Film

#GiftedMovie (2017)

Gofobo and AMC Stubs offered a complimentary screening of Fox Searchlight’s Gifted yesterday evening. It was a wonderful, heart-wrenching picture. Chris Evans headlines as Frank Adler, uncle to the precocious and uber talented McKenna Grace’s Mary, the gifted of the title. Jenny Slate, Lindsay Duncan, and Octavia Spencer round out the intimate cast. I had heard about Gifted last year and when the screening came up, I jumped at it immediately. Maybe it was a gaff on Gofobo’s part but you had to be an active member of the Stubs program in order to see the movie (it’s $15 bucks a year, and if you see movies as much as I do at AMC, it’s worth it). One gentleman in line heard an announcement they made that they would charge you the $15 at the box office window. He promptly dropped his confirmation email on the floor and walked right…

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Last night, I was able to finally see John Wick: Chapter 2 with my best friends to celebrate her birthday. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I knew exactly what to expect, and got it. You can’t ask too much of any action/adventure film anymore. Say what you want about Keanu, but you cannot take your eyes off of him. I’m not saying that as a red-blooded woman. Keanu has that power over all of us, just saying. I pulled up my review of John Wick. Here is a snippet of my initial observations: John Wick created a fun mythology that not a lot of films like to explore. Other films like to assume things of its audience, but John Wick remixed it and made it work. I like the idea that everybody knows everybody in the underworld, that there’s a hotel that caters specifically to assassins and there are guys…

Silence (2016)

I had the pleasure of seeing Martin Scorsese’s newest picture, Silence, at the Red Rock Casino Regal Theatres yesterday. I got my pass through Gofobo. They are reliable for complimentary movie tickets. As with anything free, always arrive as early as possible, even if you have to sit around. I arrived 15 minutes before showtime, and I ended up in the fourth row from the screen. Oops. Silence is a 2016 epic historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Sebastião Rodrigues, Adam Driver as Francisco Garupe, Liam Neeson as Father Cristóvão Ferreira, Tadanobu Asano as the Interpreter, and Ciarán Hinds appears briefly as Father Alessandro Valignano. The plot follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor and…

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

I apologize for the lack of interaction here. I’ve been swamped with work and school, as usual. I was able to shift a few due dates to appease my inner procrastinator, so I’m able to blog now! Cinemark had a winter classic movie series that played every week for the past month: Blade Runner: The Final Cut (which I missed but I’ve seen before and love), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) presented by TCM, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Blazing Saddles (1974), To Catch A Thief (1955), Pretty in Pink 30th Anniversary, and The Maltese Falcon 75th Anniversary (1941) presented by TCM. Thankfully they coincided with my 1 day off a week, whaddya know. I’ve seen them all except for Butch Cassidy, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon. I was able to see them all for $30. I couldn’t pass it up.…

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

I saw this movie a few months ago but I forgot I had this review in my files. On the surface, The Last Witch Hunter feels like Vin Diesel playing Vin Diesel in a Vin Diesel film, produced by Vin Diesel. And you may very well come away with that perspective, once you’re through. But if my 1.5 years in my writing program has taught me anything, it’s that the story takes precedence and it’s your job to tell the story to the best of your ability. The premise of the story is something I hadn’t seen before. The Last Witch Hunter is based on Vin’s Dungeons & Dragons character that he has played nearly all his life. I wonder what stats he earned doing this movie. I’m just kidding. I won’t explain the intricacies of D&D because no one has ever helped me learn, but I understand it because…

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