3022: My Review

This movie is not good at all.  It’s a B movie that happened to have well known actors in it.  3022 is unoriginal with a thin plot and cheap looking.  Very little imagination went into the making of this movie.  This is one of those films that you run across and it has big name actors in it and you wonder why.  What made them do this?  What were they going through?  Did they owe someone a favor?  Are they living check to check like everyone else?  I thought they had options.

Spoiler Alert  Omar Epps is the captain of a spaceship with a crew of four people.  The ship gets lost in space.  A young crew member dies, the oldest crew member loses his mind, it’s Kate Walsh and Omar Epps for a while.  They run across another spaceship that is lost in space.  They decide to help those aboard the other spaceship.  Unfortunately there are limited supplies and not enough resources including oxygen for everyone to survive and make it back to Earth in the time they project.

A fight for survival ensues.  One of the newcomers dies.  The other two lose their minds.  Those two eventually die.  Kate Walsh dies at some point and Omar Epps ends up an old man lost in space by himself which is sad.  I thought that the spaceship had limited resources but  I guess Omar figured that out.

3022 is not the year that this takes place it is the day of the mission when Omar Epps makes a journal entry as an old man.  The movies takes place in the distant future but the movie set looks like an old black and white episode of “Lost in Space” and they used keyboards on the spaceship that look like the exact keyboard I am using right now.

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I guess if you’re a fan of Omar Epps or Kate Walsh you will enjoy this.  Miranda Cosgrove is in this as well and she is very cute.  You may like it if you enjoy science fiction under any circumstances.  But I can’t find a real reason to recommend this movie.  It’s pretty corny.

Terminator, Dark Fate: My Review

I watched Terminator Dark Fate yesterday and it was OK, just OK.  I was a fan of the old Terminator films so I gave this film some grace for being a part of a franchise that I loved long ago.  However, I don’t think it stands alone very well.

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Swarzenegger were great in this movie.  When I heard about this film’s release I was confused as to how either of them could reprise their roles due to their ages.  Both actors are what most of us would consider to be long in the tooth to be an action hero.  Hamilton is sixty three and Schwarzenegger is seventy two.  But they played their roles as well as they did in their prime.  Perhaps they are still in their prime; who am I to say?  Edward Furlong wasn’t in Dark Fate if you’re wondering but his character was in the story briefly.

I have always had a problem with movies that transcend time and or dimension.  Movies such as The Matrix and Inception always confuse me.  I have a difficult time keeping track of what is the reality or a dream and what is the present, the future or the past.  Back to the Future worked because there were clear differences between the times that he traveled between.

The plot was pretty typical.  A young woman held the fate of all humanity in her hands and she needed to be protected.  There was a villain, a Terminator that was trying to kill her in order to change the history of the world.  She had to be protected.  Chaos and destruction ensues.  Meh.

Terminator, Dark Fate took place in the future and then went further into the future.  I think.  It was hard to keep up with what was going on.  In all fairness I have to divulge that I borrowed a DVD of this movie from the library.  I had to watch it late at night on a work night and I was drowsy while watching it and dozed off in parts.  That might explain why I couldn’t totally follow the plot.

Another problem with this film is that it is extremely loud.  I’m glad I watched it at home where I could control the volume.  This film must have been overwhelming in theaters.  I don’t remember being bothered by the loudness of Terminator 2 that I remember seeing in a theater.  But I was much younger then and more tolerant of racket.

This movie could stand to be shorter.  There is a loud, non stop action sequence that lasted thirty to forty five minutes.  Crazy things happened, such as fights against indestructible, futuristic robots in planes while in flight and a huge door was open.  They fought the robot under water for a while.  The story took place in Mexico City so I have no idea what body of what they were in.  The scenes were wild and the noise was deafening.

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The evil robot that was in pursuit of the savior of the world, the late model Terminator, had a clear advantage in that he was nearly indestructible.  I mean this guy got shot, bludgeoned, set on fire, put through a turbine of some sort and continued to fight.  But he couldn’t take out three mere mortals and one robot that was an old model.  That was a huge hole in the plot for me.

If you enjoyed the old Terminator films you may get a kick out of this for the sake of nostalgia.  You may also enjoy it if you enjoy raucous action films and special effects.  This movie was just OK for me.  If it wasn’t a part of a successful franchise that I enjoyed long ago Terminator, Dark Fate wouldn’t hold much merit for me at all.

Harriet: My Review

I watched the film “Harriet” over the weekend. “Harriet” is a dramatized retelling of the life of American hero Harriet Tubman. There was a lot of buzz around this film and a lot of think pieces were written and vlogs were made about this movie. People really over thought this. It was a good movie, not great but good and I think it’s worth watching. However, historic accounts of Harriet Tubman are more thrilling than “Harriet”.

Something about “Harriet” made me feel like I was watching an 80s night time soap opera. Violins played in the background of several scenes. This movie told it’s story in a feminine way. It was a love story of sorts. Harriet escaped to freedom in the north and she returned for love of her husband and other family members.

When I envisioned a film version of Harriet Tubman’s life I thought of her as more of a rebel, freedom fighter and visionary. In my mind Harriet Tubman’s life is more of an action, thriller and suspense story. Harriet was bold, fearless and determined.

The actress that played Harriet Tubman often had a deer in the headlights expression on her face and a furrowed brow. There was also a lot of dainty running in this film. It was the kind of running women do in horror films. Actors also fell as they were being pursued. Harriet Tubman commonly had fainting spells due to a head injury she suffered at her owner’s hand. The spells were depicted in the film and she fell pretty kind of like Scarlet O’Hara. None of this is necessarily bad thing I just think the director’s choices were interesting.

I do believe that “Harriet” sanitized Harriet Tubman for White audiences. She was a gentle character and not a fierce revolutionary. Harriet Tubman is famous for threatening to kill runaway slaves if they lost their nerves and wanted to turn around. She is also famous for saying that she freed (paraphrase) thousands of slaves and could have freed thousands more if they knew they were slaves.

Spoiler Alert

There was a scene in the film where Harriet had her slave master on his knees at gun point. She had the opportunity to shoot him but she talked to him and let him live. I think that this plays into the trope of the all forgiving African American that turns the other cheek regardless of how they were treated.

Nonetheless, the film was entertaining and I would recommend it. But I recommend reading historical accounts of Harriet Tubman. Her acts of bravery were absolutely thrilling and she is one of the greatest American heroines.Young Harriet Tubman

“Parasite”: My Review

I watched the film Parasite over the weekend.  Parasite has received several awards including Oscars for best picture and best director.  The film is highly enjoyable and I recommend that you take the time to watch it.  It is a South Korean film with subtitles.  I know that subtitles are a turn off for a lot of people.  But I watched the movie with my suitor who doesn’t typically like movies with subtitles and he enjoyed the movies as much as I did.

I can’t go into much detail about the plot because I would spoil it for those that haven’t seen it.  All I will say is that the film centers around a South Korean family that is down on their luck.  The son gets a job offer to work as a tutor for a wealthy family.  That opportunity turns into a chance for his family’s fortune to turn around.

Parasite has a lot of surprises, twists and turns.  The line between morality and right and wrong is blurred.  No one in this film has a moral high ground and everyone’s actions can be justified or criticized.  I haven’t seen anything else like it.  It’s a great story that keeps viewers wondering what will happen next and how it will all end.

Child’s Play 2019: A Short Review

I recently watched the 2019 remake of the 1988 film Child’s Play.  I saw the original Child’s Play when I was a teenager.  Just about everything from the 90s is corny so I didn’t have very high expectations for the film.  I didn’t care for the new Child’s Play.  The film was ridiculous then and it’s worse now.

If you’re not familiar with the plot of the film, Child’s Play is about a homicidal, red headed doll named Chucky that causes chaos for a single mother and her son.  In the 80s version Chucky was possessed by the spirit of a hardened Chicago criminal.

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In the latest version Chucky was installed with artificially intelligent software and was programmed by observing things in his environment.  I there was a part in the film where the Chucky doll that went crazy was hexed in the Asian factory where he was manufactured by a disgruntled employee.

Chucky is eager to please his owner Andy and is very possessive over him which spurs part of the killing spree.  But some of the murdering happens without any provocation whatsoever.  Chucky just goes off on people and starts doing crazy s—.  Early in the film it is established that Andy has a hearing problem.  I don’t know why they writers added that because it played no part in the film whatsoever.

Not only is this film franchise a negative depiction of red heads but there are some very negative depictions of Black people in this movie.  That could be an essay within itself but I don’t feel like editing clips.  Trust me, the Black roles in this film are cringeworthy.

After several gruesome deaths and thousands of dollars worth of property damage the film ends because Andy’s mom twists the dolls head off.  Much like in the earlier film I don’t know mom didn’t destroy the doll in the first place.  The film moves along quickly though and seems short even though it is two hours.  I can’t recommend that you spend two hours of your life on this movie.  But if you enjoy corny horror films you may enjoy Child’s Play.

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: My Review

I saw “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” the other day.  I enjoyed it and I think you will as well.  It’s not exactly what I was expecting but the surprise added to the success of the movie.  I was expecting the movie to simply be a biography of Fred Rogers but that wasn’t quite the case.  The movie didn’t even revolve around Mr. Rogers.

This film is a testament to how great of a show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” really was.  I learned that the show was filmed in Pittsburgh, PA and Fred Rogers was a long time married man with two sons.  None of this ever crossed my mind.  The production of the show and Mr. Roger’s personal life was not something I ever questioned even as an adult.  I bought into what the show was selling and I accepted that Mr. Rogers was a bachelor that lived a quiet life in the Land of Make Believe.  It wasn’t weird to me at all.

I also learned that the mission of “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” was to teach children how to process emotions.  I watched the show as a child and I never realized I was being taught anything.  I just watched adults talk to puppets while a train milled around and enjoyed it.  How brilliant!  I guess you have to sneak up on children like that.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” also revealed that Fred Rogers was real sweetheart.  He was a baby doll that would melt the coldest of hearts if you got too close to him.  Fred Rogers was brave because it takes bravery to extend yourself to a person in love and that’s what he did face to face and through his TV show.

Another great thing about the movie is that it is 109 minutes long.  Over the last twenty years or so it seems that all movies have become very long.  It’s to the point that a film needs to be very special to make me want to invest the time.  But this delightful film didn’t waste time and I appreciate that.

I didn’t love this movie as much as some people.  It’s not even my favorite Tom Hanks work.  That distinction still belongs to “Bosom Buddies”.  But it is a respectable, light hearted film about a very nice person.  This movie is optimistic as opposed to the cynicism that we’ve all grown use to.  If you get a chance take the time to watch it.

Review: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Over the weekend I watched the 2017 release Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.  It’s a very good film and Frances McDormand does great work in it.  The only other movie I’ve seen Frances McDormand in is Fargo.  The two films have a lot in common.

Both films are centered around a mysterious crime in a small town which is McDormand’s sweet spot from what I can tell.  In Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.  Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a single mother of two teenagers.  Her daughter Angela becomes a victim of a rape and murder during a night out.  The local police force doesn’t make any progress in finding the girl’s rapist and murderer.  Months go by with no leads and no contact from the police department.

Mildred decides to buy billboard space on the edge of town.  The three billboards have a bold and confrontational message.  The ask the town police chief played by Woody Harrelson in bold block letters why no arrests have been made in her daughter’s case.

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The billboards quickly become controversial because they challenge the town’s sense of righteousness.  The Ebbing police department had been accused of race based police brutality but the billboards which spotlight lackadaisical police work in the murder of a local White girl angered the townsfolk.  I’m sure they like to think of themselves as God fearing, salt of the Earth kind of people.

Mildred becomes the town pariah but I don’t think it mattered much to her.  She doesn’t seem to socialize much and she doesn’t scare easily.  Through a peculiar chain of events the police department is inspired to put more energy into solving the mystery of Angela’s death.

Frances McDormand plays a resilient and stoic woman that pushes back when she is pushed, or ignored.  I was moved to tears watching this imperfect mother fight for her daughter’s honor.  Angela was a bad girl which may be the reason that the town didn’t rally around her mother.  Mildred is a bad girl too and she couldn’t rest while the world went moved on without anyone being brought to justice for killing her daughter.

This is definitely a good movie and worth your time.  It is dark without being too vulgar and there are several interesting plot twists.  The movie pulled at my heart strings.  If you haven’t seen Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri add it to your to see list.