12 Years a Slave
- Historical drama film based on the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup about a free, well educated black man who was tricked and kidnapped in Washington, D.C. and sold into slavery.
REVIEW: Mac Hernandez - 8 out of 10 stars. When watching a historical film you tend to judge it on different factors than you judge most films. Does it seem historically accurate? Does it pull you into the time period (Acting feel from the time, dialogue, clothing, etc)? When dealing with a film about race issues you tend to judge a film a different way too. Since I’ve only seen the film once, I’d probably have different interpretations of the film after a couple more passes. But as a first impression it was a powerful, artful, beautiful, tragic film. The film takes it slow like someone cooking a fine meal, letting the flavors soak in slowly. The shots are well composed and often stay locked in on a moment for long periods of time without cutting away. It makes it feel like you are really there, watching something with your own eyes. It also makes for some very intense scenes. You almost want the camera to cut away. They acting is amazing. Star Chiwetal Ejiofor is very likable from early on and seeing his transformation and struggles as Solomon Northup has you easily thinking Oscar. Brad Pitt plays an interesting character in the film but is only a very small part of the amazing ensemble of actors that decorate this masterpiece. I really liked the film, and got easily pulled into the story.
- Similar to : The Color Purple, Schindler’s List, The Pianist. Should you watch it? If you like historical films, well shot films, well acted films, and you can stomach seeing the harshness of a slave’s life, then you’ll probably appreciate it. Itwill probably do really well come award season. .IMDB Rating: 7.7.Rotton Tomatoes: Critics 96% Audience 66%.
- A retelling of Steven Kings’ classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy teen girl who doesn’t fit in and is bullied by her peers. She has an odd, intense, deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore) who is probably the real reason Carrie will never fit in. When Carrie is pushed too far at her senior prom she unleashes telekinetic terror on her classmates and town. Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boy’s Don’t Cry Director).
REVIEW: Mac Hernandez - 7 out of 10 stars. Whenever you remake a movie there are going to be a lot of haters. Why remake a classic? How’s it going to hold up to the original? Well, if people were still watching the original one in great numbers, they’d just re-release that in select theaters. But in all honesty, not many people are re-watching classics, especially a younger generation. So this a great way to bring a great story to a group who have probably never seen the original. In fact, it may get them to go watch the original in the fist place. Many will probably say it doesn’t measure up to the first one, but the first one is kind of boring, slow and awkward for a modern day audience. With it’s slow bathroom shots of naked girls and soft lens effects that are sometimes hard to make out what your watching, it makes the opening of the classic Carrie seem like 70′s porn. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of great acting and concepts in the first one, but it’s very out dated for a young, modern audience. That being said the new Carrie movie isn’t perfect, but it’s fun. Jullianne Moore is amazing. I’ve always been a huge fan of Judy Greer, and Chloë Grace Moretz holds her own in this well acted cast.
The movie is intense from the first 30 seconds. The camera takes us right into the creepy world of the Carrie house, and screams fill the rooms. But the camera is in no rush to show you where the screams are from. It’s a fun introduction to how intense Jullianne Moore will be for the entire movie. The movie gets a modern makeover. Bullies use social media to pick on Carrie, something not available during the first movie. The characters are all two sided you can feel and see their motivations, even when they are wrong for what they are doing. I thought the movie was fun and intense. It’s not that scary over all, but neither was the first Carrie. There are scenes that are hard to watch, but you also can’t look away.
- Should you watch it? If you have never seen the original Carrie movie you may like it more. If you like seeing the underdog get revenge in films, you don’t mind a little gore, intense scenes and lots of blood (mostly pigs blood on a prom dress) in films, you like teen dramas, and you like shows on the the CW, you’ll probably appreciate this film. It’s a supernatural teen thriller. IMDB 6.6.Rotton Tomatoes: Critics 50% Audience 93%