Monday, May 12, 2014

12 Years a Slave-review

Out on dvd at Redbox and perhaps your local library...
I really don't like to watch movies months after they have been hyped and won awards. I chose this image because I was on set that day working as an extra and made friendships and associations with many of the men in the picture. So proud of their screen time.

12 Years a Slave- is based on the book by Solomon Northup a free man kidnapped into slavery.

I don't know it's like I'm supposed to have sympathy the whole film for this man that was free that got kidnapped into slavery but not feel sorry for all the people that were also kidnapped into slavery but were never free before in America. That's where it loses me. Then Chiwetel Ejiofor's accent just bugs me for most of the film. Moving past those things. There are great cinematic moments in the film like the image above where many shots would make a great still shot. Michael Fassbender should have gotten more recognition. I like to judge movies based on would I like to watch them again. For this film that would be a no but you know I still give points for the craft, the execution, and the emotional impact.   That gives this film 3 1/2 stars

The Amazing Spiderman 2- review

Electro in the house....
I haven't watched the first one or any of the prior films but I thought this might be a fun family movie after watching a few clips. I know I lack a little logic in there. The best part of the film was that song Gone, Gone, Gone. I don't know where to begin. I know a brief synopsis courtesy of imdb.

"Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life." -imdb

Hmm that's not so great. Here's mine Spiderman graduates high school with his love Gwen. They break-up because he is afraid he will get her hurt one day. He fights villains and reconnects with his friend that is now dying.

The acting was so-so. I just wasn't into the script. It was a love story when all I wanted to see was a good action film. I liked Jamie  Fox as Electro once he became Electro before that his acting is over the top.  I just wasn't invested in the characters(having not watched the earlier film or reading the comic). I totally couldn't invest in the action and battle scene that was all of 15 minutes after I sat through 2 hours of not really build up but references to the villain that exists. It just wasn't that great.
Two stars from me....


Blackfish- is a documentary film covering the the cover-ups by Sea World and exposing the animal cruelty at the parks.

I feel bad for the animals but more for the trainers that were misled and harmed by the greed of those who facilitate the parks. After watching the film I felt like the life was sucked out of me. It was a really depressing film to me. I'm glad the film was made because I have certainly felt some sort of way about zoos going now as an adult.  Why the spectacle why the need to make money off of these animals? I sincerely hope there is at least 50% motivation of animal conservation to these places.
We went to the L.A. Zoo a month ago and it felt like some run down zoo where the animals had been for a rather long time. I wasn't impressed. I'm more excited to see rare animals that the average zoo wouldn't have. Okay back to Blackfish is it worth it to check out? For sure...I think it does a great job of getting the point across and exposing a hidden truth.

4 1/2 Stars 

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Lego movie - review

"An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis."-imdb

I swore I wrote a review for this. I
can't say there was much awesomeness to this film except for Batmans cameo and cool voice. Spoiler: I  really wanted a deeper story  about how legos live instead of a sappy father son disconnect. There are funny moments to the film. I certainly think it's for kids over 7 concerning the plot. My toddler did like the reoccurring song. I'll give it two starts for the cameos and because it was action packed keeping me engaged.

After Earth- remarks

Update 9-6-14
I watched this movie finally. This was supposed to be a good movie. It dragged so much. I wish they didn't use so many flashbacks and just let the childhood scene play out. This was supposed to be this compelling sci-fi adventure of father and son and the son becoming as good as his father. All of that was there in the storyline but it didn't feel like that watching it. Sigh...I think you can get pass the slow pace of the film and just go along with it and connect to it though.

Meh I want to like this film more....
Two stars

Warning this isn't a review. Okay I checked out After Earth from the library being the Will Smith junkie that I am. I've discovered the libraries here seem to have inherited the collections of closed blockbusters and Hollywood videos. Thus, becoming my go to alternative to Redbox. I tried to watch this film but I have to admit it was a struggle getting into it.  I constantly have distractions but I just kept thinking I need to give this too much attention and I don't want to. Anywho, I brought it back so I wouldn't be charged for it.  The fine for late dvds is a dollar. After, checking out 7 dvds and returning them two days late then convincing a wonderful amazing maybe I should by them a gift librarian to clear my fines I'm done with late fees. All of that being said I would like to revisit the film at some point. I can't say I've watched all of his films except this one.