How It Works

I love movies, but I hate most movie reviews. I hate them for two reasons: First, they always begin with a 3-5 paragraph in-depth description of the film. I don't want to know the entire plot, I want to know if it's good! I may say generally what the movie involves but that's it. Second, most movie reviews are unclear. I've read countless reviews that left me with absolutely no indication as to whether or not I should even see the film. Not here. I developed three methods to rate television and movies:

1. Just your average 10 point scale.
10 is obviously the best and 1 is the worst. Although, Something Borrowed might make below a 1 if I ever get around to reviewing it. I consider myself quite harsh, so if you see anything above a 9, it's probably in my top ten of all time.

2. What's it Worth?
I will tell you if I think it's worth paying for and worth the 2 (and ever more increasingly 3) hours of your time. I also make an educated guess as to whether or not you can multitask during the film.

3. The (not-yet) Patented Clairometer
In honor of my college friend Claire, I developed this rating system in order to display how "appropriate" the film is. It is designed to tell you a more detailed rating system. I find this helpful. Sometimes you want to know ahead of time so you're not stuck watching Black Swan in an empty theater with your mom. The range between PG-13 and R is more vast than the plot holes in a Michael Bay movie. I hope to combat this. The scale shows photos and descriptions of a few well-known women in film and television. The rating is the farthest woman to the left of the scale who would approve of the film. For example, June Cleaver would not approve of
Tequila Sunrise. The woman who would is probably Mathilda.





With this blog, I write as though someone will read it and enjoy what I have to say. I am under no false pretense that I have a wide readership. It is mostly for me and for the one other person who accidentally stumbled across this blog. If that is you, I'm glad you are here. With this blog, I send my thoughts about what I watch on a black box into the abyss of the world wide web. I hope you enjoy reading these thoughts as much as I enjoy writing them.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Perfect Plane Movie (In the Best Way)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
©Paramount Pictures 2015
Starring: Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie
Written By: Robert Carlock, Kim Barker
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

My Rating: 7.0
Clairometer: Mathilda
Worth: Time, no money to rent, and you can multitask

Disclaimer: I watched this movie on a plane. As Toby Flenderson says, "Michael is like a movie on a plane. You know, it's not great, but it's something to watch. And when it's over you're like, how much time is left on this flight?" Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is by no means as entertaining as Michael Scott, but I enjoyed it. It's nice to see Tina Fey stretch her acting chops, and Martin Freeman is great as a romantic lead. It brought me back to his days as Tim Canterbury. Wow, two The Office references in one paragraph.

There seems to be a growing trend of films and television depicting journalists who "still care." As John Oliver recently showed us, traditional journalism is a dying art form. But films like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Spotlight as well as television shows like The Newsroom show journalists doing their job well in a changing environment. I realize the situation is very complex, more complex than a silly girl's movie blog can articulate. But it was nice to see journalists working incredibly hard and even putting their lives in danger to get to the bottom of a story.
© MCMLXXXVII Touchstone Pictures 1987

Tina Fey and Martin Freeman have great chemistry, and Margot Robbie is fierce. The screenplay is witty and the plot is interesting. If you've read other posts you know how emotional I am when I watch films; but to be repetitive and cheesy, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot made me laugh and cry. It is difficult to make a film surrounding the intensity of war "fun," especially without Robin Williams. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a valiant attempt.
Photo by K.C. Bailey ©Netflix 2015

Alfred Molina's character was a bit odd, although I haven't read Kim Barker's book on which the film is based. Perhaps his character is accurate. Although, they could have probably cast an Afghan actor, but Aziz Ansari does need material for his second season.  Overall, the film is good and worth watching. But keep in mind, I watched it on a plane and plane recommendations are always slightly tainted. Not to mention, my flight was over eight hours.

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