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Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Title:  X-Men: Apocalypse (Third in the First Class series).
Rating: PG-13

My grade: B-

I enjoyed the movie, though I don’t think it quite lived up to the hype they tried to build for it.  Apcoalypse himself came off really as that creeper who won’t say no for an answer combinded with a televangelist.  Alex Summers appears, but I thought he was dead, so clearly a rewatch of the first movie is in need.

I did enjoy the cast, who I think did a great job with what they were given.

I’m going to put the rest under a read more because it will contain spoilers.

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Movie Review: Lady Jane (1986)

So I got netflix in the mail (Yes, I still use the DVD service) and it happened to be a movie with Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes in it.  Always a good reason to watch a movie.  As I watched I also recognised a few actors I liked, although some I still refer to as their character from whatever I saw them in before.  Patrick Stewart was a surprise, playing Lord Grey,  Jane’s father.

From what I read on Wiki (doing a quick check of facts, nothing too indepth) the movie is an overly romanticsed story.  Jane may be the closest to her actual person, but Guilford is changed to be more the sweeping romantic hero.

As you can guess from a cast that has the three actors I mentioned, the acting was good.  The settings were also good, and so were most of the costumes (although some of Jane’s early costumes were not appealing on her, but alas that happens to us all).  Its just that the actual script is not so good.

For example, their idea of a intro conversation to a love scene is to talk about the differences in Prostantism and Catholicism.  Kind of a weird topic to inspire kissing.

And there is this scene where these two are going around making wishes, about how they want things to be better for the poor and the hungry and breaking their dishes to confirm the wish was sent.  I spent most of the time going “Don’t do that, someone’s going to end up bleeding and your servants are going to have to clean all that up and then what will you have to drink out of?”

While the two leads try to make it work and do seem to have some chemistry the awkwardness of the script and the real life storyline seem to fight them the entire way and it just seems…awkward.

So my final grade is a B-.  I managed to sit through it without pausing it it too much, and I didn’t even start to skip scenes till nearly the end. It just had too many awkward scenes.  Also I have found I can do without the word popary.

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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW

So last night I went with my friends to see Captian America.  Which, I will admit, was good.  But I’m still going to give it a B.  Unlike some other films in the Marvel line, it didn’t have me leaving with “That was AWESOME” type of feeling, and I was expecting that.

The problem I think is that there was too many characters with hinted at side plots that didn’t really end up anywhere.  It was a film of cameos.  Most of which you see in the trailer.  There were some elements of Cap’s story arc I kind of felt like I missed an episode, and maybe I did since I don’t watch Agents of Shield (though I want to) or Agent Carter (again, want to).

This felt more like an avengers type movie with a bad guy you don’t really understand.  Which on one hand is interesting.  You know he’s the bad guy, bur you don’t really understand why till the end.  Its more soft then the previous Villians tended to be.

This movie also made me want to go and write an essay on how Phase Two of the MCU is basically Tony’s downspiral into PTSD and depression.

So while it was good, and I enjoyed it, I felt the story was a little awkward in places and some characters could have had their side plots taken out with no detraction from the main story.   It gave us a look into Winter Soldier’s past, but I’m not sure how well it fits in with what was previously shown (particularly about how the activate/deactivate Bucky).

 

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Deadpool and his Friend, Rating R

Deadpool was rated R.  It is rightfully so rated.  It earns its rating with aplomb and is happy about it.  However parents across the nation seemed baffled about a Superhero movie being R, choose to ignore it and then took their young children (and by young I mean under the age of 13) to see a movie clearly not meant for them.

The odd part of this is how much Deadpool marketing, as well as fans familiar with the comics went out of their way to try and inform parents that this movie was marketed towards adults, has always been for adults, and that it might not be something you want to bring your child to see.

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REVIEW: Deadpool

Tonight I got to watch the film Deadpool. It’d a comic book based film, and probably one of the more well known of this year’s new movies.

It centers around Wade Wilson,  a mercenary for hire who finds out he has terminal cancer.  He is offered a chance at a possible cure and while he rejects it at first he ends up deciding to do it as it would mean more time with his fiancée.   Things of course don’t turn out as planned.

The movie was hilarious.   It is definitely not a film for children or people easily offended by swearing,  some nudity ( of both genders) ,  or gory violence.   It definitely deserved it’s R rating.   I liked the more realistic reactions to situations by the characters.

I wouldn’t go to see it if you expect the same guy you saw on Wolverine: Origins. This one is less creepy and more like his comic character.

Rating:  4 stars.

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Balalaika (1939)

Well, I missed one day out of the year already, but I’m going to just shrug that one up.  Its the holiday weekend, I can give myself a break.  Besides of all the things to worry about, posting on this blog is not going to be one of them.  But enough about that, lets go on to today’s actual post subject.

For this post, I decided I wanted to talk about one of my favorite classic films.  Balalaika is a 1939 musical based on stage musical produced a few years earlier.  It stars Nelson Eddy and Ilona Massey.  It also has some notable character actors in the background including Charles Ruggles (The Grandfather in Parent Trap) and Frank Morgan (better known as the Wizard from The Wizard of Oz).

The plot of the movie is an interesting alternative history of Russia.  Instead of the Romanovs, the royal family of Russia is the Karagins, but that doesn’t mean the people of Russia are any less likely to try and rebel.  Eddy plays the Prince, Peter Karagin who falls in love with a singer he hears at the Balalaika, a club in St. Petersburg.  He disguises himself as a student to romance Lydia Marakova, who is secretly a revolutionary along with her father (a  music professor) and brother (a pianist).  They do the local work of the Party from their home where Professor Marakov also teaches music.

Peter manages to fool Lydia and her family into believing he’s just a music student by singing a great rendition of The Volga Boatman, a Russian folksong.

 

Suitably impressed, Lydia decides to give Peter “Teranda” a chance.  He in turn decides to use his princely influence to get her a interview with the head of the Russian Opera. The two fall in love but things of course don’t go as planned.

Lydia’s brother turns out to be a hothead who is not willing to just wait for the right moment, and goes to hold a revolt in town.  Unfortunately he is killed when the Cossack (led by Peter) come to break up the crowd.  This leads her father to agree to be part of an assassination plot of General Kargin, Peter’s father.  I’m guessing Peter is probably a son of a younger son, thus not actually high on the line of succession as they both make it out of this movie alive, and we all know what happened to the Romanovs

While Paval Marakov can’t do it in the end, a family friend does shoot the General.  This of course ends Lydia & Peter’s relationship.  For one, Lydia is arrested at her debut at the Opera for participation in the General’s not-so-fatal shooting.  Also, Peter is off to war.

Things don’t go so well for our pair as the movie continues.  There is a revoltion in Russia which makes Peter and many of his aristocratic friends (and fellow Cossacks) flee to Paris where they now live much less effluent lives.  Lydia, freed from prison by Peter as one of his last acts before going off to war, finds herself struggling to keep a job.

The movie ends with them all joining together for a New Years day party years after the war.  Peter’s former valet Nicki and his wife Marsha (who was Lydia’s maid when she sang at the original club) have opened a Russian themed club called the Balalaika and have decided to serve the Aristocracy of Russia one more time as many of them have become their close friends.

They both watch sorrowfully as Peter continues to be heartbroken, and they worry about Lydia who has disappeared for awhile.  However they both end up at the Club that night, and through some careful scheming, Marsha and Nicki get the two lovebirds together while singing a New Years wish to a mirror, and thus reuniting them for a happy New Year.

Its a good movie, in my opinion and one of my favorites of Nelson Eddy.  Its full of great songs.  I wish I could find a video of Nelson Eddy singing Silent Night in German with the German troops as the two sides hold a truce for Christmas.

The only regret I have is since this was never a book (to my knowledge) we don’t really get to see what happened with Peter & Lydia during the years they were apart.  It also doesn’t really give you a good idea of the passing of time.  Just that you get the feeling years have passed.

If you are in the mood for a classic musical or for operettas, I suggest watching this movie.  It has wonderful singing and a good love story.

 

 

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Lost In Austen (Movie Review)

I had Lost in Austen on my Netflix Instant Queue for several weeks, and last night my mother decided it was time we watched it.  It was a 3 hour long movie about a girl named Amanda Price who has a doorway to the Bennet’s house in her bathroom.  She’s got a mother urging her to marry, a boyfriend who wants to marry her but proposes when he’s drunk so she doesn’t believe him, and a flatmate who appears for about 5 minutes total in the movie so she is unimportant.

spoilers beneath. Apparently I have trouble explaining a movie without explaining the whole movie.  But there is a lot I left out.

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This week is theme

So, this week in Intro To Fiction, we are studying ‘Theme.’  Which always makes me think of “The Jane Austin Book Club” where Prudie goes on about “Jane’s Theme” and kinda gets on the nerves of everyone else there except for Grigg (who was uncomfortable as it was) and Silvia who was a little preoccupied with her own personal crisis.

I actually like the movie, but don’t like the book.  Which is an oddity because usually its either equal status or I like the book better.  I like to watch the film first because its like having deleted scenes when you read the book.  But in this case, THey changed enough of the book that I much prefer the movie.  Not to say there weren’t times I wanted something from the book in the movie, but generally the movie was better.  Plus Dean was a steelers fan:)

Another book that failed to meet the expectations of the movie was The Wedding Date (or Asking For Trouble if you want to read the book).  The book and the movie share a common plot…Older sister is going to younger sister’s engagement party and hires an escort to pose as her boyfriend.    The big difference between the movie and the book is:

  1. The book goes over a longer period of time, from the engagement party till after the honeymoon
  2. The names are different and everyone lives in England
  3. Sophie (Kat in the movie) lives with her best friend and friends brother and they take an active role in the story.  This plot is not in the movie.
  4. TJ is in the book, in the form of cousin Tamara who has a simular role, except she (and apparently 95% of the family) doesn’t like Paul (Edward in the movie AKA the fiancée)
  5. The fiancée is a jerk
  6. Kit (Jeff) and Bianca (the sister, forget her name in the move) actually stay together, they run off together after the honeymoon.
  7. Josh (Nick) isn’t an escort.  He was filling in for an actual escort, since his friend was running the company. 

Now unlike The Jane Austin Book Club, Asking For Trouble is equally as enjoyable as the movie.  Its just that they are almost two different stories.  And if I had to choose, I’d probably choose the movie.  If only because I hate that Kit/Jeff won in the end of the book and that Paul was a jerk.  Edward is lovable in the movie (half because of the character, half because Its Jack Davenport.

I’m going to be posting again tonight to get my entries up to the correct number.  I’m two down (one after this entry) from being an entry a day since I started.