The Conversation (Day 08 of 100)

I am just as boring as this poster depicts. It is not false advertising.

I am just as boring as this poster depicts. It is not false advertising.

Damn if this movie wasn’t misleading, The Conversation (1974) starring Gene Hackman as the lead, Harry Caul, and (hardly in it, Harrison Ford) is a Drama, Mystery, Thriller based around a secret surveillance expert (Hackman) and his recorded conversation of a couple he was spying on in the park for a very secretive client. 

The movie is slow-paced, had forced love interests in it (because really, even in the 70s, was Hackman considered a sex symbol? How much suspension of disbelief is expected of me for this film?), and probably only did well in theaters and with critics because it was the 70s. You know, that time in American history where no one, especially the government could be trusted? We had that whole Soviet Espionage thing happening, and every person everywhere thought they were being spied on, or phone tapped, or that a sleeper agent could “wake” at any moment.

The movie hardly held my interest and was far too long, dragging on for 113 minutes, and was directed by “all star” Francis Ford Coppola, regardless of the director and 3 Academy Award Nominations, the film doesn’t hold up for this new generation of movie goers. What was frightening, and psychologically tormenting about this film doesn’t translate for us today. It was placed on my list as #93 but doesn’t deserve it. 

 

The Conversation  has a rating of 98% by critics and a shocking 90% by the typical audience. Do not attempt to watch this movie unless you were born after the year of 1980. Even that is pushing it.

Chronicle (2012) A movie review

Tonight I viewed Chronicle, a movie I have been excited to see since the first t.v. spot months ago where all you knew was that a couple teenagers got AWESOME telekinesis powers, and let alone on that, who wouldn’t want that? Could you imagine just stumbling upon some alien looking huge rock thing and then gaining powers without giving up anything in return? Overall that’s what most of the commercial spots and trailers were promoting. Then as time progressed we saw more and more on the movie and how one of the boys gain too much power, to the point where it changes him, for the worse.

This should be expected actually considering that the first scene is around Andrew, the one who eventually becomes too powerful, and his abusive, alcoholic father is pounding on his door at 7:30 am., bitching at him for one reason or another.  This is only foreshadowing, very bluntly what will be happening later in the film. The movie is predictable for the most part but if you’re in the theater watching the film, you’re not there for the story line, or character development, or plot; you are there for the sweet mind powers and watching these teens move shit with their mind. Because you know you would want to have those sweet ass powers yourself. Jealousy is the main emotion the audience may feel during the movie. One of the best scenes that come out of this adrenaline rush of a movie was where they learn to fly. It was filmed beautifully, and exactly how one would hope it would look like to fly up in the sky with the birds and the planes. This is of course the one “super power” I have always wanted myself, and I would assume there are others out there whom feel the same.

After you find out the obvious,  2 popular guys (Steve, future senior class president, Matt, cousin of Andrew) and the one loner (Andrew), are the three main characters in high school, and the loner is obviously the one filming everything (yes it’s one of those “filmed films” but more on that later) the movie progresses to the happy, “we have super powers let’s see what we can do with this shit” part. There is a good section of discovering the powers that defiantly makes the movie worth while. Andrew slowly becomes popular thanks to the aid of Steve. Of course the fame is short lived and I won’t ruin what it is that then spirals Andrew into the soon to be power hungry boy reeks havoc in Seattle. I don’t want to go into much more detail about the story line because if I did I would have to say this review contains spoilers. And nobody likes a movie review with spoilers in it. But the explosions and what not are all well delivered.

So onto the film aspect.  The special effects are flawless, their could possibly be a soundtrack to it, and the acting is pretty good. It is one of the “filmed films” in which you are viewing what the characters are seeing as it happens. BUT this one is different from Cloverfield or Quarantine, not only do you see what’s going on from the one camera perspective, Andrew; but another girls films (for the convenience of) a blog, they also use film from cop cars, hospital rooms, news, and even video phones. I think that they put a new twist on the “filmed films” idea and they did it well, and it did not seem recycled to me.I also enjoyed how they did not use anyone from Hollywood for the film. The fact that I did not recognize anyone makes the film all that much more of a real and relatable  film unlike the movies with actors you recognize right off the bat.

The ending is predictable, but it is also depressing. Yet the final fight scene is definitely bad ass and really makes you hold your breath. Overall my two guy friends who I viewed it with (20 something year old college guys) loved the hell out of this movie, they were so hyped up afterwards, and enjoyed every minute of it. So because of them and the overall lack of plot, yet overwhelming awesomeness of the powers I give this film 8 out of 10 car explosions

 

 

~Jacki K