Posts Tagged ‘Drama’

As you all have undoubtedly figured out by now, the crew here at YDKSAF are kind of movie buffs. We love films of all genres, budgets, and levels of star power. So, needless to say, we watch alot of movies. I made my weekly Redbox raid yesterday to catch up on some new films that I wasn’t quite confident enough in to purchase. One of the films that ended up in my stack was Prisoners.

I remember seeing the previews for this film on, it seemed like, every movie I saw in theaters this summer. I was intrigued by both the plot and the cast but, somehow managed to miss it during it’s theatrical run. Now that I have watched it, im glad I spent my time and money on it.

Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard star as th fathers of two young girls who go missing following a two family Thanksgiving dinner. There is a pretty obvious suspect and successful detective Jake Gyllenhaal is on the case. After the prime suspect is released on lack of evidence, Jackman’s character is naturally pretty pissed. Things subsequently spiral out of control and a lot of unsavory events take place followed by some pretty good twists and turns leading to an unsuspected conclusion.

Simply put, films like this are the reason I watch and films in the first place. It has an emotionally gripping story that is suited really well by the cast. The performance of the characters is almost uncomfortable to watch simply because it feels so real. This one is definitely worth your money and your time, be ready though it clocks in at just over two and a half hours. Till next time friends…


Forrest Gump

Posted: November 16, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was sit on the couch with my mom and eat popcorn and watch movies. Many films that we watched on those lazy days have gone on to become some of my favorite films as I’ve gotten old enough to really understand them. Forrest Gump came out at a time in my life when I was way too young to understand just how deep it was but like many other films, I knew it was special and that I liked it.

It’s a really heartwarming film that anyone can relate to in some way or another. Even before I really understood all of the subtle, and not so subtle, tones in the movie I always loved watching it. It’s another one of those movies that really grew with me over the years, with me gaining a deeper understanding with each viewing. I still to this day pick up nuances and references when I watch it. The older I get it seems that the sad moments become more meaningful as well.

As I have said before my mom is solely responsible for my love of film. She always had a knack for letting me watch films that were outside of my realm of understanding almost knowing it would be beneficial. It is something for which I’m incredibly thankful as well. Exposing me to more adult oriented films, not porn get your mind out of the gutter, helped me to gain a better understanding of the ways of the world at a young age which, to me, is invaluable.


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This movie has been around and been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Much like it is for many other people, it is very special for me. This is one of the first movies that I really remember watching WITH my mom and not just dragging her/being dragged to. My mom is pretty much the main reason I am as big of a cinephile as I am and this movie is the main catalyst in sparking that obsession.

Even from a young age I knew that there was something special about this movie. There were so many deeply rooted themes and sentiments that were completely lost on my eight year old self but nonetheless, I knew it meant something. Over the years I have viewed this film countless times and it is a different experience every time. I always pick up some new nuance here or meaningful look there but, it never gets old.

I always have and always will love this film. It is a permanent entry on my all time top ten favorites list. I am very thankful for this film and to my mom for letting me watch such an inappropriate film for an eight year old way back when it was first released on VHS. This is one of only a handful of films that she and I actually agree on. I am also incredibly thankful as well that we have that to discuss and bond over. Till next time friends…


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I was very anxious to see this movie from the time I heard about it going into pre production. The concept alone was enough to pique my interest but the fact that the Wachowskis were involved as well as some of the most talented names in Hollywood cemented my desire to see it. Unfortunately, I missed it during its theatrical run and the skeptic in me wouldn’t allow me to spend my hard earned money on the Blu-Ray. I was finally able to sit down and watch a rental last night.

For those unfamiliar, the basic concept is that a soul can be reborn multiple times as different sexes, nationalities, and across hundreds of years. The basic storyline is 6 stories set in different times and places, that somehow all tie together, that tell the story of one soul. This film has the potential to be an impressively disorganized sloppy mess, fortunately though it’s not.

Spread across hundreds of years, and telling the six stories all at the same time miraculously avoiding being muddled and impossible to comprehend. The stories are even told in different genres with drama, action, comedy, Sci-Fi, and mystery all being represented very successfully. The actors all do a tremendous job at playing very different multiple roles still managing to avoid a train wreck. Tom Hanks in particular does a fantastic job in this movie, would you really expect any less?

I cannot stress enough how amazed I am that this film is coherent and avoids being messy. This film can be visually stunning at times and heartbreaking or even funny at others. Clocking in at just under 3 hours, it never gets boring. If anything, I would’ve been fine watching another hour or maybe even more. Also it not just a “watch once and ignore for the rest of your life” good film, it’s a multiple viewings type film.

In summary, I really, truly loved this film. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. It made me laugh at times and cry at others. It always left me wondering what would happen next and how the stories would eventually tie in. It’s obvious to me now that this film will take multiple viewings to truly understand and be able to explain in depth, but that’s just fine with me. This film is definitely worth buying and gets a 5/4(yes you read that right). Enjoy.