Jun 062014
 
Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained poster Rating: 8.4/10 (1,024,786 votes)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
Runtime: 165 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Western
Released: 25 Dec 2012
Plot: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Watched on May 26, 2014 from Redbox.

This one was OK. We’d both wanted to see it, and it wasn’t a wasted couple of hours, but we’re glad we didn’t pay the full theater price to see it.

Why people tout this movie as a work of genius is beyond me. A 3 hour long runtime was a lot for the material at hand. The story is predictable and the characters (barring Stevens and Calvin) pretentiously self-righteous and boring.

While the film did possess panache in delivery, as all Tarantinos do, it lacked a central character and premise strong enough to make it engaging. The intelligent script and characterization that is a hallmark of films such as “Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Death Proof” etc is dampened due to Django’s portrayal as a virtual mute with an attitude.

A remake of a 1966 Spaghetti Western Jamie Foxx plays the title character, a slave taken on by bounty hunter King Schultz (Christophe Waltz) in order to help find his former overseers. Once free Django joins Schultz in a professional capacity and is Django is able to embark on a more personal search.  Continue reading »

Jumper – A Movie Review

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Apr 262009
 

jumperA genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between “Jumpers” and those who have sworn to kill them.

Genres:  Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Teen; Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.; Release Date: February 14th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality.

Starring:  Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Diane Lane, Max Thieriot

Directed by: Doug Liman

I’ve finally subscribed to NetFlix and this was one of my first movies from the service. We watched this nearly two weeks ago, so I am obviously way behind in my reviews.

So let’s discuss the movie. The concept is an intriguing one…this idea of being able to teleport one’s self to anywhere in the world. What a fun power that would be, and lead character, David, played rather stiffly by Hayden Christensen, discovers the power during his high school days, and heads off to from an unhappy home to learn to use his power.

He leaves behind a girlfriend, but eventually comes back to get together with her, at which time he finds he’s not the only one with the power. He also learns there is a group of people who don’t have any special powers who are out to kill all the ones who do have them.

The ideas were just never well developed, and I have not yet figured out why this group of people have been around, apparently throughout the ages, with a mandate to kill the Jumpers, nor do I understand where they get their resources, so the whole thing just kind of falls flat.

I guess if you’re willing to suspend disbelief (and it is a sci/fi movie after all), then it’s not terrible, but it certainly goes to low-end of my scale.

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Spirit, The – A Movie Review

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Jan 032009
 

The Spirit PosterAdapted from the Will Eisner’s graphic novels, “The Spirit” tells the story of a man who fakes his own death and fights crime from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus — who kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face — has other plans. He’s going to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this coldhearted killer from the city’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront…all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller, Crime/Gangster and Adaptation; Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.; Release Date: December 25th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity.

Cast: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Jaime King, Paz Vega

Director: Frank Miller

Lay and I went to see this movie last night. I will provide a review when we are able to actually watch the movie all the way through. For some reason, it was one of the most unruly theaters we’ve ever been in, and we left and got out money back after about 15 minutes. We were not the only ones from that movie at the customer service desk asking for our money back because of the noise and cell phones.

I accept that rudeness in public, especially movie theaters, seems be an ever increasing problem, but for the $9.50 a ticket charged by the local theaters, they need to pvoide some regular monitoring of the theaters, and remove noisy patrons.

Black Snake Moan

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Aug 022007
 

Black Snake MoanA God-fearing blues man (Jackson) takes to a wild young woman (Ricci) who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Director
Craig Brewer

Genre
Drama / Romance

Cast
Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson, John Cothran Jr., David Banner, Michael Raymond-James, Adriane Lenox, Kim Richards

This is not my type of movie. All you have to do is watch the trailer and read the plot summary to figure out where you stand. But I have to admit that Jackson and Ricci are so good in their roles, that they were able to pull me into the story.

Combining a sweltering Southern setting, blood and guts blues riffs, and a little unexpected Bible imagery, Brewer has definitely given this film a style of its own and an atmosphere that’s as effective as the actors in telling this strange little tale of love and redemption.

Though its aspirations run higher, there’s no denying that the film has its moments of exploitation. Ricci’s half-nakedness for 75% of the film is testament to that. And that’s what makes this such an odd movie to pin down. Did I really like it? Or did I merely appreciate the effort and success in Brewer’s ability to tell his unusual story in his own unconventional way?

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