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The Revenant

My last film for the 2015 Jeebus Awards goes to a film that was on my most anticipated of the year, The Revenant! Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. I was very disappointed when I found out I had to wait until January 8th to see this film. Living in Dallas is hindering my movie reviews. However, it was worth the wait guys. Will this be the film that finally gets Leo the Oscar? I think so, I’d even put money on it.

The Revenant tells the true story of Hugh Glass(DiCaprio), a hunter with a crew on a mission for pelts in the wilderness, who was attacked by a bear, and left for dead by the man who supposed to bury him, John Fitzgerald(Hardy). Glass tracks his way across the wilderness, injured, on the verge of death, all in hopes to avenge his son’s death caused by Fitzgerald.

This film is incredible. First off, the acting. Every single star is incredible. I have no doubt about Leo taking home a statue, finally. And Hardy, at the very least, a nomination. These two were at the top of their game this go round, as they really normally are. The only negatives come from Hardy at times falling back on his go to voice. But that’s not anything that takes away from the film.

Now even though I firmly believe Leo will be taking home the Oscar for best actor this year, the true wonder and amazement, and for lack of a better word, star, of the film is the light. What’s that you say? The light? What are you talking about BC? Well in case you do not know, visionary director Alejandro G. Inarritu, who brought us last year’s iconic Birdman, gives us another iconic vision. He used nearly all natural light while filming The Revenant. If they didn’t get the right take in the short amount of time the sun was perfect, then that’s that, we shall wait for the next day. The cinematography is truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring. You are fully immersed in this incredible vision he has painted us. By using the natural light, and seeing what they did, it’s no wonder Tom Hardy had to drop out of Suicide Squad. And while I would’ve liked to see him back in a DC property, he made the right choice.

My only negatives are truly nitpicking. Leo’s character seems to be impervious to the frostbite, and heals rather quickly. While the fight he puts up to survive is gritty and intense, and real, he becomes rather nibble for a man in bear attack. And an attack that is gruesome and violent in its own right. While the use of natural light was beautiful and effective, a few scenes by firelight do not produce enough light to truly film. This is where Alejandro had to use a few lighting techniques and since they are in contrast to the majority of natural light, they stand out. As well the film can drag a little; this is not the high voltage revenge thriller you might expect it to be. It is a true character piece. And while that did not really bother me, I can see it bothering some.

All in all it was an incredible film. One that needs to be seen on the big screen. So go make it a double feature weekend, catch Star Wars again, followed by The Revenant, because the Revenant gets a score of 4.5 with .5 bonus for the beautiful cinematography and amazing shots and score. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 5.0. And what say you Jackass Nation? What is your favorite Leo performance? Are you excited for The Revenant? And don’t forget to Tweet me your favorite film of 2015 vote for Viewer’s Choice at the Jeebus awards with the Hashtag #JeebusViewersChoice. It is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

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 Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

One of the most hyped films of the last two years has been the sequel to a franchise we haven’t seen an installment for in about 30 years. From the stories of set problems, to the film getting push backed nearly a year. Not always a good thing. However, when it came to this, Mad Max Fury Road, whatever they did during that time of pushing this film back and getting it to us, they did a freaking badass job! This film is epic upon epic, upon action, upon badassdom! It is an adrenalin rush, nonstop thrill ride. I don’t know what other clichés I can through at you to describe this movie. I’m actually having a really hard time concentrating on getting my thoughts out to this film. A matter of fact, I don’t think I can, I am way too wrapped up in what I just saw to coherently tell you about this film. I’m going to have to sleep this off and come back to you tomorrow.

Ok, let’s try this again. Mad Max Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton. It is written and directed by the series original writer/director George Miller. And guess what, Miller is 70 years old. You would never expect that. Mad Max Fury Road tells the tale of Furiosa (Theron) as she attempts to flee War Boys cult leader King Joe, along with his five wives. As she sneaks them out of their land The Citadel, her journey becomes intertwined with that of Max (Hardy). Realizing that they are out for freedom and not more war, Max makes the decision to help them attempt to survive the journey to Furiosa’s homeland that she taken from so many years before.

No joke. This thing is literally a 2 hour action thrill ride. There is very little downtime. When there is, the story is pushed and the characters are flushed out. Miller does an incredible job giving you reasons to relate and root for these characters in the very short scenes in between intense action sequences. The action drives this film. Like the Mad Max films of the past this one is right on par. If not more. Every now and then a film comes along that is so special, and so unique that it advances the action film genre. This will be one of those films. Fury Road will be regarded as one of the greatest action films of all time.

 It is shot beautifully. Every scene is crisp and clear, and the CGI is mixed with the practical effects seamlessly. There is not an ounce of shaky cam during the action, you see and feel every single explosion and shot with such detail that you almost in these vehicles with these characters. The designs are very reminiscent of the original trilogy, yet add a new day feel to them. Now I didn’t see this in IMAX, or even X D or 3D. I went to my regular 2D screen and saw a normal digital screening. But will say, that after watching it, I plan to go see it again in an AMC Prime or IMAX screen, this is one of those films that needs to be witnessed in that high definition, with superior sound quality.

I don’t get why people are calling it Charlize Theron’s film. Yes she is a top billed actress in it, and a star, but I never got the feeling that this wasn’t a story about Max. It’s not really told from her point of view, I felt more that I was following Max around, but I get why I could be construed that way. There are also complaints that Theron’s character is too badass in the film, and to that I say you are crazy. If anything, I would’ve liked her to be even more badass. She is incredible. I was kind of taken out of the film for a while, while trying to figure out who one of the wives was, then it hit me, oh that’s the Rosie chick from Transformers 3. Good to see her again. Hoults character is very intriguing, it’s kind of the first time we see one of the craziest with some actual heart, and you get to know him some and feel for him.

Minor problems with the film, no film that isn’t The Godfather or Empire Strikes Back is perfect. If you are not a fan of the Mad Max films, you are not going to like this one. In 2 hours, it is probably an hour and a half of car chase action. So if you to this film not know that it is indeed a Mad Max film of old, yea you might walk out not liking it. But that’s really it. It is made to be an adrenaline rush. And that’s what it is. So I am scoring it a 5.0 with a .4 bonus for its insane action sequences that keep you heart pounding all movies long, bringing us to a 5.4 on the Jeebus scale. SO what say you Jackass Nation? Are you a fan of the Mad Max franchise? Are you looking forward to this one, or have you already seen it? Sound off in the comments below!

The Jeebus Score explained

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 Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

The Drop

The Drop. The final film of the late great Tony Soprano. Or James Gandolfini for those of you who did not watch the Sopranos. The Drop is a new film about a “Drop” bar in Brooklyn. Based on Dennis Lehane’s 2014 novel of the same name. Lehane also wrote the film, while Michaël R. Roskam is the director of the film. The Drop stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, and James Frecheville.

The Drop sees Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and Cousin Marv (Gandolfini), who run a bar that Marv once owned. The bar happens to be drop bar used by gangsters and mobsters, and drug dealers to drop their dirty money for other parties to pick up. Bob seems to be the type that just does his job and minds his business while Marv misses the old days. Bob runs across a puppy that has been beaten and left in a garbage can. While learning to care for this dog he meets Nadia (Rapace) who helps him. Meanwhile notorious thug Eric Deeds (Schoenaerts) comes to town. After Cousin Marv’s bar is robbed things begin to go downhill for everyone involved.

First off I was really looking forward to this film ever since I had heard about it. To be completely honest, I never watched the Sopranos, but I promise I want to, and I plan to. That said, Gandolfini was one of finest actors working the game. This film can really make you see what a tremendous talent he was. He is great in the film. Tom Hardy delivers another incredible performance as well. Hardy is building quite a resume. It is only a matter of time until he has an Oscar or two, or three. His character is so quiet and reserved, but thru his performance you can tell there is something dark to the character. As well his chemistry with Noomi Rapace really adds to the film. The two really sell the story.

Now it can be a little slow, especially during the first act. It takes it’s time, and is a slow build to its characters and story. Like I said during its first act is when it tends to be the slowest. You don’t really know where the story is taking you. But as the 2nd act starts to come around, though it still takes it’s time you begin to become attached to the characters. The story is not exactly the vision you perceive from watching the trailers. In my opinion though I liked it where it takes you.

The direction and cinematography are spot in this film. It shot beautifully. I’m not sure if it was shot on location in New York, but if it wasn’t they fooled me. Leaving the theater I thought to myself bout how much I missed New York. I love that city. The script was very strong. It’s all done up when it comes to the dialog. It is very real. It all seems like conversations I’d be having with friends. At times cheesy, but cheese that makes it seem real.

All in all, The Drop is a great film, Hardy is phenomenal, and Gandolfini is incredible in his final performance. I scored the film a Jeebus Score of 4.1, a Good time at the theater!


San Diego Comic Con Day 3

Ok, so major news Saturday out of Comic Con, I know I am two days late, but there was a lot to talk about. So without any further au due, let’s get into it.

DC opened up with nothing but Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. No rumored Shazaam info, no rumored schedule. Just pictures, and footage. The footage which is unable to be seen by anyone not at Comic Con, which is crap. But, I have a slight description. The footage allegedly opened up in Gotham, Supes is hovering in the air then on comes the Bat Signal. He glances down and it reveals Batman on a rooftop. Batman’s eyes glow blue revealing him to be in his tech armor, very reminiscent of Frank Miller’s the Dark Knight Returns. Supes eyes glow red and he flares up toward Batman and the footage ends. The film seems to take a lot of its cues from the graphic novel, which I think is a great idea. If you’ve read the novel The Dark Knight Returns or seen the animated film, you know how detailed and incredible that story is. From the announcement of the film with the quote from the graphic novel to this test footage, it’s been pretty clear what direction they are taking it. I for one am still not 100% onboard. I think Bat-Fleck is the best thing going for the film but it has its issues. The casting of Mamoa as Aquaman, great casting, but putting Aquaman in the film, unnecessary. Same with Victor Stone, AKA Cyborg. And for Wonder Woman, the casting of Gal Godat is horrendous. They have finally released an image of her, and yes, the costume looks phenomenal. Yes she is very hot. But I don’t by her as Wonder Woman. Yes she was in the Iraqi army, she just too skinny. Not to mention, she is not an actress. She is a model who acts. If you didn’t care to have a trained actress play the most iconic female superhero ever, why would not just get Gina Carano? That’s just my 2 cents. Facebook-20140728-012253 Facebook-20140728-012328 Facebook-20140728-012357 Facebook-20140728-012414

Next up we had Legendary. Legendary had two pretty big major announcements. Godzilla 2 will include more of our favorite monsters. Mothra, Rodan, and King Gidorah, AKA Monster Zero. I was in the camp of the not so thrilled with Godzilla. I felt they needed much more Godzilla in the Godzilla film. However, with the introduction of these three iconic monsters, I am back on board. Will they let me down? That remains to be seen. I will say though, historically, sequels give you more of what you want. Batman Returns more Batman, Terminator 2, more Terminator. So I assume that Godzilla 2, will give us more Godzilla. On a possibly related note. Legendary and Universal will be teaming up to give us what a teaser called Skull Island. Skull Island the legendary home of the iconic King Kong. Rumor has it that the film will give us an origin of Kong. How he back King of this island and the islanders began to worship him. As well that it will be taking place within the Godzilla universe. If this is true, it makes me even more excited that we could get King Kong Vs Godzilla later on down the road!

Warner Brothers also released a trailer and new poster for Mad Max: Fury Road. The film looks fun, Tom Hardy plays the title character and is definitely a good successor for Mel Gibson. It looks action packed, it looks like them going back and taking their time really paid off for them. I cannot wait to see this film!

WB also aired the Pilots of both Flash and Gotham. While most people have already seen the Flash pilot, The Gotham pilot was aired for the first time. Reception seems to be pretty positive. It is said to be much grounded in reality. Not being a Superhero television show, but a cop drama. Even characters like Robin Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot, and Corey Michael Smith’s Edward Nygma are believable. The Arrow panel seemed to be the most fun with them showing an extended trailer for season 3. Looks like we will be upping the action and drama. Ra’s Al Ghul will apparently be making his long anticipated debut. They spoke of the crossovers that will take place between Flash and Arrow. Most notably Felicity’s presence on both show. The Constantine panel answered a few questions and also showed an extended trailer. Needless to say, DC is on top of their TV game.

I don’t know if there was a full panel, or not but at some point this weekend this image of The Thing pre CGI from the Fantastic FOur reboot surfaced. Looks about the same as The Hulk from the Avenges. First bit of good news in a while coming out of this film. Facebook-20140728-012312

Finally, the bread and butter, the winner of Comic Con, in my opinion. All though they did not announce any of their untitled projects, Marvel did give us a lot. Evangeline Lily will be playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. Will probably be Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang’s love interest. Corey Stoll will be replacing Patrick Wilson as Darren Cross AKA Yellowjacket. Plot seems to revolve around Pym and Cross being business partners. The Ying and Yang of the business. Cross seems to be the one who wants to take the company in an evil direction while Pym is out to help mankind. Seems as Pym will recruit Lang to take his place and become the Ant Man.

Marvel brought out the Avengers and they answered some fun questions. Hemsworth was asked where he would like them to take Thor, to which he replied “I’d like to see them turn him into a woman”. Ruffalo joked about how he used to be nobody now he walks down the street and has a name, everyone yells “Hi Hulk”. All he pieces of the puzzle have been released and they create an amazing picture of the Avengers all being over powered by Ultron Drones. Most notably The Vision appears in the background in the top left corner. Finally they showed some footage. Do you remember the photo released a about a week ago with the Avengers all hanging out in plain clothes in Avengers Tower? Well the apparently the footage opened up there will all the Avengers joking and hanging around trying to pick up Mjolnir. Stark can’t do it, not even with an Iron Man glove or help from Rhodey, Banner can’t move, then Cap steps up to the plate and it budges just a little and they all go nuts. That is until a ruffling is heard and out walks a damaged Iron Man suit, that begins to speak of the extinction of the human race, and that he is the Ultron. A montage of action footage rolls, including Black Widow in her new outfit, Banner in a strait jacket, tanks being thrown. The footage ends with the Avengers laid out in a desolate desert. The Hulk raging out, then in comes Iron Man, in the Hulk Buster gear. The two go at it and the footage ends. I don’t know about you, but just the mere thought of how this looked gives me Goosebumps. I am so excited for next year!

To end Marvels panel they brought out James Gunn who revealed that Guardians 2 is coming. Says a lot for the studio to green light the film before the first has even been released. Guardians of the Galaxy is my most anticipated film of the year and I cannot wait to see it this Thursday night!!!!

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