Film Review: The Interview aka Why did I watch that?

Film

The Interview

There is absolutely no need for me to go into any of the details into the media frenzy that was going due to the film, The Interview. You’re all educated and well read enough to have heard about the hoo-haa surrounding that film.

Whether you believe it to be orchestrated or not, The Interview is out. People have seen it in their droves both legally and illegally. And guess what? It is an utterly terrible film. On every level.

A maybe monthly round-up (1)

Life

Bye-bye October. Hello November. October has gone by ridiculously quickly. Wasn’t it just September? Oh, wait, is that just senility creeping in early?

I survived St Judes Storm! *sigh* The build up over this was hilarious. Bigger than the storm of 1987, they were saying! I remember the storm in 1987. It was terrifying. Sure I was three. But I remember being terrified. St Judes Storm managed to blow my bin open. WOOOO. My 50ft trees in my garden were still standing. Though public transport ground to a halt. God bless British public transport.

Exciting stuff. I got my G+ vanity URL! Along with hundreds, probably thousands, of other people. But it still managed to excite me – http://google.com/+JainaMistry

In other terribly unexciting social media news, I’m back on Pinterest. I never really left as such. But, I just forgot about it and didn’t think I had a use for it any more. Oh no. I’ve remembered why I liked it and so, will be pinning like a fiend from now on. Maybe not quite fiend-like. Near-fiend. Feel free to follow me.

So, back to something vaguely interesting. How was October? Well, it went quickly and quietly…

120+ Movies: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

120+ Movies of 2011

Rise of the Planet of the ApesRise of the Planet of the Apes (16/08/11)

An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

Rise of the Apes just wasn’t a succinct enough title. Despite the overly long title, the film was good! A pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting much, if I’m honest. Perhaps my lower expectations made me enjoy the film a little bit more.

Everyone’s talking about Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar and a bunch of other apes. Don’t get me wrong, I think the capture was brilliant. There was definitely a level of humanity brought to Caesar that some of the human characters didn’t have. But has that got more to do with the almost flawless computer graphics? Someone educate me here! Caesar did bring me to tears on more than one occasion. He was definitely more than just a CG character.

James Franco and John Lithgow were fantastic in the film. John Lithgow made a small role so much larger and I could get behind James’ Will Rodman. David Oyewolo’s Jacobs was an infuriating character who was there to be just that! Well, it felt like it. I couldn’t understand him at all.

Second summer film with a score by Patrick Doyle – I’ll be buying that. It was a good, solid orchestral score which really backed up some of the more dramatic and action scenes as well as supporting the low-key, emotive scenes.

One development that Caesar made in the film made me laugh. I don’t think it was meant to. Thankfully, it wasn’t just me, but quite a lot of people in the cinema laughed as well. I didn’t think it was necessary, but clearly someone thought they needed to go there!

There were plenty of throwbacks to the original Ape films and King Kong. I was keeping my eyes and ears out for more, I know I missed plenty.

So, are they going to do a series of Ape films now then? With the little bit about the Icarus and it being lost in space. I’m hoping they do, if they can be like this film – entertaining, solid but simple story and a handful of decent characters.
Rating: 4/5

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120+ Movies: Long Overdue Update

120+ Movies of 2011

Long time no update! Well here’s finally an update to my movie tally for the year. I’m getting there. Though if I want to hit my target I might need to speed things up again.

Sucker PunchSucker Punch (02/04/11)

A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility.

Well, erm, it looked fantastic. That counts for something. Well for me that counts for at least 1 point out of 5 that I’ve given it. It all starts off brilliantly, but as soon as we slip into the various fantasy lands things go very wrong. The fantasy lands look amazing though. Some stunning set sequences. Sadly the storyline, characters and dialog aren’t the strongest parts of the film. The dialog in particular, at times, made me cringe it was so bad. And I like films like Fast & Furious, which isn’t known for having great dialog! OK, along with looking very slick the film does have a fantastic soundtrack. Which is on my list of things I need to buy very soon.

Nice attempt from Zack Snyder to create his own movie but it just didn’t work for me. Would have made a great plot line for a console/PC game though. Shame there wasn’t a game tie-in.
Rating: 2/5

CarriersCarriers (03/04/11)

Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.

I thought this was going to be a straight up road trip movie turned zombie flick. I think it got half way there. From the outset I think, as a viewer, you’re meant to think it’s an average college road trip film. But they jump into the apocalypse type world slightly too quickly, as if they’re worried you’ll lose interest if they don’t throw it in from the get go. None of the characters are particularly likeable, so it’s hard to root for any of them when things start going wrong. However I was grateful for the bleak ending. Not everything’s happiness and sunshine.
Rating: 1/5

Source CodeSource Code (06/04/11)

An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

From the director who brought us Moon. That fact alone had my bar raised significantly for this film. Maybe the bar was set a little too high, but that’s not to say Source Code isn’t a brilliant film.

In the beginning I felt as disoriented as Colter Stevens. Though as Colter began to get a grip on things it felt like I did too. Sure a lot of the main plot of the film is devoted to your standard get the terrorist but you’ve got Colter’s story interwoven in that fairly well. Loved the twist at the end. Great performances from everyone. Didn’t quite reach the levels of slack-jawed wow that Moon got from me, but still, one of the better and more intelligent sci-fi films to come out this year.
Rating: 4/5

3:10 to Yuma3:10 to Yuma (09/04/11)

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

My second Western movie remake of the year! Probably my last too. Only because I can’t think of any others. Oh wait, The Magnificent Seven. Maybe I should aim to add that to my list of films to watch this year.

Really liked the film. Ben Foster plays a creepy villain. Just had sadistic written all over his face. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale were great as the two leading men. I was more impressed by Logan Lerman in this than his recent role in Percy Jackson. Thought he did much better in this film!

I haven’t seen many Westerns so I don’t think I can compare it to anything. Fun to watch with some great action sequences. Can’t ask for much more in a Western.
Rating: 3/5

Walking TallWalking Tall (12/04/11)

A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.

Second film remake on this update. Though with this one, I had no idea it was a remake. This was just one of those films that happened to be on whilst I was up and I sat there like a lemon and watched it.

Not a great film at all. Though I had fun spotting various Canada based actors like Ryan Robbins, Aaron Douglas and even Cobie Smulders in it. Lots of action, but none of it anything more than loads of bullets getting flung around. I think I lost the main plot of one man’s mission to single-handedly clean up his home town in amongst the action. Johnny Knoxville actually amused me in parts. Which worried me a little.
Rating: 1/5

Your HighnessYour Highness (13/04/11)

When Prince Fabious’ bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her… accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.

I think when I first heard about this film and saw clips/trailers I had my hopes set fairly high. I was imagining something like The Princess Bride crossed with Pineapple Express. Almost, but not quite. Thankfully just before I went into the film, I had my hopes knocked down a few pegs.

It’s your typical stoner film with the usual kinds of jokes thrown into a fantasy-esque setting. There was a lot of effort thrown into the film for some of the bigger set sequences. The score soundtrack from Steve Jablonsky did a good job of creating some sense of gravitas in said set sequences. Even though on more than a couple of occasions I was reminded of Transformers and was expecting to see some Autobots roll out.

The accents were all over the place, the jokes were lewd and obvious but I laughed more than once and had fun watching it. It’s what filmage is about!
Rating: 3/5

El MariachiEl Mariachi (14/04/11)

A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

I love Desperado. I think it’s my favourite Robert Rodriguez film and I promised myself one day I’ll sit down and watch the film that spawned that and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Had I not been such a fan of Desperado I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this film as much as I did. Spent a lot of the time watching scenes unfold and remembering those same scenes, polished up a fair bit in Desperado. None of the acting’s particularly good, but that’s not the point. In fact there’s one actor in it who’s Spanish was pretty damn bad.

Once the action started going it got more of a fun film to watch. Though I found it amusing seeing the blood packs underneath a lot of the guys shirts when they were shot. A shot later, the blood pack would be gone and all you’d see is a torn shirt! Magic!
Rating: 3/5

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120+ Movies: The first cinema visits of 2011

120+ Movies of 2011

I’ve hit the cinema for the first time in 2011 and here’s what I’ve seen:

The FighterThe Fighter (11/01/11)

A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

Really good film. I wasn’t blown away by it. But I really enjoyed watching it. It’s your typical story of how someone at the bottom of the ladder gets to the top. There’s a broken family. There’s a very big broken family. There’s also some great performances from Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, but mostly from Mark Wahlberg. He confuses me. He does movie drivel like Max Payne and then things like this and The Departed. Thankfully, despite the drivel he’s still seen as an actor who’s capable of these kinds of roles.

At the beginning of the film I was surprised to see Darren Aronofsky’s name pop up as the Executive Producer. Did not know he had, maybe not a hand but a finger, in this pie.

The film’s just under two hours long, but it never feels like you’re just waiting for something to happen. The pace skips along nicely, going through all the motions necessary before getting to the final fight which is brilliantly directed.

I can’t quite see this film winning any Best Film nominations in may eventually get nominated for. But if the likes of Wahlberg, Adams, Leo or Bale win for their performances, I’d be happy. It’s a good film with some great performances.
Rating: 4/5

127 Hours127 Hours (14/01/11)

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoning alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Brilliant film. I don’t think there was much I could fault this film on. Loved how it was shot, the soundtrack by A.R. Rahman was brilliant. James Franco held the film from start to end. Thoroughly engrossing. Really inspirational film as well. Despite what happened to Aron Ralston, I really want to go to those canyons and see what he saw. Though, not feel what he felt. As for that arm hacking off scene? It was something pretty extreme to watch. I wouldn’t say it was gory, as that makes it sound like it could have been something in a horror film. It was intense to watch, but I’d say it was more clinical and realistic than I thought I was going to see. I could feel his pain. I can’t imagine doing what he did to get himself out of the situation, though I’m guessing if you want to live that badly, you’ll do anything you can do to live. I think I was more grossed out when he tried to drink his own urine to keep himself hydrated. That really made me squirm!

Think I want to go hunt the book out now and see how that compares.
Rating: 5/5

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