Thursday, October 29, 2015

'BRIDGE OF SPIES' REVIEW - WOULD IT HELP?

I really enjoyed 'Bridge of Spies,' but it wasn't nearly as exciting as I expected it to be. From the first shot one could definitely tell this is a Steven Spielberg film, which is a good thing. Say what you want about Spielberg-- too much melodrama and over sentimentality-- but he's an exceptional director. You don't remain an A-list director in the pit of hell that is Hollywood for 45 years without being good. And make no mistake Spielberg is the best of the best. Is 'Bridge of Spies' well executed? Absolutely? Is it well acted? Yes! Is it intriguing? Of course. But...there's nothing refreshing or thrilling about this tale. Perhaps that's to be expected, as this is based on a true story and must be bound by realism. If you've seen the trailer then you've seen the film. The thing I most remember about 'Bridge of Spies' is how dashing Tom Hanks looks in a nice suit. I don't think that was supposed to be the major "takeaway" but...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

'SICARIO' REVIEW - THIS IS THE LAND OF WOLVES

YOU ARE NOT A WOLF. 
This is the land of wolves.
[Alejandro to Kate]

After watching 'Mad Max: Fury Road' I was convinced that I wouldn't see another five star film this year. I was wrong. Flawlessly directed by Denis Villeneuve ('Enemy' and 'Prisoners'), 'Sicario' draws you in with the very first scene of Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and her partner Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) leading a FBI kidnap recovery team into a den of death right on American soil. Their team uncovers a cartel house in suburban Arizona that has 42 bodies buried in the walls. It's a sickening sight that only gets worse as the film wears on. From the moment the swat team bursts into the hell house until the final scene, there is a palatable tension laced throughout the film. The terror is so tangible that I sat on the edge of my seat as if I were watching a horror movie, because that's what 'Sicario' feels like...a horror movie with real-life monsters.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

'CRIMSON PEAK' REVIEW - WHAT HAPPENED?

Oh how I wanted to love this movie! I've been looking forward to this movie for over a year...then it came out. The movie was so disappointing that I wasn't sure I had the heart to review it . To get myself into a romantic mood while writing this review I decided to watch for 'You've Got Mail' with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks for the 20th time. Hopefully, my review will be nicer because of it.

Monday, October 5, 2015

THE MARTIAN REVIEW - "I'M STILL ALIVE" [MINOR SPOILERS]

Science fiction and Ridley Scott have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly or Mulder and Scully. Admittedly Scott has had some craptastic failures and has made some very questionable decisions-- the most recent ones being 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' and 'The Counselor,' but when Scott gets back to his roots, magical things happen. Say what you want about Scott (and I have), but he knows how to do science fiction. The proof is in the pudding because 'The Martian' is a fantastic film from start to finish. It manages to remain fresh and innovative throughout thanks to Scott's pacing. But perhaps the biggest kudos should go to Andy Weir, the author or the book, because the material the movie is based on is so exceptional that it would be difficult (albeit not impossible) to mess it up.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE MOVIES - PART 1

'Apollo 13,' 'Dangerous Liaisons,' and 'Poltergeist.'
Yes I am college educated, but clearly I didn't pay attention in class because most of my education has been through film and television. I have been marinating on this post for a while. I have made this list Part 1 because I could go on and on. So instead of one mammoth post, I will create a series of posts over the next few months. This may be a good idea for a blogathon, so if anyone would like to make their own posts about "things they learned from the movies," please feel free! The more the merrier.
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