Month: July 2017

Movie Trailer – Wonderstruck

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Todd Haynes

Starring: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams

Release: October 20th, 2017

I want to trust Todd Haynes, but this movie looks terrible.  I don’t like that kid from Pete’s Dragon, I don’t like Julianna Moore, I don’t like cross-time movies, and I don’t like this trailer.  I have an awful feeling about this film and I’m 90% sure it’s going to be 90% bad.

Movie Trailer – England is Mine

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Mark Gill

Starring: Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jodie Comer

Release: 2017

I really like Jack Lowden, but I don’t think I can possibly like this movie.  Honestly, I’ve never heard of Steven Patrick Morissey, and I don’t really care to learn about him now.

Movie Trailer – Mother!

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer

Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Kristen Wiig

Release: September 15th, 2017

This is a weird teaser, hopefully the trailer will be better, but I have to imagine that the final product will be well worth the risk.  After all, it’s Aronofsky, and the guy’s a genius, not to mention Jennifer Lawrence, who makes a few missteps with her film choices but can always be relied upon for a solid performance.  I’m looking for to seeing a bit more.

Movie Review – Sing

Category : Movie Review

Director: Garth Jennings

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton

Year: 2016

Sing might be a second-tier animated film, more comfortable among Trolls & Rock Dog than Moana & Zootopia, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without merit.  Not every film can be Inside Out, but that’s a tough pill to swallow for audiences spending their time & money on showing a movie to their families that they hope will be well worth it.  Critics have to jump the same hurdles, attempting to allow ourselves to enjoy the flicks we watch while also comparing them to others which are obviously better.  Sing won’t reach Disney/Pixar heights, it just isn’t that type of animation, but it does have its strong points, it is rather fun, and I can recommend that you watch it, although probably with a few reservations.

A theatre-owning koala has fallen face first into some hard financial times, but he may have just stumbled upon an idea that will save his hide.  The bank is after him, he can’t pay his staff, his shows are terrible, and the dream he once had of a beautiful space for the arts is rapidly fading away, but he’s not about to give up.  An idea hits him that could bring in the crowds; a singing competition.  Problem is, he has no money to pay the contestants, but a misprint on the flyer says otherwise, and auditioners come in droves.  Rosita the housewife pig, Ash the rocking porcupine, Johnny the talented gorilla, Mike the wisecracking mouse, Meena the shy elephant; they all want to let their talent shine and to sing their hearts out for anyone who will listen.

Again, not exactly top-notch stuff, but second place isn’t too bad.  Sing still has a lot of heart and entertainment value to offer, even if it won’t win any Oscars.  First, I have no idea how they fit so much into so little time, the action coming at you nonstop from beginning to end.  Not just action I guess, I don’t mean it’s an adventure flick, the pace just keeps pounding, and there are so many story lines to fit it, so many cool scenes, so many songs, I really don’t know how they did it.  Secondly, the cast is pretty kick ass.  McConaughey, Witherspoon, Egerton, ScarJo, Seth McFarlane, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, Reah Perlman; not too shabby.  Also, this is just a small thing, but there were multiple Back to the Future references for some reason, which really struck me as awesome.  Overall, Sing is an enjoyable family film, a musical that everyone can bob their heads along to, a fun outing if nothing else.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆



Movie Trailer – 9/11

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Martin Guigui

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, Whoopi Goldberg

Release: September 8th, 2017

If I didn’t know better, I might have guessed that this was Sharknado 6.  I mean, my good god, the acting, the acting, the terrible acting.  To take this story, to put it in the hands of these actors, to call it a film; someone has got to be fucking kidding.  I hope everyone ignore this movie and pretends that Peter Berg’s rendition (which has got to be made some day since he’s the perfect director to do it) is the first they’ve ever even heard about.

Movie Trailer – Only the Brave

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges

Release: October 20th, 2017

Kosinski is an interesting director, because so far he’s only done sci-fi (TRON: Legacy, Oblivion) but his next project is the new Top Gun movie.  And here, it looks like he’s aiming for Deepwater Horizon, or something that style, which isn’t a terrible idea because Peter Berg’s films are actually really good.  Anyway, hope Only the Brave follows the footsteps of those who have gone before, because the drop off to CheeseLand is very steep.

Movie Review – The Lost City of Z

Category : Movie Review

Director: James Gray

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller

Year: 2016

I love Joaquin Phoenix, but credit James Gray for not directing another picture that includes the guy; give somebody else a chance already, geeze.  I’m not saying that Charlie Hunnam is as good as ol’ Leaf, but it is nice to see Gray work with a different lead actor, and Hunnam has been pushing himself lately, if not always successfully, so I applaud the guy for trying and was happy to see him here.  I actually liked King Arthur more than most critics, and I also liked Tom Holland in this film more than I liked him in Spider-Man, so there’s that.  AND I enjoyed Sienna Miller for the first time ever, probably because her role was small and she was allowed to be British.  So, pieces taken together, The Lost City of Z was a movie that worked, both because of its parts and as a whole.

Real life explorer Percy Fawcett spent his life searching for a city that everyone said couldn’t exist.  A British soldier, Fawcett served his time all over the world, constantly passed up for advancement because of his family history, a black mark that followed him everywhere.  But his background in cartography opened a door to decoration, if only he was brave enough to walk through.  The Amazon jungles of South America were an uncharted wilderness that England had a keen interest in, due to the rubber farms that were popping up and producing millions of dollars.  Fawcett’s job would be to take years away from his family, map the waterways, and report back to Britain.  But what he found there went beyond national interests; evidence of a lost civilization that predated that of the white man, proof that the “savage” of the land was something much more than anyone had ever dreamed.

I forgot to mention one other piece to the puzzle that I actually always enjoy and did particularly here; Robert Pattinson.  I know, I know, Twilight, haha, yes I know, but the guy can act.  Please watch him in other things, he has talent, and he is able to rise above YA and romance if he so chooses.  Anyway, he’s just another reason to watch this film, and the movie itself is as good as the actors who pull it off so well.  The true story element is fascinating, and had me immediately looking up more information on both the main character and the theories surrounding his expeditions.  It’s an excellent time machine back a hundred years to an era that was so extremely different, and the period piece element was done very well.  The story can become a bit slow, I wouldn’t recommend this film to everyone, but those who have an interest in anthropology & history will be hooked, and I think that The Lost City of Z is a Top 10 movie of the year, at least so far.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆



Movie Trailer – Pacific Rim: Uprising

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Steven S. DeKnight

Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing

Release: February 23rd, 2017

I was shocked when people started praising Pacific Rim, so I saw it, and it sucked.  The acting was terrible, the story arc was ridiculous; I don’t understand what people saw in the movie aside from cool robots fighting evil monsters.  I’m a guy, that appeals to me, but I can see past it; I’m not sure why others couldn’t.  The second, I have to assume, will be just as bad.  Boyega is the weakest part of The Force Awakens, Eastwood completely blows, and I have no faith in this sequel.

Movie Trailer – The Snowman

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, J.K. Simmons

Release: October 20th, 2017

You could say that this looks like just another thriller based on a novel, a titillating serial killer movie like so many others.  But I have to trust that this cast can turn it into something much more special.  I mean, Fassbender is amazing, Ferguson is captivating, Simmons is always solid; I’ve got to believe that they can take this book and make its film version stronger than we expect.

Movie Review – The Little Hours

Category : Movie Review

Director: Jeff Baena

Starring: Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, Dave Franco

John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Nick Offerman

Year: 2017

The Little Hours may be the closest we’ll get to a modern day Monty Python movie, and it does the ridiculous, irreverent, anti-religious, pro-sexualized comedy troupe justice with its wit & its homage.  Catholic organizations came out to publicly criticize this film, calling it pure trash, showing that it hit its mark, and only serving to make me want to see it all the more.  I love Monty Python, I love sticking it to organized religion, and I love when films can take a “pure” setting and can show us just how impure people can be.  This movie takes a comedic approach to actually reach a serious conclusion; that the world deserves to be made fun of, that people are generally idiots, and that nothing is above our ridicule.

In a castle in the Middle Ages, a young servant finds himself in deep water when he sleeps with his master’s wife and is discovered in her bed.  Fleeing into the countryside to escape certain death, he stumbles upon a silly Father who invites him back to the local nunnery to work in the gardens and be of whatever service God requires.  But the sisters there aren’t your typical nuns, and they haven’t seen a boy in quite some time.  Alessandra just wants to get married, her father keeping her boarded until the proper time.  Fernanda is a bad girl, sneaking off and doing who-knows-what in the night.  Ginerva is a tattle teller, but wishes to experience all the things she is afraid of.  Combined, there are too many hormones for religion to control, and things will get messy.

This is a movie that I immediately wanted to watch again, not because it was perfection, but rather because it was so audacious that I assumed I would laugh even more the second time through after the element of surprise had passed.  It’s subtle sometimes, blatant others, but always carries a humor that I appreciated, a Python-esque disregard for the socially acceptable that makes some people uncomfortable but cracks me straight up.  It’s not as stupid as Your Highness or films like that, it’s more a modernization of an old novel, a thrusting in our faces of the reality of a time & people that we’d like to assume the best of but should probably expect the worst from.  Reilly, Shannon, Armisen, Offerman; the grownups stole the show, their comedy flowing superbly through the story, the kids providing the action but the adults sowing the seeds.  I really would watch Little Hours again; it was both that good and that intriguing.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆