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BradWesley123's Movie Journal- September 2015
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Accidental Love (2015)
DVD- 1hr. 39min.
While there are a few traces of a solid satire here, Accidental Love is just a complete mess. While I'm sure a lot of this clutter is due to the truncated production, it's hard to say that the movie would've been much better everything run smoothly. The script is a mess, in both story and tone, and the cast is pretty all over the place. Alone Gyllenhaal really commits to the film's frantic tone, and even he has a hard time with the material. A weird footnote in the career of David O. Russell, the director (credited as Stephen Greene), and everyone involved.
Another Me (2014)
HBO Now- 1hr. 24min.
The plot is intriguing but Another Me never takes full advantage of it, opting instead to be a sort-of Y/A flick with a psychological horror twist (but only slightly). It's biggest problem is it's pacing; its handled in such a slow, tedious way that its hard to latch onto the story. It also doesn't help that the characters are paper-thin. A couple of thrills do work, but they only work individually.
Kill the Messenger (2014)
HBO Now- 1hr. 51min.
While it is too slow for its own good, Kill the Messenger works thanks to the inherent emotion of the story and a superb central performance from Jeremy Renner. Had the movie been a little less low-key, then it probably would've a whole lot better. As it is, it's a solid movie on the importance of the fourth estate.
The Runner (2015)
DVD- 1hr. 30min.
While The Runner does feature one of Nic Cage's better later-day performances, it's still an all too conventional bore. It foregoes the actual, real-world drama of the BP oil spill in favor of a convoluted story about a good but flawed politician embroiled in a sex scandal. Cage and the supporting cast do their best, but nothing here elevates this beyond something you randomly select at Redbox.
Lila & Eve (2015)
DVD- 1hr. 33min.
Essentially Death Wish meets Fight Club, but with a female lead. Lila & Eve is not a good movie, but does benefit greatly from another powerhouse performance from Viola Davis. The movie really doesn't deserve her.
Black Sea (2014)
DVD- 1hr. 55min.
There's a solid, claustrophobic premise to Black Sea, with an excellent cast to boot. It's disappointing then, that the movie's plot devolves into tension deflating violence. This violence would be fine if the film had any interesting characters, but nearly all of them are so damn unlikable that it's hard to muster up any emotion.
Wild Canaries (2014)
Netflix- 1hr. 38min.
Wild Canaries is a story of two halves. The first half of the film is okay, but too often relies on melodrama, taking most of the fun out of the story. The second half is, however, one of the most delightfully absurd I've seen in years. Had the set-up been as fun as the punchline, this would've been a genuinely wonderful mystery-caper. As it is, it's flawed but completely enjoyable. The second half is worth it.
Burying the Ex (2015)
Netflix- 1hr. 29min.
I feel like I'm typing this phrase a lot lately; there's a solid premise here, but Burying the Ex leans to heavily on outdated stereotypes and stale humor.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
DVD- 1hr. 45min.
A bit too stagey for my liking, but nevertheless an absorbing little thriller. It's a movie that tests audiences capacity for evil: do we root for Tony's plan to succeed, or do we want to see him brought to justice. Personally, I wanted to see him win; the plan is so intricately plotted, with Hitchcock and screenwriter Frederick Knott mapping everything out so fluidly, and Ray Milland is just so good that it would've felt earned.
Good Kill (2015) (2015)
DVD- 1hr. 42min.
While it is a little too slow, and disappointingly boils the issue of drone strikes down to its bare bones, Good Kill is still a stirring portrait of modern warfare and the soldiers dealing with it. The film pretty much hinges on the performance of Ethan Hawke, and he gives a genuinely terrific performance that lifts everything around him.
Hot Pursuit (2015)
DVD- 1hr. 27min.
This is, admittedly, not a very good film. And yet, I found myself kind of enjoying it. There's nothing new, nor much coherent, in Hot Pursuit, but I liked the leads chemistry and a couple of the jokes landed decently. This still isn't a good film, but it's mildly amusing and, given the film's reputation, that was more than enough for me.
Note: Okay, so I was particularly tired when I watched this one (I pretty sure I had only slept 90 minutes out of the preceding 24hrs.), so my rating may be impaired here. I'll likely have to watch it again to find out if my enjoyment was genuine, or a side effect of heavy sleep deprivation.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
DVD- 1hr. 41min.
While not one of my favorite Hitchcock films, there was something missing for me in this one, Strangers on a Train represents more of the masterful, suspenseful storytelling that made him a legend. The ingenuity of the plot takes the movie a long way, but gets mighty help from Robert Walker's unnervingly creepy performance and Robert Burks' perfect b/w cinematography.
DVD- 2hrs. 1min.
Ronin is a solid action flick that's got some great action, especially its famous chase sequences, and strong performers. I just wish that it had had more personality; it came off too bland for me. Still, solid.
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
VUDU- 1hr. 45min.
While Me and Earl and the Dying Girl does check about every box of indie coming-of-age dramedy, it does so in fresh and deeply felt ways. This is thanks to director Gomez-Rejon's style and the superb cast giving even the most routine of scenes depth and humanity.
The Overnight (2015)
DVD- 1hr. 18min.
A weird and oddly sweet surprise, The Overnight continually ups the ante with it's squirm inducing humor all while, somehow, empathetically examining parenthood and friendship. It wouldn't work without its excellent cast though; all four carry the film.
6 Years (2015)
Netflix- 1hr. 19min.
While the film's handheld, on-the-fly style gives a realistic feel, and Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield create a compelling couple, 6 Years remains a standard young-romance drama that doesn't take any real chances. It does get points for sticking the ending and not chickening out on the harsh drama.
Rocky IV (1985)
Netflix- 1hr. 31min.
Rocky IV isn't so much a movie as it is a montage reel. The film is an amalgamation of 1980s excess and patriotism and is, in short, one of the cheesiest movies ever made. There's nothing particularly "good" about the movie; it's pretty damn inept in almost every department outside of the action and montages. And yet, it is also one of the most fun movies ever made, giving us some of the goofiest moments in all of cinema. AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!!!!
The Rewrite (2014)
DVD- 1hr. 47min.
It adds absolutely nothing new to the romantic comedy genre, but The Rewrite is a surprisingly well-made and well-acted flick. It does often revel in cliches, but the film's charming enough that it doesn't sink the ship. Recommended for a not too demanding evening.
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Showtime- 1hr. 57min.
Camp X-Ray asks some interesting questions about Guantanamo Bay, and treats the subject matter with a great deal of care, though I think it would've been better suited to include a couple of gutting scenes. Is it is, it's a bit too sterile, but still highly relevant. Special mention should be given to the film's leads; Kristen Stewart continues to prove herself as a genuinely gifted actress and Payman Maadi is able to find a solid combination of rawness and tenderness.
Starter for 10 (2006)
HBO Now- 1hr. 36min.
Starter for 10 is a pretty bland coming of age flick that has a few funny moments, and couple of amusing supporting characters, and a charming lead performance from James McAvoy. Other than that, it's pretty average.
Number of Movies Watched: 22
Newly Watched: 20
Time Spent: 37hrs. 18min.
Best New View: Dial M for Murder
Worst New View: Tough, but The Runner
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