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Movie Review: Before I Fall

Reviewed by Ken Carman

EONMovieI have never given a 5 until now, and you would think a repeating day story would negate any possibility of a 5. But the storyline, and the message is that strong.

I know it’s not a new movie, and it’s hard to catch… at least on Direct TV. They play it at odd hours and hardly ever at night, Instead how about admittedly great movies like Independence Day ONE MORE TIIIIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

By the end you know what’s going to happen, but it doesn’t matter. I won’t spoil it for you. The teenage angst in this is superb: they nailed what it’s like. As one character says, and is repeated, it is but a blip in your life. But it’s one hell of a blip when, inside, emotions run raw and we don’t know how to handle ourselves, or others. Not that we ever get it right, we usually just do a lot more wrong in the earlier years.

Sam is a sweet teen who has fallen in with a group of girls run partially by a bully with attitude, but even she has her wonderful moments. At one point Sam tells her she loves he so much because she’s such a good friend she toilet papered a boy’s house for a week because he kept spreading the rumor Sam was a rotten kisser. Then we have the artistic, moody girl who used to be a friend but now Sam and friends torments her. There’s the boy she wants to “become a woman” with, an old, wonderful, childhood friend who really loves her, but has tried not to be pushy, tried to give her space.

You even know from the start she considers this the last day of her life. But what that means, well, we all learn.

It doesn’t need the big screen. The point is the story.

You would think by now the repeating day scenario would be so dried up it would turn to cinders and fly away. Before I Fall proves otherwise.

5

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Movie Review: Everything Everything

Reviewed by Ken Carman

EONMovieEverything, Everything isn’t a movie that has to have the big screen, though the beauty seen through the eyes of an 18 year old who has never been out of the house might be worth the big screen. Not necessary. The magic here is between the two stars (Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly) who capture the sweetness of innocent love between two young, just barely, adults perfectly.

She finally escapes the house with her love beside her and that’s when the movie turns even more magical, a bit dark, then a secret is uncovered that shows how, even out of love, selfishness and those focused on controlling people can damage others. I won’t spoil that by being more specific.

There’s a metaphor, part simile, which is bothersome. A spacemen in a suit keeps appearing and, yes, the fact she feels trapped like a spaceman who can’t climb out of his spacesuit makes sense… sort of. But consecutive over usage not only wears it thin, but distracts from the story. At times the usage was so vague, was out of context, and was disturbing to the flow of an otherwise beautiful story I just wish they had kept it down to a time or two.

But this is a minor point for sure. A definite recommend for more of a B movie. Not a life changing one, but a good one for sure.

4.1

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Movie Review: Passengers

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Reviewed by Ken Carman

EONMoviePassengers is the best movie of 2016, and maybe 2017. I’m not kidding. Passengers has everything: romance, betrayal, an impossible situation, SciFi mystique, great storytelling and a few slight twists. Oh, and I absolutely recommend 3D, unlike the other, higher attended, movie that screened at the same time: Rogue. The big screen may not be mandatory: if Passengers shows up on TV I will see it again and again. But you lose quite a bit without it.

Rogue is a good movie too, but offers nothing worth paying the price for 3D. You would think that the stars, the spaceships; something would have stood out, been impressive in a 3D way, come right at you. Nothing.

Not so with Passengers. As the two lonely, stranded, stars spacewalk the stars jump right out at you with incredible beauty, and the curvature of the spaceship gives you a sense you’re there.
That alone would be just interesting, but the script has some mildly unpredictable moments: a great feat considering the subject matter lends itself to predictability. There’s a moment in the movie I do take issue with. Something happens that Jennifer Lawrence likens to “murder.” I won’t spoil the moment by saying what, but it’s more akin to rape, in my opinion: rape beyond just body violation; something damn near impossible to forgive. How they handle that, while leaving the integrity of both characters, could have so easily turned cheesy, even offensive. The transition to the grand finale was perfect, touching.

Kudos, script writers, you navigated that as deftly as the stars worked the problem of a ship that had serious glitches.

This is the highest score I’ve given a movie so far…

4.7

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Movie Review: Rogue One


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Reviewed for PGA by Ken Carman

EONMovieRight from the start, obviously this was a story that needed to be told: the stealing of the plans for the Death Star. The character development is excellent, although some things that need explaining are left unmentioned or barely skimmed over. It is told quite well, otherwise. The Empire’s droid who has been reprogrammed even provides grand comic relief, the blind ninja a Jedi tinge to it all and a Genghis Kahn-like character is somewhat Han Solo-ish. The father and daughter tie the movie is somewhat based on brings her around to being a hero from just being out to save herself,

We went to Regal’s 3D RPX theater. The “RPX” was interesting: bigger screen, more powerful speakers and plenty of them. But 3D? The movie, not for one moment, gave any indication 3D was needed, nor the extra cost for it. What a waste.

Apparently Disney has decide to do side stories every other year, then continue from Episode 7 to 8 the the next in alternate years. Lucas Films wasa wise purchase, for sure.

You do get to care about the characters and the end had a Pompeii feel to it. I won’t spoil it for you by going deeper into that comment, and pretty much anything else might spoil it.

See it on the big screen. Skip the 3D unless it doesn’t cost extra.

4

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Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond

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Review written by Ken Carman

EONMovieSimon Pegg and Doug Jung have gone where no Star Trek reboot has gone before: decent: actual Trek-like, writing. Yes, it could be better. But after two versions of wham, BIG BAM, thank you ma’am and man, they deliver. I am unfamiliar with Mr. Jung, but Simon Pegg not only knows how to act, but knows how to put character, personality and personal interactions into his scripts. If you’ve seen Shaun of the Dead and Paul you have an idea what I mean about great character development.

Instead of starting with yet more big booms and bangs, Beyond starts with the Kirk of this timeline trying to do diplomacy, with predictable results. The Kirk character’s strongest suit was never diplomacy. The third offering in this reboot of Trek also starts with his monologue about the drollness, the monotony, of space travel: even on a ship with so many on board. We are a few years into the mission now.

There are many twists, turns and changes, and I won’t play spoiler. Let’s just say: nothing unexpected that might not have happened with this set of Trek characters, this timeline. The new Kirk has learned to dampen down his libido for obvious reasons: much like how he had to quell his rebellious spirit, or how he had to soften his impulsive nature, this Kirk went where the other Kirk didn’t go: a lonely, almost sad, isolated leader… as some have to be in real life. He had to balance duty with his wild nature, whereas the original had a less contested, challenged, rise to the top. Both have the talent, obviously, just one more difficulties due to a murdered father and a strict stepfather. I suspect, due to his father’s influence, Kirk 1 didn’t have as many problems with “management” when he cheated on this no win scenario: The Kobayashi Maru. Kirk 2 had to find his way to the captain’s chair due to not having a father to back him up. I’m sure that toughened him up in ways Kirk 1 didn’t benefit from.

Mild criticism: the villain’s motives seem unclear until the end. Then you wonder how he physically transformed into what he became. A mild annoyance, at best, though a tad bothersome for sure.

OK, one spoiler. The deep space station: Yorktown, makes Deep Space 9 tiny and insignificant in comparison. This is a city in space. Let your eyes feast on the overwhelming vision. I promise you won’t be disappointed. No knock intended: I loved DS9 and I wish they’d do something with that property more than any of the other untouched Trek TV shows.

Three last notes…
See it in 3D.
See it in 3D.
SEE IT IN 3D.

Best on the big screen, obviously. The vision Yorktown offers is worth the stupid, sometimes awkward, glasses. It’s well worth the higher ticket price.

5

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