Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gravity-review


My friend bragged about his experience watching this film on an IMAX screen. I'm certain that was the best way to watch the film even though I only watched it on DVD which I picked up at the library.

The story is about Dr. Ryan Stone(Sandra Bullock)  lost in space after a crash leaves her to find a way home.

A lot of the film is like the image above a whole lot of Sandra Bullock flying and spinning in space enough to make you dizzy. Someone said it's like Cast Away in space. However, Cast Away has more back story to the film for you to cheer on the main character (like him having a wife). Gravity makes you invest based on the idea that if you were in the characters shoes( in such an unknown place to most of us) how scared and hopeless would you feel. Cast Away was at least humorous. I actually enjoyed this film and can see why it won best picture. Simple scenes, great effects, great cinematography, to tell a heroic story. I'm going to give it 4 1/2 STARS

Trying to think

I've watched a few movies that I need to review, lego movie, nut job, rio 2, 12 years a Slave, Gravity, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Hunger Games, Free Birds, ... Okay let me get to it

Grand Budapest Hotel-review

Had it not been for Ralph Fiennes in the lead of this film I'm not sure I could have gotten through it. With all the countless cameos from many talented actors throughout the film. 

One of those stories about a story. 

"The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend."-IMDB

That doesn't describe the film well enough. The film turns into an adventure near the hour mark and you can become more invested in the story yet just when you  think they are giving you a plot. They really don't and you just have to enjoy it for what it is. Not a big fan other films from Wes Anderson but I can appreciate his style. Giving it 3 stars. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Ride Along-review


Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sister.-IMDB

You know I'm not on the Kevin Hart bandwagon. I actually like his humor when he isn't trying so hard. However, he is hot right now hot on fire. Get it Kevin get it! You too Will Packer you too. 
This film takes you on a mildly humorous adventure. The scenario is cute and Hart's child like demeanor throughout the.film keeps you invested in his character hoping he triumphs in the end. Like the spill.com people would say this is a rental skip the theater. I can see it being in a DVD collection for people that also enjoyed the Friday movies. .I'm giving it 3 stars.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Rio-review


Stumbled on this dvd this week. I had never thought about the seeing the film before and I vaguely remember when it came out. However, this was a great find. The story focuses on a macaw bird named Blu that fell from the nest as a baby and became pet. His owner is convinced to take him to Rio De Janeiro to mate with another macaw. With several comedic characters to guide Blu on his adventure this film is full of laughs and emotion contribute to this unique storyline. Now I really want to go to Rio. The imagery and attention to detail in the animation of this film made it deserving of rewards. There are times when I think geez I've never seen such beautiful colors and detailed animals. I have watched the Lion King a hundred times but seeing what they are able to do with computer animation to totally transfrom the kid's film industry impresses me.



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Netflix Radar



Saw these ladies perform recently so now I want to watch the film.

Two reviews coming soon

Ride Along and Man with the Iron Fists. Going see The Nut Job in the morning.

Lone Survivor-review


Well, Lone Survivor- is about a team of Navy Seals and based on their real-life mission in Iraq. From the tittle I'm sure you can guess what happens and maybe you don't want to sit through it knowing that. Or perhaps instead you want to see why the story needed to be told. I don't know what type of person you are. What I do know and I'm going off subject but on this film did what The Hurt Locker didn't it showed you what are soldiers are really doing. It didn't try to be artistic and discuss a serious issue. It went full on action in your face. I understand the mental illnesses warfare causes and The Hurt Locker just danced around that. Okay back on subject this is an emotional film. Let us not forget soldiers are dying fighting for what they believe is right. This is a good tribute to the Seals and other special op groups. 
Giving it 4 stars...for action scenes, acting, and story

All these talented and good looking actors in one film.  

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Nebraska-review



(Doing this from my phone forgive the format issues)
Nebraska-is about a father making the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. 

When the film comes on I'm wondering if the acting is going to improve. I really didn't feel anything for the film until the last 30 minutes. It wasn't until then that the characters gave me a reason to like them. This was like lol the mid-western version of Lottery TIcket an urban film about a young man with a winning lottery ticket. 
That being said if this were a 45 minute film packed with all the little sweet touches about how people act when they think you have money. Then followed by the lead hushing those who've done him wrong his whole life or if you want to look at it a different way where that lead is  given something to make him feel better about his wasted life. All of this is probably why people love the film. Me no love but I liked it. 
3 1/2 stars 

Dallas Buyers Club-review


"what hook me up to a little morphine let me just fade out?...I'm sorry miss I prefer to die with my boots on"


Dallas Buyers Club- tells the story of a man who discovers he has HIV. He befriends a transgender man who also has HIV and together they start a business supplying non pharmaceutical drugs to others with HIV.

This film has a lot of strong elements. Strong acting, strong script, good direction, emotional. Def. one of the best films I've seen this year. From all I read about the film before seeing it I thought Jared Leto was the star but he is hardly a co-star.
Matthew McConaughey acted his socks off.
4 1\2 stars

Frozen-review


Let it go let it go oooooooooo
Frozen -tells the story of two sisters alone in a kingdom. (Why i don't know i missed the first ten minutes trying to watch in a crowded theater on Christmas day) Anyhow They welcome in visitors from neighboring kingdoms and it is discovered that one sister has a secret power of being able to freeze things and create winter related things like cute snowmen and icy monsters. Embarrassed by her secret the sister accidentally freezes the whole kingdom and runs off.  Her lovesick sister chasers after her to have her unfreeze the land and through this journey they both discover themselves and what true love is about.  My son liked when the snowman was on the screen.  The music was good but I don't think this was the best animated movie of the year.  Going to give it 3 stars.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Black Nativity- review




After watching this film and pondering it for a day my cousin and I picked this film apart. Now,my cousin wasn't film major and she isn't a filmmaker but her observations were certainly on point. She too felt why have the lead meet all these characters with no larger connection. We noted that the story is flawed in many ways but it begins with a huge illogical plot. How is it Jennifer Hudson's character hasn't spoken to her parents in 15 years and hates them but when she is getting evicted she sends her son to go stay with them. How did that phone conversation go? "Listen I know we don't talk and all but can you watch my son for a little while because I have to work and all my resources I have being using before have been exhausted?" No really and if she is okay with sending her son away why not just ask her parents for the money to pay your rent your asking for their help either way. Cheesy and corny yes but what it really lacked was a good story.  I may have bought it better if the son played by Jacob Latimore ran away to meet the family he never knew.
Okay here's my good remarks: Tyrese sounded great and should have sung more. Angela Bassett is aging well and gave a good performance. Forest Whitaker sings who knew. I have to also add his acting even in such a small non-complex role was solid. I liked the speech at the end and it would have been more powerful if the undertone of the film were telling the single mother you don't have to struggle alone. Okay!
One star.....

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2- review


Emu emu Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 the food film of the year. Went to see this with a group of kids 3 and under. This was my son's first big screen movie. He had a great time so much so he asked to watch it again. In this sequel the food machine has started making animal food combos that are taking over the island. Flint and his friends return to the island to stop the machine and then become fond of the animals there. Full of puns and corny jokes it's sure to tickle your child-like heart. Even though it felt really long the pace was good throughout. I'm going to give it 3 1/2 even though I enjoyed it more than Despicable Me 2 but not enough to give it 4 stars.

Despicable Me 2- review



Just a few minutes ago I got up to go to the bathroom and my leg was asleep and it reminded me I need to review this film b/c their is a scene where the lead character Gru's leg has fallen asleep. Silly I know.
This was another dollar show treat. I have never watched the first film I tried but didn't get into it. In this second film Gru is now no longer a villain and a happy father. He is lured  into being a spy to stop a villain planning to destroy the world.  He finds love in this film and I'm guessing like the first film the minions continue their silly antics. My son got bored towards the end he didn't ask to watch it again like other films in the past. I thought it was cute overall and found myself chuckling at the things they weren't trying as hard to throw at the audience. I think kids will dig the film especially ages 5 through 9.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Best Man Holiday- review

Another long after sequel. I think I was a senior in high school when the first Best Man came out. The sequel reunites the friend for a holiday weekend hosted by Morris Chestnut's character and his wife Monica Calhoun. Secrets are revealed and people bump heads. Clarity comes to those needing it and I had a good time at the movies. This sequel doesn't disappoint. Great seeing an ensemble cast of talented actors.

4 STARS

Monster's University-review

I'm a parent. I referenced this film in a job interview when asked " how would I describe teamwork?"  I remember the first film came out while I was in my first years of college. Huge gap like the next film I plan to review. In this pre-quel we go back to Mike's childhood and why he wanted to become a scarer. He goes to Monster's University to become the scariest monster. While, in school he meets his friend from  the first film Sully and they bump heads. They get kicked out of the scarying  program and compete with a fraternity of un-scary monsters to get back in the program. The film was great I really enjoyed it. It was colorful, humorous, and a good follow-up.

4 STARS

November 27th releases

Frozen, Black Nativity, and Oldboy.......

Which one is going to be number 1 at the box office?

Planes-review

Went to the movies with the kiddo and set through two films. I was skeptical about this one. The story is about Dusty Crophopper a crop dusting plane that wants to become a racer. He enter a big plane competition and qualifies to race. This an underdog story. We were late for Monsters's University so I settled on this film since it did not start yet. I wanted to just go see the other movie after the first few minutes but we stayed for the whole film. The story wasn't original and it relied heavily on dialogue. It was cute but not very entertaining. Afterwards, we went to see Monster's University.

2 STARS

Lee Daniel'sThe Butler -review

I watched this in July just never got around to blogging. I enjoyed those hours in the theater watching this stroll through the decades. The film tells the story of a slave turned butler (Forest Whitaker) who becomes a butler for the white house and has a lifelong career there. Notes about the film: Strong acting, lengthy, heartwarming, good story...

4 STARS