Saturday, October 26, 2013

Movie Review: The Counselor...you don't need this Counselor

An all star cast, an indisputably great author, Cormac McCarthy,and an acclaimed director, Ridley Scott, but the movie is still only 2 stars. Why? The story line is lacking, explicit violence, and uncomfortable sex scenes, as in Cameron Diaz having sex with a car. Yes you read that right sex with a car!  www.yourmediaworld.com

The writing is remarkable there are a few scenes that are just poetry and it is endlessly quotable, “You don’t know someone until you know what they want,” but it is so wordy you can’t even absorb half of it.  Michael Fassbender plays the counselor and said in a recent interview that he read the script and thought “this is a real treat… an amazing writer trying his first screenplay….when are we doing this?”  He must have gotten lost in the words and just thought how can a Cormac McCarthy script be bad? Well, here is proof it can. The story line falls short as I was watching I kept waiting for something I felt like there was something missing like it was building to a point but didn’t deliver. 

The basis of the movie is cocaine trading on the Texas Mexico border and of course the deal goes awry and everyone is running for their lives from the Mexican Drug Cartel or a double-crossing greedy girlfriend. From then on its beatings, killings, grisly decapitations with horror movie like blood spurting sprinkled with conversations with priests and morality.  

Great actors, great director, and a great writer does not a great movie make. Don’t bother rushing to the theater to see this wait until it comes out on cable.  Don’t agree? Share your thoughts at www.yourmediaworld.com.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Fifth Estate- Worst Opening of 2013... But I Still Gave it 3 ½ Stars

Intelligent thrilling and dramatic. The Fifth Estate is based on real events of the rise of wikileaks, its founder Julian Assange, and its quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

The boxoffice results goes to show you that you can’t trust what happens at the boxoffice you need to see the movie yourself or trust reviews from people you know (www.yourmediaworld.com). The movie is entertaining, dramatic and thrilling. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the super intelligent, egomaniac, and slightly crazy Julian Assange and does an amazing job. Which should be no surprise since he is practiced at being an arrogant intelligent a$$hole from his role as Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock and Khan in Star Trek. The supporting cast is nothing to sneeze at Laura Linney, David Thewlis, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci, who I think is highly underrated, and Daniel Bruhl, who did a great job, round out a well cast movie.

I admit you have to be in the right state of mind to see this movie. It’s not something I would say you go to on a whim while it is entertaining and thrilling it is also a thinking movie. You find yourself asking what would you do in the same situation? And thinking about the amount of information that is available today how do we handle it? Its obvious from this movie no one knows how. But if you are in the right frame of mind I think you will really enjoy this movie.

If you didn’t know anything about wikileaks it is amazing what they did with essentially a 2-man crew. Here is a quick recap of what wikileaks has done and what you will see in the movie.  Some of the early exposures they shared included documentation of equipment expenditures and holdings in the Afghanistan war and corruption in Kenya. The major release in November 2010, WikiLeaks collaborated with major global media organizations to release U.S. State department diplomatic "cables" in redacted format. That release lead to a European arrest warrant for Assangne causing him to reside in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has since been granted diplomatic asylum.  Crazy right? (BTW for those of you who didn’t know the website WikiLeaks, is not in any way affiliated with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation. It is an entirely separate website run by people who have no connection to Wikimedia.)

This movie is loosely based on the book by Assange’s partner, whom Assange vehemently denies and disavows his book of any truth. For roughly a year, Assange has been actively protesting against The Fifth Estate. He directly pleaded with Benedict Cumberbatch not to play him in the movie. Then last month, WikiLeaks released a version of the entire script, along with a detailed manifesto explicating all the perceived errors in the film. And then finally last week, Assange gave a rare interview with the Hollywood Foreign Press in which he predicted The Fifth Estate “is destined to be a box-office failure.” Guess he was right....

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Movie Review: Gravity Nerve racking, gripping and touching!

Nerve racking, gripping and touching! In case you have been living under a rock Gravity is about Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space…
Bullock does an amazing job! You are right there with her experiencing each of her emotions on the edge of your seat cheering her on. Not many actors can hold an entire movie on their shoulders and do it virtually alone on screen. Clooney’s part in this movie is nominal he is around for maybe 15 minutes and he is charming and funny but any handsome guy could have done it. (Think Clooney was irreplaceable in this movie share your comments at www.yourmediaworld.com.)

Directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron the cinematography of the movie is breathtaking and the way they implement the anti gravity is unreal. There is a scene where you see clumps of fire floating that is so amazing you want to see more. The silence in the movie is palpable and seeing it in the theater even more so I think I could have heard a pin drop, you were literally holding your breath.
Dr. Stone is put into situation after situation where she is fighting for survival and you are sitting on the edge of your seat hoping she makes it. What should bother me is that it keeps happening to her once you think she has made it something else happens and once again you are gripping you chair but it is done so you aren’t irritated by it but drawn in each time.  Gravity is 5 stars and you should see it in theaters in IMAX to get the full experience. Share your thoughts and reviews at www.yourmediaworld.com

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Movie review: After Earth and Hangover Part III on DVD today- rent it or wait for it to come on cable?

After Earth
After Earth stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith and that’s it; the move is almost entirely those two alone and just goes to show Nepotism will get you everywhere in Hollywood. One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jayden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. The premise sounds promising if you like futuristic sci-fi and Will Smith usually has the golden touch. Unfortunately, Will Smith couldn’t save this movie. The script was poorly written as Will and Jayden were talking I found myself rolling my eyes at all the bad lines. The subtle accents used, especially by Jayden, are terrible and seem to come and go throughout the movie.  As I said the movie is almost entirely Will and Jayden but actually it is mostly Jayden trekking through the woods and I just couldn’t connect with him, I felt like he was too much of a baby the entire time. Of course he finally mans up and finds his inner strength and saves the day, because every movie needs a happy ending, but then he says “ I think I wanna go work with mom” which I don’t think is cute or funny but defeats the purpose of everything he just did. I think there are plenty of other movies that have come out to rent this one can wait until its on cable.
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The Hangover Part III
The wolfpack is back…again. This is much like the first where Doug gets kidnapped and they end up in Vegas. They bring back almost everyone from the first movie including Mike Epps (black Doug), Heather Grahm (Jade the stripper), and the original baby.  Of course the original is the best because you didn’t know what to expect. I was actually laughing out loud a lot, which doesn’t normally happen with a third installment. Yes, there were a lot of the same jokes told a little different but it was still funny. Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) escapes from prison in Bangkok and delivers his usual crazy one-liners and helped keep the movie funny. Melissa McCarthy even has an appearance as Alan’s (Zack Galifianakis) love interest. All in all this was a better movie than the second but nothing beats the first installment. If you didn’t catch it in theatres I would say this is a good movie to stream but I don’t know if its something you need to have in your movie library to watch repeatedly. Don’t agree? Think this movie was only 2 stars share your thoughts at www.yourmediaworld.com.