Series Review: Sneaky Pete – Season 1 (2017)

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Netflix, HBO, Hulu… Amazon. Services that let you stream tons of shows, both licensed and original. All of whom are doing very well. And today we will be taking a look at a show from such a service, specifically… Amazon.

Ladies and gents… “Sneaky Pete”!

Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) is a con man who’s just been released from prison. Problem is that there’s a ruthless gangster (Bryan Cranston) out there who wants to get hold of Marius. So to try to get away from this shit, Marius takes on the identity of his former cellmate Pete (Ethan Embry) and moves in with Pete’s estranged family. And with this we follow Marius as he lives with this family, starts working with them, and gets dragged into some serious fucking trouble… on top of the trouble he already kind of was in. And all this makes for a surprisingly engaging, suspenseful, and clever crime series that kept my interest through all ten episodes. The situations we see Marius/Pete go through are all very entertaining and at times even tense and I loved that. It was a fairly unpredictable plot that had a few good twists throughout. Sure, there were a few convenient moments throughout the show where someone was about to find out about Marius’ actual identity and then they got interrupted before it happened, but they didn’t really annoy me, just thought it would be fair to mention. But the plot overall I thought was great!

The characters in this show are all interesting, surprisingly layered, and very entertaining. Giovanni Ribisi was great as Marius/Pete (Mete? Parius? Mate?), playing him with a special kind of charm that I thought was endlessly entertaining. Also, I have a thing for con men characters… not sure why, I just enjoy them. Then we have Marin Ireland as Julia, the estranged cousin of Pete, and she did a great job. Shane McRae was great as Taylor, the slightly jerk-ish cousin of Pete. Peter Gerety was great as Pete’s grandpa. Margo Martindale, an actress I was already a fan of BTW, was fantastic as Audrey, the grandmother of Pete. And of course, I have to mention Bryan Cranston as Vince, the ruthless gangster who wants to get Marius… yeah, he was fucking great. Then we also got some great supporting performances from a lot of people, including Michael Drayer, Victor Williams, Karolina Wydra, Jacob Pitts, Virginia Kull, and Brad William Henke. Let me just put it like this: There’s a shit-ton of great actors in this show.

The score for “Sneaky Pete” was compsoed by Nathan Barr and I think he did a great job with that. The score is perfect for this sort of sneaky (hehe!) crime drama. It often helped elevate some of the tension and drama throughout. There were also plenty of licensed tracks used throughout, mostly various types of rock songs, and they all worked very well within the show.

The show was created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston (Say what?). Yeah, great actors can co-create TV shows apparently. What’s also interesting is that Shore left the series at some point in 2016, and was replaced with Graham Yost. Not sure why Shore left, but I am also not complaining because yost created my favorite show, “Justified”. Now, I also want to mention that “Sneaky Pete” is a very well directed show. Not only because of some shots looking good, but because the directing is genuinely tense and well handled throughout. It’s not an action show, but it’s also not a slowly burning show. It’s just a very well paced crime caper/family dramedy.

This show has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 100% (Holy shit) positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 77/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,5/10.

“Sneaky Pete” is another solid show from Amazon studios. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Sneaks envelope form someone’s pocket*. My final score for “Sneaky Pete” season 1 is a 9,88/10. So it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Sneaky Pete” season 1 is now completed.

Without really spoiling anything, the final episode sets up the plot for season 2 very well… so I’m glad that Amazon greenlit a second season!

Movie Review: Justice League Dark (2017)

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I have stated my love for the DC animated movies a whole bunch of times on this blog, so I’m not gonna annoy you with that again. Instead I’m just gonna say this: First review of a 2017 release on this blog… exciting!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Justice League Dark”!

People are going crazy and killing each other because of some supposedly supernatural threat. So Batman (Jason O’Mara) travels to various places to recruit some magic heroes such as John Constantine (Matt Ryan), Zatanna (Camilla Luddington), and Deadman (Nicholas Turturro) to find out what the hell is going on and then find a way to stop it. And from that we get very well paced and entertaining plot. The main plot is a bit standard, but it’s not bad at all, it is in fact very entertaining. My biggest problem comes in the form of a few exposition dump scenes. I get that some of these characters aren’t the most well known and because of that need some establishing, but the ways that they get established contain a lot of exposition, and that brought it down just a bit. Again, the plot overall was good, but those few infodump scenes knocked it down a little for me.

The characters are interesting and really entertaining. Jason O’Mara has in previous projects established himself to be a pretty solid Batman, and in this one it’s no different, he did a really good job. Matt Ryan was awesome as Constantine, but that is something I knew already from the “Constantine” TV show and from his one-episode appearance on “Arrow”. But it was so great having him reprise the role because he is so great as the character. Nicholas Turturro (Sidenote: Brother of John Turturro) was really good as Deadman. Though to be honest, I really knew nothing of the character prior to this. But the performance itself was fun and good. Next we have Camilla Luddington as Zatanna, and she did a really solid job. And I also feel like mentioning that Ray Chase was really good as Etrigan… not much else I can add there. There are also some really good supporting performances from poeple like Jeremy Davies, Rosario Dawson, Jerry O’Connell, Roger Cross, and Enrico Colantoni.

The original score for the movie was composed by Robert J. Kral and I think that what he composed for the movie was good. Nothing mindblowing or even great, but definitely good, fitting the scenes very well.

This movie was directed by Jay Oliva, a DC animation regular. And since this is an animated movie… how is the animation? It’s actually really good, I mean… for a DC animated direct-to-video budget. But while the animation isn’t the most detailed, it flows very well and looks really good, especially in the action scenes. Especially the last big action scene, that stuff looks pretty great. Also, there’s some violent imagery in this movie. I mean, there’s blood, there’s some slightly brutal stuff going on. Not as brutal as maybe “Dredd”, but still pretty violent for this type of movie. So I’d actually argue that the R-rating on this movie is pretty justified, compared to “The Killing Joke”. The language is still PG-13, but the imagery and such is R.

Since this movie just came out and is a direct-to-video feature, it barely has any reception to look at. You know, at least from the sites I use. But I can at least say that on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“Justice League Dark” is another solid DC animated movie that I had a lot of fun with. It has a good plot, good characters, great voice acting, good music, really good animation, and some great action. However, I will bring it down a notch because of those infodump scenes… could have been handled a bit smoother. Time for my final score. *Uses magic spell to summon envelope*. My final score for “Justice League Dark” is a 9,12/10. So even though it’s not perfect, I’d still say that it’s worth buying!
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My review of “Justice League Dark” is now completed.

Can we just have Matt Ryan playing every incarnation of John Constantine? Please.

 

 

 

3 year blogiversary!

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Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, or good night, ladies and gentlemen. I susally never refer to the fact that there ar emultiple time zones in this world, but since this is a special occasion I felt like I would give it a shot.

As you read in the title of this post, today is the 3-year anniversary of this here blog. January 27th 2014 was the day I registered and made my first post, and now it’s January 27th 2017. Jesus fucking Christ, time flies like a coked up bullet. To be quite honest, I never even thought I’d make it this far. When I originally started this blog I thought I’d last a month, MAYBE two, and then give up. But I somehow persisted and made it to a year. Then two, and now three. I think one of the main reaons as to how I was able to last this long is the support of so many of you guys. The likes and comments that you guys leave on my posts have meant a lot to me. I enjoy writing about movies and music and TV and stuff quite a bit, but it’s really the wordpress community that has kept me going for all this time. I’ve made some good friends on here and I’ve had some really great conversations/discussions with said people, both in the comments of various posts and on twitter. Seriously, you guys are all awesome, and I’m happy to be part of this community.

Now, since this is an anniversary of sorts we should do something special. And I really do want there to be something special coming out of this. Giveaway is off the table since I run on an incredibly limited budget and have no company/brand sponsoring me. Though if some badass brand/company/site want to sponsor me, that’d be great (#FuckingSellout). Another option is of course the classic QnA, but I’m not setting on it… yet. Basically I don’t know what to do. So if you guys have any idea what I can do as a special little treat for y’all, feel free to sound off in the comments or on twitter (@TheMarckoguy) and I’ll put stuff into consideration. Really, no option is dumb, name anything and we’ll see what happens!

And that’s really all I can say for this time. Again, I don’t know what kind of special I could do for you guys, which I apologize for. But like I said in the last paragraph, holler if you got ideas! Again, thank you all so much for the support… it does not go unnoticed!
Have a good one!

Movie Review: Trainspotting (1996)

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Well… now is a good a time as any to finally check this movie out, since a sequel is coming out very soon and such. So here we go.

Ladies and gents… “Trainspotting”.

Renton (Ewan McGregor) is a young man living in Scotland. He also has quite the drug problem. And we follow Renton as he is trying to go clean, with all the problems that entails, such as peer pressure and the sweet allure of those dirty fucking drugs. And the tale of Renton is definitely an incredibly interesting one. The stuff we witness Renton (and his friends) go through is fascinating, disturbing, odd, and entertaining. It’s hard to really describe my feelings about the plot here because it is very unique and doesn’t really follow any typical formula. Like I said, I was constantly engaged and entertained by it.

The characters in this movie are all assholes in one way or another, but I didn’t completely hate any of them. And they were all very entertaining. Ewan McGregor was great as Renton, perfectly playing this drug-addicted young man. Jonny Lee Miller played Sick Boy (actual character name) and he was really good. Ewen Bremmer played Spud, another one of Renton’s friends, and he was really good. Then we had Robert Carlyle as Begbie, a real wild card of a character. Let me just put it like this: Just breath in his general direction the wrong way and you will have the worst day of your life… yeah, he’s that level of asshole… and Carlyle was great! Then we also get some really good supporting performances from people like Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd. Yeah… interesting characters, great performances.

What’s interesting about the music in “Trainspotting” is that there’s no original score… yeah, that’s an unusual one. Instead we simply have a soundtrack. Not that it’s a bad thing, oh no. Because the soundtrack in this movie is pretty great, containing a perfect mix of pop, rock, and techno, all perfectly fitting the scenes they’re used in.

This movie was directed by Danny Boyle and I think he did a terrific job here. The shots and editing here all perfectly fit this dirty, uneasy, drug-fueled world the characters live in. With that said, there are some trippy scenes in the movie, and they are kind of weird but also very well done. There’s also a decent amount of humor in the movie. Very dark humor, but definitely humor. And I thought that said humor was funny and entertaining. But there are also one or two parts that were a bit disturbing, which I understand why they’re there… because stay away from drugs, kiddos.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 83/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,2/10 and is ranked #160 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best adapted screenplay.

“Trainspotting” is a kind of weird but very engaging  movie. It has a great plot, entertaining characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Trainspotting” is a 9,86/10. Which means it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Trainspotting” is now completed.

How the fuck do you sequelize this?

Sunshine Blogger Award Number Three

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Hello there, guys. It’s Markus (duh). What, who else did you expect… Art Garfunkel? So my buddy Keith (Keithlovesmovies) decided to nominate me for this here Sunshine Blogger Award. For anyone who might wonder what it is, the Sunshine Blogger Award is something you can nominate a blog for to give them some recognition/love. And wow, I haven’t seen one of these in quite some time. The last one I got was in… August, Jesus Christ. Anyhow, thank you Keither for giving me this little thing. But there’s more to it than just receiving the award, you have to do some stuff too.

Here are the rules:

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions they set you
  • Pick another 11 bloggers (and let them know they are nominated!)
  • Give them 11 questions

So now I shall answer the questions that Keith provided me. His questions will be bold/italic, and my answers will look normal. So here we go!

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
Watch movies, play video games, read, listen to music, play with my dog… pretty standard stuff, really.

What would like to do if you had more time? 
I don’t know. Stuff, I guess.

If you can only watch one movie or TV show the rest of your life, what would it be and why? 
Fuuuuuck. This is a really tough question. But for the sake of giving an okay answer to this question I’ll go with “Justified”, the FX action-drama series that ran from 2010 to 2015. It’s fun, tense, and just overall great.

What is your favorite TV show right now? 
In general or my favorite that is still airing? Because my overall favorite (of all time) is the previously mentioned “Justified”. As for one that is still airing… probably “Mr. Robot” or “Daredevil”.

What was your favorite movie of 2016? 
Keep in mind that I haven’t seen all of the movies from 2016, so my answer might be different in a few months. But as of writing this post, it’s “The Nice Guys”. It’s intriguing, well acted, badass, and really funny.

What was your least favorite movie of 2016? 
Again, haven’t seen everything from 2016. But of the movies I’ve seen it’s “Ratchet & Clank”. The video game movie that had the best chance of being good… and it turned out to be shit… I am legitimately sad about it, especially since I love the games so much.

What is your most anticipated movie of 2017? 
“Logan”. There’s a lot of awesome stuff coming out now in 2017, but “Logan” is definitely the one I’m looking forward to the most. Though I’m also not looking forward to it because I don’t wanna say goodbye to Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as Wolverine and Professor X… I almost want to cry just thinking about it.

What is your least anticipated movie of 2017? 
Most movies in January and February (that are not the big Oscar movies). But if I had to point my finger at one specific movie… “Fifty shades Darker”. Fuck you, people. Fuck you for giving the first one a lot of money.

Any movie or TV guilty pleasures? 
“Batman and Robin” is one, because it’s fun to just quote the shitty puns in it. The first two “Transporter” movies also kind of count because they’re not really that great, but they are tons of fun to watch. Also, “Drive Angry” starring Nicolas Cage. It’s a ridiculous exploitation movie that stars Nicolas fucking Cage… how could I not love it?

What is your Best Picture winner at this year’s Oscars? 
I don’t know. Haven’tactually seen any of the “contenders”. Soooo… NEXT!

Do you still watch trailers? 
Yes. Not all the trailers that come out, but I do still watch trailers.

So… here are my nominees:

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https://plainsimpletomreviews.wordpress.com/

https://2eyes1screen.wordpress.com/

https://filmmusiccentral.com/

https://youtheman77.wordpress.com/

https://themovingpicturereview.wordpress.com/

https://wilsonreviews.wordpress.com/

https://thecozychronicles.wordpress.com/

https://onthescreenreviews.com/

https://andresguy14.wordpress.com/

https://zuts.wordpress.com/

So those are my 11 nominees. And now I shall give them 11 questions to answer (if they choose to accept this award/nomination).

  1. Is there any movie you tend to rewatch a lot more than others?
  2. What’s your favorite band or artist?
  3. Do you listen to any podcasts (if so, which)?
  4. Are you good at cooking?
  5. How many movies did you watch in the cinema in 2016?
  6. Most anticipated movie of this year (2017)?
  7. Have you ever broken a bone?
  8. Do you have any pets?
  9. What’s a movie that you think is very overrated?
  10. Do you own any movie/TV/video game merchandise?
  11. Is there any place in the world that you really want to visit before you die?

So those were my 11 questions for my 11 nominees (phew). Once again I’d like to thank my buddy Keith from Keithlovesmovies for nominating me for this.
Have a good one.

Great Music #21

Hello there, ladies and gents! And welcome to the first “Great music” of 2017! For those who are new/unaware, this is the series where I just share a song I like. Simple as that. So let’s jump into it!

So for this one we have something a little bit different. Usually I tend to share rock/metal tracks on here. But this time we’ll be holding it back a bit to talk about a ballad. The song in question is “Through the Valley” by Shawn James. Some of you might remember that name, because it is actgually not the first time I’m talking about James on this blog. When I did my “Favorite albums of 2016” list, his album “On the Shoulders of Giants” was on that list. So yeah, I think it’s safe to assume that I’ve really grown to love music. First time I heard this song was in the “Last of Us Part II” trailer which I talked about a little while back. Of course, that was a cover, but still. So then I looked up the song, found Shawn James’ original, and now I listen to his stuff every now and then. This is a soulful, haunting track that just got to me. From the minimalistic and haunting opening to the later bits where his voice just gets all raspy and smoky… yeah, this song is fucking great.
Enjoy!

Movie Review: Don’t Breathe (2016)

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People breaking into someone’s home to steal shit, a crime. This poses a few questions: Should you hide or fight? Should you be allowed to kill the person breaking in? Should you be held accountable for said killing? I’d like to know your thoughts.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Don’t Breathe”.

Three young thieves (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) hear about a house that apparently has a shit-load of money in it, so they decide to break into it and try to steal said money. The owner of the house (Stephen Lang) is apparently blind, so our “heroes” of course think it will be a cakewalk. However they soon find out that it’s not that easy because this blind man is an ex-soldier that is not to be messed with. So now our “heroes” have to escape without getting killed. And now we have a very simple and tense plot that I thought was great. There were also some pretty interesting twists throughout the movie when it comes to the blind man that made everything a bit more interesting. There was one small thing about the plot that kind of bugged me, and that is how the first shot in the movie kind of spoils the movie. Long story short, it’s a shot from a later point in the movie, and then they jump back in time to show how they got there. It’s not the biggest problem in the world, but it did annoy me a little bit. Other than that, I thought the plot was damn good.

The characters in this movie are interesting in a few different ways. Jane Levy played the main-main character, Rocky, and I thought she was great in the movie, playing this young, motivated woman who is stuck in this horrible situation. Stephen lang was pretty fucking awesome as the blind, buff, badass, scary, man that these young folks decided to mess with. Really, I wouldn’t stay as far away as possible from that man. Then we had Dylan Minnette as this nice, young man that kind of just wanted to help his friend and he was really good in the movie. Then we have Daniel Zovatto as Money (actual name), Rocky’s boyfriend… how do I best put it? The performance itself wasn’t bad, but the character was really annoying. He was that guy who you see in town, trying to act all tough and “gangsta”, but it jsut ends up getting on your nerves. Yeah, that’s his character in this movie.

The original score for the movie was composed by Roque Baños and it was pretty solid. There was never a track in the score that was truly original, but the score was well composed and it was used very well to build tension throughout the movie.

The movie was directed by Fede Alvarez and I think he did a great job. His direction here is tight and very tense. He manages to build a lot of suspense throughout and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie. There were some jumpscares in the movie, but I didn’t really mind them. Usually jumpscares are just annoying and serve no purpose other than to give you a jolt of adrenaline because lazy filmmaking. But the jumpscares featured in “Don’t Breathe” are genuine and actually worked very well in the movie. Also, this movie does not shy away from the R-rating. You get to see some pretty brutal stuff in this movie, and I am actually kind of glad that we got to see them, because those bits did kind of benefit the movie. For those that have seen the movie, try to imagine the movie being PG-13… yeah, does not compute, right? But really, I can’t stress enough how tense this movie was, as in actual tension, something a lot of modern horror movies severely lacks.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 87% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 71/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“Don’t Breathe” is one of the most refreshing modern horro movies that I’ve seen (keep in mind, I don’t watch too many horror movies). It has a really good plot, interesting characters, great performances, really good music, and great direction. However I have to deduct some points from the movie because of that opening spoiler shot and because of that annoying boyfriend character. Time for my final score. *Blindly grabs envelope*. My final score for “Don’t Breathe” is an 8,97/10. Even if it’s not perfect, I’d still say that it’s worth buying.
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My review of “Don’t Breathe” is now completed.

“Daredevil”, “Rogue One”, “Don’t Breathe”… Yeah, don’t mess with blind people… ever.

 

 

Movie Review: Cop Land (1997)

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Hello there, ladies and gents. And welcome to the first part in a series of reviews that I’ve had in mind for a while. I have titled this series of reviews “The Mangoldathon”. The title of course comes from the fact that this series of reviews will cover movies by James Mangold, as a lead-up to “Logan” this March. Now to be clear, I will not review all of Mangold’s movies, just a handful. For example, I will not cover “3:10 to Yuma”, because I already did that back in the day when my reviews were total shit. But who knows, I might cover it again if you fuckers nag enough in the comments/on twitter. Anyhow, with that said… let the “Mangoldathon” begin!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to… “Cop Land”.

Freddy Haflin (Sylvester Stallone) is a good, honest, sheriff in a small New Jersey town. But soon he slowly discovers that his town is filled with corruption and cops that might have connections to the mob. And now we have a slowly burning crime-drama that kept me legitimately interested throughout the runtime. I found the plot really interesting and intriguing, if slightly predictable at times. There were a few things that I didn’t see coming, but for the most part it was pretty straightforward, which brings it down a little bit. But the plot overall was solid.

The characters in the movie were interesting and entertaining. Sylvester Stallone really impressed me in this movie. His performance was believable and actually pretty subtle, he really did a great job here. Harvey Keitel was great too as this older cop that we see a lot throughout the movie. Ray Liotta was also great as Stallone’s colleague/friend. And Robert De Niro was great as this internal affairs lieutenant. We also got some really good supporting performances from actors like Peter Berg, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Patrick, and Michael Rapaport. All actors did a good job here.

The score for the movie was composed by Howard Shore and it was actually really good. It wasn’t one of those scores that I always noticed, but when I did I felt that it really helped improve the scene. It helped build up the drama/intensity in certain scenes. There were also a few licensed tracks throughout the movie that kind of worked in their respective scenes too.

This movie was (as stated in the intro) directed by James Mangold and for it only being his second feature film, he did a great job. The direction is slow and tense, and perfectly captures the feeling of unease one should expect from the type of situation that the plot is about. I’m not saying that it got under my skin or made me feel incredibly tense, but the situation definitely fent uneasy and like no one could be truly trusted… except for Stallone, but you get the point.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 72% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,9/10.

“Cop Land” is a really good crime-drama. It has a good plot, interesting characters, great performances, really good music, and great directing. However it gets brought down a bit by being kind of predictable. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Cop Land” is a 9,34/10. So it’s definitely worth buying!
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My review of “Cop Land” is now completed.

Let the “Mangoldathon” commence!

Movie Review: Room (2015)

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Kidnapping… it’s wrong, don’t fucking do it. I really tried to come up with a clever intro, but I couldn’t. So this is what you get… “Oh hai, Mark”.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Room”.

Jack (Jacob Tremblay) is a young boy being raised by his mom (Brie Larson) in a small shed that he has lived within his entire (albeit short) life. And soon he will get to know a bit more about the world that he has never seen. And from this we get one of the most depressing yet uplifting plots that I have ever experienced in a movie. Really, it is a depressing situation that our main characters are in, but there’s some level of hope throughout the plot which gives this plot a good amount of layers to it. And I think that the plot here is very well told, even though it can be hard to get through.

The characters all have layers to them, and they all feel very real. Brie Larson was absolutely fantastic in the movie, she really gave it her all. The amount of emotions she had to portray in the movie can be difficult for a lot of actors to do convincingly, but she fucking nailed it. Jacob Tremblay… that kid is something special. I have stated a good amount of times how I am skeptical about kids acting in movies, but even I have to admit defeat sometimes. Tremblay was terrific in the movie, he really nailed the whole “Kid who’s known very little and gets introduced to so much more” thing very well. That’s really the best way I could put it. We also get some really good supporting performances through the movie from people like Joan Allen and Sean Bridgers.

The score for the movie was composed by Stephen Rennicks and it was kind of beautiful. It was one of those scores that often loomed in the background to help create a lot of emotion for certain scenes, and I think it worked very well. I also appreciate the inclusion of “The Mighty Rio Grande” by This Will Destroy You (actual band name) in a certain scene. Not only because it’s a song that I already liked, but because it was perfectly placed and actually enhanced the scene quite a bit.

The movie was directed by Lenny Abrahamson and I think that he did a great job. What I found interesting about his direction was his use of lower angles, as if he wanted the camera to be from a child’s point of view. The camera is also rarely perfectly still, there’s a good amount of movement and jitteriness (in lack of a better word) in scenes, as if the camera was a child. I think Abrahamson really wanted to capture the feel of a child’s point of view in this situation, which is something I truly appreciate about it.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 86/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,2/10 and is ranked #134 on the “Top 250” list. The movie also won 1 Oscar in the category of Best Actress (Larson). It was also nominated for an additional 3 Oscars in the categories of Best picture, Best director, and Best adapted screenplay.

“Room” is one of the most emotionally draining, but also rewarding, movies I have ever seen. It has a great plot, interesting characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Room” is a 9,84/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Room” is now completed.

Yeah… Brie Larson will be great as Captain Marvel.

 

Movie Review: Cold in July (2014)

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I think that tagline describes life pretty damn well. Really, that’s all I can say. I don’t have anything clever to put here.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s… “Cold in July”.

Texas, 1989. Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) kills a person who has broken into his home. Soon after that he finds out that the intruder’s ex-con father (Sam Shepard) is out for revenge. And after that, Dane finds himself getting pulled into the seedy underworld of Texas, filled with lies and violence. And fro that we get a dark, suspenseful, twisty, and unpredictable plot that I was completely invested in. The plot here is a slow burn, and requires a bit of patience from it’s viewers. It’s not a long movie, but it’s not exactly fast-paced either. It’s like I said, a slowly burning movie that is very rewarding, giving us some good twists and turns throughout. And I thought it all was pretty great.

The characters in this movie are complex and interesting. Michael C. Hall does a really good job in his role as this very protective father getting dragged into this dark world. Sam Shepard is great as the father of the intruder that Dane kills, perfectly portraying this menacing and interesting man. Next we have Don Johnson as a sort of private investigator that Dane gets to know in the movie. And he was great in the role. His character was interesting and the performance was pretty great overall, definitely a bit different from Johnson’s typical roles. We also have Nick Damici as a police lieutenant, and he was really good in the role. I’d say that all performances in the movie were good. Sure, the kid playing Michael C. Hall’s son wasn’t really that great, but his role was so small that I can’t complain too much.

The score for the movie was composed by Jeff Grace and holy shit, he did a great job! The music that he composed for the movie is based heavily around the synth and it all sound fucking fantastic. As I watched the movie I constantly found myself saying “Wow, this song is great!”. And I think it all fit the dark and seedy tone of the movie. There were also a few licensed tracks spread throughout and they all worked pretty well in the movie.

This movie was directed by Jim Mickle and I do think he did a really good job. The scenes are tightly constructed and the shots looks great. I mean, the movie looks dirty, like it should… but it’s dirty in a kind of beautiful way. It has the seedy dirtyness one should expect from this plot, while still looking gorgeous. This is especially apparent in the final act, where we get the dirty and violent thriller stuff while also having some gorgeous use of colors. Speaking of the violent stuff, there isn’t too much of it in the movie. The violence only comes in short bursts at a few points in the movie, which kind of gives it more of an impact. Fun fact: This is based on a novel. I had nowhere to really go with that, I just thought it could be fun to mention.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 86% psoitive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 73/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,8/10.

“Cold in July” is a really good movie that rewards patient viewers. It has a really good plot, interesting characters, great acting, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “Cold in July” is a 9,59/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
seal-of-approval

My review of “Cold in July” is now completed.

“Cold in July”… sorry, that is not possible unless we’re in Antarctica.