Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I think it is safe to say that The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is my favorite movie. The film is about three separate outlaws searching for a gold cache somewhere in the Southwestern U.S. during the Civil War. I love the adventurous aspect of the movie the most. It's great to see the characters travel across many different settings and cross paths which I don't think you see very often in old Westerns. And, of course, the role of The Good goes to none other than Clint Eastwood, my favorite cowboy movie actor, and one of my favorite actors in general. The movie would not have been as good without him in the lead. In addition, this film isn't just a shoot 'em up action movie, but inspires feelings for even the extras in the background. One of the best scenes was when The Good and The Ugly get trapped in a Union prison camp called Andersonville. While there, the viewer learns that Southern prisoners are forced to play music to hide the screams of their friends being tortured by Northern guards. Also, the intense Mexican standoff at the end once all of the characters find the gold makes this movie a classic! Rating this movie, I would give it a 10/10 for the amazing story!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Maze Runner Review

The first Maze Runner felt awfully underwhelming upon watching it for the first time. I think I was unimpressed because I have never read the books, and the movie didn't do a great job of dropping you into that new world. It felt like the movie was relying on the viewer to have already read the books. Furthermore, the idea of this film was unoriginal, and it felt like it was just like The Hunger Games or Divergent. The cinematography and picture looked exactly the same as well! Aside from the aspects that I thought brought the movie down, there some higher notes. Even though it was ANOTHER post-apocalyptic movie, I love post-apocalypse settings. Also, the entire deadly maze being a test for the children to overcome is a neat aspect. My favorite part though, is the fact the the kids "escape" the test and think that the people that put them in it are dead, but they are actually just entering another test under the same organization. The deceit is what makes this film interesting! Rating this movie, I would give it a 6 out of 10, because it feels like so many other recently-released movies.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is the newest installment of the Mad Max series. After staying quiet for decades, this new edition separates itself from the older movies with all new characters in a totally new story line. The film starts off with a glimpse of the world after a nuclear war, with everything in post-apocalyptic Australia turned to desert. It is here that different factions fight for the few remaining resources, like gas, water, bullets, and cars, the latter being stolen from Max himself. After being taken prisoner by the band of war boys that stole his car, he fights hard to escape, and eventually stows away on the war rig of Imperator Furiosa. Lucky for Max, Furiosa is also attempting to flee from this war band. The majority of the movie after this point is filled with countless action sequences as the war bands attempt to stop Max and Furiosa. The pure creativity of the vehicles and the immense adrenaline the viewer receives when watching this film is jaw-dropping. Although I think the story is somewhat lacking, replaced by the intense action bits, this film is amazing! Rating this movie, I would it a 9/10, only losing the point in the lack of story.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saving Private Ryan

The movie Saving Private Ryan is one of my all-time favorite movies! I love to learn about World War II, and veterans of the war have said that this movie gives a very accurate representation of the fighting taking place in Northern France at the time. That fact really makes it stand out from other WWII movies. The perfectly cast roles are also a huge bonus for this film. Personally, it is hard to deny any movie with Tom Hanks, so with him at the lead, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen. Adding Vin Diesel as Caparzo, and Barry Pepper as Jackson, it only adds to this amazing movie. The best part of this film though is the story that makes you care about what is being displayed in front of you. Eight American soldiers must travel across the war-torn countryside of France to extract another soldier who is the last surviving son in his family. As they lose men however, they begin to wonder if this Private Ryan is worth so many of their friends lives'. The climax of this film brings with it one of the most intense battle scenes that I have experienced, and is among my scenes of all time. Rating this movie, I would give it a 9/10, only because it leaves out some amazing sequences from the book. This movie is a must watch!