Logan: Film Review

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.” – Logan


Writer: James Mangold, Scott FrankMichael Green Director: James MangoldRun Time: 2h17m, Full Cast

To watch this film you don’t particularly need any of the franchises former film’s back-story. It works completely on its own as it doesn’t tie into other stories in great detail. It does pick small items from the solo and group films. Example: The an adamantium bullet was introduced in the first solo film (Origins). There were a few articles going in that said this isn’t in the same universe as the other films based on the merry mutant bunch.

It was established in the comics “Wolverine Origins“, that Logan is, at his core, a man who is both troubled, brings on trouble to those around him, and those he loves and cares about. In this film, we get the clearest view of who and what Logan is. He’s an animal who wants noting more than to be left alone. He also, under all his tough bravado, simply wants a place to belong and for once to be considered human. Being a mutant is no different than being black, gay, native or any other outsider/minority group. But, at this point, he’s come to terms with it all and just wants to ride off into the sunset.

But Kids always have a way of changing you. Enter Laura.

She represents a second chance at life Logan can never get back. He tried to fight the obligation he knows Charles will put on him. And does so for most of the movie. The film isn’t about how he vanquished evil, but how he beat himself into breaking the mold he made of/for himself.

The first act of this film is super strong.  It doesn’t try to load up on complicated plot beats; and even if something does go over your head, the simple idea of ‘little girl needs saving’ is more than enough to drive the story. The manner in which the film starts with Logan… was simply to let you know this isn’t the same Logan we have seen thus far. It doesn’t truly stop being that sort of high-octane film until you meet the nice rural family. Then there’s much needed peace and time to dispense some quality exposition. Those entire groups of scenes are my second favourite one succeeded by the entire final act (yes, the whole act). While suspended in disbelief, you almost buy into the idea this rural family moment is a perfect time to use the real-world washroom only to find out that Logan’s luck wasn’t far behind him. Then to find out that all the chaos was caused by X-24 (aka all of the violence in Logan, none of his self control or compassion… aka Sabertooth). It’s sad. Because though he has seemingly beat all the other villains before him in his heyday, he was never able to break that mold of what others always wanted him to be. A controlled, raging animal.

Again, enter Laura.

It was great to see Patrick Stewart play a strong, rational, old man. I’m sure everyone has an elder person in their life who knows they are nearing their end and as a result don’t care about the common etiquette they may have displayed in their more youthful years. Many disliked that He curses but, given the situation and whom he has to deal with, it was rightly justified. his demeanor helps to shape the world we enter. His realization of what he did in Winchester was some of the best acting he’s done in the whole mutant franchise.

Enter Laura.

From her first action sequence to her final moment before the credits, she was outstanding. She didn’t out act anyone. But she was a decent addition to the cast and I fully want to see her get her own movie or series on HBO one day, for this character. If not, she may just be able to be a fit in as a co-star. But she’s new. Time will tell how far she goes. It’s weird (read: scary) how good kids can be at being crazy sadistic violent beings.

What more can be said of a guy who became a break out star from this role? It’s unfortunate that he’s been in a lot of movies that bombed as the character: as it leaves a bad taste in your mouth as you recall your favourite moments from his time. But, except for “The Wolverine”(previous film), he acted tremendously in every outing he’s had. I think it was a cool idea to have Wolverine be the secret weapon against Logan. We are our own worst enemy after all. Though I might be reaching at straws here, but he decided he was done with the role after all.  I’m glad he was able to do this film and that they made it in the way that they did. It was a great send off for him.

I’ve never seen a movie in all my years that I really wished was in black and white. There’s countless scenes that are so great, in that photography composition way. I’m glad they are re-releasing a black and white version. It was also interesting how play like the scene was when Logan goes to give Xavier the pills in the fallen water tower. It was a well acted and directed scene.

The complaints I have was that it was too little too late. Hollywood ultimately ruined the entirety of the mutant universe. Wolverine shouldn’t have to be on the verge of a reboot in order to get what fans have been asking for since X2( where is his yellow and blue spandex?). I think, since we know most in these genre of films will eventually have a sequel, it’s a bit of a let down to know there’s going to be a new actor and creative team behind whatever is in store for the character. I do hope that they keep this version of Logan alive with his intensity and rage. And also that they develop a fighting style other than what looks to be arms flailing about. Lastly just more use of the word bub.

Bottom line: The perfect Swan song for Hugh Jackman (and Sir Patrick Stewart). He brought a lot of heart to a character that otherwise could have been reduced to some comedic muscle (read as hulk). It’s great however you wish to watch it. If there’s a classic list being made for super hero films, Logan is in the top 10 without question.

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  • Overall rating of the movie: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Not sure if I’d pay money to watch it at full price again. But on a Tuesday, the re-release would be a worthwhile watch if you have the time to kill. Definitely worthy of ownership but, only with the black and white version included. Otherwise, watch it on Netflix.

Lego Movie: Film Review

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I was shocked as anyone when I heard about this film…


Director: Phil Lord & Christopher MillerWriter: Dan HagemanKevin HagemanPhil Lord & Christopher Miller,

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!! I really can’t complain about this movie. Its great for kids, even though I don’t see too many kids playing with lego these days. Adults had a riot, and I was well entertained.

I think this movie really helps increase or reinvent the brand that has been pretty static until the emergence of the “Lego Star Wars” games. Of course I went in not expecting much but came out near tears from all the laughing. The key to this movie’s success is that it doesn’t remotely try to take itself seriously. It is light; it is funny and makes fun of all the things “wrong” with the toys and then some. But it’s not overly complicated or too morally strong. But this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a point/moral of the story, all good stories do. It just happens to be more naturally than most comedies seem to allow these days.

The voice direction for the lego characters was great. Further helped by the bigger talent behind the Lego characters like Will Ferrell, Liam Neelson and Morgan Freeman to name a few. Interestingly enough, they were able to get actors like Billy Dee Williams, Harrison Ford to reprise their roles from their famed roles in Star Wars, and even finally, Cobie Smolders got to play Wonder Woman.

The few flaws I do have are that the story didn’t allow for other Lego franchises to be explored. Which makes sense given the movie was from Warner Bro’s and their current biggest investment is featuring Superman, Batman and the warrior princess; Wonder Woman. So that only made sense from an advertisement perspective. The other being that some characters weren’t used more than they could have been.

Bottom line: This movie is totally awesome and no surprise that it’s getting fast-tracked to a sequel. It’s definitely worth the price of admission. Perfect to a nice lil comedy with a loved one, solo, when you’re “high”, or when you’re with small ones.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 6 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Superman III: Throwback Movie Review

Superman wasn’t feeling too super this time around.

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Directed by Richard Lester
Written by David Newman, Leslie Newman
Music by Ken Thorne
Duration 125 min

To any who have seen it, all agree it’s stupid and the worst of all the Superman movies, if not all live-action depictions of the character. Clearly showing age, Christopher Reeves’ 3rd outing as the title character, it’s not his fault, but at the same time, that’s because of the story. When you look at the story, it’s messed up because of what happens in Superman two. If you do happen to watch it, somehow Lois forgets that Clark is Superman. Lex is never mentioned (not that he’s missed to be but still). Back to Christopher Reeves, he does an okay job of delivering his lines and continuing to have us believe that a man could fly. This movie is more about Superman’s (out of the blue) demons. A lot of why this movie works is because of the talents from Reeves.

images  Smallville fans may remember the lovely face that is Lana Lang, wait… I mean Martha Kent, who plays Lana in this movie. There’s an interesting dynamic between Clark and Lana here. As much as a bumbling fool Christopher plays as Clark, he randomly had a bit more confidence here than when dealing with Lois. The highlight of the movie is when Clark fights Superman thanks to imperfect, man made piece of Kryptonite. The worst actor was Richard Pryor.

I remember seeing this movie as a kid and being mad that you could see all the lines and wires holding up Reeves. The blu-ray copy has gotten rid of those errors and which made this slightly more enjoyable. The coolest thing here was the flying in the movie. Reeves had quite a bit of practice now and having shot the movie noticeably away from New York, (proabably still in the U.K. for principle Photography) allowed them to have  more in city stunts. There’s less use of blue/green screens and a lot more practical flight stunts especially with the Clark versus Superman sequence. Another cool thing about this movie was his powers were slightly more explored. Up until this movie he’s only shown using flight, agility (running) strength, heat vision and super breath. This one he adds cool/ice breath. The best parts of the movie are the stunts. There’s a much bigger improvement from the past two instalments.

But honestly I hate this movie. It’s the worst one. The copy cat Lex Luther, the dumb reason for the identity split, Richard Pryor, the 2 hour running joke, everything else. Shout out to Margot Kidder, she was basically written out because she disagreed with the firing of Richard Donner. Though she can be glad she wasn’t in this movie.

Superman 3Bottom line is when you look back at Superman, this is just a footnote of how bad his character is. But there’s not many good 3rd movie trilogies out there. This isn’t one of them. I blame the director and as I said in the first or second review that this series is a fault all on it’s own because of the realm that these movies exist in. Superman is loved like everyone is a child this depiction of metropolis is where the went wrong.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 3 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 4 out of 10,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman II: Throwback Movie Review

You made us believe a man can fly, now show us what he can do.Superman2

Writers: Mario PuzoDavid NewmanLeslie NewmanTom Mankiewicz Director: Richard Donner Run Time: 127 Mins
superman-2-560The second chapter and it’s pretty enjoyable. The first film dealt with the origin story but gave a side story intended to be told in Superman Two. One issue with this picture was that Richard Donner was fired and the new director had basically reshot everything Donner had intended to tell for his movie. But thanks to Ms. Kidder informing people via an interview that Donner had shot enough footage to basically edit a feature-length movie, fans encouraged WB to release his vision for Superman two.That’s all for another review.

Superman One is probably most loved for having an epic shooting style and being able to have audiences young and old alike, believe that a man could fly largely in part to the performance of Christopher Reeves. So the challenge here was how do we keep the movie fresh? With bringing on a new director, one of the first things he did, as I said, was reshoot the movie and even edited out Marlon Brando. Another key thing was he gave someone who Superman could punch (well the story did).supeszod

I’d like to believe until Superman 2, all other live-action iterations, were just Superman taking on regular Joes who he couldn’t really unleash on.  Having such a dictator like foe from his home planet, really gave Supes an opportunity to show Metropolis and the world, that he was on the side of Earth, and its freedoms. Zod is a character so much like Clark had he had terrible parents and there’s a good contrast in the movie but due to its very light nature it’s easily missed.

That’s one of the best things about the Chris Reeves Superman movies, they’re all very heart warming and easy. Many regard this as the best Superman movie due to that aspect as well as the Metropolis showdown. There’s a scene with Lois and Clark (that would later be used as the back bone of “Superman Returns”) where the two have coitus but because of the nature of the story, characters and the acting it’s only implied that it happens. Childish in a way, yes, but at the age of 6 would you really want to see Superman have sex? Probably not.

A questionable move by the director to avoid using the epic style of Superman One instead moving more towards the look and feel of a comic book – The best way to describe it is the scenes where the story takes place in Niagara Falls. In comic books a lot of the panels involve “tight shots” that have a lot of people and objects neatly woven for the story aspect or just artist choice, this comes off very well here. Ignoring the time period of this movie, the Metropolis battle scene is another type of comic book style cinematography. It’s edited a little quicker, has a bit more of a flat angle and the random dialogue during the fight is spot on for a comic book.

Bottom Line: Its fun to relive this Superman film. It’s regarded as the last best film (sadly… But in a good way) in the Superman franchise. It isn’t the best one, but for what it is, it does serve its purpose and is still fun to watch now and worthy to see. If looking for back story on Zod however, you’re better off watching season five and nine of Smallville

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

PS. there’s some weird powers used here, this may help you understand why. Got to love the silver age of comics.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman: The Movie (1978) Throwback Review

Distant planet called Krypton… Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…..

It’s Superman

Director: Richard Donner Writers: Mario PuzoDavid NewmanLeslie NewmanRobert Benton Run Time: 143

Jor-El… Marlon Brando
Lex Luthor Gene Hackman
Superman-Clark Kent… Christopher Reeve
Jonathan Kent… Glenn Ford
Lois Lane… Margot Kidder
Perry White… Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen… Marc McClure
Otis… Ned Beatty
Eve Tessmacher… Valerie Perrine

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Some of the best things about the movie are how it is shot, the props, the sets and of course having audiences believing a man could fly. From the opening scene, to the trial of Zod, to Clark racing a train right up to the Superman movie send off, it’s all kind of majestic in its delivery. As kids, most of us have seen this film and we probably thought this was real. As I re-watched this movie I couldn’t help but feel like the four-year old me again singing the songs. Honestly, John Williams deserves all the awards in the world. His influence in cinema may be underappreciated but the truth (proof) is in his work.

This movie is a classic.

superman the movieNow you may have wondered why I didn’t say a “timeless classic”, that’s because it is dated. Superman these days isn’t dating Lois. He’s shagging Wonder Woman, has armor, has two confusing comics and is currently being played by Henry Cavalli In Man Of Steel. The sets, style of cinematography and even how Mr. Reeves portrayed Clark is a bit out dated. It’s not the worst, but now it sort of doesn’t hold up. I understand the exact reason why, and it’s clear when one gets to the part where Superman is interviewed by Lois Lane at her apartment. To that point you should understand the importance of Clark’s mannerisms versus when he’s Superman. There’s even a nice contrast between Margot Kidder’s choices of character mannerisms when dealing with clark and dealing with Superman. That is probably the best acting for those two together. The best acted scene however is when Lois dies.superman--the-movie

It’s actually my all time favourite movie moment of all time. The noticeable silence, the cinematography, the greatest reaction to a death (I’ve ever seen) in a movie. The entire movie’s cast kind of has a theatrical feel to it. Even Chris Reeves has a strong theatre background. So when he got pissed that he couldn’t save Lois, and he says the “no’s” without any sound, only to have him yell at the heavens.

Yeah that’s epic (with today’s effects we may have seen him accidentally cause a shockwave of some sort). Add the fact that while he was still living on the farm, he couldn’t save his father it just has a nice added weight to it by the time that scene comes. Then the reversal of time via reverse globe spinning and all that confusion happens.

Honestly as far as origin stories go, this may have been one of the best – especially with the passing of time to the point where Clark goes to train with Jor-El (Smallville fans, Season 5). From early infant, to man, we don’t see Superman for the first hour. And then, when see Superman in action it’s pretty accurate to almost every origin of Superman I’ve seen, outside of “Earth One”. Superman is always first seen saving a plane or some kind of air craft.

The reason to fault this movie is in its own greatness. This story would basically be a Superman Earth 2 story from before “Crisis on Infinite Earths” got rid of that realm to smooth out their continuity. What that means to everyone else is that, the world of this Superman is yes, set in New York City, but it’s not a realistic NYC. It’s a world where he’s loved with no reason. He only saved Lois because well, it’s Lois. Towards the end, it does make sense but it’s hard to entirely accept.

Christopher_Reeve_TributeBottom line: this is one of those movies all kids should see or anyone really. But I know not everyone will. The movie is very light and kid friendly but still has a lot that adults can take from it, cinema students included.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Total Recall 1990 Throwback Review

Before inception, before sucker punch, there was Total Recall. Troubled by rewrites, choosing who to direct & who to cast for the lead role, until Arnold bought the script, which if he didn’t, may have seen a more witty movie vs a more action packed movie.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rachel Ticotin Melina
Sharon Stone Lori
Ronny Cox Vilos Cohaagen
Michael Ironside Richter
Marshall Bell George / Kuato
Mel Johnson Jr. Benny
Michael Champion Helm
Roy Brocksmith Dr. Edgemar
Ray Baker Bob McClane
Rosemary Dunsmore Dr. Lull
David Knell Ernie
Alexia Robinson Tiffany
Dean Norris Tony

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Plot: “Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it’s a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie” – imdb.com
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Yes, I’m reviewing this because the new version is out already and plan on reviewing that soon. As I said before, this movie would have been more witty and possibly dialogue full, but thx to Arnold being attached to it, it may have been better–but I guess we’ll never know. I will say this movie is awesome for its time and, for what it is, a sci-fi action thriller, from the very start (I’m not entirely clear as to why THAT scene started the movie), but kudos to the effects team. Its funny, as a kid I never realized just how disturbing a movie this is. When his face mask breaks and all the oxygen is ripped from his body… Man.. They did a great job to show what that may/may not look like. It’s a very Hollywood moment if you know what I mean, but let’s discuss the story.

The movie is open ended, just like inception is and even the mixed feeling sucker punch. Why? Because… I’ll get to that in a moment… As I said, it starts off on Mars with some chick he can’t stop dreaming about. Then it turns into a nightmare, and he wakes beside his wife, who is believable to be the wife of this dude. As the story progresses, you notice that “Quaid” is longing for something more than some jackhammer operator so he starts to look into “Rekall” which is a memory implant company. And when he gets there.. It really does become this non stop roller coaster ride, one which we don’t know is real or not, right up to the “Fade to White” ending, in terms of what is reality. Everything for sure is up to the point he gets to “Rekall”. After that we, the audience are on our own. When he mets some “Dr” who informs him of this crazy series of events, he is actually explaining the entire third act, which makes this entire movie mind twisting, and the fact that it goes to white & not black, has so many different meanings.

This is an Arnold movie. Let’s face it, we don’t watch his movies in hopes of him bing a great actor, but being a believable powerhouse to root for in the end. His best acted scenes are at the start of the film, after the dream, in my eyes, even some of the parts where he’s explaining he wishes to be/do more. It’s believable because of the job he has, the wife he has, and all that stuff. Sharon Stone hasn’t really been a good actor to me past “Basic Instinct” (Which has one of the most daring scenes in cinema history.. Maybe), which is some time after this movie. The rest of the cast is really just a bunch of moments. The brunette’s first “real” moments on film are her best in my opinion. The most annoying is the black guy, but when the story gets to where it needs to be by the end, it kinda makes sense.

When it comes to the effects, this movie didn’t hold back. It is said to be the first to use CGI and the last to use miniature sets with integrated live action, both of which are beautifully done, especially for a movie that came out in the 90’s. Honestly, if not for the brain messing plot, the effects alone are worth watching this movie. The action scenes, which there are plenty, aren’t perfect, and probably not the best we’ve seen from Arnold to that point in his career, BUT it does look great when you fit the story to it.

The thing about this movie is, when I started watching it I remember seeing it as a kid & hating it. Now as an adult with a sense for film & with more understanding, I appreciated this film. It was one giant mind tease with a bunch of metaphors & foreshadowing. When Benny is driving the taxi, too many times he comes across the truck drill which, a drill is used to ultimately kill him. It’s worth watching before the new movie for sure.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2.5 out of 5,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

 

The Next Three Days Throwback Review

DirectorPaul Haggis

Writer: Paul Haggis (screenplay), Fred Cavayé

Russell Crowe
Elizabeth Banks
Michael Buie
Moran Atias
Erit
Remy Nozik
Jenna
Toby Green
Tyler Green
Jason Beghe
Aisha Hinds
Ty Simpkins
Veronica Brown
Female Guard #1
Olivia Wilde
Leslie Merrill
Alissa Haggis
Junkie
Daniel Stern
Meyer Fisk

In Pittsburgh,overwhelming evidence convicts Lara Brennan of killing her despised boss. For three years while she’s in county jail, her husband John cares for their young son and pursues appeals. When she loses, John decides to break her out. He consults a successful escape artist turned author, and he starts planning. He’ll need to disrupt jail routine, get IDs and passports, know how to evade a dragnet, find a destination, and squirrel away cash. Then, he gets word that Lara will be transferred to prison within the next three days– he’s out of time.

This was a movie I had wanted to see in theaters, but for one reason or another, I just didn’t get to it. so here’s my review.

The story is paced well I felt, with some moments here and there in the editing that gets this movie losing some points, but I shall get to that later. The movie starts off with a moment that is later played out in the film, and then back tracks (I’m not often a fan of those scenes but meh, it didn’t bother me too much). When we finally return to the main cast of the film, it’s at some bar and it’s a weird set of dialogue from the four characters about men and women and the work place. Then we cut to the next day, and kind of the ‘starting point’ to all the drama. Then it flicks to 3 years later, and then around the 20 min mark is when the ‘shit just got real’ moment happens. Russel Crowe’s character asks the question. ‘What if we choose to exist in a reality of our own making, does that render us insane?’ It’s at this moment I like to put myself into the story like ‘What would i do if that were me?’ That’s when you start to feel all the emotions really start to flow from Crowe (I’ll get to the acting next, bare with me). Once we get to the part where we learn he only has 3 days left, the story gets to be a lil more than one would believe, but still Hollywood enough for the audience to believe it is plausible. the story has an odd ending, but I’m going to leave that alone so you can watch it yourself.

RUSSEL CROWE CAN ACT! Since I saw him in Gladiator he has been in all these movies, and almost all have him acting at his best. He is so good at using words, facial expressions and body language to convey what he’s thinking, doing, and saying. Yes, the camera helps to emphasize these things, but it has to come from the actor first. The acting he gives us is nothing short of great like most of his other roles. I think it’s so hard to show believable affection to a kid that isn’t yours, but I would’ve sworn this kid was his they way he and the child acted with each other. Elizabeth Banks May be a good actor, but some of her moments weren’t all that. They just didn’t have the same emotion or any really emotion for that matter. She does have one moment that makes the audience really wonder what the hell? It’s when she “confesses” to killing her boss.. or was it just her insanity? The best actor besides Crowe, was Liam Neeson. Though only a cameo, it just had this essence of realism. The best acted moment is when John Brennan’s father discovers this will be the last time he says goodbye. John doesn’t know how or what his father knows, but he has the idea his dad knows this is “goodbye” and not “see you later, son”

The biggest problem I had in terms of editing and was, the time jumps. They weren’t bad, they just didn’t seem to fit well. It does give you a sympathy for John, but I feel that it could have been in terms of time jumps. There was a few random city shots that I felt weren’t needed in anyway. There wasn’t any shaky camera work that I noticed. There wasn’t any real noticeable meaningful camera shot. Yes, there were a few but nothing that was note worthy.

I don’t know how everyone else sees love, nor am I going to use this paragraph to explain my point of view on it totally. (Maybe I will in a rant or something) Love is shown in many various forms for each and every single one of us, but one thing we can all agree on, is that we know how much a person loves us by the lengths they go to, to prove it to us. Be it by simple loyalty, or by material things and everything in-between. But as I said, in these kind of movies, (drama movies really) I tend to put myself in the lead role to see if I’m actually willing to go those lengths depicted in the film for whatever the lead is chasing. It helps me connect to the film better. Its cool, I think, to see movies in that manner because then we, as the  audience, can realize our flaws as a person and where we could possibly improve. That didn’t happen so much for me because I know I’m pretty crazy when it comes something like this that I might actually do this. (Of course Might be screwed with that 72 hour curve ball.) Thats basically what this movie’s moral is. Just how far are we willing to go for our loved ones?  So if you watch this movie listen carefully to what Liam Neeson’s character says.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Rent or Own? This one is tough but I think for the acting alone its worth an own.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

2010 Clash Of the Titans Throwback Movie review

As I said this was going to happen. First I’d like to say this: If you are a religious wo/man and have ever faced a time where your faith was really being tested to the point of giving up whatever  faith, in whatever God you believe in seemed like a great idea, you may have a stronger connection to this movie. As a friend of mine said, “Its hard to believe in God, when he takes away everything you found him in”

Now that statement is basically the driving force to this movie in comparison to the 1981 version where it was basically a game between gods and Perseus’ love for Andromeda (that, now that I think about it, was random as ever.)

Princess Andromeda is the daughter of King Cepheus, who has gained a victory against the gods. The vengeful god of the underworld, Hades, demands that Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice or he will unleash the Kraken against Argos. A desperate King Cepheus asks demi-god Perseus to find a way to defeat the Kraken. Perseus accepts the challenge because Hades was responsible for his family’s death. He discovers that the way to kill the Kraken lies with getting the head of the gorgon Medusa.

Sam Worthington Sam Worthington
Liam Neeson Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes
Jason Flemyng Jason Flemyng
Gemma Arterton Gemma Arterton
Alexa Davalos Alexa Davalos
Tine Stapelfeldt Tine Stapelfeldt
Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen
Luke Evans Luke Evans
Izabella Miko Izabella Miko
Liam Cunningham Liam Cunningham
Hans Matheson Hans Matheson
Ashraf Barhom Ashraf Barhom
Mouloud Achour Mouloud Achour
Ian Whyte Ian Whyte
Bubo
Forever alone since 1981

The plot is basically the same as the 1981 version with a few changes here and there. No bubo this time. In my personal opinion I like most of the updates to this version. The plot is simple, though, its also a flaw when you watch it in comparison, all I kept asking was why is Poseidon just chilling as his brothers are join at each other. plus why aren’t any of the other gods saying anything but just standing there looking pretty? I’m glad they got rid of the “laid out gifts” for Perseus and had him wanting to get revenge for his fallen family and so doing it as a man. The two worst changes may be the introduction of “Io”, SHE DID NOTHING FOR THE MOVIE BUT DIE AND COME BACK BY THE GRACE OF ZEUS?! The other is the use of Calibos. They changed who he was from the original and he just became a none factor really.

Calibos - 1981 (left)
Calibos - 2010(right)

As I said, this movie is more a man who has prayed, lived a decent life, and showed the gods great devotion, only to have the only family he has ever known, killed for sport. That alone is reason to argue this movie is better from the original. Plus I would argue that this movie, even though set in ancient Greek times, is reflective of the times we live in today. Because of the slimmed plot/script/screenplay the adventure to a mystical time is lost. the 80’s were a greatly DIFFERENT time from what we have now.

I really enjoyed the action sequences and the use of CGI. The Kraken is much more intimidating than the miniature one for the 81.

The acting for the most part is okay at best. Felt Hades (Fiennes) seemed too much like Voldemort In my opinion.
The two-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack features a digital copy (located on the DVD).

The special features available on the Blu-ray include:

  • Maximum Movie Mode (length of the movie, plays in a “picture in picture”)
  • Focus Points 35:02
  • Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages 7:56
  • Alternate Ending (SEEN BELOW)
  • Deleted Scenes 18:10

For your viewing pleasure, the alternate ending to this movie

Overall rating of the movie: 3.1 out of 5, cinematography: 3 out of 5, editing: 3.3 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5,: Acting 3 out of 5 Rent-Own? RENT

Look out for the Wrath of the Titans review COMING SOON.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Clash Of The Titans Throwback Review

Well all the movie hype this weekend is all going to be about Wrath of the Titans. But first, you let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start with the original Clash of the Titans. (On Dvd)

The original plot summary from 1981: “Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis’s son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished.” 

The plot in my opinion had given the viewers a chance to actually care for the characters on screen. Its a more expansive and explained more thoroughly. Yes, it does cause it to drag on in some parts, but it just makes for a more understood story. The acting is Horrid, in terms of expression. The director is to blame for this, he didn’t convey his imagination. If he did, then well, I stand corrected and the actors were to blame. The only Note worthy actor was Maggie Smith, which my none muggle readers will know her as Professor Minerva McGonagall. She didn’t have many scenes, but when she was, she had the best expressions. It could be argued that cause she is a house hold name, it could be a bias to say that.

The cinematography was really well done in the start of the film. Then it just disappeared in quality like a Toronto Raptors Defence. The best editing is the intro credits to the movie. We follow a seagull making its way back to mount Olympus and as it flies it covers different terrain which ultimately brings you to normal mountains, then snow top mountains, then finally Mount Olympus. It has this feeling of leaving our boring lives and getting set up for a epic adventure filled of Greek gods.

The cool thing bout this 118 minute Fantasy, has to be the “Stop Motion“. The technique is still used today most commonly in “Robot Chicken”. It gives the film this classic, epic, and mystical feeling. At times it works, and many others it doesn’t. The audio wasn’t anything to rave about. Audio meaning music and sound effects. The composing was weak, and so was some of the choices for the sound effects. When the “Medusa” shows her rattle snake tail, I thought she was going to become a transformer. The Make up did an amazing job as well.

I don’t see many people owning this movie, Unless its your childhood movie or you’re a movie buff, student, etc. Its a rental at best. The behind the scene extra’s are a worth a quick look if you ever rented it.

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, cinematography: 2.5 out of 5, editing: 3.3 out of 5, Audio: 3 out of 5,: Acting 2 out of 5 Rent-Own? RENT

Look out for the remake review COMING SOON.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

The Sitter Throwback Review

Todays entry is “The Sitter”. I wanted to see this movie for some time but never got around to doing it.  Directed by the same guy who brought us “Pineapple Express”, David Gordon Green It recently came out on Blu Ray and dvd, so I’ll be reviewing the Blu Ray copy.

The cover/case for “The Sitter” on Blu-Ray

Staring:

Going into this movie, I didn’t know much about it in terms of plot, and who was in it out side of Jonah Hill, which for some reason added to the lustre of me wanting to see the movie. The plot without giving away too much is:

(Possible *SPOILER ALERT*)

Noah is saddled with three kids, each of whom is dealing with his/her own growing pains. The night starts out badly enough, but when his dirtbag girlfriend calls with a request for cocaine and the promise of sex, he loads the brood up and heads out for an extended bout of child endangerment involving guns, bombs, fists and multiple thefts. But along the way, sitter and sittees mature in ways that no one expected.

Now I did my research and found out this movie is a “remake” of the 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting, though mind you, this movie differs greatly. Since this movie is a comedy I can’t really rate it as well as I would a “dramatic” movie or something in terms of acting. But Jonah Hill plays the same kind of character that we have seen him do basically since “Superbad”. Thats not so much a bad thing, let’s you know what to expect and I felt it fit perfectly to the movie. The kids though were the highlight of the film easily. The ones to watch is the daughter (Blithe Pedulla) and Rodrigo. Also WHY ISN’T Kylie Bunbury (as Roxanne) in more movies. EVEN IF YOU FEEL SHE CAN’T ACT, she is gorgeous, which is most of hollywood’s talent when it comes to acting (appearance versus actual skill)

The cinematography isn’t anything to rave about, nor was the editing. it was actually pretty disappointing. it makes up for it thought with great song selections most of which is hip-hop from the 80’s.

I was happy that even though there was a lot of jokes they were able to include a “moral” of the story without ruining the movie like so many comedic movies suffer from. The reason may be cause it wasn’t all done in the end like many others are, but spread throughout.

This was the last film before the weight loss Jonah Hill went through that can be seen in his newer movies like “21 Jump Street”.

The quality of the disc was pretty decent.

The Extra’s: The ten deleted (and/or alternate, otherwise extended) scenes run 26 minutes total, these in addition to a section entitled “Sits-n-Giggles” (three minutes), comprised of alternative takes and lines of dialogue tried on-set. The two-and-a-half-minute gag reel is for adults only, “The Making of The Sitter” is a fun a 15 minutes, complemented by the tongue-in-cheek “Jonah the Producer” (five minutes), and the brief “For Your Consideration” needs to be seen to be properly understood. All of these extras are in HD, and the Blu-ray also supports BD-Live.

Disc Two is a DVD-ROM with the movie in standard definition as well as a Digital Copy of the Unrated edition for iTunes, Windows Media or Android.


Product Details

  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Audio Format/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English). Dolby Digital 5.1 (French, Spanish, English Descriptive Audio)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rating: R/Unrated
  • Studio: Fox
  • Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 81/87 minutes
  • List Price: $39.99
  • Extras:
    • Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • “Sits-n-Giggles”
    • “For Your Consideration”
    • “The Making of The Sitter
    • “Jonah the Producer”
    • BD-Live
    • DVD
    • Digital Copy
 Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, Cinematography: 2 outta 5, Editing: 2.8 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5, Acting: 4 out of 5. Comedy 3.5 out of 5

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier


The Shining Throwback Movie Review

That Stephen King guy…. I tell you.

Now I’ve never seen this movie in my life. I actually went into this movie thinking it was a entirely different movie. But I digress, the plot for “The Shining

A novelist – Jack Torrance takes a job interview as winter caretaker of the isolated, Overlook Hotel. In the interview, Jack is told by the manager himself, that the previous caretaker – Charles Grady, chopped his family and later killed himself with a shotgun. Ignoring the story, Jack brings his wife – Wendy and his son Danny. Danny, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining”.  Some of the visions come from Tony – “the little boy who lives in Danny’s mouth”. Danny meets Dick Hallorann  – the hotel cook on their first day arriving at the Overlook, who also has this “Shining” and he warns him about the hotel and the sinister Room 237.  Later as Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts, turning more and more aggressive, at the point that Danny and Wendy gets convinced that Jack might try to do the same thing, Grady did.

Starring:

  • Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
  • Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance
  • Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance
  • Scatman Crothers as Dick Hallorann
  • Barry Nelson as Stuart Ullman
  • Philip Stone as Delbert Grady
  • Joe Turkel as Lloyd the bartender
  • Anne Jackson as Doctor
  • Tony Burton as Larry Durkin
  • Barry Dennen as Bill Watson
  • Lisa and Louise Burns as the Grady girls

Now I wanna get to the acting before anything. Shelly Duvall RUINED THIS MOVIE IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. Her poor choices as an actor and the failure of the director, Stanley Kuberick A.K.A the man who “thinks too much and feels too little” to notice her poor performance. (The director gets a next rant all his own.) She goes around with her  half assed running for a lot of this movie, if not just the end. now she’s not entirely to blame, the writers are just as bad, for I read that the script was changed almost everyday of production for this movie. I also read she had many arguments with the director so maybe she acted so poorly knowing they couldn’t fire her which would result in a delay of the movie.

The director now. He should have stuck to the original source material and kept what happens to Jack more supernatural than from within Jack’s mind. It would have made the ending make more sense. Even though the audience is aware that something is wrong and Jack is seeing ghosts but, You REALLY have to guess that is what’s happening. The entire time I was so lost, and bored I felt like I was going insane myself.

The pace for this movie is so slow, its redundant. Though I’m told that is purposeful so that you “sympathize” with Jack. But I did that already when I seen who his wife was. Danny was ok… really can’t judge a child actor if they aren’t Dakota Fanning. Due to the pace you never really actually feel that he goes crazy. and the time jumping also ruins the movie and any message it was trying to convey

The quality of this Blu-Ray is amazing for a re-master is shocking. A lot of the re-masters aren’t always as great as could be, but this one was well done. Makes the opening ariel shots so breath taking.

Which brings me to camera work, which is probably the only saving grace of the movie outside of Jack Nicholson’s acting ability. The use of steady cam (This camera rig thats is set up on this vest , which is on a person, thats connected to this unipod like mount so that a cameraman can walk around and the camera doesn’t have the bob that is natural from people walking) is HEAVY in this movie. It makes everything so creepy. Like when Danny is on the plastic big wheel, it just feels so terrifying . I feel like they copied “The Omen”. 

The special features are only really cool if you’re a film buff, student, no deleted/alternate scenes.

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, cinematography: 3.9 out of 5, editing: 3 out of 5, Audio: 3 out of 5, Scare Factor: 1 out of 5. Rent-Own? RENT. But watch it with someone, helps to keep you awake.