Director: Seth Gordon
Category: #36 A movie with a rotten tomato score of less than 20%
I didn’t need to watch this movie to know that it would be some combination of awful and ridiculous and I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you either. But it was.
This one follows on from the original TV show but now it’s The Rock who runs the beach. Welcome Zac Efron who’s an Olympic swimmer with a bad reputation and a sense of entitlement. Cue drugs showing up on the beach and the Baywatch folks getting caught up in a mystery that really should be left to the cops. Add in a healthy dose of character growth and a lot of gratuitous shots of male and female bodies in swimsuits and you’ve got Baywatch.
Honestly though, it had a pretty coherent plot which is more than I can say for a bunch of things I’ve seen this year so it gets some points for that and the acting was okay. The plot was certainly a bit predictable in places and there was nothing particularly amazing about it. But honestly, if all you want from your movie is a distraction from your real life and some pretty men/women to look at then this is a great choice.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Title: Bourne Identity
Director: Doug Liman
Category: #16 The first film in a series
Again, I’ve seen parts of this series (not even sure which movie) but never the whole thing. And I remembered the part that I’d seen being quite interesting so I figured I’d check out the whole thing.
I didn’t mind this movie but I also didn’t think it was anything to rave about. Maybe it’s because it’s fifteen years old now and hasn’t aged well. Maybe it’s just not my cup of tea. Either way, I don’t think I’ll be checking out the rest of the movies in the series.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Title: The Great Wall
Director: Zhang Yimou
Category: #5 Film with subtitles
I loved the idea behind this film… not so much the execution. The idea that there could be this kind of alien type creature that would break down the Great Wall of China is great. Unfortunately, the whole thing was incredibly poorly executed with the creatures seeming a bit like an afterthought rather than a central part of the plot.
What was good was the costuming which was just so bright and just nice to look at. But if that’s the only thing this movie has going for it then I’m just not sure it’s worth your time.
Rating: 1/5 stars
Title: Ghost in the Shell
Director: Rupert Sanders
Category: #49 An action movie
There’s been a lot of hate for this movie particularly in the lead-up to the release which largely surrounded the choice to have Scarlett Johansson as the lead actress. Given that this film was released as a Japanese anime in the 90’s with a lot of success there was a huge concern about casting a white actress and the Hollywood whitewashing that often occurs with modern movies. I certainly think those concerns are justified but I think the creators did a good job of explaining just why she was white even when the film was set in Japan.
I haven’t seen the original so I can’t comment on the film as a comparison but I will endeavour to watch it at some point and come back to you guys.
At any rate, the premise of this movie is incredibly cool that we could basically take someone’s brain out and put it in to a man made body and then use them to fight… and honestly, I don’t think we’re all that far from being able to do something like that.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Title: Suicide Squad
Director: David Ayer
Date Watched: June 20, 2017
Category: #18 A film that has won an Oscar
I really wanted to like this movie despite everyone telling me how bad it was. Every friend who watched this and every review I’ve seen told me not to bother but, I decided to watch it anyway. Please don’t make the same mistake. This movie is not worth your time.
Okay so I definitely see why it won an Oscar for it’s makeup because it was spot on, and there were moments that I thought were really well done but, as a whole it’s pretty terrible. I loved the Joker and Harley Quinn relationship and perhaps if the whole movie has been Joker and Harley Quinn it might have fared better. But the real problem is that they tried to introduce us to a huge cast and have us care what happened to them in a relatively short movie as well as introducing not one but two villains. If you’ve ever seen those venn diagrams that say “choose 2” (like the one left). In this case you could have a movie that’s a watchable length, great characters or a good plot. Sadly these guys chose to skip the plot. There was no plot at all, where did the bad guys come from? What were they? Who knows…
Rating: 2/5 stars
Director: Paul Feig
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Date Watched: February 24, 2017
Category: A remake
I’ll be honest… I saw the original Ghostbusters once… and it didn’t really make an impression on me. However, I do like Melissa McCarthy so I was all for seeing this one. Plus, a remake with a gender swapped cast? That sounded amazing.
I can’t comment on how true to the original film this is but I can say I enjoyed it. The characters were great, 4 women all with very strong personalities and the dopiest male receptionist known to man? Amazing. The 4 ghostbusters are Erin (the serious one), Abby (the believer), Holtzmann (the inventor) and Patty (the street-smart one). As much as a I loved the other characters it was Holtzmann who stole the show for me. Untraditional in all the best ways and always getting into trouble somehow. The film even included various cameos from Bill Murray to Sigourney Weaver for those who enjoy that kind of thing.
The storyline itself was fairly simplistic but interesting to watch just the same and the special effects were obviously an update on those in the original films.
I can’t see myself watching this one again and it’s not going to make it on to my favourites list anytime soon but I really did enjoy the it and if they were to do a second film focussing on Holtzmann I would be right there to see it.