Watchman TVshow

There is a lot interesting about this show. Unfortunately as soon as I started watching they announced that it was going to be a single stand alone one season show with just 9 episodes. As a kid growing up in the 80’s the watchmen was my favorite comic book. I don’t think I got all the adult themes so I’m confused as to why. The movie was completely unwatchable even casting one of my favorite actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Damon Lindelof seems like the ideal guy to pair with this comic and the creative genius of Alan Moore. Really in a lot of ways it’s a match made in heaven.

Now the cons. This show has a lot of the leftovers in it and in a lot of ways feels more like a spinoff of the leftovers than it does the watchmen.There isn’t that much super hero stuff and most of the characters are basically missing. The show is a spin off in that it takes place in the world of the watchman comic and that’s kind of where it ends. There is Dr. Manhattan. But was he really your favorite character in the comic book?

The pros. The concept is interesting and compelling. The show takes place in Telsa. The location of the race riots of 1912. Unarguably the worst in the history of America. Basically the KKK went full out destruction killing and destroying the prosperous African American community in the area that never recovered.  Black Wall Street was put to an end.

Acting – 4
Story – 4
Entertainment – 4
Enjoyment – 4
Screenplay – 4
Cinematography – 4
Characters – 4
Plot Holes – 4
Production Value – 4
Overall – 5
Overall Score – 82

 

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I’m on the fence if I want to call this a low budget film. But the reality was that a decade ago the lowest budget a studio would spend on a film was $5 million and that was rare. So these days making a movie at that budget and add in the special FX that this required probably does qualify this film as a low budget.

Typically I would think of low budget films as less than a million. The kind of budget that a power who was resourceful with a great story and a ton of dedication could find to make a movie. Let’s be honest the guy who made this movie is not a first time director and he also has a long track record of writing mega hit films. He is the mastermind behind the Saw franchise.

This movie started off a little low brow. It felt low budget but give it a chance. The film gets better and the concept works. The longer you watch the more compelling the story becomes. There is plenty of action especially if this thing was really a $5 million budget I find the quality of the action a little unbelievable. I would love to see a documentary on the making of the action sequences on this film

Acting is good. FX resold. Story is solid. It’s not exactly science fiction heavy. Instead of robots you have cyborg technology as the FX with a voice over and humans being controlled by an implanted computer chip.  It’s a solid concept. And a solid movie. All science fiction fans will be entertained.

Running through my score system I come up with a 86 which is a solid B. I have to agree this is a solid B film. Not a classic but worth catching and definitely don’t miss this if you love science fiction.

Acting – 5
Story – 4
Entertainment – 4
Enjoyment – 4
Screenplay – 4
Cinematography – 4
Characters – 4
Plot Holes – 4
Production Value – 4
Overall – 5
Overall Score – 86

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Here is my review of this movie. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is entertaining and I have no complaints. I know I might be in the minority but nothing about it was confusing. I don’t think they changed the back story to fit the ending. In a lot of ways the direction they went made a lot of sense.  It also opened up a lot of interesting options for tvshows or one off movies to fill in plot points they referred to in this movie. Spice runner? that entire relationship with Poe and Zorii I think was the characters name could be interesting. I’m not sure how to rate this thing accurately. It’s not my favorite of the star wars films. I don’t think it’s a classic and it shouldn’t rate as my top film of the year. I just can’t find many faults. I liked it. I have no complaints. For me it’s a fairly solid A.

Acting – 5
Story – 5
Entertainment – 5
Enjoyment – 5
Screenplay – 4
Cinematography – 5
Characters – 4
Plot Holes – 5
Production Value – 5
Overall – 4
Overall Score – 94

 

My review is no complaints. I wish I could say that about more films. If I had one thing it is that I’m not a fan of Adam Driver. I didn’t buy the love interest thing. I like Rey with Finn. Normally I find flaws with JJ Abram’s films but not this one. Was it too long? Maybe slightly. They could have shaved five minutes off. But compared to most action films these days this was short.

I liked how it ended and how they wrapped up the saga. But I see an opportunity for a sequel.  so maybe not completely wrapped up.

Jaws

One of the great classic films of all time is Jaws. If you ask my dad this was back when the studios made great films. The 70’s was a different time. The studio system had ended and there was an embrace of talented young film makers.  Think about all the classics back then. From Godfather and Apocalypse now to Star Wars and Jaws. Jaws was based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 best selling novel just like Godfather was also based on a book. it was one of the first event films of the summer. In the old days people went to movies weekly. This was the start of big commercially mega advertised summer movies. Adjusted for inflation Jaws ranks #7 on the all time list. What is even more impressive is back in those days the movie theaters didn’t have 10 screens. And there where a lot less screens and available seats to sell. The local theater could only screen a picture a fraction of the number of times they can today.

The budget was only $7 million. Unlike titanic it didn’t have $200 million dollars to build life like sets in Mexico. They both did however film in tanks and not in the actual ocean.  Jaws had to be filmed on the studio back lot.  It’s still there in Universal City California. You can take a Universal Studio tour and get a look.

Back then they didnt have cgi. And sharks cant be trained to perform like other animals. The only option was to build a fake shark. The production was overwhelmed with getting the mechanical shark to work while making sure it still looked real. Luckily this wasn’t something most people had seen. So there wasn’t much to compare it to.

Originally the film was supposed to be released for Christmas but because the production ran into so many problems mainly due to the complication of filming a boat in the ocean. The release date was pushed back to June 20, 1975. So it launched the event summer block buster by accident. It was the first film to be released on 400 screens and gross over $100 million.  For decades after the $100 million box office was the benchmark for a mega hit film.

They used Martha’s Vineyard to get the look of Amity Island. The shark was nick named Bruce. That name was also used in Pixar’s Finding Nemo.

How tough was it to film the water stuff? The opening scene with the swimmer getting eaten by a shark took three days to film. The actress was attached to a harness and jerked by crew members.

Most of the water stuff was filmed at the Universal Studio back lot in a huge water tank. On December 2, 2011, Universal Orlando Resort announced that the Jaws attraction along with the entire Amity area of Universal Studios Florida would close permanently on January 2, 2012 to “make room for an exciting, NEW, experience.” (the second phase of The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

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It’s interesting to look at how film is made when it relates to boats and other water sports. Even more interesting is the tropical location shoots. Did you know that Jurasic Park was filmed in Hawaii. We are going to examine that process and look at exotic locales and how they film on boats like Jaws and Titanic.