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The Revenant (2015)
This is a simplistic tale of revenge that has been done many times. And this is definitely not Leo's best performance, but I guess they finally gave him the Oscar for his body of work. He did a better acting job in Wolf of Wall street and when he played Howard Hughes among others.
He plays a trapper that is attacked by a bear. The boss decides leave him with 2 others to take care of him till he passes while the others make their way back to the settlement. One of them, Fitzgerald is an awful person, and just wants easy money and when Glass doesn't die the first day, he wants to help him along. He basically uses lies to get the other guy to leave Glass behind.
But a miracle happens and some how Glass recovers. And of course is out for revenge on Fitzgerald. So we get some scenes of survival, him helping a Native lady till the final tracking scenes with Fitzgerald.
FINAL VERDICT: It's OK, not what I would call one of the best films of the year. But I think the cinematography captures the feeling of settlement times. Worth watching.
I was very skeptical about this movie considering the prequel trilogy was terrible. The little kid was annoying and they had annoying characters and the story line just bad.
But the Star Wars of the future was much better. I liked the acting and the characters. I didn't find anyone annoying. The story made sense. The resistance had a big battle to win and the new heroes were incorporated well. Kylo Ren was sort of a whiny, weakling, but perhaps with his new training will turn into a bad foe. So convenient how he got out of alive, since Rey should have finished him off. Then there is the surprise of who his parents are and you know Leia will have something to do with his demise in the future film.
FINAL VERDICT: Good adventure flick.
The Danish Girl (2015)
Oscar liberal bait
I thought this movie was good and that Eddie Redmayne portrayed better acting in this than in the movie he won the Oscar. This is definitely a liberal film, but it is still enjoyable even if you aren't.
The movie is about a married couple, whom are both artists. The husband, Einar, begins to enjoy dressing as a woman and his wife, Gerda, begins painting him like that and only these paintings are considered worthy enough to sell. Einar flirts with a man as Lili, breaking Gerda's heart. Gerda gets an offer to move to Paris to sell her art, so they both move. There Einar explores the transsexual world more and sees doctors, but they think he has a mental/chemical problem. Finally he sees a doctor whom is interested in performing the first transgender surgery. Gerda still loves him but comes to except him as Lili and is still there for her during the surgery. But all doesn't go well during a time of considerable infection risk.
FINAL VERDICT: This is a good drama, with a different story to tell. Definitely adult themed. But worth checking out.
The 5th Wave (2016)
terrible cgi and story line
This movie was not good, a real disappoint since I like Chloë Grace Moretz. First the cgi effects were awful. The giant wave of water, the way kids could tell someone was alien. Just stupid.
The central story is about Cassie, trying to find her younger brother whom has been taken away by the army. And we learn there is more to the army than meets the eye. Liev Schreiber plays a laughable head of the army type guy. The lines he was given, just awful.
And everyone knows an army of kids is the best change aliens would have, right? And the way a half and half turns on his own kind, because he likes a human, silly.
FINAL VERDICT: Don't waste your time.
true story of one of life's biggest challenges...
climbing a mountain. We follow a couple of groups of mountain climbers as they spend time at the base camp of Mt. Everest before trying to reach the summit. The getting to know everyone part was OK. Then the day arrives to climb and of course, things don't go as planned. First ropes weren't set up as they should be, there isn't enough full oxygen containers, and a fast storm moves in. One climber goes blind up there. But they just take to long to get to the top and don't keep to the schedule as when they must start going down. So many of them perish while a few make it. You could say some of them were selfish because getting to the summit was more important, putting others at risk. But it's a dangerous hobby anyway.
FINAL VERDICT: Good story. I liked the lead guy, he was just stupid not sticking to the schedule. Worth watching.
Black Mass (2015)
any film about corrupt cops...
makes for some fine entertainment, Johnny Depp play gangster, Jimmy Bulger. He is contacted by FBI agent, John Connolly, who grew up in the same neighborhood and they have respect for each other. He wants Jimmy to give intel on the mob- less competition then. So he gives them the address of the mob boss and from there he takes over the streets. Jimmy becomes more powerful while Connolly keeps him safe from prosecution. One rule-no murder. Of course, doesn't take long to break that. Soon, others in the FBI realize they aren't getting intel from Jimmy and that one of their own is in too deep. So bad cops have to go down.
FINAL VERDICT: Based on a true story, check it out.
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
for the hip hop crowd
This is a sort of biographical tale of how rappers Ice Cube, Easy E, and Dr Dre came to fame. I'd say you need to be a fan in order to really like this movie.
The movie starts with them as teens living in South Central. The part I didn't like was how they portrayed all the cops to be bullies with no cause. I seriously doubt it's like that in South Central.
Anyways they get popular in clubs and a music producer, Jerry, wants to sign them (but is really only after Ease E). So of course with money involved the friends grow apart and they get mixed up with thug, Sug Knight. Eventually E dies while the other 2 have even more success.
I thought the actors portraying the rappers really played the part. And I didn't know it was Ice Cube's son playing him until looking here. Now I know why he looked so much like the real Ice Cube.
FINAL VERDICT: OK, better if you were one of their fans.
This movie was much better than I expected. I thought it was about a boring topic, but the movie made it entertaining. And I found Will Smith enjoyable for the first time in a long time. He was good and the accent was spot on. He plays a super smart coroner in Pittsburg who says NFL players killed themselves due to brain trauma. The government comes after him and the NFL wants to silence him. They even have a meeting but don't invite him and won't admit concussions can lead to brain injury. But he finally gets his voice heard.
FINAL VERDICT: Well written, Will Smith is good, check it out. He deserved the acting nominations.
The Martian (2015)
Suspenseful tale of how..
to survive on Mars long enough to be rescued. This was a good movie. Matt Damon is part of a group of astronauts on Mars. A huge storm comes and they must evacuate. Damon is hit by debree, suit punctured, so he is presumed dead and left behind. But the pole that went into him stopped the suit leak and he survived. He must grow food and make the rations last longer. He finds an older satellite and can communicate with earth. NASA comes up with a plan to save him. Of course, things don't go according to the plan. But the crew that left him behind, is brave and does the right thing and they get their guy back.
FINAL VERDICT: It's cool to see how a hopeless situation works out. Definite recommend.
The Night Before (2015)
funny Christmas comedy
I thought this movie was pretty funny. It's about 3 guys whom spend Christmas together and this is their last year to get together. And as luck would have it, one of them, gets his hands on tickets to New York's biggest bash, the Nut Cracker Ball. They've dreamed of going for years and now have their chance. First the night begins with Isaac's wife giving him drugs to enjoy the night. So he's high the whole time. They go to clubs, wear ugly sweaters, buy weed, but that gets stolen. Finally after some funny adventures, they end up at the ball and Ethan's ex is there. Also Mylie Cyrus and she loves Wrecking Ball. So Ethan and Mylie sing it, and he gets carried away and proposes. To make a long story short, she gives him another chance and it shows the following Christmas and they are together.
FINAL VERDICT: Funny adult comedy. Check it out.