Movie Monday: About Time

Hey all I’m back with a movie I watched about a month ago for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s About Time!

Plot: The plot is alright, there are some serious plot holes when it comes to the time travel powers that are a key plot device in this film, but overall I found the movie to be very fun to watch. It had enough moments of comedy that I didn’t mind the the drama at all, and enjoyed the movie despite the plot holes. I won’t say what those plot holes are, because they are obviously super spoilerific, but you could find them online in the movie’s Wikipedia page easily.

Casting: Dohmnall Gleeson is our lead actor portraying Tim Lake and he does an outstanding job in that role. Honestly the entire cast was well done, though Rachel McAdams portraying the female lead Mary was probably my favorite character.

Cinematography: There are no special effects that are particularly outstanding or noteworthy so I’ll just say that the camera work wasn’t ever so poorly done that I found it to be a problem.

Music: The musical score was as equally mediocre as the cinematography.

Overall: A fun, if flawed, film. If you are hankering for a Romantic Comedy with little romantic melodrama, but more comedy About Time will suit your needs very well.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Great Cast, Decent Plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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Movie Monday: The Mask

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a Super Hero Movie. It’s The Mask!

Plot: The plot is okay, it’s nothing all that amazing to be honest, and frankly it’s pretty mediocre to me. That being said I remember it was somewhat funny to me as a child. I’ll admit I never knew until recently that this movie was based off a comic series published by Dark Horse, and that the comics were much darker in tone than the movie ever was. That’s probably a good thing, because honestly from what I’ve read about the comics in a quick perusal they sounded incredibly dark just to be dark.

Characters: The lead character is Stanley Ipkiss who is played by Jim Carrey and he does a fairly good job with it. That being said the cast isn’t good enough to make up for the mediocre plot.

Cinematography: The special effects were fairly good for their day, but they weren’t amazing either along the lines you might expect from a high quality Sci-Fi movie. That being said those effects have aged poorly, but that’s to be expected after nearly 25 years.

Music: I honestly don’t remember much of it, except that it was very fitting for the zany tone of the movie.

Overall: A fun, but not amazing movie. If you’ve never seen it, it might be worth your time to watch if you are really bored and can’t find a better movie.

For those who like: Comedy, Super Heroes, Jim Carrey.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: Die Hard

Hey all I’m back with a classic movie for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Die Hard!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while not a rousing epic it does serve as a good benchmark for summer blockbusters. That being said this isn’t a film meant for children so do keep that in mind.

Casting: Bruce Willis portrays our lead character John McClane and this was his breakout movie that really propelled him into stardom. The rest of the cast is also great, with Bonnie Bedelia portraying the female lead.

Cinematography: This was filmed in 20th century Fox’s headquarters which were actually under construction at the time. The rest of the special effects were pretty awesome, and while not super amazing by today’s standards were pretty great at the time for a contemporary film that was neither fantasy or sci-fi.

Music: The music was incredibly fitting.

Overall: Die Hard is a must see film, but do keep in mind that this isn’t meant for kids.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Bruce Willis.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: Hitch

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another movie produced by Will Smith. It’s Hitch!

Plot: The plot is okay, honestly it’s too much Romcom for my tastes. That isn’t to say this is a bad movie, just that I wasn’t highly impressed by the story and it’s tone. However the plot is solid, and there’s nothing particularly wrong with it, just that I personally don’t like Romcoms.

Casting: Will Smith does an awesome job at portraying the titular Hitch and the rest of the cast is also pretty great. Eva Mendes and Kevin James are the other two main characters of the movie and they did a great job of acting the part.

Cinematography: The special effects are relatively tame, but I will say that the seafood allergy scene was pretty well done in terms of makeup and special effects. That said if you ever have such a allergic reaction what happens is absolutely not what you should do in such a situation. Call 9-1-1, or your local equivalent, and follow the instructions given to you by the operator.

Music: I honestly don’t remember pretty much any of it, since Hitch isn’t a sweeping fantasy epic or sci-fi soap opera the generic musical production was low on my radar.

Overall: A good movie, if you enjoy Romantic Comedies. Otherwise you might want to watch something else.

For those who like: Romance, Comedies, Drama, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, particularly the Romantic Comedy part.

Movie Monday: Life of Pi

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a more recent movie I found to be quite interesting. It’s Life of Pi!

Plot: The plot is very interesting and while it’s nothing completely fantastical I still enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s an interesting take on the shipwreck survivor “genre”.

Casting: Pi and Richard Parker are the two main stars, and I enjoyed them quite a bit. Suraj Sharma does an excellent job at portraying Pi.

Cinematography: The special effects of this were quite excellent with Richard Parker being almost completely computer generated in most of the scenes.

Overall: A fun movie, that makes you question what belief is.

For those who like: Adventure, Fiction, Thought Provoking Stories, Great Story, Fantastic Casting, Excellent Special Effects.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: Speed

I’m back with a movie I had a really hard time remembering the name of for some odd reason for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Speed!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while it’s nothing spectacular by today’s standards, it was pretty good at the time. That being said it’s nothing amazing either. I enjoyed the movie when I was younger, mostly because it seemed so thrilling, but I’d probably be bored if I saw it for the first time today.

Casting: Keanu Reeves plays the lead male character Traven, and did a pretty good job at it. Sandra Bullock played the female lead Annie and she did an awesome job at the role. The rest of the cast was good as well, but those two were definitely the stars of the film.

Cinematography: There weren’t many special effects in terms of post-filming editing, but the stunts were quite awesome to watch.

Music: I don’t remember much of it, but I remember thinking it fit the film perfectly at the time.

Overall: A fun film to watch, but it may not be as thrilling with today’s standards.

For those who like: Crime Thillers, Action, Drama, Great Stuntwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: Schindler’s List

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a classic. It’s┬áSchindler’s List!

Plot: The plot is inspired by a true story and honestly this is one of the few historical films I think should be a must watch movie. There are some liberties taken with it, but for the most part the things that happened in the movie actually occurred.

Casting: This is where I would say Liam Neeson started his career in being a badass lead character. He’s gone on to be a badass in tons of movies afterwards, but still this where I’d say he started that particular career path.

Cinematography: Being filmed in black and white and being a historical film there is very little in the form of special effects, but there is one part that deserves mention. The use of the red coat is a pivotal thing in the film and incredibly noteworthy.

Music: Fairly tame, but given the nature of the film that’s a good thing.

Overall: A must see film, if you haven’t seen it you really need to do so.

For those who like: True Stories, History.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.