Spoiler Free Review Presents: Captain Phillips

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Plot

Captain Phillips, played by Tom Hanks, boards a ship to take food and water to Mombasa. The trip will take them around Somalia. Wary of heightened pirate activity in the area, Captain Phillips is putting his crew through test emergency drills to help them prepare when the attack happens. The rest of the movie basically centers around the Captain attempting to save his crew and cargo with little, to no regard for his own safety.

EXECUTION

The beginning established the characters on both sides. I really respected the fact that they at least tried to show how poverty-stricken Somalia really is. It gave the pirates a more realistic feel. However after that opening sequence we don’t get much of that and it frequently delves into the “corny” realm. The acting and direction were superb, it’s just the lines were a tad banal.

Music

A few popular tunes here and there such as Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.” Mostly silence or a nice film score composed by Henry Jackman(Kick-ass,Xmen first class,This is the end). While the music did help create a nice suspenseful mood, it wasn’t intrusive.

Cast

Directed by

Paul Greengrass

Produced by

Michael De Luca
Dana Brunetti
Scott Rudin
Kevin Spacey
Written by Billy Ray

Starring

Tom Hanks
Barkhad Abdi
Music by Henry Jackman

Cinematography Barry Ackroyd

Editing by Christopher Rouse

Rating

3-stars-out-of-5

While the acting and direction were great, the movie is undeniably boring and a little corny. Tom Hanks’ performance was great but it was like watching CNN for 2 hours, yes it’s entertaining, but it gets real old, real quick. All in all I’d say catch this on DVD but there are other movies out there that I wish I’d spent my money on.

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Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industries

The Spoiler Free Review Presents: The Conjuring

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Recently I was able to take some time and go to the movies all the way out in Jersey. Its been a long time since I was actually scared in a movie theater and I’d heard good things so I figured what the Hay, lets check it out.

Plot

The year is 1970 something as they are wearing bell bottoms and saying things like “groovy” and “far-out”. The place is a farmhouse in Rhode Island. A family moves into the farmhouse and almost immediately begins experiencing paranormal activities. After a while they call on the famous Demonologist Ed Warren and his clairvoyant wife Lorraine to help cleanse their house.

Execution

All in all this movie was pretty well executed. Its different from today’s horror films in that the gore isn’t the main focus(I actually put overly gory horror films in their own category: Gore Fest). The scares are actually legitimate and well thought out. Even when you know somethings coming you’ll still jump because of how they present it to you. Having grown up reading just about everything Stephen King could crank out I don’t scare easily these days, but even I jumped a few times.

Music

The use of music in this film was pretty effective. I loved the use of ┬áthe song Time of Season. It didn’t fit, but it did…its just one of those great choices that are made in films from time to time.

Rating

4 starsFour stars! It was a solid storyline, great acting, great direction, and interesting characters. The atmosphere was creepy and the ending was pretty cool too. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star rating is that I wanted to be scared MORE. Less “Gotcha” scares and more legitimately freaked out scares. Overall though I’d say go see this movie in theaters!

If you’ve seen this movie and you have anything to add feel free to comment below!

I know its been more time between posts but hey I’ve been writing a screenplay! I’ll be uploading the logline and the first 15 or 20 pages (yes its WGA registered) tomorrow if anyone wants to take a peek. It’s a sci-fi/action called Kingdom, Come. I hope you’ll check it out and leave feedback!

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The IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT REVIEW-Bridge On the River Kwai

This movie came out in 1957 and stars none other than Obi Wan Kenobi. (Alec Guinness, who by the way would have stopped reading right there, but you won’t because you know Star Wars is awesome). Anyway this is widely regarded as one of the best, if not THE best, films ever made. Let that sink in, Best….Ever…EVER. Yeah you should watch this and I’ll explain why in more detail…..NOW.

It’s world war II, British prisoners are sent to a Japanese prison camp in western Thailand. They are made to do manual labor and this is where the first conflict arises. Their leader, played by Guinness, informs their captors that according to the Geneva Conventions that all officers are exempt from manual labors. Saito, The colonel of the Japenese camp (Sessue Hayakawa) slaps him with the copy of the conventions. He then throws him into “the oven”, an iron box in the heat without food or water.

The entire film is an examination of the human condition, spirit, and performance under stress and pressure. How doggedly someone can pursue something under these terrible conditions that they may even forget who they really are.

Another side to this film is that one prisoner escapes this is Commander Shears(William Holden) of the United States Navy. His story is extremely interesting to say the least, and he eventually gets sent back in order to find and destroy the bridge that is being built.

Everything combines in a beautiful display at the end that leaves you satisfied but wanting to watch the movie all over again. Great writing, acting, directing, and the location looked amazing.

It won SEVEN Oscars read em and weep full house! Flush? (idk don’t play poker ha!)

Best picture, Best director, Best Actor, Best writing(screenplay based on material from another medium, Best Music, Best film editing, Best cinematography.

It won 3 BAFTA awards, Best british film, Best film from any source, Best British Actor.

It won 3 Golden Globe Award, Best motion picture, Best director, Best actor

It has also been selected for preservation in the U.S.A National film registry. An honor I actually hold higher than the Oscars (a topic for another blog).

SO the bottom line is, IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT grab it on blu-ray or DVD today, get some popcorn and watch it several times to make up for not seeing a movie that’s probably older than you!

Here’s the full list of stars and directors etc.

Directed by David Lean
Produced by Sam Spiegel
Screenplay by Carl Foreman
Michael Wilson
Based on The Bridge over the River Kwai
by Pierre Boulle
Starring William Holden
Alec Guinness
Jack Hawkins
Sessue Hayakawa
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Editing by Peter Taylor
Studio Horizon Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
2 October 1957
Running time 161 minutes
Country USA/UK
Language English
Budget $3 million (estimated)
Box office $33.3 million (in U.S.)

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That Wiseguy