Death of a Birdman

It’s been a while since I’ve seen Birdman, and you all remember my review on it. I loved it. However, I was always just a bit confused by it. What did it mean?  What did it represent?  Just recently, I read the play Death of a Salesman, and found it depressing, and altogether good. Just this morning, I decided to watch Birdman again, and noticed something. The insanity of the character Riggan, the broadway/ stage theme throughout, his suicidal tendencies. Birdman is a modern retelling of Death of a Salesman. Think about it: He’s a schizophrenic living in regret of not doing something that would have changed his life for the better. In the end, the voice in his head convinces him to kill himself so as to make life better for his family. Throughout the movie, Riggan talks to a voice in his head that is the birdman whom has died, metaphorically. Much like Willy talks to his dead brother. Eventually, the voice of regret inside his head, the birdman, convinces him that life, and his family, would be better off without him, and eventually convinces him to kill himself.  I know, Riggans family is way more disfunctional than Willys, but who’s to say Willys family wasn’t?  His kids basically had nowhere to go, and lived with their parents. His wife knee he was suicidal, but chose to say nothing. And, before his death, Willy had a short lived affair. It’s little references, and subtle adaptations like these that drive me towards film. A captivating story, and secret meaning that only few understand, or choose to understand beautifully told from the director of The Revenant, and countless other films with beautiful cinematography, writing, directing, and acting. A+ Alejandro.




Nolan has baffled us yet again with his new si – fi film INTERSTELLAR.   Once we think he has expunged all of his creative brilliance,  he makes us think again.  INTERSTELLAR is about an ex – pilot who is tasked with taking a team of space explorers to check out a black hole that has appeared near Saturn. Their mission is to find another team that has disappeared in the black hole after looking for a life sustaining planet to take the place of earth as it is dying.  An emotional action thriller full of beautiful space shots that will leave Del Toro’s Gravity to shame.  The dialog was well written, and full of emotion.  The acting was wonderfully executed by McConaughey, Hathaway, and the rest of The Dark Knight/INCEPTION cast.  The score was the best I’ve heard all year,
and again the spectacles were astounding.   Now for the cons.  The ending was a bit far fetched, and a few moments in the film had holes big enough for a rat to squeeze through.  Other than that, though, it was an excellent movie.  That’s all I have to say here, be sure to like us on Facebook/twitter.   I’m Grant of the reviews, have nice day!

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The Guardians of the Galaxy

I think I can wait for Star Wars VII now. This film was incredible! From the beginning to the end you will be filled with happiness, anger, and sadness. When young Peter Quill, or Starlord, is abducted from his home he becomes a junker, and steals rare artifacts for profit. Twenty-eight years later, however, he comes across a mysterious orb that attracts the attention of an evil overlord named Ronan. Now it’s up to Peter, and a few friends he meets on the way, to stop Ronan from destroying the galaxy. A gripping film full of action, smart dialogue, and a cast that does great on their own, but I mean it’s Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel, so are we ever really letdown? Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters now!



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes which is the prequel to Planet of the Apes. So, basically, this is the sequel of a prequel. Actually that’s exactly what that is. In a post apocalyptic world, ten years after the first film, the A-113 virus from the first film ( you remember, it’s the one that made the apes smart) has spread across the globe infecting and killing almost two thirds of the human population, but the apes who escaped from the zoo, and animal control, and whatever else have bread, and to their knowledge have become the dominant species. Until they run into a small group of humans who are trying to save their larger group by using the dam to turn the power back on. Only the apes don’t trust the humans after they shot one of the apes.

It was a great summer movie, I kind of expected a little bit more, but I thought it was a great movie about civilization, ape or other, and rebuilding. I also like post apocalyptic films. The dialogue was strong, as was the acting especially on Andy Serkis’ part, the special effects were better than the first film just by a tad. Lots of action, and strategy. I will say nothing about the film so as not to give anything away. I leave you with this: Watch the movie in the theater. IMAX if you’re near one.

One more month of summer movies you guys! Do not fear, because Winter movies are coming! We still have Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wish I Was Here, Hercules, Lucy, Sin City 2, and much more so stay in touch!


Edge of Tomorrow

This film was a great deal better than I expected it to be!  From the commercials, I thought it was going to be just another Oblivion, but it was so, so, so, SO much better!  An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.  A nonstop action movie with a bit of comedy, romance, and Bill Paxton!  A great cast, the special effects were amazing, and the dialogue was killer.    An excellent concept very successfully developed.  There’s only one thing that they should have done.  Kept the title from the book.  A great film to take your dad to for Fathers day.  Edge of Tomorrow (All You Need is Kill) Is in theaters now.  Happy Fathers day you guys, and tune in next time for Transformers: Age of Extinction!  Freaking Grimlock you guys!


X-MEN: Days of Future Past

May I start of by saying that that was the most incredible movie of the summer!  I loved every minute of it!  In the distant future, The mutants, and the humans are being hunted down by sentinels.  Robots that were meant to only target mutants, but then started to target humans as well.  Xavier, Magnito, Wolverine, and the gang team up to send Wolverine back in time to stop this war from ever existing.  An outstanding acting performance from everyone, amazing script, a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and plenty of familiar faces, including some new ones.  Definitely worth the watch if you ask me.  So if you’re not doing anything memorial day weekend, go watch this film!  Thanks for reading you guys, and the movie season isn’t over yet!                                                            We still have Dawn of the Planet of the apes, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Malificent, Transformers 4, and TMNT, and so many more!  So keep me in the bookmarks bar, facebook, and twitter, because I’m still bringing good stuff!  X-Men: Days of Future Past is now in theaters! 



This movie was alright, I heard this was going to be amazing, but walked out of the theater feeling like there could have been more to it.  I’m not saying it was horrible, in fact it was a pretty incredible, and a bit better than I thought it would be.  There’s a large plot range, and the acting is pretty good.  When Ford Brody returns home from 14 months at sea, he gets a call from Japan that his dad, Joe Brody, was trespassing in a city that was evacuated due to a nuclear disaster 15 years before.  When Ford goes to get his dad, his dad explains how the same “earthquake” that caused the nuclear disaster 15 years earlier is about to happen again, so they go back to the abandoned city to be sure.  After being arrested, they have dug up more than they bargained for, and only one force can destroy it…  GODZILLA!  The script was great, but the story could have been tweaked a little.  A theater experience over all.  Don’t degrade yourselves by watching this on your phone.  Also, who else thought of this movie as a bridge between the movies CLOVERFIELD, and Pacific Rim?!?  That’s a wrap guys, and be sure to check out the facebook page for Grants Reviews!  Like and follow me on twitter!  GODZILLA is in theaters now.