I didn’t like this movie as much as I did the first one. Not to say I didn’t like this movie – because there were parts of it I really did like –then there were parts that were way too long. The best part, for me, was the banter between Thor, (Chris Hemsworth) and his brother Loki, (played by Tom Hiddleston). These two actors are really fun to watch, especially Loki’s character. If you saw the first movie - you know the history of the brothers. This film brings about the conclusion of that story line. But on the flip side – knowing it’s a science fiction story line – it was a very science fiction story. I didn’t care for that part. The different worlds, the different wars, the different characters – even though I know that is what Thor is about. I just thought it was over the top and some of the characters and lines just got lost in the telling of it. I probably will watch Thor 3 – as it was left open (in this huge money making film) for another. I just hope it isn’t as steeped in the science fiction world and they bring more earth to the noble hero.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sandra Bullock plays opposite George Clooney in this one. She is Dr. Ryan Stone, who is on her first shuttle mission, and he is a veteran astronaut named Matt Kowalski, who is on his final mission. It seems like people either love this movie or hate it! I would have to say I’m in the “love it” category. OK, so it wasn’t the most technically accurate space film or even that believable in a lot of areas, but I felt it was more about the characters and what they represented than trying to be the greatest space film of all time. It was meant to make you think about life and what matters and overcoming adversity. After a disaster strikes the shuttle, Stone basically finds herself in an almost unsurvivable situation and has to summon every ounce of will and courage she can to try to make it out. There was a lot of hype when this movie was released, but it really does seem like one of those movies that can “affect” you if you let it. I think this one is going stick with me for awhile - that's for sure.
For me, this movie was just a movie. I didn’t get any emotional feel from it or a sense of attachment to life and the whole meaning behind our existence. At first, I didn’t think I was going to watch this film – I just didn’t buy into the characters of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney being astronauts. They seem like the furthest actors I would’ve picked for these roles. Then there was the whole gushing over the film as it was in the theaters and how amazing it was. Can you say “over it”? But, I did watch it – and it was so-so. I’m sure if you saw in on the big screen and 3-D you might have found yourself attached to the story and might have “possibly” felt like you were one with space – but I just didn’t buy it. I wasn’t impressed and I didn’t empathize with her character and the life and death situation she was facing. ( I also think George just showed up for a cameo – I guess to lend his name to the project). Maybe I’m the only person on this planet that didn’t obsess over this movie – but I doubt it.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I love movies like this! Robert Redford is also one of my favorite actors, so it’s not really a surprise I liked this one. Redford plays a sailor who is alone at sea and has a rogue shipping container punch a hole in the side of his boat. Obviously, that is not a good situation. He needs to make a plan and do whatever he can to get through this ordeal. There were almost no spoken words the entire film, which I really enjoyed! They didn’t explain every little thing and it was like you were with him as he tried to figure out what to do as each new challenge arose. You can almost see his determination and spirit fading away as each day passes and he starts to face his own mortality and realize how slim his chances of surviving really are. Some people may think it’s boring and is just a guy out on the water in a boat, but it felt like so much more to me – a lot more!
Monday, February 10, 2014
I really wanted to be “wowed” by this movie but unfortunately – I wasn’t. The premise itself looked really interesting to me and it had Sly Stallone in it – another plus. But when I was watching it – I felt like it was a movie I had seen many different times in different films. Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a man who gets paid to break out of prison to highlight the weak areas of the prison. As the story goes, he’s asked to take on an undercover, secret mission where none of his people know where he is. As it turns out – it’s a setup and he is now forced to be a prisoner in an unescapable prison. To me, the prison and the storyline seemed to border on being sci-fi. I really didn’t believe the storyline and it felt so similar to other characters he has done in the past. Even with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it – I half expected him to say “I’ll be back.” It was ok to watch – but I just wanted more and it just didn’t get past the starting block for me.
What a powerful, emotional movie! This one destroyed me! I can’t stop thinking about it. Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a straight man in 1985 that’s been diagnosed with HIV and told he has 30 days to live. During this time, HIV and AIDS were still fairly new and scary and there were all kinds of stereotypes and prejudices against those that were sick, which Ron gets to experience firsthand. Those wanting treatment were subjected to the FDA’s red tape and doctors & drug companies wanting to make money when the people are just trying to survive. After improving by using experimental drug “cocktails” created with meds from outside the United States, Ron works to find ways to get these to the sick and dying – fighting with the system every step of the way. Since it’s illegal to sell them, he creates the Dallas Buyers Club – where you buy a membership and then get the meds for free. This helps countless people and makes what’s left of their lives more bearable instead of just waiting to die in the hospitals. This movie made me sad and angry, and just really makes you think about what’s right and wrong and how our system works… Sometimes, it’s such a hard thing to straddle that line of what’s legal and what’s RIGHT!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I’ve watched this one twice and I’m still not sure what I think of it. I liked the story, but just never felt a real connection with the movie or the actors. The film covers the true-life story about a legendary rivalry between racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) during the golden age of Formula 1 racing. Maybe it’s because I watch a lot of racing, but it seriously just felt like I was watching actors pretending to be racers in the 70s instead of really getting sucked into the storylines and the movie. There are some unexpected twists and turns that add to everything, but I can’t see how they can say things like “Ron Howard’s best film ever” or “One of the best movies ever made” and other quotes that I’ve read. Maybe I was expecting more racing action. It’s not a bad movie by any means, it just felt like it had all the elements of a good movie, but not all of the pieces fell together quite like they should have.