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Warm Bodies

This off-the-wall different movie is one of my favorites. Certainly the plot of it is somewhat illogical, but when you are dealing with zombies, what’s really logical about any of it? I like this film because it’s one of the only ‘walking dead’ movies and tv shows that’s about hope. Most of the time, it’s always about accepting that the world has, in essence, ended. The inner monologue of R, the zombie main character, is really what makes the film. It has a good feel to it and a great soundtrack.
The movie is about R, a zombie who has an interesting way of looking at the world. That is, he can think at all. When he meets a young living woman he feels something shifting inside of him. Together, they try to figure out once and for all what zombies really are.
I have to say, this is one of those films that most critics agree was pretty well done. It played off the incredulity of it with a subtle underlying light-hearted humor that really gave the entire feel of the movie. It didn’t overstate the importance of the moral, but didn’t downplay it either. The characters were interesting and enjoyable. The movie was to the point and didn’t go off on any side plots. Definitely suggest this one to anyone.

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Spellbound

 

What a WOW movie! This movie has some of my favorite qualities that I love in film: a realistic romance, on-point humor, a ridiculously handsome lead, good acting and a fantasy quality. It maybe had a couple awkward dialogue moments, but isn’t that how it is in life, sometimes? We say things that are off-point or completely inappropriate when we have a slip of the tongue. Honestly, this movie was really well done.

Spellbound is about Yeo Ri, a young woman, who has been living a solitary life away from everyone. One day she meets a young magician who hires her to help with a new act: one about ghosts. Unfortunately for Yeo Ri it’s no act. She is haunted by vengeful ghosts, one in particular, who refuses to let her have happiness. What is she to do then when her new boss starts pulling her back into the world of living, can she really risk being happy or will it spell the end to the relationship before it even begins?

I don’t know what it is about Korean paranormal stories that make me go running toward it instead of away. I’ve never been much for the whole ghost thing, but the way they are portrayed in movies like this and shows like Master’s Sun is just so intriguing. The characters in this are also really fun; they have such honest reactions to things. They just felt so genuine. The comedy is so great that I was just laughing uncontrollably. My face actually hurts. At the same time, I was always at the edge at my seat. The imagery of the movie was also beautiful; it’s pure art sometimes.

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Nerve (2016)

 

So, I’m not going to lie, I became a little obsessed with this movie. I don’t know if it just hit a particular nerve for me (no pun intended), but I really thought this movie was fantastic. I read one review where someone said the characters were stereotypical and flat, but I agree only as far as they are the everyman. The characters were people we know all too well: the smart girl who gets overshadowed by the more flamboyant friend, the flamboyant friend who pushes to be liked too hard, people like that. The story was a large, progressing journey that kept the watcher (again no pun intended) interested and engrossed as it shifted and changed into different dynamics.

The story is about Vee, a senior in high school who has lived a reserved and safe life thus far. With her adult life at her doorstep she finds her teetering on the edge of what she wants to do and what is expected by her mom, but finds herself lacking in the courage to face her fears and tell the truth about her dreams. A new game online called Nerve (a Truth and Dare – high risk game – without the truth) is the furthest thing from her mind, but one last push from an embaressing encounter in front of her friends and her crush sends her headlong into the questionable game. Her first dare to kiss a stranger lets her meet Ian, another player. The Watchers push them to team up and, at first, Vee starts seeing a different side of herself. But things start shifting in the game and it soon becomes clear that this game has a much darker side to it.

So, for most people the first thing that comes to mind is the comparison to the new Pokemon Go app. It’s not hard to see how a game like this could actually happen; in fact, many of the responses I saw in the theatre were the same as the Watchers in the movie. The message is clear and laid-out: be careful of getting obsessed with the digital world and the dangers it can pose. Besides that I thought that the chemistry between the two leads was exemplary. The film itself was pure art; the play between camera shifts (from ‘hand-held’ first person to normal) and then the interactive graphics that let the audience feel like they were one of the Watchers in the movie at times. It really made for a fun film. I’d highly suggest this movie.

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Alice: Through the Looking Glass

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Alright, so this movie was highly anticipated for me. I loved the first Tim Burton film and I couldn’t wait to see the continuation. Despite the course reviews I had skimmed that claimed the movie was “without plot” and just a jumble of high-end graphics, I have to disagree thoroughly. The plot was clear and had a firm moral setting for life (just like the first) and the graphics were STUNNING. Mia Wasikowska does not disappoint as Alice and it is her beautiful and honest acting that takes the audience from one story to the next.

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, but the story is based on the book, “Through the Looking Glass”. How much so and how much it differs, I don’t know; I haven’t gotten the opportunity to read the Alice books yet. In this story, Alice returns to Underland to save the Hatter. She must face off with Time, itself, and a familiar foe: the Red Queen. Can Alice stop Time or is it all inevitable?

Some of the best things about this movie is the stunning graphics and the return of my favorite characters. Perhaps the very direct moral point of the story can be somewhat cheesy to some, but I think it’s refreshing. Most of the directors today are so determined to be new and fresh that they go out of their way to be complicated with large interweaving stories and tons of characters with no clear purpose to the movie, except the large climax at the end. Through the Looking Glass is a fun, exciting tale about accepting and understanding Time as we get older.

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Jungle Book (1994)

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This live-action rendition of the book is a marvel. It has wonderful characters and a story that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Anyone who has seen the animated Disney story will see all the small nods towards it in this film, but it stays its own story. The CGI and green screens are the only noticeable things in this that aren’t up to par; it’s noticeable but not so bad that it takes away from the movie.
In this version of Jungle Book, Mowgli is a young boy who ends up in the wild jungles of India after his camp is attacked by Shere Khan, the Tiger King. He and his pet wolf are taken in by a family of wolves. He grows up under the Jungle Law (only kill to eat) away from humans when he suddenly meets a young British woman. She, after much persuading from her father, brings Mowgli to their home to teach him the ways of being Human, but not everyone is pleased by this strange wild man nor is he convinced that the Human Laws coincide with the ways he was taught in the jungle.
This movie is a personal favorite. It really demonstrates how pure and innocent the animal world is and how the jungle is a place deserving of respect. I really liked how this movie is set when Mowgli is older because there is a certain level of darkness that can be demonstrated better that way. I also have to say that the guy who plays Mowgli is just amazing. The things he manages to demonstrate with just body language is amazing. I wish I could say go watch it, but that’s actually pretty hard. Disney has stopped making this film, so copies of it go for almost 200 dollars online. I chanced upon it at a pawn shop recently, so I was lucky.

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Mockingjay Part Two

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So, this film is very turbulent. The war has gotten serious and the lines on both sides have been crossed. I think this film was still a great ending to the saga, not only because they stayed true to the book, but because they did a great job on balancing everything. I know that the ending seems odd to some, but that’s how it was done in the book. If you don’t understand the reasoning behind it then I’d suggest reading Mockingjay which perhaps better expressed it.
The fourth film finds Katniss in emotional turmoil. She tried so hard to get Peeta back, but he’s been brainwashed and tortured by the Capital until he barely resembles the man she knew. She’s struggling to continue to be the face of the Rebellion realizing now how much strength Peeta had given her all this time. The war’s atrocities continue to rise and Katniss begins questioning what lines should be crossed, but she’s helpless to stop anything as she realizes that she’s just a pawn. The Girl on Fire has to decide whether to stay and do what she’s told or follow her instincts and do what she believes is right.
The sheer scale of this film is amazing and the tone is so different compared to the first two films. Which, in my opinion, was necessary; it wasn’t a game anymore. The sheer level of war is terrifying and I think the director showed that. War has different aspects: the planning and discussions over a table in safety, the hurry up and wait moments and the battles where things are messy and plans are tossed out the window. It’s also in the moments when the characters have to just forgive and let go of things that happened in the heat of battle because they can’t do anything else. One mistake could turn the tables on the war and staying alive was like nothing they saw in the games, because there was seemingly no end.

 

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Mockingjay Part One

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I already know that a lot of people did not like part one at all. It was too boring and too slow… so many things like that. I have to whole-heartedly disagree though. If you’re looking for a series that’s all about the action and main stream entertainment then you are looking at the wrong group of movies. From the very beginning Hunger Games has been about more than just action and a strong female lead. It has a very strong moral point to it; it’s about people and what they do to each other, how they are affected by war, and how people can change into either heroes or monsters.
Part One of Mockingjay finds Katniss in the mysterious District 13 where she finds the heart of the rebellion. Peeta, along with two other Victors, have been taken by the Capital. Katniss decides to be become the face of the Rebellion after finding out her home has been destroyed with only one main demand: the Rebellion must make an attempt to rescue Peeta and the other victors.
I know that this movie moves very slowly, but I think it was necessary. If the two film had been put together a lot of the little nuances would have been lost and it would have become way too convoluted. I think it was important that this film addressed the changing world and the part that Katniss was going to have to play in this war. Without the subtleties of motion and pacing that they used in this film I think the emotional and moral point of the story would have been lost in a whirlwind of activity. And I know I’ve said this a lot, but it’s the emotional turbulence through the eyes of Katniss that readers loved; it was through her eyes that they got to see the Capital and their atrocities. Also this film really needed to address the different facets of the building war so that people could understand everything that was going on. One film wouldn’t have been able to do all that.