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Review: The Shape of Water Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 December 2017 05:43
 
 
Rating:  Z
 
By: Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  Elisa Esposito, a mute woman who works as part of a cleaning crew at a government facility, comes across a mysterious creature being held there.  She befriends the creature and hatches a plan to rescue it when she discovers that it is to be destroyed.
 
The Good:  The Shape of Water is a fantastically whimsical film.  Anyone familiar with Guillermo del Toro’s work knows that he is the master of creating magical worlds with creatures beyond the imagination.  The Shape of Water is no exception.  From the start we are shown a place that looks like one thing, but turns out to be something else.  The movie continues in this way and brings twists and turns back to back which ends up working very well.
 
The Bad:  There were a few things that I struggled with in this movie at first, mostly because they are fairly uncommon things seen in movies.  Even people acquainted with del Toro’s work may find certain aspects of this movie hard to accept.  Once you get past those things you can really see the film for what it is meant to be, which is essentially an abstract love story.  
 
The Ugly:  This film was good, but it is more of an acquired taste so to say.  It was very endearing and did have a great original story that also seems to have an underlying tone and could be a metaphor for our society today.  The best part of the movie was that, because its plot is unique, you really don’t know what is going to happen and can’t completely predict which way it will go.   
 
 
 


 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 

 

 
Review: The Disaster Artist Print E-mail
Friday, 24 November 2017 23:43
 
 
Rating:  No Zs
 
By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  Based on a true story, The Disaster Artist chronicles the making of quite possibly one of the worst films of all time:  The Room.
 
The Good:  Before seeing The Disaster Artist, if anyone had told me that James Franco (This Is The End, Why Him?) would be capable of directing a film in such a poignant way I probably wouldn’t have believed them.  Since James Franco is not usually known for thoughtful, dramatic roles, I wasn’t really expecting him to pull off a character who lacked any ability to act.  Not only does he completely nail his performance of Tommy Wiseau, he adds a comical charm to him that humanizes the character and in turn makes the audience sympathize with him.  His unique quirks and gestures seemed hilariously accurate as well as his interactions with the rest of the cast.  It was also nice to see James Franco acting alongside his younger brother Dave Franco (21 Jump Street, Neighbors) who plays Wiseau’s friend, Greg Sestero.  Their chemistry was a sweet one that really showcased the friendship between Wiseau and Sestero.
 
The Bad:  There aren’t many issues that I had with this film.  I almost wish it had been a little bit longer because I couldn’t get enough of James Franco as Wiseau.  It also would have been nice to see him interact a little more with some of the other actors in the movie, for example, with Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Journey to the Center of the Earth).  
 
The Ugly:  The Disaster Artist is one of the funniest films I’ve seen all year.  The writing, acting, and directing came together so perfectly in this movie.  Everything about it was funny.  Although you don’t need to see The Room to laugh through The Disaster Artist, anyone who has had to endure sitting through The Room will definitely appreciate The Disaster Artist and have a better understanding of why it is so funny.  

 

 
 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 
Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Print E-mail
Friday, 17 November 2017 22:39
 
 
 
Rating:  No Zs
 
By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  A woman has three billboards painted with a message directed at her town’s police chief after months have passed and still no criminals have been caught in her daughter’s murder.
 
The Good:  This movie was heavily driven by all of the characters and all of the actors did an amazing job in their roles.  No matter how big or how small the role was, the entire cast absolutely crushed their part.  There were some characters you liked, some you loved, and some you hated; the actor behind that character ensured that you would feel something, regardless if it was good or bad.  The caliber of acting by the cast as a whole is unparalleled.  Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous) is indescribable.  She is a classic mama bear who will stop at nothing to protect her family and get justice for her daughter.  Although she and the rest of the characters are deeply flawed, they are all still loveable in their own ways.
 
The Bad:  There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about this movie.  One small issue I may have had with it is that Peter Dinklage’s (The Boss, Game of Thrones) part wasn’t big enough.  His acting skill is superb and really didn’t get to shine for as long as some of the others did, but for the amount of time he did get, he was absolutely amazing.  The ending was also not a predictable ending, but if we remember that this film is more about the people than the story, it is a lot easier to accept the ending.
 
The Ugly:  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri can best be described as part drama, part comedy, and completely enveloping.  It grabs your attention from the very beginning and never lets go.  Although the storyline is not quite conventional, it is still a great story nonetheless and I think, mostly thanks to the actors portraying these great characters, many people will find it entertaining.  

 

 
 
Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 
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