Movie Monday: Schindler’s List

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a classic. It’s Schindler’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.

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Movie Monday: Bicentennial Man

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie I was taken to by my dad when I was much younger. It’s Bicentennial Man!

Plot Synopsis: The NDR series robot “Andrew” is introduced in 2005 into the Martin family home to perform housekeeping and maintenance duties…..

Plot: The plot was way over my head as a kid. I think I mostly enjoyed Robin Williams portraying Andrew. That being said it was an interesting movie and it’s story has always stuck with me throughout the years, and definitely impacted more than a few choices when I was playing games like Mass Effect or reading books like Otherlife Dreams. That said the script was pretty bad, and handled incredibly poorly.

Casting: Robin Williams plays Andrew and he does a good job, but unfortunately the script of the movie itself makes his performance one of the only bright points in the film. The rest of the cast is okay, but again the script overshadows their performances.

Special Effects: Okay, especially when you consider that Robin Williams actually wore a robot suit to portray Andrew. It was nominated for multiple awards for the special effects, but none of were winning nominations.

Music: I don’t remember the musical background of the movie at all, I was pretty young when I watched the movie.

Overall: Not a must watch by any stretch, this is probably one of Robin Williams poorer performances.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama, Comedy, Robin Williams.

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

Movie Monday: Dr. Doolittle

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a classic family film. It’s Dr. Doolittle!

Plot Synopsis: As a boy, John Dolittle displays an ability to talk to and understand animals, starting with his pet dog. His behavior disturbs his father Archer, who hires a local minister to perform an exorcism on his son, but after John’s dog attacks him, Archer sends her to the pound. John eventually forgets he can talk to animals…

Plot: The plot is really quite tame, as you might expect from a family film. It’s got it’s comedic moments though and that is what it makes it tolerable for more adult viewers, at least in my opinion.

Casting: Eddie Murphy portrays the titular character and does a pretty great job at it. The rest of the cast is okay, but not particularly memorable.

Special Effects: The special effects are relatively minor, and again not particularly outstanding.

Music: I don’t remember them at all, sorry.

Overall: Not a must watch, but a good choice if you are stumped for something to watch with a younger audience.

For those who like: Comedy, Animals, Eddie Murphy.

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

Movie Monday: V for Vendetta

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that is now a classic film. It’s V for Vendetta!

Plot Synopsis: In 2027, the world is in turmoil and warfare, with the United States fractured as a result of prolonged second civil war and a pandemic of the “St. Mary’s Virus” ravaging Europe. The United Kingdom is ruled as a Nordic supremacist and neo-fascist police state by the Norsefire Party, helmed by all-powerful High Chancellor Adam Sutler. Political opponents, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, atheists, homosexuals, and other “undesirables” are imprisoned and executed in concentration camps. The Irish are not exterminated, but are considered inferior compared to people of Nordic and British descent…

Plot: This is not a happy movie. If you have trouble with difficult subject matter you should definitely not watch this movie. That being said it’s pretty much the only Dystopian film, and story, that I actually respect and enjoy. I really don’t enjoy the genre as a whole, and the fact that I was able to get over that and enjoy this movie is quite noteworthy for me. In addition it made quite a few waves upon release with many conservative pundits railing against the movie. It’s highly controversial, but the fact that China of all nations aired it completely uncensored, and at all, is of particular noteworthiness.

Casting: Hugo Weaving is the star of the movie, and I only know that because I looked up who played the character as he is never shown without V’s signature Guy Fawke’s mask. That being said his co-star is portrayed by Natalie Portman who plays the character Evey Hammond. The rest of the cast is okay, but really the star of the film is V.

Cinematography: It’s not super amazing, and considering all the work that the Wachowski Brothers made in their previous films, The Matrix trilogy, that is a bit of a let down. That being said the incredible special effects those movies had wouldn’t have fit well in this film so maybe I can’t completely blame them.

Music: I don’t remember much, except for the orchestral pieces that went along with V’s various plots.

Overall: An excellent movie, and a definite cult classic now, it was controversial at the time.

For those who like: Dystopians, Sci-Fi, Political Commentary, Action, Drama, Good Cast.

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

Movie Monday: Men in Black

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie that just turned old enough to drink. It’s Men in Black!

Plot Synopsis: After a government agency makes first contact with aliens in 1961, alien refugees begin living in secret on Earth, mostly disguised as humans in the New York metropolitan area. A secret agency known as the Men in Black (MIB) polices these aliens, protects Earth from intergalactic threats and uses memory-erasing neuralyzers to keep alien activity a secret. Agents have their former identities erased, and retired agents are neuralyzed and given new identities. After an operation to arrest an alien criminal near the Mexican border by Agents K and D, D decides that he is too old for his job. K neuralyzes him and begins looking for a new partner…

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome.

Casting: The entire cast is amazing, with both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the main characters J and K respectively. Frankly this is one of the better casts in that everyone does incredibly well as their characters.

Cinematography: The special effects were incredibly well done, and the make up in particular was incredibly noteworthy and won an Academy Award.

Music: I’ll be upfront and say that I don’t remember the music pretty much at all. Sorry.

Overall: An excellent movie, and possibly a must see one at that.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast, Amazing Special Effects.

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

Movie Monday: Austin Powers

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that some of my family loves to the point that they got a cardboard cutout of the titular character from a Movie Theater. It’s Austin Powers; International Man of Mystery!

Plot Synopsis: In 1967, British spy Austin Powers thwarts an assassination attempt by his nemesis Dr. Evil in a London nightclub called Strawberry Alarm Clock and The Lemon Pipers Dr. Evil escapes in a space rocket disguised as a Big Boy statue, and cryogenically freezes himself. Powers volunteers to be placed into cryostasis in case Dr. Evil returns in the future. Thirty years later, in 1997, Dr. Evil returns to discover his henchman Number 2 has developed Virtucon, the legitimate front of Evil’s empire, into a multibillion-dollar enterprise…

Plot: The entire movie is absolutely ridiculous, and that’s the point. This being a spoof of the James Bond movies this pokes fun at all sorts of spy thrillers by making the situations and characters absolutely ridiculous. That being said the movie probably shouldn’t be watched by kids.

Cast: The entire cast is awesome, with Mike Myers playing both Dr. Evil and Austin Powers. The rest of the cast is just as ridiculous as well.

Cinematography: The special effects are just as ridiculous as the plot.

Overall: A fun movie to watch, if only to have a few good laughs at the sheer ridiculous nature of the movie.

For those who like: Comedy, Mike Myers, Parodies.

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

Movie Monday: Armaggedon

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie I saw on the TV recently after having forgotten about it. It’s Armaggedon!

Plot Synopsis: A massive meteor shower destroys the orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis and bombards a swath of land around the North Atlantic. NASA discovers through the Hubble Space Telescope that the meteors were debris propelled from the asteroid belt by a rogue asteroid roughly the size of Texas, christened “Dottie” by its discoverer. The asteroid will collide with Earth in 18 days, causing a second extinction event. NASA scientists, led by Dan Truman, plan to trigger a thermonuclear detonation at least 800 ft (244 m) inside the asteroid to split it in two, driving the pieces apart so both will fly past the Earth. NASA contacts Harry Stamper, considered the best deep-sea oil driller in the world, for assistance. Harry insists he will need his full team to help execute NASA’s plan…

Plot: The plot isn’t that great, it’s highly inaccurate to science and plausability of NASA actually being able to do anything. Something that many critics have noted before I’m sure, in fact Roger Ebert hates this film so much that it even beat out Spice World for the worst movie of 1998 for him.

Casting: Bruce Willis is the star of the movie, and while he does a good job, I just couldn’t get into his character as it’s a bit too gruff for my tastes. Actually I didn’t really care about any of the characters, frankly I’m not a fan of the movie in general. The cast has some depth, but some of it is stereotypical.

Cinematography: The special effects are mediocre, not amazing, but not super terrible either.

Music: I didn’t remember much of the music, although the few bits I caught having seen parts of the movie on TV recently were okay. That being said it was during a family get together and I had much better things to do than watch a flop of a film.

Overall: A movie not worth watching in my opinion. Some Apocalypse junkies might enjoy it though.

For those who like: Apocalypse Settings, Sci-Fi, Bruce Willis.

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