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Kill The Messenger
Story; The story was decent… It’s a true story.
Directing; The Directing was ok… Overall it felt a bit lack luster to me
I also liked him as Hawkeye in Avengers. He’s a good actor. In this he was ok… Visually he reminded me a lot of Sean Penn. He did a decent job in this, but I really feel like the lack luster Directing affected all of the Cast.
There are a lot of good Actors in this Film, but like I say, everything is affected by the Directing.
Review; In the end, this is a Lack Luster Film… The subject matter, however, is important. I’d give this Film a 6 out of 10. See it for the content.
Into The Woods
Story; I have to say that I loved the Musical/Play version of this Story. Stephen Sondheim is a Genius.
That said, I enjoyed the stage version (Which I saw on T.V) much more… But I hadn’t really expected the Film to capture that.
Director; Rob Marshall is great (Moulon Rouge). He did a decent job with this Film.
Meryl Streep (Witch); When I originally saw that they were making this into a movie, my main concern was that it would be made into a Meryl Streep Showcase. But it wasn’t. Meryl Steep is one of the best Actresses of our time, however, I also find her as a person to be very self absorbed, Lol. I realize that, that is often a character trait of actors… But for me, it sometimes shines through in her performances. In the case of the Witch, there was maybe one scene that felt a bit much, but beyond that, she did a good job.
Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford); To me, Little Red Riding Hood was probably the best Actor/Character in the Film. I’m not talking Oscar Worthy Performance, I just found her Character to be the one that drew me the most into the Story.
As you see, Johnny Depp was asked to play the Wolf, and he was fine… I do love him as an Actor, but for me, after seeing Jeff Goldbloom do it in the Stage Production, everything else pretty much pales.
The Rest Of The Cast; Once again, many good Actors in this Film. And they all did a decent job. But Little Red Riding Hood and the Witch were probably my favorite. Kinda liked the Baker too.
Review; Overall, I enjoyed watching this movie. Having seen the Original, it really paled. But the effort on the Directors part, as well as the Actors, and the overall Production was very good. I’d give this Film a 6.75 out of 10. See it if you like Musicals… And young Adults would probably like it, ages 10 to 14… Not that it’s really a Kids Movie, but I do think they would be a more forgiving audience when it comes to Fairtale-ish Things.
On February 27 I Posted that in Honor of Leonard Nimoy, I would would Watch and Review all 6 of the Original
In all honesty, I began with the First Film, knowing that when I saw it when I was young,
I was seriously disappointed, and frankly, bored by it
That statement might not sound all too friendly, but I was 10 to 11 years old
“Star Wars” had come out two years before (Which may not have helped)
And I don’t know, it’s just the way I felt
Since then, I can not recall if I’ve actually sat through the whole thing, and in all honesty
It has been hard doing so, Lol
I know I sound both mean and critical right now, but in all honesty, I’m not, Lol
Here’s my review
(That preview pretty much captures what I mean, Lol)
The story is horrible, and terribly executed. (I know I sound like a jerk right now, but I’m really not, I’m just honest, Lol)
When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.
Sounds typical, but, read on
Lets just start with the Directing, which certainly played its’ role in this very not good film.
When I first sat down to rewatch this film, I got through about a third of it, and needed to take a break. First of all, there are an immense amount of drawn out scenes, that make the film drag terribly. And the acting, wow, really not good. As I started watching it again today, I found myself thinking that what this film is, is a 60’s Sci-Fi, simply shot in the 70’s… But after looking up the films that this Director has Directed, these three stood out… “The Sound Of Music”, “West Side Story”, and “The Day The Earth Stood Still”…
After texting my brother that perhaps the film would have been better, if there had been more singing, Lol… I continued watching. (I actually love “The Sound Of Music”)
When I estimated that it was like a 60’s Sci-Fi Film, I may have missed the mark… It’s probably more like a 50’s Sci-Fi Film, which makes more since… I can’t really remember “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, though I may have actually liked it, as it is a classic I believe… The stretcccched scenes, combined with the extreme silence in this film (Like 2001, but I think less deliberate), made it extremely painful to watch.
Even as I continued watching it today, I literally fell asleep… I was tired a bit, but I just couldn’t keep my focus on it, it was painfully slow and dry. This film literally succeeded in capturing ‘zero’ % of the spirit from the original shows… Which were largely Character Driven… So many great characters in this film just standing around, being serious, and wearing tan clothing, Lol
I know this first review of six doesn’t seem much like a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, but I do believe that honesty and integrity are important to him, and thus I am just trying to be honest.
I know that I am not the first or only that felt this way about this film, in fact I do believe that the fan response was probably what helped to inspire the franchise to do such a good job with “Wrath Of Khan”… But we’ll get to that film next, after I watch it again as well.
Like I say, watching all these great characters that you’ve come to love from the original series, just stand around and be morose with one another, was sincerely painful.
I have to sadly give this film a 3 out of 10… A film that I wouldn’t normally review, but in honor of Leonard, I will review them all.
I hope that this review doesn’t appear harsh, or disrespectul, I assure you, I’m just trying to be completely honest… On to “Wrath Of Khan”.
It’s Been A Long Time Since I Saw This Film…
I Remember Liking It
Strong Female Character
But Seeing It Just Now For The Second Time
It’s Much More Than That
It Reminded Me Why I Wanted To Be A Filmmaker
Delivered Through Strong Characters
And In The Case Of This Film
Good Humor Too (Eddie Murphy’s Return To Greatness Via Voice Over Little Dragon Musha)
Check It Out If You Haven’t
The Hobbit Japanese Press Conference
I have to admit, when the “Lord Of The Rings” Movies came out, it was actually My Brother that Truly Loved them.
Don’t get me wrong, I Liked “The Fellowship Of The Ring”, and “The Two Towers” very much… The Third One I don’t remember caring for that much, though I know it was the one that won the Oscar… I Truly Felt the First Two Films were better.
I believe it was the ‘Pink Bubblegum Headed Orc’ that bugged me the most in that Film, Lol
Truth be known, when they came out was right in the middle of my Pursuit of Film Making, and I was very much trying to get my Brother Involved in My Experimental Film Projects, as he is a Brilliant Actor, and a Natural Born Cinematographer…
That said, where My Brother Connected more with ‘Peter Jackson’s’ style, I connected more with the ‘George Lucas’ Films…
It was December, 2001 when my wife of one year, and I, moved to Eugene Oregon, where my brother lived, so that we might start working on short films for film festival submission.
“The Fellowship Of The Ring” came out December, 2001 (right after we arrived), “Attack Of The Clones” came out in May, 2002, and “The Twin Towers” came out in December, 2002.
Now I sit here 10 years later, and “The Hobbit” Trilogy is about to begin, and I have to say, they look to be pretty Amazing… At least, the First one does… No clue about the next two.
When “The Game Of Thrones” came out, My Brother was the one to contact me and say “Dude, Game Of Thrones Could Have Been Written/Directed By You”… I didn’t end up seeing the First Season of “Game Of Thrones” until several months later, but when I did, I knew what he meant.
“The Lord Of The Rings” Films are much more My Brother’s Style of Fantasy Films… Where “Game Of Thrones”, is more the way I would do it. Neither is better, we’re just different.
Enough of all this, I came across what’s called “Hobbit Japanese Conference” on YouTube Today, and Watched Part 4 of 5.
I thought I might as well go ahead and share all 5 Parts with you… As a Writer, and Film Maker, this kind of thing is Truly Interesting to me… The Questions are in Japanese, and there is some Japanese Translating happening in between interviews, but the Actors, and Director do talk quite a bit.
Hobbit Japanese Press Conference (Part I)
Hobbit Japanese Press Conference (Part II)
Hobbit Japanese Press Conference (Part III)
Hobbit Japanese Press Conference (Part IV)
Hobbit Japanese Press Conference (Part V)
As I’ve said many times before, The Original “Star Wars”, and “The Empire Strikes Back” were the two Films that Inspired me to Pursue Film Making…
But I thought it was time I Truly Shared My Path Through the Sci-Fi Genre, which basically started in the 70’s for me when I was very young.
Space 1999 (1975-1977)
Now I don’t remember when I started watching “Space 1999″, it probably wasn’t as early as 1975… But sometime when I was very young, I did watch it… And it was Cool, Lol
Wow, that was kind of painful, Lol… The 70’s man, Lol
Then came the Original “Star Wars”, and that was it, I was ‘hooked’ on Sci-Fi.
I was Han Solo, My Brother was Luke, and My Favorite All Time Villain Became Darth Vader.
Star Trek (1966-1969)
And of course “Star Trek” Reruns were on T.V. frequently, which were just Awesome… Spock was, and is, my favorite Star Trek Character.
The Ultimate in Sci-Fi Melodrama, Lol… With a sprinkle of Shakespearean Undertones for Good Measure, Lol
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (1979)
Wow… Wow… The 70’s… Wow, Lol
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
“TAKE YOUR STINKING PAWS OF ME YOU DAMN DIRTY APE!” Lol
We Loved this Show, Lol
She regrets taking us, Ha
But in the end, I think we survived it ok, Lol
Uh, Yeah… It was pretty scary for a couple of young kids, Lol
Flash Gordon (1980)
We Loved This Flick, as Cheesy as it was, Lol… In fact I not only met Timothy Dalton years later, but My Current Cat is also Named “Baron”, after the Timothy Dalton Character, Lol Not to mention “Queen”, and more specifically “Freddy Mercury” was my Favorite All Time Singer…
Spaceships, Hawkmen, Queens Music… Yeah, this was my kind of Flick, Lol
And of course, One of My All Time Favorite Films, “The Empire Strikes Back”… Han was My Man, and this Film was definitely His Film.
In My Opinion, the Best Sci-Fi Film Ever… No “Star Wars”… No “The Empire Strikes Back”… No “Star Wars”… And so it Goes, Lol
But I will Say The First Two Star Wars Films are one of My Main Motivations Behind My Focus of “Characters”, “Story”, and “Character & Story” Development. And the Importance of a Great Villain.
Blade Runner (1982)
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
One of the Best Sci-Fi Lines, and Scenes Ever… Wridley Scott is a Film Genius Basically… And of course the Writer Philip K. Dick, whose “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” Book it was based on.
At a Time when We Lived in Video Game Arcades, it was like Being in One of them…
And the List goes on and on… But those were the one’s that got My Bro and I Off the Ground so to speak, in regards to Sci-Fi.
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