Tag: Chiwetel Ejiofor

***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | The Martian (2015)

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“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab beaches, I’ll just kind of implode. If none of those things happen. I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m fucked.”

Looking at Ridley Scott’s filmography, he’s made over 20 features films since the late 70s. Of those, I have seen 11. Of those 11, I love Matchstick Men and Black Hawk Down, I kind of like American Gangster and Alien, and I really dislike Blade Runner, The Counselor and Gladiator. The rest are just kind of blurs. Not good enough to remember, not bad enough to hate. All of that is to say, I had zero interest in seeing his latest, The Martian.


Big budget, spectacle movies need a pedigree of actors, writers or director behind them before I get excited. I like Matt Damon, but I already saw him do stranded in space with last year’s Interstellar, so his involvement didn’t really get make jazzed. But, the good reviews for The Martian just on kept coming. And in a year that has so far been pretty thin with really good movies, I was starved enough for good, new release movies, that I took a chance on a director I don’t really like, working in a genre I don’t really like, and I saw The Martian. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Martian (2015)

Martian 1

“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab beaches, I’ll just kind of implode. If none of those things happen. I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m fucked.”

Looking at Ridley Scott’s filmography, he’s made over 20 features films since the late 70s. Of those, I have seen 11. Of those 11, I love Matchstick Men and Black Hawk Down, I kind of like American Gangster and Alien, and I really dislike Blade Runner, The Counselor and Gladiator. The rest are just kind of blurs. Not good enough to remember, not bad enough to hate. All of that is to say, I had zero interest in seeing his latest, The Martian.


Big budget, spectacle movies need a pedigree of actors, writers or director behind them before I get excited. I like Matt Damon, but I already saw him do stranded in space with last year’s Interstellar, so his involvement didn’t really get make jazzed. But, the good reviews for The Martian just on kept coming. And in a year that has so far been pretty thin with really good movies, I was starved enough for good, new release movies, that I took a chance on a director I don’t really like, working in a genre I don’t really like, and I saw The Martian. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Inside Man (2006)

Inside Man

“More like taking a shower with two guys named Jamal and Jesus, if you know what I mean.”

Spike Lee has made some amazing movies, like Do the Right Thing, and Malcolm X and The 25th Hour.  He’s also made some real shit bombs, like Miracle at St Anna and Girl 6.  But good or bad, I always think of Spike Lee as a dude who makes “Important” movies.  Spike Lee doesn’t have things he wants to say with his movies, he has things he wants to shout with this movies.  Which is why Inside Man has always struck me as such an anomaly in his filmography.   Without seeing the actual movie, the trailers made it look like too much fun to be a Spike Lee joint.  Too much of a genre, suspense or even action movie to be a Spike Lee Joint.  Too much of an escapist piece of pure entertainment to be a Spike Lee joint.  All of these things make it sound like a really enjoyable movie.  Which is why it’s only taken me nine years to finally watch Inside Man.


Addressing the camera, Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) lets us know that he planned the perfect bank robbery.  A perfect bank robbery that we see played out as Russell and his men invade a bank one morning, dressed in painter’s overalls and masks.  Forcing their hostages to wear matching overalls and masks, the idea of identity and mistaken identity is immediately setup as the key to his plan.  As robbers and hostages are constantly mixed, matched and mingled, the robbers are able to disappear into the crowd in some way before the heist is even complete. (more…)