My family holds an Oscar party every year, and basically we use the Oscars as an excuse to get together, eat, laugh, and watch some of our favorite films. This year our pre-show films included: “Real Steel” and “Star Trek.” In my opinion, they are great, fun movies that can be enjoyed and watched over-and-over without ever getting old. Movies provide us with inspiration and show us what the imagination can create. They inspire me to write, which is why I review movies so often. A good film will always leave you in awe no mater how many times you’ve seen it. Whether Oscar-worthy or not “Real Steel” and “Star Trek” are films that I will continuously watch and always stand in awe.
“Real Steel” with Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, and Evangeline Lilly (2011)
“Real Steel” is a hard sell to say the least. It looks cheesy, it sounds cheesy, and like they say, “if it looks and sounds like a duck—it’s probably is a duck.” However, I would strongly urge that anyone interesting in boxing and the development/discovery of a father/son relationship to watch this movie.
Fun Fact #1 and #2: “Real Steel” is based off of a Richard Matheson short-story with the same name, which coincidentally enough was also a “Twilight Zone” episode.
In a one-liner: “Real Steel” is “Rocky” with robots.
It follows Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) and his son Max Kenton (Dakota Goyo) as they get to know each other after more than eleven years of being estranged throughout the career of a junkyard dog robot whose expectancy to win is nil.
It is a great movie about a bad father who begins to realize the importance of being a dad, and a role model, after spending a summer with his son. The robot boxing is merely the catalyst that provides the flair and the means to ‘stand apart’ from the rest.
I highly recommend “Real Steel”—at the very least give it a rent, or borrow a friend’s copy.
“Star Trek” with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, and Chris Hemsworth (2009)
“Star Trek” is basically the “Ocean’s 11” of science fiction films. It has an immense cast of great actors that place a wonderful spin on the original “Star Trek” lore.
This film serves as a reboot to the franchise and starts from scratch by skewing off into an alternate timeline that allows the writers to go “where no man has gone before.” It is a great vehicle to drive the plot forward to new highs, while still holding true to the fans.
Nero (Eric Bana) is a Romulan who gets sent back in time through a wormhole along with the future version of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) after his homeworld is destroyed by a supernova. Holding the Federation responsible for the death of his planet, Nero plans to destroy every single Star Fleet Federation planet, starting with Vulcan, in order to appease his rage.
The classic crew Enterprise is revamped and because of the altered timeline (due to Nero and Spock’s jaunt back through time) their origins and relationships are drastically changed resulting in a great new twist on Rodenberry’s beloved franchise.
“Star Trek” ranks as one of my favorite films and if you are a sci-fi buff/nerd (like me) then this is a must-watch.