Rock Star - 3/10
This movie is advertised as a musical drama about a lead singer of a tribute band who leaves his tribute band to join the real band and live the life of a full-blown rock star. However, it is painfully hard to take this film seriously because it is so silly and corny. Mark Wahlberg plays the copycat rockstar who strives for being unoriginal. How can you take a movie seriously if the main character is trying his damn hardest to be as unoriginal as possible? There's also Jennifer Aniston, who never ages, that plays Wahlberg's manager. Yep, she's the manager for a tribute band. A highly coveted position.
The story is pretty uninteresting and it's pretty predictable to say the least. I feel like it's a drama that has been tackled many times before. Character gets flung into stardom, lives the life for a while, realizes that it's not all that it was cracked up to be, then goes back to living their normal life. The payoff at the end doesn't even make it all worth it. (Let me just put it this way, our lead character lives the life as the lead singer of a fake metal band...only to end the movie as a lead singer for what could essentially be boiled down to a Nickleback cover band...)
This is a drama that feels like a comedy because it's absurd and hilariously bad. (There's a fight between the two tribute bands, where each member pairs with their counterpart in the other band to fight...and it's the stupidest thing ever) There's perhaps going to be people who like this movie in an ironic way...but man this movie is pretty bad.
The Godfather: Part III - 7/10
As it turns out, Francis Ford Coppola's final chapter of the esteemed franchise doesn't have the legs to cross the finish line in a graceful matter. Although the trilogy's finale rivals its predecessors in scope, vision, and grandeur, it just doesn't feature a compelling story to carry it along. Although this movie is the shortest of the trio, it still felt like the longest...in a not so good way. I often found myself feeling bored as the film trudged along through it's story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and his attempt to leave his former business and criminal dealings in the past. To the film's credit, however, the plot starts to gain momentum towards the latter half of the movie and the finale provides a powerful and fitting conclusion to a tragic tale. It's not the ending you would expect.
Andy Garcia, who plays Michael's nephew Vincent Mancini is a key player this time around. Michael is taking him under his wing and showing him the ropes. Garcia pulls in a nice performance that made him one of the more enjoyable characters to watch. There was also Sofia Coppola, Michael Corleone's daughter, who also gives a strong performance. This is still Al Pacino's movie though and his performance, although not as great as the first two movie's, is still the spotlight stealer and main attraction.
Unfortunately Part III of the Godfather trilogy doesn't live up to the hype of the first two (the time gap between them doesn't help matters either) but that doesn't take away from the massive punch that is the Godfather trilogy. I am glad to have finally seen all three in their entirety because they as a whole they really pack a wallop and provide a formidable blueprint for the gangster and crime movies to succeed them. Well done Francis Ford Coppola. Well done.
Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution - 6/10
It's no secret that the modern sexual revolution is very different from the sexual revolution that dominated the 60s. Sex is meaningless and the younger generation faces new challenges and mindsets than their ancestors before them. They look at the act of sex as a totally different animal, which is what this documentary from Benjamin Nolot takes a look at. The film follows a variety of college kids during spring break as they experience the many vices that spring break provides for them...including a whole bunch of meaningless sex. We get a look at hookup culture and how it is approached. Not only do we get the male perspective, but the female perspective as well and they are both very different from each other...although that shouldn't be to surprising. In fact, this documentary as a whole isn't too surprising. There are some shocking aspects here and there, mostly regarding how easy it is for some of the college kids to get girls to sleep with them, but most of the points covered in the film shouldn't come as a surprise. It's stuff we have all pretty much heard before.
Despite the lack of new information, the documentary is still eye-opening. You will grow to hate *almost* every college kid interviewed for the film. (At least I did) There's some really nasty shit that comes out of these kids mouths that paints them as the douchiest of the douches...but perhaps that's how the film wants to portray them as...which is fine. There are some kids who actually have some interesting commentary however. The two girls talking about the female perspective, for instance, have some interesting stuff to say.
To give credit where credit is due, I did like how the documentary was produced. It's well made, aside from the weird dream sequences that bookend the main feature. I didn't much care for them. Nolot manages to fuse a mix of handheld cam following the college kids with interviews from not only the college kids themselves, but some experts in the fields of teen psychology, mostly revolving around the sexual psychology. We also get a ton of pop culture tidbits thrown in the mix as well that really enhance the documentary's message. It's a well made production, it's just too bad I didn't walk away from it with much.