Monday, September 18, 2017

Dunkirk Review


    And the Oscar for best costume design goes to Dunkirk…Preditction Bold Statement.
    You can skip my banter and read the Vulture’s Oscar Nomination predictions here: “…of those Oscar categories I’ve mentioned, I think Dunkirk is well-positioned to score at least ten nominations” However, the Saving Private Ryan feel of best costume design is looking like the The Darkest Hour or Gaurdians of the Galaxy. I will try to make a case for Dunkirk getting the Oscar.
   

     First the reason why I believe the movie will be thrown in for the oscars early is because how could it not have better costumes than Harry Potter’s Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Character’s outfits were the most important troupe of the movie and even dictated how much power one had over another. Without a lot of differences in setting, such as the beach, air, and boat, the costumes worn in the movie were perfect.
    Ok first, was that I have to acknowledge that I like military style, especially the kind from the Renaissance Era. You can read more about it in the book Military Style Invades Fashion with men wearing head scarves and hackers who look like they are from the Matrix. Tom hardy’s Character used his costume to convey extreme emotion for a man who plays the villain well. His aviator jacket, with a turtleneck and aviator shades with sunglasses flip was amazing.
    His braided oxygen mask was amazing!!His goggles always let us in suspense in how distressing his eyes were and when he put on his oxygen mask it was very villanous like his Bane Character.
    The costumes worn by the land soldier was also great and very symbolic because the opening scene we see a soldier taking a uniform from another soldier who was being buried. There was a funny scene when Harry Styles gets in one of the lines and then the person in front says Infirmery Only!! Know one knew rank because it was chaos
    After two hours of aerial footage, and exploding dark boats with the same looking people, it made you feel distorted like you were watching an alien spaceship. You lost all hope for the character and personal touch because he was a blink in a sea of the exact same people. That was expected.

   The yacht men’s costume was also well played because it made the clash of any new characters extremely discomforting because the costumes were motifs for forces about to collide, like you wondered if they were going to turn around because of how hostile the clash of citizen and army soldier was. 
    Next was the internal politics I am not going to reference this to the world today because there is absolutely no comparing the scenario to anything that would be plausible. I am just saying there was a prominent theme of internal conflict between the allies and you begin to think would prisoners of war really turn on each other? Well, that’s like saying would prisoners begin hurting each other like pawns in a chess game? So, that’s where I draw the line because judging internal conflict is like judging how one family decides to live.
    Next, I left the theater when the I felt like screaming for something. In the lobby I heard what sounded like a chainsaw, true grit, and wanted to know what movie, then the next steps was to just get in the last 15 minutes. Something finally fucking happened!! Like give me a fucking movie of suspense and I will walk out before the monster shows on the screen I don’t give a Fuck. I seriously thought I was watching March of The Penguins meets Fashion Week in Paris.
    Give me something, give me the fucking transcripts of the radio calls. Give me the number of casulaties per day. Give me something! All I got was a buch of 3 second clips and some shaky cameras with a bunch of people standing still. No communication was portrayed. They were absolutely the worst story tellers, and I am glad it wasn’t a space opera with an even slower love narrative. Does anyone know how to ask a french for a door for a raft?!
    I hope I got the story right, but I definitely see a gripe at an oscar in score ( I wore Mack’s Pillow Soft Earplugs.) Then I would have took the sand bags from the French, and set up a cliff as big as Normany and set up every single infantry man to shoot create a wall of communication to track enemy planes instead of lying in the sand like a 2 year old kid. They weren’t defenseless they were victims of war.


 Review: C-B+
70-85%, Can't Make a Call

1Wonder WomanWB$411,485,5914,165$103,251,4714,1656/2-
2Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2BV$389,806,2474,347$146,510,1044,3475/5-
3Spider-Man: HomecomingSony$330,361,8614,348$117,027,5034,3487/7-
4Despicable Me 3Uni.$261,143,4004,535$72,434,0254,5296/30-
5DunkirkWB$185,271,4334,014$50,513,4883,7207/21-













ITWB (NL)$223,021,9184,148$123,403,4194,1039/8/2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dunkirk Preview: Planet Earth For the Big Screen | 07-26-17


Dunkirk Preview:
Listen to the Full Soundtrack At:

01. 00:00 Hans Zimmer - The Mole

02. 05:37 Hans Zimmer - We Need Our Army Back

03. 12:06 Hans Zimmer - Shivering Soldier

04. 15:00 Hans Zimmer - Supermarine

05. 23:06 Hans Zimmer - The Tide

06. 26:57 Hans Zimmer - Regimental Brothers

07. 32:04 Hans Zimmer - Impulse

08. 34:42 Hans Zimmer - Home

09. 40:46 Hans Zimmer - The Oil

10. 46:59 Benjamin Wallfisch - Variation 15 (Dunkirk)

11. 52:51 Benjamin Wallfisch - End Titles (Dunkirk)


The most prominent part of the soundtrack is the sound which makes the listener feel as if hovering in a helicopter thousands of feet in the air away from the maddening crowd. There is something not right with the tempo, and was not expecting this after listening to the Batman Vs. Superman Soundtrack (I’ll reserve judgement.) So with the track favorite, it would be Home.

  The soundtrack alone would make me expect a war movie on the scale of the Planet Earth Series BBC. You know the story behind how it was made, a massive camera on a helicpoter without distrubing the scene but with more detail than a Mercedes car. I highly anticipate that 85% of the movie will be scenes that were directly shot on a helicopter or aerial footage.

  Personally, this soundtrack makes me anticipate a war scenes I prefer. Do I think it would be on the scale of Lord of The Rings with over a million people clashing in a valley? Probably not, but it could be similar to Troy when the thousands of ship arise out the misty sea. However, I can almost guarantee that the Director has come a long way since Spielberg’s War World 2 with shaky cameras on the battleground following around a soldier, such as the one played by Tom Hanks.

At this time, I wanted to introduce a new segment called the Meta Film World:

Currently Playing:
War for Planet of the Apes: Rotten Tomatoes 92%
Baby Driver: 94%
And Radio City Hall has a Hans Zimmer Show playing live.

IMDB Score of Dunkirk: 86%


Ropert And Ebert Score: 3.5/4

The Mummy Review - Good effort, Boring, Merciful Monster Movie

The Mummy Review


    Overall, The movie was definitely better than expected after hearing the reviews. In the review, I will mention the quality of two story lines in the monster movie. One being the Monster Hunters, kind of like an anti Agent Shield (skip if you don’t get the reference.) The next being the overall perspective and how the main character develops on screen.

      The Monster Hunter Group, called Prodigium , which goes into the politics of monsters and social control more than the scientific experiments. They don't like to do a lot of science experiments and have the King Kong storyline approach to villains, capture. I couldn’t believe the mercy story line like in King Kong movies, where they take the enemy as a prisoner, and it develops feelings for someone. In other Mummy Movies, they never tried to contain the Mummy because it was unstoppable power. They definitely could have done better with the monster off-screen than gift wrapping a monster for the screen. It was twenty times better than Kong but was not the relentless movie I saw with Alien Covenant. Bring Van Helsing Back, and kill the beasts!

      One more thing about Prodigium is that Russel Crowe could have been a better contributor to the story if they let him out of his prison environment. Perhaps he could be the Van Helsing, merciless monster killer if he was Mr. Hyde outside of the office.

       Next, the overall excitement was not there. It was not as good as Tom Cruise playing Nick Morton,  the sand soldier, and journalist, and deep sea diver, along with Jen. The soundtrack was good but not very present as much as the high pitch screaming. The story was told phenomenally because it started with Vain and Main Character and ended in a full circle. Can I expect that they buried the mummy in the same place? The story line was told great because it was giving equal dialogue to the villain by sharing their understanding of the world, as much as the need to kill the Mummy and have the antithesis be smoke and mirrors.

    My only problem was that if I entered the movie theater at any one time, I wouldn’t know if I missed the main action scene because everything was squished together at the end. I definitely think they could have made a more climactic middle, and that’s where I think they lost their audience on the boring part.


Rating: 85%

Movie Rankings So Far:
1. The Circle -91%
2. Alien: Covenant - 90%
3. The Mummy - 85%
4. A Cure For Wellness -45%

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Preview The Mummy, Soundtrack Edition.

  1. The Mummy
  2. The Secret of the Mummy
  3. Nick's Theme
  4. Prodigium
  5. Egypt's Next Great Queen
  6. Sandstorm
  7. The Call of the Ancients
  8. A Sense of Adventure
  9. Haram
  10. A Warning of Monsters
  11. The Lost Tomb of Ahmanet
  12.  Providence
  13. The Sand of Wrath
  14. Enchantments
  15. Concourse of the Undead
  16. World of Monsters
  17. She Is Risen
  18. Chaos, Mayhem, Destruction
  19. Sanction of the Gods
  20. Unstoppable
  21. Beyond Evil
  22. Power and Temptation
  23. Inquest
  24. Forward Momentum
  25. Set
  26. Pathogen of Evil
  27. Liberators of Precious Antiquities
  28. Dawn of Evil
  29. Sepulcher
  30. Iniquity
  31. The Calling
  32. Possession of the Knight's Tomb
  33. Destiny 
  34. Sentience
  35. Between Life and Death
  36. The Mummy End Title Suite
The Review from Roper and Ebert (Spelled it Right This Time):
http://www.fox32chicago.com/mornings/259753449-video

Richard Reoper says its about a mummy princess in modern day London. There is much hope with the cast Crowe and Cruise. He says it was horrible dialogue which sounds pretty fitting with today's time. Nothing like extremely underwhelming so I'll go right into the preview.

  It's the Mummy, and doesn't expect to take home any oscars but to just put a new coat of paint on the original big time blockbuster the mummy. The soundtrack says it stays true to its toolkit of ancient hieroglyphs, true underlying plot twists, and the occasional bad person turns good. So the artist's work is in how they have defined a new ancient goddess into today's society. I give to director who stay within the frame of a plot and doesn't go off the rails. Could you imagine a WWII movie that showed a fantasy side, or that aliens came in to support the Germans? No! The director stays within their frame and walks a line in the sand (no pun intended) I have sat through really boring history lessons on the Romans and more, but I was intrigued because it was true or at least some of it. Here are some things I learned from the soundtrack.

Prodigium: Monstrous in Latin
Amunet: A primordial goddess around 2000 BC
Enchantments: A spell magic shit
Sanctum: A sacred phace within a temple or church
Pathogen: A Bacterium, virus that can cause disease, otherwise the opposite of a enchantment
Sepulcher: A small room built in a rock which a dead person is laid or buried
Senteince: Able to perceive feeling or Feel things (a 6th sense)

    Verdict, I believe the pathogen will be released and the dark princess and Russel Crowe will call it an enchantment, but Tom Cruise will be realistic. I also believe that they will end the plot with a transfer of power to another location, for instance they found the Mummy at place X, and then will end the movie with another find at place Y and will come in a complete circle, and some knight in shining armor will destroy the mummy princess. I also see either Russel Crowe and Tom Cruise not ending the series here, as they are both very into their work whether it be about Scientology or a drama movie by Crowe, it was a very intentional choice of roles.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Alien: Covenant (part two)

Here is the review of Kong Skull from Roger Epert:

I’m not mentioning the difference in approach to condemn the new Kong: quite the contrary. This one—about a team of soldiers and scientists that gets stranded on Skull Island during a mission to map the island’s geological interior with explosive charges, which you absolutely should not do when visiting a place called Skull Island—is a half-magnificent, half-misguided example of a “show me the monster” movie. At its best it reminded me of “The Mysterious Island” and “The Land that Time Forgot,” films that were little more than collections of monster-driven action scenes hitched to a perfunctory story about explorers wandering a jungle, doing stuff they were warned not to do, and getting eaten.


Basically, my point is that Alien: Covenant is a futuristic version of Kong Skull Island. In a future of Robots searching for origin of life instead of humans searching for origin of man.  Instead of who we were (monkeys) its who we become, aliens.
   As with the crew separation seems almost exactly like Kong:Skull Island, and the plot’s storylines was also a crew separated by a storm going to an extraction point. At the end, It turned into a space opera (literally space opera music on the ship.)

My final remark is that I can wait another 5 years for Prometheseus 3 because I could watch the first two over again. Overall enjoyed the alien chase sequences, with a little bit of pop out scares, mutilation and final battle scene. I think an alien should be introduced to the Godzilla, King Kong, and monster universe.


Rating 8/10

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Alien: Covenant

Review: Alien (part 1)

Soundtrack Track List:
  1. Incubation
  2. The Covenant
  3. Neutrino Burst
  4. A Cabin on The Lake
  5. Sails
  6. Planet 4/ Main Theme
  7. Launcher Landing
  8. Wheat Field
  9. Spores
  10. The Med Bay
  11. Grass Attack
  12. Dead Civilization
  13. Survivors
  14. Payload Deployment
  15. Command Override
  16. Face Hugger
  17. Chest Burster
  18. Lonely Perfection
  19. Cargo Lift
  20. Bring It To My Turf
  21. Terraforming Bay
  22. Alien Covenant Theme

Huge fan of pop culture in general but as a writer on blogs, I write screen plays written tailored to epic scenes, and dramatic plots unfolded rather than dialogue. I am sure there is not more than 5% of dialogue. With that being said I introduce you to this section of the blog, Review of the Top 10 Movies (see previous blog post)

First up is Alien, directed by Ridley Scott. You know the man who makes epic movies. You know this is a series of horror film I follow.

My favorite scene from the original Alien is the scene where one guy grabs the hand of the crew members and does five finger fillet on the table. The whole scene captures you and makes your hand want to cringe, and then later there is a scene where he jumps up from the table and realizes that an alien is in his chest.

The whole design of the movie is mind-blowing, direct shots. That is just my opinion in general of the series. I am hoping the movie is going to be great. 

I am listening to the soundtrack and looking at the titles, I can see there is an element of Prometheus in this movie. I actually just listened to Prometheus and the dialogue was great and each character stayed the same, so it was easy to determine who was who by the voice. Alien would just be a more visually appealing version of Prometheus so that’s why I recommend seeing it in theaters.This is perfect because I can now take apart the soundtrack just by the track titles. I can see this has a premise of a location different than the space station. 

Right now, I am going back and rewatching Prometheus and seeing the importance of the planet. They had arrived at a planet, and they have done scientific data from the origins of humans.

The soundtrack says there is a compromise of the mission, a lot of action, maybe slow action (chase), and personal deaths. It seems like it will be like the arrival/ the Martian/ and Prometheus. Basically, one perspective with the enemy using smoke and mirrors. That’s fine, as long as there is killing. I can also estimate there will be flashbacks to the original story, but I am going to watch Prometheus anyway. Then I will put the review of Alien: Covenant. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Preview: Top 10 Best Movies of 2017

Predictions for Best Movies of 2017
1. A cure for Wellness
17, February
















2.The Circle
28, April














3. Alien Covenant
19 May


4. The Mummy
9, June


5. Dunkirk
21, July


6. Annihilation
September


7. The God Particle, Cloverfield 3
27, October



Unknown Release Date:
8.Lady Bird

9.Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri

10.Death of Stalin