Why I like The Greatest Showman

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Have you seen The Greatest Showman yet?  I recommend you do if you haven’t yet.  I have seen it twice while still in the theater.  Do you know how long it has been since I’ve gone to see a movie more than once while still in the theater?  Trust me, I’m too cheap to go more than once to just any old movie.  If that doesn’t help sell you on the movie then let me keep going but I will reveal major plot points along the way so if you don’t want to know then stop right here and buy a movie ticket.  You can read the rest when you get back. Continue reading

John Williams is da man!

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We’re not really going to talk about John Williams.  I just wanted to throw a nod to the Star Wars theme maker.  It still holds up!

 

I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens also known as Star Wars episode 7. However you want to say it. I went to see it because I liked the original Star Wars trilogy. They were the driving force behind me going to the theater to see episode 1, 2, and 3 which were movies 4, 5, and 6.   Confusing? Not as confusing as reminding myself while watching episodes 1, 2, and 3 (or movies 4, 5, and 6) that the actors playing the parents weren’t even born when episodes 4, 5, and 6 (or movies 1, 2, and 3) came out which portrayed their character offsprings’ story.

Confused yet?

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Want some Thor?

thor posterI went to the movie theater this weekend to see Thor.  So, you know what that means, right?  Get ready for a whole list of spoiler alerts.  If you are planning on seeing the movie, you may want to skip to the end where I give my unprofessional opinion if you should spend your hard earned money and go see it.  If you’re like me and read the spoiler alerts to determine if it’s a worthwhile choice, by all means, read on.

First off, I’m not a comic book reader.  This trend we have in which the comic book readers of the world (formerly known as nerds) are taking over the world of entertainment is educating me fast.  For example, I learned this summer that there is a difference between DC comics and Marvel.  DC (the creator of Superman) has no humor.  It’s as dry as the Wyoming desert I call home.  In contrast, Marvel movies have humor.  And a cameo by Stan Lee (unfortunately, no relation).  For the record, I like humor.

Thor delivered with light-hearted humor sprinkled in the movie.  It makes all the destruction a little easier to watch when jokes are interlaced throughout.  As usual, resident bad-boy Loki delivered his lines in a way that almost made us forget he is completely evil.

lokiSpeaking of Loki, I have to give credit to the actor, Tom Hiddleston.  (Here comes a huge spoiler alert) when he received his comeuppance both Bubba and I said, “Ohhh.”  Hello? He caused a lot of destruction in the first two movies and one grand act made us switch sympathies.  I wonder what this actor is like in real life.   It’s just that he plays diabolical so well – what happens when he walks the streets in his hometown?  Or what is he like at home?  I also wonder the same thing about Helena Bonham Carter.  I would expect her children toe the line.  If she were my mom, I know I would.  No offense but she plays creepy well.

But I digress.

Loki once again provided not only the evil but also a lot of the humor in the movie.

There always comes a time during a Marvel movie when I think, “Ok, we are about done.”  Only to find out, nope.  There’s more fighting to come.  This was no different.  The fighting scenes seem to last a very long time and do their best to destroy every part of scenery possible.  During the final battle scene I couldn’t help but think, “Isn’t this a good time to call in the other Avengers?”  But Thor took on the bad guys all by himself.  Luckily for earth he won.  I thought it was a rather risky endeavor though.  I wouldn’t have forgiven him if he lost.

As I mentioned before, I am not a comic book reader.  However, Thor has become my favorite superhero.  I mean, have you seen Chris Hemsworth?  As Dr. Jane Foster said in the first movie about his look, “It works.”  To be honest, this movie could have been as dry as Superman and I still would have recommended it.  That’s a lie.  Superman was a little too dry.  Part of Thor’s charm is his smile. Sigh.  I just have one complaint, Mr. Hemsworth is originally from Australia.  When he hosted FX’s Superhero Sunday he spoke with his native drawl.  I see nothing wrong with a Norse God speaking with an Australian accent.  Just saying.

So, would I recommend this movie?  Oh yeah.

Don’t forget, Marvel movies have tag scenes at the end of the very long roll of credits.  I chose not to wait for it this time.  Can anyone help me out and tell me the final scene? (Also, something I learned this summer, DC movies DO NOT HAVE TAG SCENES.  So you waste your time if you wait through them).

Other reviews:

How many times can I watch 2012 this year? by ck

Just don’t think about it that much by ck

Back when Disney got it right by ck

Time flies when you’re on IMDB by ck

Just one little reason why I prefer not to live in NYC by ck

Captain Phillips

I went to see the movie Captain Phillips this weekend.  One word review:  wow!  But let me drag it out a bit longer.

When I first saw the trailer for this movie I vaguely remembered the actual incident.  I knew the captain had been kidnapped by Somali pirates.  I thought I knew he survived.  And that was about it.  So when I saw the trailer I decided I wanted to watch the movie.  The only hesitancy I experienced was the fact it starred Tom Hanks.  Mr. Hanks and I had a falling out a few years ago when I discovered after years of contributing to his livelihood, he didn’t respect me.  But that’s a story for another blog.  It always makes my niece Lyn roll her eyes.

In short, I decided to go see the movie hoping my nine bucks would contribute more to the actual Captain Phillips than to Mr. Hanks.  Lyn just double rolled her eyes.  She really should be careful about that – she could hurt herself.

I went to the movie with my dad, my sister MZ, and Lyn.

First, I drooled through the new Thor trailer (gotta admit them Hemsworth boys have some good genes) and a quick question to Lyn about the preview.  “Does she die?” I asked about Natalie Portman’s character.

Lyn looked at me.  “I don’t know,” she said slowly.  After all, why would she know?  The movie hasn’t been released yet.  I just want some assurance the girl ain’t gonna die.  I mean, it’s not fair that Tony Stark is the only Marvel superhero that gets the girl.

But I digress.

The movie started and I noticed right off the bat I was not going to like the filming style.  You know, the ‘in-the-moment’ shaky hand.  Ugh, this is a movie not the news clips.

This was one of the most intense, on-the-edge-of-my-seat movies I have ever seen.  The reason it was so intense?  Because it’s a true story.  Hollywood couldn’t write or fix it to force a happy ending.  You get what you get.  And let me say again, wow!

The reason the story is so good is because there are so many heroes in the world.  Actual, real life heroes.  From the captain, to his crew, to the Navy and the Navy SEALS there were so many heroes in this incident.  And that is just reassuring to see.

The third reason I liked this movie is because it teaches a valuable lesson.  The pirates were able to board the ship because one of the hoses pointed in the wrong direction.  In other words, there was a chink in the armor.  There’s a lesson in that and I will probably share it with my young women.

It is based on a book.  If you’re interested, it is called, “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by  Richard Phillips with Stephen Talty.  I really wish I was into reading because I want to read the book especially since it is authored by Captain Phillips himself.  This story captivated me and I’d like to know more of the details because while the script followed the book somewhat it was still Hollywoodized.

In the end, do I recommend seeing this movie?  Heck yeah!  Go see it or watch it on video.  Even if Mr. Hanks is in it (no movie is perfect).

 

Other movie reviews:

Did you hear about this movie? by ck

Three movies in five days by ck

GI Joe a go or a no? by ck

I totally blab about Warm Bodies by ck

I’m no Ebert by ck

RIPD? by ck

R.I.P.D?

I’m not a critic.  But I do enjoy going to the movie theater.  I tend to go to a matinee usually by myself.  Despite what popular culture leads us to believe, going to a movie is not really conducive to a date or group setting.  You can’t talk and get to know each other.  And popcorn wreaks havoc on the breath.  So, I like to go alone.

I went to see White House Down a couple of weeks ago.  This movie didn’t make a deep enough impression for me to remember to write a blog about it the following week.  The plot involved something about the President of the United States and some inside baddies with one Channing Tatum to save the day.  Really, that’s enough to know about that one.  But one of the previews before the movie was for R.I.P.D.  That looks really stupid, I thought.

ripd-posterThen the big media push for it came on television the following week.  By opening day my tune changed to, it might be kind of funny.  So, I went to see it Friday afternoon.  I bought my small Dr. Pepper (ah, worth the price of admission right there) and small popcorn (which together cost more than my ticket).

If you are planning on seeing R.I.P.D. please stop reading right now.  Or at least, skip to the very last line.  There will be huge spoilers and I don’t want you upset with me.

About five minutes into the movie I remembered something very important.  Ryan Reynolds bugs me.  I’m sure he is a nice enough guy but I personally don’t think he can act.  He more reacts to the script than anything. I swear every role I’ve seen him in has been the same character.

Oh yeah!  If only I had thought of that sooner I could have saved me some money.  But I did get a Dr. Pepper out of the deal so I was okay with it.

The theater was a little too quiet.  Even during the jokes.  That’s what happens when the funniest parts of a movie are used for the previews.  All in all, it wasn’t a terrible movie and I think it has the potential to grow on me.  You know, when it is relegated to its monthly FX viewing and long after I forget about the previews.  I predict I’ll watch it on television.  And I may even appreciate it.  I think.

The premise is a tricky one.  The main character dies shortly after the opening credits.  He dies after making a very serious error in judgment and before he can rectify the situation.  Yes, he is a good guy and yes, he made a very serious mistake.  But he can use the excuse “the devil made me do it.”  Almost literally.

The winding up scenes made me nervous.  The one thing I don’t like about this type of premise is the forced happy endings.  Oh, the character isn’t really dead.  He’s just sleeping. And now he’s awake and oh – happy day!

Pu-lease!

Or that tender moment when the dead person can speak to the living and gain closure for both.

Pshaw!

In my experience, that veil between life and death is pretty final.  There are no second chances to say what needs to be said.  I just don’t like those kinds of scenarios.

So, why did I go see this movie, again?

Everybody sees Ryan Reynolds character as a little Chinese guy and Jeff Bridges as a sexy blond.  Now, that’s funny.  Plus, Mary-Louise Parker does a great job with her character and manages to salvage the movie.

This movie did delve into the whole ghost and human tête-à-tête.  But by that point in the storyline it is forgivable.  After all, it is just a movie so why tarnish the character’s reputation?  It did make me a little nervous when it headed to a happily ever after ending.  Albeit with a twist.  It veered from that path though.  And I appreciate that.

When all is said and done, do I recommend it?  Yes.  On Red Box.

Is GI Joe a go or a no?

I went to see GI Joe: Retaliation last weekend.  My main reason, at first, was to spend some quality family time with my visiting family members.  I wasn’t opposed to going but it wasn’t a must-see.  I know I’ve seen the first one but I can’t remember anything about it.  If you want to see this movie, let me give you some homework.  Watch the first one again.  I was lost about ¾ of the movie.  I totally forgot some key plot points.  Like the fact there are ninjas in the movie.  They are kind of a major plot point to remember.  So, if the only thing you can remember about the first movie is the fact Channing Tatum (which I even forgot this key factor) is in it, you might want to re-watch it.

I could lie and say I went to see this movie because of its “honest portrayal of a war-torn country and the secret societies that uphold and contribute to corruptness.”  But let’s be honest.  What sold me is this poster my niece posted on her Facebook wall.  You can call me shallow if you want.  I prefer human.

559123_528059487247061_1318626504_nOn a side note, the actor formerly known but still referred to as The Rock has arms the same size as….well, as me.  My whole body.

Okay, back on topic.

The movie’s plot moved along as if my three-year old grandnephew called the shots. “The GI Joe’s will save the day!”  Since toys are always intermingled in one box the next figurine becomes the bad guy.  “And they fight….Ninjas … on a cliff of a mountain…”  I can imagine hearing little boys (or girls – because I was one of those girls) making fighting noises while conducting a battle down the hallway wall.  And then dropping the villain figurines down the wall to signify them losing the battle.

There are some funny parts.  The video game at the beginning made me laugh.  And some unintentional funny scenes.  The body bag flying down the zip-line in the background made me chuckle.  I’m not sure if it was supposed to, though.

Want to see it?  Planning on seeing it?  Considering seeing it?  Stop reading this post.  Click on this instead and read a nice article about the television show Psych.

If you’re still reading I’m assuming you either already watched GI Joe or you have no desire whatsoever in seeing it.

There is one major “What the heck just happened?” moment.  I didn’t believe it for most of the movie.  I kept waiting for some kind of twist.  Just something to make the major boo-boo all better.  It never happened.  I don’t want to give too much away.  Let’s just say, that picture up top that sold me on the movie is false advertising.  That scene did not happen.  If it did happen, it occurred when I blinked.

I also feel like people in the London area may not like this movie so much.  I wouldn’t if I lived there.  They kind of get the shaft.  Sure, the Joe’s save the day in the end. That is, for everyone except those who live in Western Europe.  Sorry Europe.  We’ll miss you.

In the end, the movie came together finally and held its own.  Sure, I should have watched the first one.  I think.  Even after watching the sequel I really can’t remember anything from the first.  If you like shoot-em ups and innocent people dying then this movie is for you.  Or if you just want to spend some time together as a family… well, if your family is as cool as my family, then yeah, go see it.

The post in which I totally blab and disclose plot info about the movie Warm Bodies

warm-bodies-poster-ew-brandedIf I were to receive a do-over in my life I would ask for only one. This would be my choice: the ability to travel back in time to when I was a fresh-eyed graduate of high school. Instead of wasting time “wanting to be a teacher” (nope) study video production out of the gate. AND THEN I would become a professional movie trailer maker a la Cameron Diaz’s character in The Holiday.

You know, the person who takes the best parts of a movie and puts them into a 30 second montage to entice you to see a movie? Yeah. That person. What an awesome job that would be. Tricking people into thinking a movie is worth their precious money in under a minute! Now, that’s power.

Here’s an example. I’ve seen the previews for Warm Bodies for a few weeks now. The premise is amusing. !SPOILER ALERT! A zombie falls in love and comes back to life. I’m not up on my Zombie mythology so I don’t know if this particular view has been done before. What can I say? It looked cute. So I went.

I invited my niece Jo-T to come. It wasn’t on her list of must-see’s but she came anyway (to spend time with her aunt).

So, here’s the premise of the movie and if you’re still reading and don’t want to know any more about it STOP READING NOW. Well, at least scroll down to the last three paragraphs where I give my final recommendation.  It’s post-apocalypse. There’s a group of zombies that hang out at the airport and grunt. The main zombie has an amazing inner-dialogue going on considering he has no vocal skills.

The other pastime the undead partake in is eating. Unfortunately, they only have a hankering for humans. That creates a problem and there’s this division between the undead and the living. There is another faction in zombie land. The “boney’s” are on a lower level of depravity than the regular run of the mill zombies. In essence, while the zombies are the bad guys the boneys are the bad-bad guys. On a side note, they kind of reminded me of the mummy in the Brendan Fraser franchise. But that has nothing to do with this movie. I just kept forgetting what movie I was watching.

Got all that? There’s the boneys. The zombies. And the humans. Now, the zombies still have human like features. They just have the one major character flaw of considering human brains as a delicacy. Other than that, no worse than the most socially awkward person you’ve ever met in your life. I know there’s at least one person you’re thinking of right now.

It’s a pretty typical rom-com. Boy zombie meets human girl…while eating her boyfriend’s brains. This infuses him with the boyfriend’s memories. The zombie likes the feeling because typically zombies don’t have memories. Or dreams. But again, considering all this, he had some great inner-dialogue happening.

To cut to the chase, the two fall in love. There’s even that uncomfortable girl-disclosing-all-to-her-best-friend scene. And girl human realizes she fell in love with boy zombie. Really? This is after she discovers that boy zombie did in fact consume her boyfriend. That to me would be a deal breaker. But the boyfriend “had changed” which helps her get over the whole moral dilemma rather quickly.   For me, it would be hard to kiss a guy knowing his lips touched my boyfriend’s brains.  And not in a good way.

In the end, the love-struck couple changes the world. The zombies team up with the humans and they all beat the boneys. The good news and happy ending is that even zombies can be redeemed.

Is there a great message in this? Yeah. But you can find a message in just about anything.

Do I recommend it? Sure. It’s fun enough. Pure and total silliness. However, be warned the language isn’t pleasant. I don’t appreciate taking the Lord’s name in vain. It makes me uncomfortable. Unfortunately, that was their swear word of choice. If this offends you, better not see it.

My niece’s summation of it did not change after watching it. Her opinion, “It was really long.”

photo courtesy the web

photo courtesy the web

Here’s one more recommendation. If you do go see it, you will see zombies eating human brains. Do not, and I cannot stress this enough, do not eat Sloppy Joes for dinner afterward. Not smart. Not wise. And definitely not cool.