Movie Monday: Talladega Nights

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a comedic movie. It’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby!

Plot: The movie is ridiculous, the entire thing is a parody of NASCAR and it’s pretty funny. Now being a person who sees little value in NASCAR personally, I can’t speak to the “accuracy” portrayed in the film, but overall this is just an oddball movie made mostly for laughs.

Casting: Though you could probably already tell that if the fact that Will Ferrell is the lead actor along with John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame as our main three characters weren’t a big enough clue. They do a good job of it too. The entire cast is pretty funny actually.

Cinematography: The cinematography isn’t amazing by any stretch of the word, but it wasn’t terrible either. Than again when you race on a ovoid track repeatedly it doesn’t seem very conducive to excellent special effects.

Music: I honestly don’t remember much of it, but that it fit the movie pretty well.

Overall: A funny movie, and while not a must watch, it is a good movie to watch for laughs.

For those who like: Will Ferrell, NASCAR, Racing.

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

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Movie Monday: The Hunt for Red October

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another true classic. It’s The Hunt for Red October!

Plot: This a military thriller in the truest sense of the words, and the plot is pretty amazingly done. It’s got pretty much everything you could want from political intrigue to heart-pounding action sequences. I can’t say much more without spoiling it, but I will say that this has the Jack Ryan character from many of Clancy’s other novels and movies featured prominently in this one as well.

Casting: Sean Connery is cast as the Russian lead, Marko Ramius who pilots the titular Red October and Alec Baldwin who portrays Jack Ryan. The rest of the cast is just as well done, but these two really took the spotlight and they did a great job of it. Ironically Connery was not the first pick for Ramius.

Cinematography: It’s very well done, and considering how impractical filming on a real sub is they did a great job portraying it. The effects weren’t super amazing, but they weren’t terrible either.

Music: The music was pretty great, which is pretty obvious once you consider it won an Academy Award for Sound Editing. While it’s mostly done in English, the switch between Russian and English at the beginning was pretty well done.

Overall: A fun movie that you probably ought to watch if you haven’t seen it before.

For those who like: Military Fiction, Thrillers, Drama, Action, Sean Connery and/or Alec Baldwin.

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

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.

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.