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The Jackie Robinson story,

A story of courage, of hope, of racism

Well….

I just want to start out by clearing something up here. Chadwick Boseman was great, Harrison Ford was great. That part was good. But conceptually, an issue exists with this movie that really takes away from it.

                But we will get to that. Or I will get to that. Someone will get to that. Maybe.

Positive wise like I previously mentioned that acting was fantastic. At its core the story is one that needs to be told. I liked the connection that arises in between Jackie and his fellow ball players. That is cool. It essentially makes everyone into a villain, until they say their own banter about racism. Then you realise, hey he is actually a good guy.

                And the movie uses this to its advantage, as it should.  Powerful scenes exist throughout the film, like one where Jackie Robinson and Pee-Wee Reese pat each other on the back well an angry racist audience watches from their seats.  Or another were Jackie and his wife walk down the street and are approached by a white construction worker, who praises Jackie for what he is doing. That scene was powerful. Powerful scenes exist throughout.

                And the negatives. And there is really only one. And there is no answer. And I am typing ‘and’ a lot here.

                The film portrays racism in a pg-13 way that appeals to all. Well, maybe not.

                It is so watered down throughout most of the film that when it does arise it feels too contrived. Like something that just happened occasionally, when that was not the case. But if the film does accurately portray racism it gets stamped with an “R” rating and tons of baseball boys’ don’t get to see it. Or they do, because when has a rating ever really stopped someone from getting into a movie.

                So it is not what the film shows so much as it is what the film does not show.

                Anyway…..

                7.2/10 

I took a day off

So, we are bottoming out at a solid five views. If anyone ever reads this post, I’ll be surprised.

I took a day off, so it seemed fitting that the next movie be Ferris Bueller’s day off.

I truly enjoyed it. John Hughes continues to amaze me. The movie world is full of violence and gore, and John Hughes’ movies are full of feels and high school kids.

Ferris is no exception.

Matthew Broderick is a little off at times but his disputable charm really makes up for it. Matthew Broderick stole the show, but his friend Cameron (Played by Alan Ruck) was great too. It was just plain fun. The final scene, with Ferris racing to get back to his house in time was beautiful, it was all great.

But there is always negatives.

Matthew Broderick, as I previously mentioned seemed a little off at points. Moreover, the comedy element was hardly there, then again the Ducking Academy seldom laughs.

Overall, solid flick,

+Matthew Cuterick

+John Hughes’ style

+Ending scene

-Matthew is a bit off

-Comedy is so-so

8.3/10

The First Review.

“You really believe this story? I mean, Osama Bin Laden.”- Navy Seal that looks like every other navy seal in this movie. 

 

All right, let’s get to it. Review of Zero Dark Crappy. If that sentence doesn’t dictate the tone of this review, I don’t know what will. 

 

Before this goes on any farther I was sitting in the front row of the theater well watching this AND my popcorn had absolutely no butter on it. So because of the negative bias at the time, the epic tall of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden gets an automatic +1 on it’s score, which isn’t even really fair. But really, who cares about this post? Anyway, back to the point. 

 

A lot of controversy struck up about this films showing of “Brutal” torture scenes. Maybe my mind (Screwed up already) is just so damn desensitized when it comes to this, but I didn’t find them bad at all. Neither did the Academy. Anyway, back to the point once more. If they did not put these scenes in, I would have hated it. Backing out of something because it was, um, to intense I guess. However that didn’t happen, there’s a plus. 

Acting wise Zero Dark Thirty had a great performance from Jason Clarke as a CIA interrogator. When he announced they had “Killed his monkeys” I damn near cried. Who would kill a monkey? Is this Cannibal Holocaust?   Anyway, back to the point for the third time. 

Leading actress Jessica Chastain made me want to kill a monkey. Seriously bad performance, which sucked because she soaked up all the screen time, hunting this damn terrorist. She was so bad, she got nominated for best actress in a leading role. This Academy thinks she didn’t deserve that nomination, but then again we do not matter. 

A swift breeze of realization needs to blow through Hollywood: Import historical event does not ALWAYS equal good movie. Some do, such as Black Hawk Down. Some do not, like a more then a decade long search for a middle eastern guy with a beard. This gives Zero Dark thirty another negative, length. OH SO LONG MOVIES ARE BAD? Negatory, Madam Curry (Wait, that doesn’t even rhyme?). Django Unchained actually ran just over Zero Dark Thirty in regards to length, but still kept the Academy of Ducking glued to the screen (Well, not really glued, more interested) 

Zero Dark Thirty throws a million (Exaggeration) minor characters at you, all seemingly having middle eastern names that started with the letter ‘A’. Confusion sets over the theater as no one really knows anything about any of these characters. But unfortunately one constant remained, Jessica Chastain. Moreover, they’d throw in gun fights out of the blue every 30 minutes which almost made me poop myself, and I was a far way away from any bathrooms. 

For the amount of time it’s up on the screen, Zero Dark Thirty doesn’t really do much other then talk. Talk is good. Diner, good movie, good talking. Breakfast Club, good movie, good talking. Zero Dark Thirty is the bad type of talking. Long and hard to follow. It seems like it’s an action movie, full of US seals hunting down Bin Laden, but it is really, really not. It’s a rouse. It makes you think that’s what it is, then it talks for 2 hours. By that point it isn’t really the Hurt Locker. But then the last thirty minutes hit the screen. 

The Last thirty minutes were pretty awesome. Extremely cool operation pulled of by the Navy Seals. It seemed like they were trying to develop some characters within the Seals, but they all looked exactly the same. Regardless the scene was a great action sequence, but unfortunatly it couldn’t make up for the 2+ hours before. 

 

So now we’re at the part where I give it a rating out of ten. Originally I gave it an unfair one point bonus but because of Jessica Chastain it has been revoked. Way to go Jessica. 

ZERO DARK THIRTY

+Jason Clarke is a bad ass

-Jessica Chastain can not act. 

+Ending scene

+Torture scenes included

-length 

-Too many minor Characters

-Too much Jessica Chastain 

+Ending was great

-Poorly done with the seals 

5/10

Ouch, take that Jessica Chastain