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The Last Tycoon (2016)
This doesn't make a lot of sense
I am watching the first episode and already feel a lot of things don't work or make sense.
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Monroe Stahr (main lead) does not seem to be doing anything right. He produces a movie about his wife, using his boss's money. That is too personal to be a good business decision. His boss went along with it because his wife was a big movie star and her fame and death would sell the movie. But why would his boss so ready to change the wife's name on Nazi's request? Wouldn't that hurt the profitability of the movie? I am just saying he was too open to the idea without any hesitation or requesting some compensation, that is un-businessmanlike.
Stahr uses his wife's brother as writer (nepotism right there). And dumped the movie when told to change lead character's name because he felt once the name changed the movie is no longer about his wife, and that caused his wife's brother to feel like a failed writer and killed himself. Stahr did not blame himself, he blamed his boss instead. That sounds incredibly self absorbed and narcissistic, not to mention unprofessional.
Later Stahr tries to do another movie for personal and political reasons. It was mainly anti-Nazi but still using his boss's money and against his boss's will, unethical and unprofessional in business terms. His boss kept reminding him that they employed a lot of people and these people were depending on them. I kept getting the feeling his promiscuous boss was a better person and did not deserve this.
The set is quite beautiful and I think that is probably one of the focuses of the show, but still it needs genuinely likable people audience would care for to be in it.
The show is beautifully made so I will watch few more episodes, but the first impression is not that great.
Rogue One (2016)
What is the point of storm troopers?
After watching the movie a question became obvious, that is:"What is the point of storm troopers?". Imperial robots appear to be far superior in combat in just about every possible way and can pilot, do data extractions, etc. Why don't they just use robots?
A much smaller ship could push a star destroyer off it's course and slowly crashing into another one? Can the other star destroyer even move? If a star destroyer can't dodge a slow moving object like that, how would it expect to dodge anything? I guess throwing large rocks (meteor) at one would destroy it, right?
Why would Jyn think it was appropriate to give a pep talk when she was clearly not the leader of the group?
How would a small time criminal know how to use imperial communication tower and why it is not even password protected? Even our phones today have better security.
If the rogue one pilot can use radio to contact the ships outside of shield then why would they need to open the shield gate to transmit death star data files? Radio waves can certainly go through the shield.
If there is a shield can stop physical objects like star fighters then why the death star was not equipped with it? If the shield could stop x-wings getting close to the death star then Luke would not be able to fire the torpedo and destroy the death star, also the torpedo would not be able to go through the shield, right?
I guess kids may enjoy this, but people with basic brain function might think it is just ridiculous.
Other than nostalgia what is the point of this movie? It is as empty as any other teen movies.
Dr. Ken (2015)
A very light comedy
It is a very light family comedy about a Korean doctor and his family and kids (All Asians). It is nothing groundbreaking, reminds me of the sitcom in 90s.
But it is very easy to watch, serves as a good pass time. A bit like "Young and hungry" or "Melissa and Joey".
There are sitcoms sometimes become a bit emotionally heavy or situations become too embarrassing for a character you liked and become difficult to watch. This show is not one of them, at least not for me.
I binge watched 16 episodes in one weekend, did not feel hard or feeling attached. I usually binge watch a show because of suspense and want to find out what is next, but not this one.
It is just light entertainment.
Phantom menace looks like a masterpiece compare to this (Major spoilers)
General feeling of the movie after watching: Lame! JJ failed completely. An average movie by any standard. Basic plot is largely the same as ANH, no wonder people calling it a remake.
Kylo is whiny even compare to Anakin in prequels. Anakin at least has some real anger and pain in him. Kylo was just a spoiled brat with tantrums.
What was his motivation? Not sure he even has one. He was the son of Leia basically a prince of the republic. A guy like Ben Solo (Kylo's real name) usually has access to power and influence, has his future laid in front of him. He was trained by his uncle Luke, the most powerful Jedi ever, he would have been a young star of the republic, soon a protector of the realm, a Jedi master in the making.
So he warships Vader, but what motivated him to hate the republic and Jedi? Vader died in hands of the emperor, there are no lies among Jedi and Sith, they can see the truth, so there should not be any misunderstanding. This version of Sith seems purely about dark side of force, not at all connected to reality. There are just no real depth or development in any of the characters.
When Vader offered to train Luke, he offered Luke the world, well, the galaxy really. When Kylo offered to train Rey, no ideology was mentioned at all, no incentive was offered, he was just some sort of huge idiot, I mean retard really. As far as villains go he was just really embarrassing.
Kylo was clearly an advance user of the force, could even freeze laser (that was new), but he could not detect Han few feet from him? Was even shot by Wookiee. Later hurt by Finn (not a force user) in a light saber duel and even defeated by a girl never touched a light saber before. The word "lame" was not enough to describe him. He did not live up to his skywalker heritage as the son of Leia skywalker.
Some further thoughts and plot holes: When they attacked star killer base why did they need to disable the shield? The shield could not stop physical objects like space fighters. Did shield technology drastically improved over last 30 years? After the shield was disabled why there were no large ships directly lay waste to the star killer base, why stick to the small x-wings? Isn't the point of disabling the shield was to so large ships could attack the ground directly?
Why would an important vulnerability of the star killer base was not guarded by storm troopers at all? Did not appear even locked? So Han and his buddy could lay explosives everywhere?
So Luke broke the Jedi code and trained more than one, ended up with disastrous result. I guess the code was right. It is good to know Sith is still following the code.
Resistance? Resistance of what? Isn't the republic with them? They are supposed be the government army. The first order should be the resistance. But I guess anti-establishment is cool, being called government is lame, right?
Why storm troopers always get shot easily? They are supposed to be elite soldiers. In first order they are trained from birth. Why would always anyone with a gun be able to kill a dozen of them? Can they make the movies just a little more realistic?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
In the opening scene, the way spider man having fun with the driver (bad guy), who drives a truck of radio active material Plutonium-238, which are basically nuclear bombs, yet regardless of a large number of cars and pedestrians are endangered and some car wreck clearly means death, spider is in no hurry to bring the criminals in justice, despite also there is enough Plutonium-238 to destroy the city, surely a number two student would understand what Plutonium-238 means.
Even as he keeps saying he can't be with his girlfriend because it would endanger her, yet he talks to her in public when he is in spider man customs.
He could simply give his blood to Harry to test the compatibility but rather deny his request, because of what? He thinks Harry would just inject his blood without any testing with the resources available to him? Harry's farther died in his 60s from the look of it, yet Harry looks like would die in a year, don't they have the same genetic disease? Too many places just don't make sense or feel forced. This movie is probably one of the weakest comic book movie in a while.
Ender's Game (2013)
Good movie, intelligent
I just watched the movie, which I think is quite good, maybe not brilliant, but good.
I read reviews here afterwards, mostly people say it is nothing compare to the book and it is rushed.
I went on and read the book, just finished the first one, which the movie is based on.
I could understand now that was a fair assessment. The movie does not have the soul of the book.
A lot of things are unexplained like why Ender is called third, but more importantly the book is about leadership. Ender has no friend, in a way he is not allowed to and he shouldn't.
A leader is respected, people look a leader for guidance, to follow him but people are not his equal and not his friends.
Ender is destined and required to be a leader, so he is isolated by his teacher, at the end it becomes him. When he is with others he is always the commander, the legendary warrior, even his old friendship is gone, respect him but not close or intimate with him. Friendship is not only gone, also he is not supposed to get it back, being friends with his subordinates would weaken his authority, a good leader is not supposed to do that.
He rarely shows his human side in front of others, so he is completely alone, which saddens him.
That is the price of leadership. I think that is why this book is suggested reading of many military organizations.
The movie is good but in the movie Ender could not show what leadership is about, other than being a smart and mature kid. He could not convincingly become the leader in short period of time (seems less than a month), which in book takes years.
I think the movie ends up unconvincing for adults and too serious for children.
Also at the end of movie, the reason for rescuing an infant queen, is different from the book. I would say also unconvincing. I don't think when people leaving the theater they would say "He is a good boy and did the right thing". I think most of them would think he is either stupid or naive.
It is still a good movie, just not great.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
The kid is kind of obnoxious
The show is quite entertaining, but also has problems.
Both Carlton (the middle child son) and the Butler are played kind of wooden and unreal. The butler could because I was comparing him with Niles the butler in "The nanny", which could be too high a standard.
Will Smith gets increasingly annoying in the first three seasons, I mean the kid becomes more and more selfish and obnoxious. Don't get me wrong he is entertaining and fun to watch, but it is hard to like that kind of person.
To think of it most characters Will Smith plays (in bad boy, independence day, men in black, I robot) are kind of the same, an obnoxious narcissist fall in love with himself. Maybe he is just playing himself, even the character's name is the same.
From the fourth season he is starting to get serious about his life and looking more like a real person with real problems.
The bright spots are the farther (Philip Banks, played by James Avery) who plays a from rags to riches black lawyer quite convincingly and gives this show a lot of credibility. And the youngest daughter (Ashley Banks) who is cute and quite lovable. Hilary (the oldest daughter), who is also a bit unreal but not as much as Carlton and the Butler, could be quite funny in some occasions.
Overall the show is good pastime.
Feel like an amateur movie
Special effects are not that great but OK.
Acting and story are kind of ridiculous. The boy was raised by his mom and was shown in the movie as quite close and then she was killed right in front of him, and after he wakes up he just go "well, OK. Wow! That girl is really cute!".
Really! A high schooler's mother was just dead and he realized he was half god and went to a secret half god camp and he acted like he was starting a new gym class.
The ox like monster throws cars around and vaporized the boy's mother so it is obviously magically powerful and then its horn struck a tree and broke!? That probably would not even happen to a real ox. And boy somehow knows that the "very powerful" sword given by his protector is useless but insist to spend quite a bit of time to pull the not very sharp broken horn from the tree and kill the monster with one strike while his protector basically stands there and watch. Are we supposed to believe this?
We were told in the movie Greek gods never like each other and are constantly at war but their offspring are acting like one big happy family and go to camp together. Are we supposed to believe this?
I am a grown man in my 40s so this is probably not for me, but I like to watch movies for kids sometimes like "Harry potter" but this is nowhere near the same level, feels quite amateurish.