Thursday, April 13, 2017

I Don't Always Watch Winners ..

Don't judge.





None of those three films have anything in common that would explain why I watched them. Simply put, I enjoy watching films. I like the variety. Except period pieces. Those, I can't stand. So be warned that you may not see many (or any) of these pop up from time to time.

Let's start with the good. In the order of which I would recommend watching, start with "Deepwater Horizon." A very well done film that provides you with a point of view that I have not heard before from this disaster. Peter Berg directed the film, and it stars Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell. Heck, I would even say John Malkovich plays a strong role in the story, albeit not a leading one. Wahlberg plays a chief mechanic on the rig, and Russell is the captain (or foreman) of the rig overall. The series of events that lead up to the disaster we all know is interesting, and puts what happened into context. The kind of context I was not familiar with and although you empathize with these characters, you do not forget what happened and how you felt about it as you lived through it.

The writing was solid, the visuals were great, and the acting was well done. I called out only a few of the actors, but the cast in general did a great job pulling it all together. Ethan Suplee has a role that was far more prominent than I expected, and he knocked it out of the park. I've been a fan of his for quite some time, and always enjoy seeing him work. Look him up on IMDb if you're not familiar with the name, you may be surprised that you recognize him too, by look of course. Again, definitely worth watching.

That is not say "Ouija: Origin of Evil" is not worth watching too. It is. I just realize that this particular genre is not everyone's favorite and therefore could be less entertaining. If you remember the first film "Ouija", and yes, it involves the board game of the same name, then this film tells the story of how the events in the first came to be. Yes, it is a prequel. It's a well done one at that. The writing did justice to the first film, and it stands very well on its own. It is creepy in all the right places, and funny when it can be too. The acting in this was so good given the age of the main actors. I was not disappointed. I would classify this as more of a suspenseful film, as opposed to the type that is gory or one that tries to make you jump every other minute. It's well paced, and well done.

And that is where the good stuff stops. I don't know if you have ever heard of "Max Steel", but I had not. I remember when the trailer came out last year, and I was intrigued. It seemed like an original idea, and usually, I am drawn to all things sci-fi-y. Then, I started reading a little more about it and saw that it was based on some comic or cartoon, I don't remember. Anyway, that did not deter me from being interested, because honestly, some of the stuff geared towards younger audiences is still quite enjoyable to those of us who pretend to be adulting most of the time. The movie came out and disappeared without a blip on the radar.

It wasn't until I saw it pop up on my DIRECTV VOD menu that I remembered being interested in seeing it. So yeah, that happened. I paid to watch it, in more ways than just monetarily. It is bad people. It was not enjoyable, it was not cute or funny. It was not all that entertaining either. Even with Maria Bello and Andy Garcia this film could not be saved. The writing was, well, flat. It seemed like there wasn't any passion when it was written or when the words were delivered on screen. It was just a bad experience from start to finish. Even the hook of the film, the main reason why I was interested, the "sci fi" element so to speak, was not that good. Was their humor? There was an attempt at it. But, the delivery fell flat.

There you have it. That brings you up to speed on what movies I've seen as of late. Feel sorry for me, or envy me that I have that much time. Either way, my pain is your gain dear reader. Until next time.