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This was an awful and fully forgettable straight to DVD mess of a movie I stumbled upon on netflix late at night, whilst under the influence of substances impairing my better judgements. I basically only chose to watch this due to wanting to see another dumb Danny Trejo movie after I was entertained by Machete Kills. This is overly stupid, boring as hell, horribly acted and just plain unpleasent.

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I thought this was better than the second film, because not only did I laugh harder and more frequently in this one but the jokes and story built on the same material as the first film, while still presenting what worked best about it in the first place. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are as good of a comedy duo as Mike Myers and Dana Carvey are, in my opinion. Although, I did enjoy the first movie's drug trip scenes a bit more. Still, a great sequel that is great just on its own but also a superior film to its predecessor.

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This was a surprising and interesting sort of sequel that had me fully engaged and consistently entertained for its entire duration, even if I had to turn my brain off for a lot of it. I really liked the structure of the movie, showing a parallell story showing another side of the story, I loved all the naval ship battles, I loved the badass swordfights, the cinematography, the blood, the brutality, the creatures, the villains, I thought this was just a really fun time at the movies. Was it perfect? Hell no. But, with this kind of spectacle all you can hope for is that is was at least as good as the first one. In my opinion, it's a little better.

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Automata (2014)
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The Bag Man (2014)
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While both Danny's, Trejo and Glover, are charismatic and work well as a comedic/action pairing they are stuck in an overly predictable and less enjoyable experience from the first movie. I thought that the original Bad Ass movie was a very inventive, hilarious and very fun movie, no matter how dumb it can be at times. This one however was disappointing because the duo isn't given much of very interesting things to do.

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Big Hero 6 (2014)
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Blended (2014)
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Blue Ruin (2013)
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The Boxtrolls (2014)
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Boyhood (2014)
The experience of watching this film for the first time was equal parts enthralling, moving, magical, delightful, heartwarming, and transformative. As of recently I have been noticing a change in my movie watching. It's becoming harder and harder to impress me or have me engaged with something enough. I have a hard time turning off my critical brain, often correctly predicting plot points and character moments well in advance. I've watched too many movies, seen behind the curtains and know too much for it to be wholly magic anymore. This film reinvigorated my sense of romanticism of movies in a way thought long dead.

"Boyhood" is an audacious experiment of a film that chronicles the everyday life experiences of a young boy named Mason, played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane, as he lives out his childhood hitting on universal moments that each person can relate to no matter what the age is. Mason lives a very ordinary life with his mother, played wonderfully by Patricia Arquette who merits an Oscar nomination. Along for the ride as well is the divorced dad played very well by Linklater regular Ethan Hawke.

This is a truly groundbreaking movie spanning 12 years of of a story that seems to flow at its own pace, free from contrivances in the plot or cliche characters. Nowadays, I feel like audience attention span is so limited that filmmakers feel that have to play to that ineptitude by removing any time to take it all in and experience the atmosphere, world, and circumstances our characters inhabit. In this movie, not a whole lot really "happens" in terms of plot. This isn't that kind of movie. The movie is about those little moments no one talks about to much between the big moments that build up the human experience and how they all amount to what life is like in a way.

The movie also caters to people of my own generation as it uses specific things like songs, videos, events, items, etc that trigger a very real emotional response because the feelings this movie is about is universal. But, because of when it took place it hit me in places I didn't expect it to. I had countless flashbacks to my own youth and boyhood that were shockingly very similar at times to the movie.

The movie is also edited very effectively and creatively. The timeline covers 12 years of this family's life and uses no title cards, no shots of a calendar, no nothing. The progression of time is expressed visually through very noticable elements that appear in every scene. For example hair cuts or style changes, weight gain and loss, a song from that particular year, a conversation about a then current event, video games, movies, and even a scene at a Harry Potter book release are all successful in pinpointing where and when in the real-world type story we are. This all makes for a much better method of cinematic storytelling.

Although deliberate in its pace and runtime, I was never bored and I was always emotionally connected to every moment of this family's life. This is the very best movie I've seen this year and may possibly be the best film of Richard Linklater's career. I say that even though I have a very soft spot in my heart for Dazed and Confused. Boyhood though feels like his most accomplished masterpiece of filmmaking with no rival to speak of in his history. "Boyhood" is a true demonstration of quality, classic filmmaking at its finest. Best film of 2014.

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Bullet (2014)
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As it stands now, this movie ranks at number three in my placement of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise below only The Avengers, and Iron Man. I loved this movie so much for it being so radically different from any other marvel movie with a different sort of tone and style to it, as it crafted a spy and espionage tale with a lot of unexpected twists and turns along the way. They propelled the story forward in a lot of ways building upon the legacy of Steve Rogers and the Avengers franchise itself. The Winter Soldier character should have been given way more screen time, but when he was there it was awesome. Sebastian Stan did a great job and plays one of the better villains in a marvel movie. I also loved that it had a lot of good humor in the movie. It was genuine laughs and I never felt that they were trying to force a joke or anything like that. It felt very natural. Also, Anthony Mackie's Falcon is awesome! Why he isn't in the Avengers I have no idea. Robert Redford is an amazing actor. So amazing that it is actually kinda weird that he's in this movie at all. But, he does a great job with what he's given and he's naturally fully believable in the role. The action in the movie at times was a little to close and shaky, especially in the beginning. But they pulled back and steadied it as it went on and made for some killer action sequences, and one awesome car chase.

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Chef (2014)
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The Cobbler (2014)
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Following a cool animated sequence outlining the events leading into this storys, the very first shot proves that they got the Visual Effects Oscar in the fucking bag! This is the most advanced and impressive CGI work I have seen since Avatar. There were moments where I could have sworn the apes were real. But, it's not just the technical wizardry that's to be praised here. This is an summer blockbuster popcorn action movie. They're a business venture to studios usually, as they capitalize on a recognizable name and reboot it for a younger movie going public. More often than not these types of movies don't give their stories as much as they should and as a result waste their potential. I'll cite the Transformers franchise as an example. On top of that, this is also a sequel and although "Rise" avoided being a bland recreation of the same shit, or something ridiculous like Tim Burton's attempt, a sequel to a movie like this would be easy to fuck up. Thankfully that is not the case. They do not rehash the same story from the first movie it advances the story and characters and takes it to places unexpected, fun, interesting, intense and completely gripping from start to finish. Matt Reeves Directed one hell of an action movie.

And let's fucking talk about Andy Serkis for a minute here. I remember with the last movie people were campaigning for him to get an Oscar nomination and with this one he REALLY DOES DESERVE IT. His Caesar is such a fascinating character, equally complex and rivetting. The Academy may have troubles differentiating between what's CGI and what is actually him, but I saw a all of his effort, and soulful emotion at every turn. This isn't just some goofy monkey they made in a computer. None of them are. They are fully realized characters with relatable motivations and cool personalities and looks. Great time at the movies!

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Divergent (2014)
The word "boring" doesn't even begin to describe how amazingly dull and lifeless this viewing experience turned out to be. The movie itself should have been called "Derivitive" and not "Divergent". This movie rips off countless other properties from Harry Potter, to Twilight, a big emphasis on Hunger Games influences, and even The Host. And when a movie reminds you of The Host of all things then you know it's pretty bad. A big problem with the movie were the characters, especially with Tris, the lead played by Shailene Woodley. Don't get me wrong, Woodley is a talented actress with a lot of potential and she has demonstrated that in films like The Descendants and The Spectacular Now. The movie claims that Tris is different than anyone else in other factions. She's not one thing to be categorized into being just one thing. She's "Divergent". Well that's all fine and good, but she never demonstrates how amazing she is said to be. She's just a bland, normal seeming girl. It's only others that tell her she's amazing. She's just a more boring version of Katniss from Hunger Games. None of the other characters present themselves as remotely interesting either. We never really get to know her friends at all apart from their names, and the villains and their motivations are just as scarcily explained. The pacing is so sluggish and dull that it almost prompted my exit from the theatre, which I never ever do. I never walk out on movies, because I know how hard it is to even get a movie made. So, even if a movie turns out to be a mediocre mess, I at least admire the filmmaker for giving it a try and expressing his vision. Whether that effort hit home for me or not depends on the film. Even a talented filmmaker is capable of turning out something weak, and Neil Burger with his silly name is actually a talented director. He made The Illutsionist and Limitless, two outstanding movies I loved which proves that this is a slight misstep in an otherwise promising career for both him and Woodley.

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Drive Hard (2014)
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Earth to Echo (2014)
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Foxcatcher (2014)
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The Gambler (2014)
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Godzilla (2014)
I'll admit I'm not a Godzilla fan. I've seen maybe 2 or 3 Godzilla movies, excluding the piece of shit Roland Emmerich on from '98. But, I'm not a fan because I dislike them. They're just not a series I particularly seek out. I didn't grow up on them nor did I have much access to them. But, I was excited to see this movie. I'm not a Godzilla expert so what I'll say about it might appear like ignorant nitpicking. I thought it was good, but not great like I thought it would be. What I liked about it was the design of Godzilla being true to the original design of the king of the monsters and I did like the design of the other creatures as well. The music has a phenominally epic presence and it sets the mood perfectly. The cinematography was gritty and visually brilliant. The characters are, for the most part, well rounded and performed. It is also tightly and well edited. That all being said, my biggest problem with the movie is that the monster fights while awesome when they happen are not as abundant and well covered as I had hoped. It seems as though the filmmakers were trying to tell this human story and made Godzilla almost a secondary character. The human characters are leading us through the plot and in the background the monsters are kicking the shit out of each other, or they'll promptly cut away from it and delay the suspense. I get what they were going for though. They wanted to have a Jaws type level of suspense where the creature in question is hidden and left up to the audience's imagination until the bi reveal comes in the form of seeing the monster in its full glory. But, they pulled that trick way way too often and in ridiculous instances. I would have rather seen the destruction of Las Vegas, for example, as opposed to the reveal of Vegas destroyed. Or when Godzilla first meets the other creature, Mothra I think, and they cut to the aftermath of the battle as we see only a brief glimpse of the fight in news footage. The movie was the cinematic equivelant of blue balls, which occurs very often. I felt cheated. All that aside though, it really isn't a bad movie. It truly is intense a lot of the way through, for the most part, and when you FINALLY see Godzilla tear shit up it's very satisfying. As a Godzilla movie though, in the eyes of a newcomer, I felt they had potential they didn't fully reach, especially given the director's talent demostrated in Monsters from 2010. I thought Gareth Edwards was a great choice, but his approach was very similar in storytelling style as Monsters was and I felt that as a Godzilla movie, at times it was a step in the wrong direction at times. Still, it's an entertaining and intensely fun summer movie, when it isn't being too much of a tease.

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Gone Girl (2014)
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Having seen this film twice I can safely say that, yes, it is much better than The Avengers, and as weird as this movie is I think that is the weirdest and most surprising thing to me that I can say about it. It's an enormous crowd-pleaser that succeeds on every level. A geekgasmic wonderland of pop culture, space battles, superheroes, lots of shit blowing up, great performances, awesome action, and a great amount of humor. It's one of the most fun times I've ever had in a movie theatre. It's impossible not to smile during a whole lot of this movie. The characters and the world they inhabit are so unique and unlike anything we've seen in a movie like this before. They have dimension, for the most part (Groot), they're all funny as hell, and they all get they're several moments to shine bright.

The movie theatres are jam-packed with cynical stories with no real lasting value aside from some moving images to keep you distracted for a couple hours. By the time this movie is over you will wanna watch it again very soon. It's just so damn positive and whimsical! I just loved it every minute of it!

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Hercules (2014)
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The Homesman (2014)
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Horns (2013)
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One of the best movies of the year by far and will definitely be winning the Best Animated Film Oscar. The animation and use of 3D is so amazingly rendered and designed that it occasionally looks and feels real in some scenes. The story is not a rehash of the events of the first movie. Instead it does what good sequels like Kung Fu Panda 2 or Shrek 2 should do, which is to progress the characters forward and take them on new journeys. It takes risks, it's darker than the first movie, but also lighthearted and whimsically fun and exciting. My only complaints are that the villain is kinda weak and underwritten in my opinion, and the subplot shenanigans that Hiccup's friends take part in as they try and gain the affection of Kristen Wiig's character was a little unnecessary. It just felt like they needed to give the side characters something to do in order to not make them useless. One of the big strengths of the first one was that there was no "villain" other than the dragon problem itself and arguably in some cases Stoick was a villain in Hiccup's eyes. But apart from those nitpicks, the movie is an epic sequel that tells a great story within a beautifully animated cinematic achievement.

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Interstellar (2014)
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The Interview (2014)
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Kid Cannabis (2014)
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This was a genuine surprise that was a lot of fun. It was filled with bright colours, hilarious jokes and characters, and a lot of originality and inventiveness in its storytelling. There's a twist that actually did catch me off guard and I didn't see it coming at all. Big credit goes to the writer/director duo whose comedic efforts in animation and live-action such as Clone High, 21 Jump Street and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. They bring the same irreverent style of comedy and slapstick as they did in their previous films, with a huge amount of pop cultural references to follow. The movie has a lot of energy, imagination, comedy and characters that build up to a very enjoyable and entertaining time at the movies.

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