Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]
TVBuzz is open for new registration.

Join our community!

Username:   Password:
Add Reply
  • Pages:
  • 1
  • 3
In theaters now or coming soon
Topic Started: Jan 6 2011, 07:23 AM (6,196 Views)
tgir
Elite Members
[ *  *  *  * ]
Also saw John Wick because hubby wanted to see a violent film. It was that. Spoiler unless you've seen previews: a dog is killed which is a large part of what fuels the violence.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
tgir
Elite Members
[ *  *  *  * ]
I liked St. Vincent. It wasn't art but it was pretty good and had a good cast.

Wild is due to come out this week, I think. I really want to see that. I also kind of want to see Exodus. I remember all of the huge films based on the bible from my youth and I kinda want to see this just because...The new version of Annie and also Into the Woods might be good...
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
tgir
Elite Members
[ *  *  *  * ]
Went to see The Martian. In 3D actually, which is not my favorite format. I find it distracting and a bit dishonest, in a way. When I go to the movies, I know I am an observer. The premise of the film depends upon the separation between audience and performers/story, to the extent that when the 4th wall is broken, it is done for special effect. And yes, I've been to multiple theatrical performances with cast members interacting with the audience and sometimes, performing from the audience.

We saw it in 3D because that showing was more convenient vs our usual 2D viewing show times. I admit that I was curious to see how much 3D had improved since the last time I saw it which I think was Gravity, where I actually enjoyed the 3D aspects of the film. 3D enhanced the feeling of space, the vastness, the loneliness, the hazard.

I am not quibbling about the quality of the 3D in The Martian. It was quite good. I did not get a headache, as I did the first few times I tried 3D.

I just didn't think that it was important and for me, it was a distraction. Perhaps that's generational, but...


The film itself was really good. I haven't worked out all of the science, which is supposed to be very accurate, but a couple of things made me scratch my head a bit. One pretty big logic fail, I thought. It was kind of worked out but still.....

I don't see it as art, nor as a piece that makes us question our perceptions and assumptions about people, science, etc. It was more a celebration of both people, ingenuity, heroism, courage, and most of all: science.

I was intrigued by the story, on the edge of my seat, literally, for some scenes, quite fearful for characters although I was pretty sure what would end up happening. I was right.

Good performances all around, except that I did not like Jeff Daniel's performance. Or his character, but it felt very much as though he was just playing a more uptight version of characters I've seen him play before. His character was a stereotype and he didn't expand beyond type.

In a way, all of the characters were stereotypes and were stripped down pretty bare, with little embellishment. Matt Damon, of course, was the All American Hero. Which was cool. But that's what/who he was. And all he was called to do. While we saw some female actors and hispanic and black actors in roles we would not have seen them in a generation ago (yay! You don't have to be a white male to be good at science!!), their roles again were pretty much to type, with some of the minor roles actually being more than just stereotypical nerds.

The film skirted over what would have been crushing loneliness and isolation, blipped past what would have been some very serious dings to his mental health, pre-supposed that there would be zero microbial lifeforms on/in the soil of Mars which seems unlikely, and made some other assumptions about the light available for growing plants, which I doubt would be born out by hard science.

But hey! Science! That was the real winner here! And I am really, truly glad. I am glad that we have films now that tackle the real brass and tacks issues of the science of space exploration, hints at the genuine work that is done and evokes a sense of courage, tenacity, and dedication to the science of space exploration.

May it help to inspire the regeneration of our space program!
Edited by tgir, Oct 12 2015, 12:23 PM.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
tgir
Elite Members
[ *  *  *  * ]
I do agree, Krystal. But the truth is the main reason I liked Taken was Liam Neeson. Alien and Aliens were great. After that? Not so much. I loved the first 3 Star Wars, hated the next and will probably see the new one as it's getting good reviews. I only saw the first Jurassic Park but really liked it for what it was.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
tgir
Elite Members
[ *  *  *  * ]
Saw the original back in it's first run in theaters. We went with another couple to a dollar matinee. Had to dig in the laundry for missed change in jeans' pockets and in sofa cushions to be able to afford it. Had no idea what to expect. Ed and Grace had just said: you need to come with us to see this. It was terrific. A theater full of people, all cheering the way we did when we were little kids at Saturday morning matinees. Great fun. Saw all 3 in their first runs in theaters. THEN did the next one, which experience I cannot quite purge from my mind, try as I might.

Have heard enough to be looking forward to seeing this.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
tgir
Elite Members
[ *  *  *  * ]
Am seeing tonight in 3D.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
tgir
Elite Members
[ *  *  *  * ]
There was cheering but the audience had quite a few teen/ young adult boys.

Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
1 user reading this topic (1 Guest and 0 Anonymous)
« Previous Topic · Movies & Books · Next Topic »
Add Reply
  • Pages:
  • 1
  • 3