Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Culturally Awkward or Unsettling Sagas


PLOT: The true story of Louis Zamperini.

                            Louis Zamperini was an extraordinary man.  An Italian immigrant who had trouble with the law as a teen then started running and winning.  He was in the Olympics.  He then went to war, stranded on a life raft for 47 days then became prison of war in a Japanese camp and when the war was over he came home.  This is not a popcorn movie but amazing story of the will to survive, religious and forgiveness. English actor Jack O Connell is wonderful as Zamperini.  Actress Angelina Jolie (Salt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) did an incredible directing job and cinematography Roger Deakins as he creates dark, bleak and banal atmosphere.  The bad part they only shown one area of his life read his book for the rest to understand how reliant this man was.


PLOT:  The true story about reporter Gary Webb who exposed the CIA and drugs in LA.
                            When you write the truth the CIA begins to show interest in you and that is what happened to journalist Gary Webb who tells the story that CIA needed to fund the Nicaragua War they put crack/cocaine on the streets of LA. At first he was praised then smeared and disowned by his own newspaper that he put on the map.  You don’t know this story because at the time another scandal took its place Clinton/Monica Lewinsky.  Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye, Avengers) is very good as Mr. Webb telling the truth and getting blamed for it.  This is why we need to have independent movies to show films like this.


PLOT: A twist on many fairy tales as a baker and his wife want a child.

They merge the fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood into a story of a baker and his wife who can’t have children. They have to take belongings from each character and the witch will grant them their wish. It is clever and fun-at least the first hour and then it gets dark!! A few things you don’t see coming. It is based on the musical with the same name. I do hope the stage play was better. It is not bad just different. They sell it like it is for kids-not really.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Big Films for Cold Season


PLOT:  A retelling of Annie from the Broadway play.

                The film is really cute but some of the songs are misplaced and most of the cast can’t sing too well except Jamie Foxx.  You know the story Annie a black foster child (Quvenzhane Wallis) with a mean foster mother (Cameron Diaz) helps Foxx who is trying to become mayor of New York.  Diaz is good as the evil but comical foster mom.  Bobby Cannavale is Guy his publicity agent who will do anything to get him elected.  It is great for family viewing.


PLOT:  The 3rd entry of the successful series.

                Katniss Everdeen played by talented actress Jennifer Lawrence is now the leader and symbol of the rebellion against President Snow (Donald Sutherland).  The film shows how propaganda changes lives and minds and both sides use it!!  Sadly, it is the last film of Philip Seymour Hoffman but he plays his part well.  I read (haven’t read the novels) it is  as close to the novel as it can get which it may be long to some for it has something to say.  I believe the next film will have more action.


PLOT:  Another film about Moses and Ramses.

                When you see this movie forget you have seen the Ten Commandants in 1956 with Charlton Heston for this is director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) version.  It is a different film entirely.  The special effects are awesome but in the climactic scene you wanted to see more.  Christian Bale is okay as Moses.  Joel Edgerton is so-so as Ramses.  To me, I thought the title was for a video game.  It is worth seeming mainly for the special effects.


PLOT:  Four different black students in an Ivy League college.

                It is very funny and insightful but it is not as funny as the trailer.  The question asks “Are we racial free today?”  You answer that question.  It is mostly a cast of unknowns except for Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) and Dennis Haysbert (TV show 24 and All State commercials.)  The film started as a trailer and got backing from  I hope Hollywood gives director Justin Simien to do movies for they need to tell more black stories other than comedies, crime and slavery.


PLOT:  The final movie of the amazing trilogy.

                You know who the hobbit is Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the five armies are the elves, the dwarfs, the Orcs, the humans and the eagles.  Those who read the novels or keeps up with the movies know that the dragon Smaug burns Lake Town to the ground before being killed and the only thing left is miles of gold which everybody wants.  Soon it is a showdown of endless fighting and  spectacular special effects.  Director Peter Jackson should be proud to make a wonderful, successful series of J.R.R.Tolkien’s novels.  The films are epic, have great acting and have heart.  Worth watching.


PLOT:  Two idiots have to kill the dictator of North Korea.

                Let me just say the hype is much better than the movie.  It’s the story of two immature guys-Dave Skylark (James Franco) host of entertainment show and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen).  The President of North Korea, Kim Jung Un (Randall Park) enjoys Skylark show and then CIA visits them for the two to assonate him.  James Franco is funny as a self-absorbed talk show host who wants to do something better as well as Seth Rogen.  Seth Rogen is not funny to me.  He is better as a producer and writer in real life.  The funniest parts are not the leads but the cameos such as Eminem, Rob Lowe and Joseph Gordon Levitt.  There is a lot of humor but it is VUGLAR for the most part.  If you can wait for video or VOD please do.  

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