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‘Hostiles’ Is a Compelling Tale of Friendship and Forgiveness

I love a good Western. I always have. And after watching No Country for Old Men my intrigue in fantastic Western flicks has grown. So, yesterday, I watched a film that was said to be an enjoyable movie last year and that was Hostiles. This movie stars Christian Bale in a gripping story about a retiring soldier named Joe who is faced with the final task as a soldier to escort a group of Indians to their home. At first, the prospect of escorting the Indians to their reservation was repugnant to him, especially considering that the Indians’ leader, Chief Yellow Hawk, had brutally killed his friends in the past. But after he reluctantly took the job (he had a greater incentive when he was threatened to be court-martialed) the movie’s story began.

Hostiles is very much a film about companionship and the power of forgiveness. Each major character had faced some sort of tragedy and had perceived notions of those around them because of those tragedies.

SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Why, ‘Warcraft’, Why?

Remember nearly two and a half years ago when Warcraft, the film based on the highly-enjoyable, very popular MMO called World of Warcraft, charged into theaters? And remember when it turned out to be a flop, overall making a profit at least worldwide but proving the point that games can’t be turned into live-action films? Well, I missed Warcraft in the movie theaters two years ago but I did manage to see it when it was released digitally. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it at all. I was mortified that a game so epic could be turned into a movie so horrid and I vowed to never watch it again. Jump forward to this month and I somehow managed to get the nerve to watch it again.

Have you ever watched a movie, thought it was awful, and then watched it again and actually enjoyed it? Well, this was what I was hoping would happen on my second viewing of the film. It did not happen. I was able to enjoy it a little more than I did last time, for I was kind of able to grasp what the world was going on in its very confusing storyline, but overall I came away from the movie disappointed yet again.

And what makes it so agonizing is the film could’ve easily been a good movie but it had too many problems.

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‘Bridge of Spies’ Is a Riveting Political Thriller

A couple of years ago Bridge of Spies burst into theaters, accumulating immense praise from critics and gaining six Oscar nominations. I wasn’t super excited about seeing it but while rummaging through movies I ran into it and decided to watch it. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did but I have to say, it was a great movie.

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Bridge of Spies follows the true story of an acclaimed insurance lawyer named James B. Donovan who is hired to defend a Soviet Spy named Rudolph Abel. If he takes the case it could very well ruin his reputation for life but he feels it’s his duty to provide Mr. Abel. a fair trial and so he takes the case.

What seems like a simple case turns into something much larger in the tense throes of the Cold War as James B. Donovan finds himself assigned a mission to him by the CIA that could alter the course of history, for better or worse.

I’m not a big fan of slow movies with little music and lots of dialogue but this movie gripped me from the beginning and didn’t let go.

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‘No Country for Old Men’ Is The Western I Was Looking For

Growing up I was the biggest Country Western fan. I was (and still am) a HUGE fan of Gunsmoke and I loved Bonanza. Every weekday I would turn on my television around noon, watch a few episodes of Gunsmoke, watch a couple of episodes of Bonanza, and I was in bliss.

Recently I have veered away from Country Westerns but my love for the genre hasn’t faded in the slightest. So, on Thanksgiving night, after a day of feasting, watching sports, and spending time with the people that I love, my family and I all watched on No Country for Old Men for the first time. I was looking for a good movie that would end the evening with a bang and I ran across this film which I had heard was really good.

For two hours my family and I were sucked into a film so dark and completely riveting that by the end of the movie we couldn’t help but herald the movie’s quality. It was way better than I could’ve ever expected and its story was utterly captivating, in a slightly traumatic fashion.

(SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! Read no further if you want to avoid spoilers. Thank you for heeding this warning)

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‘Gravity’ Is Overrated

I love science-fiction films. There’s something so wildly imaginative of stories set within the science-fiction genre. My love for sci-fi films especially grew after I saw Interstellar for the first time four years ago in IMAX. It was honestly one of the trippiest and most incredible movie experiences I have ever had and even at home it still manages to wow me with its breathtaking visuals, the incredible musical score composed by Hans Zimmer, and its compelling story with a conclusion that makes me cry every time I watch it.

Since Interstellar I have become fascinated with science-fiction films that take imagination to the next level and try to tell an engaging story that leaves an impact on you. It’s why I went to see The Martian and Arrival in the movies theater and for the most part, enjoyed both of those films wholeheartedly.

Over the years I have heard brief mentions of a science-fiction movie that was supposed to be really good and that movie was Gravity. Yesterday I was scrolling through a bunch of free movies that were available to watch on my cable-device, Youtube TV, and to my great surprise, I ran into Gravity. I was elated. Finally, I would be able to see this movie that was supposedly so good it garnered 10 Oscar nominations, 7 of those 10 nominations becoming wins. I’ll talk about these nominations a little later but first I have to give you my opinion on the movie.

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‘Pocahontas’ Is An Ultra-Romantic Disney Movie

Through most of my years growing up, I didn’t watch Disney movies often. I remember, as a child, seeing Snow White and the Seven DwarvesAladdinTarzan, and Mulan but those were the only Disney films that I ever watched. It was only until recently that I started getting into the Disney classics as I revisited Mulan and Tarzan, rewatched The Lion King for the third time, and finally saw, for the first time, the classic Beauty and the Beast film after enjoying the live-action version. But then I decided to tackle one of Disney’s most mysterious movies to me, Pocahontas.

Growing up it never appealed to me to watch it even though it contained one of my favorite Disney songs, “Colors of the Wind”. But after having seen nearly all of the Disney classics (I still need to watch The Little Mermaid) I figured I might as well check it out. And I have to say, it was pretty good.

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Pocahontas is a classic love story that’s been told many times before. It follows the story of, well, Pocahontas, as she yearns to discover what her destiny is. Her father, the chief, wants her to marry the handsome young Indian warrior of her tribe but she finds him too stern for her liking. But as English settlers arrive on her people’s shores she meets the man that she would ultimately fall in love with, Captain John Smith. Continue reading ‘Pocahontas’ Is An Ultra-Romantic Disney Movie

‘Coco’ Is One of the Most Beautiful Movies I Have Ever Seen

Last year’s Oscar winner for Best Animated Film was this film that I’m dedicating this post; Coco. And for good reason. A few years ago the animated movie that was all the rage was Inside Out so of course, I wanted to watch it. When I finally did I was overwhelmingly underwhelmed. The movie didn’t catch my interest as much as I imagined and the emotional moments were almost laughably unemotional. It was so awful in fact that I didn’t finish it. So, since then, I watch critically-acclaimed children’s movies with little expectations so I won’t be too disappointed and that’s how I went into my viewing of Coco.

It was all the talk last year and I could only hope that it would be as good as everyone said it was. Um…it was!!! And more.

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Coco follows the story of a young boy whose love for music takes him on a magical journey to the Land of the Dead where he embarks on an utterly riveting adventure. While there was a lot of marketing buzz around Coco I’m glad that I didn’t know the plot of the film so I could watch with fresh eyes and emotions.

Through the first half of the movie, I was definitely engaged in the story for its interesting storyline and beautiful cultural magnificence. Before this movie, I didn’t really know anything about the Day of the Dead or its significance to those who celebrate it but now, after this film, I think it’s an utterly beautiful holiday.

As I said before, the first half of the film was already enjoyable but it wasn’t until a shocking twist that I definitely didn’t see coming in the second half of the story that I truly realized how magnificent this movie was.

Let me warn you now. If you watch Coco be prepared to have plenty of tissues because this film released the waterworks on multiple occasions. It’s rare to watch a movie and not see a certain twist coming but this movie just kept dishing out the twists that took me on an emotional rollercoaster.

By the end of the film, I was a weeping, applauding mess. And that song “Remember Me” is Disney gold. It’s SUCH a beautiful song. Oh my goodness.

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