Monday, February 27, 2017

Hidden Figures (Drama 2016)

I got to get a TV or something since I didn't even know that this movie was a thing before hearing about it at work. This one followed the life of 3 NASA workers who so happened to be black women during the Civil Rights Era in the US. Interesting premise and base for a story...let's continue.

So everything you'd expect from a plot like this is exactly what you'll receive. Lots of racism, workplace issues, gender issues, etc. It does suck that peeps had to go through all of these hardships even though they were all educated and fairly smart in Math/Physics. The whole segregated bathroom thing would've drove me bonkers.

Although this movie was generally good, two scenes really stood out that sorta bothered me. In one scene Taraji P. Henson exploded to her super when questioned about her whereabouts. I thought this whole scene was poignant, yet way too overacted since a real person back in the day in this type of work environment wouldn't have done that and had gotten away with it. Hell nobody would get away with it these days even if the super was somehow in the wrong, so the fact that she did that and was able to keep her job was astounding and unbelievable.

The second scene was when another character was caught running jobs on a newly-installed IBM mainframe. This is a blatant breach of physical IT Security and I also don't think that would be tolerated in a government facility back in the day. I get how you gotta stretch a little to get things done, but no way should a person be rewarded for tinkering with, making punch cards, and running programs with Fortran without prior authorization. I get it...she would never have been given the chance to prove herself or display her skill because of the time/era and her race/gender, but was the wrong move and would totally get you axed from a position in the real world.

I'm guessing those scenes can be categorized into Hollywood sensationalism in order to tell a story, but yeah I think they could've handled it a bit better and in a more believable fashion. Nevertheless, the movie was good and the end felt a bit like Apollo 13, minus the epic music.
Rating - B

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Passengers (Sci-Fi 2016)

You know, even though many reviews for this movie were less than stellar, I got to say that it really wasn't that bad. I actually liked it and I felt that it was fairly realistic with regards to the characters' emotions and actions in relation to the story.

I'm a sucker for Sci-Fi colonization films though, since there are so few of them as a genre, but and I'm glad it only had a handful of characters in it since you get more time to delve into the minds of primaries. The story wasn't deep though, it was kinda vanilla in what what did happen so nothing out of left field there. The special effects were good, but we've seen it all before for the past 15 years or so. The music and atmosphere were as expected, but yeah overall it was a fun film to watch.

I would totally pay money to have a room in my house that looked like one of the spaceship living quarters; the small, grey one not the fancy loft looks so damn efficient and sterile. Anyway, I thought the movie was alright and it's worth a watch for any Sci-Fi fan.
Rating - B

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Great Wall (Fantasy Action 2016)

As anyone could've expected, this movie was super campy. The mobs reminded me of the baddies in Starship Troopers; numerous, uninteresting, and pure CG. The Chinese army part of the movie was what one could expect from anything coming from over there, think Hero. The sections with the three English speakers was as expected, but totally artificial as well. A weird combination to say the least.

The beginning of this movie (first 10 min) was kinda cool for an intro, setting up the characters, soldiers, and environment and such, but it quickly went downhill from there. It had almost zero character development, you didn't get to really know any of the primaries, Matt Damon had this weird accent that I still cannot place, and Pedro Pascal was just comic relief. It was totally like they wrote a Chinese movie, was later told that they had to integrate foreigners into it, then were told to cut down on the run-time, then decided to drop everything pertaining to development and redirect all remaining funds to CG.

When the film ended it wasn't as crappy as I thought it would be, but it still teetered on the lame end of things and was a 'not all that well' put together movie. One interesting fact is that this was the most expensive movie filmed over in China? Odd...I really don't know where all that money went since 90% was CG. Their workers can't get paid that well.
Rating - C

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Arrival (Sci-Fi Drama 2016)

So this movie was way more Contact-esque than your average Sci-Fi flick. It really tried to be deeper than I was expecting which is a good thing I suppose.

All the characters were pretty forgetful as was the story. I thought it was pretty plain for a plot, but it wasn't necessarily bad either. I just wasn't excited about what was happening and the ending was kinda a blur.
Rating - C

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Manchester by the Sea (Drama 2016)

This is one of those slower dramas that doesn't have too much plot, but instead it's all character based. That being said, I'm pretty impressed with this Casey Affleck person, as his acting stood out as being top-notch.

Besides that though the movie was something that you'd see on an airplane slow. Lots of long-shots, driving, waiting, silence, etc. You really have to be immersed in what's going on in order to fully enjoy it. Still a good movie though, but nothing super award winning. I think it got nominated for a few Oscars but yeah, besides the main actor one, it was just OK in the rest of the categories.
Rating - B