Movie thoughts 5-26-2018

It is odd watching a Dirty Harry movie in 2018. The rogue cop character is a bit less appealing these days. Not to get very political but real life rogue cops have been in the news in the last few years and now maybe the rogue cop idea is less appealing than it used to be.

One of the podcasts I listen to is 80s All Over hosted by two film critics and recently they talked about the film Stroker Ace. The hero of the film played by Burt Reynolds gives a female character, who doesn’t drink, champagne but says it is nonalcoholic.  That is creepy and we’re supposed to still like the guy. It gets worse. It was a different era but that was creepy.

 

 

 

 

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Thoughts on re-watching Time Cop

Jean Claude  Van Damme probably doesn’t have a classic movie on his resume but this is a good one. He plays a cop who tries to prevent people from time traveling and changing the past. Ron Silver stars as the evil Senator(his party affiliation is not mentioned).

Van Damme is likeable and Mia Sia was good as his wife. She doesn’t get a lot to do. Silver is good as the evil Senator and there are a few nice time paradoxes along the way.

As I said Van Damme doesn’t have a classic film on his resume but he has made some good films. This might not be in his top five but it might be in his top ten. It is worth seeing again if you haven’t seen it in a while.

 

 

Movie thoughts 5-21-2018

I watched a Dirty Harry movie recently and it is funny how short the closing credits are. I didn’t time them but they seemed to be under 2 minutes. Some movies today have five or six minutes of closing credits even without mid-credit scenes. It was a different era.

I am not sure why the Baywatch movie doesn’t work. Maybe it is the tone. Maybe it is the writing but I tried to watch it twice and lost interest both times. Maybe it is not worth figuring it out. Does this reveal the limits of Dwayne Johnson’s talents, that he can’t redeem any movie he is in?

Solo opens this week. Finally. Some reviews are already out and there are some good reviews. There are some bad reviews too and at least one that suggests the movie is dreadful and making it was a waste of time. I might not go see it. I have no idea yet.

 

 

 

 

Thoughts about Deadpool 2

Well, I don’t think Green Lantern is as bad as the vast majority of fans do. If there is a third Deadpool movie, I hope there won’t be another joke about Green Lantern. (Also that movie came out in 2011.) I have seen worse movies than Green Lantern in theaters.

Ryan Reynolds returns as Deadpool in this movie. Cable, a soldier, from the future has come back in time to kill a young mutant with fire based powers. Deadpool assembles a team to stop him. (I will avoid plot spoilers.)

It was nice to see  Negasonic Teenage Warhead again but she does not have much to do. It is nice that she has a girlfriend and it is nice that we don’t learn that in an interview, or some other comment, after the movie.

Cable as a serious character plays well off of Deadpool. They had a comic they co-headlined together. Josh Brolin is very good as Cable. He is having a good year.

The movie is good. There are some nice music choices. It is jokey but not too jokey. The action scenes are well staged and one villain that I was not expecting showed up.

I would like to see another Deadpool movie or an X-Force movie. I am not sure if anyone really knows what the future of the X-Men franchise is in light of the Fox/Disney deal.

T.J. Miller is still in this film, despite recent allegations about him. Some of them are pretty serious, so it is a surprise he is still in the movie. To be honest he doesn’t have a large role, so he can be ignored. I think he could have been dumped.

Thoughts about not being multitalented

Not everyone is multitalented. It is okay though. Sometimes people have a few talents but they are very good in using those talents. Eddie Murphy, for example, is a gifted actor and comedian but he only directed one movie and decided not to direct others. (He was, at the time, a big enough star that he could have gotten more chances to direct if he wanted them.)

Some actors are also good writers and some singers are or become good actors. Soem singers actor as a hobby and enjoy it but don’t seem to want to carry a film or a TV series. Some actors want to sing. However some people have a talent or skill but not other talents. Some comic book artists become good comic book writers and some don’t.

I am not sure where the desire comes for some actors to want to write or direct. Is that they want more control over their projects? Or is it a desire to see if directing or writing will help their acting? That desire comes to a lot of actors.

Movie Thoughts 5-14-2018

Deadpool 2 opens this weekend. I hope it is good. Previews have looked good. It should be fun to see X-force come together.  It would be nice if the movie is under 2 hours.

Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party did not screen for critics early and reviews are bad. A lot of critics are comparing it to Back to School and some YouTube critics suggested just watching Back to School instead of going to the movie. I am not a fan but it seems that critics don’t like the movies McCarthy co-writes with her husband Ben Falcons (who directs).

I would be okay with a Pitch Perfect 4 if it had a new cast.  Maybe a movie about the Treblemakers could be fun.  However I guess I am okay with the third movie being the last one.

If you stop watching a movie after 10 minutes or less and then watch an animated movie you have already seen, does that say more about you or the movie that you stopped watchingq? I started Baywatch but lost interest. However Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is still good.

Thoughts on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Dane DeHaan stars as a space cop named Valerian in this movie. Cara Delevingne stars as his partner Laurline. This movie is inspired by a series of French comic books. They are investigating a case that involves a strange alien creature and a possible cover up.

It is not bad. It looks very pretty  and there is a huge space station where humans and hundreds of different aliens live. (It probably looked amazing on the big screen.) This is like Babylon Five in theory but it looks different because it was assembled by several alien races.

Dahan has talent, he was good as Harry Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man 2, but he is a bit miscast in this. Charming Rogue is what he is going for but he misses the mark. Cara Delevingne is better, I think she has been good in everything I have seen her in. They save each other. Clive Owen has a supporting role and so does Rihanna.

It is worth renting or borrowing from a library. It might not be worth buying.