Friday, April 28, 2017

Battle for Sevastopol (War Drama 2015)

So I started watching some Amazon Prime flicks lately and this one popped up as something that looked interesting. It's a Russian/Ukrainian war drama about a female sniper back in WWII. I've seen a few films from this era from the Russian side of the war and I'd say it was about average compared to all of the others.

One thing Russian filmmakers haven't gotten down, much like Chinese filmmakers, is how to make good transitions and how not to make it look like they are obviously trying to shove more plot within a very limited amount of time. When directors do this, movies seem to be rushed, choppy, and don't flow well.

As a story it was OK, but it had its downsides all over the place. I think with a different screenplay and director it could've been much better.
Rating - C

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Beauty and the Beast (Disney Musical 2017)

So this remake was OK. I liked how they added some scenes to add to the basis of the story, but the songs were better in the cartoon so it's a toss up as to which one was overall batter. I'm a nostalgic person so I'm still leaning towards the cartoon.

I suppose it's worth watching once but it's more of a airplane movie as there was nothing that really stood out. CG is nice but yeah it lacked a lot of spirit and character; too artificial I guess.
Rating - C

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Kong: Skull Island (Action 2017)

Eh, it was OK for a monster flick I suppose, but nothing really out of the ordinary. A lot of the characters were utterly worthless and were just filler, but the primaries sorta made it happen. Samuel L. Jackson seems to play the same crazy main character in all of his films, so it's hard to separate out movies from the actor. There was this crazy scene with a tree spider and yeah, no thanks, but that was well done.

Overall not really worth a theater watch, but I did so anyways.
Rating - C

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Collateral Beauty (Drama 2016)

This movie was fair but very predictable. The acting was top-notch as you can probably tell from the cast, but I think the story itself was lacking and didn't flow too well. The movie is a great candidate for one that would be shown on an airplane; that was the feel I got from it while watching it.

The pace was slow and a bit boring, but it wasn't a bad film. It could've been better if they did more to it, but I think the director wanted it to resonate in a specific way. Anyway it's renter if you're interested.
Rating - C

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Magnificent Seven (Action 2016)

This movie was entertaining enough for a Western action flick. I can always watch anything set in the West for some reason...dunno why. I don't like six shooters or horses or wearing dirty hats but yeah it's one of those things.

The film's plot was reminiscent of Seven Samurai which was a good old school flick, so you pretty much know what you're getting. 7 peeps helping out a town and taking out waves of baddies. Mindless shooting everywhere.
Rating - C

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Logan (Action Drama 2017)

Yeah this movie is not your run-of-the-mill X-Men film...it was raw, deep, and a bit depressing. The movie was a drama through and through although it had a lot of violence as well. It takes Wolverine and Xavier through a very focused timeline that I never read about; perhaps it was never in a comic...I'll research that later. It actually contained a lot of serious topics like immigration, science ethics, aging, and purpose. Hugh Jackman should get a friggin' award for his acting though; that man is Wolverine.

Anyhoo, not much else to say other than it was a really good movie, but I probably wouldn't want to see it a second time. Some deeper movies make it into this category; sorta like requiem.
Rating - A

Patriots Day (Drama 2016)

I'm not really sure why so many of these types of movies exist. They are merely dramatized versions of historical events of significance, but people seem to want to watch them? Do folks out there really need to watch a movie about an event in order to understand what happened? I think it would be more interesting to read the raw details vs watching a movie since it kinda goes into the area of entertainment, but evidently people do like the movie-version of things.

So this movie is just like Deepwater Horizon or United 93. I dunno how much pertaining to the characters is true, but yeah... Was it good for a movie? Sure it was ok, but the whole time I kept on thinking that I already watched it since I read about the whole thing when it happened.
Rating - C