Directors ► Matt Johnson
Writers ► Matt Johnson, Josh Boles
Genre ► Thriller, Found Footage, Conspiracy
Release Date ► 2016-01-22 (Sundance), 2016-09-16 (Theaters), 2017-01-03 (Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital)
Running Time ► 94 minutes (1 hr, 34 min)
It’s been a very long time since my last Cinema Landscape and it’ll probably be a while until the next. However, I’m going to take the same approach I’ve been taking with my Gaming Landscape series and just write about the movies I’ve seen that I actually have something to write about and post one of these when I have enough material. So with this bit of house cleaning done, here is my Cinema Landscape as of February 16th, 2016: Hotel Transylvania 2, Sicario, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and Mad Max: Fury Road.
Just can’t seem to stay consistent with these Cinema Landscapes, can I? That’s because I don’t watch enough movies! Oh well. I’ve got enough to talk about today!
It has been a while since I’ve done one of these! I have four movies to talk about this time so lets get into it.
Keanu Reeves kills a bunch of people because some punks stole his car and killed his dog. That’s it. That’s the movie. If that sounds bad to you, then my work is done and you don’t need to read the rest of this review. If you think that could be cool or fun in a popcorn kind of way, you’re wrong. No, shut up. YOU’RE WRONG! However, if you think this looks awesomely bad and a great movie to make fun of, then you would be right. This movie is all kinds of stupid and a lot of things about it just don’t work. But for the sake of professionalism, lets give you the premise and some positives about the movie because there are a few. A couple. One. There’s just one.
Peace and love, cinephiles! Welcome to my inaugural edition of My Cinema Landscape. If you are familiar with My Gaming Landscape, this is the same idea but with movies. I’ve been watching a lot of movies recently and I’ve wanted to write about them but haven’t had the time to write about them individually, despite my best efforts. Therefore, like My Gaming Landscape – where I write about my thoughts on games I’ve been playing recently – My Cinema Landscape will be about movies I’ve watched recently. They will be informal mini-critiques and impressions and not meant to be comprehensive in the way a full blown review would be. With the post being explained, let’s talk about three movies I’ve seen recently.
I’m not entirely sure what I expected from an AVGN movie. I guess not this but somehow, not anything else either. I’m a big fan of the Angry Video Game Nerd. A friend of mine introduced me to him via his Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm St. episodes. I’ve since then watched all of his AVGN videos as well as James Rolfe’s other work, such as Board James, James and Mike Mondays, and You Know What’s Bullshit. The Angry Video Game Nerd at this point is a internet personality legend and it makes perfect sense that he would star in a movie. But does the Nerd’s appeal withstand a nearly two hour movie?
Get On Up is a strange film. The beginning of the film starts with a unflattering portrayal of its main character, there are numerous instances where the main character breaks the fourth wall, and the film is littered with random flashbacks and flash forwards. These strange quirks give the film a strange tone that only starts to dissipate towards the end of the film and it ultimately prevents Get on Up from being a great film. However, it’s still a fascinating look at one of music’s most charismatic performers that also manages to differentiate itself from other bio films based on musicians.
I like movies but I never watch them. I enjoy watching them as I find myself creatively intrigued by most movies but I never find the time nor the patience to sit down in one place for around two hours. However, I want to see more and broaden my horizons so I’m hoping this new blog series will inspire me to watch more movies. I don’t really have a name for it other than “So I Saw…” so suggestions are welcome. Otherwise, this will be an impressions blog where I just write about my initial impressions of a movie I’ve seen for the first time.
So I saw a movie called A Little Help today. It stars Jenna Fischer as a mother whose husband dies and needs to pull her life together for herself and her son. I thought this movie was okay. Perhaps even good. Right off the bat, I’ll say that Jenna Fischer is good in this movie. She doesn’t give a Oscar winning performance or anything but she plays reserved yet weathered but a bit immature well. Her character Laura makes one bad decision after another and they don’t necessarily seem bad at the time but are definitely impulsive and a result of her grasping at straws as she tries to find some form of happiness. This is also however because she is not a strong person and she is really oblivious to why these things are bad ideas. She never shouts back at her problems, except at the dog next door that constantly is barking. At one point, her son (SPOILERS) lets the dog loose in an attempt to calm her down and when the neighbor yells at her and calls her a bad mother for raising a “monster”, she just goes and looks for the dog and takes the neighbor’s abuse.