Movie Shots: Phoenix, Black Mass, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

Being currently jobless I have a lot of free time that can’t always be filled with job searching or chatting on the internets so I’ve been seeing a lot of movies lately. These are the three latest, all of which I was a terrible patron of the theater and livetweeted at least a little during. To be fair, matinees are not super crowded ever.

Phoenix sounds so incredibly dramatic when you read the summary; concentration camp survivor shot in the face has facial reconstruction surgery and her husband doesn’t recognize her after so she pretends she’s someone else to see if he’s the one who betrayed her to the Nazis.

In reality it’s a beautifully quiet story of a woman trying to reconnect to life after surviving the only way she knows how, through her husbands eyes. I’m still not sure how I feel about how the movie ended up the journey to the end was gorgeous and heartbreaking.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>It's like 90 degrees in this movie theater bc it's full of old people. Damnit matinees. Also wow Johnny Depp looks nothing like Johnny Depp.</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/644951047719534592″>September 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Omg Benedict cumberbatch's voice is so 50s auctioneer in this movie!</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/644955156371652609″>September 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Black Mass is the type of movie where if you like gang/mob type movies you’ll probably like this one as it’s a better example of the genre but if you don’t it’s unlikely to convince you. Johnny Depp is fantastic as Whitey Bulger but it’s very interesting watching and seeing who of White Hollywood fits seamlessly into the setting of 80s Boston and who sticks out terribly. Benedict Cumberbatch looks perfect as Depp’s brother, from the suit to the nose, and then he opens his mouth and the clipped speedy sports announcer voice is just so out of place. Jesse Plemons you can’t help but think oh Landry how far you’ve fallen, first white supremacist methhead and now hitman. Kevin Bacon smoothly slides into the era. Adam Scott looks like he’s at a fancy dress party the whole time. Corey Stoll is perfect.

Black Mass has the typical choppy feeling of a biopic spanning too many years for the length of the movie but overall is a successful and enjoyable mob movie.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Watching Maze Runner since I'm supposed to see the second one tomorrow. Maybe this is the attempt I actually stay awake during. Maybe.</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646176673331736577″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>(honestly I'd rather be listening to Hamilton again)</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646176819838742528″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Update: I am still awake. I have no idea what's going on bc the internet. There are metally spider things.</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646186155805962240″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Well the last 30 min the movie got abruptly interesting so I'm much more optimistic about seeing scorch trials tomorrow.</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646210998362329088″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What the fuck is this a zombie movie? I didn't sign up for that!</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646406840515993600″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>No really is this movie actually called Left 4 Dead: Teens Got This?</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646416786871730176″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Guys I could be listening to Hamilton again.</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646417516256997376″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The thing about Alan Tudyk is every character he plays is AU Wash and it's amazing.</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646420144588242949″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Mechanical spiders &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt; zombies tbh. Dylan O'B can act for sure but it's so wasted all the time.</p>&mdash; Maia Mrkconsonants (@semirose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/semirose/status/646428788172177409″>September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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I like YA novels and I’m all for the let’s translate them to movies (have you seen Maisie Williams will be starring in Forest of Hands and Teeth?) thing but I was so incredibly bored by Maze Runner until the last bit and then Scorch Trials decided to switch up everything and go all Left 4 Dead on us and nah.

Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Sangster, and Ki Long Hee are all great actors and do the most they can with the material but there’s just not a lot to work with. Just nothing to get excited about, nothing from a new angle. It’s better than The Mortal Instruments and probably on par with Divergent and at least you don’t have to suffer through bad acting AND boring plot but it’s also really hard to recommend as well.

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