Movie Review – The Jungle Book (2016)

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Deep in the jungle lives an orphaned boy. Mowgli (Neel Sethi), found by a no-nonsense panther named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), Mowgli is brought to the wolves and is trained in the ways of the wolf. However, as a growing human, what Mowgli lacks in wolf like abilities he uses his human ‘tricks’ such as tool crafting.  During the summer, while everyone is gathering at the watering hole that is Peace Rock, the fearsome Shere Khan (Idris Elba) makes it known that humans aren’t allowed to live in the jungle. A violation of that law is death, according to Khan. The interspecies truce is only valid until Peace Rock is submerged by the fall rains. Khan bides his time as he knows what everyone else is thinking: Winter is coming. Continue reading “Movie Review – The Jungle Book (2016)”

Movie Review – Jersey Boys

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Based on the Tony Award winning musical, Jersey Boys lacks identity. It isn’t the song-a-minute broadway musical, with over produced dancing. It also isn’t a straight-faced biopic like ‘Ray’ or ‘Selena’. As a person that isn’t a fan of, or slightly knowledgable of the 50’s and 60’s doo-wop/pop history, Clint Eastwood had an opportunity to bridge the gap between generations of music. Giving the present a glimpse of the past without being a true musical. Instead, Jersey Boys falls flat; with the routine of musician biopic that follows the same bell curve of a story.

They all seem to go this way:

  1. Naturally talented musician/singer discovers that talent.
  2. Meteoric rise to super stardom
  3. Fall from grace

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MOVIE REVIEW: Stand Up Guys (the straightforward version)

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The harsh realities of getting old are something that everyone has to deal with. What you don’t hear about a lot in movies is the notion of aging gangsters. I believe the oldest cinematic gangster the world saw was probably brought to you by Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather, or it may have been his son Michael in The Godfather Part III. Due to the lifestyle, it seems to be rare that gangsters reach old age. Stand Up Guys finally exposes a possibility that few have dared to tackle: what if gangsters were lucky enough to turn 70 or older?
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MOVIE REVIEW / LIVEBLOG: Stand Up Guys

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Let’s try something different, shall we? Welcome to the first liveblog movie recap/review on Reel Film News. As RFN has been granted screening access by the studio for Stand Up Guys on our home computers, this will be written as the movie plays. I’ll be sure to leave out all the twists, but for the most part, my reactions to the film will be going up as I watch it. I probably will never do this again; I just want to say that I tried it at least once.
A quick review for those of you who don’t want to read this: this movie is fun. It’s got wonderful performances by Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, and Addison Timlin. The soundtrack is funky, too, alternating between soul, funk, and blues rock, with some new acoustic-tinged numbers by Jon Bon Jovi. Stand Up Guys won’t change your world, but it was fun to watch. I wouldn’t mind seeing this one again.

HEAVY SPOILERS LIE AHEAD AFTER THE JUMP. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS A LIVEBLOG OF THE FILM STAND UP GUYS, RELEASING NATIONWIDE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013. A FULL REVIEW WILL BE UP SEPARATE OF THIS LIVEBLOG LATER TODAY.
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MOVIE REVIEW: Seven Psychopaths

As the credits rolled on Seven Psychopaths, I found myself struggling to remember how the whole thing started in the first place. The film, written and directed by Martin McDonagh (2008’s In Bruges), plays like a stream of consciousness; it’s easy to get lost in the insanity. It’s also easy to forget about logic, and that can be a lot of fun. But that only goes so far, and the film wears pretty thin in the final act. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Seven Psychopaths”