Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Movies I've Seen: July 2014 Part 2

If you haven't check my first post on what I seen in July you can click here, but right now I am going to focus on the six films that I haven't mentioned that I saw yet, which includes one re-watch and five movies that I have discovered this month. I hope you guys enjoy the post and please comment if you want to talk about any of the films that I saw that was mentioned in this post.

The first film that I will mention is Gates of Heaven, which is a documentary about a pet cemetery. I know that is a very short sentence about the plot in general, but the stories and the themes that involves the pet cemetery are really interesting. Another thing that I love about this documentary is that I can relate to it, so it makes the experience of watching this movie even more memorable to me. If you want to hear more of my thoughts on this movie please click here.

The second film I will talk is about is How to Train Your Dragon and I was very nice to re-watch something I haven't seen since two or three years ago, but I still enjoyed it that much as the first time I saw it. The things that I love about the movie is how the relationship between many characters in the film change as Toothless became very loyal to the people he loves and I love the fact that this makes me smile a lot.

The third film I will talk about is An American in Paris and I am not a huge fan of musicals, but I enjoyed this movie for many reasons . First, I love the choreography that is presented in this film. Second, the cinematography is really gorgeous and I love seeing the background of Paris. Third, the acting is charming. Finally, I saw a Gene Kelly tap dancing, which is really fun to watch.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Movies I've seen: July 2014 Part one

For this section, I am going to split it up into two parts because reading twelve movies when it comes to seeing film is a little bit to much, for this month and it is always fun to talk about other movies that I haven't seen in a while or movies that I have discovered this month. Also, I hope you enjoy this post a lot and comment on it if you want to.

 The first film that I will talk about is Hotel Transylvania. I though that it had a good amount of potential to be a great movie, but I felt very disappointed in general except for  the fact that classic Universal Monsters from the past are back, which is one of the reasons I decided to watch the film  and the fact Adam Sandler actually did not annoy me in a film.  For those whose are curious to find out why I was disappointed with the movie in general, please check out my review here.

The second film that I will talk about in this two part discussion on films that I have watched is Happy Together directed  by Wong Kar- Wai and I had a great time watching it. First, I love the fact that the title has meaning to it, but I will not explain the plot because it will ruin the magical experiences you have when figure out the meaning to the title of the film. Second, I love films about character studies in general and I like that I can have a personal connection to both of the characters since I am in their world for an hour and thirty minutes. Finally, I have wanted to see my first Wong Kar- Wai after hearing many podcasts, movie bloggers, and cinema geeks mentioning him a lot and I am glad I have follow their advice on this film. If you want to read more of thoughts in this review, please check out my review here.

The third film that I will talk about is Paul Verhoeven's Robocop and I am so glad that I got it out of my 80's shame list when it comes to iconic action movies. First of all, I love the fact that things in this movie got very gory and I like a fact that the violence has meaning behind it. Second, the dialogue is just awesome.  Finally, the thing that stood out the me the most when it comes to this film is how good Kurtwood Smith as playing Clarence and I hope that Hollywood gives him some more villain roles because he is really good at it. If you want to read my review on this film please click here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks Meme: Movies With an Ensemble Cast

Since I have noticed Wendell's post about this idea last week, I decided that it would fun to put about this week meme, which is mainly about ensemble casts in movies and I will put in three films that have a bunch of amazing actors and actress in a film.

12 Angry Men

The casting in this movie is perfect. Every single juror in the film makes this trail much more interesting and the see the points of jurors change whether the boy should be guilty or not guilty makes this film a acclaimed classic that everyone remembers based on all of the twelve jurors in the movie. 

The Dark Knight 

The casting of this film is pretty remarkable for a Batman film because they are usually not a lot major stars in this movie in most of the Batman movies that were created before Nolan's decided the reboot the franchise. The acting from everyone who was in  Batman Begins  improved since most of cast members who were in the movie were getting the hang of playing their own roles in the Dark Knight Trilogy, but the acting from Heath Ledger made this film as iconic when it comes to comic book movies and that why this movie is in the ensemble  cast for this meme.

Star Wars IV: A New Hope

The castings in the film was pretty unknown back in the 1970's until this movie became a box office hit, but when you think about how famous all of these stars are today, you can easily say that they had a major ensemble cast that they have used throughout the original trilogy, which is pretty remarkable when it comes to how popular Star Wars is. Without George Lucas and the casting people, we probably would have not heard of Star Wars at all. 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1964 In Film Blogathon: A Fistful of Dollars

Since, I have saw that Kevyn did a entry on this Blogathan for a A Hard Day's Night, I thought it would be fun to review a film in that particular year and I chose A Fistful of Dollars, which is the first film in Sergio Leone's iconic Dollars Trilogy. Before, I start getting very specific on the film, I want everyone who has seen this film or heard about it, to imagine a world without this film for at least a minute. Once, you have finish thinking about it, you know  why things in cinema would be very different today without this film would be different, but to those who have never heard  it before or seen it, I will explain why I wanted the people who have seen or heard the film  to think about how cinema would be different without A Fistful of Dollars.

There are many reasons why cinema would be different without this wonderful Akira Kurosawa Yojimbo ripoff and I will explain my first reason on why this film made a huge impact on cinema. First, you wouldn't have Clint Eastwood become as famous as he is today if the castings did not give him the role of The Man with No Name and before he had his big break role here, he was most known for playing Rowdy Yates in Rawhide, which is a famous TV western show that used to air during 1959 throughout 1966. Second, the spaghetti  western  genre wouldn't be that well known to movies fans if this film wasn't super popular to audiences around the world. Third, we wouldn't have the creative mind of Sergio Leone when it comes to making films if this film bombed, but thankfully the movie was extremely successful. Finally, we wouldn't have the iconic music that comes with this films and the other films in the trilogy if Ennio Morricone refused to compose this film and that is a really sad ought to think about.

Another thing that I love about the film besides the major points I mentioned are essential when it comes to cinema not being the same with this film is that how story and character driven this film is for a western with lots of gruesome violence in the movie. A great example of character driven things about this film is that The Man With No Name is so mysterious because he barley has any lines in general and Clint Eastwood is excellent when it comes to barley speaking lines to the point, where people want to learn more about the character besides the obvious fact that they show you in the movie.  For the story driven aspect of the story, I love that we get to learn more about the other people who lived in the almost ghost dead town that the characters mainly live in before it gets really violent.

If you are still not convinced that you need to see this, I have three other reasons that I can convince you to see this film before this reive is over. First,  this not your average film when it comes to western because this film can impact your life when it comes to exploring a new genre of Westerns which is called Spaghetti western. Second,  some of the things that you are familiar as a cinema fan or pop culture junkie wouldn't be possible today if this didn't happen. Third, Quentin Tarantino will be very impressed that you saw this film and he will give you a thumbs up of approval as film fans. If these reasons that I have mentioned did not convinced you to see this movie in the introductory paragraph, I feel very sorry for you.

I hope that you enjoyed this lengthy review and please comment if you really enjoyed this film and I hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far.