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Saturday, August 5, 2017

PC Friars Men's Soccer Ranked #12 in US Coaches Preseason Poll


The United Soccer Coaches NCAA Men's Soccer preseason rankings for the upcoming season were just released and the Providence Friars are checking in at the number 12 spot.  The #12 ranking is the highest of any team in the Big East, with Creighton following at #14 and Butler rounding out the rankings at #25.

The Friars finished last season in epic fashion, upsetting an undefeated Maryland team in an astounding and dramatic comeback (aka an excuse to post this video again).


Here's a look at the rest of the preseason rankings.


Once again, the ACC dominates the rankings as they did at the end of last season, with 8 teams ranked in the preseason poll.

The Friars start the season off with back-to-back games against #4 North Carolina and #2 Wake Forest.  Those two games will be a good early season barometer of next year's squad to start the season.  However, even if the Friars were to drop both of those games, I would take it with a grain of salt.  Obviously, those two teams are two of the best teams in the country.  And secondly, the Friars didn't start to put everything together last season until the Big East conference slate of games started.

The first game, against UNC, is a rematch of last year's Elite Eight matchup that went to double-overtime in a Tar Heel victory of the Friars.  Coach Craig Stewart has brought the team to new heights since taking over as head coach of the program, and with some key players returning from injury this year, the Friars are poised to have another great season this year.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kris Monroe Commits to the Providence Friars


Kris Monroe committed to play at Providence College for 2018 on his personal twitter account, and thus makes 2 commits for the 2018 class following that of Mass Rivals stud A.J. Reeves.  With Monroe's commitment, the Friars now have 3 open scholarships left for the 2018 class...with local standout David Duke in their sights next.
The 6'7'' small forward from Raleigh, North Carolina plays his High School ball for St. David's School and with Team Wall on the AAU circuit.  The Friars beat out Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Clemson, and NC State, among others for Monroe's services.  Oh yeah, they also beat out both Boston College and URI, so screw you guys, that feels especially good now.

He is currently not ranked in 247Sports' composite rankings but that doesn't worry me one bit.  Ed Cooley players develop under his tutelage as evidenced by the Friars having had back-to-back Most Improved Player Award winners in the Big East (Ben Bentil & Kyron Cartwright).

Some Highlights to get you all sauced up for Monroe next year:



My first impressions from watching his highlights are....daaaamn, we got another dude with size who can stroke it from deep.  He doesn't seem affected with having a defender in his grill when he's shooting which is a great quality to have, especially in a shooter.  I always really dig his form where his right leg kind of swags out as he lets go of his shot.  It makes the shot look extra silky.

Based on the video, he looks like he already has the body of a college player right now.  With another year before he's on campus, he's only going to be even more physically ready once he gets to PC.  That's one of the things that a lot of High School players have to focus on when beginning to play at the collegiate level but it looks like he'll be good to go and ready to compete on that level earlier than most.

Providence has been talking to Monroe about how they like his overall game and his aggressiveness which he has been working on showcasing more.

A nice little Congrats from his AAU Squad, Team Wall as well.
Here's the picture that Monroe posted after he was offered by PC last Spring.



I'd say that Providence College is a pretty damn nice place to play if you're name is Kris...don't you think?



Welcome to Frairtown Kris!  You're going to fit right in!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Movie Review: Self/less (2015)


Movie: Self/less (2015)

Director: Tarsem Singh

Writers: Alex Pastor, David Pastor, & Tari

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, & Michelle Dockery

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A dying millionaire (Kingsley) transfers his consciousness to a young body (Reynolds) but soon finds out that there are unexplained consequences with the procedure.



Self/less, a movie title that I can't really stand, is a little bit of a twist on the Face/Off plot.  In fact, they even both have a / in the title so you can really tell that they're similar.  Instead of just switching faces with someone, it is a switching of consciousness.  Ben Kinglsey is a millionaire who is dying and pays to have his consciousness transferred into that of a young and fit man, played by Ryan Reynolds.  Of course, it's never that simple in a complicated procedure like that.

Reynolds comes to the realization that the body that he has taken over wasn't exactly given voluntarily.  He starts remembering things from his body's previous experiences but relies dependent on the company that performed the procedure to provide medicine to keep his body and consciousness working flawlessly.  The face of that company is played by Matthew Goode.  Goode has the right look and voice for someone of that nature, but he deserves roles so much better than just the face of a company with no depth or background to his character.  Goode is a great freaking actor but for some reason finds himself as a razor thin character in a movie like this.  It doesn't seem to makes sense to me, but then again, I'm a big Matthew Goode fan.

Actually come to think of it, the same could probably be said of Derek Luke.  He is basically a bodyguard in this movie but has shown that he can be pretty damn good when given the chance.  I thought he was particularly good in The Americans and I've always been a fan of the super underrated movie Spartan.

The movie runs just under 2 hours and is probably something that I won't circle back to again.  Ryan Reynolds seems to come out with a movie like that every 2 or 3 movies that he does.  But I have to give it to the guy, he sure does like to keep working.

Rating: 5/10

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)


Movie: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Directors: Chris Renaud & Yarrow Cheney

Writers: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, & Brian Lynch

Cast: Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, & Steve Coogan

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) has his life turned upside down when his owner brings home a stray dog named Duke (Stonestreet)



The Secret Life of Pets is one of those animated movies that makes its money off of its trailer rather than the actual movie.  It's a great trailer and pulls you straight into wanting to see it, especially as an adult.  Most animated movies have the goal of trying to appeal to both the kids and their parents, so a lot of the jokes may be over the kids' head but right up the parents' alley.

I think that the interviews with Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart about the movie were probably funnier than the actual movie itself.  And that's not even really a knock on the movie...the interviews are just that fucking funny.


The interviewer wants sooooooo bad to be included in the give and take banter of Louis and Kevin and it just comes off so freaking desperate.  It makes me a little uncomfortable if we're being honest.  And you just know that the dude thinks he's killing it.  You know it.



The most interesting thing about this interview is the fact that they can't actually have bad shows anymore because everyone is so amped up to see them do stand-up that only they themselves can recognize when they do a shit job.

Much like Kevin Hart himself, his diminutive rabbit with the larger than life personality, starts to wear thin after a long time watching him.  It's just all 100 miles per hour at all times.  


I'd like to see Hart try his hand at something a little more nuanced than his usual movie role.  There are a lot of stand up comedians that began acting that eventually tried their hand at a dramatic role to fantastic results.  Think Jim Carey in The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine, Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, or Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction.  It's certainly possible that Hart might be able to pull of something like that.  I'd just be interested to see what would happen.

The Secret Life of Pets is a fine movie but there are definitely better animated options out there...as I will soon get to in my next couple of reviews.  I've been watching a lot of animated movies lately, given that I now have a built in excuse with my daughter (even though she can't really watch them yet).

Rating: 5/10

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Noah Locke Includes Providence in His List of His Final 8 Schools


Noah Locke announced his final eight schools on his personal twitter account today (@noah_nikeisme), and included the Providence Friars amongst the serious contenders for his final decision on where to go to school next year.
The final 8 schools include Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Providence, Ohio State, Xavier, and Virginia

Locke has been an Ed Cooley target for quite some time now and would sure as hell make a great addition to A.J. Reeves in the Friars 2018 class.  The two together would make Providence absolutely lethal from outside.  Both guys are dynamic shooters who can create shots on their own.

Locke, the 6'2'' point guard from Owings Mills, Maryland plays for McDonogh School and Team Melo in the AAU circuit.  The Friars have been in on Locke since 2016 and made an offer early on in his recruitment process.  He's since shot up the rankings and other teams radars once everyone else caught on to what PC already knew about the kid.  They've had Locke on campus and have done a home visit as well.  The Friars have made Locke a priority and he's seemed to have recognized that they have done so as well.

Friarbasketball.com did a great in depth look at Lock in early July that you can read here.

A really good quote from Locke on PC:

“I really like [Providence]. I like their coaching staff. They stay in contact with me. They really make it known that they want me to come there. They seemed like a family when I went on a visit.”

Now who wants to see some highlights of Locke?


How about a little bit of Lil Uzi Vert for a highlight reel...



Some first impressions of Locke: His shot is so fucking pretty.  He's one of those shooters where every single time he lets it go, you thinking it's going in.  His game reminds me a lot of Eric Gordon coming out of high school and in his one year at Indiana.  It doesn't hurt that Gordon wore 23 in high school and has worn 10 afterwards which are Locke's high school and AAU numbers.  The shot form looks very similar in my opinion.  Noah's go-to move seems to be the one-dribble pull-up and it looks fucking money every time he uses it. He looks especially adept at taking his defender off the dribble and making the correct decision to pass, shoot, or take it all the way to the rim.  Locke would fit in perfectly at PC...perfectly.  Not only as a player, but a perfect culture fit as well.  I think our team motto suits him to a T.  We.  Us.  Together.  Family.  Friars.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Providence Offers 2018 Forward Jimmy Nichols, Jr.


Providence College has offered 2018 Forward, Jimmy Nichols, Jr. from Conway High School in Conway, South Carolina.  There's no embellishing on the height for this guy.  When you see him on the court, he looks all of the 6'8'' that he is listed at.  
I have to say, I'm loving all of these recruits putting pictures of Kris Dunn in their tweets announcing their scholarship offers from PC.  That's what having a guy like Kris Dunn come through your College can do to your program.


For a guy of Nichols' size, it's impressive how smooth of a shot he has and that he can stretch it out well past the three point line.  That kind of skill set is extremely valuable to any team and can open up so many possibilities for your guards to drive and kick or your big guys to get some one-on-one matchups with Nichols' defender having to stick to him on the outside.

With the amount of athletes running the floor for the Friars, those looks are going to be open for him if he comes to Providence.  With both him and PC commit A.J. Reeves on the floor, that class would be assassins from the outside.

Nichols holds a bunch of offers from some really good schools including fellow Big East foe Georgetown, Miami, ASU, Pitt, and VCU, among others (I'm not going to give URI the time of day here...).

I'm not going to lie, for whatever reason, the first time I saw him shoot, I was not expecting him to be a lefty.  I do have to say though, with Cartwright graduating next year, we are in need of another lefty to fill that southpaw void.  It has to just be a coincidence but since Cooley arrived at PC, there have been a ton of lefties that have become Friars.  Just off the top of my head, you have Henton, Harris, Cartwright, & Young.


A few things that jump out at me from watching some clips of him playing hoops.  First, his length is crazy.  I don't like to get into wingspans and all of that like the analysts on an NBA Draft panel, but Nichols is super long.  Second, his ability to shoot the ball for a guy his size. He has a certain finesse to his game that you don't tend to see in guys that stand 6'8''.  And lastly, he looks like he'll be a good offensive rebounder.  I'm not judging that off of the competition in the clips that he's rebounding against but rather his ability to judge the ball off of the rim and go and get it.  He looks like he has a real knack for that in his game.

Providence Offers 2018 Forward Aaron Nesmtih


Providence has offered 2018 Forward Aaron Nesmith of Porter Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina.  Nesmith stands 6'6'' and weighs in at a lean 190 pounds. 
Per 247Sports, there are 31 other schools that have offered Nesmith for next year.  Of those 22, the top ones that jump out are Cincy, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, & Minnesota. He does have a bunch of offers from Ivy League schools (Havard, Yale, Columbia, Bucknell, & Penn) as well so you know he has a good head on his shoulders.  

Here's a quick highlight package from the Phenom Hoop Report.


Just a quick note, I would absolute hate to shoot on hoops with those mini backboards.  That would just throw everything off for me.  Plus, I might not be able to touch the glass if I were to finish which is kind of a big deal to an un-athletic guy like myself.

From the looks of Nesmith's highlights, he looks like he's good at everything.  He's not just a shooter or a ball handler or a finisher or a passer.  He's a well-rounded basketball player that looks like a stat-filler, bringing a little bit of everything to the table.  You need guys like that on good basketball teams.

If there was one aspect of his game that jumps out, it would be his ability to get up and throw it down.

Providence Offers 2019 4-Star Point Guard Kira Lewis


Providence College kept the offers rolling during July by offering 2019 Hazel Green, Alabama point guard Kira Lewis.
Kira Lewis is a highly touted point guard and consensus top 100 recruit for the 2019 class. He currently ranks 88th on Rivals and 75th on 247Sports.  ESPN only has ranks for the top 60 for the 2019 class but Lewis will sure to be included once they flush the rest of their rankings out.  

Lewis currently stands 6'3'' and about 160 pounds.  As with most of the young high school recruits, his weight will eventually catch up to his height as his body continues to develop.

Lewis already has a bunch of offers under his belt.  Here's the list of schools so far:


Alabama
Auburn
Baylor
Dayton
Georgia Tech
Houston
LSU
Middle Tennessee State
Murray State
Oklahoma State
Providence
Samford
South Florida
Tennessee
Texas A&M (Interest)
UAB
Vanderbilt 

As has been the case with most of these high school players from down South, Providence seems to be the only school from up in Northeast putting in the work and recognizing the ability and potential of this talent pool of players.  The rest of the schools offering Lewis right now are from down South looking at kids that are closer home to their respective College.  Cooley gets kids from all over.  Just look at the 3 Seniors on this year's team (Holt was a transfer from Indiana so I'm not counting him for this recruiting tidbit).  Cartwright (Compton, CA), Bullock (Hampton, VA), & Lindsey (Murfreesboro, TN) are the 3 four-year players for this year's team and none of them hail from the Northeast.

Here's some highlights to wet your beak on the Junior.


My first impressions from his highlights is that he is very long, which means he still might not be done growing yet.  It's always a bonus when a guy can develop his skills as a guard (dribbling/passing) and then carry those skills over into a forward position to form a kind of point forward hybrid player.  Of course, he could just be a very well sized guard, which is most likely what's going to happen.  He has a natural shooting ability with a soft touch and I think he can excel as a slasher with his size and length in the future.

These highlights look like they're from the next year for Lewis.  You can already see the growth in his game and in his body.


Lewis looks much more explosive and uses that in his first step to get by his defender immediately.  He also displays a nifty little up-and-under move (one of my personal favorites) that he can use on smaller guards.

Plus, the Friars do have a good track record with guys who sport the number 3...



Monday, July 24, 2017

Providence Offers Class of 2019 4-Star Recruit Greg Gantt


Providence offered 2019 4-Star forward Greg Gantt per Gantt's twitter account on Saturday. The small forward stands 6'7'' and weighs in at 195 pounds, which is a really good size for being just a High School Junior if you ask me.  As Gantt grows into his frame, he's only going to rise farther up the recruitment rankings.  

The Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, NC) product currently has offers from the following schools:
Charlotte
DePaul
East Carolina
Eastern Kentucky
Grambling State
Hampton
Providence
North Carolina State
South Carolina (Interest)

It was a little tough to get some highlights of Gantt and it definitely didn't make it easier that there is a Greg Gantt who played at Florida Atlantic and plays foreign ball.


The two things that immediately jump out from the clips on him is his athleticism and his ability to finish at the room, both over defenders and through contact.  As his body catches up with his skills, he'll be even that much tougher to stop once he gets his hands on the ball around the basket.

Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer Released...And It Just Might Live Up to Expectations




I wasn't sure if this trailer was going to live up to my excitement level for Season 2 of Stranger Things, but somehow it only made my excitement for the upcoming season grow with the upcoming trailer that was released at Comic Con.  The gang of kids from Stranger Things have gotten overexposed over the last year, from Award Shows to Late Night to SNL Spoofs to Lip Sync Battle, but I'll be damned if this doesn't look fantastic.

It's so well shot and pulls off that 80's vibe with perfection.  Just look at these Halloween costumes.  So perfect to have them be the Ghostbusters, especially when they can have a Winston in their group.


About halfway through the trailer, I was getting a little nervous that we weren't going to hear from our Eggo-Loving hero Eleven, but those worries were quickly put to rest.


Thriller works like a charm for the trailer and these five look ready to knock Season 2 out of the park.

Movie Review: Zooptopia (2016)


Movie: Zootopia (2016)

Directors: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, & Rich Moore

Writers: Jared Bush & Phil Johnston

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, Shakira, Nate Torrence, Don Lake, & Tommy Chong

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A rookie bunny cop (Goodwin) and a scheming fox (Bateman) must team up to uncover a city-wide conspiracy.



Zooptopia, the 2016 Oscar Winner for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, beat out Moana and three other movies I've never heard to win the prestigious award this past year.  I'll be writing up Moana later on and if I had to pick which one of them I liked the best, it was probably Moana by the slightest of margins. The thing that puts it above Zootopia is the music.  I already have a feeling that Moana is going to be a staple in the household once the little one gets around to watching movies.  Zootopia will probably be a good one for her too but the songs are what sells these kid movies.

The story of Zootopia is a version of something that has done many times before but they are able to put their own spin on it and make it extremely entertaining.  There a couple of inspiring stroylines for young kids to sink their teeth into in this one.  The first is the rookie female bunny cop trying to make it in a "boy's club" police department.  She not only has to overcome her diminutive stature but being a female as well. Her story is one that is about overcoming odds and proving people wrong.

Then there's the redemption story of the fox.  Instead of using his cleverness to run some scams, he uses his street smarts for good.  The mismatched pairing make for a good ying and yang twosome as they team up to uncover a conspiracy and find something deep down inside themselves.

My favorite scene of the movie is without a doubt the sloths at the DMV.  It's so spot on that they would work there.


P.S. Here's a fun little piece of trivia about Zootopia...



Rating: 8/10

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Movie Review: The Nice Guys (2016)


Movie: The Nice Guys (2016)

Director: Shane Black

Writer: Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Kim Basinger, & Lois Smith

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Two 1970's investigators (Gosling & Crowe) investigate a missing persons case in L.A. 



Even if you wouldn't have told me, I could have 1000% told you that this was a Shane Black written movie.  This reminded me so much of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang that it's not even funny.  The mismatched buddy cop scenario is something that Black excels at writing and the wittiness and quick banter between Gosling and Crowe is undeniably entertaining.

Gosling in a comedic role fits like a glove and I'd love to see more of it in the future.  He has a knack for physical comedy that I'm not sure I totally saw coming but he was definitely the highlight of the movie. Crowe plays more of the straight guy and doesn't have as much to work with as Gosling but is good nonetheless.  The combination of the two really works as they play off of each other really well.  It makes sense since they are both incredibly talented actor but you never know with a movie like this that needs to bring to completely different styles together seamlessly like this movie does.

The story delves into being way to convoluted backstory that provides way more unnecessary connections than are needed to tell a connect-the-dots background story to a crime and make it interesting.  There's a bunch of stuff and storylines that they get into that don't really add anything  or give it any kind of interesting layer but are there more to just be weird and try to lead you into different directions.  It's fine if there's maybe one of those dead ends but to have a handful of characters that don't add much to the overall mystery that is trying to be described is just more annoying than anything else.  That's where about 15 minutes needs to be cut out of the movie.  Other than that, it works pretty well as a 1970's buddy cop crime movie.

I especially like the look of the movie poster.  It has the Boogie Nights feel to it with the lettering.




It might also be that hint of burnt orange that connects the two titles as well.

It's always nice to see Matt Bomer in movies.  I don't know exactly why, but I always just want to say, "good for you," when I see him pop up.

Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe back at it again in this one.


Rating: 7.5/10

Movie Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)


Movie: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Director: Zack Snyder

Writer: Chris Terrio (Screenplay) & David S. Goyer (Screenplay)

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot, Scoot NcNariy, & Callan Mulvey

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Batman takes on Superman after he decides that someone needs to question his actions.



Before we start, how about a quick ranking of Batman movies:

7) Batman & Robin...obviously
6) Batman Forever
5) Batman Returns
4) Batman
3) The Dark Knight Rises
2) Batman Begins
1) The Dark Knight

I'm not sure how I feel about Zack Snyder.  I think that he's much more style over substance. He definitely has a distinct style that you can recognize in his directing.  There's a certain hue and tint to everything that he produces that is very Zach Snyder.  It looks cool and all but the depth of the story is always a lacking.

If you look up and down at the cast of this movie, it's pretty loaded but that doesn't mean that anyone actually has anything to work with on this.  All of the best actors are just side characters with not much to offer in this movie.  The movie is centered around the fighting of Batman and Superman which in reality, doesn't make all that sense to begin with.  The fact that they're fighting in general is pretty asinine.  It's basically like Batman is mad that Superman is better than him and getting more notoriety. 

I don't think I could be less excited about seeing a Ben Affleck centralized Batman movie.  I don't so much mind him being a small part of other movies in the "Batman Universe" but I have zero desire to see him in a starring Batman movie...especially if Zack Snyder is the one that is going to be directing it.

Is it just me or do all these crossover movies just feel like 1/2 of a movie that tries and get you to watch the other movies?

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther is the least intimidating bad guy of all time. 

I wish Scoot McNairy had a bigger part.  I want Scoot to have a bigger part in everything he's in.  Also, Scoot NcNairry is such a fucking awesome name.

Rating: 5.5/10

Friday, July 21, 2017

Movie Review: iBoy (2017)


Movie: iBoy (2017)

Director: Adam Randall

Writer: Joe Barton (Screenplay) & Kevin Brooks (Novel)

Cast: Bill Milner, Maisie Williams, Miranda Richardson, Rory Kinnear, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Jordan Bolger, Armin Karima, & McKell David

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Tom (Milner) is awakes from a coma after being shot and comes to find that now has superpowers from fragments of his smart phone that shattered and merged into his brain.



I'm not going to lie, I thought this movie was a TV show when I first saw the trailer.  If you don't want to basically see the entire movie, then I would recommend not watching the trailer as well.  If you saw that trailer, wouldn't you think that was a TV show too?  I kind of wish it was because I think there's enough meat on the bone there to delve into over the course of 10-13 episodes, especially with Maisie Williams' character.

Plus, the title iBoy reminds me way to much of iZombie of iCarly.  I'm not saying that either of those are any good (iZombie is moreso than iCarly, even though I've never seen iCarly), but I feel like the i....insert something here...genre is geared more towards a series than a movie.

The movie was definitely enjoyable and pretty fun to watch.   There were parts of it there were unexpectedly much darker than I thought they were going to be but overall it was just really entertaining.  The main character played by Bill Milner does a really good job and it took me forever to figure out where I knew him from...until I remembered this scene.


I don't know if it's the accents or the settings or what, but for some reason, stories about teens on the streets of England always seem to work for me.  I'm probably just a sucker for accents but the whole scene seems much grimmer.  There's like a bleakness that is cast over the lower class in England.  It's the close proximity of all the housing and just everything kind of works for me.

iBoy clocks in at a quick 90 minutes, so if you're looking for some entertaining, cool, sci-fi type of story, you can do much worse than iBoy.  I just wish they wouldn't have called it that.

Rating: 6.5/10

Movie Review: The Beaver (2011)


Movie: The Beaver (2011)

Director: Jodie Foster

Writer: Kyle Killen

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Riley Thomas Stewart, Zachary Booth, Jeff Corbett, & Cherry Jones

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A divorced man (Gibson) breaks down and the only way he can cope and communicate with people is through a beaver puppet.



Well, I guess I can say that it was original.  I'm not sure if I would have made this movie my first crack at directing if I was Jodie Foster but she wanted to feature her good friend Mel Gibson in a role to get him back into Hollywood after a tumultuous roller coaster where Gibson said some oh so slightly terrible things.

This movie grossed under a million dollars with a $21 million budget.  That pretty much sums it up for you.  No, not all movies that make bundles of money are good but if you're not even cracking $1 million, then the movie probably has some problems.  That, or people just didn't want to see Mel Gibson on screen.

Was it just me or did Mel Gibson's beaver voice sound exactly like Ray Winstone?  I actually thought they were dubbing his voice in as the voice of the beaver for a while there.  

People who like this movie will say that it's a story detailing depression and how people process grief in different ways.  OK, I can see your point...just a little...but this movie was dumb-de-dumb-dumb-dumb.

It was weird seeing a young Jennifer Lawrence popping up too.

Also, RIP Anton Yelchin.

Rating: 1.5/10

Movie Review: The Giver (2014)


Movie: The Giver (2014)

Director: Phillip Noyce

Writer: Michael Mitnick (Screenplay), Robert B. Weide (Screenplay), & Lois Lowry (Book)

Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Swift, & Emma Tremblay

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Jonas (Thwaites), who lives in a perfect society without pain, suffering, emotion, or choice, is chosen to become the next Giver who is able to experience the vast emotions of life.



Well, I guess my good movie streak couldn't last forever.  I just wish it was a movie other than The Giver that came with the stinker.  The Giver was my favorite book growing up and a book I still re-read every 2 or 3 years.  I still remember the book cover after all these years whenever I think about it.


It's one of the first books that I can remember being enthralled in as a kid.  Plus, the Newbery Award on the cover aways looked kinda cool too.  Jeff Bridges as The Giver is a nice start to putting a cast together.  He had the look pretty good even if he actually has looked more like the character in other movies he's done before. 


I don't totally get the shorter hair when he usually has hair down to his shoulders in his other movie roles.  I mean, shouldn't he look exactly like this picture of him?


He looks a little run down but in a way that makes it look like he is a man full of wisdom and stories.  The hair is more than perfect and even the beard is better.  His choice of the type of voice to use was a tad odd.  It was like he was trying to chew on something at all times when he was trying to talk or something.  Either way, he wasn't the problem with the movie.

The kids...ugh, the kids.  I guess it's not totally their fault but they certainly didn't help anything here.  The tone of the movie is just way off.  They tried to make the movie a teen romance story when the actual tone and sense of the story being told is much, much darker.  

The movie is PG-13 but it feels much more like a PG movie.  The special effects were dismal and the main character played by Brenton Thwaites was just plain bad.  Just like Divergent, the adults in charge are all known actors.  Meryl Streep, Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard, and Katie Holmes make up the cast of the unemotional adults.  However, unlike Divergent, the kid actors stink.  If you want a movie where all of the civilians take medicine so that they don't feel emotion, then you should watch Equilibrium.

I'm not exactly sure why they didn't shoot this movie like how Pleasantville was shot.  How it started in gray and then slowly things started changing color as people became aware and exposed to stuff.  It would have worked perfectly for this story.  What a shame because the source material is so stellar.

Rating: 3/10