Here for the second installment of my monthly Quick Study. My May Quick Study got a good reception so I hope to follow up that success. Also will be trying out some new things so this content can be more user friendly! This month was a fun month to do. A lot of big titles and surprises came out on top of the typical film re-watches I usually partake in. So, here…we…go!
Now in alphabetical order. If you see something you specifically want to read about, go ahead and follow down the post in alphabetical order, or if you love me, read what I thought on all the pieces of work I watched this month!
Quick Study Topics:
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic World (2015)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
The Pest (1997)
Tomb Raider (2018)
Adrift (2018) — Director: Baltasar Kormákur
I caught this film while going to the local(ish) drive-in near me. I will admit, I had zero interest in seeing this film early on cause it seemed like a basic “lost at sea” survival story with a sprinkle of romance in it. Going to the drive in, you buy a two-for-one, basically, and if I paid for it, I am gonna watch it. I mean, you do not need to twist my leg to watch a movie to begin with but, I digress.
“Adrift” was actually quite impressive. This impressiveness comes mostly from one sole moment and how it was executed. Otherwise, the story-telling style of bouncing from current desperation survival scenario to the events in the past that led up to their current situation was interesting to watch but was not too investing. All in all, “Adrift” came as a pleasant surprise and I would highly suggest at least 1 watch. Maybe even two after you grasp the events after the 1st watch.
Dude (2018) — Olivia Milch — Netflix
Had a watch on this one simply to knock out a couple more 2018 films. From a quick look, I really enjoy this cast and Olivia Milch is also part of the writing team for “Ocean’s 8”. So it seems like this film had solid parts of the equation to result in something strong. As I watched the film, it came to me that this film is basically a female stoner movie. Now that is not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoy a Seth Rogan film just as much as the next guy, so to watch an all female cast have fun with a stoner film was actually pretty entertaining. This coming-of-age film was interesting to watch because, honestly, it was realistic. High school was coming to a close for this group of friends and they now must figure out how to approach the after years of high school. The events were pretty realistic and lastly, the film was entertaining, even enthralling at about the halfway point where my full focus was on the film. Impressive for an R-rated teen coming-of-age movie. On the opposite side of the rating, the film only gets a 6 due to (possibly?) realistic characters in regards to how damn dumb they can be. Maybe it is just because they are teens or maybe Milch simply made them that way. Regardless, I could not get over the childish dialogue and actions some of the characters delivered. Also, as said before, the film only gripped my attention halfway through the film. Most of the first half is spent lulling about with a few attention grabbing moments but overall, forgetful.
Ibiza (2018) — Alex Ricanbach — Netflix
I did not have early high hopes for this film. The lead, Gillian Jacobs, I previously watched in a Netflix series called “Love”. I was not a fan of the series but I never had anything against the actress. Her to co-leads, Phoebe Robinson and Vanessa Bayer, I had not seen in much previously. So again, my expectations were low. Well, they basically stayed low. “Ibiza” is an hour and thirty minute long EDM video. There is a core plot of Gillian Jacobs character searching for an EDM DJ she met and connected with but then lost. Then the side plot, which is what sent her on her international party trip, was that she needed to seal a deal with a client for her job. These plot lines are seemingly lost in the countless party and drug scenes where the dialogue cuts and it is just 3-5 minute long EDM tracks with the girls partying along.
The only thing that nudges this film up to a 3 is when the cast decides to actually be funny they are hilarious. Vanessa Bayer seemingly take the cake here. Again, when the film decides to turn on the comedy, Bayer comes through flawlessly. Even Jacobs and Robinson are strong compliments to the comedy. Next to the comedy, yeah sure, the music is good. *eye roll*
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) — Director: Chad Stahelski
Oberrating: 8/10 — Full Review
This was only my third time watching chapter 2. My friend had not seen the second yet so we picked this film and “Jurassic World” to watch. Let me tell you, I will never get sick of a John Wick film. Keanu Reeves is an utter joy to watch perform on film. These films are absolute balls to the wall bloody violent action. Watching chapter 2 again felt like I was watching it for the first time all over again. I was yelling and groaning at all the absolutely astounding kill shots, in awe at the hand to hand combat, and laughing at all of Wick’s short comments in response to just about every other person. If you have not already jumped on the John Wick train, it is about damn time to catch it.
Jurassic Park (1993) — Steven Spielberg
It has been a long while since I watched “Jurassic Park”. I truly forgot how wonderful a film it is to witness. Placing myself in a mindset that this film was made in 1993, “Jurassic Park” transcended its time and truly was a marvel of a film. It simply crushed its competition in regards of the adventure, the special effects, and the sheer element of astonishment and impressiveness. It is terrifying, it is hilarious, it is 90’s corny, it is truly a fun thrill ride for its duration of the film. My one and only point that pulled me away from the film at all were the kids. Annoying lil kids…
Jurassic World (2015) — Director: Colin Trevorrow
As I prepare for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, it was about time to re-watch “Jurassic World”. I actually have only watched this once or twice previously so it was not as fresh in my head as I thought. After this watch, I remembered how much I actually enjoyed this film. The kills in this are so violent yet non-violent at the same time. You see what will happen to the victims of the dinosaurs but not to its full extent. Enough to scare the kiddies but also enough to let an adult mind wander and think “damn”. Alongside the impressive and silent terror element of the film, it is very entertaining in regards to its adventure and comedy. That simply comes natural when you tag Chris Pratt for a film. Definitely a fun flick if you have not seen this before. My rating does not budge in the least bit.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001) — Director: Steven Soderbergh
The female driven “Ocean’s Eight” came out this month so I decided to give the recent trilogy a watch. “Ocean’s Eleven” is a classic. I remember watching this with my father but it has been such a long time. The build up to the heist was fun to watch but I found it a tad slow despite some solid humor filling the gaps. Once the heist begun, that was where the fun was. The cleverness and planning involved was crazy to watch unfold and ultimately succeed. It will be fun to re-watch 12 and 13 as I completely forget everything about them.
Ocean’s Twelve (2004) — Director: Steven Soderbergh
The sequel separated three years from the first was received relatively poorly by audiences. After a re-watch with an adult mind, I can understand why. “Ocean’s Twelve” was no where near as compelling and fun to follow as the “Ocean’s Eleven” was. With this watch, I found myself coasting along, watching with a hollowed focus. A five out of ten is still average and not a full failure.
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) — Director: Steven Soderbergh
To wrap up the Clooney trilogy, “Ocean’s Thirteen” was a vast improvement from “Ocean’s Twelve”. Much more engaging, much more enjoyable to watch. Basically I felt it was on par with the first one. I would even say some of the comedic moments were some of the best within the trilogy. Still does not exceed a 7 out of 10 rating but the trilogy definitely is one to enjoy and remember. I’m glad to have re-watched this trilogy as an adult versus when I was a kid and watching it then.
Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) — Director: Steven S. DeKnight
I meant to get a watch in on this film way earlier since I was a big fan of the first film. After watching this, finally, I see I did not miss much. I said before “Pacific Rim: Uprising” hit theaters that I feared it would be very evident of losing its Del Toro touch and that is exactly what happened. The vibe and style is vastly different despite still being about our giant Rock’em Sock’em Robots. It is even, to some points, very childish in regards to the dialogue exchanged by the characters. For me, “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is fun and enjoyable when the focus is on the action between Jaegers and Kaijus and no one is talking. Overall a sleeper but still a tad bit fun.
Tomb Raider (2018) — Roar Uthaug
Wow, you know, I originally was intrigued by this film and wanted to catch it in theaters but time and life got in the way of that. Here I am in the month of June 2018 and I have some off time to put this in the archives… Man was this bad and boring. In my eyes, there is hardly any dialogue, or riveting dialogue for that matter. Nothing is memorable of anyone’s acting aside from Alicia Vikander who gives some attitude at sporadic moments of the film. Which is exactly what I want out of Laura Croft but does not nearly come enough. On the topic of Vikander, clearly and obviously she is the best thing “Tomb Raider” has going for it but even she can only do so much with the material given to her. Which was minimal. Basically “Tomb Raider” is two hours of watching Alicia Vikander run away from things, grunt loudly, and jump. Have fun with this one, everyone.
Early in the month, I was mowing through films and shows. Unfortunately, at the end of June I got a tad bit busy and have not gotten in some films and shows I wish to have had in this month’s Quick Study. Expect entries on “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, “The Incredibles 2”, “Westworld: Season 2”, and “Luke Cage: Season 2”, among many many other random films and shows.
Let me know if you have any suggestions for these Quick Studies or if I am just shite. I always love hearing from everyone. Cheers!