The Weekly Lowedown 8/6-8/12

Greetings fellow space travellers,

This is David Lowe… Pleased to bring you The Lowedown on the movies I’ve seen for the week of 8/6-8/12.  In order to give a more objective review, I take ten aspects of each movie and rate them on a 1-10 scale… Then average them for the total score. Basically, there are 5 aspects we want to see in all movies: Cast, Acting, Plot, Ending, and Story.  After that, the aspects will change based on the genre and sub-genre of the movie.

Now…shall we begin?

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Here’s The Lowedown on “Chips” (R – 2017 – US)…There might have been a little bit of contact!

Chips PosterGenre: Comedy/Physical
My Score: 6.2

Cast=8 Acting=5 Plot=7 Ending=8 Story=4 Funny=7 Chemistry=7 Script=3 Physical=8 Ad-lib=5

A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involve some crooked cops.

“I’m just like kind of powerless when it comes to yoga pants, you know?” I think we all are, Ponch…we all are!! There were some fits of brilliance here…good action scenes and some great chemistry with the leads. Unfortunately, there were fits of stupidity as well…a script that was written in crayon and a story that just did not come together. Dax Shepard’s portrayal of Baker made no sense to me. It just seemed like the movie was full of chip after it was over. Lower your expectations when watching it and you might be pleased.

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Here’s The Lowedown on “Kong: Skull Island” (PG-13 – 2017 – US)…You shouldn’t have come here!!

Kong PosterGenre: Fantasy/Monster
My Score: 8.7

Cast=10 Acting=8 Plot=9 Ending=10 Story=8 Imagine=9 CGI=10 Pace=7 Monster=10 Twist=6

A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

“Let me list all they ways you gonna die. Rain, heat, mud, disease carrying flies and mosquitoes.” That’s not even counting the monkey the size of the building!! I loved this…great action and CGI, the cast, the monsters, everything worked for me. I also loved that they set it just at the end of the Vietnam war…the period made the soldiers’ actions more understandable. Kong is like a god to them…and as such, the majesty of this movie was amazing to watch. Top 10 of the year for sure!!!

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Here’s The Lowedown on “Ghost in the Shell” (PG-13 – 2017 – US)…They didn’t butcher the manga, but they made a nice sushi!!

Ghost In The Shell PosterGenre: Sci-Fi/Manga
My Score: 7.2

Cast=7 Acting=6 Plot=7 Ending=9 Story=5 CGI=10 Action=9 Pace=7 Tech=8 Manga=4

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

“You are not defined by your past, but for your actions.” I love Scarlet Johansson…she takes a little Black Widow and a whole lot of Lucy to become this character. In watching this, it reminded me of the 1995 animated movie. So it wasn’t a complete butchery of the Manga…they did make a nice sushi out of it, though! If you can only compare it to the Manga, then you may come away disappointed. I didn’t try to compare it….just enjoyed it for what it was!!

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Here’s a Better Late than Never review of “The Hunting Party” (R – 2007 – US)…Only the most ridiculous parts of the story are true!!

The Hunting Party PosterGenre: Drama/Adventure
My Score: 6.1

Cast=8 Acting=7 Plot=6 Ending=6 Story=7 Interest=5 Script=7 Pace=4 Mystery=5 Twist=6

A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.

“Laugh at all their jokes…and whatever you do, don’t stare at the midget.” All in all a solid film. More drama than action, there are a lot of interesting points the movie was able to make. The only thing that bugged me was the pace…a lot of dialogue filled space with spurts of action. That’s why it plays better as a Drama. This movie absolutely bombed in the theater, but it’s not a bad watch as long as you have some interest in the cast or the storyline. Just don’t pretend that you’re with the CIA…

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Here’s The Lowedown on “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (PG-13 – 2017 – US)…You’re no longer a myth…you’re starting to mean something!!

King Arthur PosterGenre: Fantasy/Magic/Sword
My Score: 7.5

Cast=8 Acting=7 Plot=8 Ending=9 Story=6 Imagine=8 CGI=9 Pace=5 Magic=8 Sword=7

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

“When people fear you, it is the most intoxicated position a man can possess.” I am not a Charlie Hunnam fan, but I liked him in “Lost City of Z”. That being said, this was an entertaining movie that was way over the top as far as the sword’s power is concerned. The movie focuses on the sword; which allowed me to get more on the father than other incarnations of the story. If you are going to compare it to “Excalibur”, then you will be disappointed. I chose to look at it as a reboot, like “King Arthur” starring Clive Owen…I thought it was worth a watch. I liked it, but didn’t love it.

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