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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) movie review

mv5bmtc3mjkzmdkxn15bml5banbnxkftztcwodaymtu1mq-_v1_uy268_cr00182268_al_After Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) suffers a stroke his entire body except for his left eye is paralyzed. This french movie is based off the book of the same name, a memoir written by Jean-Dominique Bauby. It follows his life from the stroke up until his death soon after his book was published.

This is a very artistic film that uses a lot of interesting and experimental filmography. This is essentially a trademark of french movies, trying new ways to portray the same things. This movie posed a challenge in that each camera angle and shot must be able to show roughly what it looks like to be suffering from locked in syndrome. In fact most of the movie is seemingly shot through Jean’s eye. You can see his eyelids blink and people moving in front of him, however because of his condition the camera stays mostly stationary throughout the movie.

I do recommend that people watch this movie. It won multiple awards and was nominated for four Oscars which is a big achievement for films that aren’t english. Just keep in mind that unless you know french. Also there is some nudity in this movie so if you don’t want to see that either don’t watch this movie or skip the entire bathing scene.

Final Rating – 46/50

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Goosebumps (2015) movie review

mv5bmja1otuzntq5ml5bml5banbnxkftztgwodq4ndkxnje-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_After Zach (Dylan Minnette) moves to a new town and a new school, he notices something strange about the house next to his. He soon realizes that this is the house of R.L. Stine (Jack Black) and his daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush). At the same time as this discovery because at the time Zach and his new friend Champ (Ryan Lee) are breaking into Stine’s house because Zach believes that he is holding a girl captive or something he accidently opens a book releasing the Abominable Snowman from one of Stine’s stories. The Snowman gets recaptured by the book but in the confusion a much more evil character is released into the world which could mean the down of this small town, the ventriloquist puppet from Dawn of the Living Dummy. Now the four characters must try to recapture the characters that the puppet has released before it’s too late.

When I was in elementary school I enjoyed reading a lot of R. L. Stine’s books which is why I was excited when I heard that they were making this movie. When I finally got to watching it however I was less than pleased because it’s so cheesy and the characters grow very little. It’s as though they took these creepy stories and tried making a comedy about them. I do realise that the original books were also pretty cheesy but at least at least some of them were creepy unlike this movie. I also have a problem with the way this movie ended, but because I don’t want to spoil it I won’t tell you what it is.

I only recommend watching this movie if you liked reading the books when you were younger because there is at least some nostalgia, or if you want something cheesy to watch for a movie night. However if you are looking for a movie with a good story and dynamic characters you need to look elsewhere.

Final Rating – 32/50

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Experimenter (2015) movie review

mv5bota4nzywmdi0nf5bml5banbnxkftztgwntgzndcznje-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_In 1961, experimental psychologist Stanley Milgram (John Palladino) conducted a series of radical behaviour experiments to test the willingness of people to obey authority no matter what. The results of this experiment were controversial, leading to a change in ethical psychology and leading many to doubt the results of this experiment. However it has been replicated multiple times with similar results. This is the story of Milgram as he conducts these experiments and continues his career as a psychologist.

I was confused by this movie because I thought that it was going to be a drama about Milgram’s life rather than what it actually was. The costs that went into the sets and effects were inconsistent. There are a couple of scenes where the set is nothing more than a flat image and there are other times where the set is actually a set. There was also an elephant, I don’t really know why but since its first appearance was early on in the movie I joked to myself that the producers spent most of the budget on the elephant and thus couldn’t afford any more sets.

I don’t recommend you watch this movie even if you like the history of psychology. If you want to learn about Milgram pick up a book or use Google because it would be faster and also because you would be able to find a much more interesting version of his story (it would be the same story only with better writing and storytelling). This is the type of movie you would expect to watch in class, not the type of movie that you watch for fun.

Final Rating – 22/50

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) movie review

mv5bmtyymtcxnzc5m15bml5banbnxkftztgwotg2ode2mti-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Years after the original trilogy, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is still looking for his father Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) who was cursed by the Flying Dutchman. He has read about Poseidon’s trident, an object that is said to be able to break any curse. However no one knows where the trident is, or if it even exists. Legends say that there is a map that gives the trident’s location however it is also said that no man can read this map. Meanwhile Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) has been locked up for being a witch even though she is a woman of science. She is an orphan and the only thing she has of her father’s is a small journal. Henry and Carina must go on a journey to find the trident and in order to find it they need a ship. They end up going with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), however this will only make their journey more perilous because Jack is being hunted by a fleet of dead men whom he aided in the demise of and to make matters worse he is the one who allowed them to sail the open sees. The trident is needed to break their curse of undeath before it’s too late.

I liked how there was a return to the plotlines of the original trilogy with the Flying Dutchmen and the love story between Will and Elizabeth. I also like how the writers introduced another aspect of Jack’s backstory and how there are multiple new plotlines partly involving old characters such as Will and Barbossa. I feel like this is a good return to the series that no one asked for and it gives fans of the series a better end to the series than On Stranger Tides which was a mediocre movie.

However this is not the end of the series as indicated by the post credit scene. If you want to watch this movie to completion you need to watch until after the first set of credits. The scene alludes to the next film of the franchise which I’m both excited for and fearful of. This is because on its own Dead Men Tell No Tales would have been the perfect conclusion that no one ever asked for. Now there is going to be another conclusion that no one ever asked for which could possibly be less than perfect and could be harmful to the series as a whole.

I recommend that you watch this movie if you’re a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean. It doesn’t even matter if you have watched any of the past movies in the franchise because of the prevalence if new characters and ew plot lines. I enjoyed watching this movie and I hope the next movie in the series is just as good if not better.

Final Rating –  47/50

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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) movie review

mv5bmtu3njg4mdm3ov5bml5banbnxkftztgwmje5odm3ode-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a man working menial jobs and is living at the edge of poverty in the city of Madras in India. While doing his job his employers notice the fact that he seems to have exceptional skills in mathematics. He had been working on several theories on his own for some time. They convince him to try to get his work published and noticed by several universities by sending letters to each of these universities. One of these letters is sent to G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), a famous mathematician at the University of Cambridge. Hardy invites Ramanujan to come to Cambridge in order to test his mettle. He quickly proved his ability. Now Hardy is trying to get him to prove his theories so that they can be published. However his life at Cambridge isn’t that easy. He has to face racism, people being ignorant of his culture, and prejudices against his people.

This movie is a true story about a real man and is adapted from a book with the same name which was published in 1991. I enjoy experiencing stories like this one because it is stories like these ones which are often overlooked and which often have a greater impact than one would expect from how often these stories are told on today’s world. I think at actors who played these historical figures did a good job and the director did a good job of portraying the relationship between British people and Indians, though since I wasn’t alive during this time period and I’m Canadian I don’t actually know how accurate it is.

I recommend you watch The Man Who Knew Infinity if you enjoy learning about people like Ramanujan who were amazing. This is a good movie and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

Final Rating – 48/50

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The Truman Show (1998) movie review

mv5bmdizodcyy2etmmy2mc00zwvlltgwmzatmjqwowuynmjjntyyxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvyndk3nzu2mtq-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is your average insurance salesman. He lives in a small house on a clean street with perfect neighbours and is happily married. However throughout his life he has noticed many strange things. The reality is that he is the star of a reality show and everyone he has ever known are actors and he doesn’t even realize it. The Truman Show is watched by many people every day who tune in just to see what he is up to. In addition to this the producers instruct the actors on how best to stir up drama in Truman’s life in order to make the show more interesting. Will Truman ever learn the truth about his own life?

Because of its age and quality The Truman Show is often considered a classic and I agree with that notion. It has a lot of the same aspects as many other classic movies from the 90’s such as a message about a character finding their place in the world and a famous actor playing the main role. To be honest, he plot of this film is simple but filled with a lot of underlying meaning. It’s a creepy movie with a lot of tiny details that eagle-eyed watchers may notice. Cameras are seen all over the place and characters talk about certain products as though their in a commercial. I don’t have much to say about The Truman Show except for how it’s a good movie and I enjoyed watching it.

I recommend this movie to anyone who likes dramas that make you think about certain aspects of life.

Final Rating – 45/50

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Megan Leavey (2017) movie review

mv5bmtuxotk2ntkxnf5bml5banbnxkftztgwotuyotm3mti-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Megan Leavey is a rebellious young adult who joins the Marines and learns that it may not be for her after completing her training. This is before she is ordered to clean the kennel and meets Rex, a military dog with a strong attitude. She trains very hard until she can get a dog of her own. After Rex’s partner is injured during training, Megan Leavey is ordered to become his new partner. They form a bond and had such great discipline that they saved a lot of lives while deployed in Iraq. This movie is based on the true story about Megan and Rex while serving in the Marines and after.

I wanted to watch this movie ever since I saw the first trailer for it. I like stories about dogs like this one and it is even better if its based on a true story. Plus I have a dog named Rex who has the exact opposite personality of the Rex from the movie. I have another dog named Roxy just to let you all know.

This was a well made movie. The acting was good, including the animal acting. The special effects made certain scenes appropriately scary. It’s plot was moving. The only real problem I had with this movie is that the trailers made it seem that the final story beat would take up a lot more of the movie than it already did. It makes sense to use that part of the movie in the advertising because it is the most moving part of the movie and if people see that part in the trailers they may want to see Megan Leavey more than if the trailers had shown only combat scenes. While this isn’t a problem with the movie itself and rather a problem with the way it was advertised, I still think that this could make certain people dislike the movie.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is a big fan of dogs and to anyone who wants to watch a moving film. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who hates dogs or believes that playing fetch with a stick with a dog is dog abuse. I really enjoyed watching this movie and I hope you do if you decide to watch it.

Final Rating – 45/50