Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mission Impossible: Fallout

The movie I had been looking forward to seeing most this year was Mission Impossible:Fallout. I was not disappointed. This sequel to Rogue Nation has plenty of action, suspense, and twists. Tom Cruise is great as usual and I can't believe he has turned into a stuntman over the years. That's all I have to say about this. I give it 8.5 stars

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Summer Movies Update

I've been overseas and have not seen as many movies  as I'd lilke but I recently caught up on a ton of movies while flying home. I'm ranking the movies I've seen over the last couple months in the order
that I enjoyed them.

Ant Man and the Wasp- I was pleasantly surprised by the first Ant Man movie and I felt the sequel was even better. It's got the perfect balance of comedy, action, and special effects. I give it 7.6 stars.

A Quiet Place- I watched this on video and thought it was pretty good. I kept waiting for Jim Halpert to look at the camera and roll his eyes, but the aliens never said anything funny like Michael Scott. I felt it was pretty original and that helped hold my interest. It was a good family/horror movie if that makes sense. I give it 7.5 stars.

The Incredibles 2- I don't usually care for animated movies but I loved the first Incredibles movie. I have been waiting a long time for the sequel. I didn't feel it was quite as good as the first but it was still enjoyable. 7.4 stars,

Wonder- I was slow to getting around to seeing this movie, but I watched it with my family and enjoyed it. It has a good message and I liked how it showed the story from different family member's perspective. 7.3 stars

Solo- I wasn't sure about this one. I enjoy most of Ron Howard's films but was a little skeptical aobut how he'd do with a Star Wars prequel. I thought the actor who portrayed Han Solo did a good job. Overall the film was pretty good but for some reason it didn't really feel like a Star Wars movie. I give it 7.1 stars.

The Mountain Between Us- I saw this on the plane and was a little surprised that airlines even show movies about plane crashes to their passengers. I am a sucker for a survival story so I liked this. This is one of those movies where there are only a handful of characters but Idris Elba and Kate Winslet had good performances. 6.8 stars.

Tomb Raider- I feel bad for Alecia Vikander trying to live up to the prior hype of Angelina Jolie's tomb raider but she did okay. She came across as younger and more vulnerable than the first Laura Croft. The movie was not that great but I was entertained and give it 6.6 stars.

The 15:17 to Paris- I had seen that the critics has slaughtered this movie. I assumed it was due to Clint Eastwood's conservative stance but after watching this I have to admit it was nowhere near as good as any of the other films he has directed. I wanted to like this movie more but it was underwhelming and came off kind of stale. I give it a very generous 6.0 stars.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War has only been released for 11 days and the domestic sales already exceed $461,390,000. I've enjoyed most of the Marvel comic book movies, but Avengers Infinity War took things to another level. I really like how they wove so many different characters and prior movies into one cohesive event. I've always enjoyed multiple story-line films like Our Mutual Friend, Crash, Traffic, Hereafter, etc. I liked how this movie incorporated so many different superheroes and their back stories into one movie.

My wife is not a comic book movie fan and had only seen a couple of the prior installments but she still liked it. She said it was epic and I’d have to agree. The villains were so much better than past ones we've seen. I especially liked the henchmen that worked for Thanos. The end battle at Wakanda and Thor’s new weapon were also way cool.

The body count really surprised me. I was a little surprised to see Loki and Heimdall die so quickly in the beginning. I was expecting a death or two but I was blown away in the last 5 minutes with seeing half of the characters die. If I didn’t know that many of them already have sequels in the works I would have been more concerned. I also liked the balance between action, drama, and humor. This movie had some funny parts but the humor was toned down a little bit since Thor Ragnarok so it was a little bit easier to take seriously. I really liked all the superheroes, but Dr. Strange is starting to grow on me. When I saw the preview for his first movie I thought it was the dumbest thing I’d seen but I’m liking his style and how he plays by a different set of rules than most heroes who just use brute strength or super powers.

I may be biased since I have not seen a movie for so long, but I enjoyed Avengers: Infinity War enough to give it 8.5 stars and would have to say it is my favorite Marvel movie so far.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Logan Lucky

Logan Lucky can be summed up as a redneck version of Ocean's 11. It's about two brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan who are down on their luck and attempt to pull a heist at a Nascar race. They enlist the help of their friend Joe Bang but they first have to help break him out of jail to pull it off.

The hardest thing about this movie for me was accepting the actors in their roles. They all had great performances but it was still hard seeing James Bond speak with a southern drawl or Kylo Ren being a slow talking bartender. Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, and Riley Keough were also very believable in their roles.

I didn't even realize until after the movie was over that it was directed by Steven Soderbergh who also directed all the Ocean movies. There are many similarities to those movies including  a host of characters working together in a complicated heist. The main difference is the absense of a glamorous Vegas setting. This movie comes off a little earthier with more simple characters but it is still well done. It's also quite quirky and almost Napolean Dynomite-esque with how goofy some of the characters are. 

If I were from the south I might take offense with the blatant southern redneck stereotypes but I thought it was a funny and enjoyable movie. It even had some entertaining plot twists.

This movie was a little strange but it was also one of the funner movies I've seen in a long time. I give Logan Lucky 7.2 stars.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More Movie Pet Peeves

One of my very first blog posts was about movie pet peeves. At the time I thought I got everything off my chest but I seem to have missed a couple things that I’ve noticed in many movies recently.  The first is the abrupt phone hang up practice and the second is the self-healing car. I will address them in that order.

Often in a movie there will be a cop calling his partner or a wealthy business man making a deal, or a bad guy who calls one of his henchmen and then hangs up after a short conversation with few instructions. They seldom say "goodbye" or "I'll see you at the office later" or anything like that. They just hang up! There are so many problems with this.

I recently tweeted how much I hate it when I see this in a movie but Twitter is not the best place to discuss it since I really need to elaborate, so it's a good thing I have a blog.

1) It's rude. You don't just hang up on someone when your attention span maxes out. At least say "I have to go" prior to hanging up. This really shouldn't surprise me since these are the same people who just state their last name when they answer the phone instead of saying "hello."

2) I can only imagine how many times these people must have to call each other back during the day to verify what someone said or didn't say and to get more specifics to their vague and super short conversations from earlier. Maybe those are found in the deleted scenes. 

3) It's not realistic. When I make a movie it will be realistic. It will probably be a long and boring movie but it will be accurate. I will show the characters waiting in line at drive thrus and the DMV and having detailed phone conversations where they practice good communications skills by restating back what was previously said to them so the other person knows they understand. They will also wait the customary 12 weeks for DNA tests and lab results to come back from the coroner instead of getting them the next day.

Now its time to address another major offender and that is the car that gets in multiple crashes and wrecks throughout the movie but editing didn't seem to notice that the damaged car repairs itself throughout the movie. The only time this should be allowed is if it is a car belonging to Wolverine.

I've seen this in many movies in the past but I was recently on a plane and the person next to me was watching Kidnap staring Halle Barry. In the movie, her son is kidnapped and she chases down the abductor in her minivan and is involved in many crashes and accidents with her vehicle, yet in later scenes, parts of the car that were previously damaged were shown dent free and the damage has repaired itself. For how much money companies spend to make movies, you would think they would hire someone to look for obvious goofs like that. I'm available to do it if they can't find anyone else in Hollywood.

These things may not be a big deal to you but they drive me crazy and I look forward to the day when our society no longer permits such egregious occurrences to happen in movies.
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