So i haven’t posted a movie review on here in a while. It hasn’t been the lack of watching movies. But more just nothing that I really wanted to share. I have noticed I usually will only review things I like. Not sure if thats a bad quality. I just like to share with people the movies that I want you to watch. So to do a quick recap, I saw “The Lego Movie” it was fun and very entertaining, loved the Batman character voiced by Will Arnett, but I was let down by the ending. I won’t give Spoilers, but it went more the message route and wasn’t as EPIC as I was hoping. Saw RoboCop, it was a fun Summer blockbuster kind of movie, a lot more heartfelt then the original, but nothing super special. Jack Ryan shadow recruit, same thing, fun reminded me of the original Mission Impossible but a little cliche. Not a lot of movies in the last week or two. But one I just watched yesterday was, Blue Jasmine, written and directed by Woody Allen.
Now Woody’s movies are hit and miss for me but this one was pretty good. My favorite is Midnight in Paris, a highly recommend that movie. But this one I would say watch it if you want to but I only recommended it for a stellar performance by Cate Blanchett (won Best Actress Oscar) and a marvelous use of the “one shot”. Woody is known for using a lot of fixed shots and his actors working inside of them. (an old school method compared to the modern multiple angles and cuts) But this time he moved the camera around in a elegant way, still fixed but using pans and dollies. It really was beautiful to watch the use of camera movement and blocking, it seemed so natural. Entertaining to say the least, so thats the most recent, hope to be seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (a mouth full) this next weekend, and will probably be sharing more about that since I am a huge fan of the whole franchise.
Ever since I was little I have loved History. And I don’t mean historical movies, I mean real history (books, history class, the channel before reality tv).
But as I have gotten older, I have noticed that my generation and younger have no grid or interest for US History. Even in the recent years there have been some historical things happening in our nation and they go into this generation like a twitter feed. It’s there then it’s gone.
Now that I am a dad I want to try and slow down and really teach and raise my kid with a knowledge of the past and an understanding that we make a better future when we know where we have been. So this Independence Day my son turns 5 months (I know a little young for a history lesson) and I want him to know it’s not just a day off, or fireworks day or red, white and blue day.
But that a small group of radical men stood up against big government and declared their freedom. That we have family roots in the revolutionary war and that we are proud to be American, maybe not always what it is but what it was so therefore what it could be!