After sitting through 3 nights of interrupted viewing, I finally finished
watching "Arrival" which is the alien contact movie starring Amy Adams
and Jeremy Renner. This was made extremely difficult for me personally
as I absolutely can't stand Amy Adams ( Lois Lane in the last 2 Superman
movies ) as I think she can't act, is unattractive and generally has a look
of stupor and befuddlement on her face as the character she plays in
everything she does. It was pure effort for me to overlook all of
that and just focus on the story and try to be fair & objective.
The movie was tedious. It was slow and boring. It was pretentious and
deliberately imagined itself as being intellectual science fiction since it
was devoid of any real action, conflict or suspense. The so-called surprise
ending was not a surprise to me. I saw it coming and I did not read any
spoilers that warned me. In fact, the movie was so predictable that I was
actually speaking the exact dialogue word-for-word the characters were
about to say before they spoke them at the end. I was never convinced
at any point they were capable of deciphering the alien language and I
was certainly not convinced in doing so somehow magically altered time.
Don't take my word for it. Read these two reviews that I found AFTER
I finished watching it last night that do a better job than I do in thought:
The first one was decent and I can recommend but just barely. The
second one started out as a murder mystery but quickly lost direction
and ended up as a political statement instead. The third one was strange
as the main character spent most of the movie running about and crying.
I saw the movie Hell or High Water ( 2016 ) last night. It stars
Ben Foster & Chris Pine as outlaw brothers and veteran actor Jeff
Bridges as the Texas Ranger after them. It's one of those movies
that is good but nothing special and not until you get to the very
end and how it was handled do you then realize it was a great movie.
What I mean by that is great movies ( the story or journey getting there )
have been ruined by bad endings and average or mediocre movies have
been made great by how they decided to end or wrap things up. This is
a case of the latter where it had a great ending that upon reflection, once
you saw how you got to the end, then suddenly the earlier parts become
better than you realized. Like now that you have the big picture, you
can have a better appreciation of what came before in the journey getting
to the end. Also since I'm not a fan of the Star Trek reboot movies nor
do I like Chris Pine who plays Kirk, this is the best Chris Pine performance
I have ever seen coming from him. Ben Foster gives his usual great effort
and Jeff Bridges too with a combination of being from True Grit & R.I.P.D.
( the latter being a terrible movie ) So I give this one overall 4 stars out of 5.
I watched a really strange movie last night called Lost River ( 2014 )
mainly because it was written & directed by the actor Ryan Gosling
and not due to any of the people in it. I really like a lot of the movies
he did, especially Drive. I was talking to a friend about some of the
music in the latter and found out the artist was used in this movie too.
I don't want to give any more details because the movie features some
really strange people and events in it and I don't want to spoil anything.
I'm going to recommend it at about 4 out of 5 stars for it's visual style
and effect. If you've ever seen a David Lynch movie you get the idea.
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I watched Hacksaw Ridge ( 2016 ) which is a World War II movie
about a man who is a Conscientious objector, or who didn't believe
in holding, training or using a weapon but wanted to serve as a Medic.
The movie was directed by Mel Gibson ( who I like despite other opinions
about him being varied due to a drunk driving incident and things he said )
which have no bearing with me. If you like war movies then this is a good
one. Not really on the same level of Full Metal Jacket for it's depiction of basic
training and going to war but still good. I give it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.
Watched Entity on Amazon Prime last night. This is the movie that I
had mentioned on another thread that was very loosely based on the
Dyatlov Pass incident in 1959. I can't remember where I read that but
it was in some article or mention of the other event talking about movies
involved with looking into the disappearance of others. So I had high hopes
that it would be as entertaining as the other movie The Devil's Pass I saw.
Not a chance. It was absolutely terrible. Bad. Bad. Bad. Like watching one
of those episodes of these TV ghost hunters carrying a camera with the
shaky cameraman, bad lighting and people jumping and screaming at the
slightest noise or lame movement of an inanimate object. This is all made
worse by the addition of a character who is a psychic. The actress that plays
the psychic leads them and describes the events as they look into the deaths
of 34 people. What made this personally annoying for me is the actress:
Dervla Kirwan, has eyes that do not align most of the time. I think it's
called lazy eye where one eye does not track the same as the other. It
might have been something easy to overlook except for the fact that as
the psychic of the group, the early part of the movie is focused on her
face and her facial reactions as she psychically interprets information.
The bottom line is the movie is not scary, not suspenseful, not exciting,
not worth the time given if you want to be entertained or like a mystery.
It's just a huge turd with a predictable execution of plot and story and
the ending. My recommendation is to watch The Devil's Pass instead
that is Academy Award material compared to this. 1/10 a star out of 5.
I saw Life last night. It wasn't bad, a decent "In Space" movie about
international astronauts aboard the ISS dealing with studying a new
life form obtained by capturing a returning space mission coming back
from Mars containing soil samples where they analyzed them on location.
What was annoying, and probably somewhat realistic were all the people
making one bad decision after another. Your crewman being infected or
afflicted with an alien life form? Why not go in there, void the quarantine
and risk the lives of everyone. This pattern was repeated again and again
including wasting valuable resources like fuel for your flame thrower, fuel
needed to rotate the ISS and prevent orbit decay and other limited things
like venting your atmosphere. Just one screw up after another, compounded
by bad decision after bad decision. At the first sign of the escaping alien life
form, I would have bailed out of there in the single carry escape pod. I still
can't believe how quickly a "rescue" ship got up there as in reality there
would rarely be anything ready to go that quickly. Anyway, I won't say
the ending was a surprise as is typical for science fiction movies nowadays.