2001: A Space Odyssey Movie Review

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Title: 2001: A SPace Odyssey
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Hello sci-fi lovers, I hope I don’t ruin your day today. Since I reviewed the book of this movie earlier this week, I thought it would make sense to review the movie.

Well…I regret this decision 100%

To sum up this entire review in one sentence, this movie was BORING!

I read the book, very recently, so I know what happens pretty much every minute. I know the story that should appear on screen, I know how exciting it could be.

The problem is that there is too much happening, but at the same time, nothing happens.

Shots linger far too long. There’s probably half the movie that could be cut out because a shot that should be 10-15 seconds lingers for two minutes. It’s not even done for cinematic purpose, no cool acting moments, nothing. They’re just boring shots that hang for far too long.

Keir Dullea in a scene from the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, 1968. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

The story itself was fine. It followed the book as well as it could, and didn’t skip the good stuff.

I think the story in general is lacking. I wanted more of a struggle with HAL, I wanted there to be tension, but there wasn’t.

I’ve found out there are other Space Odyssey books, so maybe there is more depth to the storyline.

The acting wasn’t amazing, but I’ll allow it because it is more than 50 years old.


I tried imagining that the reason the movie is so boring is because it was made so long ago, but I don’t think thats the case.

I just think that there wasn’t enough of a story to be adapted to a feature length film, and Kubrik wanted to show off the “cool new space movie” to people by prolonging shots.

I wish I could have experienced it back in the day, with a fresh perspective, but I don’t get that luxury.

Maybe it was the visual marvel I imagine it to be, or maybe not. It’s hard to say.

What I can say is that I was disappointed with the movie.


What did you think of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Maybe I am just the outlier that hates the movie. Let’s talk about it in the comments or on the social media the kids love these days.
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Movie Review: One Piece Stampede

Title: One Piece: Stampede
Rating: ★★★★☆
Director: Takashi Otsuka

Hello anime lovers, I really hope you’ve seen this movie, because I am going to have a good review for you today.

I’m not going to lie, I looked for months to try to find this movie online so I could watch it as soon as possible.

The trailers looked amazing, and I LOVE One Piece… so I wanted to be ahead of the game and watch it.

Japan kept the movie on lockdown, so I wasn’t able to see it until it came to a theatre in my town.

To put it simply…it was worth the wait!


There really wasn’t a chance to rest during the movie. There was always something happening, but in a good way.

We were thrown into the drama pretty quick, and from then on the movie was more or less one giant fight scene.

Douglas Bullet is the bad guy in this movie, and he is so powerful that only Roger was able to defeat him in the past.

He actually proves to be quite the threat in this movie, and is able to take on most of the Supernovas all at once.

I wasn’t worried per se, but I definitely knew this wouldn’t win for the good guys.

I’m just glad that this wasn’t a win that Luffy got all on his own, because that would have been too unbelievable. He finally needed others help, and it didn’t seem too out of place.


I don’t know if I liked that we got to see EVERY important character in One Piece.

It was cool seeing Sabo and Hancock and Smoker, and its a nice addition to the main story, but I think the film was just a bit too busy.

Story wise it all made sense, which is good, but I think I would have liked to have just followed either the Supernovas, or The Strawhats, the Marines, and maybe Law.


Overall, the movie was my favourite One Piece movie so far. It’s fun, fast-paced, and fantastic. I was honestly never bored…and the “plot twist” at the end was really cool to see, especially how it affected our main characters.

If you liked One Piece: Stampede, lets talk about it! None of my friends like One Piece so I need people to talk to!
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Movie Review: Leap Year

Hello movie lovers. It’s February 29, so what movie is better to review than Leap Year!

It made sense to me, so its making sense to you too, but don’t get your hopes up about this review, because I really didn’t enjoy this movie at all.

The entire premise of this movie is the only reason that it’s interesting at all. It’s another Rom-Com, and even that isn’t entirely true.

I didn’t see a sense of romance in this movie. I didn’t see or feel the love, the passion, the chemistry.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I wasn’t in the right head space, or maybe its because I’m really not a fan of Amy Adams, but I didn’t like this movie.

That has nothing to do with how predictable it was too.

As soon as Anna meets Declan, you know they are going to fall in love. Why would she propose to the man she’s been in love with for the past four years?


It’s my biggest issue with Rom-Coms. Too often the people in love are really just infatuated with each other.

They would make a terrible couple, but because they had moments of flirting and a bit of sexual tension.

I don’t have much else to say honestly. I could talk about casting, pick apart the plot, examine the acting skills, but I honestly don’t care to.

I disliked this movie so much that I don’t even want to spend more time on it than I need to.


Let’s not talk about Leap Year any more. Instead why don’t you suggest some other Romantic Comedies that I should watch that are actually good!

Let me know in the comments, or shoot me a message on social media.
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Falling In Love With Your Phone – A Movie Review

Hello dear lovebirds, I hope your Valentine’s Day was lovely and full of happiness, whether that was on your own, or with a loved one.

Today I am going to be talking about a movie that might become all too real in the near future – Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Theodore Twombly, an introvert writer, buys an Artificial Intelligence system to help him write. However, amazed by the AI’s ability to learn and adapt, he falls in love with it.

Her explores a near future of our world where people are falling in love with an artificial intelligence on their phones, and the life people live when that is the case.

Before I dive into the social commentary the movie has, I want to mention two things first. The acting and the look and feel of the movie itself.


The movie is rather slow paced and tame. There really isn’t much action, but I never felt bored. I never felt like the movie was dragging on, because it’s a romantic movie. You fall in love with the characters as they fall in love together. We are there for their highs and their lows, and we get to see a beautiful relationship blossom.

One character happens to be a human male, the other a cell phone being carried around in a shirt pocket.

It wouldn’t be a romantic movie without the struggle between the two love interests. The thing that puts their relationship on trial. The event that either makes it or breaks it.

Except in this movie, when the main character’s reality crumbles before his eyes, we feel it too. We feel his pain and his sorrow, but we aren’t surprised. We knew it was going to happen, but we needed the emotional trauma regardless.


The look of the movie is also brilliant. Most movies have a style. They have a color palette they follow, a style to the characters, but Her seems to capture it perfectly.

The colors are muted for the most part, but not bland. They look great, and the odd moments of colors popping to the foreground complement the whole vision, and make it come to life.


In terms of the larger social commentary, Her speaks to the addiction we all have to our devices. Our society almost requires them, and I think Her is going to become a reality to an extent.

I don’t know if we will be at the same point, but we have all heard stories of people marrying sex robots and falling love with fake women.

What’s to say your phone won’t be the next thing we fall in love with? Sure, it won’t advance our evolutionary prospects, but in a world where people are having a hard time finding that true love, maybe their phone will be the thing that we fall in love with.


Do you think people will fall in love with their phones? I wouldn’t be opposed if Scarlett Johansson was the voice of my Siri. Let’s talk about it on social media!
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Movie Review: 1917

Hello movie lovers, I hope you’ve seen this movie, because if you haven’t then you’re definitely missing out.

During World War I, two British soldiers — Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake — receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades — including Blake’s own brother.

I saw 1917 in theaters with my brother and dad, and I wish I had seen it sooner. It is a fast-paced thrill ride.

As you all know, I am a history buff, and love a good true story movie from the 20th century.

I find them interesting and riveting, and that’s not even to speak of the historical significance to the story.

This movie isn’t about the conflict between good and evil, it’s not about a soldier’s struggle in the heat of a major battle, or their fight for survival behind enemy lines.

It’s not like a lot of other war movies, because it is the two soldiers we follow on their race against time.

I heard this movie being compared to Saving Private Ryan, and I definitely agree. It has the same sense of stress and anxiety throughout the movie. It builds up, slowly, over time. It has moments of fleeting, and it has moments that hit you harder.


The thing that jumped out at me within minutes of this movie starting was the camera work. The entire movie looked like it was shot in one attempt.

I know that’s not true, but the way it was edited to look like it was one attempt really helped tell the story.

It’s almost poetic how perfectly the camera work fits into the movie itself.

These two soldiers only have one shot. One chance to make it across battlefields to warn their allies of their impending doom. One misstep, one wrong action, one hesitation could mean that nearly 2,000 troops die in a pointless assault.

That’s why the camera work is so fitting. The one shot so perfectly captures the journey they are taking to warn their allies.


People have been raving about how brilliant this movie is, and there are moments that I agree are gorgeous.

Some shots of the two of them running from a plane, running across a mortar hole, or traveling through an abandoned city using only the light from flares to find your way around.

These moments are breathtaking and it makes sense as to why the movie has such high praise.

There is one major issue I have with the movie though, and that is the ending.

I felt so unsatisfied with how it ended.

Not to spoil the ending, but what happens doesn’t evoke the emotions I think it intended to.

It felt empty and I didn’t really care. It didn’t have that emotional punch that I was hoping for.


Have you seen 1917, what did you think about it? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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Movie Review: Ready Player One

Hello dear movie lovers, welcome to a Movie Review of Ready Player One. The book was written by Ernest Cline in 2011, and released in 2018 as a movie.

After the death of James Halliday, the creator of the virtual reality world, his pre-recorded message reveals the hidden fortune, which makes Wade Watts, a teenager, embark on a quest.

An action, adventure Sci-fi movie is something I will usually want to watch, and Ready Player One was on my list for a while.

I heard good things about it after it came out, but I kept pushing it back because I was never in the mood for it.

Well past me, I am blaming you for missing out on this movie, because it was truly something amazing.

At first, it was a movie I threw on in the background, but it didn’t take long at all before I was hooked.

The story: above average.
The nostalgia: awesome.
The Special Effects: jaw dropping.

Ready Player One’s story isn’t something new or overly interesting. We see the hero and his allies going on a journey to find the ultimate treasure.

We’ve seen the story before, and we will see it again and again. It’s not a bad story at all, but its not ground breaking.

Wade Watts dives into the Oasis to find the treasure left behind by a tech mogul. The treasure in question: shares equalling half a trillion dollars and complete control over the virtual reality world the Oasis.

It was an interesting enough story to keep me hooked, and I think that was all the movie needed; a simple story that is easy enough to follow.

Now let’s get to the nostalgia, because that was on a whole new level.

Some of it went over my head, because I was only a small kid when the movies would have come out, or I don’t get the same feeling of nostalgia as others when The Shining is referenced.

There was still plenty of references that I did understand, and many that were made about modern geek interests like Overwatch and Halo.

It was cool seeing childhood interests in a modern sci-fi movie being used in different ways. Whether it was the Delorean from Back to the Future, the Iron Giant, or even something simple like a Rubik’s cube.

Those were some of the more obvious call backs, but there were plenty of frames in the movie where you could pause it and see a half-dozen different “geek culture” references.

I’m sure someone has gone through the movie frame by frame to see all the nostalgic references, and I’m sure there are too many to count.

The visual effects were also something to be amazed by. When we are in the regular world, the effects were minimal but they were present as they are in any movie.

It’s when we got to step inside the Oasis that the effects took over.

Every inch of the screen was covered in special effects, and every inch looked spectacular.

The sheer number of different character designs, the environment, and the overall effects and feel to the movie were inspiring and beautiful.

I don’t know what beat it in the awards shows in that year, but this movie was more than worth it.

I mean it must have taken a lot of man hours to do each scene, and the movie is over two hours long.

As much as I enjoyed the effects, the ones that really stood out to me were the moments where it was entirely computer generated; like the cars being built around the players, the mecha-godzilla vs. Gundam fight scene, and even the player’s displays that would pop up.

Overall, I recommend this movie to anyone who likes an action movie and is older than 5 years-old. It is fun, exciting, and full of a lot of “ohh look its the ninja turtles” moments.

Did you enjoy Ready Player One? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or message me on social media.
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TV Review: The Mandalorian

Hello again dear readers, or I guess watchers in this case. Today’s TV Show review will be about the very popular Mandalorian show that aired on DisneyPlus.

I’ve been a bit hesitant with Star Wars content recently, and I was on the fence about whether I would like The Mandalorian or not. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, but that could have been Disney doing a hell of a job marketing it. It wouldn’t be the first time a show was overhyped and didn’t lead up to people’s expectations.

I borrowed my brothers DisneyPlus account the morning that each episode came out, and the longer the season went on, the faster I clicked on that episode.

I was hooked!

The show had everything I was hoping for, and had so few of the things I feared about it.

There was one reason I enjoyed it so much, and it is the same reason I loved Rogue One…there are no Jedi.

The Jedi ruin star wars for me. I don’t have an exact reason as to why that is, and I’ve tried to think of why I don’t like.

I think it is because of one simple aspect of storytelling.

Convenience.

Movie plots should not run off of conveniences. Random events should not happen in a story just for the sake of advancing the plot. That’s sloppy and bad storytelling.

When Jedi are involved, the Force often follows right behind them…and with the Force we get conveniences.

Now, Star Wars gets a bit of a pass with convenience because the Force tells them things are happening, or guides them to make certain decisions.


It annoys me when that happens, and the Jedi are the worst for it.

When there are no Jedi involved in a Star Wars movie or TV show, there are a lot less conveniences, and the story just becomes a great Space Action movie.


The Mandalorian is great because its a mix of different genres.

It has a bit of mystery, lots of action, a western feel to a lot of the episodes, some heist moments, and plenty of good gun fights.

There was so much going on in the show through its 8-episode run, but none of it feels out of place. The entire story is short, and a lot of people, including myself, wanted more.

A number of the episodes seemed to not contribute to the overall story much, and despite being great in their own right, sort of stood from the main story.

By the end of the story, we know they are all pretty well connected, but people still wanted more.

Its a bit greedy wanting more episodes, but I think we all know there will be future seasons.

The show was immensely popular, and the ending of the season leaves a bit of a cliffhanger for what’s coming up next.


In terms of the look and feel, the entire show is amazing. I don’t want to go too deep into the baby Yoda memes, or any of the characters, because I am sure you all have your opinions.

To keep it simple, I want to just talk about Mando himself.

I think he is a fantastic character, and Pedro Pascal does a fantastic job of portraying him.

There are plenty of characters that are well done through the show, but Mando stands out by a lot.

We follow his perspective almost the entire movie, and we get to see his story unfold before us.

Sometimes over ten minutes goes by before we even hear him speak, but it doesn’t feel out of place. You don’t feel wanting or like the show is missing dialogue…it seems completely normal.


Overall, I would give the show an 8.5. It had brilliant moments, and some beautiful looking shots, alongside the great acting.

My biggest complaint is just the story. It’s a bit lacking in real story depth, and we take a few too many steps away from the main story in such a short period of time.

Otherwise, there are no complaints, The show got me hooked nice and fast, and I cannot wait until Season 2 comes out.

Have you seen the Mandalorian yet? What were your thoughts?

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