Southpaw: Review

Southpaw: Review

Hey Everyone,

First off, I have to thank AMC Theatres for providing 2 free tickets to see Southpaw last night! Going into the movie, I was pretty neutral, no expectations whatsoever. The theater was pretty crowded, the sound went out at the beginning of the movie, & the entire theater was laughing when someone shouted out “I want my money back!”. But here’s a breakdown of what I gathered from Southpaw.

The Story

Compared to other boxing movies, or sports movies as a whole, Southpaw had a lot more emotion and drama put into it. Itmaxresdefault felt like a twist on other movies, but a good one. It moved at a good pace, there were very few points where I thought the movie dragged on, but even then it was very small. Southpaw is one of those movies that touches on a number of subjects simultaneously, which works out for the most part, but I kind of felt like there wasn’t much closure on everything at the end, but more-so we’re just given a happy ending and left with that. Along with the drama, there is also comedic bits from both Jake Gyllenhaal & Forest Whitaker.

The Acting

The entire cast of Southpaw had good performances. Not great or exceptional, but good. I don’t have any complaints on this end, but the only note I would like to make is that you will get a sense that 50 Cent is more or less playing a role that is pretty close to how the general public really perceives him.

Other Notes 

There was too much unnecessary handheld camera movement going on. In the beginning it almost drove me crazy how much the camera was moving even when the actor wasn’t. There’s a particular moment in the beginning where Jake Gyllenhaal is talking to Rachel McAdams, the camera is focused on Gyllenhaal, but it’s moving up & down, up & down, up & down and I’m thinking to myself GET A MONOPOD, A TRIPOD OR SOMETHING! And it’s not like Southpaw was directed by a first timer, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) has been doing this since the 90’s. Use Steady Hands (Thank You if you catch the reference).

Conclusion 

My friend and I both agreed that the movie was pretty entertaining. It’s worth a morning or matinee ticket that’s no more than $7.50, but anymore than that is where the price outweighs the value. I enjoyed the movie, the performances, and there wasn’t a slew of issues that kept eating away at me (Genisys). As far as a rating goes, I’ll give it a C+, meaning it was good enough to keep me entertained, has a few problems, but there’s nothing that’s exceptional that pushes it to the next level.

Southpaw releases this Friday, let me know what you think if you decide to go see it, and feel free to ask me anything else about the movie that I may not have covered. Also be sure to subscribe to The Wingfield Blog.

Thank You for Listening,
Brandon

Photo Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf9F8fPCLjc

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Celebrating Robin Williams

Celebrating Robin Williams

July 21, 2015

Today would have been Robin Williams’s 64th birthday. Today I choose to celebrate my favorite actor by reliving the moments that made him so great. I’m sitting next to a stack of movies including Mrs. Doubtfire, Insomnia, Jumanji, Hook, Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, and more. Of course I’m not going to be able to get through all of these movies in one day, but I get to enjoy not only movies that were a part of my childhood, but a bright personality that shaped what type of human being I want to be. Everything was so natural to him, that was the best thing! I wish he would have felt the same way on the inside. If Robin Williams has had any type of impact on you, I encourage you to take time out to celebrate, enjoy, laugh, feel the same way today that Robin has made millions feel for over 35 years.

What is your favorite Robin Williams moment? Let me know! Also don’t forget to subscribe to The Wingfield Blog.

Thank You for Listening,
Brandon

Photo Credit: http://smashing.in/gallery/Robin+Williams

A Shorter Workweek & Re-Releasing a Classic

A Shorter Workweek & Re-Releasing a Classic

Hey Everyone,

So by now I think you all know that I like to share a bunch of interesting stories from time to time. Here are two stories that I really enjoyed seeing, and hope that all of you will enjoy too and let me know what you think.

The 32-Hour Workweek

Sounds like a dream right? Earning a great salary and still have time to do the things you want but never have time for.CJgub5CW8AAklLc This was the idea leading to the 32-Hour workweek, established by Ryan Carson of Team Treehouse, an online school that teaches students a variety of subjects and prepares them to be job ready in as little as 6 months (Great site). “I’m not gonna be at my fucking keyboard at 9PM on Friday night, because there’s no life there.” Sounds like an awesome idea to me.

This is a clear example of what I was talking about last week when I said that the workplace is changing. I know there are a lot of obvious questions about the application of a 32-Hour Workweek, such as the viability, financial implications, and productivity. Most of the general questions are answered in the recent interview with The Atlantic at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/396527/case-32-hour-workweek/. Team Treehouse is one of the growing companies that is changing how we view the workplace & I personally am proud to call myself a student.

The Iron Giant Re-Release in Theaters!

Yes, you are reading this right. For 2 nights only, The Iron Giant will be re-released in theaters with additional scenes. My childhood rushed out of me pretty quickly when I read about this on Fathom Events, iron-giant-poster-570x844who will be hosting the showing. This is one of those non-Disney animated films that many people enjoyed in the late 90’s, including myself. It will be premiered on September 30 in select theaters nationwide, with an encore date of October 4. Head over to http://www.fathomevents.com/event/the-iron-giant-signature-edition/more-info/details for more information. I’m ready to see this in theaters, hope you all are as well!

What do all of you think of a 32-Hour Workweek? How about The Iron Giant Re-Release? Anything else of interest you want to talk about? Let me know!

Thank You for Listening,
Brandon

Photo Credit: http://www.geekwire.com/2015/treehouse-makes-an-awesome-case-for-the-32-hour-workweek-in-this-video/

http://comicbook.com/2015/07/08/the-iron-giant-signature-edition-poster-released-limited-theatri/

July Movie Watchlist

July Movie Watchlist

Hey Everyone,

So this is something I thought I would like to do as I was browsing through my Fandango watchlist & looking for upcoming movies. I have a LOT of saved movies, so I want to share with all of you at the beginning of each month my most anticipated movies, and hopefully get some opinions from all of you about the films, tell me some of your most anticipated, and suggestions for other films! Here are my selections for the month of July.

1. Batkid Begins
You might have already heard about this story before, but Batkid Begins is the documentary about a young kid with Leukemia that decides he wants to become Batman for a day, and gets his wish. This is one of those stories that you just can’t help yourself but smile at when you hear it, and I imagine you’d feel even better when you see it. Batkid Begins will be in select theaters on select dates. To find which theater, head over to  http://batkidbegins.com/index.html#tophome and click on the Theater Finder bar on the home page.

2. Paper Towns
Paper Towns feels like an inspirational movie with the comedic style of Superbad, which if done right sounds like the perfect mix to me, and this feels like it’d done right. This is the latest film adaptation based off the book written by John Green (Author of The Fault in our Stars) about a straight-by-the-book boy named Quintin and the curious, outgoing girl Margo. This seems different from the usual coming of age, maybe its because there appears to be more comedy than usual. Paper Towns comes out July 24.

3. Boulevard
The last official movie from my favorite actor of all-time, Robin Williams. Not much else really needs to be said. It doesn’t look as bad as Robots or RV quality so I’m happy!

     

4. Amy
There is a bit of controversy with this one. Initially I had interest in seeing this documentary, but then I learned that both Amy’s family does not support this film and that the director was not “originally” an Amy Winehouse fan. The second point I can get past, but her family has already released a statement saying things such as

“They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths. There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced. The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy’s associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life. Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut.” *

I still feel that there may be something to this documentary, but everyone’s free to form their own opinion. Hell, share feel free to share them with me, let’s talk about it!

There’s my list of most anticipated films for July! What’s yours? Any thoughts on these films? Let me Know! Also don’t forget to share and subscribe to The Wingfield Blog.

Thank You for Listening,
Brandon

Photo Credit: Batkid Begins

*Source: http://www.rollingstone.com

Ant Man Twitter Vote

Ant Man Twitter Vote

Hey Everyone,

This is a quick post I wanted to make for anyone who may be interested. Marvel is again teaming up with AMC Theaters to provide those who go to see Ant Man in RealD 3D starting 7/16. Here are the choices of what poster you could have and they all look amazing to me! If you want to vote, head over to the official Ant-Man twitter page and tweet the hashtag with the corresponding poster.IMG_1264

From Left to right:

  1. #AntManHope
  2. #AntManPower
  3. #AntManShadow
  4. #AntManStrikes
  5. #AntManSuitUp
  6. #AntManTransforms

Which one is your favorite? Let me know!

Thanks for listening,
Brandon

Photo Credit: http://www.twitter.com/AntMan

Terminator Genisys: Review

Terminator Genisys: Review

Hey Everyone,

So initially I had no plans to see this movie, until a friend invited me and I figured it would at least be nice to hang out with her. I’m going to be as general as I can with the details of the movie to avoid spoilers, and focus on the positives and negatives I noticed. This is what I gathered from seeing Terminator Genisys…….

First off, they pull a Batman & Robin and start off the opening credits with Schwarzenegger, because the producers think he’s the selling point of this movie, even though he’s not the central character, just like Batman & Robin. Genisys starts of with a little narration about the background of Kyle Reese (Played by Jai Courtney) and the state of the fight against Skynet in the future. At this point we’re also introduced to another main character named John Connor (Played by Jason Clarke) and start to see the relationship between the two. The beginning of the film is where I had most of the issues with, because…

  • Some of the Visual Effect shots looked noticeably off or not realistic
  • There was a particular scene where I thought the dialogue contradicted itself and was trying to lead you to something that everyone already knew was going to happen.
  • Personally, I wouldn’t have been too invested in what would happen throughout the rest of the movie if Courtney and Clarke were be at the helm based on their performance roughly 20-30 minutes into the movie.

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Now in order to fulfill his set mission, Kyle Reese is sent back to 1984 (which I think everyone could deduct from the trailer, which gave too much of the movie away), where we are introduced to the 4 best performances of Terminator: Genisys. You can already guess two of them, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Emilia Clarke (who by the way stole the movie in my opinion. I was at least curious to see her perform outside of Game of Thrones, and man did she OWN it!). The other two being Byung-Hun Lee, who plays the liquid metal T-1000 & a familiar face who is not seen in the trailers & had a performance that blew many people away in 2014 (Please don’t look it up if you plan on seeing the movie).

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The story seems to flow at a pace that seems “convenient” for the intended story. As in there are other ways that you could think of to solve the problem and certain situations happen to give the movie more “bang for your buck”. I will give you an example, along with time traveling to 1984, there is also a trip to 2017, I will leave the details out but know this, if you are planning to go see Terminator: Genisys, prepare for a barage of convenience and in at least 3 instances, stupid plot points. The action scenes were good, not great, but good. There are a few scenes that will make you smile, and a few where you will say “WTF” in a bad way.

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On a positive note, there is plenty of humor in this movie, most of which involving Arnold. His performance was awesome & in some ways, very reminiscent of the Terminator we love. Also going back to a point I made before, Byung-Hun Lee gave one of the best performances of the film. I really wished he was included in the movie a LOT longer than he was. As far as Jason Clarke’s performance goes, I will say this. I didn’t connect with him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Terminator Genisys is no different.

Overall: Terminator Genisys is filled with flaws, but is entertaining and is at least worth a trip to the theater if you’re curious enough or just a big Terminator fan. As far as a rating goes, I’ll give it a 7/10, 70/100, D, 3.5/5, whichever grade scale works for you. It was better than what I originally thought it was going to be.

Have any of you seen Terminator: Genisys yet? What did you think? Have any other questions about the movie that I may not have covered? Let me know! Also don’t forget to subscribe to The Wingfield Blog.

Thank You for Listening,
Brandon

Photo Credit: http://www.terminatormovie.com