This morning I went to go see “Ford V. Ferrari” and this movie is one hell of a ride. An adrenaline pumping, sweaty palm, heart racing ride that had me on the edge of my seat and cheering for the rag tag group of misfits on a journey to do the unthinkable... taking a Ford and beating Ferrari at the 24 hour Le Mans race in 1966.
James Mangold directed the hell out of this movie and set a new standard for a racing film. I haven’t been this jacked up after a movie since I saw “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Mangold sets his audience in the passenger seat and let’s you feel the rumble of engine and the intensity of taking a turn while downshifting from 200+ miles an hour. He romanticizes the art of racing in such a way I can easily see this movie spawning a future generation of race car drivers.
Matt Damon and Christian Bale could not be better. Their dynamic in this film packs an emotional weight that puts the audience through the ringer. We are on this journey with them and there is nowhere else I wanted to be for the 2 and a half hour runtime. We rejoice when they win, feel the pain when they lose and laugh at the light hearted moments in between. Watching these two stars work off each other is magnetic. I could have hung out with these characters all afternoon and enjoyed every moment of it.
Get off your couch, turn off Disney+ and get to the biggest screen possible to watch this wild ride. This is an American story. An underdog tale at its best filled with a fine cast of characters to keep any audience entertained.
Whatever minor flaws there are in this movie might enter your mind after the adrenaline rush has worn off but for my money movies don’t get much more entertaining than this. This is a great time at the theater and stories like this deserve the loudest speakers possible and the biggest screens available. I saw it in IMAX and was immersed in every second of this film. I could feel the rumble in my chest and when I walked out of the theater... I knew it had just seen one hell of a movie.
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(2019, dir Taika Waititi)
A little boy and his best friend Hitler grow up during WW2. I’ve enjoyed Taika Waititi’s previous work so was interested to see how he was going to pull off a Nazi satire, and I think he pulled it off. I laughed a lot throughout, but never felt like it was taking the situation too lightly either. The performances are great all around, I’m not normally a fan of Rebel Wilson but this might be her best performance. The movie looks great as well, I really liked the set designs and how they changed throughout the movie. The movie is very on the nose and there are some very sharp shifts in tone, neither really dampened my enjoyment but I could see them being more of a problem for others. In relation to Waititi’s other movies I liked this more than Thor: Ragnarok and less than What We Do in the Shadows, and about equal to Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Check this one out 8/10.
"Midway" is a 2019 war film based on the attack of Pearl Harbour and the subsequent Battle of Midway during World War II.
Directed by Roland Emmerich who brought us Independence Day and 2012, this is the most expensive Independent Film ever made! "Midway" is revisiting a familiar story which has been told in countless movies over the years and while it may boast powerfully realistic visuals the movie is just too overlong and overstuffed with characters and battle scenes it all just feels a bit empty and too choppy to follow any kind of comprehensive history lesson. It's all very rushed.
It's obvious that the script was never meant to be the main focus here, but with so many important historical figures on both sides of the Battle of Midway it's disappointing that we never get to know enough about them, with the script favouring destructive metal on metal Ariel combat scenes, which are impressive to look at and can be exhilarating, but after the third battle scene things start getting repetitive very quickly.
The film is packed full of talent, or actors, some not very memorable including Ed Skrein, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, Darren Criss, Nick Jonas, and former 90s pop sensation Mandy Moore. None of them really get the opportunity to lend any considerable talent or edge to their characters merely stepping into roles that filmakers think we should already know. Harrelson and Patrick Wilson display some noble fortitude but it's not enough to elevate the movie beyond B-movie basics. "Midway" does manage to give some historical context but doesn't educate novices enough to really enthrall. The action is filled with motion and detail and filled with fact based filmaking about a critical point in the war for which civilisation itself was on the brink of destruction.
It also succeeds in giving us a more balanced point of view on the war with both the American and Japanese sides getting the opportunity to show their perspective. But it's the screenplay that isn't quite ready for battle and it's erratic pacing make it feel more like a video game than a cinematic experience.
It's all just very underwhelming, despite the impressive visuals.
📽Charlie’s Angels 📽
★ (5/10) ★
I don’t get the opportunity to talk about it on Instagram as much as more popular, mainstream franchises like Star Wars or Marvel, but the 2000 reboot of Charlie’s Angels, its 2003 sequel, and even the original television show itself to a lesser extent are very close to my heart. The duo of films are among the first “real”/not cartoon or toddler-aimed movies I ever remember watching, so many times that when I rewatched them the other night in preparation for this new movie, I could recite them word for word. They are among my favorite movies of all time and defining touchstones of my childhood. I was never going to have the same relationship with this latest reboot simply because it’s impossible to replicate all the nostalgia that comes with watching McG’s films over and over when I was a kid and reenacting the action sequences on my trampoline or with my sister’s Barbies. And I knew that. I went into Charlie’s Angels trying to be objective and just enjoy the movie as its own entity, something perhaps an adult me could love. Unfortunately it’s not just the lack of nostalgia that kept me from having much fun in the theater, but also a lack of anything really unique, playful or memorable at all. The plot is another generic “bad guy has made a weapon that could end the world” scenario that we’ve seen a billion times, only now with the forced modern, 21st technology angle. I’m not saying the original tv series or especially the previous movies had groundbreaking plots, or ones that even made much sense. Full Throttle was about two rings that unlock the names of everyone on the witness protection program! It was ridiculous. But it knew it. And it wasn’t about the plot. It was about the style, the colors, the fun, the chemistry between a trio of woman we actually believed were friends and their hilarious banter. None of that is recaptured here. The main plot is the main plot, and there’s nothing to make Charlie’s Angels stand out from any other action movie with guns and punches and running. Elizabeth Banks’ direction is satisfactory but sterile and devoid of vision or eye popping imagery and cinematography. (CONTINUED BELOW) 👇
2 hours ago
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
An all time classic and one of my personal favorites. This isn't so much of a review as it is an appreciation post. It got a lot of kids back then through highschool and it's getting a lot of kids now through highschool. It's funny , it's meaningful. It's a bit problematic in a few areas but all in all a great movie. Pardon my French but if you haven't seen it what the hell are you waiting for!
Scoring a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes it will always a perfect movie in my fangirl eyes.
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Kiki Sukezane
Runtime: 107 minutes
Year of Release: 2019
With films like "Still Alice" or "Colette", Wash Westmoreland have proven himself to be a more than decent director. Pairing him with emerging actresses such as Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough made me curious enough to check out his latest project, this time distributed by Netflix. But "Earthquake Bird" unfortunately did not live up to the success of his previous films.
The mystery, adapted from a novel of the same name written by Susanna Jones, reminded me a lot of 2016's equally disappointing "The Girl on the Train". It's too cold, bland, empty, and chaotic to properly grab the viewer's attention. It focuses on the romantic relationship between two character that share no chemistry whatsoever rather than the actual investigation it opens with, which unfortunately almost serves as a side story that doesn't really play a part in the overall narrative. It got boring very fast, and no amount of Vikander nailing her Japanese lines could rescue it. The tense atmosphere, while being handled more effectively than the script and its incredibly corny dialogue, never exactly offered anything that didn't come off as slightly formulaic and unoriginal. It was way too serious, but impossible to take seriously, and that was my main issue with the film in general.
"Earthquake Bird" is no disaster, but also not something I see myself remembering on the long run. I got bored by its uneven narrative very quick, and the very few interesting elements it offered were lost in its weak screenplay and complete lack of emotional impact.
FINAL CONSENSUS: Mediocre 😔
Just finished; The Hurt Locker (2008), by Kathryn Bigelow
If you’ve seen it, comment what you thought and let me know you’re rating!!!
My thoughts; brilliant film. So a surprise, I don’t think when this was initially released there was much anticipation for it, but it surpassed all expectations and became extremely well received cleaning up with all sorts of awards!! 2nd most notable film by Kathryn Bigelow after Point Break well over a decade before, then following up with the likes of Zero Dark Thirty and Detroit. If you haven’t seen it - watch it, if you have seen it - watch it again.
If it’s 1am and an hour in you’ll still watch it (and i did, well it was 11.45pm and was about 20mins in)
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Movie: Angel has Fallen (2019)
Rating: 4/10 ⭐
🍿I liked the first two movies but this one jus clearly lacked some creative direction.
This might contain some SPOILERS although I don't actually consider it because it's regarding the most predictable plot twist in the most cliche narrative ever.
Not only the conspiracy involved his old buddy from the army but also the vice-president!! 😮😮 Shocking I know. Nothing ever seen on screen. It's allways the old buddy from the army and the f*ing Vice-president!!!! Where did you got this from? Some 90's action tv movie??!!
Anyway the action was fine, lots of expensive explosions and Gerard Butler did his part well although, just like his character in the movie, he might be getting too old for this kind of shit. 👼👨💼🇺🇲 💥💥💥💥
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