Focus (2015)

Here’s a flick that’s been out for a few weeks that I was just able to watch. Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) is a very experienced man when it comes to conning people. Nicky has done this for many years and starts to feel like he should think about life more and maybe get out of this business. Things really start to change in Nicky’s life when a girl named Jess Barret (Margot Robbie) walks into his life. Jess wants Nicky to show her everything that he knows about being a con artist. Nicky decides that he will show her the ropes and help her out with this. Nicky thinks that Jess is capable to be in this kind of business. Things start to really change when Nicky is helping Jess because he starts to develop feelings for her. After a great weekend of conning, Nicky decides that he needs to let Jess go. We then fast forward three years into the future where the two somehow find themselves becoming reconnected.

Focus is the typical type of crime movie that is awesome, but starts to get a little over-the-top. I really enjoyed this movie and thought it was a lot of fun to watch. I was very surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this film. I have never been much of a Will Smith fan, but he made the me pretty entertained with this movie. I thought Will Smith and Margot Robbie were very enjoyable together and played a nice duo. I haven’t seen much of Margot Robbie in much besides The Wolf Of Wall Street, but I think she found the kind of role that she can really act in with Focus. 

Focus is directed by Glenn Ficarra. He is also the writer of this movie. I am not very familiar with the movies he has directed, but I am a little more familiar with some of the movies he has written. This was a nice change for him and I think this movie was directed very well. He gave us a fun movie with a couple solid actors that keep you entertained. This is a movie that is full of many twists and turns that you think are just awesome. Focus is a movie that can sometimes put you on the edge of your seat.

I wouldn’t say that this movie was excellent by any means, but it is a movie that I think many people will enjoy. Focus is the kind of movie that just provides you with a ton of entertainment and some smart conning ideas. If you are into that sort of thing, I think Focus is the movie that you will want to see. I’m honestly sorry I was unable to see this in theaters. I think this would make a really good movie going experience. It is an awesome crime/drama film that is just simply enjoyable.

Overall, Focus is a film that provides plenty of cool scenes and some pretty good acting. This is definitely a movie that I would check out at some point.

Grade= B (Good)

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Django Unchained (2012)

Looking for another Tarantino classic? This is one you’ll want to watch. We meet Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave that is being marched with other slaves to his new oner’s estate. While all chained up with other slaves, a man named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) shows up and needs some assistance and since Django is able to help him, Dr. Schultz decides he wants to buy him. Dr. Schultz needs to find the fugitives know as the Brittle brothers. Schultz is not a man who likes slavery, quite frankly he hates it. Now that Django is helping Dr. Schultz find who he is looking for, Dr. Schultz promises to help Django rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from notorious slave owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Django Unchained is directed by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino may be the best director out there right now. He is definitely one of my favorites and I think having him as director of this film is why this works as well as it does. This movie is just a nonstop riot of humor and entertainment. This was one of the most anticipated moves to see in 2012 and it certainly did not disappoint. This was a movie that consisted of a shit ton of violence and brutal scenes to watch. It definitely wouldn’t be a Tarantino movie without all that. Look at his list of movies that he’s directed. Every one of them has some pretty brutal scenes.

I think this movie may be Tarantino’s best in the past ten years. This is just an all around great movie. I could not wait to see it and when I did I left completely satisfied. I have to talk about the acting now. The performances by everyone in the movie were just awesome. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz were excellent together. This is the second film by Tarantino that Christoph Waltz has been in and he has won the Oscar for both of them. I thought Leo gave an outstanding performance as Calvin Candie.  There is even a small appearance by Jonah Hill that will have you laughing your ass off. All the actors gave us something to enjoy from their roles in this.

Django Unchained had some excellent writing as well. This won the Oscar for best original screenplay. This was without a doubt deserved. I thought the script was phenomenal and  is one reason why this movie is one of the best films of 2012 and could have arguably won best picture at the Oscar’s. This wouldn’t be your typical best picture winner, but I was happy it was nominated. It absolutely deserved the nomination and quite possibly should have won.

Overall, Django Unchained gives you something to enjoy, be horrified, and laugh at at times. Tarantino strikes again with another masterpiece! You should definitely watch this if you have not see it.

Grade= A (Excellent! A Must See!)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)