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BradWesley123's Movie Journal- June 2016

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June 1st


Netflix- 1hr 41min.
First Viewing
Bland, toothless and pointless; Special Correspondents is a satire with no understanding of anything it's satirizing. Outside of Vera Farmiga's performance, nothing in this movie works. In fact, the movie somehow pivots towards the end, and attempts to be heartwarming. Watching this, I get the sense that Gervais doesn't like being associated with narcissistic characters, and just wants people to see him as a nice guy. Making Special Correspondents will not help with that image.

Monthly Wesley Award
Worst Picture
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June 2nd

People who added this item 281 Average listal rating (155 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
Macbeth (2015)

DVD- 1hr 53min.
First Viewing
Shakespeare adaptations really can't be reviewed as a normal film; all of them, for better or worse, often adhere so closely to the source material that they sort of blend together. As such, you essentially have to look at the way the story is being told, and the style with which it's told. With that in mind, Macbeth is a visually stunning yet poorly paced film. It's a technical marvel; from cinematography to sound to production design, it's exceptionally well made. The story, however, isn't told with much vigor; despite a great cast, it's often quite dull.

Monthly Wesley Award
Best Cinematography- Adam Arkapaw
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June 3rd

People who added this item 366 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Trainwreck (2015)

HBO Now- 2hrs. 4min.
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June 4th

People who added this item 361 Average listal rating (241 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.9

DVD- 1hr. 40min.
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People who added this item 1378 Average listal rating (926 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.3

DVD- 1hr. 55min.
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June 5th

People who added this item 373 Average listal rating (250 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8

Netflix- 2hrs. 10min.
First Viewing
While the plot does get pretty convoluted and it gets a bit more predictable as it goes on, The Best Offer nonetheless kept me hooked due to its calm pace, perfect handle on tone, and Geoffrey Rush's superb performance. The rest of the cast is solid too, but Rush carries the movie, with able help from the technical departments. The cinematography and production design are also great highlights.

Monthly Wesley Awards
Best Actor- Geoffrey Rush
Best Original Screenplay- Giuseppe Tornatore
Best Score- Ennio Morricone
Best Production Design
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People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (184 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.8

DVD- 1hr. 48min.
First Viewing
Takes a goofy premise and, more or less, goes the straight route, turning Pride & Prejudice & Zombies into a dull, mostly humorless slog. The costumes, production design and makeup are the few things to recommend here.

Monthly Wesley Award
Best Makeup
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People who added this item 659 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9

DVD- 1hr. 32min.
First Viewing
It does contain some of my greatest issues with indie-horror films (style and vagueness in place of character development and story), but it's made so well, with so many quality thrills and style, that its worth a look. The cast is strong, with Anya Taylor-Joy giving a breakout performance, but this is a director's movie and Eggers shows off quite well, even with the problems I mentioned.
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June 6th

People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5

DVD- 1hr. 37min.
First Viewing
Mild enough not to hate but dull enough to cause one to nod off, A Royal Night Out is a rather boring movie that is only saved when it focuses on its leading ladies. Gadon and Powley both give fairly fun performances that enliven the tedium of the proceedings; just not enough to recommend.
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June 7th

People who added this item 802 Average listal rating (554 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Saint (1997)

Netflix- 1hr. 56min.
First Viewing
There are a few good set pieces, and the cast is fine, but The Saint's story is too muddled and convoluted to be effective. It's the kind of plot where there's not enough story, but it just keeps going on and on. Add that with a lack of character work, and the film is just a bland bore.
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June 8th

People who added this item 446 Average listal rating (318 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.2

DVD- 1hr. 30min.
First Viewing
I wanted to love Anomalisa, but I ended up just respecting it. The animation is great and the storytelling is quite strong, as well as an excellent voice cast, but it felt oddly cold and detached. That's likely due to the story, its a story of depression and middle-age crises, but it just missed for me. The scenes with Jennifer Jason Leigh hit quite hard though, with enough passion and empathy to fill a whole movie. If only it had. Still very good though.
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June 9th

People who added this item 5419 Average listal rating (3710 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7

VHS- 1hr. 57min.
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June 10th

People who added this item 1310 Average listal rating (924 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Conjuring (2013)

Blu-Ray- 1hr. 52min
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June 11th

People who added this item 634 Average listal rating (449 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.2

DVD- 1hr. 48min.
First Viewing
Congo is so ridiculous and poorly made that it is honestly pretty fun. If viewed in the right mood, it'll be a fun, "so bad its good" experience. As a film though, its quite bad.
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People who added this item 541 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6

DVD- 2hrs. 21min.
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June 12th

People who added this item 514 Average listal rating (338 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1

DVD- 2hr. 1min.
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People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.8

DVD- 1hr. 56min.
First Viewing
It's respectably old-fashioned, but The Finest Hours replaces story and characters with nostalgia. Even for a Disney movie, it feels toothless, to the point where nothing really pops off the screen to make much of an impact. The cast is solid and its exceedingly well-made, but it just left me cold.

Monthly Wesley Award
Best Visual Effects
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June 13th

People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 5.4

DVD- 2hrs. 6min.
First Viewing
Honestly, I kinda enjoyed Gods of Egypt. It's by no means a good film, but it's bloated, so odd, so flat out stupid that I was having some fun. It's a mess of a film, with performances that range from not terrible, to outright embarrassing (Chadwick Boseman should have said no). Everything is so gaudy that you see every cent that went into the movie; its like a modern day Batman & Robin in that regard. Its truly a "so bad its good" film.
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June 14th

People who added this item 259 Average listal rating (178 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6

DVD- 1hr. 38min.
First Viewing
The Boy is surprisingly effective, until the bonkers last act. The slow build tension is quite good, as well as Lauren Cohan's strong central performance, but the last reveal is so hilariously odd that it zaps out the quality storytelling and replaces it with the stupidest of slasher-logic. Still, before the collapse, its pretty good. If they could've had a better ending, it would've workeed.
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June 15th

People who added this item 2569 Average listal rating (1663 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

Netflix- 1hr. 38min.
First Viewing
While I felt the tonal changes were a bit abrupt at times and the story a bit thin, The Princess Bride is still a fun send-up/reappraisal of fairy tale romances that manages to become of the more memorable of the genre.

Monthly Wesley Awards
Best Supporting Actor- Christopher Guest
Best Costume Design- Phyllis Dalton
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June 16th

People who added this item 236 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.1

DVD- 1hr. 50min.
First Viewing
How to Be Single is a surprisingly fresh relationship dramedy that upends expectations. While there are certainly plenty of issues with the story, including way too many characters (Brie's storyline probably could've been excised from the movie entirely and it wouldn't have lost much) and an episodic structure, but the film's central message, and it's solid execution of it, gives the genre a much-needed modern kick. The cast is also quite strong, and the writing (when it's on) gives their arcs a poignancy not allotted these kinds of characters. A delightful surprise.
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June 18th

People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6
San Andreas (2015)

HBO Now- 1hr. 55min.
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People who added this item 5147 Average listal rating (3621 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7

Mr. President, you're inspirational words?
DVD- 2hrs. 33min.
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June 19th


Starz- 1hr. 42min.
First Viewing
While it does suffer a bit from the usual coming-of-age trappings, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a fresh take for the genre. Benefiting greatly from a smart script, sensitive direction and a star-making performance from Bel Powley, the film's gender-flipped and sexually frank story give the film more insight than usually allowed in these films, as well as a more compelling narrative.

Monthly Wesley Awards
Best Picture
Best Director- Marielle Heller
Best Actress- Bel Powley
Best Supporting Actress- Kristen Wiig
Best Adapted Screenplay- Marielle Heller
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People who added this item 155 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1

DVD- 1hr. 35min.
First Viewing
45 Years is expertly made, evoking quiet emotion from every scene with subtle storytelling, and a few excellent performances, none more so than Charlotte Rampling (who is incredible here). It is a bit too slow at times, its one of those films that's almost too subtle, but its a worthwhile watch due to the film's numerous positives.
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June 20th

People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.3

DVD- 1hr 36min.
First Viewing
Rockwell and Kendrick are quite good here, and the movie's best movies result from their work, but Mr. Right is a romcom/Tarantino hybrid that presents itself as clever, when it's really more smug. When it tones itself down, it works, but too often the material mugs and oozes smarm.
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June 21st

People who added this item 2454 Average listal rating (1668 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.4
Godzilla (1998)

DVD- 2hrs. 19min.
First Viewing
Sure, there are ocassional moments of absurdity so broad that its hard not to be amuse, but 1998's Godzilla is just so fucking stupid. It's a dumb, lumbering Jurassic Park/Independence Day (nowhere near as fun as that sounds) hybrid/ripoff that so wants to please everyone that it repels in equal measure. Godzilla in Name Only, indeed.
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June 22nd

People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.9

DVD- 1hr. 41min.
First Viewing
Cube and Hart still heavy some decent comic chemistry, but Ride Along 2 is about as forgettable and bland as cinema gets. It's a movie that's been done before, in a way that has been done before. Ride Along joins a growing list of improbable franchises by sleepwalking.
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June 23rd

People who added this item 185 Average listal rating (127 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3

DVD- 2hrs. 24min.
First Viewing
As a searing account of one of modern history's most profiled events, it's about as rote as any other Middle East war flick. As an action movie however, 13 Hours presents some of the most rousing action of director Michael Bay's career. The story is a warmed over collage of historical inaccuracies, Hoorah(!) brothers-in-arms bonding, and snobs vs. slobs conflicts (probably the most damning aspect of the bunch). The action though, is some of the best that Bay has ever done. The way the bullets ricocheted and the missiles bounced off of buildings and cars kept me in constant awe. If it wasn't so long, it would get a rather glowing endorsement; as is, see it with caution.

Monthly Wesley Awards
Best Editing- Michael McCusker, Pietro Scalia, Calvin Wimmer
Best Sound
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June 25th

People who added this item 749 Average listal rating (531 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Spotlight (2015)

DVD- 2hrs. 9min.
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Numbers


Number of Movies Watched: 30
Newly Watched: 20
DVD: 21
VHS: 1
Blu-Ray: 1
Streaming: 7
: 2
: 4
: 1
Time Spent: 56hrs. 48min.

Critcal


Best New View: The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Worst New View: Special Correspondents

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The Complete Wesley: 2016 Movie Journal (12 lists)
list by BradWesley123
Published 6 years, 10 months ago



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