1917, the movie… my thoughts in less than a hundred words

This…

 

 

 

 

 

 

movie……

 

 

 

 

is…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

freaking…..

 

 

 

 

amazing.

 

 

 

Cancel other plans.

 

 

 

 

 

Go watch it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank me later.

 

 

 

 

-Out of the Wilderness

Mine (Netflix) a short movie review (warning: spoilers)

Last night I was searching for an action/thriller movie to watch on Netflix and started watching a 2017 movie called Mine.

Just from watching the trailer you know this guy accidentally steps on a mine and for the rest of the film has to figure out how to survive until he can be rescued. To break it down simply there was the setup, the problem, and the solution. I loved the setup. The main character, Mike, and his fellow soldier Tommy are on a secret mission to kill this certain guy. Mike is a sniper who’s within range of killing this guy but for compassionate reasons decides to abort the mission, which Tommy disagreed with. The pair then have to retreat back to their base but then things go off the rails. All of this was pretty intense! I liked it.

Then we get to the mine and Mike can’t move or else he’ll set off the mine. I got bored quickly and fast-forwarded through most of this. He meets some people that walk by in the desert, survives a nasty sand storm, and even gets shot a couple times.

I picked back up near the end where the story wraps up. It had a sweet moment that I won’t give away, but I don’t know if sitting through the entire middle would have been worth it.

Overall I enjoyed the setup and the more thrilling scenes when he and Tommy were on the run. After that it kind of lost my interest. But I suppose if you like war movies and psychological dramas then you’ll enjoy this one.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Not as good as I remember it

Is there something from your past that doesn’t live up to it’s memory? For me, it’s typically music or movies. Pretty much any 90s song is now labeled as a “90s song” because it has a certain sound to it, right? But back then you’d think music couldn’t get any better. Let’s face it, a lot of songs from the 90s (and the 80s, if we’re being honest) are pretty cheesy. But we like them because they remind us of where we were when he heard them, or they just bring back good memories for us.

Over the Christmas holiday a few weeks ago I was awarded with choosing a movie to watch on the night we celebrated my birthday. I chose a movie I hadn’t seen in years but remembered loving it. The film stars an actor who was relatively new to Hollywood in the early 2000s, Owen Wilson. He plays Navy navigator Chris Burnett in Behind Enemy Lines.

It’s a great movie, especially if you enjoy war movies that involve a good guy and a bad guy, an underdog and a bully, an intense cat and mouse chase, and spoiler alert: it has a predictable ending. But watching it that night wasn’t as glorious as I remember when I first watched it. Now, part of that is because I rarely watch movies twice. Something about knowing what’s going to happen drains any desire I have to watch a movie more than once. There are exceptions, of course. In fact, I just watched Wonder Woman for the second time and was still entranced and captivated by the story, the editing, the slow motion effects they used, and the special effects. I also watched Enchanted twice over the holidays. It’s so good!

I guess there’s a level of predictability that I rather do without. So prequels? Nope. Hallmark movies? Nope. TV shows from the 90s? Boy Meets World, otherwise nope.

So anyway, back to Behind Enemy Lines. It’s a really good movie, it is. What stuck out the most in this holiday viewing, though, was the soundtrack. I don’t remember it having the characteristics of a 90s war/action movie but it does. Even some of the filming looked vintage late-90s.

All that to say, I wonder if my memory is similar to how Baz Luhrmann describes offering advice in the song “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen),” it’s a way of…

…fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

I romanticize something in my past, and when I revisit it, it’s not quite as amazing as I remember. Hmm sounds like my dating life! And by that, I mean how every girl I’ve ever dated thinks of me!

Girl: I think I remember him being pretty great.

*Girl reconnects with Ben*

Girl: nope, still a dork.

Well, she’s not wrong. I’m pretty dorky but I like it that way. This is not turning into a dating blog, I forbid it! So it ends here. What things in your past do you have on a pedestal? Is there an experience you have where something you loved isn’t as great as you remembered? One thing is for sure no matter what, Baz is right… wear sunscreen!

-Out of the Wilderness