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The People vs. George Lucas
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I love Star Wars just as much as the next person. However, unlike more than two thirds of the interviewees in this documentary I don't feel the need to put George Lucas on a pedestal as if he is the one thing everyone should worship. George Lucas is an ordinary human being who did what he did out of passion and his love for telling stories the way he wanted to, the fact of the matter is that these particular interviewees are part of a generation who experienced what they experienced and are literally 'outspoken'. I also hate the fact when someone admits they like something that someone else prominent in this documentary doesn't like they'll say "You're Wrong". Thus this so-called-documentary comes off as a biased attack at things associated with Star Wars we've all heard especially here on the internet. Worst of all I couldn't stand the film not trying to imply any prejudicial claims against George Lucas. Sure, I have my criticisms for George Lucas especially when it came to his creative decisions and times he for any lack of better words 'overstepped the line'. I find it to be an inexcusable and inhumane misinterpretation on Lucas' part who I believe deserves a lot more respect than the most vocal minority of Star Wars fans who continue to make ridiculous claims like "raped my childhood" 'pfft'. I'd rather have something on why there are generations that like what they like, not focused on a large vocal minority full of narcissistic views and opinions that think they're the center of the world more than the person they're talking about. This film is a reflection of itself; an outdated amateur display of pretentious commentary and online skits, devoid of credibility, insight or actual debate. If there're people who identify with those being focused on or interviewed in this film they might get some enjoyment out of it more than me. However, it makes fan culture look bad and hardly celebrates it enough to even recommend. Just Skip It!

Silence
Silence (2017)
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Martin Scorsese's quite full-on religious historical drama brings a very dark chapter of Japan's history to the big screen. Jesuit priests in the 17th century preaching their faith to a hidden groups of people, when the faith is also being outlawed by the authority. The biggest challenge of the main priests is to keep their faith with themselves or renounce it so that their souls may be saved. It's also a shocking factor how when others of the christian faith are praying for their salvation all they hear from their god is the titular 'Silence' from their lord. While Scorsese himself is no stranger to religious themes and motifs in his films, 'Silence' brings the personal conflicts of practitioners and followers up close and personal to the viewers, even in it's rich cultural setting it's a confronting undertaking. Scorsese once again proves himself to be one the finest filmmakers of his generation still able to craft films from the old classical age of cinema prevalent through the 20th century. Even in the 21st Century a film such as this is hard to come by especially from a director as fine as Scorsese. The film's scripting and motifs are engrossing as much as the cinematography is breathtaking and the acting is outstanding and feels incredibly real. While 'Silence' is a modern masterpiece in the making, it's also a cautionary watch for the faint of heart, though I can't deny it's 'outstanding' quality.

Kong: Skull Island
20 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

'One Beast of a Creature Feature' are the optimal words to best describe 'Kong: Skull Island', it's post-Vietnam War setting offers a very different piece of social commentary to the contextual issues surrounding the characters, almost as if it's taking it's cues from 'Apocalypse Now'. The exotic beauty of the Skull Island and the eye catching visuals of the special effects make this film to be the optimal pop-corn 'Monster Flick'. I also must address the formulaic structure this film may fall into otherwise, a good creature feature doesn't come the cost at the design of the monster or the role it may play, but it has to have the type of impact a film's character's can face off. I don't know which element is more vital or less touched on, but as someone whose liked both Legendary Pictures 'Pacific Rim' and 2014's 'Godzilla' (which this film ties into, not really a spoiler). I feel the strength of this film like Legendary Pictures other films come at the scope and realization of how 'real' the monsters can be especially when the impact of the monster impacts the films characters well enough only then can it then be classified as an entertaining feature. As for the human characters, sure they're stereotypical though the (albeit, Talented!) actors fill in their personalities and it's enough to be invested in for the long run. Overall, I had a great time with 'Kong: Skull Island' it's a recommended creature feature that may not thrill everyone though it delivers on the goods and stand on it's own as a King Kong film.

Logan
Logan (2017)
26 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It only takes a film like "Logan" to really show a certain franchise, genre or trend can survive in a long term. This also shows Jackman's Wolverine is more closer to the actor's age than previous film's might of shown. The tonal shift is also refreshing as this is the most violent Wolverine film to date, though as time tells the studio had it coming, especially given the edgier, gritty and perverse nature of the narrative. The film is also reminiscent of Westerns, particularly "Unforgiven" giving our characters a lot more thoughtful depth and dimension, very much especially for Logan and Charles Xavier being built on the franchise as a whole. The supporters are memorable especially for how much they help our leads (X-23, particularly!), the villains however are a mix of one dimensional players and chaos brokers. The pacing moves steadily throughout the first and third acts though it meanders for the second act as in to fill in some more drama and binding for our characters. Nonetheless the action is superb no other word than 'Brutal' can be used to describe the overall film. It makes the most of it's premise, characters and tonal shift to give us one of the most unique and incredibly satisfying bow outs for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, it's possibly close to being the finest we've seen from the comic book franchise and genre to date.

Moonlight
Moonlight (2016)
26 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

2016's Best Picture Winner is a semi-autobiographical film that focuses on a life growing up in the most estranged places in America. A unique and investing drama that may not use real acting talents half the time though the film will explore it's setting and characters to find it's own sense of remarkable beauty, brilliantly brought to life by the directing and cinematography. When it comes to peeling back the layers of the film, Moonlight isn't all too confronting though when the pace drags and meanders it's a fascinating watch something I kinda wish I saw earlier before it's odd Best Picture Winning at the Academy Awards.