Tuesday, March 31, 2015

American Sniper (War Drama 2014)

Yeah this movie wasn't as good as people touted it as being. It was well done for a war flick, following around one guy through his life as a SEAL, but I don't know why it was getting the levels of praise that it got.

First off let's just say that Bradley Cooper was very very good in this film. He totally should've gotten Best Actor for it. Screenplay, setting, and ambiance was also well done. The fact that they showed how the primary had problems dealing with regular life back in the US was also pretty good. One thing I didn't like, just because it didn't seem realistic, was that they had the primary calling his wife back in the US on a Satellite phone during firefights and other missions. I don't know if this is normally done, but it seemed like Hollywood to me. Additionally, all of the scenes with his wife in them was her complaining that he wasn't home and such. I'm sure this is what happens in real life when anyone is deployed, but something bothered me about it.

So yeah the movie was good, but it wasn't the greatest thing ever. Additionally it made this guy seem like a flawless hero, and although I think that he was probably a pretty cool dude and was also very good at his job, nobody is perfect and they tried to put him on a very big pedestal.
Rating - B

The Eternal Zero (Foreign Japanese War Drama 2013)

So this was one of those slow, quality Japanese drama films. It follows around a brother and sister as they research into their grandpa who was a Kamikaze pilot during WWII. Some people said he was a coward while others said he was a great pilot, so the plot thickens.

The story went at a good pace, flipping back and forth between present and past to give the whole scoop. I thought it was good flick that highlighted many ethical and nationalistic topics that existed back then and sorta in present time. Like many foreign films, it had a few scenes that were a wee bit over the top or unnecessary, but overall it was a good one if you're looking for a good foreign drama.
Rating - A

The Social Network (Drama 2010)

So I pretty much detest Facebook as much as the next guy, and that's partially the reason why it took me so long to watch this movie. But when you're stuck on yet another airplane ride, you gotta make due with what you have.

Surprisingly the movie wasn't half-bad. Everything was good about it from the story to the acting, to the overall tense feel of many scenes. It's surprising to see how businesses get going, assuming that this is how Silicon Valley start-ups become created.

It does show how much of a dick Zuckerberg is/was...goes along with his real-life silly-ass face. Anyhoo, movie-wise it was good flick so I can't fault it on that.
Rating - B

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Trafalgar Gambit (Ark Royal Book 3) by Christopher Nuttall (Book 2014)

So this one was a bit better than the first two books I thought. It had a good ending, but then I read that there was a 4th book in this series and that kinda threw me off. I think the author should've just started a new series instead of trying to keep on writing within the confines of this "world" since it really wasn't that interesting.

Yeah so in a nutshell this book cleared out the main plot and helped snip off any loose ends that existed from the sub-plots. Again, it had a good ending so I really thought it should've stopped there.

I probably won't be reading the 4th book since most of the major characters will now be replaced with new peeps who probably don't have any better personalities than the first set.
Rating - Mid

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Starship Blackbeard by Michael Wallace (Book 2014)

Compared to other space operas I'm reading, this one is lacking...a lot. There's barely a backstory, all of the characters are dull, and the main captain seems weak and indecisive.

The setting is odd in that it takes the names and empires from historical Earth, like the British and Dutch empires, and mixes them in with the forefront of space. This is combined with actual historical references such as the whole colonization period, the East India Company, slavery, and the triangle trade. It's interesting, but I would've rather liked the setting to be more original.

The book is fairly short, relatively speaking, and that may be why it seems so underdeveloped and superficial, but yeah I see where the whole plot is going and it isn't worth the time.
Rating - Low

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Nelson Touch (Ark Royal Book 2) by Christopher Nuttall (Book 2014)

This was a fairly decent secondary book to the Ark Royal series. I read the first one a year or so ago, so I barely remember any of the characters or plot. Luckily the book dropped enough hints and references to get the reader back on track.

The story and characters were fair, but there's definitely a difference between authors' writing styles. Unfortunately this author isn't as good as others I've read recently. The plot still moved along, but you don't have a much of a connection to them. It's like watching a cartoon vs watching a real drama with actors. I found it interesting to read about a story where a British spaceship is taking the lead vs. that of an American ship...very different perspective.

Anyway, I'll finish up this series, but that will probably be it for me.
Rating - Mid