The Virginian(2014) 3/10 6/10
They don't all have to be 'good' movies, do they? The best 'bad' movie I've seen in a while. Based on the 1902 book by Owen Wister (1860-1938). It describes the life of a cowboy on a cattle ranch in Wyoming and was the first true fictional western ever written."Bargain Bucket" DVD bought to take on holiday for watching where there is no TV; and to start with, it was initially quite weird to watch. It was like some weird 'B/C' grade 'direct to DVD' movie (which it was, and doesn't even have subtitles), even thought Ron Perlman was in it. Stilted dialogue, obvious signposting, western tropes galore (but this is where some of them originated, so...) rigid camera work, but a strangely compelling story and the fact that the quality of the actors, even when they were underplaying it - possibly to not stomp too much on the original material - kept it engaging to the satisfying end.There was one VFX guy in the credits, but he must have put in a few puffs of smoke when guns were fired and no more. Film Riot's 'Westworld to Yuma' has higher production values; but you could almost imagine that's what a movie made then would have looked like using some of today's (or possibly 5 years ago) technology. Or today: with an iPhone... If you find a copy in a bargain DVD bin and have nothing better to do, give it a watch.
Disclaimer : I am not a Warcraft player either digital or boardgame.
Ok so I do like fantasy, so this movie spiked an interest. It is VFX heavy, but done so well it blends into the fantasy world. I found the story fun.
So if you like a bit of magic and orc bashing give it a try.
Blade Runner 2049
I had such hopes for this one, but I see why the reviews have been so middling and the box office weak. First off, the music, while a great Vangelis, score like the original, is so blaringly loud it overshadows almost everything in the movie. Second, the ending tries so hard to be an homage to the original movie, they forget they are dealing with different characters and different raison d'etre so it loses that feeling from the original because we feel different about the characters. Third, after spending 3 hours in the theatre, we want a more satisfying resolution then the one given just before Credits roll!! I'm sure there will be those who disagree, and that's okay. But that's the way I see it...
Blast from the Past. Unwatchable. Aborted after one re-try. I don't think I've seen Brenden Fraser in anything that wasn't a crock of **** and should have stopped watching as soon as I saw his goofy expression.
Murder on the Orient Express (the new one) - 6/10
It's alright. I enjoyed it, but I don't feel I need to watch it again.
Ha, well that shows how different we all are. My wife and I have watched Blast From The Past about 34 times. But then, we are blasts from the past ourselves, so perhaps that explains it.
Two recent favorites...
1) (from Wikipedia) O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning in supporting roles.
Set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, the film's story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer's epic poem, Odyssey.
Tim Blake Nelson was the star of the show, imho. This is a silly madcap comedy with some great music. Not usually my cup of tea, but this one was done so well I could watch it every night.
2) (from Wikipedia) Ruby Sparks is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Zoe Kazan. It stars Paul Dano as an anxious novelist whose fictional character, Ruby Sparks, played by Kazan, comes to life.
This movie is both fun, and quite thoughtful.
Paul Dano writes a character in a novel he's working on, falls in love with the character, and then she comes to life in his apartment. Zoe Kazan as Ruby Sparks (the fictional girl who comes to life) is adorable, and so very similar to one of our nieces, which adds another dimension for us.
The heart of the film is that Dano is a kind of God in regards to the girl he has created. He can re-write her at any time. At first he resists editing her, but when the relationship starts to go sour he can't resist.
This movie could be about control issues in relationships, and it could also be about the coming virtual reality era where we all will be able to create ever more realistic fictional characters in our lives, with who knows what result.
There's a great scene near the end of the movie where Dano finally tells Kazan that he created her, and then he goes on a control orgy as he revels in his God-like powers, only to finally realize the perils those powers contain.
I'd put this film in the genius category, as it manages to be both wonderful lighthearted entertainment, and thoughtful commentary on human relationships and the times we live in at the same time. It's a serious film, that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Seven thumbs up for this one.
Blade Runner 2049
The cinematography was stunning, and the industrial score was clearly an homage to the Vangelis score of the original, which I still preferred. It was a better fit than an orchestral score would have been for a Blade Runner film, especially given so richly textured the world is.
I thought Ryan Gosling was great as the android blade runner discovering his own humanity over the course of the film. It's a bit slow rather than action packed, which I appreciated. I'm a bit tired of the excessive action and minimal intellectualism these days.
The ending felt like it was a blatant setup for a sequel (probably because that was the goal), but I'm looking forward to seeing it again on BluRay.
Whew, boy! Where do I start? It was a huge disappointment to say the least. Anytime a trailer has 16 scenes that are nowhere to be seen in the theater I can't help but feel I have been baited and switched. I cannot figure out how much the movie suffered by having a different director finish it up with all the reshoots because I am not even close to a fan of the Snyder-verse of DC but I have loved what Whedon did with Marvel but the added humor came off as too forced to me, and seemed out of place. I loved the personality of Ezra Miller's Flash but his running looked waaay off-kilter to me; almost spastic. They should have just blurred his lower half and kept his torso as is. I don't know how to describe it but his legs seemed to shift sideways as he ran especially in the post credit tag. And I have to agree with some comments I've read about where was everyone else in the movie? They changed the color grading to make it more menacing that Earth was being terraformed into Apokolpis, but there was not even one shot of humanity as a whole being terrified as one would expect. But, others may feel different.
EDIT: On a side note, I just finished watching the 1st parts of a 4 part crossover event with the Arrowverse on television that unites those series and it is shaping up much much better than JL. The studio heads making the the movies need to take notes from the television crews on how to handle their comic franchises. The only DC movie that I thought got it right was Wonder Woman (and they let her have all her power like she's supposed to have not the watered -down versions we've seen before.)
Wonder Woman 8/10
I really enjoyed this film, I kind of went into it with two minds, having taken a stand to not see the Batman v Superman mess that was, I heard some good things about this movie from trusted sources and I was not disappointed. The movie felt well paced, looked great and felt like a super hero movie should feel like. The trench scene to village was just thrilling. I also like the little nods in the movie to other classics (Superman original alley scene with Clark catching the bullet).
So if your looking for a fun, hero getting stuck in movie from DC then this is it. I have only one little grumble. Dina is drop beautiful and so what man isn't going to lust after her but did we really need the suggested sex scene, for me it just felt wrong.
Andy says : Ill be watching this again sometime.
Fast and Furious 4 (8/10)
One of my most fave of the series. Even inspired me on my truck project, lowered it, put some Nitto tires, forged wheels and good tuner for drag race. Next rate will be the incoming Star Wars installment.
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