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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Grey (2011)

A British American disaster adventure directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Liam Neeson and Dermot Mulroney.
A group of men are on an airplane that crashes in Alaska. They try to survive with a pack of wolves chasing them through the wilderness.
How disappointing. The plot held my attention because of the subject matter. The characters were not very developed and lacked back-story. They spent the whole time arguing and getting killed. The video all looked good. There were some very good shots of landscapes and action sequences. The audio was mixed well and I could hear everything. The soundtrack music stayed in the background and seemed appropriate. What irked me was that the rising action would almost instantaneously skip to resolutions. This was particularly true of the ending. Overall, a disappointment. I rate this poor, mostly because of the ending.

The World's End (2013)

A British American science fiction directed by Edgar Wright, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Eddie Marsan.
A group of friends try to visit every pub in their town at the end of school and only make it through 9. Years later, they reunite and have another go at it. This time, the town is mostly populated by alien robots.
Entertainment value was very high in this. The plot held my attention very well. The characters had relatively deep back-stories and some even changed during the duration. The video was executed well and featured over the top special effects. The robots coming apart was done convincingly, there was a walking metal sculpture and a giant fireball. The audio was mixed well, but the music was not what I would have chosen. Overall, a fun flick. I rate this awesome. Watch it!!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

A British horror directed by Colm McCarthy, starring Glenn Close.
A girl goes to class in a restraint wheelchair on a military base. It turns out that she has a lesser degree of a zombie virus and the scientist wants to make a cure from her brain and spine. The base is invaded by zombies and the girl escapes with a jerk soldier, the teacher and the scientist.
I actually liked this. The plot held my attention and differentiated itself from other zombie apocalypse films. The characters were a little deeper than standard survival horror folks. I liked the main character because she was very different from everyone else. The video was done very well. I really liked their use of selective focus. The audio was pretty good, but there was one really annoying song in the soundtrack. Overall, an entertaining and moderately unique zombie apocalypse survival horror with a good main character. I rate this adequate. You might as well watch it.

Sunshine (2007)

A British American science fiction directed by Danny Boyle, starring Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada and Michelle Yeoh.
A team of astronauts are piloting a bomb to rekindle the sun. When they stop to inspect the abandoned ship from the previous mission, things go awry.
This seemed like a syfy channel flick because it was all about the astronauts arguing. The plot was not all that great because of this. The characters were extremely shallow and lacked any hint of back-story. The video mostly looked good. There were some underexposures and the special effects were a little wonky. The audio was good. I could hear everything and levels were mixed correctly. Overall, it's just not that great. I rate this tolerable.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Source Code (2011)

A French American science fiction directed by Duncan Jones, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
A soldier in a military experiment is transported into the past to stop a bomber from destroying a train.
This was kind of sappy for a science fiction. The plot held my attention because of the idea of being sent back in time, into the body of a victim of a disaster and trying to stop it. The main character was developed, but the others were not at all. The video all looked professionally done and the editing was extremely seamless. Special effects when the train blows up multiple times were done quite well and convincingly. The audio sounded good to me. I could hear everything very clearly and the music was mixed very low. My beef with this is the super crap happy, sappy ending that took too long. We go from explosions, death and destruction with the main character in a strange situation to almost a romance chick flick. Whatever. I rate this o.k. because it was going so well until it went down the drain.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Moon (2009)

A British science fiction directed by Duncan Jones, starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey.
A man working on a lunar base finds out that he is a clone. The previous version crashed a vehicle and the new one finds the old one and takes him back to the base. Together, they form a plan to get one of them back to Earth and restore communications that had been blocked.
Pretty cool. The plot was interesting and held my attention. I've always wanted another me or even a few more. The world would not be the same if that happened. The characters were the copies of Sam and his robot, GERTY. I initially thought we were going into a HAL9000 scenario, but the robot turned out to be good. The video was done very well. I think that the lunar base set was very convincing because it was a complete set. The outside sequences with rovers were done with models, not CG. The audio was mostly good. There were a few bits of dialogue that were mixed low, especially on video playbacks that Sam watched. Overall, I think that the filmmakers got the '70s and '80s feel that they were going for. I rate this awesome. Even though I spoiled so much of it, watch it anyway! Tom Cullen would agree.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I'm Not There (2007)

A German American dramatized music documentary directed by Todd Haynes, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Ben Whishaw.
Something about the life and career of Bob Dylan is supposed to be communicated.
Holy multiple non-linear plots, Batman! So, we've got 6 plots based on different and undefined periods in Bob Dylan's life and they are alternated through the duration. This tells me that they did not want the viewer to understand what was going on. There were so many characters that thinking or writing about them would make my head hurt. The video and audio were done quite well and it was a technically sound film. I could see and hear everything that was going on. There were some nice shots and creative visual compositions. The music was mixed well with the dialogue to the point that they were inseparable. Overall, a beautiful, but incoherent mess. It was done in such a way to make me think that this may have been intentional. I rate this adequate. Don't plan on understanding it, at least on the first viewing.