Julianne Moore

Seventh layer of hell for movies, or the Seventh Son. Whatever.

I am seriously ready for summer. I wasn’t out of this terrible time for film. Seventh Son stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antse Traue, Djimon Hounson and Julianne Moore. It is directed by Sergei Bodrov, and based on the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It is a fantasy film that, really just doesn’t deliver. The film is about Master Gregory (Bridges) who is an exorcist of witches and spirits in middle ages and takes on an apprentice (Barnes) to fight the Queen of all Witches (Moore).

Again we will go with the positives of the film first. Jeff Bridges is a lot of fun. His character is major bad A, and raging drunk. It makes for a lot of fun interactions between him and other characters. He has this Ogre that runs around with him as a sort of sidekick. You feel bad for this Ogre because Gregory is always calling him ugly and Lucky but Loyal. But he’s still fun to watch. The CGI while not as stunning as its opening weekend competition Jupiter Ascending is also very seamless. The dragons, and monsters, and witches are pretty cool.

Djimon Hounson steals the show when he is on screen. Not because his character is so good, he’s pretty basic. And not at all because the story is set to make it so. It is just because Hounson demands your attention when he is onscreen. No matter what the film, or who the character is. I am such a fan of this guy, and am always excited to see him on screen.

The story is pretty basic, and the films name change is a little misleading. Sure it is kind of the story of Barnes’ Thomas Ward, but it more on the shoulders of Bridges’ character. There is a minor Romeo & Juliette type love story between Ward and a witch’s daughter (Vikander) that feels a little out of place at most points. The direction is all over the place, unable to really pick a lane to drive in. Are they trying to make it Ward’s story, is it about this young witches daughter? Is the story of Master Gregory?

All in all Seventh Son is just another throw away garbage film in February. At least next week we will get Kingsmen which I am legitimately excited for. But back to the topic at hand, I’m giving Seventh Son a Jeebus Score of 2. But what say you Jackass Nation. Have you seen Seventh Son? Do you plan to? What are some of your favorite Fantasy films? Sound off in the comments below!

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Godfather.

Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mockingjay Part 1

When The Hunger Games first came out, I said eh, I’m not the target audience, a teeny bopper version of Stone Cold and The Condemned? Not interested. When Catching Fire came out I said, well what the hell, I’ll give it a try. And the moment that film cuts out with Jennifer Lawrence staring at the camera, I was screaming for more. I had finally watched the first one right before, and felt a little eh about it. But Catching Fire hooked me in. I have been ready and waiting for this two part finale! But what was it going to be for me, another hit like the 2nd, or back to the first? Well, I’ll tell ya, it was, slow.

Mockingjay Part 1 is once again directed by Francis Lawrence who took over for Gary Ross after the first installment, and brings back Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Little Thor (Liam Hemsworth) Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, and Sam Claflin, along with adding in Julianne Moore. The film continues the story of Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) a reluctant symbol of a massive rebellion after surviving not one, but two years of the dreaded and deadly Hunger Games. Can she ignite the nation and lead them against the Capitol? And what about Peta? Has he really turned his back and does he really believes in the Capitol? Can Katniss save him, and the other victors?

The film is good, the problem is this trend of splitting the third books into 2 films. Twilight, Harry freaking Potter, thanks a lot. While Mockingjay is the shortest of the 3 Hunger Games books, it really hurts the film to split it. After Catching Fire I was really hyped and ready to see Katniss kick a lot of @$$, but sadly, the scene they have promoted so much I the trailers of her shooting down the jet with an arrow (which is much more believable within the context of the film) is really the only scene of action in the entire film. This installment plays out like a propaganda war. With the Rebels using Katniss to film commercials and videos, and the Capitol using Peta, trying to convince the districts whose side to be back. There is a lot of story and exposition and it is all set to build up to the next film. Perhaps I would have liked it more had I been able to watch Part 1 and part back to back rather than wait an entire year.

But with all that like I said, it’s not a bad film, just not what I was expecting. I was all set for the action and not ready for the story. The story seems like it’s going to be great once the back half plays out, it just seems a little stale by itself, however it is well played out. The characters, while a lot of them, are all acted incredibly. Lawrence shows us once again how incredible she really is. Claflin returning as Finnick is given so much more heart and emotion. I even really liked Little Thor, who in the past when given major roles has kind of come out short. And while the film can be very slow and drag at times, it honestly set you up and get ready for next year when Part 2 arrives. It is the journey that makes the film so fun.

Being someone who hasn’t read any of the books, I was a little lost not knowing how Mockingjay played out, my buddy assured me it was exactly how he had envisioned it and that Part 2 was really set up beautifully. So while Mockingjay Part 1 may not have played out how I expected it, I still call it a Good time at the theater, with a Jeebus score of 4.3.

Taken Plane

Non Stop, the newest Liam Neeson action flick! Non Stop follows Neeson’s Bill Marks, a Federal Air Marshall on a routine flight that ends up not being so routine. Neeson teams with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Sera, you remember, he brought us that awesome movie House of Wax? Yeah, so, Non Stop also stars Julianna Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, and a small appearance by Lupita Nyoug’o.

I know it dounds like I disliked the movie thus far, but I actually didn’t. It is actually a pretty decent film. We start off with a very quick look at Agent Marks’ lifestyle, as a stressed alcoholic that doesn’t seem to really like his job. Then after a quick walk through the airport where we see all of our potential antagonist, seriously you little look at these people and go “Oh its him, no him, no its def him, no him…..” and so on; we finally take off and the who done it begins. Marks begin receiving texts on his secured network and people start dying. Eventually 2 and 2 are put together and we learn who our terrorist is, and it was fun to watch, until the motive. Everyone has a motive, and this is about as far-fetched and off the wall as you can get. You are immediately taken out of the movie, but then action happens and its kind of cool.

The motive isn’t the only weakness in the film. The type cast characters seem to take you out of the film at times, including the knock off John McClain. As well Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery’s characters are slight inner changeable and pointless at times. As well the action events that happen are pretty unrealistic. It is kind of like a Saw trap in that it all depends on certain luck to move the plot points that happen rather coincidental!

The action is fun when you over look the unrealistic tone and allow yourself to have fun. As well the film will have you on the edge of your seat wondering who is behind the shenanigans, and in what room with candlestick. I scored the film a Jeebus of 3.1, Check out that Matinee!