End of Watch

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I love movies.

I appreciate all film whether it’s good or bad because as easy as it may be to watch a movie and say, “I could have made a better movie than that…why would they even make that it sucked…” or “I have an idea…I should write it and I could sell it to a studio or make a novel!!!” in actuality it’s very very very difficult to write one up, let alone a satisfying one.

Having an idea for a story is completely different from creating an outline for a story. That’s why no matter what happens in a movie whether poorly outlined or completely mind-blowing I respect the creativity and demonstration of an idea brought to life.

Most recently I watched the film, “End of Watch.” The story follows two police officers who are longtime partners and friends. The two men encounter criminals in which they’re accustomed to but everyday is different.

So you might like it if:

  • You’re into police officer type movies
  • You like Jake Gyllenhaal and/or Michael Pena
  • You want to watch something out of the ordinary that you don’t necessarily think is that out of the ordinary but you want it to be an unordinary day so watching a movie you haven’t seen counts as out of the ordinary
  • You want to be more openminded when it comes to cops
  • You’re a writer that likes crime dramas & good story lines and are looking for some inspiration
  • You want to see something that makes you happy, sad, nervous, hopeful, fearful and then whatever else you might just feel ‘cuz we’re different people
  • You love the show “Cops”
  • You’re bored
  • You want to be entertained
  • You can’t figure out what to watch on Netflix and none of your friends are texting back recommendations on what to watch
  • You can’t fall asleep, but you don’t want to watch something scary

B3RNTR33 GRADE: A

B3RNTR33 ENTHUSIASM (on a scale of 1-10): 9

(1 being: You wish you could take back the time you wasted watching & listening to stinky poop-poops full of frivilous annoyances -AND- 10: You wanted to cry, jump up & down, laugh, punch someone in the face ‘cuz you don’t know why your so excited & stoked )

B3RNTR33 AUDIENCE VIEWER ENJOYMENT TYPE: I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. This movie was entertaining from beginning to end. It kept my mind focused on the story and I didn’t feel like missing a beat or going to the bathroom to pee (sometimes when I can’t tune-in with what is happening in a movie I take like a bathroom break, a water break and then start to pull out my notepad to jot my own stuff down…sorry “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countrymen”, your story was one of those but either way, I still respect you). Anyhow… in “End of Watch,” there is just enough action to keep it action-packed yet it wasn’t just an action movie where the story is just the action and nothing but action. There is a rooted moral and story that kept my mind engaged throughout the entire film.

Synopsis: Police partners Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala patrol the streets of Los Angeles county and encounter some usual and unusual suspects. 

B3RNTR33′s take on the movie: I really enjoy different perspectives. This movie did not necessarily have a different perspective in what I would perceive would be in the lives of a police officer, but the way the movie is shot and the way in which the writer and director tells this particular story is distinct. The construction and creativity that is used in this film is very much original. I especially love Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in this movie. I was never a huge fan of Jake Gyllenhaal, but in this movie I really couldn’t help it but be fond of & adore the two characters. This movie actually made me a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal… (it’s weird how a character or movie can create this kindred emotion to a fictional being, but somehow it does for me every once in a while). Michael Pena is always awesome (I might be bias because he skateboards too). Pena & Gyllenhaal are such a strong duo. The chemistry and relationship between the two comes to life in such a way that you feel this connection with them and a regard for what they do. There’s such a great partnership with the two of them in this film that I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to see any other two actors play the two roles. The storyline is made simple so it’s very easy to follow, but the way the story is laid out is exceptional. I might have just been having a good day or something, but in my opinion it’s one of the best cop-type movies I’ve seen in awhile.

 

Tyler the Creator’s new album: WOLF

I have this thing about music… and I call it love. I really fangeek on things and love so many things in fact, but one that I’m strongly passionate about is music & films. For some reason, music & films are almost like therapy and a healing treatment. Films & music have gotten me through the darkest of times. It’s this feeling that let’s you go beyond your own personal being. You get this emotion from the melodies or images you see. You feel this relation to the words & the actions. You understand the similarities & differences. It just gets to me…

Since I haven’t done a review in a long while and I usually do the reviews on movies, I thought I’d do it on something different so here’s a review on Oddfuture’s Tyler the Creator’s new album entitled, “WOLF.” I’ve been a fan of this kid for quite sometime. It’s strange because music to me is (well anything in general to me) is never about a specific genre or style… it’s not about who likes it or hates it… it’s not about what he said or she said… it’s about how it moves me. Be it hip-hop to jazz, death metal to rock & roll, folk to blues… it doesn’t matter… there’s good & bad in everything. And Tyler the Creator (or @fucktyler to most kids) is beyond his years. His imagination & story telling through melodies & lyrics is legend of its time. He might be obnoxious or vulgar in some of his songs… but to me its as if he’s playing characters out of a movie. So you might like it if:

  • You’re into rap, hip-hop, jazz & eclectic melodies
  • You like Goblin & Bastard & want to like something new
  • You want to be angry but don’t want to punch the wall so the only other thing is to listen to music
  • You like musicians with alter egos & split personalities
  • Your an artist yourself and you want to hear something inspiring
  • You want to find music thats variety ranges and reminiscent of sounds of the 80’s-90’s-and nows
  • You love the whole Oddfuture clan & Erykah Badu
  • You’re bored
  • You’re obsessed with wanting to feel young & cool
  • You want to be able to tell your friends you heard it because you know some of your hip friends might think they’re too cool to even tell you the album is already out
  • You want to do hood rat shit with your friends but your friends didn’t invite you to do hood rat shit so you have nothing better to do

B3RNTR33 GRADE: A

B3RNTR33 ENTHUSIASM (on a scale of 1-10): 9

(1 being: You wish you could take back the time you wasted watching & listening to stinky poop-poops full of frivilous annoyances -AND- 10: You wanted to cry, jump up & down, laugh, punch someone in the face ‘cuz you don’t know why your so excited & stoked )

B3RNTR33 AUDIENCE VIEWER ENJOYMENT TYPE: Listen to it with your friends over bowls of fun! Play Partyisntover even if that party is over and you’re still trying to hit on that one girl… Play IFHY to your significant other when you’re fighting so you don’t have to say shit or yell at each other because those few minutes of just listening will make you forget what you were fighting about and then you’ll realize that we all fucking hate each other, but love each other.

Synopsis: One of Tyler the Creator’s personas, Samuel, meets Wolf and Wolf & Samuel just don’t get along… or that’s what I assume.

B3RNTR33′s take on the album: Good jams from beginning to end. I love how Tyler the Creator makes his albums into tiny little storytelling. It’s not like most rap music or hip-hop where all they talk about is champagne, hoes and money (or chains). It gives you this imagination of what it is like to be a part of the youth in this generation. There’s happy & sad times. Shy moments & raucous ones. Togetherness & clique’ness. Peaceful times & times of war. My favorite verse in the album is this kid Na’kel on the ‘Trashwang’ track. I used to see him around skating when he was just a little grom and I never really spoke to him. I’m shy so I don’t talk unless spoken to (unless there’s a computer screen to shield me from being too afraid to speak up), but his voice & rhythm is mad steezy. He makes me want to punch someone in the face. Even myself. Anyhow… when I first saw Tyler the Creator in his ‘Goblin’ video I thought he was mad talented. I thought, “shit…this kid’s got talent…charisma & everything.” I didn’t know how long I liked him, but shit man… I’m still a teenybopper for the little fuck.

“The Muppets”

Growing up watching “Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show” and “The Muppet Babies” I was curious to see Jason Segel’s movie “The Muppets.”

Jason Segel & Amy Adams with “The Muppets” crew

Jim Henson is the ‘o.g. of o.g.’s‘ when it comes to puppets.

Jim Henson and a few of The Muppets characters

Jim Henson was inspired by early Disney cartoons and his first major puppet work was “Sam and Friends,” which was a daily live 5-minute program that aired on Maryland public television. As his popularity began to grow, he was approached by British producer Lord Lew Grade to create “The Muppet Show” for England. From there, it was redistributed in the United States where he then created “Sesame Street,” “The Dark Crystal,” “Labryinth,” etc. Jim Henson has made a big impact on the entertainment industry. He was and is, a big part of it. There’s many fans that love his unforgettable work.

Star Wars; Luke Skywalker; Miss Piggy

Quentin Tarantino & Miss Piggy

Mr. T {The A-Team}, Animal, Kermit the frog; Miss Piggy & Detective James Crockett {Miami Vice}

I loved Jim Henson’s work growing up and it was a big part of my childhood. As I got older, I (unintentionally) achromatized the entertainment I once loved as a child, but when I heard that Jason Segel was creating a children’s movie based on Jim Henson’s muppets I was enthusiastic about seeing the puppets brought back to life.

I feel Jason Segel is not only a talented actor, but I believe he is a gifted screenwriter & musician. I was actually fortunate enough to see him perform his song “Dracula’s Lament”  live a year before “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” was released in theater.

Jason Segel & Jack Black performing “Dracula’s Lament” at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA

He played the piano & sang for 92 of us and it was majestic. I usually fear meeting celebrities that I admire, respect and love because there’s a chance they could be obnoxious egotistical ungrateful pricks and I never want to ruin enjoying an actor’s work… although it shouldn’t… when I meet someone and they end up being not so amazing… I’m easily distracted thinking, “dangit… why’d you have to be such an imp???”

(i.e. Zach Galifianakis; I hate to break it to some of you, but this is just a live journal to speak freely so I’m gonna keep it real… Zach Galifiankis isn’t as friendly & cool without a cute baby or dog… I witnessed it firsthand… didn’t happen to me but some really diehard fans/cool-peeps…then again…he could have been having a bad day…but that’s just me trying to find an excuse ‘cuz it bummed me out to have to attest to that)

…there’s far more cool people than mean people anyways ‘cuz to me… the good always outweighs the bad… Anywho… Jason Segel’s seriously one of the most humble & nicest dudes I’ve ever met. As he passed by me while I was waiting for PB I told him, “Good job man!” as he walked by. He then responded with a “Thanks!” while continuing to walk pass me …but he then stopped, turned back around and came up to where I was sitting and said, “I’m Jason, what’s your name?!” …he’s just cool peeps. Enough about my stupid side stories… back to the filmgeeking…

I have this concept on new movies that I follow. Especially because nowadays movies are so expensive me & PB have to be picky about what we watch at the movie theaters (unless we crave watching something on the bigscreen; usually midnight movie releases these days). We unfortunately only watch movies that we feel are ‘bigscreen worthy.’ Mainly movies that are 3-D, action packed and/or must be watched with an audience on a bigscreen to fully appreciate its story. Although I do believe “The Muppets” was watchable… it would only be bigscreen worthy if you have kids… it was one of those movies. I don’t have kids. I’m still on a tight budget… and I forgot when it came out. So instead…I waited for it to come out at the Redbox. “The Muppets” is a movie I recommend if you are one of the following:

  • A parent with kids way into the new style/genre of Nickelodeon & Disney shows and you want them to appreciate puppetry of the past (it brings back the oldschool children’s entertainment experience)
  • Need something to do with you’re kids that’s not energy consuming & you need a place where you could nap while supervising the kids (…but don’t nap! You’ll smile I promise. Plus you shouldn’t be napping you’re supervising duuuh)
  • You like musicals and cheesy moments (the good kinda cheesy thingy… with cute morals & stuff)
  • Your an artist that loves to make puppets
  • You grew up watching Jim Henson’s work & would love to see how The Muppets were adapted
  • You love Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Rowlf, Animal, Rizzo, Beaker, The Swedish Chef, Scooter and/or any other character from ‘The Muppet Show’
  • You’re bored
  • You’re obsessed with seeing every new movie
  • You want to be able to tell your friends you saw it because you know some of your hip friends might think they’re too cool to watch it (but like “Wild Hogs” why didn’t you watch it?!…well Wild Hogs is more adult worthy with adult jokes… “The Muppets” is definitely a why didn’t you watch it?! if you’re a past Muppets fan)

B3RNTR33 GRADE: B+

B3RNTR33 ENTHUSIASM (on a scale of 1-10): 7

(1 being: You wish you could take back the time you wasted watching & listening to stinky poop-poops full of frivilous annoyances -AND- 10: You wanted to cry, jump up & down, laugh, punch someone in the face ‘cuz you don’t know why your so excited & stoked )

B3RNTR33 AUDIENCE VIEWER ENJOYMENT TYPE: Bring the whole family! …there’s no sex scenes I promise…

Synopsis: Gary (Jason Segel) has a brother who was born a puppet, Walter. Gary plans to take his girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams) to Hollywood, CA to celebrate their 10-year anniversary and invites Walter to come along since Walter is a big fan of ‘The Muppets.’ Walter, Gary & Mary take a tour around The Muppets Studio, which has been closed down for many years. Walter overhears a deal that’s being made about selling The Muppets Studio. Walter tells Gary & Mary and they agree to let the retired muppets know the situation. From there, each muppet is informed and they decide that they must do something to save the studio.

B3RNTR33’s take on the movie: From the beginning of the movie I kept repeating, “awww…”- “I love this movie…”- “…this is cute…”- “…every kid needs to see this…”- “…I’ve gotta buy a copy for each of the kids for Christmas…” etc… I’m very open minded when it comes to movies because each movie is different and for me, I can’t categorize nor list requirements for a movie to be claimed “great.” I don’t go by hype. I don’t go by bad reviews. I do make sure to understand that my mood or energy can make a difference when watching a movie, but “The Muppets” was entertaining. I like musicals (i.e. Grease 1 & 2) and this movie had many cute songs. There’s even a cameo from Jack Black & Dave Grohl. It was the perfect story plot in recreating a story that might seem outdated. Children’s movies & shows are so different from 10-15 years ago so bringing back puppets was sentimental in some aspects. I definitely recommend families to watch “The Muppets” and hopefully we can bring back a simple yet very artistic form of children’s entertainment. Who doesn’t miss “Sesame Street” or “The Muppets”?!

Art & Copy

This is my first “Review-ish” type blahblahblah’g on this blog… I used to do it before when Myspace was cool… (Myspace was always lame in an ‘its okay to have one’ kinda way)… not really, but I started to try to do reviews then I gave up on myself but now am trying again. So… “Art & Copy” is a documentary I recommend if you are one of the following:

  • Formerly -or- Aspiring advertiser/businessmen
  • Need something to do while you wait for your pizza to arrive
  • Your an artist that loves to learn about various types/genres of Art
  • Interested in history/perspectives on the advertising industry
  • You love documentaries
  • You’re bored
  • You love “Mad Men”

B3RNTR33 GRADE: B-

B3RNTR33 ENTHUSIASM (on a scale of 1-10): 7

(1 being: You wish you could take back the time you wasted watching & listening to stinky poop-poops full of frivilous annoyances -AND- 10: You wanted to cry, jump up & down, laugh, punch someone in the face ‘cuz you don’t know why your so excited & stoked )

B3RNTR33 AUDIENCE VIEWER ENJOYMENT TYPE: College Students; Adults

Art is so vague, in a good way. It’s meant for open interpretation. It’s made to speak to people without having to speak to people.  …and sometimes… it’s created to somewhat capture the souls of others… Advertising in a way is developed for those particular reasons.

I try & consume knowledge through reading, writing and watching lots & lots of movies (a little bit of tele & shorts too) [Note: Experience/Activity is also an assessment to my consumption of knowledge]. I read to understand how “good reads” flow. I write because I love to think & create ideas (Sidenote: writing prevents the loss of special moments of cognition I abduct from my thinking process. I love imagination)…  As a consequence, I watch an abundant number of movies to absorb the techniques in which I believe supports artistic entertainment that I feel will improve my screenwriting skills. Plus I love movies because it always finds a way to pull me into the screen (I love love love it). Reading, writing & watching movies is not only for learning/work purposes, it’s also for recreation/love. but… I’m not sure  if “Art & Copy” was more for information with inspiration or castration on my education.  Anyhow… although I mostly watch fictitious entertainment (action/comedy/sci-fi/drama/animation/independent/foreign films), I also enjoy non-fiction (stand-up comics & documentaries).

(…”Rushmore”, “Fight Club”, “Forrest Gump”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Fargo”, “Eraserhead”, “Grease 2,” etc…)

(Aziz Ansari AKA “Ra-Ra-Ra-Randy”)

(Michael Moore; “Sicko,” “Capitalism: A Love Story,” etc.)

As I skimmed through Netflix yearning for some real life to watch instead of partake in, I came across Art & Copy. “Art & Copy” is a documentary that takes a historical look at advertising & its huge involvement in culture & consumers. For me, “Art & Copy” was a commodity I would put under my ‘Inspirational Fillers List’ (a list in which consists of people/things that inspire me by concepts they say or do that either never crossed my mind or that I sometimes forget). However, “Art & Copy” is also an article I would put under my ‘Them Fools Be On That Egotist Point-of-View Tip’ (records in which consist of people/things that have very one-sided/opinionated views).

(FedEx Commercial)

(memorable Budweiser commercial that premiered during SuperBowl)

It begins with this narrative dialogue, “The frightening and most difficult thing about being what somebody calls a creative person is that you have absolutely no idea where any of your thoughts come from, really. And especially, you don’t have any idea about where they’re going to come from tomorrow.” ~Hal Riney

(Hal Riney)

…and after watching the film I realized that advertisement has so much of an impact and imprint on our lives. Like it or not, some advertisements are just significant to society. The documentary goes into detail of some of the most famous advertisements…

(Got Milk? is an advertisement encouraging the consumption of cow’s milk, which was created by the advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners for the California Milk Processor Board in 1993)

I was always good at math & science… but I was always awful at English & History (I have a hard time remembering things & I have A.D.D.). Yet one thing I will always remember from history is who shot Alexander Hamilton in that famous duel; Aaron Burr. I was 10 or 11 at the time and thought that “Got Milk?” commercial was so strange. I never hated it, but I never loved it either. I didn’t know what to think of it! It was so incomparable. Until now for whatever reason that’s one commercial I will never forget. “Art & Copy” made me realize how much of an impact advertisements can have.

(In 1949, William Bernbach, along with colleagues, Ned Doyle and Maxwell Dane, formed Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), the Manhattan advertising agency that created the revolutionary Volkswagen ad campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s)

There’s interesting facts on Volkswagen and how they struggled to attract consumers because Americans were concerned it was a German car during an era full of war & bias… Anyhow… I would put more info on “Art & Copy,” but then what would be the point of watching it?! So here’s just a few little things that may attract you to watch it… or not.

…and some interesting FYI’s to go along with this blah’g:

Anyhow… the documentary is filled with interesting information & viewpoints from some of the most well-known advertisers in the industry. I feel nowadays advertisement has become less creative and with how much money advertisements cost, you’d think they’d want advertisements to have the same beautiful aesthetic it once started with. They’ve somewhat become lazy in a sense & aren’t putting the time, quality & effort into creating advertisements enjoyable for consumers to see/watch. This is just an opinion not a valid answer. Advertisements were once memorable, heart-felt, thrilling, humorous and/or over-the-top (in a good way).  I’ve been very unenthusiastic about the advertisements of this era. I feel that most (not all) suck…but… one advertisement I do love & think is super funny is the recent Got Milk? ads.

Now if we had more creative types such as those who created the above Got Milk? ads I think that advertising would be an creative/art-oriented job like it once was…I hope this review was helpful… and if not, well… I’m just writing to write. I like to. So I thought why not.