Thomas Jane Weekend – White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

Director: Gregg Araki

Writer: Gregg Araki (Screenplay) Laura Kasischke (Novel)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Ava Acres, Thomas Jane

Plot: In 1988, a teenage girl’s life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.


Tagline – I was 17 when my mother disappeared…

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Uninspiring Teenage Mystery

Story: White Bird in a Blizzard starts when 17-year-old Kat (Woodley) comes home from school to find her father Brock (Meloni) worried about where he mother Eve (Green) has gone, just vanished, taking nothing with her. Following the normal missing person reports through Detective Scieziesciez (Jane) trying to help the best he can.

As Kat examines her life, she starts to think that her mother might have run off with someone else, but the uncertainty around the truth is driving her crazy as she continues to push on her new sexual desires.

Thoughts on White Bird in a Blizzard

Characters – Kat is the 17-year-old girl that is nearing the end of school, has a boyfriend that isn’t given her enough attention for her own desires and then her mother vanishes, she is left wondering why she would just leave right when she was become a woman and needed her help. Eve is the mother of Kat, she has changed over the recent years and now has vanished, we learn about her character through Kat’s memories of her. Brock is the father that Kat thinks is a loser, he is worried about his wife and does the best to stay strong for Kat. Phil is the boyfriend of Kate, he lives across the street and is the opposite to who she was looking for in a man.

PerformancesShailene Woodley does everything fine through this film, she is the strongest of the performers, though that isn’t saying much. Eva Green, Christopher Meloni and Shiloh Fernandez all have one strong scene, while largely being forgettable in this film.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that must deal with the sudden disappearance of her mother, not knowing the truth or who could offer the truth about what has happened. This isn’t the inspiring story because it offers up a mystery only for the story to spend too much time on wondering if Kat is going to get laid and by who, we really don’t spend anytime investigating why or what could have happened to her mother, which only disappoints us. This story does drag along to, which for a 90-minute movie is a giant disappointment.

MysteryThe mystery behind this film does leave us feeling like it forgets there is a mystery halfway through the film, it just doesn’t shine enough of a spotlight onto the mystery.

SettingsThe settings in the film show us a small town that our main character wants to get out off, which sees more people knowing things than they are willing to give away, when it comes to the truth.


Scene of the Movie – Freezer search.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The mystery doesn’t seem to be the main focus.

Final Thoughts This feels like a long movie even though it has only a 90-minute runtime, it just drags and doesn’t focus on the mystery enough.

Overall: Dull.

ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – V – The Doors (1991)

The Doors is under V because of Val Kilmer.

Director: Oliver Stone

Writer: Randall Jahnson, Oliver Stone (Screenplay)

Starring: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon, Michael Wincott, Michael Madsen

 

Plot: The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.


Tagline – “There are things known and things unknown and in between are The Doors.” — Jim Morrison

Runtime: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Proof of Wasted Potential

 

Story: The Doors starts when UCLA film student Jim Morrison (Kilmer) walks out of clash to follow the music and lyrics coming from his head, from his drug induced sessions, joined by Ray Manzarek (MacLachlan), Robby Krieger (Whaley) and John Densmore (Dillon) take their alternative music to the stage, making huge waves in the late 1960s.

After The Doors become an international sensation Jim starts to dive further down the hole of drugs and sex addiction which makes him even more reckless and an even bigger icon of the industry.

 

Thoughts on The Doors

 

Characters – Jim Morrison is the leader singer of the Doors, he spends most of his time high on drugs which helps him create the lyrics that made the band famous, he sleeps with every woman that shows his interest even when he tries to tell his girlfriend he is loyal, this might well be based on a man that could create amazing lyrics, his personal life makes him out to be a horrible person, that nobody should ever look to for inspiration. Pamela is the muse that first started to fall in love with Jim before he became a big star, she tries to stay on his side, even if she is tired of his cheating, she constantly falls for his lies which only makes her feel small in the world. we do meet the rest of the band, we see how some wanted to help improve the band, while others just wanted to live the same life as Jim.

PerformancesVal Kilmer is the star of the show, he commits to this wild character, showing u just how extreme he was, how much a problem he could have been to himself. Meg Ryan was great to see because it is a role you wouldn’t usually expect to see the clean-cut star take on. The rest of the cast are good enough without getting their chance to shine like you would expect them too.

StoryThe story follows the life of Jim Morrison from the time he was a student to his death after become a controversial music icon with his hippie mindset which only encouraged people to act against the normal causing a change in the mentality of the younger generation. This film doesn’t make Jim Morrison to be a nice person, it shows that he had the potential to be one of the biggest names in music, but his personal action only dragged him down to a new level showing just how drugs can take over life ruining the biggest parts of his life. This film mostly shows the downfall of his career over the best part of the man’s life which could have been somebody who could have changed music forever, instead of a short while.

Biopic/MusicThis is a biopic that mostly just shows the destructive side of Jim Morrison, not getting enough attention on the good he might have given the world.

SettingsThe film does use the 1960s settings to show us just how the musician grew up the ranks of the industry showing how the party continued to get bigger with the additional fame.


Scene of the Movie –
First song creation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Shows how much potential was wasted on drugs.

Final ThoughtsThis is a biopic that could have put a bigger light on one of the best musical minds of a generation only for it to show just how much time was spent just getting high.

 

Overall: Career wasted, the downfall.

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