I think you should watch.

So last night i decided to throw on a movie while i did some work for some backgroung noise as i so often do. as i was skimming my movie titles deciding on what movie to watch i quickly stopped on a movie i really really like but always forget that it exists so i decided to watch it.

Now why when someone asks me for a good movie recommendation or something they should watch my mind never really goes to Ladder 49, in fact i generally don’t remember that movie exists most of the time. But every now and again something will spark my memory and i will sit back and watch it. and it is great. I don’t know what it is but there is just something really wonderful about this movie.

Lader 49 was released in 2004 and followers the journey of firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) as he matures into a seasoned veteran. Jack reaches a crossroads,  as the sacrifices he’s made have put him in harm’s way countless times and has harmed his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a building. And is left to reflect on his life as he waits for rescue.

I nearly cry (I don’t because i am a man) every time i watch this movie. Joaquin’s performance is brilliant and you really feel the struggle he faces as he weighs the decisions in his life. As he sits and waits for rescue he has only the memories of his life. He sits in judgement of himself wondering if there was something he could have done better, and if he has done right by his family.

I’ve only actually watched this movie maybe 2 or 3 times because as i said i often forget about it. but every now and again I will be reminded of it or i will come across it in my library, toss it on the tv, grab a big bowl of buttery popcorn and sit back and enjoy. So I guess i’m going to call this my movie recommendation of the day. It is sure to not disappoint and it was a very riveting change (i have been talking about how movies haven’t been living up to hype these days). If you haven’t watched Ladder 49 your seriously missing out and should check it out.



It disapoints me, how disapointed I am

So although a lot of people have already seen it, Tomorrow I go and see Transformers 3 in theatres. I am really excited as transformers was and still remains one of my favorite franchises of all time.

I loved the cartoon as a kid, watched almost all of the spin offs (beast wars) so when i found out that Michael Bay was relaunching the franchise in 2007 I was pumped! and quite frankly he did not disappoint. Transformers was a great film. the explosions were awesome. the story was awesome. and the robots were awesome!. So when the second one was announced my first thought was AWESOME!

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed Giant Robots from outer space (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) as a movie about well giant Robots from outer space, but as a Transformers film I was disappointed. it didn’t focus on the Transformers (ya know… the movie isn’t called “Shia Lebeouf and Megan Fox in: My Boyfriend and his crazy robot friends’)

But more about my disappointment. Due to A lack of funds (broke student) and not a lot of time due to work (weird how I’m still broke) I have not gotten to see as many movies this summer as I would have liked. But out of the movies I have seen so far I can say the only one to NOT disappoint me was Super 8. Green lantern a movie I’ve been waiting my life to see left me walking out of the theatre ashamed to be wearing a green lantern T-shirt.

So as I enter transformers tomorrow night. I enter with high hopes and a barely mended heart. If Michael bay adds Transformers to the list of things that have disappointed me this summer I don’t know how I will ever be excited for a movie again. that being said It could be awesome! and I hope it is! I purposely have not been reading reviews because I don’t want to form an opinion before I see it.

All i know is Michael Bay has some faith to restore. hopefully he is up to the task.

Scream 4 Review

Scream 4

Just a quick impression of Scream 4 (Scre4m), not really a full review, but at least a relevant post.

Overall, I thought it was pretty good, an enjoyable, if only superficially so, way to spend a couple hours.

Scream 4 reunites the cast of the originals, with Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell reprising their roles, but it’s the newcomers that are forced to mostly carry the film. On the whole they do a serviceable job, hitting the horror beats, playing the victims and generally making us care about these doomed characters. While I felt the film nerd characters were enjoyable to watch, they felt too clichéd, and struck me as more of a way to explain the new rules to the audience than real people. The new additions did their jobs well, but it’s still the veterans stealing the show.

The whodunit aspect of the plot was well done, and I was genuinely surprised when the villain was revealed. I felt the first act dragged a bit, but the last half, and especially the last few scenes, more than redeemed it.

The main issue I have with the film is how much it simply coasts. While it continually makes reference to the ‘rules’ of horror films, and how Ghostface is updating them for the new generation of horror fans, it also falls into these tropes, ultimately failing to provide any real surprises or twists. There’s only so much a self-referential humour can do to save the films. The first Scream had it, this one doesn’t quite break even.

As someone who was relatively lukewarm towards the Scream series (and hasn’t seen the third one), and despite my complaints, I enjoyed the movie. It’s funny, it’s a worthy addition to the series, and it has some really good scenes once the movie gets going. If you like the Scream series, this is a strong showing, and you’ll certainly find a lot to like. If you aren’t a fan of the series, or horror films, I’d say wait for the DVD if you’re interested in checking it out. You won’t be disappointed.