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9 days ago

This was a decent film. Critically acclaimed but did poorly in theaters, possibly because Fassbender isn't as big a name as Christian Bale or Leonardo Dicaprio, who were previously tied to the project. Written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, with Kate Winslett as the female lead, lots of talented folks were a part of this, and they filmed many scenes on-location (the SF Opera house and De Anza College, where some big product launches took place, for example). It also may have done poorly because it focused on only a small part of Steve Jobs life and career. Or, it may be that the Ashton Kutcher film "Jobs" came out just a few years before. Nonetheless, it's worth a watch. If you do check it out, you might see me about halfway through. I was a small step above an extra because I had a skill (waiter/caterer), and I was in the middle of a scene for a couple seconds when the reporter was running after Steve Jobs.

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1195 days ago

Rey is going to be Jedi, just wait.

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1239 days ago

I am definitely excited for the new star wars universe. So far it looks good!

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1240 days ago

There is a special place in Star Wars hell for anyone that scalps movie tickets. Yousa will spend eternity with Jar Jar.

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1256 days ago

Steve Jobs says to Andy Hertzfeld.... You had three weeks. The universe was created in a third of that time....To which Hertzfeld says: Well, someday you'll have to tell us how you did it....This is the moment that I was hooked and mentally applauded Aaron Sorkin and the ability to write captivating dialogue. The film takes us a journey of Steve Jobs's life revolving around his work and roller coaster of relationship vs. denial of his daughter. It begins in 1984 at the first product launch, then in 1988 and finally in 1998 with the launch of the iMac.
The pace of the film works perfect, given the structure of the story. It's energetic and captivation performances by Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogan and Kate Winslet hold your attention and draw us into their world. We really get a look at what it was like to be among the team of engineers, marketing and CEO's of the time. We are painted a picture of what type of person Jobs really was. The performance was so amazing, the audience almost fears the relentlessness wrath of Mr. Jobs.
The story is extremely well-written. Mostly the film takes place back stage at all three launches. We see the tension between Jobs and Wozniak over time. Their relationship exposes the stubbornness of Jobs and his true colors. The tension between Sculley and Jobs grows as well. This shows us their father/son type of relationship and the mentoring but also how Jobs feels about being out of control. Meanwhile, he's not involved much with his daughter but there's a glimmer of hope at the end, which I feel is the only questionable storyline point, and was done to appease the audience.
Overall, I highly recommend watching this film. No doubt will it be a frontrunner for awards season. When considering the performances, story, sound, cinematography and interesting characters, it gets 5 stars.

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1260 days ago

Great movie that makes you be at the edge of your seat the entire time. It makes you think about so many different possibilities that can happen.

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1264 days ago

The Scorch Trials fittingly has a maze of a plot to get through. The irony is that there is no maze in the second installment of The Maze Runner saga. In the original, we are taken through they mysteries of why people wake up not knowing where they are and are forced to live on the opposite side of an impossible labyrinth and just survive. Thomas, played by Dylan O'Brien, seems to be the key to all the mysteries and we were taken on an escapade to a post-apocolyptic existence as a reality of the present-day. In this film, however, those who survived the glade struggle to find out who's really on their side. They are promised safety and security. But Thomas, along with new ally, Aris, played by Jacob Lofland, are quick to question who they can and cannot trust. Their instincts send them to the scorch, where they encounter several resistance fighters, and mostly just continue to flee from WCKD.

The action was packed, and adventure plentiful. It feels more of an action film, and less of a sci-fi this time around. But the plot was enough to keep your attention, and waiting to find out what's next. Overall it give a Hunger Games type feel, but without the love stories.

The special effects were also up to standard. There's an especially great scene where they are running up a building discovered at desolate run-down city. It's put me on edge to see them almost falling through the glass building as they climb. The glass starts to break and the sound just adds to the intensity.

Overall, I enjoyed the Scorch Trials. Where many will argue that it doesn't live up to the first, what sequel ever does? If you don't compare and take it as pure entertainment you will also enjoy it. I recommend.

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1268 days ago

Underrated movie. I was hooked from the first minute until the last. Go watch it and find out why!

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1271 days ago

I don't understand why this movie has so little hype. A Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, is a hidden gem of current cinema. I believe the advertising and marketing really missed the boat on this one. This dramedy/adventure is set in present-day New England.
Bill Bryson, played by Redford, is a writer who, after living in different parts of the world, returns to the states and moves to New England, despite having grown up in Iowa. After a reporter brings to his attention that he's written several books about other locations of the world where he's lived but not his own country, he decides that hiking the Appalachian Trail is a good way to explore his own stomping grounds. I think he also wants to go on an adventure due to the recent funeral they've attended. He thinks maybe he should do something while he still has the time. Of course, given his close to retirement age, his wife Katherine, played by Emma Thompson, feels the idea is ludicrous and makes several attempts to talk him out of it. Even the half dozen phone calls to friends looking for a hiking companion urge him of the ridiculousness of the idea. Suddenly, he gets a call from his old buddy Steve Katz, played by Nolte. Steve has heard through the grapevine of the escapade and asks to go along with him. Steve, an overweight and aging alcoholic, arrives to Bill's surprise in no shape to go on a hike. Upon arrival runs to a vending machine and states that he has a condition where he has to eat something every hour. This just set up one of the on-point one-liners and personality of this character. So the two start their adventure and share memories and exchanges about life, while sometimes fighting about their past together.
The character development and storyline in this movie is brilliant. Nolte especially delivers an amazing performance. His quirkiness and shenanigans seem to never stop, but they are not over-the-top, just funny and entertaining.
I would also say the cinematography is amazing. Given the location, it would be a shame to not have great looking footage out in nature. But they did a very good job at also keep us in tune to what the characters were feeling.
Overall I'd say this is a good movie mostly for adults. It's purely entertaining and shows that no matter what age you are you can still have adventures. I will say at points the plot was a little predictable, but at points it totally surprised. It also goes to show that in today's day and age you don't need crazy CGI to make a great movie with heart. I recommend this for anyone seeking a fun story.

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1276 days ago

Everest is an action-packed visually stunning story set in 1996 that follows the expedition of a group of mountain climbers attempting to get to the top of Mt. Everest. Their journey takes us through the rough struggles of determination, bravery and resilience. The climbing expedition becomes a gamble due to an incredibly severe snow storm on the horizon.

The story begins with Rob Hall, played by Jason Clarke and his wife Jan Arnold, played by Keira Knightly. As he plans the expedition, Jan reluctantly agrees, as he is not in it for the money, rather the media attention they would get. A pregnant Jan just wishes his return to be by the time of the birth of their child. His group includes Beck Weathers, played by Josh Brolin. His family life is complicated and seems to be falling apart. Then there's Doug Hansen, played by John Hawkes, who just hopes to be a role model for kids to look up to. They and their crew is committed to helping each other through and through this journey. After they leave base to base, it's mostly just the excruciating uphill climb, joined by Scott Fisher, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who has attempted the trek before. When Doug gets almost to the top but too late, it becomes a downward spiral from there, in trying to find Oxygen and avoid hypothermia.

It's hard not to notice the amazing visuals and cinematography in this film. Even before the adventure, the film is picturesque. When on Mt. Everest, the cinematography is so well done, you almost feel like you are on the mountain with the climbers. The snow falling and storm shots are very realistic. There are scenes where climbers almost fall using ladders to get across dips, and you feel like you are at risk to fall as well.

Right up there with the cinematography was the amazing sound mix. It gave a real feel to being in a storm. Sometimes this is not done very well. Here I can say, it's pretty amazing. Sometimes just the sound of a thunder coming, is enough to make you jump here. Note- I watched it in IMAX 3D.

My overall reaction to the film was a positive one. When I leave a theatre feeling changed in some type of way, I know the filmmakers did their job. There was a lot of effort put into making this film and it really paid off. I recommend to anyone who likes an action-packed film and a few thrills.

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