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Okay everyone, If you are reading this then congratulations! You successfully found my newest review of some of the MSU RHA Movie Offices recent additions. If you weren’t searching for this review and stumbled upon it, maybe give it a read and see if one of the reviews sparks your interest in a movie. As always I am Derek Bry, BFA Acting Major, an employee of the Movie Offices and operator of this very new blog. I am on twitter (@derekbry) and I would love to receive any feedback as to how you feel about this review blog, and ways that I could make my content better for readers. Without further ado, I shall begin.
12 Years A Slave: biography, history, drama R. — Post civil war america, free black man Solomon Northrup is abducted in upstate New York and sold into slavery. Solomon is sold first to Mr Ford and behaves well and is trusted with many responsibilities, but he refuses to redo his own work on a shed and is strung up by the neck from a man who also works for Mr Ford. Hours later once he is found Mr Ford cuts him down and helps Solomon into the house, and tells him he needs to be sold to keep him safe. He is then sold to Edwin Epps, a notorious ‘Slave Breaker’ who is particularly brutal. Solomon has to bide his time working on his cotton plant while trying to prove he is a freeman. Based on a true story, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita N’yongo this picture was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Writing, and Best Actress for N’yongo’s performance. There are many thrilling moments and scenes of violence depicting how terrible it was to be forced to live as a slave. — I was blown away by this film, after watching how well it had done at the Academy Awards I was curious as to what it was all about besides slavery. Ejiofor’s performance was outstanding and the story of Solomon Northrup’s determination and tenacity is remarkable. The pain he suffers both physically and mentally as he waits and works trying to return to his family is so subtle and yet so apparent. He does not want to appear weak but he can’t deny the toll it takes on him. Every aspect of this film was wonderful, the set design and the costumes were very successful at drawing me into the world and when combined with the score and the actor’s choices I was blown away. Michael Fassbender was incredible as well playing Epps. He was intimidating and ruthless and unpredictable in a way that makes every move nerve racking. All in all this is a beautiful piece of work, aside from some violent scenes and the use of the N-word I recommend that everyone see this movie at some point. 12 Years A Slave 9/10
American Hustle: crime, drama R. — Con man Irving Rosenfeld is forced to work for FBI agent Richie DiMaso, going undercover with his british partner into the world of New Jersey power brokers and the mafia. A New Jersey Politician gets caught between the mob and the feds and Irving’s unpredictable wife adds a complicated element to the mix. Set during the 70’s this exciting film is filled with a star studded cast including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. Nominated for ten Academy Awards including best picture, best actor in a lead role, best actress in a lead role and best supporting actor and actress. This is an excellent and unpredictable crime movie that is a lot of fun to watch. — I had really wanted to see this movie based on how interesting the trailer had appeared, but going in had I known nothing about the plot. After figuring out that it was a crime movie, that Christian Bale was really great at conning people and that Bradley Cooper needed him to go undercover for him to infiltrate the mob I started to focus more on what was happening. The costumes are great and exactly how the 70’s seemed to be, entirely successful in conveying the time period. The actors obviously were phenomenal based on their recognition at the Academy Awards, but there was something that I did not anticipate with a crime drama genre style film, there were many humorous moments. More than I had expected, Bradley Cooper is a young FBI agent still living at home trying to keep his work out of his family, and Jennifer Lawrence is great as Christian Bales eccentric wife. At some points the movie does get a little slow and plot heavy and missing these moments is rather detrimental to understanding all the deception going on on both sides of the operation. I really enjoyed this movie and give American Hustle an 8/10
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: action, adventure, sic-fi PG-13. — Steve Rodgers is struggling to adjust to the 21st century even with the help of Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) and director of SHIELD Nick Fury. He faces a new threat, a super soldier out of Russia known only as The Winter Soldier who is quite possibly his greatest foe. With the threat of corruption the Captain must decide who he can trust and who he can’t. Full of action, great fight sequences and classic Marvel style comedy this is his hardest challenge yet. — This movie is awesome. If you love Captain America, if you love Marvel in general then this is the movie for you. The first Captain America movie was great and did so much to introduce the Cap into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it was very plot centric with the development of Steve Rodgers as a character and his transformation into Captain America and what was going on with HYDRA. These were all completely necessary and made for a wonderful movie although there was a feeling of longing for more action sequences. The Winter Soldier satisfies that longing with some of the most exciting scenes in the MCU to date. Seemingly making up for all the lost fight scenes this movie is not short on action and cool shots. That isn’t to say that it is lacking in the plot department, with the introduction of a new character to the team and deception in SHIELD there is still much plot to be had. When I saw this film in May of last year I left the theatre under the impression that this movie was better than Avengers and was the best Marvel movie to date. Highly recommend to any fans of Marvel or its movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier gets an 8.5/10
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: action, drama, sci-fi PG-13. — The second installment of this series revival takes place 10 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the pandemic has wiped out much of the human population. Caesar’s family and followers are thriving in the Redwood forest. The surviving humans living in San Francisco are desperate for power and need to access and repair the hydro-eclectic power plant in ape territory. Watch as ape and man attempt to trust one another only to end up in an all out war. Andy Serkis is phenomenal as Caesar the leader of the apes and gives a tremendous motion capture performance. With stunning visual effects this out does its predecessor. Also starring Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Toby Kebbell. — I found the first movie in this reinstatement to be outstanding and like something I had never seen before. The CGI and motion capture performances were incredible and the plot was surprisingly touching. That being said this film blew it out of the water and is a fantastic sequel. While Rise is a more tender getting to understand the world of the film Dawn is a more supped up action flick. The plot is deep and important regarding the humans and apes abilities to trust each other in this strange new and highly volatile world and investigates the new relationships that these two species have with each other. The struggle between the two for power is also interesting, not really power over the other, so much as power to ensure their own security. But there is also more action in this movie. The motion capture performances by Serkis and the other actors playing apes is stunning. They somehow manage to give a performance that is not only apelike, but is also surprisingly human. There isn’t really a correct way to describe this interesting transitional period of development that the apes are going through as they adapt more human characteristics. If you were a fan of Rise or are a fan of Andy Serkis you will be very pleased with this movie. If you like gorillas, chimpanzees and orangoutangs you will also enjoy Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I recommend seeing the first one before viewing this sequel so you have a better understanding of where the apes have come from and their journey to this point. I give Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 8/10
Hello Everyone! I am Derek Bry, an employee of the RHA Movie Offices and I will be posting my reviews of our current and new movies on this website. This is my first time doing something like this and I am not certain if everything will work out as I want. If you have an idea for a way to improve my reviews or have any questions regarding the MSU Movie Offices feel free to contact me on my twitter @derekbry.
To start I will be posting a review of seven of the seventeen new movies we are getting this week. I will also rate the movies I have seen according to a number of traits, if you find these ratings helpful please let me know!
FURY: action, drama, war R. – In spring of 1945 the allies make a final push in the European theatre. Brad Pitt leads a team of men operating a Sherman tank. His team includes Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal from the Walking Dead, and Michael Pena with the rookie Logan Lerman. As their tank breaks down they make one last stand against overwhelming odds in an attempt to hold their position until help arrives.
NIGHTCRAWLER: crime, thriller R. – Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, an ambitious man searching for work. He turns to crime journalism in Los Angeles. But the lines of morality start to blur between simply reporting and actually participating in the crimes himself to further his career. Nominated for an Academy Award and directed by Dan Gilroy.
INTERSTELLAR: adventure, sci-fi PG-13. – Join Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as they travel through a wormhole in an attempt to save humanity. Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award nominated film is an exciting adventure through space and time, and will leave you wanting to watch it again and again. –This film is both exciting and thought provoking, it brings into question the fate of humanity should it keep on its current course. The visual effects are tremendous and McConaughey delivers a terrific performance as Cooper. The physics concept of relativity is explained in the movie but there not so in depth that it becomes slow to watch, and it is simple enough to understand throughout the movie. I give Interstellar an 8.5/10
GRAVITY: sci-fi, thriller PG-13. – Winner of seven Academy Awards and nominated for three more including Best Picture, Gravity follows the story of a Medical Examiner and an Astronaut left adrift in space after an accident destroys their shuttle. Led by Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock this film will make you appreciate the gravity that holds us all here on earth more than you ever thought possible.
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: biography, drama, thriller PG-13. – Tom Hanks stars as Captain Richard Phillips in this true story of a 2009 US cargo ship hijacked by Somalian pirates. Nominated for six Academy Awards this movie will keep you holding your breath on the edge of your seat. —Captain Phillips is an incredible story of a mans resilience to never give up even when faced with great personal risk. The story is inspiring and Tom Hanks gives quite a performance. Important to address that the lead pirate was played by an actor who has never acted before being cast in this film, and he was nominated for best supporting actor at the Academy Awards. Over all a very great film, exciting to watch and a remarkable true story. I give Captain Phillips 7/10
THE INTERNSHIP: comedy PG-13. – Two watch salesmen lose their jobs and search for something more stable. They fall into a competitive internship opportunity with Google, competing in teams against college students half their age. Starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson this comedy leaves the audience laughing and cheering. –I really enjoyed this movie there were a couple parts that seemed to drag a little but overall a very humorous and refreshing film. The comedy and humor is clever and the supporting cast of younger actors and actresses does a great job holding their own with stars like Vaughn and Wilson. I would recommend if you are looking for a laugh that isn’t typical to what seems like the current trend of comedies. I give The Internship 7/10
SPIRITED AWAY: animation, adventure, family PG. – One of Hayao Miyazaki’s most famous animated masterpieces. The story follows a young girl whose family is moving, during the trip she gets separated from her parents and wanders into a different world. To save them and return to the real world she relies on the help of a spirit. Spirited Away won an Academy Award for best feature length animated feature in 2003. –This is one of Miyazaki’s better known pieces and is a masterpiece. To those who don’t enjoy anime it may not seem like much of anything. There is a beautiful score and excellent writing, Miyazaki himself oversaw much of the animation process. It is truly a work of art and is a wonderful film. If you haven’t seen it I would recommend giving it a chance, but I do understand it is not for everyone. I give Spirited Away 8/10
What is Happening RHA?
-Hubbard Hall will be having a night in Africa Game show February 24th in 132 Hubbard from 6:00-8:00p.m.
-East McDonel Black Caucus will be having their Soul Food Extravaganza in the Hubbard Dining hall on the 26th from 5:00-8:00p.m.
-PRIDE is having a sex positive discussion on the 24th at 9:00p.m. in G30 Landon.
-PRISM is having a pronoun matching game on the 24th at 8:00p.m.
-Butterfield will be having a ballroom dancing even on the 26th from 7:00-9:00p.m in one of the Brody classrooms. Join them for food and dancing.
Pick all the movies you really want to see on RHA TV and On-Demand!
What’s Happening RHA?
-Wonders Hall Government will be hosting a welcome back movie night on Thursday the 22nd at 7:00p.m. Join them for hot chocolate and either Frozen, Happy Feet, or How to Train Your Dragon2!
-UBBC will be hosting “Color Blind” in order to explore the topic of interracial dating. Join them on the 22nd at 9:00p.m.m in 175 Brody. E-board positions are also available.
-LIGHT is hosting “painting canvases and how we paint ourselves” in 175 Brody on the 26th. Join them at 7:30p.m. for a free craft and free food!
-SPECTRUM will be having a carnival event on the 26th at 8:00p.m. Join them in C103 Holmes for games, snacks, and prizes!
-RING is having elections for the new semester on the 27th at 9:00p.m. Join them in the Phillips RING room and enjoy elections and snacks!
-PRISM will be having a “gender roles with Disney villains event on the 27th at 8:00p.m. Learn about Disney’s reinforcement of gender roles with villains in Case hall 355B!
-Hubbard Hall Government is having study tables on the 27th from 7:00-9:00p.m. in Hubbard hall 129!
-Red Cedar Black Caucus is having study tables in the Mosaic Center on the 2nd floor of the Union. Join them from 7:00-10:00p.m. on the 27th.
-Sny Phi Hall Government will be hosting Euchre night! Come out on the 29th at 6:30p.m. in C201 Snyder .
Saturday, December 6th: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 7th: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Monday, December 8th: Closed
Tuesday, December 9th: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, December 10th: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, December 11th: 3:15 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, December 12th: Closed
What’s Happening RHA?
- -McDonel Hall is hosting the “The Socialite” in the McDonel Kiva. Join them for some B-Dubs, Games and a DJ!
- -RING will be having an Ask Ring! Night on the 17th at 8:30p.m. in the RING room. There will be food and giveaways as well as a time to ask questions and make suggestions.
- -Spectrum will be hosting What’s the T? in E-10 Homes on the 17th at 8:00p.m. Join in for a trans gender day of remembrance; memorialize those who are victims of prejudice.
- -APASO is have It’s on APASO on the 17th in Snyder 301 from 6:30-8:30p.m. There will be education about sexual assault, rape prevention on MSU campus and free food.
- -Armstrong Hall is hosting a Euchre Tournament on the 17th at 8:00p.m. on the first floor of Armstrong. There will be candy and prizes
- -PRISM will be having its Drag Show at 8:00p.m. on the 18th in the Wonder’s Kiva. There will be free t-shirts to the first 100 people present as well as a fashion week theme. Bring your singles for donations!
- -PRIDE is having a movie night on the 18th at 7:00p.m. in G30 Landon. Watch “Boys Don’t Cry” while drinking coco and eating cookies!
- -Holden Hall will be having an in your face sex talk on the 18th from 5:45-7:15 in G11 Holden Hall. Everyone will receive a condom as well as a vibrator or masturbator. Clear up any of the sex myths that you are wondering about.