Tag Archives: Michael B. Jordan

Fruitvale Station is worth a visit

26 Jul

FRUITVALE-STATION

Director Ryan Coogler makes his feature length debut with a heartbreaking film about the story of a young man trying to turn his life around, but derailed from happening because of the tragic events that unfolded on New Year’s Day in 2009. Most people familiar with the incident have seen the YouTube videos of officer John Mehserle shooting Oscar at Fruitvale Station.

Coogler’s film with the same title casts Michael B. Jordan as Oscar and Octavia Spencer as his mother. Both powerful performances that help Coogler win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  It is a film with a purpose, but at times I think Coogler mishandles the story with foreshadowing, as well as his one-sided depiction of the victim. Fruitvale Station is an important piece of work from a young director attempting to connect, communicate, and understand the repressive state apparatuses and ideological conditions challenging young people today. It is a worth a visit.

WORD COUNT: 157

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Chronicle is a pleasant surprise

5 Jul

CHRONICLE-FILM

The title comes from the lead character’s (Andrew) pursuit of documenting his life with an HD camera. Everyday he is faced with bullies at school and at home, until me makes an unexpected discovery. Chronicle is another “found footage” film that could have been boring, but thanks to some fine performances by a young cast (Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Kelly) the film successfully entices audiences to care about the protagonist’s incredible story. Coupled with some fine CGI wizardry the approach helps keep the film from becoming contrived and predictable mess. Instead, it is a unique and surprising piece of science fiction. It certainly has its moments where the script begins to fail, but the characters new-found special abilities awaken audiences’ imaginations and keeps them memorized as to see where these powers will lead them.

WORD COUNT: 139

Adam’s Grade: B-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A