I really like that about Shame; it leaves Brandon’s story open to interpretation.
When I was writing about Rachel Getting Married I was thinking about the filmmakers behind it and how creative and brave they are to make a film like that. They are all “artistes” and they take their careers personally and elaborately. I hope to be that way when I become a full-on filmmaker and it becomes my life and all I care about, because, to be honest, film is all I care about right now and futuristically. In case you haven’t noticed. LOL.
I’m trying to get to the Empire State.
Yes, I know that that has nothing to do with film but I use that as a metaphor for everything successful. What I mean is, I want to climb it; climb to the top like King Kong. Get it?
Anyway, I pray to get into this field more and more day by day…..as soon as I get out of this physical funk.
I am writing a post on Think Like A Man (2012) after this post but before I touch the film I want to discuss racism. The racism that goes on in the film industry is one thing because it is gradually going away, but specifically the racism inside of the spectators.
I was very happy when I was going to go see this and I was very happy after I saw it. I thought is was great for what it is; it entertained me, it was very funny and very sexy which is what I was expecting; and it did what I expected it to do: entertain, make me laugh, make me blush. Now, after I saw it, I was very excited to talk about it. To tell people how good it is and the whole nine, but people just made that impossible, particularly white people.
For some reason, this film was being rated on imdb.com and on other movie sites before it even came out and people were reviewing it before they even saw it, which I never see on any other films Unless it’s on ones that people DON’T like. I know it is because this film has an all-black cast and that is not fair, nor right.
It is a similar problem that people had, particularly white people, with The Hunger Games casting 3 black people. Count it, three black people….in a film with about 15 white people. I guess 3 was too many. I just kept hearing and seeing articles about how those 3 characters should have not been casted by blacks or at least not by “dark” blacks. That just pissed me off.
Going back to Think Like A Man: not to mention that this film was #1 in the box office for 2 weekends, I feel like many Caucasians didn’t like that either. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, people need to do better. For anyone reading this, saying to themselves, “you don’t know what you’re saying, you don’t know anything. Just because people don’t like the film you liked doesn’t mean that they are racist”, it’s funny ‘cause I saw The Lucky One the same day, right after this, and that film was TERRIBLE but when I checked for it online, it had a higher rating than Think Like A Man. I just want someone to tell me that racism had nothing to do with that.
I need to start writing these reviews as soon as I watch the films. Yeesh. My list is getting longer and longer. I watch a lot of films!!
I been contemplating on changing the style of these reviews….I’ll take suggestions.
I watched 21 Jump Street in the theater about a month ago, I believe. It was the first time I went to a movie theater in, I don’t even know how long. LOL, I think the last time I’d went was when I saw The Help and Contagion. I liked Contagion, it was the first time I’d seen Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law together since The Talented Mr. Ripley. But anyway, I hadn’t gone to the theater in a long while so I was up to go and see a comedy. Especially since Jonah Hill was in it and I didn’t get to see The Sitter last year with him and Method Man, and Ice Cube was in it and I love Ice Cube.
If you know about 21 Jump Street, the original TV series, then you know it’s going to be good, and more so funny since Jonah and Cube are in it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was hella funny and very entertaining. It had all the elements in it that we, as an audience, love to see: action (car chases, explosions, gun violence), adventure, drugs, romance, jokes, good-looking people (Dave Franco), great music (especially in my case, hip hop music, GREATTT SOUNDTRACK!). Just all the things we look for and want in films to have a good night at the movies and also to get our money’s worth.
Aside from how much I loved the cast, there were a few surprises in the cast that I did in fact adore…..SPOILER!!! I don’t like it when people tell you about a film before you see it, even more when they don’t warn you so I’m warning you. Now…..Johnny Depp is in the film! Ahhhh! SIGNIFICANCE: He was in the original TV show. When he popped up on the screen, I was like “Whattt!!??” I was surprised, relieved, and happy; and not mad at all that they contributed the original members. THE SPOILER ENDS HERE! I never seen the original series, entirely, but I always knew about it because of my mother, so this film did peak an interest in watching them, and now I will.
The whole time I was watching this film I was waiting for something, I think it was for it to do something I saw before and it didn’t do that. I can honestly say that there were no clichés, and that made me proud. I didn’t know who Dave Franco was prior to watching this, so the whole time I was like, “Yo he looks so much like James Franco, yo the resemblance is mad crazy” Then I came home, and saw that they are brothers. I learned something: I have a great eye! LOL, terrific film.
Holy fucking shit!! I have always always always ALWAYS wanted to see “The Exorcist” and also always avoided watching it. This movie is the mother of all modern horror motion picture. I don’t give a damn what anyone says about Psycho or The Wolf Man or whatever the fuck else. This shit Exorcist right here, had me about to run away from the screen.
Plot: Devil takes over little girl and possesses the shit out of her.
That’s pretty much it, sorry if I curse a lot in this post, but that’s all I did while watching this film so, to each his own. Writing about this movie is not going to be a walk in the park, unless that park is where murderers be.
The Exorcist scared me so much, not scary like I couldn’t watch, scary like I thought that girl was really possessed, like not acting, like REAL. That’s how crazy the shit was to me. I’m looking at this little girl, and she’s scaring me. One thing about horror, they make you wait, I said this before. They make you wait until the real exorcism happens; you see all the crazy shots of Regan actually being possessed, not very long, but long enough. The film is called “The Exorcist” therefore I expect an exorcism for at least an hour and a half of the film, but I’m not being brash. I love this movie, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It did it’s job WELL!!
The acting was really something else, no one couldn’t tell that that kid wasn’t really being possessed, fuck a movie, this shit really happening, what the hell! The infamous scenes from this movie, like the: rising from the bed, and the pissing in front of company, the crab walking backwards down the steps, the vomiting, the cursing vulgarly. It’s all been copied somewhere else either in film or video. We have all seen it before and even though I knew it was from The Exorcist I couldn’t connect with it until now. That’s what I love about going back and watching old films because you can always see something and say “wow so that’s where they got that from.” This film is timeless, 1973 to forever.
Such a classic horror film that is still thrilling and inspiring other horror films.
Speaking of American monstrous films that make you wait an hour and a half to see the monster: “Super 8”
I already knew that Super 8 wasn’t going to be a great film because I watch movie reviews. Particularly, spill.com, and they keep it real. If the film sucked they say it flat out so I didn’t have any high hopes for it. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed it, mainly because of the kids. They were little filmmakers just like myself and I could sympathize, no that’s not the word, relate, I could relate to them. They did all the filming on their own, kind of like me. Although they did have a little cute crew, but anyway, the film was good. I liked it a lot because of that aspect.
As far as the monster thing goes, I wasn’t impressed, surprised, thrilled, nothing. Not to say Hollywood needs to impress me, but they do however need to entertain and that monster did not scare me, thrill me, frighten me, make me hate it (Aliens) or make me love it (E.T.). Therefore, I didn’t care for it, plus we don’t see it until the film is about to end anyway and we don’t know what it’s doing there. Yes, we find out the military got it but we don’t really KNOW why, nor care because everyone in the town is so damn annoying.
Lead characters, I forget names, but Dakota Fanning’s little sister, Elle, and the boy she liked were my favorites. I couldn’t stand any of the parents. The cinematography was excellent, I loved the old times theme and the old school town, and I really liked the way it was directed. The Super 8 film was filmed on super8 film. LOL. As cool as everything looked, and because of it, I’d watch it again, I actually watched it twice back to back, but it was just a blockbuster film, nothing more.