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.