Author: moviedude

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

 Ever since 1999 with the release of “The Matrix”, the Wachowskis have had failure after failure. Mostly, and probably, is because they have great ideas, but the execution is not what is truly perceived. Enter their recent film “Jupiter Ascending”, a sci-fi tale that has a lot of promise, but nothing truly worth remembering. While the film is entertaining visually, the rest is nothing memorable or worth talking about. “Jupiter Ascending” is probably a sign that the Wachowskis need to retire in the film industry. The story involves a woman named Jupiter (Mila Kunis) finds out that she actually is part of a bigger conspiracy than she thought. She then meets a man named Caine (Channing Tatum) who reveals to her that is royalty. Yes, royalty… IN SPACE! Now the hunt is on for Jupiter in order for her to advocate her power and release the Earth unto powerful political forces to harvest humans as a resource. “Jupiter Ascending” is a film that is dumb. The story really has no clear focus, and there are a lot plot holes that are encountered. Also, if this were toned down to a younger age demographic, then this would have worked out as a young adult sci-fi/action movie. The editing is a pain as the action is moved so frantically that the viewer does not have a clear understanding of what is...

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I’ts a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

 Greed is a trope used in the realm of fiction to be associated with drama, and usually involves some very thematic elements to it. Yet the theme really has not been associated with the genre of comedy. Enter the 1963 film “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, a comedy that showcases a lot of funny talent, and that the idea of greed can be taken for a laugh. And of course, this is all done in a lighthearted manner. However, there are some major problems concerning the film, in general that go along with this movie. “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” is a comedy about greed, that you might want to use your time wisely while watching it. The story involves a crook (Jimmy Durante) who dies off a Californian highway, but a couple of travelers come and hear his last words. Those being that he has hidden a large sum of money ($350,000 to be more precise) and it’s theirs. The group argues as to how the money should be split amongst everybody, so they come to the only logical conclusion that it’s every man for himself. Herein lies a catch to the whole situation: the money is buried in a park under a big W. Eventually, the police get involved, including the captain (Spencer Tracy), and from here, things get really chaotic. Now, it’s...

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Forrest Gump (1994)

 With this movie, everyone has at least heard or seen it at least once in their lives. “Forrest Gump” is a remarkable drama that tells the tale of American pop culture through a man’s eyes. This in turn, has made the movie become a part of American culture as well. After 20 years, the film is still quite good, but does it hold up? While there are problems with the film, there is no doubt denying that the movie is well-recognized into popular culture; even if one has not seen this movie, it is still recognized for what it is worth. “Forrest Gump” is an entertaining movie that despite the problems, people need to see at least once in their lives. The story involves a man named Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), sitting on a park bench, waiting for the bus to arrive. As time passes, he tells random strangers his life story. This includes him becoming both a football and ping pong hero, becoming the captain of a shrimp boat, serving in the army, and running across the country. All the while, Forrest falls in love with Jenny (Robin Wright), the girl of his dreams, for whom he is waiting at the bench. And that’s all I have to say about that. “Forrest Gump” is definitely a good movie to enjoy. The story, based off the book by Winston...

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

 This movie is edited to the format of having one continuous shot, with a few brief moments of cuts thrown in. The following film that is being reviewed today is a masterpiece of cinema. What film is this you ask? Why, it’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”, a film that will blow the viewer away after watching it. There is so much to talk about this movie, it is too much to actually discuss; you just have to see it for yourself. “Birdman” is a great look at an actor’s ego being pushed to the limit, and the choices he must make to maintain it being in balance. The story follows a washed up actor named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), who rose to fame by playing a superhero named Birdman. Unfortunately, Riggan cannot let go of his past as he tries to make a comeback on Broadway. Here, Riggan must deal with the demands of actors, his production team, his family, and ultimately, himself to get back to reality. “Birdman” is a fantastic piece of film that needs to be seen. Alejandro González Iñárritu who directed the feature, as well as co-wrote it, made this movie work with a great script and superb direction. While the music of simply drums is the only soundtrack you hear, it represents the action being taken by our character Riggan, and...

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St. Vincent (2014)

 This movie opens up with our main character telling a very dry joke, which sets up the tone for the rest of the film. “St. Vincent” is a comedy that puts focus on one grumpy old man trying to come to terms with his life. The resulting effort is a gem of originality that has not been seen in quite some time. While the movie does go into dramatic territory, and there are some issues with the story, the film is great by showing what age can do to a comedian, and still poke fun at life. “St. Vincent” is a unique comedy that shows a more human side to those who are grumpy. The story involves an old man named Vincent (Bill Murray) trying to keep his life in check, while adjusting to modern society. He gets new neighbors in the form of Maggie and Oliver Bronstein (Melissa McCarthy and Jaeden Lieberher respectively); Maggie must work long hours at the hospital, so she lets Vincent oversee the care of Oliver, and the two become good friends. Along the way, Vincent must cope with financial issues, a drinking habit, gambling, and his wife who is in a home. Life pretty much sucks for Vincent. “St. Vincent is a remarkable comedy. The script, written by Theodore Melfi (who also directed the film), offers at how old age can effect a...

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