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The triumphant return of my “What I’ve Been Watching” segment! In case you haven’t been following me for that long, I used to have a weekly segment where I listed everything I watched that week and did a brief write up on each item. I stopped last summer right before the Fall semester started because with nursing school it was getting difficult to watch anything. So here’s a quick rundown of how it works. “New” are movies/TV shows that I watched for the first time ever, “Rewatch” are movies/TV shows I’ve seen before and watched again, and “Bought” is pretty self-explanatory. I just like to use this segment to keep track of what I’ve seen as well as shed some light on movies/TV shows I would recommend or not recommend.
- The Americans season 1 (Hulu) - 9/10
- Parenthood season 2 (Netflix streaming)
- The Cabin in the Woods (Blu-ray) - 9/10
- Star Trek Into Darkness - 8/10
- The Great Gatsby 3D - 7/10
- Starsky & Hutch - 8/10
- The Cabin in the Woods (Blu-ray)
I finished up the first season of The Americans and it is so good! Great character drama mixed in with ultra-tense scenes and some great action. One of the best new shows that I’ve seen and I can’t wait until season 2.
I’m really trying to like Parenthood more than I should just because it’s from Friday Night Lighters writer Jason Katims, but I’m finding it hard to attach myself to the storylines. Maybe it’s just because I’m so used to emotional extremes with shows like Breaking Bad and The Americans or profound shows like The Wire, but I don’t find much of the drama in this show compelling. This isn’t necessarily a knock on the show because obviously a show about a big family doesn’t have to have high stakes end of the world tension, but where a show like Friday Night Lights has such memorable characters and interesting drama, I haven’t found that to be the case in Parenthood with the exception of a few characters. The show has actually started to pick up some steam heading towards the last few episodes of season 2 so I’m liking where the show is headed.
I just saw The Cabin in the Woods and OH MY GOD it was awesome! I’ve heard great things about this movie but it completely delivered. A great subversive deconstruction of the horror genre that is both scary and flat out hilarious. This movie had a few scenes where I was in hysterics and had to rewind the movie to watch it again. I’m actually planning to rewatch it again soon to see what I can pick up the second time around.
I was in the mood for something light and inconsequential and Starksky & Hutch fit the bill quite nicely. I’m a little surprised how much general people hate this movie lol. It has a decent enough score on RottenTomatoes with a 63% but the audience score is 54% and the IMdB score is 6.0/10, which is really low for IMdB. This movie is hilarious! There are a lot of great comedic actors in this one that are right on the money. My friend Chris blew my mind when he told me that Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) directed this movie, I seriously had no idea!
I’m working on my review for The Great Gatsby 3D and you can check out what I thought of Star Trek Into Darkness right here.
It’s been a great first week of summer and I’m excited for the upcoming summer movie season!
“It’s bringing love! Don’t let it get away!”
“Break its legs!”
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The first Star Trek film kind of took everyone by surprise - including myself - by how much fun it was. It was an action packed summer blockbuster with a thrill a minute. I’ve never been a Trekkie but most people who were fans of Trek said that it basically bastardized what the franchise is about, which is space exploration and diplomacy between species, but what’s the alternative? Star Trek stays dead, so really which is worse?
My opinion of J.J. Abrams’s first Star Trek movie is that it’s great blockbuster entertainment but on a popcorn level. It was a movie that satisfied on a basic level of entertainment but rarely - if ever - got cerebral. I feel that Star Trek Into Darkness is very similar except amped up another notch. Bigger set pieces, more action, more laughs, basically if you liked the first one you will probably enjoy the second.
The biggest flaw of this film is that it feels like you can pick apart the actions and the logic of the characters to death if you wanted to, very similar to Iron Man 3’s logic at times. If you just come in to be purely entertained and not think about the themes or what it all means then you will be better off for it.
While I’ve never been a Trekkie, being a nerd in general means that I am familiar with some Star Trek lore. This film does feel like it’s playing to the nostalgia of fans and relying on it in order to succeed. I can’t say any more without spoiling the movie but if you are familiar with Star Trek canon then you will immediately notice it when you see it.
The main selling point of this film is the action and it is stunning. It feels like there’s always something going on in this film every 5-10 minutes. It never lets up and the pacing feels just right even though the film is over 2 hours long. The space jumping sequence was so damn beautifully executed, Abrams’s once again shows that he knows how to build up the tension in the scene with little details that make you anxious for the character’s safety.
I’ve got to give it up to the main trio of performers: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch. There were a few emotional scenes where my immediate thought was “this is cheap, they haven’t earned this” but then the performances just completely sold me that I was into it by the end of the scene. Cumberbatch is fantastic as usual and a total bad ass. Simon Pegg also has a lot more to do in this film and gets a lot of laughs. I will lament that Alice Eve once again has absolutely nothing to do in this film - which was similar to her role in Men in Black 3 last year - and is an extremely convenient plot point that is negated almost immediately. No idea why she was even in this film to be honest and I think she’s a promising young actor (watch Starter for 10, which also has Benedict Cumberbatch! Haha).
Star Trek Into Darkness is about as much as you can ask for from a summer blockbuster. It has great action set pieces, it’s beautifully shot, has good performances, and a lot of laughs. Movies like these are the reason we go out to the movie theater in the first place, to be transported into a world we’ve never seen and taken on a ride. Don’t miss this one in theaters.
Once Upon a Time in the West
(1968) PG-13 - 2hr 45m
This Sergio Leone classic, a tribute to Hollywood Westerns, stars Henry Fonda as Frank, a deft gunslinger hired by the powerful owner of a railroad conglomerate to kill anyone who derails the project. But Frank contends with the wrong person when he murders Brett (Frank Wolff), a landowner, prompting Brett’s wife (Claudia Cardinale) to hire two renegades (Charles Bronson and Jason Robards) to go after Frank.
8.7/10 - IMDB
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I honestly can’t decide whether I prefer this or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as far as the best western ever. If you haven’t seen this masterpiece of a film, add it to your Netflix queues!