The Voices

The Voices is the story of Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) who hallucinates his entire world into a bright happy place, even so much as to have his dog and cat that talk to him.  The film shows someone who has a family history of mental illness and suffers from it himself, and give’s an insight into the mind of the mentally ill.  What I think this film really shows is what can lead mentally ill people to want to stop taking their medication and the trauma’s that lead them to want to escape reality and live in the hallucination.  Having dated a bipolar woman who didn’t want to take her medications I saw this film as an extreme yet fairly accurate of what the mentally ill see the world as, of course I’m only going on what my ex-girlfriend told me and what I was able to read in the books I read about mental illness and more specifically bipolar disorder.
Story
Overall I’d say it was very well done, as I said I feel it’s a fairly accurate representation of mental illness.  But it’s also very well written to keep it from being dark for to long or goofy for to long, Just when your’re getting used to the light theme of the film it will get very dark, or vise versa, but it’s always done in a way to make a point and keep the story going, it’s not something that draws you out of the film.  And just when things start to get a little to serious and you start to think the film may be going down hill, they throw in some little bit of comedy, dark comedy but still comedy, to help the story along and keep your attention.  In the end it’s just a very well written script.
Acting
Ryan Reynolds is his usual great self (Green Lantern wasn’t his fault) and he was really able to show what his character was thinking and feeling while not over doing it.  He also does the voices of Bosco & Mr. Whiskers his dog and cat, originally a voice actor was going to be brought in to do their voices but Ryan Reynolds was able to convince the director that since his character hears the voices in his head he should do the voices himself, in the end it was a great move since the voice kind of sound like Ryan Reynolds but don’t at the same time, that’s just enough to really make you believe the story being told.  The rest of the cast is all unknown to me, but I will say that no one did anything I disliked, it’s just that they were all minor characters in a story about a man and his talking pets, the focus was never on the supporting cast long enough to saying anything in depth about their performances.
Music
The music in this film was very well done, it either enhanced a bright and happy scene, or was just the perfect offset to a very dark scene that takes just enough of the edge off to keep you from getting to tense.  Very well done overall.
Conclusion
I think this film is far to good to not be seen at least once, maybe you won’t understand it and therefor won’t enjoy it, but if you can go into it understanding it’s a glimpse inside of mental illness you may just enjoy it and walk away with a new understanding of what others suffer with every day.  I’d say if you like dark comedy give it a try, if you just love Ryan Reynolds well he’s 90% of the film so you’ll get plenty of of you favorite man.
So watch this film, Mr. Whiskers commands you!

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Justice League: War

I have to say I was little disappointed in Justice League: War, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the film but it was not as good as most of the other DC animated films I’ve seen.  It’s a fun film with lots of action, but sadly lacking in story.  Despite the title this is not a real Justice League film in the traditional sense, this is how all the members of the Justice League came together, except Aquaman isn’t a member, and yet Cyborg and Shazam are…well that’s different!
Story
Not much of one really, a bunch of superheros who’ve never met come together to fight Darkseid, and end the end find they are a good team, all the while telling a little bit of origin story for a few of the hero’s but not all of them.  Basically this film is driven by action with a little story sprinkled on top.
Cast
Well it’s all voice actors so there really isn’t much to say, they did a good job matching their word to the moving mouths.  I’ve seen some other review complaining about the voices sounding wrong, I didn’t notice that, while I knew Batman and Superman were not voiced by Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly respectively the voice actor they chose didn’t bother me.
Music
Not much of any, but what there was was fine, it never pulled me out of the film or seemed inappropriate for the moment.
Conclusion
It’s worth a watch if your into the DC Comics universe, it’s not the best but it’s not nearly as bad as Batman & Robin by any means, there are no Bat-nipples.  So I say give it a shot and rent it before you by it, unless you just want to own everything DC puts out, in which case please click below to make your purchase and help support this site!

Deflate Gate Insanity

So Tome Brady has been suspended for 4 games and the Patriots have to pay a 1 million dollar fine, ok fine what ever I could care less.  Then I hear that Patriots fans are donating to help pay the fine…Um what?  So let me get this strait Patriots fans, you feel you need to donate money to help a bunch of millionaires who play a game in a stadium owned by a billionaire but build with public funds that you have to pay to enter to see said game, am I getting this all correct?  Are you please insane?
It’s one thing to buy a jersey and some other merchandise, but when your handing over your hard earned money just so the millionaires and billionaires don’t have to wait an extra week to buy their gold plated Ferrari, I’m sorry you’ve lost your mind.  If you’re going to donate your money may I suggest giving it to those who could actually use it, and on that note I present to you the following.
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Interstellar

Interstellar, the story of a man who dreams big, but lives small, and gets to fulfill his dreams to save humanity.  I’m just going to let my bias be know right up front, I really enjoyed this film and will be adding it to my collection.
Cinematography
The visuals throughout this film are beautiful and amazing to behold, every scene is such a must see that you will be sucked into the film and forget everything else.  The locations chosen for film were perfect, when they are on an alien planet, you believe it because the landscape seems so foreign.  And when the film is in space inside the ship, you can almost feel the claustrophobia that the astronauts are feeling.  The entire film almost seems like it’s alive it’s so well shot.
Sound
The audio for this film was another huge hit, the music had to draw you in while not being overbearing, which is difficult to do, but Interstellar pulls it off beautifully.  One great example is, a scene in space, there really isn’t that much you can do, but Interstellar has the perfect music that raises you tension just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Acting
While there is no one in this film that would draw me to see the film, I have nothing bad to say about cast, well other the fact that Alfred (Michael Caine) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) where in my science fiction film, I never saw any acting that drew me out of the film.  Matthew McConaughey basically is the film, he is the sun and the other actor orbit around him, his performance was so well done that at one emotional scene I even got choked.  McConaughey and Hathaway played well off each other, and made for a very convincing performance from both.  The rest of the cast supports the film in times of need when you need a break from the main stars, and all the while they drive the story forward without taking anything away from your experience.
Story
Alright people let’s just get this strait, it’s science FICTION not science fact, a lot of people have blasted this film for inaccuracies, what they forget is that some times you have to suspend your belief and just try to sit back and enjoy a good story.  Until you can tell me what happens in the middle of a black hole and back that explanation up with cold hard facts, I don’t want to hear it, the writers guess is as good as yours.  My guess is that the people who have to call out every little problem in the film are also the people would think reality TV is unscripted and politicians never lie.  So I guess what I’m getting at is if you can’t suspend belief a little and just enjoy a good story then you may have to skip this one and go back to you tinfoil lined “anti-surveillance” room.
On the “Review” side of Story (sorry for the rant) it was wonderfully written, and even as long as it is manages to hold your attention.  Yes it’s a little out there at times, and not everything makes sense right away, but by the end of the film your questions will be answered but you will be left with one last question, you think you know the answer but your never sure, and I love that about this film.
Conclusion
Interstellar is a great film, don’t let the length scare you away, the time will fly by before you know it.  I love this film, and I think the vast majority of people will enjoy it also, the only people who may not enjoy it are scientists who can’t suspend their belief and just enjoy a film.  The science is never to over your head, and yet it’s not dumbed down, it’s just make understandable to the non-scientists viewers.  I’d say give it a shot, take a Saturday night, pop a big bowl of popcorn, and sit back and enjoy one hell of a film.