk down to you to get you to relate.  It’s a gem that every one should be watching.    

Worst Episode: Pilot I don’t have anything bad to say anything but this episode did have the clunkiness of all pilots. I didn’t want to put a worst episode but it’s the format that I chose. I wish I hadn’t done that but oh well.    

Favorite Episode: Fattest Asses This episode really get going and everything comes together. There is a sequence with cocaine that I seriously watched like 3 times because it worked so well.  This episode hits all the high notes: subtle jokes about gender roles, cocaine, hilarious dancing, great one liners and the friendship that drives the show. If you are on the fence, I say start with this one and it’ll win you over.   

Trivia: Has been picked up for season 2.

— 5 days ago with 10 notes
#broad city  #comedy central  #ilana glazer  #abbi jacobson  #TV I Watch  #tv show  #review 
Plot: A couple start to experience strange things when they move into a new house.
Review: Not every one is going to like Hell Baby, I get that.  It’s not so much a movie as a series of scenes with an over arching premise.  So it’s a lot of hit and miss even though I enjoyed it. The thing is I found the funny parts, really funny.  But I should add, I think that taking a joke past the point of being funny really funny. Per example: at one point a cable guy gets really high and tries to drive.  The joke is that he’s driving really slow and the movie keeps cutting back to the van driving slow for about 4 minutes.  I found this hilarious. And this movie does that a lot so if you don’t like that you will hate this.  The problem is that this doesn’t really leave a lasting impression and I would rather watch whatever these guys do next than watch this one again.
So for me, I found this a funny one time movie.   
Trivia: The actors were paid little to no money. 

Plot: A couple start to experience strange things when they move into a new house.

Review: Not every one is going to like Hell Baby, I get that.  It’s not so much a movie as a series of scenes with an over arching premise.  So it’s a lot of hit and miss even though I enjoyed it. The thing is I found the funny parts, really funny.  But I should add, I think that taking a joke past the point of being funny really funny. Per example: at one point a cable guy gets really high and tries to drive.  The joke is that he’s driving really slow and the movie keeps cutting back to the van driving slow for about 4 minutes.  I found this hilarious. And this movie does that a lot so if you don’t like that you will hate this.  The problem is that this doesn’t really leave a lasting impression and I would rather watch whatever these guys do next than watch this one again.

So for me, I found this a funny one time movie.   

Trivia: The actors were paid little to no money. 

— 6 days ago with 1 note
#Hell Baby  #comedy  #leslie bibb  #movie  #film  #films  #movies  #review  #reviews  #Movie I Saw  #2014 
Plot: A video game developer goes on the run as a group of terrorist want to kill her before she can launch her new game.
Review: eXistenZ came out before the Matrix but seeing it after gives you a sense deja vu. A large portion takes place in a video program and themes of reality come up which puts it right in line with Neo, even if it’s a very different movie.
I think the problem is that the computer program is the main focus of the movie. Again if before the Matrix, this would have been interesting, after it it feels like a wasted opportunity. I enjoyed it for what it’s worth but there isn’t enough there to really leave a lasting impression.  
Trivia: Jennifer Jason Leigh had to drop out of Eyes Wide Shut to do this film.

Plot: A video game developer goes on the run as a group of terrorist want to kill her before she can launch her new game.

Review: eXistenZ came out before the Matrix but seeing it after gives you a sense deja vu. A large portion takes place in a video program and themes of reality come up which puts it right in line with Neo, even if it’s a very different movie.

I think the problem is that the computer program is the main focus of the movie. Again if before the Matrix, this would have been interesting, after it it feels like a wasted opportunity. I enjoyed it for what it’s worth but there isn’t enough there to really leave a lasting impression.  

Trivia: Jennifer Jason Leigh had to drop out of Eyes Wide Shut to do this film.

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#eXistenZ  #david cronenberg  #sci-fi  #film  #movies  #movie  #review  #reviews  #2014  #Movie I Saw  #movie review 
Plot: A man is warned by God that a flood is coming and only a few can survive.
Review: Noah is such a weird and perfect choice for Darren Aronofsky.  It has all the epicness, beauty, mixing of themes, and character beats that define his work but it also is a pretty simple story.  
It has no malice, and tells a pretty straight forward bible story about good and evil.  Even the themes are very religious with hints of human will, human nature, our purpose in life and the roles God puts us in. But all this is what I really liked about.  
Again I am religious and found that me and Aronofsky seem to have reached a very similar view of the creation of Earth.  The way that he incorporates evolution, the Big Bang theory, and science into the story of Genesis is spot on. I applaud him for not shying away from either the bible or science without ever getting preachy.  It works well together. 
The only part that didn’t work was Emma Watson. I have given her a lot of chances but after this, I can honestly say that she is not very good at acting. Especially with everyone else bring really good and naturalistic performances, she sticks out with her over acting and weird deliver. She took me out of the film so much that it became distracting. 
But other than that, the movie was a welcome surprise.      
Trivia: Aronofsky has wanted to make this movie since writing a poem about Noah in Sunday School as a little boy. 

Plot: A man is warned by God that a flood is coming and only a few can survive.

Review: Noah is such a weird and perfect choice for Darren Aronofsky.  It has all the epicness, beauty, mixing of themes, and character beats that define his work but it also is a pretty simple story.  

It has no malice, and tells a pretty straight forward bible story about good and evil.  Even the themes are very religious with hints of human will, human nature, our purpose in life and the roles God puts us in. But all this is what I really liked about.  

Again I am religious and found that me and Aronofsky seem to have reached a very similar view of the creation of Earth.  The way that he incorporates evolution, the Big Bang theory, and science into the story of Genesis is spot on. I applaud him for not shying away from either the bible or science without ever getting preachy.  It works well together.

The only part that didn’t work was Emma Watson. I have given her a lot of chances but after this, I can honestly say that she is not very good at acting. Especially with everyone else bring really good and naturalistic performances, she sticks out with her over acting and weird deliver. She took me out of the film so much that it became distracting.

But other than that, the movie was a welcome surprise.      

Trivia: Aronofsky has wanted to make this movie since writing a poem about Noah in Sunday School as a little boy. 

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#darren aronofsky  #Noah  #russell crowe  #emma watson  #religion  #2014  #film  #movie  #movies  #movie review  #review  #reviews  #Movie I Saw 
Plot: A ranch is home to unexplained activity.
Review: Skinwalker Ranch starts off strong with some fun characters, an interesting story, and some genuine scares.  But it quickly falls into the same tropes that have seemed to plague the found footage films from the beginning. It becomes an endless amount of time with pointless arguing, cheap jump scares, and no answers whatsoever.  I wish I could have said better things about it but after about 30 minutes, it was just a bore to the finish line. 
Trivia: Reportedly based on a real ranch. 

Plot: A ranch is home to unexplained activity.

Review: Skinwalker Ranch starts off strong with some fun characters, an interesting story, and some genuine scares.  But it quickly falls into the same tropes that have seemed to plague the found footage films from the beginning. It becomes an endless amount of time with pointless arguing, cheap jump scares, and no answers whatsoever.  I wish I could have said better things about it but after about 30 minutes, it was just a bore to the finish line. 

Trivia: Reportedly based on a real ranch. 

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#Skinwalker Ranch  #aliens  #ufo  #found footage  #movie  #movies  #film  #films  #review  #reviews  #Movie I Saw  #2014 
Plot: Captain America finds himself in modern time and must deal with how he fits in with this new world.
Review: Captain America was a lot of fun but also a victim of the Marvel Machine. But we can get back to that, let’s talk about all the good things first.   
Chris Evans still manages to perfectly capture the charm and honesty that makes Steve Rodger so special.  Really all the actors do a good job save one (which we will get to soon) and they help sell the movie.  Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie stand out as Cap’s side kicks and they bring a lot of fun especially with their different views of the world vs. Caps.  That’s actually a major theme in the movie and it works really well.  Cap is a man out of his time and he’s trying to fit in where everyone is telling him to instead of listening to himself.  It’s very much a coming in age story and it works great. Also they manage to have Nick Fury and Shield in there without making it feel forced. It’s part of the story. 
Now on to the bad.  The story. Well that’s too harsh.  When I say the film is a victim of the Marvel Machine I mean in terms of the story.  First there are way too many characters.  In addition to Widow and Falcon, we also have Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and whoever Emily Vancamp was playing (i want to say kate?) and a lot of time is spend with these people that for a long section in the middle Captain America kind of takes a back seat and that just the GOOD GUYS!  There is also a bad guy for each of them and while it never feels convoluted, it does feel unnecessary. I think this was done to get all these fan favorites in the film but it feels over stuffed. 
Another problem is the film wants it both ways, with no better example than The Winter Soldier himself.  Comic book fans all know who he is, and the company hasn’t really hidden it that well which would be fine if the movie didn’t spend the first hour trying to hide his identity.  This takes out the suspense and makes the wait till the reveal tedious.  Plus Sebastian Stan did such a good job as Bucky I wish he had given more to do than mindless robot assassin. Which again would work if we didn’t know it was Bucky but when they don’t hide it, it just feels like a wasted opportunity.  
Now on to the worst part, which is the most surprising: Robert Redford.  Man Redford doesn’t even try in this.  SPOILERS Redford is the bad guy. This might have been a great reveal if Redford wasn’t playing it as evil the whole time! I mean it was so bad at one point, I thought that this was intentional and he was the red skull or something but no, it’s just Redford not being great at acting anymore.  It’s sad and it almost ruined the film. 
Now I know it sounds like I’m hating on it but I really enjoyed it.  The reason I haven’t talked about the great moments and surprises is because I feel those are best experienced without any kind of ruin.  It’s better when you get to film them in the movie.  So I would recommend this to any fan of the Marvel films and tell you that you are going to have a great, if not for a few points, time.    
Trivia: Christ Evans and Scarlett Johansson wrote a lot of their own dialogue together. 

Plot: Captain America finds himself in modern time and must deal with how he fits in with this new world.

Review: Captain America was a lot of fun but also a victim of the Marvel Machine. But we can get back to that, let’s talk about all the good things first.   

Chris Evans still manages to perfectly capture the charm and honesty that makes Steve Rodger so special.  Really all the actors do a good job save one (which we will get to soon) and they help sell the movie.  Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie stand out as Cap’s side kicks and they bring a lot of fun especially with their different views of the world vs. Caps.  That’s actually a major theme in the movie and it works really well.  Cap is a man out of his time and he’s trying to fit in where everyone is telling him to instead of listening to himself.  It’s very much a coming in age story and it works great. Also they manage to have Nick Fury and Shield in there without making it feel forced. It’s part of the story. 

Now on to the bad.  The story. Well that’s too harsh.  When I say the film is a victim of the Marvel Machine I mean in terms of the story.  First there are way too many characters.  In addition to Widow and Falcon, we also have Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and whoever Emily Vancamp was playing (i want to say kate?) and a lot of time is spend with these people that for a long section in the middle Captain America kind of takes a back seat and that just the GOOD GUYS!  There is also a bad guy for each of them and while it never feels convoluted, it does feel unnecessary. I think this was done to get all these fan favorites in the film but it feels over stuffed.

Another problem is the film wants it both ways, with no better example than The Winter Soldier himself.  Comic book fans all know who he is, and the company hasn’t really hidden it that well which would be fine if the movie didn’t spend the first hour trying to hide his identity.  This takes out the suspense and makes the wait till the reveal tedious.  Plus Sebastian Stan did such a good job as Bucky I wish he had given more to do than mindless robot assassin. Which again would work if we didn’t know it was Bucky but when they don’t hide it, it just feels like a wasted opportunity.  

Now on to the worst part, which is the most surprising: Robert Redford.  Man Redford doesn’t even try in this.  SPOILERS Redford is the bad guy. This might have been a great reveal if Redford wasn’t playing it as evil the whole time! I mean it was so bad at one point, I thought that this was intentional and he was the red skull or something but no, it’s just Redford not being great at acting anymore.  It’s sad and it almost ruined the film.

Now I know it sounds like I’m hating on it but I really enjoyed it.  The reason I haven’t talked about the great moments and surprises is because I feel those are best experienced without any kind of ruin.  It’s better when you get to film them in the movie.  So I would recommend this to any fan of the Marvel films and tell you that you are going to have a great, if not for a few points, time.    

Trivia: Christ Evans and Scarlett Johansson wrote a lot of their own dialogue together. 

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