Ender's Game is one of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I had high expectations and the movie did not disappoint me. The only thing that could have been better was the length. I think it could have been a bit longer in the beginning. I'm hoping for the directors cut extended edition to solve that issue.
We had a chance to watch a screener, and it was really good. A lot of times with independent movies you will have sub par acting and poor camera quality. Not so with The Cherokee Word for Water. Both Kimberly Guerrero and Mo Brings Plenty are terrific actors. Their portrayal of Wilma Mankiller and Charlie Soap really gave me a sense of what they were going through when trying to help the other people of their tribe. The camera work is terrific, great scenes and lighting throughout the movie. If you have a chance to see The Cherokee Word for Water don't hesitate. And if you don't have anyplace in your area showing it then go to tugg.com and request a screening.
I really liked cars, a story about a racer at the top of his game who found out he needed a little bit more than just winning races. Great story about a person trying to find his place in life.
But planes is all about a plane who only wants to win a race. And the only thing he has to overcome is his fear of heights. I expected so much more from Disney with this one. Even Cars 2 was better.
It's as if they wanted to spend the least amount of time making the movie just to get it out so they can sell more merchandise. But Disney has never done that right???
Anyway kids will love it, and you'll have a few laughs but the film is totally forgettable. It's only barely better than most of Disney's straight to dvd releases.
Elysium is a great sci-fi movie. It's a little bit rough and gory, filled with a political message, but still entertaining.
It's set in an almost post-apocalyptic world. And thats not really the correct term. There was no apocalypse that lead to those conditions. It is just a slow decay of the working population and a huge rise in the top levels of society. Things are so segregated that Elysium polices the world without any input from the people of earth. Even then the Elysium police force only does enough to keep the non-citizens (people of earth) in line to protect their own people and investments. You have an almost perfect utopia right up next to a functional dystopian society where all of the downtrodden are reminded daily by a big floating disc in the sky that there is something better that they will never have.
Were so used to seeing zombie flicks where all the zombies are slow and uncoordinated. WWZ keeps the zombies as unintelligent single minded beasts but ups the ante by giving them a huge physical boost. WWZ also does a great job in showing how fast a contamination can spread when given a 10 second kill and convert from even the slightest bite.
The way it is written this movie is more like a prelude to the rest of the story. If you love zombie / contamination style flicks then go see World War Z and you will probably enjoy it. If not then you won't be missing anything.
I won't spoil the movie for you but Seth Rogen has mastered the ability to ride the fine line between extremely vulgar and outrageously hilarious. Not everyone is going to like this movie. In fact I'm sure many will outright hate it. Everyone in the theater was laughing the whole way through the movie. Well.. except for those that left during the movie.
Epic is a decent movie. It has a some great animation and voice acting. But if you saw the trailer and thought it looked just like another movie you may remember then you'd be right. Only in this case the bad guys aren't the big smog polluting humans. In Epic it's not really a fight between good and evil, it's a fight between natural growth and decay represented by tiny people each with their own leader and their forest friends.
Overall Epic is entertaining and worth watching. But if you don't have kids wanting to see this movie then just wait for video.
If you thought the first Star Trek was good, this one blows it out of the water. Great acting, action, sets, script, everything. Easily the best movie this year so far.
I don't want to give any spoilers but the writers are doing a great job of keeping to the official canon within the new split timeline. We really get to see Kirk grow into the captain that he was always meant to be.
One scene I thought was a little too predictable, but no one else around me had clue it was going to happen, so maybe it wasn't that predictable.
If you only go see one movie a year make it Star Trek.
Iron Man 3 is a great movie. Action, humor, and a large dose of sarcasm. It is just as good as the first and second Iron Man movies. But that is also it's problem. When doing a sequel you have to make it better than the last, start a new story arc, or doing something different. More of the same is still great when it comes to Iron Man. But you leave the movie wishing there was more. The final battle itself was a bit of a let down. Suddenly the bad guy has 100's of soldiers, and now Tony has 100's of Iron Men. But everything happens so fast, and the battle is so evenly matched it took away from the awesomeness of having so many Iron Men in one spot. And the bad guys start as just hard to kill and change to impossible for one Iron Man alone.
Without getting into detail the finale of that battle was the saving grace. It's just the battle as a whole seemed rushed and done without much thought, but lots of destruction.
Despite my disappointments you will still want to go see this movie. And wait for after the credits, it's good for a laugh.
Oblivion is the movie to watch right now. Good story, cinematography, cast, acting, music. But it's the sound and visuals are what make this movie great. There is a sense of confusion instilled throughout the movie by the stark differences in the things on the land and the world Jack belongs to. On land everything is gritty and dirty, but it's peaceful. In jacks world everything has a clinical feel to it. It has clean soft lines, but the drones have a harsh menacing sound and seem to glare at Jack when they are operating. Throughout the movie you get a sense that the way things are is not how it's supposed to be. Even to Jack things just don't sit well with him.
I was worried that Oblivion wouldn't live up to the hype, but it is truly a great sci-fi movie.