I saw Jurassic World nearly two weeks ago with my husband and a friend. While I enjoyed it while I was watching it (barring some discomfort I'm going to get into in a moment), my main impression by the end was that I'd enjoyed it far more when I saw it twenty-two years ago and it was titledJurassic Park. This felt almost like a (bad) remake, rather than a sequel. Hell, Ron said that it was the Superman Returns of Jurassic Park and after two weeks of thinking, I tend to agree.

Spoilers ahead. )

So I watched Taken 3. It was fun, in some ways more fun than Taken 2. One teeny, tiny, minor, why-am-I-even-mentioning-it issue:

SPOILERS )

This is both one of the best and one of the most underrated films I've seen in a very long while.  If you Google it, you'll find reviews that say it has "jarring tonal shifts."

It's a movie about the end of the world.  A very realistic one at that.  If you don't think that the real end of the world wouldn't have "jarring tonal shifts," you don't know much about people.

Those who have been reading here for a while know that I absolutely LOVE disaster movies.  I've seen "Armageddon," "The Core," "Volcano, and "Independence Day" multiple times.  Actually, it's more accurate to say I've listened to them, as I usually like to put on such films when I'm cooking because I've seen them so many times that I don't have to watch every moment.

I've also sat through "The Towering Inferno," "The Poseidon Adventure" (both versions), "Dante's Peak," "Daybreak," "Deep Impact" (one I used to hate, but which may move to the list in the second paragraph at some point), and "The Day After Tomorrow."  Not to mention watching multiple made-for-TV disaster movies over the years and more than one about some sort of supernatural "Antichrist" that must be stopped to save the world.   Or political thrillers where we stand on the brink of nuclear war if some brave individuals don't step in to stop it.

And the fact that my favorite pre-1977 Sci-Fi movie of all time is "When Worlds Collide."

The point is, I love disaster/adventure movies.  I love seeing what people think that people will do when they believe that the world is going to end.  I love seeing stories of survival and sacrifice of the few for the salvation of the many.

But what happens when the mission to save the planet fails?  What happens when all of the scientists and astronauts are killed in a fire and the only hope for mankind to stop the 70-mile-wide asteroid heading for us dies when there are only three weeks left before it hits?

That's the question that "Seeking" answers and answers brilliantly.

I've been wanting to write this review for quite a while, but haven't because I realized that I don't simply want to write a review, but what amounts to nearly a scene-by-scene analysis of why this movie is so brilliant.

This is essentially a lengthy plot synopsis - don't read if you don't want to be spoiled. There's also some poor grammar because I couldn't stick with a tense while I was writing it and I don't care to fix it at this time. )
The review part, though it still has spoilers. )
This will be part movie review, but mostly about the world in which we live and how I wish it were different.  There are some spoilers for the film, but as it's a kids' movie, I don't think that they're anything that someone who saw a preview wouldn't be able to glean.

"Wreck-It Ralph" is a pretty good kids' movie with a decent plot and some good humor.  Even if one is not much of a video game fan (i.e. if they're me), one can find it entertaining and highly watchable.

Cut for slight spoilers, length, heterosexism, and me feeing depressed about the world in which I live. )

The Core

Aug. 28th, 2012 09:17 pm

ETA 9/13/15:  I got over it, :).  I had a mad urge to watch it recently and while I noticed the error (it's impossible not to), I was able to gloss over it and enjoy one of my favorite movies of all time.  Which brings me to something else - how the FUCK is this POS one of my favorite movies of all time?  I think it's the cast chemistry.   The movie does have an AMAZING cast who took this movie and absolutely ran with it, taking its incredibly silly premise 100% seriously the entire film and that helps a lot, :).

As some of you may or may not know, I really love disaster movies.  Always have since I was a kid.  I'll watch and enjoy any silly premise out there, from "Armageddon" to "Volcano," from "The Towering Inferno" to "The Poseidon Adventure," but the one that I've found holds a special place in my heart is "The Core."  I actually own two copies of it (pan and scan, purchased by accident, and widescreen) and have found myself watching it recently when it's been on cable.

Or why I can't enjoy a hot mess of a movie the way I used to anymore... )

Red

Jan. 20th, 2011 08:58 pm
So we went to see this last night at the $1.50 theater.  Wonderful!  I walked out smiling, :).

I honestly can't remember the last time I enjoyed a movie this much.  The writing was smooth, the cast was obviously having a blast and it was just thoroughly enjoyable from the moment when Frank (Bruce Willis) gets up at 6:00AM precisely with no alarm to the moment the end credits rolled.

I loved this movie.  I loved the violence.  I loved the over-the-top action scenes and implausible escapes.  I loved the characters and how they meshed together.  It's the first movie I've watched in forever that I actually want to own when it comes out on DVD.  

How did I love it?  Let me count the ways.
Here there be spoilers! )

Bottom line:  I can see this as a movie I'll watch over and over on cable when it gets there and will continue to enjoy for years to come, :).
Good movie.  (Mostly) lived up to the hype. 

A few notes (positive and negative):

HEAVY spoilers and a discussion of racism within. )
I like this movie.  I like it a lot.  I know it has issues, which I will address, but I like it.  And my reasons for liking it far outweigh the problems it has.

Cut for length and non-graphic spoilers of the movie that may be triggery. )
To Wong Foo is a fairy tale (pun NOT intended).  While it does shine a light on the issues that face those who are different in our society, that light isn't harsh.  To me, it's more... this is the way the world almost is.  And despite what we see on TV every day, humanity is basically decent. 

It's a positive movie, not just gay-positive, but human-positive.  And to those who say it's just silly fluff with no redeeming social value, I say - so what?  It's a movie where drag queens are portrayed as human beings and not characitures and for that alone, I love it.  Before anyone says it, some of their behavior is stereotypical, but they're still shown as humans that have human problems, not freaks with freak problems.  This is a movie that accepts who and what it is and is happy with that.  

I like that.   

I've heard about this movie for years, but avoided it with the same sort of aversion that one would show a poisonous spider or venomous snake. 

I finally watched it Sunday night with a friend who wanted to see it and found it to be exactly as I'd suspected it would be - filled with massive triggers and supremely unfunny.

Cut for spoilers and triggers related to conversion (aka reparative) therapy. )

Bottom line - I think that this is a movie that everyone should see, but I found it very, very difficult to watch.


So I bought this movie when we were at Half-Price Books the other night.  It was $7.  88 minutes.  Roughly $.08 per minute. 

Some background.  It's based upon a short story by Stephen King, from the collection "Nightmares and Dreamscapes".   It's my favorite of his stories for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the audiobook read by Rob Lowe.

I first read it when I was on a trip through New England and five Canadian Provinces the August after I graduated from high school.  This story makes my nostalgic for a number of reasons.  When I re-read it, I think of my late maternal grandmother and that trip, which was my graduation present.  I also think of the audiobook, read so well by Rob Lowe, that I listened to several times while driving to and from my first jobs back when I was first an adult and still living in this very house, all those years ago.

I love the story. 

Cut for length, spoilers and FAIL with fail sauce with a side of fail, fail cream, fail nuts, fail fudge and a fail cherry on top. )

[livejournal.com profile] midnighter  did an even better review of this here.
Just saw this tonight at the $1.50 theater and I have to say - it wasn't bad.  Yes, it's a kid's movie based upon a cartoon with no dialogue, but they actually worked very well with what they had.  It was entertaining and well worth the price of admission, :).  The dialogue was fairly witty, the story not terribly predictable and everyone looked like they were having fun making it, which always makes a movie better than it might look on paper (Hudson Hawk, anyone?)

In short, I had fun losing those two hours, :).
Just saw it tonight and really enjoyed it.  If you've seen it, I'd love to discuss it, so anyone seeing it should be warned now for spoilers in the comments.

I thought that there were a couple of flaws in the story, but overall....

Wow.  Just.  Wow.
This movie was utterly brilliant, especially for an atheist.  The misery of a world where no one can lie is palpable and the reasons for that misery are explored beautifully.  It was funny, poignant and oddly moving.  I highly recommend it!
So looking over the recent race!fail, the question of How could they? How could anyone? has been on my mind a great deal.  I started thinking about the casual racism that we are all exposed to every day and then about the casual racism that I grew up with and I thought about John Hughes.
Cut for length )

The conversation on this is still going on - [livejournal.com profile] amazonziti has added a second post because the first one got too long.  Please keep boosting the signal, :).

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] eumelia has written a wonderful post on this here.


 

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