In order to catch up with all the movies that I haven’t reviewed, I’m going to give you a ton of mini-reviews. Here’s a list of the films I’ll be covering:
I Know That Voice
Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno
Side by Side
The King of Arcades
Woody Allen – A Documentary
American Sniper works as an above average war thriller. However, it is an incredibly inaccurate retelling of the story of Chris Kyle, a sniper in the US military. The movie does it best to gloss over the negative aspects of Chris Kyle’s character and some of the things he said in his autobiography. The film also has some poor scenes and shots that detract from the overall experience, but it’s still an above average film. Just don’t go in expecting an unbiased tale.
I Know That Voice will appeal to anyone with an interest in voice work or with the American animation industry. It’s pretty good but is a very niche film.
Mansome is a comedic documentary that looks at the changing nature of masculinity, in particular when it comes to men and their appearance. The documentary is hosted by Arrested Development stars Jason Bateman and Will Arnett. It’s a reasonably fun way to spend a couple of hours on the weekend, but it’s very tongue-in-cheek so don’t expect any life changing views or information.
Kyoto Inferno follows not long after the events of the first Rurouni Kenshin film. The story again focuses on a villain from Kenshin’s past. However, this warrior is looking to destroy the new government who betrayed him, and Kenshin is the only one who can stop him. I am very happy to say that this is one sequel that doesn’t disappoint. It doesn’t necessarily innovate or improve, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Definitely check this out if you liked the first film. Oh yeah, and this is actually a two part film, so make sure to get The Legend Ends as well if you want to get the complete story.
Side by Side is produced and hosted by Keanu Reeves. Keanu interviews a number of big name Hollywood directors and finds out their views and opinions on digital cameras and how they compare to traditional film cameras. This movie is more than a couple of years old now so it’s a bit out of date, but it’s still a very good documentary. It’ll definitely appeal to anyone with an interest in film making, even if it’s only from a historic perspective.
The King of Arcades is a sort-of-sequel to The King of Kong, a great documentary about a few people who are obsessed with being the best at old school video games. The King of Arcades focuses on Richie Knucklez, a man with a dream of starting his own classic video game arcade. The documentary is fun to watch if your a life long gamer, but simple doesn’t have as much to offer as The King of Kong. Even though there is some cross over with the characters from The King of Kong, The King of Arcades doesn’t have the same appeal due to the lack of eccentric characters that The King of Kong had.
Woody Allen: A Documentary is actually pretty balanced and doesn’t seem to have too much of an agenda. Unlike some other films that try to avoid controversy, the film looks at all aspects of Woody’s life, good and bad. I really like the tone and themes of Woody Allen’s films, and as a result I really enjoyed this documentary, which offered a pretty in-depth look at the man and his work. I would really love to sit down and talk to this man, as I find a lot of his views and opinions are very similar to my own.