Fences: Film Review


Writer:August Wilson, Director: Denzel Washington, Runtime: 2h19m Full Cast & Crew
“How come you ain’t ever like me?”. What a thing to ask your father, I said to myself. Later, I caught wind of James Earl Jones doing the same scene. As he was in the play version many years ago. Then another video appeared with Leading Male, Denzel Washington, doing his version of the same play. What made it more interesting, was the audience was laughing. I couldn’t help but feel extremely perplexed by how such a scene could come off as comedic. So, I went and what I got was a film so distant to any film I’ve seen like it. Through the guise of spectacular acting, this motion picture felt more like a play than 24 frames rushing past your eyes.

What good editors will tell you, and I’m even sure this a quote from the Godfather’s editor, a cut should feel like a person blinking, more so than a cut for cuts sake. (Post Edit, its from Walter Murch). This was achieved here. The dialogue is so quick and cohesive that you don’t get to notice when the edits actually happen. That’s beautiful work in my eyes.

Denzel, Davis and co. Give such outstanding performances Watching the leads had me in such awe. The first half of the film belongs to Denzel. While the second is a humble share, if not impeccably dominated, by Viola. She steals scenes and she is the best in the business at doing so. I doubt she means to. But her hard work and talent that she’s has had over the years is simply being manifested into her performances. It’s hot actually.. My pick for best supporting actress at this year’s Oscars is without doubt,Stephen Henderson! (Jim Bono Character) He didn’t miss a beat and he had all the right emotion to match with the provided story. His first few scenes with Denzel, made Denzel better by providing someone grounded yet as crazy as Denzel’s character is.

The title is meant as an allegory that both works and doesn’t. Less the latter than the former. There’s so much happening with the people in the story, that the fence is benign. His Wife asks him to build it, however, it’s occurs so quickly, I nearly missed it. Each time it’s mentioned later, I barely cared as there was so much more going on(namely with his brother which had some of Denzel’s best acting for me, it added nothing to the story since there’s so much more happening that he can’t even build the fence. The fence is the least interesting part of the story.  Then you get to The confession and Viola Davis’ third, well-written act & tremendous performance. By that part, you have lost all interest in the fence. Maybe in the play it holds more of a meaningful presence. It then can be argued the cinematography or rather, the medium as a whole caused the fence to fall so far into the background. But that’s neither here nor there. Needless to say, the story being central to the fence is very misleading (even if it is apparent). Allegories shouldn’t be verbal in cinema, they should either be purely visible (through set pieces to cinematography) or simply acted out in body language/ actual deeds. Denzel and co dropped the ball on that in my eyes.

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Denzel deserves a nod for direction I feel as well. His choices with bringing the production to life were spectacular.

Bottomline: If you want to see a film that has tremendous acting and editing, see this one. It deserves all the nominations for those sort of categories. But it certainly doesn’t deserve a win for best picture(the nomination is fair). It should be nominated for set design or production coordination editing and of course any and all for acting.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8.7 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 10 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Not a bad pick up if you wish to buy it, but this is more a Netflix stream than anything.

Video of the Day: Thor Vs Superman

Totally an unlikely situation but nonetheless, very well done production. If you ever wanted to know who would win… this answers your question (like there was any other answer).

p.s. POOR, POOR, choice/acting for Thor

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

G.I. Joe: Movie Review

Well its out,

Director: Jon M. Chu Writers: Rhett ReesePaul Wernick

CAST:

As you might have heard this was (link) was to come out some 8 months ago, but under went a 3-D conversion. As of late, the conversions have been as good as those filmed for 3-D. This isn’t one of those movies. Hell I don’t even know what this movie was trying to be.

Almost every important noteworthy “joe” is either killed off or never spoken of (from this I should have known that this was gonna be a crap movie.. But it had Bruce Willis). The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson is the new guy, and basically the lead for this movie. He isn’t the best actor. But his craft is getting better (I remember reading he did movies like the “Tooth Fairy” to get a better grasp of the art form). Bruce Willis was my draw to the movie, but he was barely used. But when he was on camera, he did delight with the action scenes he had. Oh and RZA makes a surprise in the movie.. His role was weird. He was some kind of Asian sense and the entire plot around his part of the movie was too convoluted to make sense to this trini movie critic.

I said earlier that I don’t know what this movie was, I mean in the first one, it’s CLEARLY geared towards children and early teens. This one has more of an adult theme but still very much a child friendly movie thanks to the PG rating I’m sure. Then it’s kinda unsure if this truly is a sequel since its basically a new cast, and reappearances that don’t make ANY sense.

Bottom line, don’t see it in theatres or if you do, don’t see it in 3d if possible. It’s solely a cash grab. Everything cool about this, is in the trailer.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 1 out of 5,
  • Editing: 2 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Honestly, just download it, and keep it for when your have children around or something.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Olympus Has Fallen: Movie Review.

The start of the blockbuster movies is early this year. With the release of Olympus Has Fallen, it’s the worst day in American fictional history.


Director: Antoine Fuqua, Writers: Creighton RothenbergerKatrin Benedikt Run Time: 120 mins

I saw this trailer and the title a few weeks back and loved the idea. Olympus being the golden jewel of Roman/Greek mythology, the place where gods would sit and control mortals fates and destinies–which happens to be sort of what any and all governments are. But, this isn’t in any way a brain teasing movie. This is Gerald Butler kicking ass, short of kicking a man down and instead saying this is the White House! /this is America!

I thought the idea of this was crazy, and from the trailer above, the action would be too. And it is. This is bringing back solo, gun-toting heroes to the forefront once again, like back in the 80’s-90’s; A one man army goes and saves the day, the way action movies should be. But it’s not only great with action, everything seemed very plausible. The stunts weren’t crazy and over the top, nor were they under performed. In all honesty, if you’re a gamer and have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, this is the movie you wanna see. It really has a drastic effect from the minute the crisis starts until the end credits.

Not only is it heavy in action, but the two-hour long (on the dot) story is well written too. Some time passes in the movie, and the way they catch you up is beyond natural. Seamless even. Oh, and there are one liners. What’s an action movie without one liners? Morgan Freeman has a very bad ass moment, one you wouldn’t expect. But again, it’s very logical and evident of the times. The cast was very believable in each role.

The  flaws I noticed, was a minor use of CGI. The place setting for this movie is in Washington D.C., and I can only imagine the hardships faced to film a story like this there. That being said, for one scene there’s a CGI modelled scene and it’s honestly lazily done. Also, given the clear holidays of in the movie, I wonder if releasing it now was the best choice.

Bottom line: This is one of the movies that wrap you in and make you wanna clap in the climatic battle. Is it a movie that leaves you guessing? Of course not. You’re not gonna have the white house under siege and have the bad guy win. But for the story, the potential to relate to characters, and the action/entertainment value, this movie is well done. Probably the best of its class (class being terrorism in America type action movie).

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Audio: 5 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  Worthy of every penny for entertainment value. would suggest adding to any action movie lover’s dvd/blu-ray collection.
I just found this trailer looks like well be seeing more horrific White House stories this year.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Looper Review


Every so often there’s a movie made that changes the idea of what cinema is. That’s where you can use the term ‘groundbreaking’ for a film (fyi, The Dark Knight Rises ISN’T ONE OF THOSE FILMS!). But, as I was saying, the 118 min movie was outstanding.

Writer / director: Rian Johnson

The story you see in the trailers is there, and it’s clear, but after a while, the story gets SO MUCH DEEPER. The tale deals with time stream continuum which is a fairly simple concept (It’s when you start to think of crazy ideas that makes it complicated) from the start to the last frame (which gives me reason to watch it again), that part of the story is always evident. The story gets to this point where it kinda becomes guess work, and then not to mention trying to figure out what “Joe” is going to do next. Honestly, it’s just so well written, everything is clear (though, I do have an advantage thanks to comic book reading), it’s emotion felt, and the ENITRE MOVIE is a play on its title. There I said it, that should help you figure out the entire movie.

The visual fx and cinematography.. man, the way it all plays out just seems so right. In the trailer you see the part where he falls? That scene was one of my many favorite moments(though I may just say the entire thing was my favourite), though there isn’t much change in what the trailer shows & what the movie itself shows. Like, there weren’t any new cuts, or added sounds etc. The make up of JGL was shockingly well done. He really looked what one would guess is a “young” Bruce Willis. The make up artist deserves an award. When the movie gets to the end, it’s where a lot of AMAZING things happen.

JGL. He…the dude has been one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. I don’t know his entire career, but when he was just a kid on “3rd Rock From the Sun” I knew (a kid myself) that he was a wicked actor. Inception, being as good as it was, just pushed 90% of his current fan base into overdrive. The work he did was amazing. There’s only one time where his voice breaks character, it’s when he’s yelling, but you can’t entirely change your yelling voice and still be able to give a heartfelt performance. Go ahead.. Take a pause and try it (You may just end up doing a Darth Vader, as seen in S.W. Epi. 3). But he had a younger Bruce down pat, added with his charm which is so good of an actor to do. Cause it’s not a bio pic, it’s a created character, but a moment in time of a character. Great casting on the two of them, and I love how ruthless “Joe” gets later. Then there’s a surprise hit in the film. Everyone In the theatre & I was with (basically the TSM team) I’m sure was shocked by one actor in particular. It’s why I didn’t put the cast of the film.

For me, this may be my new all time fav movie. One reason “The Dark Knight” is so great, is because it isn’t just a super hero movie. It branches and touches all these different genres, and its performances. This film LOOKS like a film fest kind of movie (it was screened opening night at Tiff), BUT.. You can clearly see it’s one that got the right budget to be a hit. I love sci-fi stories but this had so much realism it’s crazy. The way the city blends with it all, it’s crazy, then it gets to the rural areas, it’s all just something to cherish. Honestly, it’s the best movie of the year. Can you guess what my rating for this film is? I’m gonna go out on a limb & say its Oscar worthy for best picture.

Rating:

For a second opinion see @Mr_STiXX‘s review on the film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4.7 out of 5,
  • Editing: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
  • Acting: 8 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. then grab it on blu-ray for sure.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Tiff

Now even though the title says Tiff.. Its not about the Toronto international film festival. But rather the Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase, and on this night it was a Trinibago themed night, so the name only seemed fitting (however I don’t believe its affiliated with the Toronto intl film fest).

The main feature, wasn’t for any live actor, but for a black muppet.. By the name of Santana…

Yes that one. so as we go along, I shall be giving you a brief description of the event, the films. And along the way, giving you more santana shorts.. Like this one:

The night started with a CEO Frances-Anne Solomon who runs the event giving the audience a nice joke and telling us about the organization and all that we were to expect. Then it was time for the first movie…

Reality check“: A celebrity has to get ready for some kind of show but when the time comes to bring it, we notice not everything is as it appears.
– This short film was the worst. Granted, its a film that only had 48 hrs to be made. I just felt the story wasn’t clear at all. The actors were decent for the principle of what this was to be. But over all.. It wasn’t as great as it could have been with the way it ends with telling the audience to get checked for cancer. I blame the editor.

Pothound“: A day in the life of a vagrant dog hero.
-this may have been the most family themed movie, and easily second best on the bill. Its a little on the stereotypical side, but once you over look that. Its easy to fall in love with this movie. Can I get a sequel?

Fish“: when two men try to better themselves off another’s work, someone will end up sleeping with the fishes.
-the is the 3rd best. If not tied for any of the other top two. The shot selection, the dialogue the editing was all above what I expected, especially with a film with that title. It has a lot in this movie. And its very clear to under stand.. Even with all the flashbacks. Great piece of work.

Now time to get to the few documentaries on the bill. The first is…”Directions” have you ever asked a Trini for directions?
-this was hilarious if you’re a born Canadian, adopted, foster child, etc with trini parents/relatives then you know already what this. Film is talking about. When you ask a trini for directions. You won’t ever get a clear answer, or the right answer. The challenge was to get to the infamous “Green Corner”… Let’s just say, we didn’t get a clear answer.
Power of the Vagina: just how and why the vagina is so powerful.
-it was a nice attempt but.. To me it failed. I still got a few kicks, and maybe learned something new, but I wasn’t all that entertained by this. Some of the people they interviewed seemed to not know a lot.

Be wise: One woman stand up in the face of adversity to help save an ecosystem, with the aid of bees.
-When this movie started I didn’t know what it was.. The end result makes you think you watched one of those “apart of our heritage” commercials that were frequent in the 90’s (a canadian thing) because you just don’t entirely know if its a true story or just.. A work of fiction either way.. This wasn’t on my list for the night.

Mr. Crab: a son recounts his fear of crabs as his father searches for him.
-as much as wanted to like this… I just couldn’t. I know of the male who played the father from a previous play of his so I had wanted to. But the premise was either missing or it went entirely over my head. But from the audience reaction.. I don’t think anyone got or understood it. Minus one random scene, it was ok.. For a one time watch.


Next was the Kes video.. The speaker said she featured it so people can see that caribbean videos aren’t always just naked women wining (whining) their waist. It was partially effect for that.. She added she likes video’s that tell a story.. I don’t watch video’s because its usually the same thing… Or some kind of rubbish. Not dissing.. I just don’t like music vids. This sadly was no different. ¬__¬


OUR FEATURE FILM… Now I was introduced to this web series thru a friend never did I think it would soon become a movie. No. But I’m glad it did and thanks to my friend “Trini” for letting me know.


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This one is about a love hexagon (6 people), Janice, Sookdeo, Santana, Angelia, Pastor stewart, Kizzy. This film, to not give away any spoilers, was just simply amazing. Roger Alexis did an amazing job handling what made the web shorts so great in a 73 min run time. No character is left out, no question is left unanswered that may have been brought up in previous shorts. There may be one flaw, but it doesn’t take away from the over all enjoyment. Careful not to laugh too loud cause you might miss a joke or two. I won’t get into as much detail as my other reviews, just know if you pay to see this movie, it won’t be wasted. I’m really hoping there’s a sequel, and that it can get a lager audience so that all can enjoy it instead of just one night. The fact that it sold out shows there’s a demand.

Next time this comes around, I’ll post about it. Go out, enjoy the art of cinema.. And enjoy the last of these Santana videos, WARNING… It does contain spoilers.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Lawless Movie Review

There have been COUNTLESS movies about the prohibition era of mankind. This may be the best one.

Cast

Shia LaBeouf
Tom Hardy
Jason Clarke
Guy Pearce
Charlie Rakes
Jessica Chastain
Mia Wasikowska
Dane DeHaan
Chris McGarry
Danny
Tim Tolin
Mason Wardell
Gary Oldman

Director: John Hillcoat

Plot:
“The three Bondurant brothers run a bootlegging operation during the depression, up in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia. Crooked Special Deputy Charles Rakes is after a share of the brothers’ profits. Compounding their troubles, the local competition is elbowing in on their activities. Forrest’s boisterous defiance and Cricket’s knack for moonshine production help the brothers gain a local monopoly. When Forrest is wounded as tension with Rakes escalates, Jack, initially the timid one, must prove his worth against gangster Floyd Banner’s mob, and we see him metamorphose into a cocky exhibitionist in his attempts to woo the off-limits preacher’s daughter, Bertha.”- imdb.com

run time.

Shia Friggen Labeouf. This dude has MASSIVE talents. Transformers aside (for those of you who hate those movies, I don’t), he’s been great in every other thing he’s acted in & I mean from Even Stevens right up to this movie. I don’t know what inspiration he took to portray his character, but he does a good job, the director too. Mr. Oldman wasn’t in it for much of the movie, he had more of a cameo role. Lastly, if you read my tdkr review, you’ll know that I hated Bane for more than one reason. Tom Hardy I believe to be a decent actor, but now, He may be a great actor. The size he had for Bane, he may have kept on for this role and it’s good that he did. He barely speaks but when he does, it’s so damn effective. You end up loving his character by the end of the film. For the sake of not spoiling anything, I’ll end there.

The movie is about bootlegging (alcohol, for those who didn’t know, was banned in the late 20’s- early 30’s, so many started making their own anyway possible), but not only that, it’s about family/brotherhood. There are not physical parents to note, but Tom Hardy is easily the father head, but still very much the older brother (Though, he could have also been the middle child). It had a great blend of subtle humor, action, family dynamic, and character development. I honestly just love this movie.

There’s both soundtrack and original score for this film, and when the vocal songs are used, it’s like using the music to really say what the character on screen is feeling and saying. As much as that seems the norm, it’s really not.

There’s a lot of blood in this movie, but not to an excessive amount. That’s really the only effect used. There’s one scene though, that may make you feel a way.

Honestly, this is just a flawless movie. It’s not perfect in any means, but for what the story is, it’s incredible. I didn’t think these actors would 1) ever do a film together, or 2) be so well fit to act together. You believe every scene that the 3 brothers have together. Oscar season is now, and this movie deserves a consideration in one of the top awards, none of that best editing garbage.

For a second opinion see @Mr_STiXX‘s review on the film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4 out of 5,
  • Editing: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
  • Acting: 5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. Depending on the features, blu-ray for sure.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Review

Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone
Rhys Ifans
Denis Leary
Martin Sheen
Sally Field
Irrfan Khan
Rajit Ratha
Campbell Scott
Embeth Davidtz
Chris Zylka

running tine: 136 min

“Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.”- IMDB.com

So, if you read my first of many comic book reviews, then thank you. If you didn’t, well go READ IT HERE if you were looking for a story that had dealt with the “joining” of Peter & Gwen, then just stick to the comics. If you were looking for anything that Sam Rami did in the first two spider-man movies (Most Spider-Man fans pretend that third one never happened), then you won’t get that. This movie didn’t enhance those movies, it didn’t get deeper. WHY?! From when Andrew Garfield was even announced to be the new Peter,(Andrew Garfield was announced for the lead role in early July 2010 ) this movie was claimed to “Not be a reboot, but more so a story that was never told within the previous 3 films”. Yeah.. ITS A REBOOT!

*[SPOILERS START HERE]*

The tone of this movie is 1000% more emotional than anything else. Which makes it its own right off the bat. So for that, I won’t compare the two franchises much. The plot is the “driving” force, which of course is “what happened to peter’s parents?” Though, as much on the surface as it was, it also wasn’t. That’s a real film makers skill. To be able to have a moral story, & not have it bombard you like it did in WRATH OF THE TITANS. The recurring philosophy in Spider-Man, is “With great power comes GREAT responsibility”. Uncle Ben (Peters Uncle who later becomes the guardian of Peter), teaches him that in the comics, sadly with his death that could have been averted had Peter stopped a robber–the first spider-man movie did it right. The sad part here, is I don’t even think Uncle Ben said those words in this film. Moving on, when Peter finally gets his powers, is when the story stops dragging on because to that point, it kinda just felt like a long boring origin story, though I think they did too much with that, the made it too connected to something that in all honesty kinda goes against the Marvel way of being in a bad place at the wrong time and with some determination making that experience, a good thing. As I said, the death of Uncle Ben is why Spider-Man even exists, so I felt almost all of the things in this movie, it was the most poorly handled scene (That may be an editing thing, but that’s much later and not an excuse). When we are finally introduced to the lizard– I felt for the first time, in most super hero movies, that finally we have an actual villain–one who isn’t totally into stopping the hero, but one that the entire city fears, one that wants to cause others (citizens) harm, & doesn’t care how its done. In The Avengers ending, it depicts how the public reacts via news reports & such, this is what Spider-Man needed. We need more “reactions” from the citizens to see the scope of how bad this villain really I feel. To skip through a bit so not to ruin the entire spectacle (feel free to ask me a question though), the school scene (you’ll know it when it happens) is the best scene. The final moments of the film at the building are quite good, well, on Spidey’s way there. Book the cliché american flag. The death spidey deals with at the end seemed a bit “forced” to me, as was the guilt trip.

Acting in this movie isn’t note worthy from anyone other than Aunt May, Andrew Garfield, and Emma Stone. Everyone else., wasn’t all that great. I think the role of Doctor Connor played by Rhys Ifans, wasn’t all that well done. He didn’t seem flat, just not believable in that role. Uncle Ben’s (Martin Sheen) scene where he tells Peter about the power/responsibility ruined everything that he was supposed to be in that movie to me, because the words weren’t said. I get if you can’t deliver the line, then you obviously take it out, but as great actors do, you analyze a script, and bring the words from the page to screen in a way that you the actor, are capable of doing. Andrew was the person I looked at the “hardest” though. I didn’t go in there with any biases or anything, other than he’s playing my favourite super hero. I think for the tone of this film he does a great job. As for Spider-Man as a whole, not so much. I don’t think his portrayal is close to anything that has been written, but if I HAD TO COMPARE, it would be Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Not only cause of him being a teenager in this movie, but because that particular franchise of spider-man comics has a lot more emotion than the main stream “Amazing Spider-Man” comic books, maybe because he is a teen in those books, and so his emotions are just everywhere, but they are still more present there than other Spidey titles–His performance may have been the one saving grace for the film.

The Editing & special f/x was fairly decent, there were some scenes that were seen in the trailers, that weren’t’ fully used in the movie (its a pov shot), and even still, it’s not that bad. The web swinging needed to be reinvented from the side scrolling of the previous spider-man films & it very much so was. It’s a joy to watch especially in 3-D (there was a CGI glitch with the Oscorp building), The Lizard, was done in the best way. I’ve always felt that, in the comics, he looks too much like a lizard that can walk which is sort of comical (depending on the artist). This take, he seemed more of what makes sense with Dr. Curt Connors being a human battling a within himself with which gene takes over. As terrifying as a walking lizard may be for some, this version makes more sense. The web swinging seemed more practical, and yet still very fantasy. They didn’t crap out on showing us the swinging. There’s random slow-motion moments, which I felt was just odd, but very cool at the same time, I think they were memorable poses seen in the comics. There weren’t too many shots I noticed that had meaning, not to say it wasn’t there but on the first watch, there just wasn’t any I noticed. The 3-D was pretty decent, it wasn’t the best that was out there but it wasn’t the worst. Any complaint I could make, could very well be that I was on a bad angle. The costume I still think is the WORST SUIT EVER FOR SPIDER-MAN PERIOD.

This isn’t a perfect movie, it isn’t the best movie of the summer, it sure isn’t the best of any spider-man film. I don’t think we’re gonna have a good film for spider-man again, until sony gives up the rights. This film is supposed to be the untold story, but when you get to the end, & see the post credit scene, you realize this is a movie to be told in two parts. There are many things in this film that show us why he dons the infamous red & blue suit. I just don’t think this is the smartest take on this character, for they skipped over things, that as a fan of the hero, was needed. If it’s one thing that’s been a delight to see in most comic book movies is the hidden nods to characters/events, this movie didn’t have much of that. Just a picture of Donald Glover from community who auditioned. As I said, this is a movie that is meant to be told in two parts, because we sure as hell didn’t get the answers they claimed to want to give us.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 3 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatres on a cheap day

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Prometheus Movie Review

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof

Cast

A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus”, on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive, it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

[*SPOILERS START HERE*]

There’s Sci-Fi (science fiction) and then there’s horror movies, and then there is that oddity that meshes the two together in this beautiful way, in what you could call perfect harmony–which is what “Promtheus” does. As a prequel to the now infamous “Alien” movie series, which Later spawned two Alien vs Predator movies, that were poorly received. Ye.. DON’T ASK. This Installment was highly entertaining and worth while for fans of movies, or even just fans of the series. It has those “left to the viewer to figure out” moments, and pretty crafty all the same.

The opening of the movie starts out beautifully. It shows us these landscapes of the world that in the movie, claim to  be in Ireland, or at least part of it. (but I’m sure they filmed that in Iceland… either way, Its just beautiful) *NOTE* THIS MOVIE IS MADE TO BE SEEN IN IMAX AND OR 3-D. In order to really appreciate the scope of what you’re seeing, it just would look so much better. I got a free ticket so I won’t complain. The cinematography was outstanding as were the V/FX(Visual effects).

spaceship used in prometheus

The choice of shots were amazing at the start, and for the most part throughout. The start really has a bang feeling to it, with how it’s shot (I really could talk about the start of this movie forever but its a two hour long movie so I’ll move along). Throughout the film we are taken to many different places and shown many different things, the way it’s introduced in this film seemed very natural, and when you think of where we are with technology, it seems very practical that you could believe some of these things would exist (the technology anyway) . This was probably the best horror movie we will get this year. It’s not overly gory, but just terrifying in the sense that it has crazy looking aliens that do some crazy stuff.

Acting was spotty I won’t lie. Charlize Theron was good, but some of her lines weren’t delivered to the best of her ability (watch monster and you may understand). Idris Elba had some, if not all the best lines in the film (he really is a suburb actor). It may be just me, but I detected light banter between the crew of space men which reminded me of Joss Whedon‘s work, it was good to make the movie a bit light. Guy Pearce was almost unrecognizable. Michael Fassbender plays such great villains in movies man, he was sort of the saving grace in Jonah Hex (but not enough to save that film). He has a way of being obviously evil, but yet deceiving enough to have you think he wouldn’t hurt a fly. It honestly is a joy to watch it all unfold.

Editing wise, it was put together very well. It switches from steady cam, to shaky cam, but WITHIN REASON. It isn’t over done and as I just said….it makes sense. I will give any movie with shaky cam a good rating, if the shaky has merit.

The Plot itself is good at best. I don’t know how much it connects to the other Alien movies, but I’m definitely gonna see the others now that I have this “back story”. If there was a moral of the story, it’s that we as humans should be mindful of what we want to discover. Sometimes our curiosity does get the better of us and we find out something we were WAY better off not knowing.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 5,
  • Editing: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatre in the best way you can (like Imax or something). Then blu ray if you have the other Alien movies.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Safe Movie Review

Director: Boaz Yakin

Writer: Boaz Yakin

Jason Statham Jason Statham
Catherine Chan Catherine Chan
Robert John Burke Robert John Burke
James Hong James Hong
Anson Mount Anson Mount
Chris Sarandon Chris Sarandon
Sándor Técsy Sándor Técsy
Joseph Sikora Joseph Sikora
Vassily Docheski
Igor Jijikine Igor Jijikine
Chemyakin
Reggie Lee Reggie Lee
James Colby James Colby
Matt O'Toole Matt O’Toole
Detective Lasky
Jack Gwaltney Jack Gwaltney
Barry Bradford Barry Bradford
Jay Giannone Jay Giannone

A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright, lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change, until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever. But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action…and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. Realizing he’s the only person Mei can trust, Luke tears a swath through the city’s brutal underworld to save an innocent girls life, and perhaps even redeem his own.

I think it’s safe to say (see what I did there?) That this movie, though it looked like crap, satisfied on many levels. The movie can be seen as a lot of things, but to be frank, it is simply an action movie like any other. This one just has Jason Statham, and a moral that is kind of relevant today. I had posted a trailer for it not too long ago on here, and I’ll be honest, besides Statham, there wasn’t ANYTHING having me wanting to watch this movie.

*[SPOILER ALERT]*

The story (editing aside) was, for the most part well executed. At times I felt bombarded by information, but at the same time it added to the depth and added a “thriller” side of the story. I didn’t expect it to be like that, I thought it was gonna be very simple in terms of the goal, and just full of action. The beginning felt rushed, but in the overall scope of things, when the movie is over it makes sense why it was rushed, for they had quite a bit to explain. Gets the benign stuff out the way cause really they could have explained that at any time in the movie. I was at a drive in so I missed a few things thanks, in part, to the quick cross-cutting editing and the switching between english and subtitles. That got a tad bit annoying but meh, it wasn’t longer than 30 mins into the movie. The only flaw I had with the movie was at the end. (like I was actually MAD lol) All I’ll say is *[SPOILER]* the girl saves Luke from what would have been a wicked fight (I was hoping Luke was gonna fight this dude). He seemed like he would have gave him a run for his money.

The acting from Statham is probably his best performance to date. He just had this real emotion, especially when his character arrives home to some really bad news, he still acts like a bad ass. He just had a better connection to this role, as opposed to him only playing a bad ass. I don’t know if that is because of something, or just method acting, but either way it worked (hell, it could have been just good direction). He even has some wicked lines, and his delivery alone easily makes him the best actor in the film. The other actors didn’t really sell some of their lines as compared to the stunts they had to do. They weren’t unbearable or anything, just didn’t have the same kind of skill, though that may have been intentional.

One of his memorable bad ass moments occurred in this scene

The cinematography was done so well in terms of the selection of angles. The director of photography was so on point here–The angles and the use of mirrors was really refreshing. There wasn’t much that I noticed for meaningful shots, though that may have been in part to eating while watching the movie. Yes, there was shaky cam, but itt wasn’t as bad as others have been, just some of the fight scenes suffer because of the style. *sigh…* I wish this trend would stop.

The editing was ok, there wasn’t much to complain with there, it was just ok.

Now, I’m not trying to get all into this topic here, but for any one following the Trayvon Martin case, I thought this movie was a nice “flipped” scenario in a way. Instead of following and harming the child, a hero came from the brink of committing suicide to help protect this child. Though fictional and most likely not intentional, it did have that connection, and if not then I made it for you. this movies moral is quite simply, when you’re in the need of a new beginning, simply look out and open your eyes, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN!

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.8 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 3.2 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatre.

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