Breaking Your Heart One Okay At A Time

3 Jun

Hello Reader,

I will not begin with apologizing because I feel I’ve been doing that a lot lately since I have been so behind on reviewing but today I break one of my rules in reviewing. I don’t normally like to review films out of order but this is too amazing to pass up. So, though I’m sure you all heard recently my school has endure a frightening tragedy there was something that I have been looking forward to that happened, which is the film department Script to Screen event managed to land an advanced screening of The Fault in Our Stars with director Josh Boone this last Wednesday.

The Fault in Our Stars

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Director: Josh Boone

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, William Dafoe, Laura Dern, and Sam Trammell

Rating: PG-13

The Plot: The story of two cancer stricken star crossed lovers.

The Review: I want to say that I think that this is the film that I was most anticipating this year. I read the book and absolutely loved it, cried a lot, but loved it. I was really happy when I found out that it was going to be turned into a movie and even more so with Josh Boone directing (a review on Stuck in Love coming soon) and the writers that they got. I was so happy with the casting also. All this happiness and excitement did also mean that I was a little scared that it was going to be disappointing. Luckily it was beyond my expectation. Ansel and Shailene brought so much emotion and had such great chemistry.  They were wonderful as well as Hazel’s parents in the film and William Dafoe, who made me hate Van Houten all over again with the way he played him so perfectly. It was one of the best books to movie adaptions with only part in changed that I won’t discuss because it is a spoiler. After speaking to the director about it I find that I was necessary and well done. Its filmed beautifully and simply with an honest and a good independent film feel. For having such a smaller budget it sure doesn’t look like a small budget film. The costuming is appropriate with some piece as described in the book and the setting were simply and perfect with the exception of Amsterdam, which was heartbreaking to watch and stunningly beautiful. I really loved how they open and closed the film and the soundtrack chosen was just perfectly suited in tone and highlighting scenes. This film truly captured the emotions and feeling of the book with witty and hilarious dialogue that mixed in directed quotes omitting very few of the most popular. I adore how this film was written, I spent half the film crying (started in the Amsterdam scene and didn’t stop till the end, just cried harder) but I want to say over half was spent genuinely laughing and sometime even crying and laughing at the same time. Like I said before Ansel and Shailene made the perfect Augustus and Hazel and their scene like the eulogy scene were just heartbreaking and perfect. With Ansel being just the right balance of charming and pretentious and i fell in love with his character all over again. I cried for Hazel and love her sarcasm throughout.  I had too many favorite scenes from the literal heart of Jesus to the dinner scene in Amsterdam.   It was an amazingly good film and I absolutely love it and how it turned out. I high recommend it to see.

Watch it?

HELL YES!

Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss

Clip 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=642lKXC97c4

Clip 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0UClGdiWAQ

Feaurette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weTfCigE_qs

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582846/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Until next time,

Jackie

What Were You Guys Thinking?!

5 Apr

Hello Internet,

I greet you all from my favorite coffee shop and beginning a new quarter. Sadly my conflicting majors means that I will not have any film classes this quarter but do not fear my reviews come from many source, there may be a slight bit less of classic film but I will pull some past ones out from last quarter that I did not have time to review.

Grudge Match

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Director: Peter Segal

Starring: Robert De Niro, Selvester Stallon, Kim Basinger, and Kevin Hart

Rating: PG-13

The Plot: Two revival boxers decide to have the last fight that they never did after 30 years.

The Review:  One word: horrible! That’s all there really is to it. Who thought this was a good idea?  I normally try to find something good about every film I see but this one was just tasteless, boring, stupid, and vulgar in a bad way. The trailers to this film didn’t interest me one but it was something that I went to go see with some family and I never pass up a movie. Anyway it was really as bad as it looked. I found the story boring; the dialogue crude and cheap, and the characters all around unlikeable with problems that just made them seem like over grown children.  I found this to be the case especially with Robert DeNiro’s character that just came out as a flat out asshole. He was disgusting, childish, and incredibly annoying. The troubling part about this is not only is it the degradation of a great actor, but its not the first time that he has played this horrible character. It seems like even movie I watch with him now he is playing this character. This just makes the movie worse if its already pretty bad but also takes away and distracts from a good movie such as in the cases of The Big Wedding. The plot was predictable and was just made worse by the tasteless dialogue of all the characters. To sum up the film: boring, distasteful, and a complete waste of time and disappoint of theses actors on doing this film.

Watch it?

DON’T DO IT!

Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bQSOBJCPQE

Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTwjTLxe9KU

Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV3cs3mJFTA

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1661382/?ref_=nv_sr_1

So, I have officially been writing this blog for a year according to WordPress. Thanks to all of you for continuing to read my reviews and I hope that you do continue because I know I will continue writing. I hope y’all like what’s to come.

Until next time,

Jackie

Foreign Film Discovery

28 Mar

Greeting my Esteemed Readers,

I live or better yet I have survived another grueling quarter of college. The quarter has set me behind tremendously in reviews. They say winter quarter is the hardest and I completely believe that. The truth also is that I am incredibly tired. Balancing a double major is tiring. Did I ever mention that I’m a double major? Who knows? Well to contribute to that I contract a lovely cold during my finals week but as previously stated I lived. Here’s a short review on a little foreign film I found over break.

Nosotros los Nobles

Director: Gary Alazraki

Starring: Gonzalo Vega, Karla Souza, Luis Gerado Mendez, and Juan Pablo Gil

Rating: PG-13

The Plot: A father tries to teach his spoiled children a lesson so they will see the errors of their way of living.

The Review: I’m always on the look out for a good foreign film and if it’s from Mexico that even better. It is my firm belief that the Mexican film industry has so much potential and I’m not just saying that because I am Mexican. Anyway word of this film came to me through word from my dad who also enjoys films from his home country. This is a small production and has a simple story and actors that are most unknown except for a few. The children at the beginning of the film really annoyed me but I guess that was the point and why the father was trying to change their selfish brat ways. The film follows the father and his three children as they get jobs and learn to grow up. The father decides to do this by saying that his company is under investigation and the police are after them. To escape he takes them to his fathers old house and tells them they must now do what they’ve never done before: work. This is where all madness ensues. It really is a simple film so there’s not a lot to say without giving things away but I like that about the film. It’s funny, witty, and incredibly sweet. The dialogue, setting, and cinematography are all done without great finesse but that’s part of its charm and heartwarming feeling that make the film feel good and jus something great to watch without any complications. It has a minor romantic story line but it is a family story at heart.

Watch it?

Yeah, sure, I found it sweet and funny.

Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChlQQb49Xf0

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2222394/?ref_=rvi_tt

Look forward to a lot of upcoming reviews. I hope all of you got a chance to see the Oscars that past a few weeks ago. I know I had some struggles but I luckily still got to see it.

Until next time,

Jackie

 

I’ll Over Look The Hair For The Acting

20 Feb

Hiya Everyone,

Ok, so I have sacrificed catching up on review for studying for midterms but the good news is so far I’ve gotten three out of four backs with A’s. The game of catch up continues with reviews so I’ll keep them a little shorter and will hopefully be done before the Oscars get here.

American Hustle

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Director: David O. Russell

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner

Rating: R

The Plot: After being caught, two con artists are forced to work for a FBI agent.

The Review:  It always surprises me how much I enjoy David O. Russell films and with a stellar cast, how can this movie not being amazing? The incredible acting in this film blew my mind away and I agree with all the nominations they receive. They were well deserved. I don’t think I quite knew what this movie was going to be about when I want in. I mean I saw the trailers and searched IMDB but I still don’t think that I properly prepared for the madness of this film. So, the characters are of course not the best of people, they flawed but interesting and the whole film deals with them conning others but more importantly one another. Watching their interaction is just pure insanity and the cast complements each other so well. I fell in love with the costuming for Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams and found the men of the casts a little odd but that that’s due to time period issues. Their wardrobe was really used to reflect aspects and emotions of the characters. Speaking of the male cast, though the ladies of the film had fantastic hair, I just could not get over the guys’ hair. I think Christian Bales appearance had to be the worst, still worked for his character, but Bradley Coopers fake perm definitely gave him a run for his money. The narrative structure is interesting because it really just throws you in and explains later and is divided with the voice over of the two main characters at the begin so show how all of whatever happened began. It was a mixture of a drama, comedy, with a slight hint of suspenseful con movie complicated by romantic details and really showed some pretty great character progression. The dialogue, acting, and cinematography are all great but I think that for this one the acting really takes the spotlight because it’s so character centered.

Watch it?

I’d say yes.

Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST7a1aK_lG0

Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_M3wRmWKms

Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5kfOvWu1zc

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800241/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Until next time,

Jackie

First Documentary Review

6 Feb

Hello Internet,

Sorry winter quarter is killing me. I know reviewing has been really slow this quarter. This is official the first time I’ve reviewed because I don’t watch a lot of them. This one is really short, so sorry.

Blackfish

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Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Starring: Tilakum, John Hargrove, Samantha Berg, and Mark Simmons

Rating: PG-13

The Plot: A deeper look at the conditions and treatment of Killer whales at Sea World.

The Review: Ok, so like I said I don’t actually watch a lot of documentaries because I do find them a bit depressing and ever though they are supposed to be completely objective they never are. I especially avoid nature documentaries because they are either incredibly depressing or monotone to the point of being boring. Now this one still fell under the depressing but it wasn’t boring and at least it was really interest but if I didn’t already hate Sea World enough now I just dislike them even more. I remember hearing a lot about this movie when it was being released. It was of course still subjective but with good reason. The whole thing is just heart breaking! I will refrain for putting a really ranty post but seriously I was yelling at the screen because I was so angry. I didn’t want to watch it but my sister recommended it and my brother was really interested, although half way though I don’t think he wanted to finish watching it because there is absolutely no happiness to it. It was filmed well and flowed easily through the horror of the subject and it is a film that definitely opens your eyes and evokes emotion. It was one of the few documentaries that I actually enjoyed because it was interesting and well plotted without being preachy boring, or monotone.

Watch it?

Beware! Its good but not going to make you happy,

 Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OEjYquyjcg

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2545118/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Until next time,

Jackie

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

21 Jan

Hello Reader,

I LIVE!!! I know it’s been a while since I have posted. I have begun a new quarter and so far looks like it is going to be dreadful so I will fill the time with more movie and reviewing. On the up side the Oscars are coming in like month so I’m ecstatic especially with the nomination being released last Thursday.

1)   Pitch Black (2000)

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Director: David Twohy

Starring: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David

Rating: R

The Plot: When a transport ship crash lands on a strange planet, the crew finds that there are more terrifying things on the planet then the convict that escaped from the ship.

The Review: Curiosity has finally gotten the best of me and I watched all three of these. So, first off this movie needs some back-story because it is confusing as hell and you really have to listen for the tiny hints they give you. Characters are a little flat and predictable and let’s face and this is not a spoiler most of them are not meant to live. It’s predictable but entertaining in some instances and I did find myself interested it the animalistic nature of Riddick but I feel that without him this movie would have been completely boring instead of just boring in some parts. Again though they do not really provide any back story so Riddick remains a mystery the whole time, which does give him a more dangerous aura but makes for a confusing and gapped story.it was simplistic and the dialogue was not that great and sometimes hard to hear. Everything just builds up to an ending that is just slightly disappointing in a bitter way. The creatures, though in concept sound interesting and terrifying are hindered by the developing technology of the time so the CGI is not that great. This also creates a bit of a problem since the film as part of the sci-fi genre relies heavily on it and being a movie watcher that has been spoiled by modern film and its wonderful advancements in CG tech, the visuals bothered me especially Riddick’s vision, which was blurry and a fluorescent pink that just looked a little ridiculous and made his ability to see in the dark a little less cool. I did enjoy Riddick’s sass and bad-assness but his motive and character was unclear making his interactions and relationships wit other characters ambiguous to the extent that it felt random and awkward sometimes.

Watch it?

Interesting in concept, poor in execution. Your call.

Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPEKNToK3TE

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134847/?ref_=nv_sr_3

 

2)   The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

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Director: David Twohy

Starring: Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Keith David,  Alexa Dalavos, and Karl Urban

Rating: R

The Plot: Ten years after the first one, Riddick encounters a new problem when the bounty is raised on his head by a mysterious powerful person.

The Review:  Still confusing first of all because there still is no back story given. How the hell did everyone get here? What happen? Though theses questions are briefly touched upon, I’m afraid that it still remains ambiguous for the most part. The timeline seemed just off and awkward and the trailer seems to have a better put together story then it actually has. Looking back I actually find that there were a lot of the same problems in this one. Although is this movie they did hint more about Riddick’s past and we did get to see where everyone ended up. This one flowed better and gave Riddick a bit of sentimentality so he becomes even more of an anti-hero instead of being a cold-hearted killer with no ties. This humanizes him a bit but I still was confused about necromancers of whatever they’re called. There origins, ideas, and beliefs are unclear and not explained too well. The visuals did improve significantly though, including Riddick’s shine job and vision, and Judi Dench is just well…Judi Dench and fantastic in everything she does.

Watch it?

Better visuals but mediocre and I would say watch it only if you have a really want for a mindless action film that slightly confusing or if you saw the first one. Really though your not missing much.

Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCrDo3eCXkw

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0296572/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

3)   Riddick (2013)

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Director: David Twohy

Starring: Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban, and Matt Nable

Rating: R

The Plot: Just after the last one after a betrayal, Riddick finds himself on unnamed planet.

The Review: Surprise! More Confusion! These movies really need to work on clarity and continuity. It’s not really necessary to watch the pervious two but this one bring one small detail in from the first one. The film is heavily computerized and its pretty in some aspects but has really no plot. I didn’t like were they went with Riddick. The film made him soft and sentimental and almost weak at one point and it’s his tough and dangerous demeanor that makes him such an intriguing character. Another character that they mess up by was Dahl. I was so excited for Katee Sackhoff in this movie. I loved her on Battlestar Galactica and she was going to play another kick but role. She was really awesome during the beginning of the movie but slowly they faded her out and turned her into just anther girl lusting over Riddick. Now what made this worse is that Dahl firmly states that she is a lesbian so suddenly jumping Riddick is kind of out character. I won’t deny there is something attractive about his character but apparent that the writers of this film just want to go out of character for everyone. There’s only one other detailed that bothered me with this film. Now I don’t mind profanity all, hell I use a pretty good amount in my life, but I felt the film’s use was just unnecessary and other done make the films writing look worse than it was.  Come naming a planet Not Furya. Seroiusly? It just looked so much cooler from the trailer and the action does not even happen till like the last half hour of the film and the film itself feels disjointed and too happy. Though it does seem that these film got significantly gorier for the first to this one.

Watch it?

Frankly I was a bit disappointed.

Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH3O-CeZckE

Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_QuI6O5aSE

Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNpQlvt-pag

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1411250/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Until next time,

Jackie

 

Hobbits, Dwarves, and Elves…Oh my!

2 Jan

Hey Internet,

The New Year is here so let the reviewing continue! I opened my new year with crying my eyes out on Doctor Who and screaming over Sherlock. I wonder if that’s an indication on how my year in movies and fandoms is going to go.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (2013)

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Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, and Aidan Turner

Rating: PG-13

The Plot:  Bilbo, Gandalf, and the 13 dwarves continue their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain.

The Review: I’m not huge Lord of the Rings fan and I can’t say I read the books. I mean I skimmed the books so I know basically the story but as for details for adaptation comparison purposes, I apologize, I’m at a loss. Well the first Lord of the Rings movies, that actually take place after these movies I know, are not bad. They’re great in cinematography, dialogue, casting, directing; you name it really and their great but they’re so incredibly long which kind of take away from the beauty of the films. The first movie in The Hobbit trilogy was the same in that it was beautiful in visuals and great in all other aspects but it was long though I didn’t feel the length as much as when I watched the Lord of the Rings maybe because it had more humor. I do still love Merry and Pippin and Gimli and Legolas. I was always did want more of Legolas in the Lord of the Rings movies just because he looked so awesome and yet we only got to see glimpses of what he could do.  The entricement of Legolas being more in this one, I admit, was a factor in why I went to go see this one and because the awesome She-elf, Tauriel, that was in the trailer. Both characters did not disappoint in their action scene and were just plain kick butt. It was nice to get a little bit of background story on Legolas and see that he wasn’t always the way he was. I did squeal a little and laugh when he was shown a picture young Gimil and grimaced. Throughout the movies though, I could not remember Tauriel in the books and was not surprised when I found out that she wasn’t. I know Peter Jackson was getting a lot of criticism for creating her for the movie for the sole purpose of being a love interest but personally I loved her. She was kick butt and I love myself little romance. A love triangle? Even better! I always thought the Lord of the Rings need just a bit more romance. Sure we had Aragon and Arwen but lets face it they weren’t really in it for more then a total of like 10 minutes out of all three movies that combined are like 9 hours. By the trailer even one can see that Legolas and her are part of the love story though it is forbidden. In comes (spoiler begins) Kili. I already love Kili’s character and love him and Tauriel but I also love Legolas and Tauriel but I find her and Kili just too cute! I was rooting for that till I remembered after the movie how his story ends and now I’m just depressed (spoiler ends). I like that though more of a love story was present it did not completely change and divert the plot into something that it was not. I felt the length of this movie the least I think and so far I think I like this one the best. It was still great in visuals, dialogue, cinematography, and casting/ acting. I actually love this whole cast but I will admit I got lost once or twice with the flipping between three events and I hated the gross spider. Ugh spiders but other then that I enjoyed it and won’t be surprise if it got a couple of nomination for like visuals and such.

Watch it?

Yeah why not but be warned its long so a lot of patience is needed.

Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os1G8RtqY2c

Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YreJ0SamM0I

Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCt_f_WA-qA

More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1170358/?ref_=nv_sr_1

I fear I will missed the deadline I have set for myself but anyway Happy New Year to you all!

Until next time,

Jackie

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