Culturally Awkward or Unsettling Sagas

Posted by KC | 1/21/2015 06:40:00 AM | 0 comments »



UNBROKEN
BIOGRAPHICAL/DRAMA

PLOT: The true story of Louis Zamperini.

                            Louis Zamperini was an extraordinary man.  An Italian immigrant who had trouble with the law as a teen then started running and winning.  He was in the Olympics.  He then went to war, stranded on a life raft for 47 days then became prison of war in a Japanese camp and when the war was over he came home.  This is not a popcorn movie but amazing story of the will to survive, religious and forgiveness. English actor Jack O Connell is wonderful as Zamperini.  Actress Angelina Jolie (Salt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) did an incredible directing job and cinematography Roger Deakins as he creates dark, bleak and banal atmosphere.  The bad part they only shown one area of his life read his book for the rest to understand how reliant this man was.


KILL THE MESSENGER
CRIME/DRAMA

PLOT:  The true story about reporter Gary Webb who exposed the CIA and drugs in LA.
               
                            When you write the truth the CIA begins to show interest in you and that is what happened to journalist Gary Webb who tells the story that CIA needed to fund the Nicaragua War they put crack/cocaine on the streets of LA. At first he was praised then smeared and disowned by his own newspaper that he put on the map.  You don’t know this story because at the time another scandal took its place Clinton/Monica Lewinsky.  Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye, Avengers) is very good as Mr. Webb telling the truth and getting blamed for it.  This is why we need to have independent movies to show films like this.


INTO THE WOODS
FANTASY/MUSICAL

PLOT: A twist on many fairy tales as a baker and his wife want a child.

They merge the fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood into a story of a baker and his wife who can’t have children. They have to take belongings from each character and the witch will grant them their wish. It is clever and fun-at least the first hour and then it gets dark!! A few things you don’t see coming. It is based on the musical with the same name. I do hope the stage play was better. It is not bad just different. They sell it like it is for kids-not really.

Big Films for Cold Season

Posted by KC | 1/04/2015 08:44:00 AM | 0 comments »


ANNIE
MUSICAL

PLOT:  A retelling of Annie from the Broadway play.

                The film is really cute but some of the songs are misplaced and most of the cast can’t sing too well except Jamie Foxx.  You know the story Annie a black foster child (Quvenzhane Wallis) with a mean foster mother (Cameron Diaz) helps Foxx who is trying to become mayor of New York.  Diaz is good as the evil but comical foster mom.  Bobby Cannavale is Guy his publicity agent who will do anything to get him elected.  It is great for family viewing.
  

HUNGER GAMES 3: MOCKINGJAY PART 1
SCI-FI/ACTION

PLOT:  The 3rd entry of the successful series.

                Katniss Everdeen played by talented actress Jennifer Lawrence is now the leader and symbol of the rebellion against President Snow (Donald Sutherland).  The film shows how propaganda changes lives and minds and both sides use it!!  Sadly, it is the last film of Philip Seymour Hoffman but he plays his part well.  I read (haven’t read the novels) it is  as close to the novel as it can get which it may be long to some for it has something to say.  I believe the next film will have more action.
  

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
BIBLICAL/HISTORICAL/DRAMA

PLOT:  Another film about Moses and Ramses.

                When you see this movie forget you have seen the Ten Commandants in 1956 with Charlton Heston for this is director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) version.  It is a different film entirely.  The special effects are awesome but in the climactic scene you wanted to see more.  Christian Bale is okay as Moses.  Joel Edgerton is so-so as Ramses.  To me, I thought the title was for a video game.  It is worth seeming mainly for the special effects.



DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
SATIRE

PLOT:  Four different black students in an Ivy League college.

                It is very funny and insightful but it is not as funny as the trailer.  The question asks “Are we racial free today?”  You answer that question.  It is mostly a cast of unknowns except for Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) and Dennis Haysbert (TV show 24 and All State commercials.)  The film started as a trailer and got backing from kickstart.com.  I hope Hollywood gives director Justin Simien to do movies for they need to tell more black stories other than comedies, crime and slavery.


HOBBIT 3: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
FANTASY/ADVENTURE

PLOT:  The final movie of the amazing trilogy.

                You know who the hobbit is Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the five armies are the elves, the dwarfs, the Orcs, the humans and the eagles.  Those who read the novels or keeps up with the movies know that the dragon Smaug burns Lake Town to the ground before being killed and the only thing left is miles of gold which everybody wants.  Soon it is a showdown of endless fighting and  spectacular special effects.  Director Peter Jackson should be proud to make a wonderful, successful series of J.R.R.Tolkien’s novels.  The films are epic, have great acting and have heart.  Worth watching.


THE INTERVIEW
ACTION / COMEDY

PLOT:  Two idiots have to kill the dictator of North Korea.

                Let me just say the hype is much better than the movie.  It’s the story of two immature guys-Dave Skylark (James Franco) host of entertainment show and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen).  The President of North Korea, Kim Jung Un (Randall Park) enjoys Skylark show and then CIA visits them for the two to assonate him.  James Franco is funny as a self-absorbed talk show host who wants to do something better as well as Seth Rogen.  Seth Rogen is not funny to me.  He is better as a producer and writer in real life.  The funniest parts are not the leads but the cameos such as Eminem, Rob Lowe and Joseph Gordon Levitt.  There is a lot of humor but it is VUGLAR for the most part.  If you can wait for video or VOD please do.  


Stellar and Interstellar Fall Films

Posted by KC | 12/12/2014 12:10:00 PM | 0 comments »



JOHN WICK
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT: Ex-hitman comes out of retirement to take out people who wronged him.

                John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) lives an ordinary life, has a cute puppy and an antique car.   Iosef Tarasov, a spoiled son of a Russian gangster wants to buy his car but the car is not for sale.  Iosef and his buddies give Wick a beat down and kill his dog.  Big mistake.  His father Viggo Tarasov tells his son that Wick is the best hitman in the business and has do deal with him.  You have seen this story a thousand times but action hounds will love it!! Other stars in the movie , action babe Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe Retaliation) and Avi (Dean Winters), second in command. He has done a lot of movies and TV shows but he is best remember as the All State  commercials guy named Mayhem and Lance Reddick (Fringe).  You like action and body count this is your film.

INTERSTELLAR
SCI-FI/DRAMA

PLOT:  In the future astronauts must find another planet than Earth to live.

                First of all Christopher Nolan is not a straight forward director!!  The Batman Trilogy is the only one I know he did do straight forward.  He throws curves and experimental things in his pictures so be warned.  The second thing the movie is long 2hours and 69 minutes about an astronaut Matthew McConaughey along with others to find another planet to live on other than Earth.  He has two children but he bonds with his daughter and he is determined to do it for her.  That is a plus for the film, their relationship.  The special effects are dazzling but if you don’t hear everything you’re not supposed to.  This IS a Christopher Nolan film remember.  If you like his movies go but if not wait until video for you want to see  it repeatedly to truly understand it.

BIG HERO SIX
ANIMATED/SCI-FI

PLOT: In the future a genius makes a cuddly assistant robot.

                This is a cute film about a group of smart kids who end up as superheroes.  You have seen it all before with stock character and all but it is done very well.  There is drama, comedy, action.  The computer animated films seem to have all these elements for than live action.  You will enjoy this if you a kid or a big kid!!!

Vamp Fangs, Sex Pangs and Media Gangs

Posted by KC | 10/25/2014 04:55:00 PM | 0 comments »



GONE GIRL
MYSTERY/THRILLER

PLOT:  On a couple’s fifth anniversary his wife is missing.

                The title of the film can mean many things and when you see it you will understand why!!  Did Nick (Ben Affleck) kill his beautiful blond wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) and hid her well and that’s why the police can’t find her?  The media thinks he killed her and wants their audience to think the same.  No one is innocent as they appear even lawyer Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) who plays the shady lawyer very well.  It is based on a novel of the same name and Gillian Flynn, the author wrote the screenplay.  Ms. Pike who usually plays English women (she is English) deserves an Oscar nomination. It is a blend of a Lifetime movie and an episode of Snapped!!


DRACULA UNTOLD
HORROR

PLOT:  Another movie about Dracula.

                In this version they mix history with myth.  Vlad (Luke Evans) is king but Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) want one thousand young men and Vlad’s son.  He does not like the idea.  He goes to the Master Vampire(!!) played by Charles Dance to turn him into a monster.  It is a different take on the Dracula legend.  They make him a hero with no other alternative but to turn evil.  

Luke Evans was in the Fast and Furious 6.  He was the bad guy but in that movie but in this film he is the star and he is ruggedly handsome and plays his part very well.  Charles Dance is great as the Master Vampire even if it is like a cartoon character.  The film is not epic – over 90 minutes but it packs in a lot.  Worth seeming if you like Luke Evans or vampires.


ADDICTED
DRAMA/THRILLER

PLOT:  Based on the bestseller by Zane now a movie.

                Zoe (Sharon Leal) has a great job as finding new artist. She has a hunk of a husband (Boris Kodjoe) two cute kids but she is a sex addict!!  Her two boy toys are Tyson Beckford and William Levy.  You have seen this all before but never with an attractive black cast!!  No slaves, no maids no gangbangers!!  It is great seeing that and there is a lot of sex!! 

They always have changes made when they make the movie, but she was much hornier, Zoe was much more of a slut in the novel!!  If you didn’t know about the film don’t worry, many people didn’t.  Codeblack, part of Lionsgate did most advertising on the internet.  Positively worth watching to see sexy people screwing around like in soft-porn movies.

On Races and Mazes

Posted by KC | 10/07/2014 10:26:00 AM | 0 comments »



NO GOOD DEED
THRILLER

PLOT:  Convict escapes and terrorizes woman with two children.

                If one of the major black networks had movies this would be it.  It stars the talented Taraji Henson and Idris Elba as unhappy housewife and a psychopath and on a rainy night their paths collide that changes both their lives forever.  It is farfetched in some parts and there is a twist in the film.  Should you see it?  Well it different than black people being slaves and maids.  It is a girl’s night out picture but if you can wait for video wait.


MAZE RUNNER
SCI-FI THRILLER

PLOT:  Based on a popular young adult novel.

                The film is about a young man kidnapped and placed with other males where they have to survive and trying to escape an inescapable maze.  Plot is a little confusing but the young actors are good and there is more to the story and there is a Phase 2!!   The sequel will be even better!! It is worth a look.


THE EQUALIZER
ACTION/DRAMA

PLOT:  Re-imagining of the popular 80’s TV show.

                The movie is loosely based on the TV show of the same name cast Denzel Washington as a man with a set of skills to help ordinary people.  He helps a young girl named Terri (Chole Grace Moretz from Carrie, Hit Girl) who is a hooker in a Russian gang.  The head of the Russian mob gets his fixer Teddy (Marton Csokas, Amazing Spiderman 2) to rid him of Washington.  The acting is good for an action movie.  The moral of the story is don’t mess with Denzel Washington when he goes BADASS!!