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Screen Rants: Thoroughbreds

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems — no matter what the cost.

 

Welcome back folks! Its been a while. New Years, Chinese New Years, Work, Life, etc. All that mumbo jumbo but I’m back. And I’m back to tell you guys about a quirky film called Thoroughbreds. Took a look at the slate of movies out and this one stuck out. See, I like to claim that I have a knack for seeking talent. It started when I was in the 7th grade and my buddy Brian asked me to make a CD mixtape with a bunch of rap songs on it and then out of the blue I threw on a song called “Through the Wire” by this at the time unknown fella named Kanye West. I remember watching old videos of Mike Posner back when he was an unsigned college kid performing at schools. Well I feel the same way about Anya Taylor-Joy. Saw her in “The Witch” and instantly knew she could be a star. Next thing you know shes staring in “Split” and now that brings us here, to Thoroughbreds. I’ll give anything ATJ’s in a fair shot.

Anywho, this is a movie about 2 teens who grew up in a wealthy rich Connecticut suburb. One teen Lily, played by Anya Taylor-joy, and another teen, Amanda, played by Olivia Cooke. Amanda is a teen who feels no emotions, which if you’ve seen any murder T.V. show, you’d know that lacking emotion is one of the signs of a psycho path. Team that up with the implied intro, and we have a bonafide psychopath. And on the other end we have Lily, a perfect version of a what a lovely white suburban teen girl is on the surface who’s brewing a deep hatred for her step dad. The two were friends as kids, but it’s presumed as they grew older, they grew apart for what ever reason. Now that years have passed, Amanda’s mom pays Lily to hang out with Amanda, even though Amanda is fully aware of the situation. Despite that fact, the two kinda rekindle somewhat of a friendship when their conversation is interrupted by Lily’s dad who, as we stated earlier, Lily hates. This is when the two gals decide to open up a bottle of red wine and have a discussion about killing Lily’s father. Casual wine talk. The two meet up with Anton Yelchin’s (RIP) character Tim. A Westchester drop out drug dealer with a slight social stigma about being a pedophile. Every town has one of those. The two girls try to hire him to kill Lily’s father but whether or not that happens, you will have to watch and see…….or scroll to the bottom.

That being said this movie is straight up movie nerds creaming them selves a bit. Its a good movie, but the movie poster plastered with “Wickedly funny!” is an outrageous claim even from a exaggerating Bostonian standard. Don’t get me wrong I had a few laughs but I breathed perfectly fine the whole time. It was a fine movie, had a beginning a middle and an end and kept me interested the whole time. The movie has the benefits of being well paced and short. It feels few and far in between where we get a good 90 minute movie. Don’t get me wrong I’ll sit through a long movie if its good enough, but sometimes I’m like the Trill Withers of movie watching where a good 90 minute movie is my speed on a casual Thursday evening. Aside from that the movie also has a stylish feel with the music that keeps you interested. That’s how you win over my brain sometimes. Short and stylish, like a Shakira type because shes 5’2 and hot.

Now although i didn’t think it was funny like the next Superbad or something, the writing and performance was dope. The dead pan performance from Olivia Cooke was money. ATJ gives a good performance as well. Also have to mention this was Anton Yelchins very last role. He was fine and probably had more of the actually funny performances playing off of the dead pan humor of Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy. Not to mention he’s the one character who’s some what normal mentally. Sad to see hi go even though I didn’t watch any of the new Star Treks and I thought Alpha Dog sucked. He was a nice kid in that, but still was kind of a stinker to me. All together I give it like a 7.3. It’s not gonna be any award type movie. But strong potential to be a cult classic type of film. Anton Yelchin’s last movie. Taylor-Joy and Cooke both about to become bigger names with Glass, New Mutants and Ready Player One, Life itself coming out soon. And the movie itself has a distinct style to it with the music.

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***SPOILERS***

Lily kills the step father. Wild scene. That whole like 5 minute performance is chilling as fuck. Plus the crying, I’m not an actual movie critic or in any way qualified to evaluate acting performances but I thought it was really fucking good crying. It was somewhat a theme in the movie, crying, being able to fake it, and when it was real, It definitely draws attention to that scene more and I think it pays off. I don’t want to sound like a lunatic, but its definitely worth paying and sitting through a 90 minute movie for that scene.

 

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Screen Rants: War of the Planet of the Apes; A Chernin Entertainment Masterpiece ***Potential Spoilers***

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

 

As some of you may know, I started this film blog on the premise that I never got to see a lot of movies growing up. My parents, being foreigners from some farm land in China, never saw or knew of the cultural impact movies have on people. A lot of the classics I’ve never seen. Well now, I almost don’t have to because I’m pretty sure I get a touch and feel of tons of Oscar winning movies in this. Do you want to see a film that highlights the brutality of war like Apocalypse Now and Platoon? You get that in this movie. Want a revenge tale like a classic western like The Revenant? Well you get that. Want a classic film meditation on the controversies involving slavery and racism like the classic tv mini-series Roots? Well this movie has it. Shit one can even lump it into the Prison escape genre that’s on par with the likes of The Shawshank Redemption. That’s what you get when you see the latest Chernin Entertainment picture. Really just a cinematic masterpiece all around.

I mean when you talk about acting and what makes it great, It’s if the characters really convey emotions to the audience watching, well it certainly did that. But then there’s a realism aspect where some how Andy Serkis has to accurately portray what it would be like If a Monkey were some how injected with a cure for Alzheimer’s and it gave him super human brain capacity essentially giving him a human brain in a very versatile chimpanzee body. Like there’s no base of concept there so I can’t really tell if that’s how a chimpanzee would move and act, but the acting was so well I fucking believe it every second. I know how a chimp would hold an Shotgun and even point a commander sized 1911 pistol to someones head after seeing this movie.

Woody Harrelson’s Character? Absolute lunatic. I mean in a changing world where primates become the top of the food chain there is no more normal but his character is a lunatic. Probably draws some inspirations from Hitler / Kim Jong Un type. Just an all around Dictator with ambitions to crush the opposition. Guy’s wild. He doesn’t necessarily have as much screen time that I would like, but he has one massive important monologue, and every time he’s on screen your on pins in needles thinking an ape is gonna get shot. Like I said, Kim Jong Un level diabolical.

I really liked the first film. It wasn’t as intense but it was a good origin story and the scene where Caesar stands over them as they sleep is one of the most terrifying things in real life. Like Im prepared for a burglar to come in and try to make it out with my TV in the living room while i bust in with a shotgun. If the cat burglar was in fact a very tall muscular chimpanzee standing at the foot of my bed staring at me, I would just simply loose my shit and scream. It’s one thing to be all humans and dealing with below average criminals, another thing to be terrified of monsters that don’t exist. Whole nothing scenario dealing with real world animals and god knows how many medical test subjects there are that can create super human/ super intellectual breed of animals. So yea, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was awesome. Maybe my favorite one because we get to see a different side of Cesar.

 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was just good and shocking. I mean they didn’t pull the curtains on any of it. Sure Rise of the planet of the Apes had its fair share of action but right from the jump there’s gun play going on. Trigger fingers everywhere. But most of all the scene where the Chimp plays dumb and just straight up MURKS two dudes. It was shocking. That was the seminal moment in the franchise to me when I knew shit was gonna get wild. He straight up tricked em and put a bullet in their heads. One of the realest shits I’ve ever seen. Not my favorite just because I liked Rise so much. But still a solid pick right below Rise.

War I think is my favorite which should be reason enough to go see it. Trust my word. But I also like it because it’s personal. He’s here for business. Great way to conclude and close the books on a trilogy. Like I said. Its a war film wrapped around a prison escape movie filled with themes of hellbent military figures, racism, slavery and driven by a revenge plot. Takes a lot of balls to make a film like that. (Also takes a lot of balls for the production company to start their venture into film and TV production with this franchise **cough**cough** Chernin Entertainment/ Peter Chernin. cc- Barstool Sports, please hire me.) If I’m gonna be absolutely critical and honest it’s very hard to maintain a perfect score in film. There was even a cock sucker who knocked Get Out down a peg on Rotten Tomatoes. So no War of the Planets of the Apes is not a 10/10. and that’s because its an 11/10. Go see CHimps and humans Engage in WaR at the eNd of all man kInd with only one civilization surviviNg it in theaters this weekend.

So if we’re keeping score at home its

1.) War of the Planet of the Apes

1.) Rise of the Planet of the Apes

2.) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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***LITTLE SIDE NOTES****

1.) I’ve only been to California once when I was a little kid and have yet to go back. I know It’s a large state with a variety of environment and ecosystems but how the fuck did they go from Water falls and lush forest environment to trekking through snow and even a blizzard. Does California get like that? Is it because it’s pretty much the end of the world in this scenario and weather patters are just crazy? Are Apes even built for snow? Wish we had the Chernin Entertainment group to release like side short films explaining this shit even more.

2.) That poor horse that has to run a million miles an hour with a fucking gorilla on it’s back. Cesar is a cruiser weight at best but no chance that horse would’ve made it another full day of riding with Luca on it’s back. Herniated horse spine disks for sure. I mean it ran from the beaches of California into the cold north for Christ’s sake. Speaking of gorillas…

 

These two mother fuckers. Winter’s a back stabbing son of a bitch. How could you betray your own kind? I mean I get they’re threatened by war and shit but Gorillas are like the grand daddy when it comes to Primates right? Like Caesar is a good pick because he’s a simple chimpanzee. Guy’s a common folk and represents the common apes in the world but I mean if you want the biggest and baddest you go for a gorilla. These two mother fuckers just betray the crew to be the lackey. You’d figure a beast of that size wouldn’t take shit from no human. Such a travesty. Luca on the other hand. Give that guy a Purple Star. You know who else deserves some love?

Maurice. Guy is just so nice and sensible. Crazy that such a peaceful guy like that can get caught up in the middle of war. I know my allergies would flare up and he probably smells disgusting with his damp matted hair but I still want to give him a hug. Speaking of honoring primates who died in senseless violence.

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Someone Made A Nature Documentary From Grand Theft Auto V Titled: Onto The Land

Grand Theft Auto V, as we all know damn well, was a huge achievement in the field of open world sandbox-ery. It bought us a city playground several times the size of previous Grand Theft Auto worlds, and more than ever to do within it. If you’ve ever wanted to take a break from your badass crime spree to do a little yoga, this is your jam, right here. I don’t want to drop cliches like ‘living, breathing world’ on your asses, but that’s where Rockstar were going with this. Every pedestrian you pass seems to have a purpose of their own, places to go and people to see. There are limits to that, natch, but generally you’re just cruising past in a blur as some asshole online aims a rocket up your tailpipe, so you don’t really notice. Which sucks a bit, frankly. Because when you really pay attention to the minutiae of Los Santos life, you see just how much has gone into the game. Which is where the obsessive attention-payers at 8-Bit Bastard come in. These guys put in six months --six freaking months-- of work to bring us Onto the Land, a documentary about the wildlife of GTA V. From hairy-assed little rabbits to hawks and cougars, they’re all here, and they’re all... a little scientifically ropey. But that’s video game AI for you. Did you know cougars hunt by herding deer about until they plummet over cliffs, in hilarious slow-mo and bouncing repeatedly off rocks like Homer Simpson, then scavenging the remains at their leisure? Nope, me neither. But here it is:

Egotastic- Grand Theft Auto V, as we all know damn well, was a huge achievement in the field of open world sandbox-ery. It bought us a city playground several times the size of previous Grand Theft Auto worlds, and more than ever to do within it. If you’ve ever wanted to take a break from your badass crime spree to do a little yoga, this is your jam, right here.
I don’t want to drop cliches like ‘living, breathing world’ on your asses, but that’s where Rockstar were going with this. Every pedestrian you pass seems to have a purpose of their own, places to go and people to see. There are limits to that, natch, but generally you’re just cruising past in a blur as some asshole online aims a rocket up your tailpipe, so you don’t really notice.
Which sucks a bit, frankly. Because when you really pay attention to the minutiae of Los Santos life, you see just how much has gone into the game. Which is where the obsessive attention-payers at 8-Bit Bastard come in.
These guys put in six months –six freaking months– of work to bring us Onto the Land, a documentary about the wildlife of GTA V. From hairy-assed little rabbits to hawks and cougars, they’re all here, and they’re all… a little scientifically ropey. But that’s video game AI for you.
Did you know cougars hunt by herding deer about until they plummet over cliffs, in hilarious slow-mo and bouncing repeatedly off rocks like Homer Simpson, then scavenging the remains at their leisure? Nope, me neither. But here it is:

Now I don’t want to over exaggerate and say Onto The Land should be a contender for the Academy Awards or anything. Realistically not even Golden Globe. But thanks to my short attention span, I zoned out and back in and forgot I was watching something pieced together from a video game featuring heavy gun violence and gang culture. I was watching the beauty of nature, the struggle to survive living in the wild, and interaction between man and nature. Sure some of the information relayed might not be the most accurate information but thats just how convincing the doc was. Get the right nature music, some British narration, and just point the camera at digital animals and it’ll always be a decent nature/animal documentary in my mind.

Sidenote- 6 months though? fucking coulda filmed a real nature doc in that time but ill settle for the fake landscape that is Los Santos