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Review: Lost City of Z Print E-mail
Friday, 21 April 2017 04:11

 

 
Rating:  ZZ
 
By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  In the early 1900s, a military officer goes on a mission to map new lands in South America and finds adventure while searching for a lost ancient city.
 
The Good:  The acting in this movie overall was good.  Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) plays Percy Fawcett, a British army major turned cartographer and surveyor who is sent to explore some territory in South America.  What I really liked about this film was the narrative because it’s based on a true story and I wanted to see what was going to happen.  It was something I’d never heard of before and it was nice to watch something new.  
 
The Bad:  With the storyline being so interesting, the film somehow went flat with the execution of the story.  It was really long and there were long, drawn out parts of the film that didn’t seem to move anything forward and were thrown in as sort of decoration.  There were many times when I thought to myself “Alright, get to the point already”.  The film could have been more short and concise.
 
The Ugly:  The scenery in the movie is quite lovely.  It’s easy to understand Percy’s obsession and desire to keep going back to the Amazon.  Although there were some breaks in the story and sections that didn’t quite fit together, it was still a good adventure film to watch.  Just make sure you’re in the mood to watch a long, drawn out film.
 
 

 
 

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: Free Fire Print E-mail
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:43

 

Rating:  No Zs

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  When an arms deal goes awry, bullets start flying and everyone is a suspect in this witty action-comedy film by Ben Wheatley.

The Good:  The best parts about this film were the writing, the timing, and the actors.  All of these elements worked together so well that they made for a unique film.  Of course, there have been other films of this type, but what makes this movie stand out is really the comedy that the characters bring.  Brie Larson (Room, Kong: Skull Island) plays Justine, a smart and endearing gun broker who helps set up the sale of some guns for two IRA members.  Cillian Murphy (Inception, Peaky Blinders) plays Chris, a no B.S. IRA member who is also a somewhat nice guy with an apparent code of honor.  Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) rounds out this star-studded cast as Ord, a representative on behalf of the gun seller who doesn’t have his own agenda and is simply there to do his job.  Just about every character provides at least a small amount of comic relief, some more than others, but it was nice to know that everyone could be funny in their own way.

The Bad:  At one point, the plot gets so convoluted that you really don’t know what is going on.  That might have been the idea, to just make a huge mess, but it just didn’t come off very well.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a large amount of chaos and confusion, but when it got to a certain point I don’t feel that it was really doing anything for the plot or the film in general.

The Ugly:  This movie reminded me in part of a western, but also of a “who dunnit” type of film.  Everyone is out to get someone and many people end up not really knowing who to trust.  I am very glad that this film was a lot funnier than I thought it would be.  I think that is mainly what really made this movie.  If you like action and comedies, this is the movie for you.

 
 
 

 
 
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: Beauty and the Beast Print E-mail
Friday, 17 March 2017 05:28


Rating:  No Zs

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  The Disney classic of Beauty and the Beast, re-imagined in live action form, is the story of an egocentric prince who is turned into a beast and must learn to love and be loved, or he risks never being returned to his human form again.

The Good:  There are several words that come to mind when describing Beauty and the Beast, however, the word that sticks out the most is “magical”.  That is what this film was, magical.  It was close enough to the original to bring out the nostalgia, but also had subtle differences to stand apart from the original in its own way and that worked well for this movie.  Every single song from the animated feature was just as good in this adaptation.  Emma Watson shines brightly as Belle, the independent female protagonist determined to find adventure and live her life fiercely.  The entire film has an array of amazing supporting characters including Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as LeFou, and Luke Evans as Gaston. 

The Bad:  My only real qualm with this movie was with a few of the new songs that were added that were not in the original film.  Some of the new songs were just a little slow and I feel that a few of them could have been a little bit more up-tempo.  There was also a little bit more added to the storyline that I didn’t feel was completely necessary and could have been left out.

The Ugly:  All the splendor and grandeur of the animated feature was definitely captured to a degree that I honestly did not think was possible.  The music, the sets, the cast were all fantastic.  Anyone should watch this film for the Be Our Guest number alone.  This film, of course, is not and will never be the 1991 Beauty and the Beast, however, it comes very close! 






Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an 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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