Saturday, June 30, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado is directed by Stefano Sollima and stars Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Catherine Keener. The plot of the movie is the drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the U.S. border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro. The first film was different it was very bleak it didn't have a nice Hollywood ending. The most surprising thing in the first film was the character Alejandro played by Benicio del Toro. Once again this character is fantastic and he is a character that even though he has a moral center he is certainly not a good guy. He will kill children if he needs to, he'll torture people and he'll go outside of the law. Josh Brolin is a lot more intense in this film in one of the opening scenes he is interrogating someone and he threatens to bomb their family's house. The action is depicted in a way that makes you feel like you are there. This film also focuses on what happens to children who are caught in the middle of terrorist acts. There is an early scene at a supermarket that is just horrific. A boy throughout the film is being groomed to be an assassin or be involved in the drug trade. A young girl gets taken, but she is not just kidnapped she is used as a pawn. Some may have a problem with this, but in my opinion, it is a realistic portrayal of terrible things that happen. The film is trying to communicate what effect war, terrorism and drugs have on children. That message comes through in the end with a final scene that did not end up like I thought it would. One of the things I like about both of these movies is they are not predictable. My one flaw with the film is there is a 10 minute period in the middle where the film drags a bit, but it picks right back up. 4 out of 5 stars for Sicario: Day of the Soldado. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sicario is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber. The plot of the movie is an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. This movie is fantastic. Emily Blunt is great and this might be her best work. She plays a character who is being introduced to the grimmest dirtiest world she could imagine and the shock and bewilderment that is constantly on her face she handles very well. I thought Benicio del Toro really surprised me. I am not the biggest fan of him, but he gave what I think is the best performance in the movie. Josh Brolin is extremely likable as this cowboy-like cop. He doesn't really care what people think about him, but he is very good at his job and he is excellent as well. The movie flows extremely well as a suspense film. Even a small scene where nothing remarkable happens you are constantly thinking something is about to happen. There is no hope in this movie it is very dark and I loved every minute of it. 5 out of 5 stars for Sicario. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B.D. Wong, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, and Jeff Goldblum. The plot of the movie is when the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. I loved Jurassic World I thought it was the best of the Jurassic Park sequels so I was excited to see this one. I ended up being extremely disappointed this film did a lot of things wrong and very little right. This movie doesn't have any memorable sequences like Jurassic Park or Jurassic World. This film makes a choice about halfway through to become a different type of film which was spoiled for me because it was in the trailer, in fact, the majority of the movie is in the final trailer. I'm going to give a mild spoiler warning if you do not know what happens after the volcano erupts that was in the first trailer. I'm about to talk about where the film goes after that and since the trailers have shown it I don't really consider it a spoiler. A rich older man is near death and he feels that he is responsible in a way and so he is founding this team that goes to the island to rescue the dinosaurs. In reality, they are going back to this mansion and there are some evil greedy corporate schemes that are happening and the rest of the film takes place in this mansion. It basically becomes a monster movie in a big house. This could have been good. The direction is far better than the screenplay which was very messy and had no interesting characters. The things I remember most about Jurassic Park are the conversations the characters had, for example, the debate around the table about whether the dinosaurs should be brought back. There's so much character in that movie plus awesome dinosaurs. This movie is just dinosaurs creeping around and that's it. Chris Pratt's character Owen is likable because it is Chris Pratt, but his character has no development. Bryce Dallas Howard is okay in the movie she didn't do anything that memorable. Jeff Goldblum is back as Ian Malcolm I was excited about that, but he is in two very quick scenes. The villains are just some assholes who just want money like we have all seen a million times. At the beginning of the film, there is a moral dilemma do we save these creatures from extinction do they have that right since they were created by man. The film basically talks about that for maybe two minutes and then forgets about it. The action scenes are okay, but none of them are amazing. The film feels like a placeholder just so they could make Jurassic World 3 which I have zero interest in. 2 out of 5 stars for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow and star Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan. The plot of the movie is a new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree. I love the original Jurassic Park movie it is one of my favorite movies of all time. The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 are complete garbage. So, in my opinion, we have not gotten a good Jurassic Park sequel yet. I loved this movie. The performances in the movie are fantastic. I am a huge fan of Chris Pratt and I definitely think he gives the best performance in this movie and he looks like he is having a lot of fun. He was badass, he was funny and he was likable. Bryce Dallas Howard who plays this uptight corporate woman who basically runs Jurassic World. She is one of the big reasons why this new dinosaur the Indominus Rex comes to fruition. She has amazing chemistry with Chris Pratt. Vincent D'Onofrio also pops up I can't exactly say why he is in the movie without spoiling anything, but he does a great job as well. The two kids that are there are surprisingly good. Which I was happy to see especially after the bad kid actors that were in Lost World and Jurassic Park 3. As for the movie itself I really just wanted to see dinosaurs just causing chaos, I wanted amazing action and I wanted to feel that sense of awe and wonder like I did with the original movie. Which I knew was a tall order, but I was hoping the movie would at least deliver that here and there and it really did. Colin Trevorrow did a fantastic job directing this movie. The CGI dinosaurs look amazing and it really immerses you in this World. The way he handles the action is beautiful. There's no shaky cam you see everything perfectly. The last 20 minutes of this movie is cinematic gold it is everything a Jurassic Park fan would want and it was the perfect conclusion to this movie. There is also some great dinosaur action that takes place before that awesome climactic action sequence that really ramps up the tension and really establishes this Indominus Rex as a very terrifying creature. I was really happy that the Indominus Rex didn't disappoint this thing is just horrifying and I loved how they played into that and how smart this dinosaur was. It was able to outsmart all these military men as they were trying to take it down and it was a lot of fun to watch. I also loved every time Trevorrow paid homage to the original. I won't tell you how he does, but it is very satisfying. 5 out of 5 stars for Jurassic World. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Jurassic Park 3 is directed by Joe Johnston and stars Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Tea Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, and Michael Jeter. This movie is somehow even worse than The Lost World. Just in case you haven't seen Jurassic Park 3. Check the movie out and then come back to this review, because in order for me to fully explain how awful this movie is I have to Spoil stuff. So the story of this movie is basically we need to get Alan Grant back on the island. So we have a boy who crash lands while he is parasailing and this family lies to Alan to get him to the island by telling him we just need you to be our guide, but in reality, it is the boy's parents. They get Alan to agree by offering him money, just like in the first movie the motivation for going there is money. Right from the start of this movie I couldn't believe how painfully obvious the green-screen is. The characters who are parasailing in the foreground and then the background of the ocean and the mountains look like they are on a completely different color scheme. For some strange reason director, Joe Johnston and the special effects team decided to use a lot of close-ups of CGI dinosaurs. Now if you go back and watch Jurassic Park and The Lost World close-up shots of dinosaurs were almost always animatronic. CGI was mostly used for wide shots because you're not closely examining these computer details that Spielberg and his team knew just weren't up to par for that type of filmmaking. In Jurassic Park 3 there are tons of detailed close-ups of CGI dinosaurs and they don't hold up anymore. It's great to see Sam Neill back he's the best part of this movie I love him as the character of Alan Grant and it's also nice to see Laura Dern back as Ellie, but they made them break up for some reason. The scene with the plane going to the island has the dumbest scene in the entire series. We have Alan having his Raptor dream in which a Raptor looks at him and says his name. Another very disappointing thing for me was the characters they're not entertaining. They're poorly written. The only interesting character is Alan Grant and a lot of that is because we love Sam Neil and he is so good as that character. Easily the most annoying person in the film is the character played by Tea Leoni all she does is scream constantly. William H.Macy just makes terrible jokes none of it worked at all. The character Billy well likable is such a boring and dull character. Another big problem with the movie was the animatronics aren't really that good. The Spinosaurus creature looks like something you would see on the Jurassic Park ride at Universal. The T-Rex versus Spinosaurus fight we were all excited to see last about 20 seconds. This movie doesn't have a clear antagonist. Spinosaurus doesn't count that thing just shows up every once in a while to chase them. The antagonists should have been the Kirby's they lied about everything got Alan and Billy to the most dangerous place on Earth just because they're looking for their son. This movie is just a series of scenes in which people run away from dinosaurs. I did read one thing on IMDB about this movie and that is that the film began shooting before the script was complete well that explains a lot. 1 out of 5 stars for Jurassic Park 3. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard, Richard Attenborough, Vince Vaugh, Richard Schiff, and Vanessa Lee Chester. The plot of the movie is a research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda. I know this movie has its fans I am not one of them. I just find this movie to be dull and not very entertaining. It does have some good things about it, but overall it was a major disappointment. One of the big problems is I don't care about any of the new characters. Ian Malcolm played once again by Jeff Goldblum is the only returning character that has a lot of screentime, and he is just as entertaining as he was in the last movie. Julianne Moore plays Ian Malcolm's girlfriend and I felt that there wasn't a lot to her character. Malcolm's daughter comes along with the group to the Island. They do the father bonding with his daughter story that we have seen a ton of times before. Compared to the characters in the first movie which were great they had great characteristics and you wanted to see them survive. I couldn't care less if the characters in this movie survived. This movie goes for a darker tone and that's okay this movie is trying to be different. I appreciate that they tried to make a different type of film, but I feel that hurt it a little by making it darker and a lot less fun that made it a lot less engaging. All the animatronic stuff in this movie is still fantastic as is the CGI. Some of the shots during the day you can totally tell are fake, but the rest of it is fantastic. There are some great action sequences spread throughout. The first one being when the two T-Rexs attack and the part where Julianne Moore's character lands on the glass is pretty suspenseful. Then you have the scene when the Raptors are in the field and they are slowly taking down the group that scene is awesome. Easily is the worst scene in this movie is when the daughter takes out a Raptor by doing gymnastics it's just plain stupid. Spielberg still did a great job directing this film. I think if they had brought back more of the original cast the movie would have been a lot more engaging. 2 out of 5 stars for The Lost World: Jurassic Park. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Jurassic Park is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards. The plot of the movie is During a tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. From a visual effects standpoint, this movie was absolutely groundbreaking. Watching this movie 25 years later the CGI in this movie still is astounding. It is fantastic the realism they were able to create with the dinosaurs. Also, this film used an incredible amount of realistic props and that is a credit to Spielberg wanting to do it that way. Each one of the characters wasn't just somebody who could run away from dinosaurs. Each one of them had an interesting thing about them that made them human. The children in this film are not annoying they actually had a huge part in this film. Usually, kids in movies suck at acting and are annoying in general, but these kids were good. Spielberg is a master at working with children in film. Alan Grant played by Sam Neil starts off not wanting to have anything to do with children and by the end he has formed a relationship with the two kids. Laura Durn's character isn't just some damsel in distress she's actually a strong female role. She's great in the film and she has good chemistry with Sam Neil you believe their relationship. Jeff Goldblum in this movie is one of the most entertaining characters of the 90s. The character of Ian Malcolm is so much fun, but he's not just some wacky goofy sidekick guy who pops jokes. He's actually a ligament well-written character and he's the guy who foreshadows what is going to happen. Richard Attenborough plays Hammond the creator of Jurassic Park and as the movie progresses you get to see so much about his character. You find out why he wanted to make a park like this and why it's hurting him so much that it is not working out. This movie takes its time to tell the story. It takes time so you get to know the characters and to get you to understand the story. Then dinosaurs are everywhere and it is absolutely riveting. Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's one of the best movies that come out in the 90s. 5 out of 5 stars for Jurassic Park. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Hereditary is directed by Ari Aster and stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolf, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne. The plot of the movie is after the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences and begin to unravel dark secrets. Going into this movie I had heard that it was one of the scariest movies ever and it was a masterpiece. I hated everything about this movie. Congratulations Book Club you are no longer my least favorite film of 2018. All throughout the first hour of this movie I thought am I watching a different film. The pacing is incredibly slow, and I understand that the first half of a slow-burning horror film like this one is supposed to build suspense, but unlike other horror movies, this one keeps you waiting and waiting for absolutely nothing. This movie was marketed as something that would make people rethink what horror movies are all about. In the end, there's nothing to spoil about this movie because nothing happens. The plot develops extremely slowly as a poorly written family drama. Then in the last 20-30 minutes, the director must have remembered that he was supposed to be making a horror movie and just slapped together an ending full of countless scary movie cliches. I'm pretty sure come the end of the year this will be my least favorite film of 2018. 0 out of 5 stars for Hereditary. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird and stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, and Samuel L. Jackson. The plot of the movie is Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world. This movie is fantastic. One of my fears was that Elastigirl was going to take all the spotlight in this movie and the family as a whole would take a backseat. Superhero wise we would just see a whole bunch of Elastigirl action and no action from anyone else. Thankfully that is not the case. A big part of this movie is the family discovering that Jack-Jack does have superpowers. So the family has to deal with this unpredictable baby that's floating around, going through walls, teleporting, shooting lasers out of his eyes and other stuff. It makes for some really good humor lookout for the raccoon. Violet got a good amount of focus too. I was happy to see that she was one of my favorite characters from the first movie. I always tend to sympathize with the shy insecure teenage characters. So Mr. Incredible has to take care of Violet's insecurities and dashes rowdiness. The villain in this movie is called the Screenslaver his power is he can use screens to hypnotize people. One of the best kinds of villains is a villain that is so formidable and poses such a threat that the things the villain does keeps you on the edge of your seat and you have no idea how the heroes are going to beat him. That's what the Screenslaver was in this movie. One of the things I really appreciated about this movie is that its plot is completely different from the first one. A lot of sequels tend to be carbon copies of the originals. Incredibles 2 completely new story with different twists and turns that keep you guessing. Sure there are a few throwbacks to the original movie, but only a few. The action in this movie is intense for me it got to the point where I was on the edge of my seat because I care about these characters so much. 5 out of 5 stars for Incredibles 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
The Incredibles is directed by Brad Bird and stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Giacchino. The plot of the movie is a family of undercover superheroes while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. The Incredibles is an amazing movie and I would rank it as my fourth favorite Pixar film after the Toy Story trilogy. I feel that The Incredibles is one of Pixar's best-told stories. It's a simple story, but it really does keep you invested throughout because it is really well-paced, really compelling and also a lot of fun. At first, I thought that there wasn't going to be much humor to be found in this, but as things progress it does manage to balance a semi-serious story with a slight superhero satire approach as well. The Incredibles is a story that primarily follows Mr. Incredible and the main focus of the narrative is his refusal to accept anything but the superhero life and also his refusal to accept help from basically anyone else. It really is an interesting character study because his exclusion of others has profound effects on almost every other character in the film. I love the family and I feel like each of them brought something different to the family dynamic. This is especially the case in the final act where they all team up and fight crime together. I felt like all the characters, not just The Incredibles were overflowing with individuality and personality these are all very memorable characters. I really love Frozone I think Samuel L. Jackson was the perfect actor for the role and it was nice to see him in a different type of movie. I think he is one of the funniest characters especially because of his famous where's my super suit scene. When it comes to the overall comedic output of the film it does tread lightly to make sure it doesn't overdo it. I also thought that this movie was exciting anytime the superheroes went into crime-fighting mode it felt like I was watching animated Avengers. 5 out of 5 stars for The Incredibles. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Ocean's 8 is directed by Gary Ross and stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. The plot of the movie is Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala. I thought that Ocean's 11 was a fantastic movie, Ocean's Twelve was terrible and Ocean's Thirteen was decent. I was happy to learn that this was not a remake, but actually a spin-off from Steven Soderberg's trilogy. However, the film does feel like a reboot or remake of the original Soderberg film in almost every single way. In the opening scene, we see Sandra Bullock at her parole meeting and the camera is faced on her and we just hear the voices of the parole officers in the background. They ask her what she would do if she was released just like with Gorge Clooney in Ocean's Eleven. So I was disappointed to discover that the film follows a beat for beat formula of the first movie. It never tries to be its own thing. They basically took the blueprint of that first film changed the gender of the cast and instead of stealing money this time it is jewels. The cast in this movie is fantastic. Everyone works well together. Sandra Bulock, as usual, is great as is Cate Blancett. It is a beautiful looking movie something I specifically noticed was all of the wardrobe choices all the characters always look great. The music is jazzy and upbeat. I wish they had tried something new with this instead it just feels like something I have seen three times before. 2 out of 5 stars for Ocean's 8. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Adrift is directed by Baltasar Kormakur and stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. Adrift is based on a true story of survival, a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. There is no denying that terms, like based on a true story or inspired by true events, are used very loosely is Hollywood. Some use them as gimmicks, some do use true events as simple source material for a fictional story and others do make it a focus to capture the real-life events with accuracy making it a point to not over embellish anything. Adrift was without question the latter it was such an immersive film that retold this real-life event with hart and care. It was simplistic it didn't try to do too much to force a narrative it just felt like it was simply taking the facts and weaving them into a storyline which is something I can really appreciate from a movie like this. This movie had me locked in within the first minute the story wastes no time and ramps up the tension and the uneasiness almost instantly. The movie pretty much plays out in three different timelines. The first is of their current issue of being stranded at sea, the second is of their random meeting that sparked their relationship and the third is their voyage out to sea and the inevitable storm. I thought the script wove these three timelines together perfectly. I connected with the characters immediately it felt like I was going through this ordeal with them. The performances are fantastic it is just these two characters for the majority of the movie and they absolutely carried it as good as any duo could have. Shailene Woodley delivers a world-class performance it is easily the best of her career. She took on the physical demands of this role with unrelenting energy. She felt so natural playing this role she poured a ton of heart and effort into it and the result was honestly award-worthy to me. She was grounded it never felt like she was forcing any of the dramatic elements and it made her impossible not to connect with. I thought she was easily able to capture the full range of emotions needed for this character her determination was inspiring as was her resourcefulness, but during those moments of self-doubt and understandable times of just pure fear and uncertainty I thought Woodley really captured that mental strain with just a raw emotion that will really just bring a tear to your eye. I thought Sam Claflin was great in this as well he was charming and overall he felt extremely genuine with his performance. He was able to say a lot with his expressions which helped capture the intense connection that they had right away. Like Woodley, he also felt very natural in the role which made the chemistry between them as strong as I think this movie needed it to be. 5 out of 5 stars for Adrift. I hope you enjoyed my review.