December 3, 2013
I’ve seen a boatload of films recently and figured it was time to review one or two.
Let’s start with the last one I saw – Last Vegas. This was a typical Hollywood formula film. You throw a few stars together and give them a cookie cutter script. Sure, there was nothing original, touching, shocking etc… but it was entertaining.
Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline play well with each other. The script was entertaining because of the quality of the cast.
RATING 6 out of 10
The movie we watched prior to that was Ender’s Game. I had just finished the book days before the film came out and while the book was indeed better, this was a lot of fun. Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggins did a great job and notched another great performance for a kid that I really liked in Hugo – the last film I gave a 10 star rating! Harrison Ford put in another excellent performance as Colonel Graff as well.
This film is a lot of fun.
RATING 8 out of 10
November 23, 2013
I am sort of paraphrasing a belief I have long had: “There is no failure… only feedback” It is how we learn everything we have ever learned.
The Greatest Movie Ever SOLD
November 6, 2013
I’ve long been a fan of Morgan Spurlock. Sure, he is not the best documentary maker ever. Sure, he takes some huuuuge stretches with his logic at times. At the end of the day though, Spurlock makes some interesting stuff.
His film, The Greatest Movie Ever SOLD is very interesting to me both as a fan of documentaries as well as a marketing professional. I love how it tells the story of product placement by financing the production with product placement. I have to admit, the other reason I found the film timely and important for me is my home building venture LittleTexasCottage.com.
As a film, it is classic Spurlock and as entertainment, it is enjoyable. As an education into the world of product placement, it has some tidbits of information I found very useful, but overall there was not much fresh insight. I congratulate Mr. Spurlock for being able to continue to get funding for his projects – he is a great pitch man. I also like the film.
And you know what? There is one product I actually want to try now POM Wonderful, and a few more that I actually feel are a bit cooler for having participated in the film.
RATING 7 out of 10
November 4, 2013
Red “sometime after” Dawn
October 31, 2013
I really liked the 1984 surprise hit Red Dawn and was quite skeptical about the recent remake. THIS Red Dawn was a seriously bad film. I thought with Chris Hemsworth playing the lead role, it would be pretty decent, but uh… not so much. This was a classic “pay-day” film like I talk about often – when an actor decides to cash in on his popularity (Thor, The Avengers etc.) and churn something out while he’s hot.
Sure, Hemsworth did a fine job and was quite believable as the older brother leading a rag-tag band of kids against the “this time” North Korean invaders. Sure, there was a lot of action, explosions and crashing. Frankly, that was the thing I was hoping for.
I was hoping for a poor film with some fun action that made it forgivable. The problem is that it was shot in such a confusing way that there were times when you couldn’t tell who was shooting, who got shot, what direction characters were running etc… It was tough to watch.
It’s a shame that even though I expected a craptacularly lame movie, (and was actually looking forward to it,) I didn’t even get that.
RATING 3 out of 10