Movie Review: Argo

So I decided not to spoil the movie for anyone, but I just wanted to make one comment…..

“So that is why there are so many bad Sci-Fi movies.”

Premise

Iranian Hostage Crisis in the late 1970s and early 1980s.   While I was alive during that time, I don’t recall hearing much about it.  Granted, how much would a 1 year old retain 🙂 As with any foreign hostage situation, I would hope the goal of the government would be to attempt to free the hostages and return them to their home country.  This movie was no different.

Appreciation

Since I don’t recall much about the crisis, I don’t think we covered this in social studies in grade school, I lacked a real connection to the movie.  Just like the landing on the moon, I believe if you were paying attention to those events on the news as they unfolded, you would enjoy this movie more.

However I have a weakness for “True Stories” or movies “Based on true events.”  Granted hopefully movies are a little more aligned with true events than the songs   “Inspired by the motion picture soundtrack.” 🙂

Overall Impression

From what I could tell the cinematography was accurate and very well done.   It is always hard to do movies that take place during an earlier period since you need to get the props to match.   There must be a stockpile in Hollywood of so much stuff since I really doub’t you can find new “vintage” Star War sheets 🙂

While websites say “Must Go,” I would say “Go” if you like a true story.  It moves a little slowly, but unlike Titanic, I did not look at my watch in hopes it would end. Kudos that my attention was kept!  Granted had I received a text message and the associated vibration in my pocket, I might have taken a minute to see who it was.  Now, if you recall the events from that time period, probably would be a “Must Go” if not only for fact checking and accuracy of clothing style.

As far as Ben Affleck winning an award for the movie…..have to see what else it is up against.  I don’t think I will be waiting for this movie to come out at the RedBox, since I already saw it in the theatre, and this is not the kind of movie that I will run out and buy.  If you don’t see it in theatres and are a history buff, definitely worth looking renting it when it comes to your local video store, Redbox weeks later, or Netflix the following year 🙂

Movie Review: Mission Impossible IV – No Spoilers :)

So, I do like action movies, and I do like the Uptown Theatre in Cleveland Park, so this Holiday weekend I was to check out Mission Impossible 4.

Tom Cruise and Paramount?

Maybe I read the tabloids, but I thought that when Tom Cruise declared his belief in Scientology, that Paramount dropped him from all movie contracts, but several years later, back they are working together.

Technology!

While I do work in DC, I don’t work for a defense contractor, so maybe for you guys the technology is already used in the military today, but for me, real or not, it was really cool!  While more complicated than one would think, the projection screen with a camera behind it to camouflage them as they moved closer to the guard station was really nice.  Also, Apple must have shelled out a few advertizing bucks as the iPad was used quite often and they all had iPhones.

The briefcase with document printer was also really cool.  Paired with a camera contact lens, pretty cool.

Probably the cheesiest technical item were the seemingly static cling gloves.  While it did not seem that possible, the sound they made when “energizing” was truly annoying.  It was really funny when they broke after just a short time, I guess that was the realistic part 🙂

The Best MI Movie?

I do need to watch the first 3 over again, but I do have to agree that the movie was action packed and had the actors tossed in a fair share of comical statements along the way.  I am not sure if I will spend the money on Blu-Ray when it comes out, but it certainly will be a movie I will rent for a $1 to see again.

Immortals….Wait is that Emmet from Twilight?

Not going into a full review here…. but basically I equated Immortals to be a cross between the movies 300 and The Mummy.

Overall is was not a bad movie, was quite engaging, but I guess I missed the point of the movie if there was one.

And yes…IMDB was able to confirm that there were indeed vampires, well an actor that plays a vampire, in this movie. 🙂

TPS Reports are back!

State Farm “Car Jacked” Commercial

Check it out!  I even think the actor is wearing the same clothes, but I will have to dig out the VHS tape to verify 🙂 If only there was a red stapler and a fax machine 🙂 Ahh..where are quality movies like “Office Space” these days.