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Moonage Daydream Review

As the song Major Tom starts to echo, the journey of MoonageDaydream becomes an instant odyssey. The odyssey is filled with archived footage, interviews, concerts clips, and many more artistic facts which are interesting and dazzling. Director Brett Morgen knows how to recreate scenes from the mind of a talented artist. In this case the artist is David Bowie. MoonageDaydream delivers excellence through the archived footage of Bowie. Throughout the film, I felt in-tune with Bowie due to his incredible skills as a musician and an artist. Moonage Daydreamis like a space odyssey with transitions that are spectacular and colorful and accompanied by Bowie’s music echoing throughout the film.

The film was not only directed by Morgen but was also approved by the Bowie Estate. The film’s documentary layout is a journey through the life of Bowie, but it is not your typical documentary. While you can certainly jam to the music, the film offers an experience which remind its audience of what created Bowie and allowed him to be the talented musician he was. As the archives continue to roll, the audience will feel they are with Bowie reliving the many inspiring moments he created for the world.

In my experience seeing the film in IMAX, I felt it wasemotional and exhilarating. The film’s explanations of the archives show how much creativity Bowie had. In the interview archives he talks a candidly about his passion to make art and the role it plays in his life. Through the authenticity of Bowie’s words, I felt true empathy and encouragement to pursue the art we love to create.

In terms of an experience, Moonage Daydream also offers fans a look back a Bowie’s career. It shows archives of ticket vendors where people waited in anticipation to see him live. Given the limited technology at the time, true fans had to put in considerable effort to experience a live show. Seeing Bowie’sfrom back in the day, reminded me of how live events work today and how technology has changed our world. Bowie also changed the world, but he did so with all the artistic gifts he left for his fans before he died.

Moonage Daydream is a landscape of positive and sad moments. The music is skillfully blended with the visuals and narration. Every little aspect of Bowie is beautifully choreographed to make him the soul focus of the film. It is a musical documentary that will inspire the world. Its pacing is vibrant, and the film offers more depth than most fans will remember. Three and a half stars for Moonage Daydream.

Smile Review

I have two words, and they are SAY CHEESE! Smile is a terrifying, daring, and creepy experience. It is one of those horror films where I felt stunned. There are lots of jump scares, several hidden terrors, and little evidence to fight the horror. With Sosie Bacon and Kal Penn as doctors in a hospital, it is an excellent partnership to face the terror of Smile. Throughout the film, I was wondering who is next to face horror. I will say, however, the horror is airborne. Better hope for more resources and psychological aspects if the horror keeps getting warmer.

The psychological shockers incorporated with Smile is where the darkness unravels. One scenario leads to a death or an accident. Then there is a layout of cases that make no sense but are linked to the same type of scenario. The unraveling puzzles in Smile is bizarre. I even found myself afraid if someone were to have happy looks around me. Smile really knows where to find its label for its haunting aspects

In Smile, Bacon plays Dr. Rose Cotter who just witnesses a traumatizing incident with a patient. Her colleague is Dr. Morgan Desai (Penn). Morgan believes that Rose should take a break from her job working with patients to help clear her head. That is because following the incident, Rose starts to see disturbing images in her head, and it is taking over her daily life. The disturbing images are people smiling. That  is what her patient was doing before the incident happened. Soon, Rose starts to see even more harrowing images in her mind, and it is invading her personal life as well. Her fiancé Trevor (played by Jessie T. Usher) does not know how to be on the same page as her, as do many others. This only puts Rose into a deeper hole as her terror is coming closer to her. Time is of the essence to confront the horror in Smile.

The pattern of Smile is like patterns of seeing ghosts. The concept of Rose seeing people with happy faces, and the past event from her traumatic episode is where the pattern becomes invigorating. As that continues, the more the problems for Rose are unexpected. The film’s trail is a landscape of a pattern that is supernatural with illusions. I love illusions, and Smile sold me on its illusions.

The context of terror is accurate in Smile. The many happy face in the film is a symbol of what is meant to be scary. It comes and goes in many enthralling fragments. Much of which is awry. No one can escape what is to come with Smile.

Two words, and they are, BE AFRAID! Smile had me afraid. It will have many afraid. Some of the film may be predictable. It is in some fragments. It is not though, in every aspect. There is many surprises waiting to come around with Smile. Just be ready for creepy faces. Three stars.

See How They Run Review

See How They Run is a mystery and comedy thriller that contains many fun cliches. It also has that comedic detective vibe. It is rather clever. The film is a mystery that is not intended for seriousness. The film is presented in multiple laughing fragments (while the subject matter is serious). Therefore, the film is more geared on having fun with the mystery, instead of having shock or suspense for its audience.

See How They Run is directed by Tom George. A director who has directed TV series gearing on criminality and laws. With his series Defending the Guilty on BBC, George knows how to make his character scenarios correlate with harsh scenarios. He knows the right quirks to serious situations.  He also knows how to have unexpected surprises with See How They Run.

In See How They Run, the film takes place in London. The setting is the West End in the 1950s. A movie version of an award-winning play is in the works. The production hits a pause when one of the crew members has been killed. The detective assigned to this case is Inspector Stoppard, and he is played by Sam Rockwell. Another detective that is still new to the field teams up with Stoppard. She is Constable Stalker, and she is played by Saoirse Ronan. With many associated with the production, both Stoppard and Stalker find themselves putting together the puzzle of who the murder might be. The issue though, is that there are a ton of people involved. There is Leo Kopernick (played by Adrien Brody), Mervyn Cocker-Norris (played by David Oyelowo), Richard Attenborough (played by Harris Dickinson), and many more names. The case is a tricky puzzle. The crazy aspect is, that many of the people associated with the production do not have the minds of a murder. Most of them have their own strange personality, and none of which seem to make sense to neither Stoppard or Stalker.

My joyful moments with See How They Run was the pieces of the investigation being put together. The realizations are humorous. Most of them though, are harrowing. In the harrowing realizations, its presentation is filled with silly character reactions. That is why I enjoyed See How They Run. It is a film with a suspenseful event; however, it also knows its characterization process in terms of finding its funny.

See How They Run is an idea of a film that is almost brilliant. It just lacks in some development towards its conflict in the film. Overall, though the issues are sporadic and has misdirection. Most of the misleading factors is where it becomes entertaining. It knows how to make its audience laugh and it also knows how to make them ready for laughing resolutions.

The film is fun for the mystery. It is also fun for the many curiosities for its audience. See How They Run is unique in its approach towards a crime. Does not enter it serious, but it brings lots of entertaining value to the table of events in the film. Three stars for See How They Run.