Monday, September 7, 2015

Movies Movies Movies

Still catching up on movies.  I'm also still looking for more movie recommendations.  So, send them if you have them.  Let's get into it:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - This was a mixed bag for me.  I didn't like the first half of the movie.  There was a lot of bad things that happened to animals along with some straight up animal cruelty.  I know it's all fake, but it still bugged me.  The second half of the movie where (spoiler but not really) the hyper-intelligent apes rise up and fight for freedom was a lot of fun.  Now I'm tempted to check out the next movie in the series.

Mad Max Fury Road - Everyone has been talking about this movie like it was one of the best action films ever.  I thought it was kinda meh.  Yeah, there was action, but without much context at all.  I never felt invested in any of the characters, not even at the end of the film.  Because of that the action had no weight to it.  Basically the movie was one giant car chase scene... in a bad way.  Maybe you need nostalgia for the original films to truly get what they're doing here?  I definitely don't have it.

Birdman -
I went into this movie knowing nothing about it.  After I started the movie I was completely locked in and watched the entire thing.  I love the camera work and the acting in this movie.  It's amazing.  The two hours flew by.  I immediately wanted to watch Birdman again.  It's hard to talk about without giving away the plot, but it's a fantastic movie.  You should watch it.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation - I expected a Tom Cruise action thrill ride and I got it!  Mission Impossible Rogue Nation was everything I wanted it to be.  If you don't like Tom Cruise action movie you won't like this one.  If you do like Tom Cruise action movies you will like this one.  It's honestly as simple as that.  I liked it!

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol - Seeing Rogue Nation in theaters inspired me to go back and rewatch Ghost Protocol.  It's another good Tom Cruise action movie.  I like this one a lot too.

Blade Runner - This is not the first time I've tried to watch Blade Runner.  I've never been able to do it, and this time was no exception.  Blade Runner is extremely slow, has almost no plot, and doesn't have any character development.  I go crazy with boredom trying to watch this movie.  I really don't know why it's held up as such a classic.  Maybe just for the special effects at the time?  I dunno.  I give up.  I'm not going to try to watch Blade Runner again after this.  I've tried and failed too many times.

Edge of Tomorrow - I guess I've been in a Tom Cruise action movie mood.  I decided to revisit this movie and see if it holds up.  I liked it the first time I saw it and I still liked it this time.  I love the time traveling in the movie and some of the later scenes where he has memorized what will happen during the day are hilarious.  This is a great action and time travel movie.  If either of those are your thing you should check it out.

And that's where I currently sit with movies.  I have a couple more in my backlog to watch through, but then I'm probably going to move on to TV shows that I've been meaning to get to.  I really need to give Dare Devil another chance and there are a bunch of new Sci-Fi shows with interesting premises that I haven't watched at all.

Once again, if you have any movie or TV recommendations send them my way.  I'm always looking for more things to check out!


  1. I didn't fall in love with Mad Max, but I think the big zeitgeist was just having a strong female presence in an action movie again that didn't force romance or similar tripe shit. It's a well-made movie, but it's also kind of dull if you want plot/dialogue/narrative.

    1. The strong female was cool, but mindless action doesn't do much for me these days. I really do enjoy plot/dialogue/narrative over action. Ideally they would all be mixed.

  2. Sorry you didn't like Blade Runner. There are so many reasons though why it is considered a classic of science fiction cinema that it's hard to point them all out. For instance, if you watch any dystopian future movie today, they borrow heavily from the foundation laid by this movie in feel, cinematography and style. The plot may be a bit more subtle than the action movies you mentioned and after watching one action movie after another, some parts of Blade Runner may make you feel bored, but the themes of what defines a human being, how do we define slavery, and is it right to put an expiration date on a sentient being are all pretty important things to consider. This is a true science fiction movie, not just a movie placed in a sci-fi setting like Star Wars or latest Star Trek movies, it is more akin to Forbidden Planet or the original Time Machine from 1960 - not a lot of action, but a lot of things to think about. This is much more like reading a literature novel than a James Bond or Tom Clancy book.