Monday, May 16, 2016

Week 12 Review

Loving superhero movies, especially The Avengers and Iron Man, I was super excited to go see Captain America: Civil War. I had never seen a Captain America movie before, because honestly Captain America did not sound too entertaining for me. Since this one featured Tony Stark and some other members of the Avengers crew I decided to watch it. Due to problems in one the Avengers missions, and because they're missions often result in more chaos and destruction, the United Nations, make a plan to control the team, by overseeing them and deciding what missions and problems the Avengers should go solve. Because of opposing views, the Avengers is divided into two groups. One of these groups is lead by Captain America who believes that the Avengers should remain free and defend humanity without government interference, and the other led by Tony Stark who surprisingly defends the decision to be under government oversight. Their opposing views lead to internal conflict, which eventually lead to the “civil war” between the team. Although filled with comedy and action, I thought the movie was too long and found myself bored at times. I did enjoy how Robert Downey Jr.’s character Tony Stark always brought comedic relief into the tense moments of the movie, and also liked the addition of new superheroes into the group. Captain America called Ant Man for help, who is also an amusing and goofy character and Tony Stark, recruited a young Spiderman. I liked how Marvel did a slight spin off of this young spider man, portraying him less experienced and serious than the one that Tobey Maguire has played. In my opinion, this movie is overrated and I think that people should just wait until it comes out in TV rather than waste $12 to watch it at the movies.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Review week 11

The other night while scrolling through my TV guide, I came across a movie called taxi. It caught my attention because on the movie poster I saw Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy Fallon is by far my favorite late night comedian. I even went through a time where I was kinda obsessed with him. I would record his show and watch the next day while eating his The Tonight Dough, Ben and jerry’s ice cream which is actually amazing and pretty addicting. The movie seemed pretty bad but I couldn't help it and decided to play it. A si predicted it was a bad movie. In the movie Jimmy is portrays a dumb cop who always messes up and does everything wrong. On one of his chases he jumps in queen layoffs taxi cab. Queen Latifah is an incredibly able driver who catches up with the thieves, until jimmy messes up and they loose them. At this point I decided that Jimmy does a much better job as a late night host than as an actor so I stopped watching the movie. A couple nights later, I was once again presented with a Jimmy Fallon movie. This one was called Fever Pitch and the co-star was Drew Barrymore. In this movie, Jimmy a teacher, begins dating a businesswoman played by Drew Barrymore. In the beginning they don't seem to have a lot of the same interest but eventually fall in love. Their relationship was well until the baseball season began, and Drew realizes that Jimmy is completely obsessed with the Red Soxs. This romantic comedy wasn't half as bad as Taxi, but I still think that Jimmy made the right decision in sticking to late night talk shows.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Week 10 Review

Eddie the Eagle was a great movie. It truly is a great and fun becoming adversity feel good movie. Since the moment I saw it would come out I wanted to see it. I love winter sports and have been skiing since I was a baby.I had also heard the story of Eddie the Eagle when I was around 10 by a ski school teacher. So when I opened my fandango and so the movie poster, It took me back to when I was a little kid in ski school. The movie is based on a true story which follows Michael Edwards, a boy who had always dreamed of going to the olympics and being part of a British olympic team. He tried out for the British Olympic ski team but was cut due to his leg and knee impediment and strange manner. Being so driven, Eddie decided to go to Germany to test his skills at ski jumping. At first he failed miserably and even ended up in the hospital with a broken arm. As soon as he was cleared to jump again, he went back up to the ramp. His spirit and determination caught the eye of Bronson Peary, a former American Olympic ski jumper who now worked as a snow plower. With Peary’s training Eddie gradually improved to the point where he classified for the 1988 Winter Olympics. Even though he did not win, he did make the British record for ski jumping and his grand excitement lifted the crowds spirit and filled with joy. On his return to England he was greeted at the airport with support and praise from British fans.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Review week 9

This week I saw two movies that I truly enjoyed. The first was The aviator. The aviator is a movie based on the life of  the director, entrepreneur and aviator Howard Hughes. Leonardo Di Caprio does an amazing job portraying him. Howard Hughes inherited a fortune at 19, when his father, a Texan oil driller passed. Passionate about film, he moved to L.A. and began to produce and direct movies. The movie starts of with his three year journey into making Hells Angels, a war movie, where he mixed his passion for planes with his passion for filmmaking. The movie also shows his romantic encounters with many Hollywood actresses, including Katherine Hepburn and Ava Gardner. His enthusiasm about planes let him to become an aviation pioneer who set many world records. Hughes also bought TWA, and help build it into a major airline. In his effort to make TWA, a big arline with planes flying all over the world, he had to fight against PAN AM Airlines. The movie ends with Howard's triumph in a court case where he was being tried for being a war profiteer, due to loaning money from the government for planes that were never used. Hughes doesn't only win this case, but he also feels accomplished when he flew his H-4 Hercules a plane boat with a wingspan longer than a football field. Through all of these accomplishments Hughes was always fighting and was tormented from his phobias, depression and OCD, which eventually led him to become a recluse. Even Though long, I truly enjoyed the movie and learned some aviation history. When the movie ended, I was still so interested in Hughes and his person that I spent about an hour reading about him and looking through some of his biographies.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Week 8 Review

On Wednesday I finally saw The Big Short. I have been wanting to see this movie since it came out in theaters on November 6. The Big Short is a movie about a man in the world of finance who predicts the credit and housing collapse of the 2007. It all starts in 2005, with Michael Burry played by Christian Bale, a hedge fund manager who discovers that the U.S. housing market is extremely unstable. He predicts that the market will collapse sometime in 2007, and realizes that he can profit from this situation by creating a credit default swapmarket, which allowed him to bet against the housing market. He goes to different banks with his idea, and due to the belief that the housing market is extremely secure the banks accept his proposal to create the credit default swapmarket which is the “short” and bet against the housing market. Even Though the movie has many terms that are a bit difficult to understand with a lack of knowledge about the world of finance and economics, the movie is extremely detailed and does a good job explaining these terms, which helps you understand what they are saying. I thought this movie was really entertaining and I enjoyed watching it. I felt like it was an extension to my economy class.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Week 7 Review

On Friday day I was in the mood for a comedy. I went on my Apple TV and was debating over Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Friends, and Seth Rogen with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in The Night Before. I was having a predicament because I love Seth Rogen and Tina Fey and they are in my top five favorite comedic actors. Being a bit more of a fan of Seth Rogen I decided to go with The Night Before. I was expecting this movie to be worse than what it actually was. For some reason I always start watching a Seth Rogen movie with the mentally that it will suck but in the end I always end up loving them since I find his humor to be hilarious. The movie follows three lifelong best friends, who after the death Ethan’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) parents, they begin a tradition to spend Christmas together. Now that they're entering adulthood, their tradition is coming to an end, and they want to make their last Christmas together as memorable as possible. They set out to find the Nutcracker Ball, a Christmas party that they have been trying to attend for years. If you want to get some good laughs and love Seth Rogen, this is definitely a must watch for you.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Week 6 Review

Leo winning an oscar for best actor in a leading role, was by far the best thing that happened this week. Finally! It was about time! He has been nominated for 7 oscars, but actors with stronger roles have always outdone him. His role in The Revenant has been the most difficult role that he has had to do and because of this, I feel that this has been his greatest opportunity to win an Academy Award. 

Even Though Leo won the Oscar, the performance of Leo’s fellow nominees were also fantastic. One of Leo’s opponents, Eddie Redmayne, does an amazing job in The Danish Girl, which I saw on Tuesday. He plays Einar Wegener, an artist who with support from his loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), begins to come out as a transgender and prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations in history. Redmayne, who won the academy award last year for leading male actor in The Theory of Everything; proves once again, how deeply he can immerse himself into a role. 

His acting in this movie just seems so natural, and the emotion, confusion and heartache he conveys, feels like your own. He was so genuine, and made me feel so sympathetic towards him. His co-star. Alicia Vikander, also does a job well done and received an Academy Award For Best Actress In A Supporting Role.