Piecemeal

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That is literally what you’re gonna get with plot details here and I loved it!

I liked:

-the premise/pacing
How they handled everything here is great. Audiences have a lot of work to do in this film. You have to pay attention to dialogue. Details are slowly given and you have to piece everything together. I love that. You’re thrown in the middle of the mix but it’s okay to not understand what is going on. I mean, the tv keeps saying they don’t understand anything and even Joel has no idea what is going on. So, it is totally fine if you don’t get anything for a while. Just accept that confusion and you’re fine. Everything comes together. Give it time.

-the cast
Everyone here is great. They play to their strengths. Joel sort of reminds me of the character that he played in Black Mass, in the sense where he needs to take charge but doesn’t really know what he exactly has to do. Adam plays an interesting character as he is on the other side of things and brings the comedy here and there. He foils the group well enough that it’s okay when the story goes to his side. It could have been easily gone the wrong way and made it irritating whenever they switch perspective but Kylo Ren here was a welcome addition to the screen. Kristin has strength here as she plays the vulnerable but really caring mom convincingly.  Michael is all silent and stoic and it really plays to his strength here. And lastly, Jaedan commands much attention. Despite being surrounded by adults, whenever he has lines, it’s all ears all around. He definitely wasn’t out of his acting ability.  I mean sure, he didn’t have a lot of lines but they were delivered well and skilfully done for his age and this subject matter.  I really loved these characters and they were played to their strength of the actors who portray them.

-the cinematography
it’s simple and lush. The pacing amps up as the film goes and the visuals also changes for the bigger and flash. It works well here as the tone and atmosphere of the shoots really reflected the mentality of the characters as they go through their journey.

Overall feelings: this is the type of sci-fi I wish we get more of. Mystery and intrigue. I mean I’m all for big and flashy and crazy aliens here and there but we gotta have more love for movies like this one and 10 cloverfield lane. Totally deserve a gander and appreciation.

Cleaning Van.

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Got some feedbacks from the Bat Soup review and I think I’m gonna keep these short here.

Summary: A woman lives in a van for 15 years in front of a dude’s house. They interact with each other.

So yeah, just watched The Lady in the Van and my thoughts?

I liked:
-the true story factor
I didn’t know it was a true story and it was a pseudo-true story at best. I loved the way they adapted Bennet’s memoirs. Having Jenning’s inner monologue actually show on screen was a good play on the whole ‘based on a true story’ thing. Furthermore, how the movie ends was a nice touch as well. This is how I like my ‘true story’ movies, an actual adaptation made to entertain. I seriously am sick of all these movies who  are just ‘adapatating’ the real life event and not thinking of the actual ‘entertainment’ factor of the movie.  I mean if I want to be educated in the ‘true event’, I’ll go read articles or watch a documentary, not a movie.

-the cast
Maggie Smith is crazy good here. Her commitment to the role is flawless and you really believe that she’s this woman living in a van for 15 years. Thankfully I’m not attached to the Harry Potter films so she wasn’t Professor McGonnagal for me here. I think it also helps that she’s played this character before so she definitely knows what’s she’s doing.
On the other hand, Alex Jenning’s foil to her crazy Margaret was pretty great. I really enjoyed his inner monologues and how he carried himself throughout the film.

-the themes/premise
I really enjoyed the growth that Jenning’s goes through. His view on Margaret is reflected onto his mother and the irony of it all is just sad and great at the same time. It’s not too clear as to why he bothers with it all but it’s a nice gesture that evolves over time and seeing their interaction is just fun and light-hearted but has some deep moments as well.

-the cinematopgrahy
It’s pretty simple. In terms of locales it just Jenning’s writing room and the street. It’s simple but it works. This here works on the characters and let’s you grow with them and experience things with them. So it really depends on if you buy the two actors. If you don’t this movie is not gonna be good to you. Why? Look below.

Potential issues:
-pacing
this is a BBC production so it’s a British thing. People who watch this should have that in mind or else it’s gonna feel draggy comparative to American films. It does take a while for things to get started so you could say this is a slow burn but I would see it more so on the side of just a different type of pacing.

So there you have it. The Lady in the Van. I haven’t seen a British movie in a while so the change in pace was nice. It somewhat reminded me of Philomen’s pacing though, that movie was much faster and more easily engaging than this one. Here, things are slower and you need time to understand where the characters are coming from and to learn their reasons for struggles. Overall, I enjoyed this in a sense.

Bat Soup

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It’s a real soup. Google it, I dare yah!

Anyway, it’s been a while since my last update but I’ve been on a dry spell lately, aka, I’m lazy.

And I’m still lazy actually, despite updating here.

So here are my quick thoughts for the new bat soup movie.

Things I liked:
-Bat family
I actually enjoyed Ben’s portrayal of Bats and Bruce though the playboy aspect was pretty meh and didn’t really fit with this timeline/portrayal/theme. Jeremy was great here as well, I actually liked how hands-on he was during the missions.

-Overall theme
I dug how they had the Greek God mythos all around. The dark and brooding batman works here and the killing also does as well. Superman should had have more to play with though since his name is in the title but I’ll take what I can get.

-Action
It’s a Snyder film, he has to get this right at least. Really wish there was more all around.

-Wonder Woman
Gal did a great job here and I’m excited her solo film.

-Superman
Yeah, Henry is still great here. He does both persona really well. Though it was just lacking in the Kent department.

-Flash
Interesting.

Things I dislike/Things I thought more about then I disliked it:
-Daily Planet
I just didn’t care for it whatsoever. The scenes at the planet just felt like it didn’t fit the rest of the movie.

-Lois Lane
Again she is here cause its convenient. Her lines are boring and her inclusion in the fight is ‘essential’ but the way she and how it was handled was poorly done.

-Dialogue
Some lines were just awkward and didn’t fit the mood/atmosphere of that particular scene

-Lex Luthor
I actually was fine with Jesse as him  in the beginning cause I was like this is just a ‘new’ interpretation or he’s Luthor’s son or whatever. But the more I thought about it the more the whole Jesse style bugged me.  Lex should have been a menacing genius but here he was just plain psychotic and it really didn’t do much for in terms of the tension of the film was building up to.

-Aqua Man
He’s cameo could’ve been cool but his hair floating into his face was dumb.

Overall feeling:
-Missed potential
Took it sweet time to get anywhere. A lot could have been cut out which makes me wonder how in the world is the director’s cut 30 mins longer than this. I wonder if the pacing is ‘better’ with that cut.

-The whole scope of the movie.
If this movie was an ACTUAL prequel to Justice League. I think people’s expectations would have been more realistic. Simply change the name to DAWN OF JUSTICE and throw out Bat Soup’s name and it would have been better already. I mean the ending does lead itself well into solo films but the whole Bat Soup name just didn’t fit with this at all.

-Nostalgia trumps all.
This happened to Episode 7 for me as well. Seeing these visuals made me happy enough and forgive a lot of things. So that’s that.

Anyway, I’m done here. Go check out my channel. I had one time not been lazy and made a video review for some stuff that I didn’t write here. So see yah later!

 

Call of London

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Gerard here was 43 when Olympus fell. He looked bare minimum ‘badass’ for that role. He is now 46 and London has fallen. He looks old and has a ‘I’m too old for this shit’ face. And those close ups of his face throughout the film doesn’t help either.

Anyway, Olympus Has Fallen‘s sequel, the appropriately named, London Has Fallen arrives in theatres near you soon. I have a lot of thoughts in my head about this film and I’ll try to address each thing clearly.

First off, let’s talk about the good stuff.

The actual premise is pretty neat.  You see it a mile away and the title gives it away but having the Prime Minister die and roping in all these big wigs from around the world for the funeral and then offing them one by one is pretty neat (though let’s not talk about the actual chances of this happening with 2 years of planning).

Gerard’s chemistry with his president and the SS director was nice. But it didn’t end well. The moving on with life and I’m having a baby stuff was a nice touch but it didn’t really stick. The humour is interesting as well as there are one liners throughout and some times its a hit but more than often its awkward misses.  And someone remind me, did they cuss a lot in the first one? Cause they do much more in this one.

The close quarter combat is pretty brutal and I don’t mind it at all. It’s a sliver compare to The Raid but all that knife punching action was brutal, effective and contextualized within Butler’s character (some people complain about this but I don’t).

Okay, onto the next stuff, the bad stuff.

A lot of people are dumb here. They are all talk but no substance.  This leads back to the chances of this movie even occurring.  Butler even addresses this and said that they just did a lot of things right. And in actuality, if they killed off one leader, sure but all of them? Nah.  So what do I mean by no substance? Well, a lot of people say they planned everything out and are prepared but this movie occurred. It occurred in a way that just screams poor planning.  It gets worst when the mole is revealed. I for one, would have been totally fine without knowing who the mole was cause when the reveal happened, it was dumb. So if you like mindless action and don’t use your brain (which you should), you’ll probably let things slide but I guarantee you, you will have a limit and start calling out all the dumb things in the movie.

Another example would be the cabinet personnel with VP Freeman. I swear they are all dumb and can’t do their jobs and are no professionals whatsoever. It was dumb, let’s just leave it at that. Also, there’s a MI6 agent and she looks badass and Butler even told the President to “not fuck with her” but there is no scene where it shows her being badass unless you count figuring out a code and shooting someone point-blank badass then, sure.

The editing is all over the place. They use stock footage to establish locations but after the third time with VP Morgan, you know where they are. You don’t need to remind me any more. Cinematography is also inconsistent. Some shots are fine but others just felt like a showcase of skills but instead of skills it was just more of “I don’t know what I’m doing but I heard longs shots are in so let’s do one”. Seriously, there was a sequence where I swear someone watched too many Call of Duty cut scenes or something. It didn’t add anything to the scene nor did it help with the storytelling at all. Oh, the CGI is also laughably bad but then again anything in this scope and scale is gonna look silly regardless so I guess whatever for this. Oh speaking of all over the place, the tone is weird too.  America doesn’t learn anything and its really patriotic here and it gets annoying.

So lastly, the director. I checked him out before the movie started and I had set my expectations appropriately. The director is a Swedish director and this is his first time directing an American film. And I also noticed that RT gave this 18% with 22 reviews. So yeah, I cheated. But it was all good. I would definitely not want to be in this guy’s shoes as the scope of the film was huge and the way he handled that, well, it wasn’t done well but I understood why he did it. For example, Butler and President moves around a lot in this film. So there are a lot of shots edit together of them running from one side of the street to the other. It’s cheap but works? Though it doesn’t look good.

This movie is pretty much a spiritual successor of the Die Hard franchise in a way. First one was in a white house (building) and then the second one was all of London (the 3rd one was all of New York, if I remember correctly) and the change in scope doesn’t really work.  This is largely due to the fact that it’s still the same premise: Protect The President.  When its hallways and corridors its more believable compare to hauling ass in different parts of the city without real context of actual movement.

I said too much already.  Curb your expectations. I’ll remind you though, the first one has 48% but I enjoyed it for what it was despite all the stupid stuff that happened. This one on the other hand, it was a big endeavour and the director didn’t really pull through.  I mean, this one was written by the same folks who did the first one so I’m assuming on paper it was amazingly close to the first one in terms of quality.  I wrote way too much already. Bye.