Skip to main content

Dome Pondering Movie Review: End of Watch (2012)

What is it about? 

A documentary-style shot journey of two cops who are friends, and the encounters they come across as cops in South Central, Los Angeles, especially when they uncover a criminal force greater than they imagined. 

Who is in it? 

Jake Gyllenhaal - Brian Taylor

Michael Pena - Mike Zavala

Favorite Scene:

Any scene with Brian and Mike going back and forth in dialogue in the patrol car. 

Favorite Quote: 

Mike Zavala: My Grandmother said, "If you can live without her, then man-up and cut her off. Don't string her along."

Review:

End of Watch is a brilliant film. It really is. Some may not agree, but it takes a lot of creativity to shoot an entire film documentary style without making it seem hard to follow and without making the scenes feel redundant. The camera angles add a certain personality to the film that makes the relationships in the movie standout, especially that of Mike and Brian.

End of Watch is all about the developing relationship of Brian and Mike that hooks you. From the simple scenes of them in the patrol car that offers a certain realism of authentic bonding to them sharing their police duties, this film offers two characters and a relationship in which anyone who views this film will invest in. And without giving away a spoiler, the ending proves it. 

Gylenhaal was phenomenal in this film. Absolutely, phenomenal. His work was highly reminiscent of Jarhead, which also was awesome stuff. Michael Pena was very funny, and of course, Anna Kendrick is in it too, which is easy on the eyes for the fellas. 

All in all, End of Watch really surprised me and was much better than I thought it would be, and I expected it to be good. However, it was better than good. Any movie that can sell dialogue and in-depth characters with a real message and moral of respect you can take away from the film earns my respect. 

Grab a DVD of this film and watch it. 

Review: 5/5

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/15/17

3 Up
1. Hollywood Victims - Much props to the many men and women who have taken the step in telling their story about sexual assault and being the victim of displays of power for sexual gain within Hollywood. It's tough, especially in such an unforgiving business like show business, but it takes guts to tell the truth - much respect to you all who did so.
2. Joe Girardi - Have you ever seen a more brutally honest manager or head coach during a playoff stretch? Girardi has been letting his soul bare on mistakes, feelings, lineups, results, decisions, his family, his time in New York, and anything and everything else. I have a feeling Girardi is walking away, after this season, and if he is, I'm glad he's doing it by just being him. 
3. Eminem - I've seen some new school fans insult Eminem and downplaying his ability. I'm still a fan. After all, no one - NO ONE - captures anger in their music like Em. No one. Still so captivating. And yes, his freestyle of President …

Dome Pondering Export - "TNA's Biggest Problem Is..."

After ten years of importing materials, words, pictures, and videos from other sites her for your viewing and for archiving, I never thought I'd get to the point where I'd be EXPORTING material out to other sites. Yes, the DP continues to grow, and yours truly had the kind opportunity to contribute a guest column to an awesome Pro Wrestling blog with a very large audience. The piece has since been very well received, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so in the future, and maybe even other sites and avenues as well. 
You can read the column here on the TNAsylum website (special thanks to them as well for posting), or the entire text below:

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

What is it about?

When a pilot crashes into her world, Diana, an Amazonian Warrior, leaves home to help fight a war and fulfill her true destiny. 
Who is in it? 

Gal Gadot - Diana
Chris Pine - Steve Trevor

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/8/17

3 Up
1. Heroes in Las Vegas - Among the heartbreak in Las Vegas are the many heroes who helped shield and save lives during the gun fire, as well as the many in hospitals who did some serious work in aiding the hundreds who flooded the hospitals in the area. Please, please, please be sure to read a story or two of the many who saved so many lives on that horrific night. 
2. Jimmy Kimmel - Kudos to the Kimmel on his opening monologue following the Las Vegas terrorist attack (let's call it what it is). In fact, many of the late show hosts delivered rhetoric that the talking heads on 24 hour networks couldn't, and in many ways, were the words reflective of so many. 
3. MLB Playoffs - Man oh man. How great have the MLB Playoffs been? I've been a nervous wreck with every moment of my New York Yankees. I still stand by it - best playoffs in sports. 
3 Down
1. Las Vegas Shooting Terrorist Attack - Shake. My. Head. Just unbelievable. 
2. Cam Newton - The comment was so unnecessary.…