Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Geostorm is directed by Dean Devlin and stars Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Andy Garcia, and Ed Harris. The plot of the movie is when the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. When I saw the trailer for this movie I knew I was going to end up hating it, but I was hoping that it would be the kind of bad movie where you can have fun with it and that is not at all what this is. I get the appeal of these types of movies, but they have never appealed to me. You should know if you are interested in this that this movie is not about a storm that destroys the entire planet. It is actually a movie about trying to prevent a Geostorm. You should also know that the poster for this film which is Gerard Butler clutching his daughter while he looks at a tidal wave that is not in the movie. In fact, Gerard Butler has maybe only one scene with his daughter the entire movie and what is shown on the poster is not it. Gerard Butler's character is up in space for the majority of the movie trying to prevent this Geostorm. This movie just like all the other disaster movies tries to take itself way too seriously. Everything that happens in this movie is predictable and there are no surprises. Most of the jokes are laced with pop-culture references which I fucking hate. The casting is awful I didn't believe that Gerard Butler is the world's smartest scientist. I didn't believe that Jim Sturgess works with the president. This movie is so tedious and boring to watch and when it was over I had a hard time deciding whether or not it should be my new worst film of the year. 0 out of 5 stars for Geostorm. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev and stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, and Kiefer Sutherland. The plot of the movie is five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. It is a remake of the 1990 movie which I think is pretty entertaining so I was looking forward to seeing this remake. This movie is terrible after the movie ended I tried to find any redeeming things about this movie and I couldn't. The concept is good, but it's a concept that is from another film. There could have been some really cool things with these medical students trying to figure out what happens after death. This movie takes a cool concept and turns it into another dumb horror movie filled with jump scares. This film is trying to be a medical thriller, a drama about guilt from past choices and a jump-scare horror movie. It fails at all three of those. As I was watching this film it felt like a group of people were trying to make one movie and everyone had a different idea. Flatliners is easily the most boring movie of the year. I actually considered leaving at one point, but I decided to stick with it so I could write this review. There are some things I would like to mention, but it will involve SPOILERS if you want to see this movie there is your warning. The most ridiculous part of this movie is after they flatline themselves they become enlightened Ellen Page's character plays the piano perfectly all of a sudden. She can answer every question in her class before the teacher finishes asking it. The biggest what the fuck moment is that Ellen Page's character dies halfway into the movie. Probably the only thing that is going to get people to go and see this movie is Ellen Page and she dies halfway through and she is the main character. Her character was easily the most compelling and the only thing in the movie I felt even a little interested in watching. After that, you are stuck with this idiotic group of cliche horror movie characters. 0 out of 5 stars for Flatliners. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
American Made is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise. The movie tells the story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair. Every time I go into a Tom Cruise movie I always end up being disappointed. This time I was not only disappointed, but I was also bored the whole time. I do think Tom Cruise is a good actor and he is always giving it his all even in crap like The Mummy. Even with Cruise giving it his all I did not like his character and I get that he is supposed to be a scumbag, but there has to be something there to get you to care about the character and there just wasn't. I also didn't find any of the other characters in the film likable. So I didn't give a shit about what anyone was doing. I've lost track of how many times this year I have complained about pacing in movies. This movie felt like it was going on forever I was checking my watch and was very glad when the movie was over. 1 out of 5 stars for American Made. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Barry, Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges. The plot of the movie is when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. I thought the first Kingsman movie was a pleasant surprise it was fun great action mixed with just the right amount of silliness. So I was really excited for the sequel. I finally got a chance to see it and I was very disappointed. I'm going to start this review with the things that I found frustrating. The first movie like I mentioned had just the right amount of silliness. This one is completely over-the-top and by doing that it made it hard for me to take any scene in this movie seriously. There are some pretty decent fight scenes, but with the movie feeling so silly it never felt like there were any stakes. A great example of this is the villain played by Julianne Moore who is a total clown. Every time she delivers a line it is completely over-the-top. Elton John is in this movie and when he first shows up it's a nice little cameo. Then he shows up again and again. Every time he continued to show up I kept thinking " your beating this joke to death". If you've seen the first film you know that Colin Firth's character Harry is killed. They do have an explanation for why he is back, but it's stupid. My positives for the film are the opening action scenes is great it reminded me a lot of the first movie unlike most of what happens in this movie. Once again Taron Egerton does a great job carrying the film as Eggsy. 2 out of 5 stars for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, and Michael Caine. The plot of the movie is a spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. This movie is a lot of fun. The performances from everyone in the cast are fantastic and you can tell everyone had fun making this movie and I love seeing that. This is definitely a different type of role for Colin Firth which was something I was worried about going in. Luckily he is badass in this movie you can tell that he is doing a lot of his own stunts. He brings this great charm to his character you love him from the second you first see him. I do wish he had more screen time. He was so much fun to watch and I would love to see Colin Firth in more roles like this. Samuel L. Jackson as the villain I really enjoyed. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to take his character seriously with the lisp that he added to his performance and it does take time to get used to it, but once I did he was a very fun villain. Newcomer Taron Egerton was very talented and I'd like to see him take on some more roles. He got me to like his character despite his flaws and criminal background. He also worked very well with the rest of the cast. The action in the film is beautiful I love the way the action is choreographed and shot in this movie. There is one action scene that takes place in a church that is one of the most jaw-dropping action scenes I've seen in a long time The only major problem I have is I think the movie gets off to a slow start. In the beginning, I wasn't all that interested in what was going on. Once you get past those first ten minutes it is an extremely entertaining movie. 4 out of 5 stars for Kingsman: The Secret Service. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto. The plot of the movie is a young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years. I had heard from a lot of people that this movie was a masterpiece, so I was excited to see it even though I did not like the first movie. I just got done watching the movie and it is no masterpiece I thought it was incredibly disappointing. This is an amazing looking movie just like the first. A lot of people are saying that this movie should be nominated for Best Cinematography at the OSCARS and I agree. The performances from everyone are great, but I have two I want to focus on. The first is Ryan Gosling as the lead his character is a replicant which is basically an android he gave a very engaging performance almost like a human character. The other actor I want to point out is Harrison Ford his character is very important to the story, but don't go into this movie expecting to see a lot of him. When he is in it he is great and it's very consistent with the Deckard we knew from the first movie. The biggest issues I had were the pacing of the film and the general story. While I did enjoy the performances from everyone I thought most of the characters and the things they were doing were not that interesting. Also, the pacing of the film is terrible the film is so slow I don't know how I didn't fall asleep. 2 out of 5 stars for Blade Runner 2049. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Blade Runner is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Harrison Ford, Rutgar Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The plot of the movie is a blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. I saw Blade Runner for the first time just last year and I did not like it at all I found it boring. With the release of Blade Runner 2049, I decided to watch it again and I can appreciate it a little bit more, but I still do not like this movie. I think the thing that stands out the most is the production design. The way this world looks is beautiful. The first time I watched the movie the pacing of it was my biggest problem. It's a very slow movie that takes time with its characters. I still found this movie to be very hard to set though because of how slow it is. Harrison Ford gives a good performance it's kind of a variation of every character that he played in the '80s. The other actors are pretty bad I thought and their characters are not that interesting. I can understand why a lot of people love this movie, but I am not one of them. 1 out of 5 stars for Blade Runner. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, October 6, 2017
The Mountain Between Us is directed by Hany Abu-Assad and stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. The plot of the movie is stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. There really is not much to this movie and it's a shame because both Kate Winslet and Idris Elba are two fantastic actors, but I felt they had no chemistry with each other. Another big problem is this movie was way too long. Normally I don't mind a poor pace in survival movies, because it gives you a feeling of being stuck with the characters. Every day that these characters are trapped on this mountain it feels like it is repeating the same scenarios of hiking down during the day, getting into trouble and finding a place to spend the night it got extremely boring Then it gets to a point were you think the movie is going to end, but they keep finding ways to keep the movie-going. The end of the movie is definitely the cheesiest moment in any movie I have seen this year. There are some good things about the movie. Kate Winslet and Idris Elba both play interesting characters, I just wish they had more chemistry with each other. The plane crash is very well filmed. It's all one shot. It takes place inside the plane as it's looking in different directions and if you forget about the horrible CG outside the windows it is impressive. Overall there is nothing special about this movie. 2 out of 5 stars for The Mountain Between Us. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Battle of the sexes is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It stars Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, and Eric Christian Olsen. This is the true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. I knew nothing about this story going into it and I came out feeling like it was an OK movie nothing special. Easily the best part of this movie is the performances from Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Emma Stone is fantastic in the movie I fell like she could get another OSCAR nomination for this. I did not see the Emma Stone that we have come to know I saw Billie Jean King. Same thing with Steve Carell he looked exactly like Bobby Riggs. Another great thing the movie explores with Billie Jean King is her dealing with her sexuality and how she has to keep that secret. At the beginning of the movie, she is happily married, but she meets a woman named Marilyn and they form a relationship. The tennis match at the end was very exciting. If you are going into this movie expecting the battle of the sexes it is in this movie, but I feel that is more the second half of the movie. The first half is Emma Stone's exploration of her sexuality and dealing with her personal life and it did feel like the first half dragged a lot. Another problem I had was Sarah Silverman I find her annoying in anything she is in and this is no different. I'm glad I saw the movie. It's an impotent movie to see, but it's nothing I'm going re-watch. I'll remember this event. Maybe the movie will grab other people more than me I saw this with two people who were around when this event happened and they both enjoyed the movie more than I did. 3 out of 5 stars for Battle of the Sexes. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Mother! is directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The plot of the movie is a couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. If you go and see this movie be warned that it is not a horror movie as the trailers would have you believe. Before going into the movie I read a note from the director Darren Aronofsky where he said this film is a result of him seeing what a mess the world is in. He wrote the screenplay for this film in five days. The result is one huge cluster fuck of a movie. From the very beginning of the movie to the very end I had no idea what the hell was going on. There is never a moment where the movie slows down and lets you think about the weird shit you just saw and that became very frustrating. I like all of the people involved in this film, but it felt like none of the actors were trying. This would have been my least favorite movie of the year had Transformers: The Last Knight not come out. 0 out of 5 stars for Mother! I hope you enjoyed my review.