Current Movies 2015

Posted by: Barbara

Current Movies 2015 - 06/15/15 01:48 AM

Jurassic World is a ludicrous movie, a joke, an amusement park ride. It is soooo derivative, and it's chock-full of continuity errors. But it's still kind of fun to watch, even if you just sit there and laugh at the boo-boos. Chris Pratt is sufficiently manly as the hero, Ron Howard's daughter plays his love interest, and of course there are two cute kids in the midst of all the mayhem. But there was one performance worthy of note, Vincent's d'Onofrio's half-likable, potbellied half-villain. A different kind of villain, and that came from the acting, not the lines.

This is the first Jurassic movie without Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern. Spielberg has been quoted as saying including them would be looking back, and he wanted to look forward, to introduce a new generation to the Jurassic experience. Well, he can do that only if the new generation grew up in homes with no television sets. Those first movies have been shown on TV off and on for nearly twenty years.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 06/15/15 04:22 PM

They even used the same explanation for why their new super-dino went berzerk that they used in the first movie, that genetic material from other species was added to the mix to enhance certain qualities (such as improved eyesight) but which turned out to have disastrous side effects. The scientists in the current movie should have watched the first movie so they'd know not to make the same mistake. Preposterous.
Posted by: Rita

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 06/15/15 06:01 PM

My favorite boo-boo came in the scene where the two kids did a Butch and Sundance leap off a cliff. They pulled themselves out of the river onto a muddy bank, and just lay there in the mud, gasping for breath. In their very next scene, their clothes had been laundered and the younger boy's hair blow-dried. Wasn't anybody paying attention when they made this movie?
Posted by: Lorna

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 06/16/15 10:58 AM

I thought there were too many dinosaurs. I know they couldn't recapture that sense of wonder when the dinos made their first appearance in Jurassic Park, but flooding the screen with the creatures isn't the answer. More isn't always better, especially when some of them are just cute animals in a petting zoo. The dinos weren't awesome, they were just noisy. I like awesome.
Posted by: Christopher

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 06/16/15 07:54 PM

I didn't go.
Posted by: Mike

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 06/16/15 09:49 PM

Chris is smarter than the rest of us.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 06/17/15 09:29 AM

Ha! So he is.
Posted by: Jon

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 08/01/15 11:11 AM

Despite the praise I've read for it, I was surprised at the impact made by the new Pixar film, Inside Out. It achieves remarkable suspense and satisfaction without a villain -- in fact that circumstance is a key point, that someone who seems like the enemy in the early going has a different role to play. I could maybe have done with an extra five minutes letting the resolution play out, but otherwise I have no fault to find
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 08/01/15 05:14 PM

Really? Hmm. I saw enlarged Japanese eyes and blue hair and dismissed it out of hand. Sounds as if I made a mistake.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 08/03/15 10:29 PM

No. I didn't.
Posted by: Rita

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 08/04/15 11:30 AM

Oh boy. Come on, Austin...give.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 08/04/15 09:16 PM

Well, I thought the idea was a good one, showing the processes at work in the personified emotions helping a young girl (Riley) grow up. But Riley was just a puppet, controlled by anything that passed her way. The squabbling among the emotions as to which one was to take control I found tedious...in fact, I found the whole movie tedious. The artwork was subpar in much of the movie, compared to what we've come to expect in animated feature films. Too many cartoon slapstick clichés. In one long sequence, I thought I was watching a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Frankly, I don't understand why people are touched by this movie. There's just nothing there.
Posted by: Mike

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 08/05/15 10:03 AM

So who do we believe, Jon or Austin.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 08/05/15 12:14 PM

I have to side with Austin on this one; I too found it tedious watching.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 08/13/15 05:53 PM

Just saw The Gift, a good psychological thriller. This would be a good one to see without reading any reviews -- just go in cold.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 12/27/15 11:53 PM

I hope everyone is having a good holiday season. Except for Rita, we all celebrate Christmas in our own ways, and my way was to go to the new Star Wars movie. I was glad to see the franchise is back on track again, a fact my son attributes to George Lucas's having no hand whatsoever in the making of this new movie. (He's never forgiven Lucas for the Ewok.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a transitional movie, making ready for the next generation. The omens are good.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 12/29/15 04:56 PM

What killed me was that Mark Hamill got second billing even though he was on the screen for maybe 30 seconds and didn't speak a word. A set-up for him to become Jedi Master to Rey? Who is Daisy Ridley, BTW? She was good, fit right in.
Posted by: Rita

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 12/30/15 03:01 PM

She's one of those British actors who can sound American on demand. There was sadness in the movie too, and loss...inevitable in any changing-of-the-guard story. But there were so many small delights along the way that the movie couldn't help but end upon an upbeat note. I loved the scene where Rey mind-tricked a storm trouper into releasing her from captivity, especially since the actor inside that white suit and helmet was Daniel Craig.
Posted by: Christopher

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 12/31/15 05:50 PM

Yeah, that was fun. But with J.J. Abrams directing both the Star Wars and the Star Trek movies now, he's going to have to bend over backwards to avoid the same old same-old. The old Star Trek magic is long dead and we'll just be getting routine adventure stories from now on, but there's a real chance of preserving the special Star Wars flavor, IMO. In a way, I wish it was the other way around.
Posted by: Jon

Re: Current Movies 2015 - 01/08/16 07:49 AM

Quote:
She's one of those British actors who can sound American on demand.
As is John Boyega, and he actually had to do that in this movie (very well, I thought). He has a decent list of credits for his age (though all unfamiliar to me), but she's done very little up to this point -- mostly half a dozen British TV episodes.