On Saturday March 1st, the winners for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards were announced! Check out the winners on our page here by either clicking on this link: The Independent Spirit Awards of 2013 or you can click on the link to the list at the top of our home page.
Hello again. We’re here to bring you a report on a film about the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a married African American lad with a two children born in the northern United States during the slave-era who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
First off, I thought this was one of the most depressing films I’ve ever seen, while it’s the saddest film that Chuck has seen. Why? Because it’s done with a screenplay by John Ridley who puts so much detail into how horrible slave life would be like during those times. It is done well, but there are some major problems with the way it was executed.
The first thing is that there is no way to tell the passage of time which is important when you’re telling a story like this that takes place in a span of twelve years in case something important happens in a specific year and you need to know what that year is, right?
The next thing is that when you take a look at what this story is about, you would expect to get some time to see Solomon with his family before he gets kidnapped and the same with him being kidnapped and reuniting with his family. Instead, you hardly get any time in those parts of the film and focuses only on the time when he is a slave.
To make matters worse, there is hardly any dialogue between Solomon and the other characters, making it a little boring.
The last thing that was wrong with this film was that there was a song that had racial slurs in it that led it to be a despicable song that led us to hating it. Also, there is one scene that is so graphic and disturbing, we couldn’t watch it. We won’t describe it, but I couldn’t even look at the screen and Chuck covered his ears when his eyes were shut during the scene. Luckily I didn’t cover my ears so I could tell him when it was over.
Overall, this was a good film with some major problems that need fixing. Other than that, that’s all from Spencer and Chuck At the Movies and until next time, goodbye.
Spencer gives 12 Years a Slave (2013) 3 groundhogs
Chuck gives 12 Years a Slave (2013) 1 groundhog
Hello. Sorry we’ve been gone for so long, but we were on a flight to Belfast, UK that was rudely interrupted by a gunmen. Luckily, we saved the flight from certain destruction. Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is an air marshal aboard a flight from JFK International Airport to London. Everything goes along as planned, but when Bill starts receiving mysterious text messages, he must save the day and the people on board before it’s too late.
At first we thought we were going to walk straight into a big bear trap and think it was boring. But we were wrong. This is where Executive Decision (1996) is combined with The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) to form an explosive suspense filled thrill ride! Here’s why.
When you take a look at many of the films that involve something being hijacked, guns are drawn and hostages are taken straight away. Instead, this happens a lot later into the film, with an explosive twist ending you will never forget, leaving you guessing from takeoff who the bad guy is.
Next is the music by John Ottman. We thought it went along well with the film and made it more exciting and suspenseful. It’s great to listen to as well on iTunes or on CD, but it’s not good enough to qualify as one of the best soundtracks of 2014. Nevertheless, it’s great music. However, we think that Ben Foster (Not the actor Ben Foster, a different Ben Foster) would do a better job for some parts of the film.
Furthermore, the editing by Jim May, A.C.E. had some very original ideas, which led to the film to what it is now. For example, when Bill receives the text messages, you would expect a closeup of his cell phone’s screen so you can see him typing on it. Instead, you see the message being typed on the film’s screen, bringing in more tension and excitement, especially when you see pictures of a cute girl and a strange video of something happening on the plane as well.
Lastly to finish off this amazing flight’s crew and passengers is the star studded cast that also includes Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o & Scoot McNairy that makes this film even more interesting, because you need a good cast to make a good film, right? Otherwise, it would either be a film that either has a bad plot with a star studded cast to cover the taste of the cake or it would be a film that has a good story, but the acting by the cast was horrible.
Overall, we think this is one of the best action movies of the year 2014 so far. Keep up with us as we will come back with 12 Years a Slave (2013) for you.
Spencer gives Non-Stop (2014) 5 groundhogs
Chuck gives Non-Stop (2014) 4 groundhogs
On Sunday February 16th, the winners for the 2013 BAFTA Awards were announced! Check out the winners on our page here by either clicking on this link: The BAFTA Awards of 2013 or you can click on the link to the list at the top of our home page.
On Thursday January 16th, the winners for the 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards were announced! Check out the winners on our page here by either clicking on this link: The Critics’ Choice Awards of 2013 or you can click on the link to the list at the top of our home page.
Hello. It’s Spencer and Chuck again. We’re here to bring you the Academy Awards nominations for the year of 2013. To view the nominees and our choices, click here: The Academy Awards of 2013. You can also click on the link to the list at the top of our home page. Be sure to tell us your picks after you view ours! The winners will be announced on March 2nd at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT on NBC.