So, from Thursday (September 17th 2015) to Sunday (September 20th 2015) I was in Vancouver. I was there primarily for Joe Rogan’s stand up show at the Orpheum theatre on Friday September 18th but I also wanted to watch a couple movies. The movie I wanted to see, however, was changed to limited release and was changed to a wide release in October, the movie is Sicario. I’ll have to catch that in my shitty local theatre or travel a 200+ km to watch it in a better theatre.
Back on track, I did get to watch several movies some anticipated and some on whim.
The first movie I watched was Straight Outta Compton, I had low expectations for this movie and was prepared to dislike it for any reason. I did get my reasons to dislike it but they ended up being some nitpicks such as: the glossing over details like how Dre was released from his contract, and the beef between Eazy E and Dr Dre after he split to Death Row. The movie itself was pretty good, the actors did a good job of conveying their characters, the soundtrack was great, and the movie had a pretty good pace (even with a slowish start.) It was a lot better than I thought it would be and I can see why studios want to jump in with more Hip hop/rap bio pics.
The Second movie I saw was Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, I enjoyed this one and had low expectations for it as well but it turned out pretty good too. I liked the story and action. The cast was pretty good and I enjoyed the banter. I’m not sure how they can keep it going forward though with higher stakes or dangerous groups or individuals. The thing I liked most of it was Rebecca Ferguson’s character Faust, it just reminded me of The Black Widow and how underappreciated and underused Scarlett Johansson’s character is in the MCU. Back on topic, I liked the movie quite a lot, it hit on all the elements I like in spy movies and it totally had a female character that wasn’t just eye candy.
The Third movie I saw was Black Mass, a movie I was heavily anticipating along with Sicario. So I got at least watch one of the movies I was looking forward too in a good theatre. I thought it was pretty good and was impressed with Johnny Depp along with the Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch. Also, it was pretty cool to see W Earl Brown again especially in a role similar to Dan Dority on Deadwood. I was impressed and I liked it a lot.
The best movie I saw this week and the fourth movie I saw was M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit. It had a good mix of humor, suspense, horror and story. To avoid spoilers, I just wanna say I thought it was very good. The kids were similar to the kids age they were portraying and not 20 year olds playing kids. It was also nice to see that Shyamalan still has it in him to make good movies like he did earlier in his career with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.
The fifth movie I saw was Everest, in 3d. It was also pretty good and had a pretty big cast. I didn’t have any expectations going in and was still moved by the story and acting. Another random Deadwood connection here as the actor that played Sol Star, John Hawkes, also played a role in Everest.
The last movie I saw was American Ultra, and it breaks the pretty good trend of movies I saw this weekend. It was just ok. It had some fun moments and good actors playing to their strengths.
That was my weekend and it came out pretty good. Still looking forward to seeing Sicario in October.
This week I will be checking out Mad Max Fury Road on Blu-ray and will have a post about that soon.