Movie Review — 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

Date Watched – 2020.06.04

Total – (3/5)

A story about a group of mercenaries who are protecting a covert CIA base in Benghazi, Libya, when the American embassy is attacked and they are the only ones who can help.

  • Entertainment – Was it entertaining? – (1/1)
    • I was glued to the screen, it was entertaining.
  • Story – (.5/1)
    • It’s okay. It was interesting, but nothing too interesting/great.
  • Acting – (.5/1)
    • Nobody was great in this, but everybody put in an okay performance. Hard to make a mercenary a very vibrant character.
  • Cinematography & Music – (.5/1)
    • Bay still loves his flares, doesn’t he!? It’s serviceable, nothing too great or bad.
  • Editing & Direction (.5/1)
    • Michael Bay’s films just work. They don’t push limits, but they are entertaining.

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Movie Review – Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Date Watched – 2020.05.27

Total – (2.5/5)

A perfectly average RomCom, but this one is different! It has a boat load of reprehensible “Crazy Rich Asians”! Don’t worry though, by the end you may like one or two. This movie had it’s moments, but overall it wasn’t worth watching for me.

  • Entertainment – Was it entertaining? – (.5/1)
    • Okay. I didn’t turn it off while watching.
  • Story – (.5/1)
    • Almost went with a 0 on this, but it’s not the worst movie ever and had a mostly coherent plot.
  • Acting – (.5/1)
    • Not too bad by the main actress, but nearly everyone else was mediocre.
  • Cinematography & Music – (.5/1)
    • Serviceable. Beautiful locations.
  • Editing & Direction (.5/1)
    • It worked. Somehow it worked.

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Bird Box (2018) – Movie Review

Date Watched – 2020.05.13

Total – (2.0/5)

It’s a watchable movie with some suspense, but no payoff and no sense.

  • Entertainment – Was it entertaining? – (.5/1)
    • Eh – I wanted to know what was going to happen, but I never found out.
  • Story – (0/1)
    • Dumb, stupid, no one would survive this if the creatures were worldwide in every crevice.
  • Acting – (.5/1)
    • Good enough, but blah.
  • Cinematography & Music – (.5/1)
    • It works, not awful, not great.
  • Editing & Direction (.5/1)
    • It’s a watchable movie.

Westworld Season 3 – Thoughts

If you have not watched season 1 or 2, do not read any further, there may be spoilers.

If you’ve already watched season’s 1 and 2, I would recommend watching season 3, I just don’t think it was as good as S2, and not even close to the magic and mastery that was S1.

At first it was promising, it started off with a bang. I loved the future landscape, the high-tech future world we seem to be destined for. Flying cars and high tech gadgets. Pretty wrapping paper doesn’t make what’s inside any better though. The story has lost it’s edge. It obfuscates purposefully throughout, instead of letting a mystery unfold in front of you. Even worse, none of the characters are worth caring about. Just repeated meme’s of the last seasons with no progression and no thought.

The main plot point of the season is actually a commentary on how our big data is or may be used in the future. Are we who our data thinks we are? How much do governments and/or corporations really know about who we truly are, and not just our google searches or favorite YouTube channels, or what we post on Facebook. The problem with the main plot isn’t that it was a bad idea, it was just poorly executed with stifling dialog and poorly thought out motivations.

Plot armor became a thing this season. Robots can’t aim and neither can their baddie human counterparts. Tired of this. Make it work within the story, like Maev’s control of all things electronic around her, not just magic dodging of bullets.

Overall though, I enjoyed the season. I will watch season 4, but with much more trepidation than I watched this season.

Raging Bull (1980) – Movie Review

5/5 – A nearly perfect movie. I am giving this movie a full 5/5 because I must consider what things were like at the time of filming. The action is really rather bad compared to today, laughably bad. With that out of the way, this story shows just how to succeed and simultaneously throw away your life.

  • Entertainment – 1/1
    • There were lulls with this movie, but that is a product of the times. A breakneck pace for the time with important breaks for contrasting the intense fight scenes.
  • Story – 1/1
    • At this point, a cliche, but a genuine one without embellishment. Just a raw story of an abuser, a destructive hurricane.
  • Acting – 1/1
    • Most of the acting is of the time. A little stilted, not nearly as nuanced as today’s films, but by the end De Niro was crushing it. Wow.
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • Beautifully shot with great composition, movement, and style. The extremely sweaty men was a bit over the top, but it was a nice comparison to outside the ring. I truly felt like I was in Brooklyn at the time.
  • Editing & Directing – 1/1
    • This movie could have gone off the rails so many times, but just when you think it will, it steers you right back on and the journey continues.

Book Review – Long Way Round

Long Way Round is a book about two blokes, who happen to be famous, who love motorcycles and decide to take the ultimate trip… around the world.

I’ve watched the documentary series a number of times and always enjoyed it. There’s times where it’s obviously edited to fit a narrative and times where their true selves are let out.

Overall this book reads like a stitched together diary, which is fine. There is a lot of “today we did this, then that, then that and it was cool”. I found this book perfect to read before bed because it’s simple and I don’t have to remember a thing to find enjoyment out of it.

3/5 – I enjoyed it, but it’s not great.