Ant Man: Paul Rudd…The Superhero

Hello everybody! For this week’s new movie show, we have Marvel’s newest entry in the MCU…Ant Man.

ANT MAN

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DIRECTED: Peyton Reed

STARRING: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

GENRE: Superhero

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

Screen-Shot-2015-04-13-at-9.13.08-AMArmed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but maintain his full sized strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

So how is Marvel’s latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Actually not half bad. I definitely was wary of Paul Rudd as a superhero, since I don’t particularly like him as an actor. To my surprise though his cocky/ definitely not heroic attitude and performance actually fit the character quite nicely. His comedic chops also add a nice layer of comedy that Ant Man desperately needed.Ant-Man-7

Alright, here comes my biggest pet peeve. As an amateur filmmaker, I understand that each and every filmmaker has his own individual style. Since the original main driving force behind Ant Man, Edgar Wright, jumped ship during production, much of his style is still there. The new and final director,Peyton Reed, did the best he could. Unfortunately, I don’t think there styles matched very well and would have liked to see Edgar Wright’s finished version of Ant Man. Otherwise, it was a rather decent film. I haven’t been proud to say that about a Marvel film in quite a while.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Dark comedy aspect.
  • Hilarious characters.

CONS:

  • Differing directorial styles.
  • EDGAR WRIGHT WHY DID YOU JUMP SHIP?

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Requiem for a Dream: Drugs and Depression

For this week’s movie club we have the disturbing drug film Requiem for a Dream.

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

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DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky

STARRING: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald

GENRE: Psychological drama

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United States

Requiem for a Dream exposes four paralleled individuals and their menacing addiction to heroin, cocaine, and diet pills (speed). Taking place in Brooklyn amidst the waning Coney Island, the drugs are very easily obtained and keep requiem-por-un-sueño-fteach main character in its cycle of dependence. The protagonist Harry Goldfarb is your typical heroin junky with an ambitious plan of “Getting off hard knocks,” with help from his cocaine crazed girlfriend Marion and his long time friend Tyrone. Meanwhile his widowed mother is obsessed with the glamor of television and eventually finds her way to a dietitian who pushes her into the cycle of drug induced enslavement.

This film made me uncomfortable, and I am partially okay with that. For Darren Aronofsky’s second film, he made on hell of an impression. Requiem has to be one of the few times I have ever been uncomfortable watching a movie. While the subject matter is quite a touchy subject for meRequiem-for-a-Dream-Final (not alluding to anything, just don’t like talking about it), I have to say Leto and Connelly portrayed drug addicts perfectly. Their performances caused me to actually care about what is happening to them. What?

Overall, I wouldn’t say I enjoyed the film per say. As a fan of films, this one wasn’t my cup of tea, but it was definitely worth a watch. As a filmmaker, I marvel at what Aronofsky was able to accomplish with a shoestring of a budget. From the well shoved down my throat theme of depression and addiction to the hyper cut drug scenes, you will find something you like about Requiem. What kind of drugs does it take to enjoy this? I’m not exactly sure by dealer’s choice.

PROS:

  • Superb direction.
  • Fast editing.
  • Hyper cut drug sequences.
  • Themes of  addiction and depression.

CONS:

  • Uncomfortable feeling.
  • Would be a very different experience on drugs.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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Terms and Conditions May Apply: What You Actually Agree To.

Hello everybody! Today we have the interesting documentary about technology agreements called Terms and Conditions May Apply.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY

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DIRECTOR: Cullen Hoback

GENRE: Documentary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Admit it you don’t really read the endless pages of terms and conditions connected to every website you visit or phone call that you make do you? Of course not. But every day billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets precisely because of this; and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. With plenty of recent real-world examples, Terms And Conditions May Apply covers just a little of what governments and corporations are legally taking from Internet users every day turning the future of both privacy and civil liberties into serious question. From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this film demonstrates how all of us online have incrementally opted-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click.

maxresdefault The film reveals that Google, Facebook and other Web sites that require and aggregate information about you — including details about your personal life such as age, sex and sexual preference, family, income and finances, education status, employment, political affiliations, hobbies, circles of friends, lifestyle and consumer preferences and habits — actually sells that information not only to marketers and advertising agencies, but also delivers it — presumably free of charge — to government agencies such as the FBI, CIA, NSA and others with surveillance mandates under the Homeland Security Act.

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Like many documentaries TACMA is more interested in making a point than proving its case more polemic and partisan than investigative and inquiring; more fear-mongering than simple awareness raising. As a result it’s quite one-sided in its choice of interview subjects and lacks a balancing voice – there’s no level-headed commentator or journalist here to provide perspective. Still even so, this well-made film forcefully gets its point across.  Thought provoking stuff.

PROS:

  • Interesting information.
  • Pacing.
  • Interview style

CONS:

  • Almost fear-mongering.
  • One-sided interviewing.
  • Lack of balanced voiced.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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