Movie Monday: I am Legend

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that I have only seen once and will never, ever watch again. It’s I am Legend!

Plot Synopsis: In 2009, a genetically re-engineered measles virus, originally created as a cure for cancer, turns into a lethal strain which kills 94% of those it infects, mutates 5% into predatory, nocturnal and vampiric mutants, who are extremely vulnerable to sunlight, with only 1% immune. Three years after the outbreak, US Army virologist Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville lives an isolated life in the deserted ruins of New York City, unsure if any other uninfected humans are left in the world…

Plot: I really don’t like Horror movies, but somehow one of my college roommates convinced me to watch this. I hate that roommate for absolute destroying my ability to listen Bob Marley’s song Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry Be Happy) without bursting into tears. The irony of that fact is not lost on me, believe me. The story is okay, but honestly I will never ever watch this movie again.

Cast: The cast is okay, but with the majority of the screen time captured by Will Smith and the German Shepards who play Sam, they don’t get a bunch of chances to shine.

Cinematography: The special effects are pretty decent, but honestly it wasn’t even the most spectacular movie of that year for special effects.

Music: Like I stated above the music really gets to me, and not really in a good way. The music is good I guess because of that, but I can’t help but feel bitter about that fact.

Overall: A good movie, but honestly I can’t recommend this one to anyone who cares even a little about animals.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Drama, Action, Will Smith, Good Special Effects, a very memorable musical score.

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

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Movie Monday: Groundhog Day

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering another classic. It’s Groundhog Day!

Plot Synopsis: Weatherman Phil Connors reassures Pittsburgh viewers that an approaching blizzard will miss western Pennsylvania. He goes with news producer Rita Hanson and cameraman Larry to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the Groundhog Day festivities. Phil makes no secret of his contempt for the assignment, the small town, and the “hicks” who live there. The next day, Phil awakens at his Punxsutawney bed and breakfast to Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” on the clock radio. He tapes a half-hearted report on Punxsutawney Phil and the town’s festivities. Rita wants to stay and cover other events, but Phil wants to return to Pittsburgh. The blizzard blankets the region in snow, stranding them in Punxsutawney. Phil shuns the celebrations and retires to bed early. However the next day Phil wakes to “I Got You Babe” again….

Plot: The plot is awesome, and really quite fun. There have been other time loop stories that came before this movie, but Groundhog Day is the one everyone remembers. While the Romance aspects didn’t appeal to me as a kid when I first saw this movie, I can appreciate it now as an adult.

Cast: Bill Murray plays Phil, and honestly does an amazing job with the role. The rest of the cast is just as good.

Cinematography: There isn’t a ton of special effects, but it had enough that it was fun to watch. In particular the groundhog was a personal favorite of mine.

Music: I don’t remember much about it except for the iconic “I Got You Babe”.

Overall: If you haven’t seen Groundhog Day, you ought to watch it.

For those who like: Comedy, Romance, Drama, Sci-Fi, Laughing, Time Loops.

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

Movie Monday: The Princess Bride

This week for Movie Monday I’ve got a real cult classic. It’s The Princess Bride!

Plot Synopsis: The film is an enactment of a book read to a sick boy—who is initially dismissive of the story—by his grandfather, with occasional interruptions of the scenes in this frame story. A beautiful young woman named Buttercup lives on a farm in the fictional country of Florin. Whenever she orders the farmhand Westley to do chores for her, he complies and answers, “As you wish”. She eventually realizes he loves her and admits her love for him. He leaves to seek his fortune so they can marry, but his ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts and Westley is believed dead. Five years later, Buttercup reluctantly agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck, heir to the throne of Florin. Before the wedding, she is kidnapped by three outlaws: a short Sicilian boss named Vizzini, a gigantic wrestler from Greenland named Fezzik, and a Spanish fencing master named Inigo Montoya, who seeks revenge against a six-fingered man who killed his father….

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while sort of cheesy at times, it’s also freaking hilarious. I won’t spoil anything else, but honestly if you’ve never seen this you are truly missing out. There are tons of absolutely amazing quotes you can take from this film, but my favorite might just be “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Casting: Our lead character is played by Cary Elwes and he’s absolutely awesome. To be honest the entire cast is freaking awesome, they bring the story to life in a truly amazing way.

Cinematography: While nothing along the lines of say a Star Wars movie, the production is quite excellent.

Music: The music fits the film perfectly.

Overall: If you’ve never seen this, go out and find a copy as soon as possible. It’s a cult classic for a damn good reason.

For those who like: Fantasy, Romance, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast, Excellent Production and Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you dislike that?

Movie Monday: Shanghai Noon

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie that I had some real trouble remembering the name of. It’s Shanghai Noon!

Plot Synopsis:In 1881, Chon Wang (pronounced as John Wayne) is a Chinese Imperial Guard in the Forbidden City. After Princess Pei-Pei (Liu) for whom Wang has affection, is abducted and taken to the United States, the Emperor of China sends three of his guards along with the Royal Interpreter to retrieve her. Wang is not one of the three, but he tells the Captain of the Imperial Guards that it was his fault the princess was kidnapped and insists on joining them. The Captain first refuses, but when the Royal Interpreter, Wang’s uncle, offers to allow Wang to come help with the baggage, the Captain agrees in the hopes that the “foreign devils” would get rid of Wang. In Nevada, Roy O’Bannon is an outlaw who, with his gang, hijacks the train Wang is on. When Wallace, a new member of Roy’s gang, kills Wang’s uncle, Wang chases the outlaws down.

Plot: The plot is nothing amazing, but pretty fun to watch with plenty of martial arts scenes mixed in with the classic western shootouts.

Casting: The cast is awesome, with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in the lead roles. They are both hilarious. The rest of the cast is just as great, but really don’t get nearly as much attention as the two lead stars.

Cinematography: The production is awesome, with some amazing martial arts sequences that are quite a lot of fun to watch, in addition to the western shootouts. There aren’t a ton of special effects used, but those that are, are done fairly well.

Overall: A fun movie to watch, but don’t expect an amazing story.

For those who like: Westerns, Martial Arts, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?

Movie Monday: Hancock

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering an often forgotten film. It’s Hancock!

Plot Synopsis: John Hancock is an alcoholic American who possesses superpowers, including flight, invulnerability, and superhuman strength. Whilst performing superhero-like acts in Los Angeles, he is often ridiculed and hated by the public for his drunken and careless acts, and becomes enraged when referred to as an “asshole”. Hancock rescues Ray Embrey, a public relations specialist, from an oncoming train, which he irrationally derails to save Ray. Thankful and seeing him as a career opportunity, Ray offers to help improve Hancock’s public image…

Plot: The plot is pretty okay for the first half, but after that it gets completely ruined. Honestly the only noteworthy things about this movie isn’t the plot, which is why it’s such a poorly rated film and often forgotten.

Casting: The casting is okay, with Will Smith as John Hancock being our star and titular character. That being said the rest of the cast is only okay, so it definitely didn’t help the ratings or memorability.

Cinematography: This is probably the sole redeeming feature of this movie, but even that wasn’t enough to save the film from being completely terrible in most peoples mind.

Music: I don’t remember much, except for a particular song that plays which I never found entertaining personally.

Overall: Skip this, otherwise you’ll be wanting some brain bleach to wipe this from your memory.

For those who like: Comedy AND Drama, Superheroes, Will Smith, Decent Cinematography.

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

Movie Monday: Kara no Kyoukai Murder Speculation Part 01

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with the second chapter in the story of Ryougi Shiki. It’s Kara no Kyoukai: Murder Speculation Part 01!

Plot Synopsis: January 1995, Kokutou Mikiya meets Ryougi Shiki for the first time while she’s in a white kimono during a snowing day. Later that year, at the high school freshmen ceremony, Mikiya sees Shiki in the crowd and chases after her, introducing himself to her. That night, Shiki stumbles onto a fresh corpse of someone killed in a traffic accident, the blood still flowing…

Plot: This is not at all like the first movie, Overlooking View, and is much closer to a traditional Murder Mystery series that you’d see on TV. That isn’t to say it’s bad, because it absolutely isn’t and this is a really important part of Shiki’s story, but the backwards leap in the timeline is going to cause some jarring at first. But if you want a bunch of supernatural stuff to go on in this entry of the series, you may be disappointed.

Characters: We get to see Mikiya and Shiki’s first meeting, as well as their first introduction to each other as they both enter high school. We also get to meet Mikiya’s friend Gakuto and his cousin Daisuke. That being said Shiki and Mikiya are the focus of this chapter.

Art: The art is as always excellent given that it’s animated by my favorite and most respected studio ufotable.

Music: Again like the artwork the musical score is excellent given that it’s done by the almost legendary Kajiura Yuki.

Overall: A solid entry in this series. Well worth watching if you enjoyed Overlooking View.

Movie Monday: Gattaca

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering what some consider a cult classic Sci-Fi movie. It’s Gattaca!

Plot Synopsis: In “the not-too-distant future”, eugenics is common. A genetic registry database uses biometrics to classify those so created as “valids” while those conceived by traditional means and more susceptible to genetic disorders are known as “in-valids”. Genetic discrimination is illegal, but in practice genotype profiling is used to identify valids to qualify for professional employment while in-valids are relegated to menial jobs. Vincent Freeman is conceived without the aid of genetic selection; his genetics indicate a high probability of several disorders and an estimated life span of 30.2 years. His parents, regretting their decision, use genetic selection to give birth to their next child, Anton…

Plot: This is way too Dystopian for my tastes, and even though my roommate said it was an amazing movie, I just didn’t enjoy it. I don’t like Dystopian stories in general and this is no exception. The story isn’t bad, per se, but I just don’t like it. Sorry folks if you love this movie, but for me it’s one I’d rather forget, and now that I’ve written this post if I never remember it again I’ll be okay with that.

Characters: The cast is good, but it’s also not super amazing. Uma Thurman is our female lead and probably one of the more noteworthy actors, but nevertheless no matter how star filled this might have been, it doesn’t make up for the fact I don’t like this movie.

Cinematography: It’s okay, but not really super amazing either. If you’re expecting Star Wars level special effects, you’re going to be disappointed.

Music: I don’t remember it at all pretty much, but one thing I do remember is thinking that it was just as depressing as the story. Take that as you will.

Overall: Apparently people love this movie, personally I hated it.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Dystopias, Drama.

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