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Bosch: The Sea King (2017)
Three Seasons In
So the 2017 season ends, multiple story arcs playing out over the nine hours or so. Titus Welliver owns the character now and I'll have trouble seeing him in his usual support roles in anything else. Like many Connelly novels the basic crime procedural plots wrap up a little too quickly and easily, the Holland and Meadows' antagonists fizzle out with little concluding drama. Moving forward the Irving, Bosch mother, KTK and Eleanor Wish minor stories still have legs. Overall A solid season and nice retelling of older Bosch novels.
Surely this is a Mockumentary?
It seems too much effort to fake a documentary of an unknown band, the old photos, current video, how did they age the actors or de-age them? The music clips and documentary style seem pure HBO/cable it just seems to be an overly serious parody, but there's no humour. Who's heard of this band, it's all so meta it's either brilliant or ridiculous.
Wild Horses (2015)
Character Study Moee than Mystery
Haters gonna hate, too many negative reviews here about the acting. I found it an interesting story about a cowboy family, Dad is a hardnose conservative and needs to find redemption. The scenery, horse riding and static camera shots were well composed, the rest kind of by the book. Bit of Mexican American relations thrown in. Texas Ranger cop was taciturn and serious but that's the Chuck Norris way isn't it? I did find Duvall kind of played it a little to similar to the Judge he played with Downey but he's always a treat to watch on screen.
The Good Doctor (2011)
Interesting take on Doctors
Not the usual doctors as heroes film, this one shows some dark sides. A lonely Brit resident is in his first year at an L A hospital. He's not really sure why he became a doctor other than to gain respect. His boss is a distracted lightweight and a senior doctor called in to consult is a fatuous windbag. A patient gets sick and the senior doctors are baffled, the patient gets worse but because all the normal tests are done it is all shrugged off. Then the relative ease doctors can get involved in the drug trade is depicted. The protagonist seems to get over it all and moves along with his career. Could've used some more tension and humour, although the dinner scene with the family from suburban hell was good for a laff.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Academy Award Nominee??
This is a very uneven film and way overrated. The opening chapter at the farmhouse is way too long, the conversation between the two men is boring and there's little tension. The scenes with Brad Pitt and his hick Tennessee accent are excruciating, once again he hams it up over the top. He cannot do comedy. The basement pub chapter on the other hand is a fascinating bit of movie making and scripting, top notch Tarantino, but that was what - 20 minutes out of the whole? Landa is a great character, superbly portrayed. The final cinema shoot 'em up is a silly fantasy, a smaller scope, more historical ending could have lent the whole movie a "could have happened" feel. So, a lukewarm effort.
Good Family Flick
Kind of like "Day After Tomorrow", kids and kids-at-heart will like this earth/doomsday movie. Seems to be doing well at the box office so why all the nattering nabobs claiming it's the worst and making a comparison to the 1950s version? Let it stand alone. Some weak CGI and plot holes (I'll say they were edited out rather than missed from the get go). Reeves is supposed to be an emotionless alien, why the flack for being wooden? He's got a good gig going as the #1 sci-fi lead. Bates was fine as an Albright/Rumsfield type cabinet secretary, the movie even poked fun at the US for speaking for the whole world. The whole Gort deal WAS a mess I'll grant that. We saw this instead of Marley the Dog and don't feel cheated.
A TV movie of the week type formula picture, with a bit more violence and language than the networks allow. Basinger is mawkish in her role as a woman in distress and Chris Evans does a lot of running around wide eyed and exclaiming "sh*t" every few minutes. Probably what he thought of the movie. The bad guys are steely eyed brutes, not too clever given their day jobs. There is a little more attention, and humour, shown to the bit parts- the store employees, the lawyer, the towing impound lady that add a couple of points to the score. Oh and William Macy has a good turn as a soon to retire cop with an odd 2nd career plan. Overpriced DVD even in the $5.00 bin.
Most posts for this movie are on the lines of comparing this to other films in JCVD's repertoire, his accent, the time travel plot holes, the fighting. For one, I'm not a big VD fan, I vaguely recall some of his other films and last seen he was doing self-parody on the TV show Vegas. His acting and accent are no problem, could be a Quebecker for all I know, but I guess a "Max Walker" should talk 'murrican. I don't think the time travel plot holes are too large, if you think them through there can be an explanation - ie it could have been a wooden box that was carbon-dated not the gold itself, etc. etc. and let's face it, there is no authority on tt, almost anything goes. As for fighting, no need to expect "reality", it would probably look like MMA/UFC brawling otherwise. Good action, good pacing and story development, good FX, bad future cars, some yuks, not all intended. Saw it on AMC so no bedroom seen. I'd say give it a go.
Chun nyun hack (2007)
A Musical History
A musical story told mainly in flashback from 1956 onwards, two men share their stories over a night of drinking. From childhood Dong-ho and Song-Hwa, are taught to be the drummer and singer in the old Korean pansori style by a domineering stage-father. The boy eventually leaves to make his own way and loses touch with the (foster) sister and father. The three of them run into more than their share of misfortunes and hardships, and travel independently across the breadth of Korea, every few years they meet briefly. Pansori didn't appear to be the way to riches. Lots of the periodic singing and grand scenery, floating cherry blossoms, mountains, wind-blown grasses, artistic trees, some real nice photography here. The music and singing are very emotional. A lamentation for better times past, this movie is a good portrayal of the Korean psyche.
Never Forever (2007)
Not the best family planning
A woman, Sophie, makes a $$pact with an illegal alien man to try and get herself pregnant, she's married to an upper-middle class church-going professional who can't seem to get it done. Perfunctory sex for hire turns to something quite a bit more, not right away though (we're in on the action) and the three points of the human triangle come closer together. A slight jab is thrown at the Christianity as practiced by American Koreans, maybe that perfect house in the suburbs isn't all it seems. A good tale with a fine suspense on how it's all going to play out, and the ending leaves something for the viewer to ponder, about Sophie's choice.