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The Thing & Apollo 13 - Classic Movie Reviews

Classic Movie Reviews is something that I wanted to do for a very long time. They're many movies like The Thing or Halloween that I never watched, but due to the recent changes we went through in our website by posting fewer amounts of movie news or reviews, I'm finding time to watch these iconic films which helped heighten the Hollywood industry to a superior level.

Surprisingly, The Thing which is released back in 1982, did not get proper reception from the audience and from it's 15 million dollar budget it only made 19.6 million and was a quoted as a gory-disgusting film. Over the years, the film garnered a cult following and was applauded for its special effects, cinematography, and direction. Apollo 13, on the other hand, was a blockbuster success accumulating both critical and commercial success on a global scale.

With that being said and done, let's get right into the reviews starting off with John Carpenter's The Thing.

"The Thing" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 4/5

Set in the frigid weather of Antartica, The Thing tells the story of a group of American Government researchers who were stranded within a trepidation of an extra-terrestrial entity which is causing conflict and taking over the world with it's ungodly and imitation abilities. Presented with its dreadful gory scenes, the special effects in this films were outstanding. From the imagination to the creation and the execution, the gruesome hair-raising scenes in this film gave me chills and honestly that's what made this film so special. Carpenter's ability to capture both beautiful and petrifying shots must be appreciated alongside with the film's remarkably written screenplay. The compacted tension between the characters and the importance of their decision making was explained masterfully and kept the movie moving without any intervals. Overall, The Thing was one-of-a-kind and gave me those nightmarish shudders very often. I'm guessing that we'll never see a movie like this again and I'm happy that I took the time to sit and marvel the brilliance on-screen. 

"Apollo 13" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.75/5

Nominated for over nine Academy Awards, Apollo 13 narrates the real-life story of three astronauts and their unsuccessful mission to the Moon. I've read that director Ron Howard wanted to create technically accurate film and so he employed NASA's technical assistance in astronaut and flight controller training for his cast. And that hard work certainly paid off, this movie is packed with technical jargons and complex terms which are tough to follow. But, Howard did an excellent job narrating the storyline fluently without any pacing issues and by giving the characters time to breathe and develop in few significant scenes. Performances from the complete cast featuring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon were outstanding along with Ed Harris and Gary Sinise. Overall, Apollo 13 is an exhilarating and a joyful drama filled with great performances, remarkable narration and splendid directorial work from Ron Howard.

-A Classic Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Three Billboards & The Post - Honest Movie Reviews

Time for a doubleheader again and this time I'm reviewing two films that you might hear about a lot in the upcoming months because of the Oscars. But the nominations were not out yet, so you never know. Anyway, I'm looking forward to these two movies in a very long time and here are my thoughts.

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Directed by Martin McDonagh, who previously directed one of my favorite films of 2012 in Seven Psychopaths and starring Frances McDormand in the lead role, Three Billboards is a film about an enraged mother, who is avidly trying everything in her power to make the local police authorities solve her dead daughter's case. Similar to Seven Psychopaths, the unpredictable story and the screenplay were the primary aspects which kept the movie going for me. Martin McDonagh made sure that the doesn't fall into the clichéd paint-by-numbers category and kept it interesting throughout the runtime. Also, the characters and the performances were another advantages, Frances McDormand was truly exceptional and her blunt unconventional character was invigorating and extremely amusing to watch at the same time. Woody Harrelson's significant character served as the focal point for the entire film and Sam Rockwell is without a doubt the standout performer with his unappealing character that had an astounding story arc when compared to others. Overall, Three Billboards was one of the best films I've seen this year filled with amazing characters and incredible performances from the three main leads. A fascinating watch!

The Post Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

The Post brings together Steven Speilberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep, Hollywood's mega heavyweights in a movie that revolves around the Pentagon Papers Case in the early 1970's. Surprisingly enough, Speilberg began the Principal Photography of the film in the month of May 2017 and fast-tracked the production to meet the end-of-the-year release date and I can understand why. Oscar bait? or is it because of the striking storyline which partly resembles President Trump's administration? Keeping the theories aside, this film moves at an extremely fast pace filled with splendid performances across the board. Streep's character was a definitely a standout because of the monumental decisions she has to make. Bob Odenkirk was amazing and Tom Hanks was as usual brilliant in his role. But, the only negative about the film is the storyline which was dragged a little until the third act which was exciting to watch. Nevertheless, barring the only negative, The Post is still a fascinating story told by Steven Speilberg and I recommend watching it in case if you're interested in the source material.

-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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