Day 158: The Iron Giant (1999)

the iron giantI have always been a fan of animated films, but sometimes there are just films in the world that for some strange reason, you never get to watch them. The Iron Giant was certainly one of those films, but thanks to this challenge it is today’s film. It’s 1957 Rockwell, Maine where everything is pretty normal and nothing exciting happens until one faithful day. Something huge and gigantic hits the shores of Maine, but no one knows what it is except for one person. For Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal), he is your typical horror movie loving kid who really has no friends until one day when he saves the Iron Giant (Vin Diesel) from electrocuting. Now as the two become close, Hogarth has to hide the Iron Giant from a paranoid government agent before he has the military sent to town to destroy it. The film also stars Jennifer Aniston (We’re The Millers) as Annie Hughes, Harry Connick, Jr. (The Godfather: Part III) as Dean McCoppin, James Gammon (Major League) as Foreman Marv Loach, Cloris Leachman (Castle In The Sky) as Mrs. Tensedge, Christopher McDonald (Requiem For A Dream) as Kent Mansley, John Mahoney (Say Anything…) as General Rogard, and the film was directed by Brad Bird (Tomorrowland).

iron gianrThere are a lot of films that I have viewed for this challenge that I do not know why it took me this long just to see them. I am sometimes baffled by myself and how I have ignored certain movies that are obviously classics like The Iron Giant. What I loved about this film is how they set against cold war America and how it shows you how paranoid people were during those times. There’s a line when Kent is telling Hogarth that they have to find out what it is and where it came from so they can destroy because it’s obviously not American. Meanwhile, Hogarth is having one hell of a time teaching the Iron Giant which I had no idea was voiced by Vin Diesel and that Hogarth’s mom was Jennifer Aniston. I have to agree with Kent, but only on one thing and that is what kind of name is Hogarth? Anyways, I have to admit that I am a sucker for this type of animation cause it’s old school and it was cool for it’s time. He could have gone with the new kind of animation that was around like The Toy Story, but he kicked it old school. Like I said, I loved the animation, but most certainly I loved the story overall. It’s a story that has a meaningful ending where one discovers who they truly are and they make the ultimate sacrifice. The title is available on the HBOGO app and I really suggest that you check out this movie. I am going to give The Iron Giant an A- for a final grade.

Day 37: The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

last witch hunterFor today’s film, I was interested in see The Last Witch Hunter, but enough at the time to see it in theaters. This was one of my I’ll wait till it’s out on Redbox before I see it type of movies. The film stars Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as Kaulder, a man cursed by the witch queen to live forever as he has hunted down witches for centuries. One day, Kaulder’s 36TH Dolan (Michael Caine) is put under a curse by an elusive witch who practices a form of witch craft that hasn’t been seen since Kaulder killed the witch queen 800 years before. With the help of his 37TH Dolan (Elijah Wood) and a dream walker witch named Chloe (Rose Leslie), Kaulder will go on the hunt to save his friend and the world from the plagues before it is too late. The film also stars Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty) as Belial, Rena Owen (Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge Of The Sith) as Glaeser, Julie Engelbrecht (The Red Baron) as The Witch Queen, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Ellic, Isaach De Bankole (Casino Royale) as Max Schlesinger, Dawn Olivieri (American Hustle) as Danique, and the film was directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies).

the-last-witch-hunter-still02The film was essentially a box office flop for the studio as the budget was over 80 million and they only grossed 27 million at the box office. I don’t think people really gave this film it’s fair shake because it was actually entertaining in my opinion. The film had some pretty cool concepts that went with it and the visual imagery and effects is what is actually stunning. There are some sequences in the film that are actually very cool to see and that is what captured me about the film. As I said the special effects are good, there is plenty of action to go around in the film, and the story was actually pretty well written as well. Listen I always tell people that you shouldn’t expect the greatest story every unfolded on the silver screen with Vin Diesel (unless it’s Guardians Of The Galaxy), You should expect a film that is action pact and bad ass. That is what Vin Diesel movies are all about since day one. The acting in the film was great and you shouldn’t be surprised with a cast that features the great Michael Caine. This could have been an Ass Whoopin Wednesday film for sure, but that’s OK because there’s plenty more films out there. This was definitely a film that was cool to watch and I truly enjoyed it. However, for a final grade I am going to give the movie a B for a final grade because it’s not the best Vin Diesel film.