Watched 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' with my family on Thursday. Very good movie! Both steve martin and john candy were hilarious. Comedy is an expression of pain, and we saw that come a full circle in the end. Comedy is how many people in pain express themselves to put a smile on others' faces because they know exactly how it feels to be down in the dumps. They don't want others to feel their own pain so they hide the truth while trying to make others laugh + happy at the same time. That was john candy in this movie.
8/10. Watch it if you haven't, and I hope you enjoy it.
Magnificent Seven remake.. Not as good as the original but I liked it. Denzel Washington was pretty good as the lead replacement for Yul Brynner and Chris Pratt for Steve McQueen. I found it interesting that the survivors of the 7 were the minorities almost as if they intentionally went out of their way to show the black man, the native American and the Mexican survive lol. Still pretty good movie overall. 7.5/10
Silence of the Lambs.. Very good movie. I enjoyed Jodie Foster's acting but the star was of course Anthony Hopkins. Very well done movie with decent storyline. Dark movie that is worth checking out. 8.5/10
I took a point off because I felt we didn't see enough pieces of the puzzle. Too much focus was put on reshowing multiple perspectives of the same events - such as the ship that was sunk by the Luftwaffe bomber and the solo British pilot who defended them from the 2nd pass even with very little fuel remaining. We saw 3 different perspectives of that single event. Much more took place within that 10 day window of battle than what we saw on the screen.
I took off another half a point because I felt they could have done more to further build up the scenario in the beginning to show how Allies ended up backed into a corner. You can show the Allied side as they were being pushed back towards Dunkirk just days before they ended up on the shores of Dunkirk. You can further build up the plot if you were to focus even more on the historical aspect on the Nazi side - it was a huge blunder on their side to not push in the armored units in and capitalize on it. , movie would have been 30 mins longer, but I don't mind tbh.
Watched 'All the President's Men'. Great acting, solid direction, inspiring stuff tbh 9/10
Very good representation of Watergate scandal. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford are 2 of the great actors of Hollywood, and they worked very well off one another for being acting 'superstars' in their era. Movie also speaks volumes of the journalistic integrity that existed back in the day and the respect that oozed from the public for the members of the media. They were essentially treated like detectives as they slowly built the case.. Media reporting has shifted too far towards sensationalism reporting since back in the day, and journalistic integrity has slowly & steadily declined over the 40-50 years. There is also extreme partisanship in this day to the point where different people gravitate strictly towards certain media sources - can you imagine Republican party members speaking to journalists from Washington Post or New York Times, which are considered liberal, or Democrat party members speaking to journalists from say Fox News or another conservative source? Or either side even allowing any media members into their personal homes, offering coffee and speaking candidly sitting on their sofa for 4-5hrs? Probably rare or not happening in this day & age.
Regardless, that was a very well done movie from start to finish. Must watch movie.
Watched Justice League. Not a bad movie tbh. No re-watch value but it was entertaining and had funny occasional comments.
I thought the biggest issue was lack of character development of Steppenwolf. Felt like he was a random villain thrown in, and we knew almost nothing about him. I honestly thought they were missing a few scenes centered around him. He was not central to the movie, which disappointed me.
As for other breakdown.. Directing, acting, plot and inspiration value.
-Directing was fine. Not going to make a big fuss about it. I thought camera work and scene breakdown with cgi mixed in was pretty good. Nothing groundbreaking ofc but this is a comic book movie, not going to get Orson Welles level direction lol -Acting was mehh. Average but not bad. -plot.. I thought they did fine breaking down the heroes and who they were, brief backstories, etc not bad. The villain? Horrendous job. We know very little about Steppenwolf, if anything. Like I said, I felt this movie was missing some scenes, which hopefully release on extended dvd release. The end fight was disappointing. Fight had good cgi and expensive sets but it felt too bland. -inspiration value.. Had a little bit of inspiration in the Lois Lane scenes and towards the end when Lois reads a piece of her article after the main fight. Obviously nothing like Shawshank Redemption or Up, but watchable.
7/10. If extended has more of the plot and character development of Steppenwolf that I felt was missing then I could raise it to 8/10. Definitely watchable but not something I would tell anyone to go out of their way to watch.
And 'The Post':
Watched The Post.. Decent movie. I thought Hanks and Streep played well off one another. Solid acting overall imo and nicely presented by Spielberg. Might not be his best movie, but still did well.
I had heard of the Pentagon papers but didn't know much about them. The Watergate scandal practically threw a veil over the Pentagon papers to the point that most people today know about Watergate but probably not so much of Pentagon papers.
Anyways, movie does a good job of showing the importance of freedom of press. Without the press informing the public and keeping the government accountable for its' actions, we have no democracy and we have no nation or the concept of true sovereignty by the people. I believe that was John Locke who argued sovereignty ultimately belongs to the people and government can only govern because the people allow it. It's also the people who have a right to take back sovereignty just like when they gave it if they so choose. And it all begins and ends with the press keeping the people informed. Been a while, but it went something like that anyways. Powerful stuff and very ideals this country is built on.
And 'Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri':
Watched "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri." Yeah yeah, it's a mouthful to say out loud haha, but it was a solid movie. My short review below -- I promise there are no spoilers.
Acting was spectacular from the main actress, whom I never heard of, and all around cast as well. Woody Harrelson stood out to me as well. Direction was very nicely done. Writing is subtle & not action packed as you may expect in a crime/drama genre, but it's very well written. Subtlety is a nice touch if done properly (reminiscent of movies like No country for old men and Fargo). It is the small details, underlying messages and nuances that go beyond what you see on the screen.
Not a must-watch movie by any means, but I think it's well worth watching once. The storytelling aspect is pretty close to amazing. Just don't expect a lot of action, bullets flying or a breakdown of the murder itself (I can't say more without spoiling the movie). Ending is different than what you expect going in and even halfway mark, but I thought it was a nice touch - not so predictable as Hollywood movies tends to be, you will see only if you watch it!
Nightcrawler. Decent movie. It had several real nicely directed scenes, and acting by Jake Gyllenhaal was solid. Compelling storyline, perhaps not what you expect going in. The 'profession' Jake enters as a crime-scene cameraman is probably not exciting but the way it's presented and story unfolds is very intriguing - it was surely draw you in from start to finish. I would recommend this film. 8/10
500 Days of Summer. I liked this movie but also didn't like it (think of the poem 'she loves me, she does not, she loves me, she does not'). It made me feel bit empty inside for whatever reason. I don't typically watch romance movies, but I saw it on HBOGo and have heard people mention it. I was like 'ehhh, why not?' There was some comedy and drama but it also brought me down a bit emotionally, bit depressing story. I guess it was definitely worth watching once, but not something I would watch again. 7.5/10.
Sicario. Solid movie. It had a subtle quality to it that I found interesting & appreciated. Acting was solid and so was the directing and soundtrack. Cold brutal movie but it's a movie you have to watch. 8.5/10
Watched 'Big' yesterday with Tom Hanks. It was an decent movie. Nothing special tbh. Acting was pretty good, plot was surprisingly good, directing pretty good. Essentially, a 13yr old kid wishes to be an adult so his mind is still 13 but his body becomes a man when he wakes up. Then he falls in love with a woman (remember he is still 13 lol).
Overall, my takeaway value.. Every kid wants to be an adult, but when you become an adult, you realize how much you miss your childhood. No responsibilities, no work, no worries, nothing but fun & games. You realize that childhood is the best time of your life. You can play games, watch cartoons all day long, movies every day.
P.S. I wonder what tsk would think of a PG rated movie of a 13yr child banging a woman in her 30s. Lol!! Just giving you a hard time, brotha
Watched Whiplash. What a movie. What an enchanting experience.
Didn't think I would enjoy it when I saw the plot tagline, but it's about much more than drumming. It's a deep subtle movie about one mentor using crazy tactics to push his pupil to greatness. To me, it shows you need to fail in life before you succeed, and you need stubborn grittiness. You have to be extremely stubborn each time you fail and to triumph over each challenge you face in life. You might sweat, you might bleed, you might lose sleep, you might even lose some of your humanity in the process, but damn it give it everything you have. Figure out what drives you, inspire yourself, work at it, be passionate, believe in yourself when nobody else does, fight for your dreams because no one else will. Only you can take the bull by its' horns as the saying goes. You might stumble, you might fall but fucking walk if you can't run, crawl if you can't walk, bleed if you must, sweat if you have to but damn it don't give up on your dream.. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, GETTING PUMPED RIGHT NOW JUST WRITING THIS REVIEW..
Powerful movie once you reflect on it and the ideas it portrays. The music teacher was a dick, but you can tell he had the right intentions. I was silent and shaking at the end when everything came together at once, spectacular movie that tells you more about yourself than the drummer. Did I mention it only had a $3 million budget?
Rating: 9/10. Watch it.
John Wick - Slightly above average movie. Some solid action scenes. I liked it tbh. 7.5/10
John Wick 2 - Improvement over John Wick 1. I thought it was pretty good. Fun action movie. 8/10. Not a Must-watch by any means..
Drive - Didn't like it very much, bit overrated. Had some flashes of brilliance but alright. Reminded me bit of Baby Driver but not as good. 7.5/10
bladefd Did he have the right intentions? I don't think Simmons' character was supposed to be portrayed in any positive light
Hmmm.. , I think the issue was that he felt the ends always justified the means. He employed extreme measures to find and build greatness. He became an obsessed scumbag to the point where he lost his own humanity to inspire another. You constantly see anger, passion, jealousy, rage, powerful emotions from a flawed human being. It was almost madness how far he went to fulfill that goal.
Was his intention right? I think so but his path and style were wrong. As we noticed, a former student of his killed himself because he felt he would never amount to much. As a teacher, you can't pressure your students to the point where it's either reach greatness or give up. You have to inspire greatness rather than forcefully manufacture greatness if there is no desire to be had from the pupil. His approach was clearly flawed.
What was his approach? Well, his world view, whether we liked it or not, was that greatness can only be built if you put your heart, soul, and mind into some talent & push yourself to the absolute limit. Only by surpassing that limit can you reach the pinnacle of greatness. You should never stop 'there' but continue to push yourself beyond 'there'.
He used a few examples - he mentioned Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, couple elite musicians I don't remember, etc. What if they had just stopped 'there' and not pushed themselves even further? They would still be good musicians, sure, but not all-time legends. It's all about not selling yourself short. Everything else in life, to him anyways, was superficial and simply something that must be tossed aside. I disagree with that but not entirely. He has a valid point - if you enjoy doing something and want to pursue that craft, don't just pursue it to be good. Pursue it to be GREAT! Don't ever accept mediocrity from yourself, and push yourself constantly to be even greater.
Watched Black Panther last night. Quite frankly, it was pretty good but nothing to rave about.
After seeing the movie, I read the reviews on rottenTomatoes. How does this have 96% overall rating - they compile ratings from newspapers, writers, etc - 96%?? That's better overall ratings than some legendary movies like Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars ep 4, all 3 lord of the rings, It's a Wonderful Life, I can go on but mehhhh. I'm sorry, but I find it insulting.
With that out of the way, I liked it because I'm a comic book nerd. I can't say it is a must watch movie by any means for non-comic nerds. It's on same level as 'Ant man'. Not good or bad movie but just mehh.. Skippable.
Technical stuff.. Acting was okay, directing was pretty good, plot was weak, few solid scenes but I was left disappointed by the experience, no re-watch value. Dialogue felt bland too often - that's a screenplay issue. The hype was so great, I was expecting to be blown away, but no not even close. My rating is 7/10.