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"What is that? I come here for a PROPER shootout! What you gonna do with that rollin pin? You gonna bake me a cake? What I want is a shootout, a SHOOTOUT IS A SHOOTOUT... like a Western!"
First of all i gotta say there are WAY too many movies with Legend in the title. Took me fucking forever to find this one when i searched for it here. But anyway, as a huge fan of both gangster movies and Tom Hardy this was definitely a movie i had to check out. And damn, what a performance Tom Hardy gave here. He plays two characters that are twins in the movie and this has to be one of the best dual performances ever. It was like two different people. Reggie Kray was your regular cool and collected Tom Hardy performance, but he was completely gone in the Ronald Kray performance. If i didn't know any better i could have sworn those two characters were played by two different actors. He was unrecognisable there without being covered in make-up and prosthetics. It looks like they put some on him, but it's not much. This is definitely one of those time where an actor totally deserves to get nominated for an Academy Award, but i know they wont. And that's a shame because i think this is Tom Hardy's best performance since probably Bronson. The rest of the cast were also all good, but it's Tom Hardy that completely steals the movie. The story of the movie was nothing special, but again, thanks to Tom Hardy i never got bored during the movie's two hour running time. I really enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it to Tom Hardy fans, or just fans of gangster movies in general. It's not gonna be a classic in the genre, but definitely worth checking out.
"You're gonna end me, aren't you?"
"You're being ridiculous. I'm gonna sit center court and watch you do it yourself."
Personally i am not a big Apple guy at all. I have only ever owned one Apple product and that was an iPod back when those were the hot product everyone had to have. Now i'm more of an PC and Android kind of guy. But i was still interested in this movie. The cast and crew alone made sure of that. Danny Boyle directing a movie scripted by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender would get any film lover excited. And even if Michael Fassbender looks absolutely nothing like Steve Jobs, he quickly made me forget about that and disappeared into the role. He was brilliant here and gave probably one of the best performances of his life. He has to play Steve Jobs at three different major points of his life and he nailed every one of them. Yeah, this movie isn't really set up like your typical biopic. Instead of following Steve Jobs from the creation of Apple in a garage to his death, this movie just focuses on three major moments right before he is about to launch a new product.
I really liked that approach since the typical biopic formula is getting a bit stale at this point. It kept the movie fresh and it flew by so much quicker than i thought it would. The dialogue by Aaron Sorkin is so spot on and quick and the direction from Danny Boyle is so smooth that i never really felt bored here. I was actually surprised when it ended because i thought there was no way that was two hours long. I was sure we were gonna get at least one more moment when he laughed the iPod or iPhone or something like that. The movie was also surprisingly funny. I found myself laughing out loud several times here. It moxes the dramatic moments with it's comedy flawlessly. But back to Michael Fassbender again, i can't praise that performance enough. I don't really know much about Steve Jobs, but if he was anything like he was portrayed here, than he was kind of a huge asshole. Fassbender still managed to make you care for him by the end. He brought some humanity to the character and made him feel like a real person. I bet a lot of actors would have just played up the asshole part of him, but Fassbender found a nice balance between that and the human side of him.
But it's not only Fassbender that was great here. The supporting cast were also all brought their A-game. Kate Winslet, who played Joanna Hoffman who is of Polish descent, could have easily gone over the top with the accent and made the character feel like a cartoon. But she kept it really subtle. Only here and there could i notice a hint of the accent and i thought that was really impressive. And of course Jeff Daniels was fantastic as always, but the most surprising part of the cast were Seth Rogen. I was actually worried about him here. I like him a lot in comedies, but i have never seen him play anything other than Seth Rogen. He doesn't really have the biggest range as an actor, so putting him in a movie with all of these fantastic actors almost seemed like a cruel joke. But damn did he pull it off. He impressed me a lot here and managed to hold his own in all of his scenes with Michael Fassbender. Even in the more intense moments he stayed in character and never went over the top. I even want to see some more dramatic work from him after this. Who knows, maybe hanging out with James Franco and Jonah Hill has done him some good there. So overall, i really enjoyed this movie. It wasn't a flawless movie though. It kind of repeated itself in all three segments by having the same people run into him each time and discuss pretty much the same stuff each time. And it didn't really teach me all that much new about Steve Jobs even though i never followed him much before this. But still, it's a great movie and well worth watching even if you don't care about Steve Jobs or Apple.
"Aren't you worried?"
"Would it help?"
I'm a huge Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks fan so this was definitely one of my most anticipated movies of the year. The fact that it is also written by the Coen brother was just the cherry on top. And while i did really like the movie, ultimately it was a bit disappointing considering the team behind it. I really was sure this was gonna be in my top 10 favorite movies of the year at least. And maybe that was the problem. My expectations were too high. Like i said, i really did like the movie a lot, but it also had a lot of very slow and kind of boring moments. There really isn't much happening in the movie beyond the plot of Tom Hanks negotiating a trade of spies between America and the Soviet Union. That is pretty much straight forward what is happening. The movie doesn't really take any surprising twist or turns ever. I don't think there was ever a surprising moment in the entire movie now that i think about it. But the performances were great all around and i could watch Tom Hanks just do his taxes for two hours and i would still enjoy it. He can make any movie watchable no mater how boring the rest of it might be. He was definitely the saving grace here. Mark Rylance was also great in the movie, but unfortunately he disappears for a good chunk of the film. I really wish we had seen more of him. As for Spielberg's direction, it wasn't anything special here. Again, it's still good, but i know Spielberg is capable of so much better. This is probably a movie i will skip for my Spielberg blu-ray collection, at least until it gets cheap. It's not a movie i think will have a lot of re-watch ability.
"You know why I went along with everything? Because priests, are supposed to be the good guys."
After that god awful movie The Cobbler earlier this year, i was starting to worry that director Tom McCarthy was losing his touch. I have liked and even loved all of his movies before that one, but The Cobbler was so bad it could ruin the best director names out there. Thankfully he released another movies this year as well and hopefully think proves that The Cobbler was just a fluke. With Spotlight he is back to being one of my favorite up-and-coming directors again. This was a great movie. Everything about it from the writing and directing to the acting was all top notch.
And this really had an all star cast as well. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci just to name a few were all fantastic. The did manage to give Mark Ruffalo the worst haircut of his career here though, but he still stole every scene he was in here. Out of the entire cast, he was definitely the most interesting one to follow. Now there were times in the movie where i kind of zoned out a little i guess. The entire movie is just conversations and i don't have the best attention span in the world so that's more my fault than the movie, but whenever Ruffalo appeared i snapped right back and paid attention again. This movie also trows a lot of names around that you have to keep track of, and again, i am bad with remembering names so that is also my fault for not being able to keep track of those i guess. But seriously, i think a lot of people are gonna have that problem. There are more new names thrown around here than an episode of Game of Thrones.
But i still really enjoyed the movie and by the end everything became clear to me and i wasn't really left with anymore questions. It is an awful case they are following in the movie and the more and more they uncover about it the worse it gets. I'm not a religious man myself, but i know that priests are supposed to be trusted. Especially by children, but now i'm not so sure anymore. Before the credits at the end of the movie they are listing places where major abuse scandals have been uncovered all over the world and one of those places were really close to where i live and that really creeped me out. I know there are paedophiles everywhere, but that list was extremely long. I really don't understand how these priests and churches can justify this for themselves. If there is a heaved and hell in the afterlife, i think we all know where they are gonna end up no mater how hard they pray. This is probably not a movie i ever want to watch again, but that is not because it's a bad movie. Quite the opposite. Just like movies like 12 Years a Slave and Requiem for a Dream, i really liked it, but i don't think i'm ever gonna have to watch it again. It's gonna sit with me for a while.
"I don't want to come off as arrogant here, but I'm the greatest botanist on this planet."
So i finally got to watch this movie everyone has been talking about since it's release and i must admit, it's a little disappointing. It wasn't bad or anything, but i did think it got very boring at times. I have been watching a lot of movies that are way over two hours long lately, but this felt like the longest. I remember actually getting kind of shocked at one point when i looked at the time and i was barely an hour into the movie. I thought it was getting close to the end. The acting all around was pretty good though. I'm not a huge Matt Damon fan, but here he gave probably one of his best performances in years. It was really obvious near the end though that he had a body double for the scenes where he is supposed to have lost a lot of weight. But i read that that was Ridley Scott's fault because he refused to let Matt Damon lose the weight himself. The rest of the cast were also all good, but it's definitely Matt's movie. We are not getting any supporting actor or actress nominations from this one i bet. And speaking of Ridley Scott, he did a good job directing this as well. He has been having kind of a bad run lately with his movies, so it's nice to see something good from him again. Overall, this was a good movie, but i didn't love it as much as everyone else seems to. Oh, and one more thing that bugged me. I doubt that the entire world would be this invested in just one guy stranded on a planet. Seriously, at the end of the movie entire cities are crowded together like it's New Years Eve just to watch broadcasts about this guy. Tone it down a little bit.
"Time takes everybody out; time's undefeated."
The Rocky franchise is probably my favorite movie franchise of all time. Apart from number 5, i love every single one of those movies in their own way. The first Rocky movie is easily in my top five movies of all time and is one that i can watch over and over again and never get tired of. So when i heard about this movie i got very sceptical. I felt that Rocky Balboa was the perfect ending to the franchise and never expected another sequel. At first i actually thought it was a joke. Rocky training the son of Apollo Creed in the next movie? Sounds like a bad parody or something. But then they announced the director and star, and i was all aboard. Both Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan impressed me endlessly with their 2013 movie Fruitvale Station so i knew this was in good hands now. I knew it wasn't just gonna be some cash grab riding on the Rocky name, but an actual good addition to the franchise. And thankfully i was right.
I really loved this movie. It definitely felt like a proper Rocky sequel done right in this day and age. It hit all the right beats with it's dramatic moments as well as it's triumphant moments. And just like almost every other Rocky movie, it just left me good feeling in the end. Because at it's core that is really what the Rocky movies are. Feel good movies. Sure, some might call them cheesy and over the top at times, but to me they are just what i need when i'm feeling down. And i can safely say this is gonna fit right along with the previous movies there. You can see that this was made by a fan of the Rocky movies. Ryan Coogler, who also wrote this as well as directed it, knew exactly what he was doing here. At times it might get a little too similar to the first Rocky movie, but it mostly manages to be it's own movie.
I don't even think you need to see the previous movies in the franchise to enjoy this. It's the perfect reboot when i think about it. It keeps the fans of the old movies happy while still managing to let new viewers in. It's like the complete opposite of that latest Terminator reboot that didn't make anyone happy. And i have to talk about the cast as well. Michael B. Jordan, who is definitely one of my favorite up-and-coming new actors, absolutely nailed his role here. He could have easily made the character too arrogant and unsinkable with him being a rich son of a previous champion, but he managed to still keep the character down to earth and relatable. That is why we loved Rocky Balboa in the previous movies. He was always down to earth and an average guy. And speaking of Rocky Balboa, i think it's time to talk about Sylvester Stallone now.
Man, what a performance. I honestly didn't think he still had this in him. He slipped right back into the character of Rocky as if he had never done anything else since 1976. I never saw Stallone on screen here, just Rocky. And this is probably the best performance he has given as Rocky, or anyone else, since the original. Stallone really can be a fantastic actor when given the right material and this was definitely it. There has already been a lot of Oscar talk for him after this and i can see why. He definitely deserves a nomination, and of the performances i have seen so far this year, to win as well. There is especially one monologue he has in the movie where i actually started to tear up a little. I love those Expendables movies for the dumb fun they are, but i think it's time for Stallone to focus more on some real acting again after this. He can definitely still do it.
And now that i have praised this movie into the sky, it's time to talk about a few things that i didn't like so much. Like i said, at times it just was a little too close to the first one. It is basically the same story of a fighter building his way up from nothing to eventually fighting a world champion before he actually is ready, but he wants to prove himself anyway. I know there aren't really a lot of stories you can do when it comes to boxing movies, but they could have maybe changed it up a little bit more. I also thought the love interest in the movie was a bit bland. She was just the typical love interest we get in these type of movies and i didn't really think there was anything all that memorable about her. I still remember Adrian from the first Rocky, but i have already forgotten the characters name here. I also miss Paulie. You can't make a Rocky movie without Paulie. That's inexcusable.
But overall this wasn't just a great Rocky movie, but a great movie overall and one i can't wait to watch again once it hits blu-ray. Now i'm just wondering if he are gonna get five more Creed sequels before they reboot it again with him training the son of Ricky Conlan in about 40 years. Shit, has it really been that long since the first Rocky? Time really does fly.
"All I had was my boy... but he took him from me, you understand? He's afraid. He knows how far I came to find him."
This was another one of my most anticipated movies of the year. After the excellent Birdman last year i could not wait to see what Alejandro González Iñárritu did next and thankfully we didn't have to wait more than a year for it. It's really impressive how a director can make two so brilliant and visually impressive movies two years in a row. Does he just never rest? And my god was this a beautiful movie to watch. The cinematography is easily the best i have seen all year and it makes even the most grotesque scenes somewhat beautiful to look at.
There is one scene in here that reminded me a lot of a certain scene from one of the Star Wars movies, just way gorier, and even that was visually stunning. You will definitely know what scene i'm talking about once you see the movie. But the movie wasn't just visually impressive, it also had a damn stellar cast. Leonardo DiCaprio is a lock for another Oscar nod here. We'll just have to wait and see if he actually wins it this time though. I do believe Tom Hardy is also pretty much a lock for a Best Supporting Actor nod here as well. He was absolutely disgusting in this movie both in his personality and the way he looked. I don't think anyone is gonna deny that Tom Hardy is a handsome man in real life, but here he looks awful. That is largely thanks to his terrible hair cut though.
The rest of the cast don't really get a lot to do except for Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson though, but they were great as well. Damn, this has been a great year for Domhnall Gleeson when i think about it. First Ex Machina, then Star Wars and now this. I also hear he is great in Brooklyn. His career is definitely about to blow up after a year like this. But back to the movie. It sadly wasn't without it's flaws. This was very much a movie where i felt the running time go on for a little too long. It is 156 minutes long and a lot of it is just Leo wandering around in the woods. Now like i said, we do get some absolutely gorgeous cinematography out of it, but i still feel like it could have been edited down a bit.
And even with that long of a running time, the ending felt kind of abrupt. I'm not gonna say what happens, but the entire movie moves along really slowly for the most of it, and then suddenly at one point everything going along really quickly as if the director just realized he had wasted most of his running time on beautiful landscape shots and now had to wrap everything up as fast as possible. But this is still definitely one of my favorite movies of the year so far and one every fan of cinema should check out on the big screen. I just can't say enough how absolutely stunning it was to look at. If it's just gonna win one award at the Oscars next year, it has to be Best Cinematography.
"When you get to hell, John, tell them Daisy sent you."
As a huge Tarantino fan this was definitely my most anticipated movie of the year. Not Star Wars or Avengers, but this! And thankfully it did not disappoint. Now was it a perfect movie? No. Not really. And by Tarantino standards i guess that is kind of disappointing. That is a high bar, but he has reached it more than once even just with his latest two movies before this. No one writes dialogue as well as Tarantino, and that is definitely a good thing here because this is pretty much just a dialogue driven movie. About 90 percent of the movie takes place in just one cabin and there ain't exactly a of action going on in there. In the hands of a lesser writer or director this could have gotten real boring real soon, but Tarantino manages to keep it interesting throughout it.
Now he did get a lot of help from one hell of a stellar cast as well though. As always, Tarantino knows how to cast his movies. Everyone here pulled out their A game. I'm not gonna list them all, but it was especially Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins that impressed me here. I'm so happy Walton Goggins got a lot to do here because usually he is just pushed to the side when it comes to his movie roles and that is a damn shame. He is one of the greatest actors of his generation and he definitely gets to show that off here. I was afraid i was just gonna see Boyd Crowder as a cowboy to begin with, but by the end all i see is Sheriff Chris Mannix. I would even go so far as to say he deserves an Oscar nod here for Best Supporting actor along with Sam Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Best Supporting Actress.
She also absolutely stole every scene she was in. But like i said, this wasn't a perfect movie. At almost 3 hours long i did feel it drag a little bit at times considering it mostly in one location. It certainly went by faster than i thought it would with that running time, but i still felt it. And i didn't even watch the 70mm version with 20 extra minutes either. That is kinds of annoying i feel. There is no way for me to get to anywhere were they show that version, so i get 20 minutes less than the ones that do? That's bullshit. Hopefully that extra 20 minutes will be on the blu-ray though. Maybe they are good enough to bump this up to a perfect score.
"You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now."
This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year and i finally got a chance to watch it. I love these type of dirty crime thrillers so this seemed right up my alley. The cast was also great. Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are all three of my favorite actors working today and they were all fantastic in this movie. Especially Benicio Del Toro. He pretty much stole every scene he was in. I kind of wish the entire movie was about him, because while i do love Emily Blunt and thought she gave a great performance, her character was kind of boring to follow. I wish she had gotten some more to do here rather than just complain and look worried. I would have liked to see her do some more ass kicking as well. She does do a little of that, but mostly it's just complaining that the other guys aren't doing it by the book or whatever. No, Benicio Del Toro was definitely the most interesting character here and the sole reason this movie get's and 8/10 from me instead of a 7/10. There is one scene he has near the end that is just like a Splinter Cell or Hitman game. It was really tense and had me on the edge of my seat throughout it. Actually there are a lot of tense scenes and moments like that in the movie, but there are also sadly a lot of slow parts as well. I never ended up checking my watch or anything, but it was definitely noticeable. Overall, i really enjoyed the movie though. It's definitely worth checking out if you like these type of movies.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
"There is a Child without a present!"
"Arthur! Christmas is not a time for emotion!"
It's getting close to Christmas again so i guess it's time to actually start watching some Christmas movies again and try to get in the spirit of the holiday. This is one of those Christmas movies i wanted to watch back when it came out, but never really got around to until now. That is a shame because i really liked it a lot. It had fun characters and a nice story that really did give me a bit of that Christmas feeling. Now it's not gonna be among my favorite Christmas movies, but this will probably not be the last year i watch it either.
"There's been an awakening. Have you felt it? The Dark side, and the Light."
Fucking finally! I have waited for another good Star Wars movie since 1983, and it's finally here. Well, not literally 1983, i wasn't born then, but you get what i mean. I never thought we would get another one after that god awful prequel trilogy. Those didn't even feel like proper Star Wars movies, but this really did feel like a return to the franchise. From the moment that the title appeared on screen and the whole audience applauded to the end credits started i was smiling from ear to ear. The best thing George Lucas has done since he started this franchise was selling it to Disney. After watching this i think i hate those prequels even more. This just proves that George Lucas had no fucking clue what he was doing, and if he had given those movies to someone else we might have gotten something great again like this.
But lets actually talk about it now. I had only watched a couple of trailer before watching the movie so i pretty much knew nothing about this film before watching it. I knew about the returning cast and who the new villains and heroes were, but i knew nothing about them and i'm so happy i didn't. This movie had a lot of surprises in it that i didn't see coming. Both of the new main characters, Rey played by Daisy Ridley and Finn played by John Boyega, were excellent. They actually felt like real characters and not generic blank slates for for everyone in the audience to relate and see themselves in. Way too many Hollywood movies these days just take away more and more character traits for their main characters for that reason, but here they ignored that. Even in the prequels they made Anakin Skywalker as bland as possible so more people could relate to him, and he was supposed to be one of the greatest movie villains of all time.
And speaking of villains, Adam Driver was fantastic as Kylo Ren as well. He was my biggest concern before going in to this movie. I like him as an actor in movies like Inside Llewyn Davis, but i was afraid i was just gonna see him as the goofy hipster he usually plays and not as a worthy successor to Darth Vader, but man was i wrong. The more you find out about this character, the better he became. He is definitely on his way to be among the greatest movie villains of all time. There is especially one scene in the movie where he absolutely crushed me. I still can't believe what i saw. Others who have seen the movie knows exactly what i'm talking about.
But enough about the new guys, let's talk about the returning characters. Harrison Ford is back as Han Solo and i'm happy to report that this was a million times better than when he returned as Indiana Jones. With an actual good script backing him this time it finally felt like he gave a damn again and didn't just sleepwalk through the movie. He was fantastic and probably my favorite part of the movie. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill were also good, but it's Harrison Ford that stole the movie. And Chewie of course. But that's one of my very few minor complaints as well. I wished they had some something to age Chewbacca a little bit too. If they had just given him a little grey fur here and there and aged his face a little it would have been perfect, but he looks exactly the same as he did in Return of the Jedi over 30 years ago. It actually bothered me more than it should have. But i'm not gonna let a minor detail like that drag this down for me.
Let's talk about J.J. Abrams now. He wasn't even on my list of top choices to direct this before he was announced and i remember feel pretty disappointed when he was. He was the Star Trek director and i felt like this was just gonna end up looking like the new Star Trek movies now instead of a Star Wars film. But damn did he prove me wrong. I don't think i saw a single lens flare in this entire movie. Now don't get me wrong, i love his Star Trek movies, but this was something completely different. This was a huge responsibility, but he pulled it off pretty much flawlessly.
Did i talk about the story yet, i don't know if i did. I'm kind of just rambling on at this point, but i thought the story was great as well. Now i doubt this is gonna win any awards for it's screenplay, but for a Star Wars movie it worked perfectly. The only gripe i had was the ending. It felt a little rushed right at the end and, spoilers i guess, the way the good guys win seemed a little too easy. They build up this new Death Star looking planet us as something way more terrifying and impossible to defeat than the last one, but it the end it almost seemed like it was easier than in the first movie. But i'm guessing this isn't gonna be the last we see from it. This is just the beginning of a new trilogy after all. And what a way to begin it was. I can't wait to see this again.
I watched it in 3D now because that was the only way they were showing it, and it looked good i guess. It didn't feel necessary at all though and next time i'm definitely catching it in 2D. The cinematography was way too good to be ruined by the darkening of the 3D glasses. So definitely check it out in 2D instead of 3D if you get the chance. This might be a little too early to say, but i think this is gonna end up as my second favorite Star Wars movie of all time. It didn't quite beat Empire Strikes Back, but it got pretty close at times. I know this review was pretty vague, but i wanted to keep it as spoiler free as possible. This is definitely a movie you should watch knowing as little as possible about first. Now we just have to wait for the next one...
"I just know there's a hole in my life and I need to fill it... soon."
I didn't really have any big expectations for this movie. I love Robert DeNiro, but in the last 10 years or so he hasn't really chosen the best movies to appear in. But i was pleasantry surprised here. It wasn't great or anything, but it was a very sweet and charming movie. It did get a little too sappy for me at times, but nothing cringe worthily bad. Robert DeNiro was really good here too. He has had a tendency to into self parody a lot lately, but here he played that down a little and it worked well for the character. Anne Hathaway was also really good as usual. The movie was way too long though. There is no reason for this one to be over two hours long. They could have easily trimmed it down to a nice 90 minutes and not lost much of the story. There was especially one sub plot that was introduced very late in the movie involving someone cheating on their spouse that wasn't really necessary at all. It just felt out of place and that it was just added at the last minute to get some more drama out of the movie. There is also a scene where Robert DeNiro's character and a few of the other interns has to break in to someone's home to delete an email of their computer that felt like it was straight out of a different movie. It was a funny scene, but it added absolutely nothing to the movie or had any affect on the story overall. But in the end it was still an enjoyable movie, even though it was way too long.
"Ghosts are real, that much I know. I've seen them all my life..."
This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Guillermo del Toro is among my favorite directors and seeing him return to horror after all these years was something i could not wait for. With horror films like Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone and even the Hellboy movies under his belt, i really expected something better than this. Yes, unfortunately, this was pretty disappointing. It's not a bad movie, not at all, but it's not great either. While it is competently directed, if i didn't know this was by Guillermo, i would have never been able to guess it. That is not something you can say about the other movie i have listed. You can instantly see that those were directed by him. Especially considering his great creature designs. His mix of make-up and CG has always impressed me, but here it seems to only be CG.
Now i get that this is a ghost movie, or rather a movie with ghosts in it, but even for that these creatures seemed a little generic. I would have expected Guillermo to go even further with his designs than he did here. But there still were a lot of creepy shots and scenes that made me flinch a little at times. The acting all around was good though. Jessica Chastain went a little over the top at times, especially near the end, but apart from that everyone did decent enough jobs. What really impressed me with this movie though was the set design and cinematography. This movie was absolutely stunning to look at. Especially when the snow starts coming. I actually felt cold just watching this movie. I want to get the blu-ray now just to see how it all looks on my big screen TV. So overall this was a decent, but disappointing movie. I wasn't really a huge fan of Pacific Rim either, so i hope this doesn't mean that Guillermo is losing his touch. Hopefully his next movie will be another classic.
"Sometimes the truth isn't believable. But that doesn't mean that it's not true."
I wasn't really planning on watching this movie before today. I like both of the lead actors, James Franco and Jonah Hill, but more for comedies than dramas. This movie also got pretty mediocre reviews from people i trust, so it didn't seem like something worth getting out of my way to see. But i couldn't really find anything else to rent today so i decided to check it out anyway. It wasn't a bad movie, but nothing i bet i will ever watch again either. The story was pretty weak and felt dragged out even in this 90 minute movie. James Franco was pretty good here, but Jonah Hill just seemed like he was sleepwalking through it. It's like he knew this wasn't gonna be anything special anyway so why bother trying. Felicity Jones was also completely wasted here. She is a great actress, but here she got nothing to do. Overall, this was a decent movie, but nothing memorable.
"Okay, you're not a singer and we don't have time to find out if you're a dancer."
I wasn't sure if i should have added this here or not since it's technically a TV special and not a movie, but it's my damn list so i can do what i want and i want to talk about it. This was very disappointing. I'm a huge Bill Murray fan and has been super excited for this ever since it was announced. Scrooged is one of my favorite Christmas movies, so something new and Christmas related from Bill should have been right up my alley. But sadly this was just kind of a mess. First of all, there was too much singing. I get that it's a Christmas special and Christmas specials usually has to have a few Christmas songs in them, but there hardly goes a minute by here before a new song starts. And the fact that Bill is singing most of them with his terrible singing voice is not helping the mater. Now there were a few musical bits i liked like the songs he did with Chris Rock and George Clooney, but mostly it was nothing i had not seen a million time before done better by other artists.
And speaking of the celebrity cameos, that was one of the most annoying aspects of this special as well. For some reason some of the celebrities are playing themselves while others are playing characters. That just got really confusing. When for example Amy Phoeler first appeared i was sure she was playing herself for a long time until it's revealed she is playing Bill's manager. They should have stuck with the celebrities playing themselves and had unknowns playing the characters. I get that that is kind of a nitpick, but it annoyed me way more than it should have. But the worst offence for this special is that it was just not very funny. Sure it has it's moments. The Michael Cera appearance was especially hilarious, but most of the stuff just kind of fell flat like the wedding part. Bill Murray was his charming, sarcastic self as usual, but it could not save this special from being just another forgettable and bland one. I'll just stick with watching Scrooged for my Bill Murray Christmas fix from now on.
"Say goodbye to my wife. I'll say hello to yours."
This was a movie i had not even heard about until a few days ago, but after that i immediately wanted to check it out. It's a shame that i movie as good as this with an impressive cast can get such a small and unnoticeable release. Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons and even David Arquette were all great in the movie. Richard Jenkins was especially great here. I didn't even notice it was him right away because he was so lost in the character. This was definitely some awards worthy stuff from him. The story however was a little weak. There wasn't really much to it. Some people get kidnapped by a tribe of Indians, and another group of people are going to get them. It's really simple, but they decided to stretch it out for over two hours. This is definitely one movie that didn't need to be that long. They could have easily cut a good 20 to 30 minutes of just riding horses and walking and not changed the story one bit. The movie does build some nice tension at times, but a lot of it is just waiting for something to happen. The tribe of Indians they are after in the movie are also one fucked up and scary group of people. I am pretty used to gore in movies at this point, but even i had to turn away at some points here. It's some pretty gruesome stuff. So if you like westerns, and don't mind a bit of gore, definitely check this movie out. It deserves to get some more attention.
"Hey, Pam, remember when I said this car was death proof? Well, that wasn't a lie. This car is 100% death proof. Only to get the benefit of it, honey, you REALLY need to be sitting in my seat."
I am a huge Tarantino fan, but this was the only movie he has ever made so far that i didn't like at all when it was released. I had not seen it since then though, so i decided to finally give it a second chance today, and sadly it was still as bad as i remembered. It starts up pretty good though. The characters we are introduced to in the beginning aren't exactly great, especially by Tarantino standards, but they are tolerable. I also kind of liked the whole scene at the bar. It does build the tension of the movie quite nicely even if it does end up dragging on for way too long. But it's the second part of the movie that i can't stand. The characters we are introduced to here are somehow a million times worse than the ones from the beginning.
These are some of the most unlikeable protagonists i have ever seen in a movie. Never before have a wanted the bad guy of the movie to kill every last one of them more than here. We are talking about a gang of four friends that at one point leaves one of them behind to pretty much get raped by a hill billy just so they can have some fun with a car. And these are the people we are supposed to root for? It was at that point i completely zoned out of the movie. Zoë Bell, who apparently plays herself, might be a good stunt woman, but he is an absolutely horrible actress. Never before or since have i seen a performance this bad in a Tarantino movie. Not that the rest of the cast were all that good either. Kurt Russell is probably the only one even got the chance to pull a good performance off since his character was the only one that wasn't a totally unlikeable asshole in the film. Kind of ironic since he is the villain of the flick. The movie does end in a pretty impressive car chase scene, but when i don't care about the characters in it, it's hard to care about an action sequence at all. No mater how impressive it might be. I'll just stick to watching only Planet Terror again from now on.
"Sun, why are you shining at this world? I am wanting to catch you in my hands, to squeeze you until you can not shine no more. That way, everything is always dark and nobody's ever having to see all the terrible things that are happening here."
This is one of those movies that just left me speechless staring at the credits as they rolled by thinking about what i had just watched. It had me hooked from the beginning and never let go. I don't even know where to start with it. First of all, this is a very bleak and depressing movie about a child soldier during a civil war in an unnamed African country. It's not something you just pop in to relax on a Sunday afternoon. But even with such a depressing story it still manages to have quite a few funny and even sweet moments. It wasn't just black and white, evil versus good type of characters. These were real people with real emotions and character traits. Most of them didn't even really want to be there, but had to because of the war. And all of the performances were excellent as well.
Abraham Attah, in his first role ever, was fantastic. He was the main character and definitely had the hardest performance to pull off. Going from an innocent boy playing with his friends in his village to suddenly having to kill people in order to survive. Not a lot of actors, especially that age, can convincingly pull that off without going over the top. It's gonna be a damn shame if he doesn't get any awards love next season, because he is the one who deserves it the most out of the performances i have seen so far this year. Idris Elba also gives one of the best, if not the best, performances of his career. He was by far the biggest star in the movie, but he still managed to get lost in the role. After just a few minutes of him on screen, i didn't see Idris Elba any more, just his character. He should also be a strong contender for the award season next year.
But it's not only the acting that is great here, the writing and directing by Cary Joji Fukunaga was also flawless. He proves here that he was the reason season 1 of True Detective, were he directed every episode, was excellent and season 2, where he was not involved, was pretty bad. I am definitely gonna be following his career closely from now on. But i also gotta mention the cinematography of the film. It is definitely the most visually stunning movie i have seen all year. There are so many gorgeous shots of Africa inbetween all of the war and violence that is going on here that it's impossible for you to keep your eyes of the screen. Cary Joji Fukunaga really can do it all. If it's not clear by now, i absolutely loved this movie. Netflix has now proven that they can make movies just as well as they can make TV. And speaking of Netflix, while i did watch the movie there, i really wished i had seen it on the big screen. It absolutely deserves to be, so if it's still playing at a theatre near you, i definitely recommend seeing it there. It's gonna be an experience you wont soon forget. But even if you can't, at least watch it on Netflix. This is a movie everyone should watch at least once. This is a movie i'm gonna be thinking about for a long, long time.
"He wants more than he has. I want precisely what he already has."
I didn't really know anything about David Foster Wallace or have read anything by before watching this movie, so i didn't really know what to expect, but i ended up really loving this. The entire movie is pretty much just conversations between David Foster Wallace played by Jason Segel and David Lipsky played by Jesse Eisenberg, but they are all so fascinating that i could not keep my eyes of the screen. I like both of those actors, but neither of them have ever really surprised me with their acting skills before. They tend to play the same characters they always do, and they do that here too to an extent, but this is still some of the best performances i have ever seen from them. Especially Jason Segel. At times i even forgot i was watching Jason Segel and just saw David Foster Wallace. I never thought i would get that from him.
The supporting cast are also all good, but no one else really gets to shine. This is solely about the two main guys. Joan Cusack has a very funny small role in the movie. This is also directed flawlessly by James Ponsoldt who previously directed one of my favorite movies of 2013, The Spectacular Now. He does an even better job here though and has definitely become a director i need to keep up with from now on. I can be really tough to make a movie that is almost just two people talking to each other for the entire running time interesting, but he managed to do it. This is definitely one of my favorite movies of 2015 so far and i would recommend it to anyone who loves movies. Even if you haven't heard of David Foster Wallace before. Now i really want to check out some of his books.
"AK-47. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfucker in the room, accept no substitutes."
I had only watched this movie one time before many, many years ago, so i thought it was finally time to revisit it now. As a huge fan of both Tarantino and Elmore Leonard this movie is right up my alley. I loved it as much now as i remember doing back then. This is probably Tarantino's most underrated movie. I guess it was a bit of a let down after Pulp Fiction for most people, but i really think it's up there with it. It has a great script and a perfect cast just like every other Tarantino movie. It's also masterfully directed. Not a single scene or even shot feels unnecessary or dragged out. Everything helps to build the characters and move forward the story. How this movie only got one Oscar nomination back in the day i have no idea. Pam Grier as best actress was especially shocking. She gave the best performance of her career here and definitely deserved a nomination, and even win. Helen Hunt won that year for As Good as it Gets and she was by far the worst part of that movie. But i guess the fact that the Oscars voters are made up of a majority of old white men is the reason this movie was almost entirely ignored. But enough harping on the past, this is still a great movie that everyone who loves movies should check out at least once.
"This is the LAPD. We're the most hated cops in all the free world. My own mama's ashamed of me. She tells everybody I'm a drug dealer."
This is one of my favorite buddy cop movies. It still holds up today. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker had surprisingly great chemistry here as well and that helped the movies humor a lot. Without them it could have just been a lot of lazy racist jokes, but they make it work. Too bad the sequels weren't very good.
"I just killed two people!"
This is one of those movie i didn't really hear about until it's opening weekend so i didn't really have any big expectations for it. It was a decent action comedy, but nothing special. I feel like it wasted it's premise because that sounded pretty funny. A stoner that didn't know he was a sleeper agent suddenly get's activated as people are trying to kill him. That could have been a great movie if the right people were making it, but here it just ended up kind of bland. It stared out pretty strong. It was funny and Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart seemed like good choices for the lead, but after a while they seemed to just ditch the comedy and just focus on the action and that's where the movie kind of lost me. The action sequences were fine, but not good enough to hold my attention for very long. Apart from the leads, the supporting cast were also all good. They completely wasted Walton Goggins though. You don't cast an actor like Walton Goggins and then give him a lisp and barely any lines. Dialogue is what he is an expert at. Just watch Justified. He should have had the Topher Grace instead. He probably could have made that character a little intimidating as well instead of just a whiny brat. John Leguizamo was also very underused. He get's like two scenes and that's it. His character was probably the best in the movie. But overall it was a decent movie. Worth checking out if you have nothing better to watch.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
"Hated working with you, Illya"
"You're a terrible spy, cowboy."
I didn't really have any expectations for this movie before watching it, but it turned out to be a very fun spy movie in the style of a 60's Bond flick. I really enjoyed it. This has to be the first time i have actually really liked a performance from Henry Cavill i believe. He was so incredibly dull as Superman, but here he shows he can be very charismatic when given the right material. Armie Hammer was also great as the Russian spy. Usually i find most Russian accents in movie annoying and too over-the-top, but he did it perfectly for a movie like this. Guy Ritchie brought a lot of the same charm and wit from his Sherlock Holmes movies over to this one and it worked even better here. The action sequences were also a lot of fun to watch. I especially enjoyed the chase scene near the end. The soundtrack alone in that one made it worth watching. The only real flaw here was the generic and boring villains and their plan. There was nothing new or interesting there. I doubt i will even remember the villains in this movie after this. The rest of it was really fun though and i hope it get's a sequel. It really deserves one.
"You're not going to die."
"I had a great-uncle who lived to be 102."
"Well done. That seals my fate. What are the odds that you would know two men who would live that long?"
I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, so when i heard Ian McKellen was gonna play the old man version of him in a movie i got very excited. Ian McKellen is a fantastic actor, but lately it seems like all he has been doing is Lord of the Rings/Hobbit and X-Men movies, so it's great to see him do something else again. And he was absolutely perfect as Sherlock Holmes. Almost makes me a little mad that he didn't play the character when he was younger. But better late than never, and he got a great movie to play him in as well. Before watching this i thought it was gonna be about Holmes having to take on one last case, but that's not really it.
He is a retired man living in a big house in the middle of nowhere with his maid and her son. We see flashbacks of his last case as he tries to write about it, but that is pretty much all the detective work we see. This is much more about the character of Sherlock Holmes and him bonding with the maid's kid than any of his cases and that made for a surprisingly sweet and funny movie. Like i said, Ian McKellen was just fantastic here. Just his many facial expressions alone made sure of that. But the supporting cast were good as well. Especially the kid he connects with throughout the film played by Milo Parker. He even managed to steal some scenes from McKellen at times. This is definitely one of my favorite movies of the year so far and any fan of Sherlock Holmes or Ian McKellen should definitely check it out.
"God must have some kind of plan to teach me some kind of lesson. I just can't figure out what it is."
This was a pretty standard boxing drama saved by some great performances. Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker were both excellent and i think even Oscar worthy. Especially Whitaker. I doubt they will be nominated though because the Oscars are predictable like that and this doesn't seem like the kind of movie they would consider. But then again the rest of the movie were pretty generic. If you have seen a boxing movie before you can pretty much see where this is going a mile away. It's like a gritty reboot of Rocky, but that one doesn't come out until later this year. The boxing scenes themselves were good, but again, nothing i haven't seen before in better boxing movies like Rocky and Raging Bull. Overall this was a decent movie, but it's not gonna go down as one of the best boxing movies out there.
"If nobody saw you do it... It didn't really happen."
I was very much looking forward to this movie. I am a big fan of gangster and crime flicks and it looked like we finally would get another great Johnny Depp performance. And boy did we ever. He was fantastic here. At first i thought all of the prostetics and make-up he was wearing was gonna distract me, but after just a few minutes i completely forgot about it and about Johnny Depp himself. He was lost in the character and all i saw was Whitey Bulger. Now while the movie itself was a pretty generic crime film, that performance still made it worth watching. I really hope he at least get's an Oscar nod for it. But the supporting cast were also all good. Joel Edgerton played a weasily FBI agent perfectly. Benedict Cumberbatch's Boston accent was a bit iffy, but apart from that it was good. Really, everyone was at least decent in the film. But like i said earlier, this was a pretty standard crime film. It's all good, but there are no scenes that really stick out or anything like that. Apart from Johnny Depp's performance i doubt i will remember much from it in a few months time. But yeah, it's definitely worth checking out anyway. Especially if you just want to finally see a great Johnny Depp performance again.
"What's your name?"
"Eat a dick, Brian. Get the fuck out my house."
I'm not the biggest hip-hop fan, but i have always liked N.W.A. so this movie peaked my interest. I didn't know much about the memebers or how the group got started before watching this and i thought it made for a very interesting movie. All the actors in the movie were great. Especially the three main guys, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and O'Shea Jackson Jr. They were all unknown to me before watching this, but i'm gonna keep a close eye on them from now on. Paul Giamatti was also great as usual though. My only real complaint with the movie is that the story felt very rushed at times. Even at almost two and a half hour they had to make some big jumps in the story.
They go from a small stage in Compton to playing big stadiums to breaking up in no time it feels and i would have liked to see more of how they built their way up and all that. While it is a good movie, i feel like maybe telling the whole story of the N.W.A. was too big for it. Maybe a mini series on HBO or something would have done the story more justice and could have fleshed out some more character than just the three main guys and Paul Giamatti. But still, i really enjoyed this movie. If you are a fan of the grup you will enjoy it for the soundtrack alone. They play a lot of their best tracks in it. But even if you aren't a fan of the music i still think you can enjoy the movie for what it is. The two and a half hour run time just kind of flew by for me. I will definitely recomend this movie.
"Human beings simply aren't built to function at the cruising altitudes of a seven-forty-seven."
I had no plans of ever climbing Mount Everast before, but after watching this, i am definitely never even going close to any tall mountains ever again. Why would anyone do this? It looks terrifying. Just some of the frost damages your body can get looks bad enough for me to stay away. It was a good movie though. It was scarier than most horror movies i have seen lately. Some of the scenes literally had me on the edge of my seat. The performances were all top notch as well. Jason Clarke really should just stick to movies like this and stay as far away from big blockbusters like Terminator as he possibly can. Yeah, movies like this might not pay the bills, but damn he got to give one hell of a performance. If anyone here is gonna have a shot when awards season comes around, it's gonna be Jason Clarke. Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal aslo gave great supporting performances though. Hell, the entire cast were great and all, but it's really the mountain that is the star of the film. I just can't get over the fact that anyone would want to climb that thing just for some bragging rights. I would much rather be labeled a coward for the rest of my life than ever set fot on that mountain. Especially after seeing this movie.
"Scott, I need you to be the Ant-Man."
"One question... Is it too late to change the name?"
This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year back when Edgar Wright was directing, but after he left i kind of lost interest. I am a fan of the Marvel movies, but i have to admit they do tend to get a bit stale now. They haven't made a really bad film yet, but even the last Avengers movie wasn't all that memorable when i think back. So i was hoping Edgar Wright would come in and spice things up a little now. He is still credited as a writer though, but it was really lacking that special Edgar Wright touch only his directing can bring out. Peyton Reed did a good job though. Better than i expected from the director of The Break-Up and Yes Man. The scenes were Ant-Man was tiny were really fun to watch. Especially the action sequences.
Paul Rudd was the perfect choise for the role as well. I have never really thought of him as an action hero before, but he really nailed it. I also really liked Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. I have been a fan of her since Lost so i am really happy she is finally getting a major movie role as well. The romantic sub plot between her and Paul Rudd was really weak though. They share a kiss at the end that just comes out of nowhere. At no point before that had they shown any affection for eachother and i thought maybe this was finally one of these movie where the main male and female character didn't end up together, but nope. It's like some studio head was watching a final cut of the movie a week before it's realse and noticed that they didn't get together at the end and demanded that they did so they went back and shot that little scene just for the end. Not since the Thor movies have a seen so little chemistry in a movie relationship.
The villain was also very weak. Just another bland bad guy in a similar suit to the hero. When are the Marvel movies gonna stop with that? That was already lame in the first Iron Man movie. And he didn't really stand out apart from that anyway. Corey Stoll did what he could with the character, but i don't think anyone could have made him interesting. Overall this was a decent, but forgettable Marvel movie. I'm interested to see what they do with the character in the future and how he will fir into Civil War and Infinity Wars, but this was just another bland first movie. That seems to happen a lot with the Marvel characters.
"I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy."
Man, this really is one of my all time favorite horror movies. Freddy Krueger is one of the greatest movie villains of all time, and he has never been better than he was here in the first movie. Robert Englund really was the perfect casting choise here. I have talked about this movie coubtless times before so i don't really feel like going into it that much again. But i do have to say this movie made me miss Wes Craven evern more. Sure, his last few movies werent all that great, but when he got the right script he knew how to turn it into gold. So once again, rest in peace Mr. Craven.
"Is this really what you want? Living in the shadows? Hunting, being hunted? Always alone?"
"I don't stop to think about it."
This has been one of my most anticipated movie of the year and after finally getting to watch it i must admit, i'm a little disappointed. Now it's not a bad film. Not at all. I liked it better than Quantum of Solace, but it didn't quite reach the heights of Casino Royale and Skyfall. And that's a shame too because this movie had a lot of potential. Sam Mendes returning as the director is one thing, but they also got Christoph Waltz playing the villain. That is what he does best, and sadly, he was very underused here. He only has about three or four major scenes and in one of those his face is covered for the most of it. When you get someone like Christoph Waltz in your movie, it's best to use him as much as possible. But it's not like his character was all that interesting anyway though. I'm gonna say some very mild spoilers here that don't really have anything to do with the story, but it's revealed pretty late so i'm warning you anyway.
They did one thing with his character that just made me roll my eyes. It's revealed that him and Bond were sort of adoptive brothers when they were younger. Apparently after Bond's parents died Oberhauser's father was the one that took him in and raised him as his own and that is why Oberhauser is evil now. No seriously. He says that himself. C'mon! That was a lame story line even back in the 60's and it didn't really add anything to the story. They could have just as easily not have added that and the movie would barely have changed at all. That just felt really unnecessary. But Christoph Waltz did a great job with him in the scenes he had and was a joy to watch. I also didn't really like the Bond girl this time around. Léa Seydoux is a great actress and an excellent choice for a Bond girl, it's just that her character felt very forced into the story. That's one of the things i really liked about Skyfall, they didn't need a Bond girl for most of it so they didn't force one in. Here they didn't really need her after a certain point, but she tags along anyway because she wants to. That's all.
And after knowing Bond for a couple of days or so they are apparently in love. The only time i have really felt that Bond was in love with someone was with Eva Green's character in Casino Royale. I did not see that here at all. But enough complaining. Like i said, i still enjoyed this movie very much. The action sequences are brilliant for the most part. Nothing that tops the parkour scene from Casino Royale or the opening of Skyfall, but still a lot of enjoyable stuff. A car chase in Italy and a fight scene on a train with Batista is what sticks out to me. That fight scene felt especially brutal. Batista was a very good choice for the bug, hulking, silent henchman. He is up there with Jaws and Oddjob for me when it comes to Bond henchmen.
The story was also very interesting, even if it didn't make a lot of sense when looking back at the previous Daniel Craig Bond films when you think about it. The movie also has some great cinematography again here. It's not as beautiful as Skyfall was though. It doesnt have the same type of exotic locations, but it's still great to look at. Especially when they are in the mountains. Overall this was a very enjoyable Bond movie, just don't expect it to live up to Casino Royale and Skyfall.
"It's not very comfortable, is it?"
"Are you gonna complain all the way?"
"Oh, go on, then, eject me. See if I care."
This is so far my favorite of the Danial Craig Bond movies. Casino Royale is right behind it, but Skyfall just nudges it out for it's visual style alone. This movie just looks gorgeous. There is not a single boring frame in the movie. Even if the scene itself is a little slow, there is always something to watch in the background. The cast is also fantastic this time just like Casino Royale. Javier Bardem is probably the creepiest villain of the entire franchise so far. He was uncomfortable to watch here in a good way. The stand out performance this time however has to be Judi Dench as M. She has always been great in these movies ever since Goldeneye, but this is the first time we really got to know her character. She was brilliant here and i still can't believe she was snubbed at the Academy Awards for her performance. She definitely deserved a Best Supporting Actress nod. I am really gonna miss her as M. But i'm watching Spectre tomorrow so let's hope it's as good as these two were or even better.
"It doesn't bother you? Killing all those people?"
"Well I wouldn't be very good at my job if it did."
I'm not gonna be watching all of the Bond movies leading up to Spectre like i did for Skyfall, but i decided to watch this one and Skyfall again at least. I think i'm gonna skip Quantum of Solace though. I don't hate that movie like a lot of other people do, but it's far from as good as those two and i don't feel like re-watching it anytime soon. This one however is a classic Bond film. Definitely one of the best. I am one of those people that wasn't a fan of the casting choice of Daniel Craig as Bond when he was first announced (i wanted Clive Owen for the role personally), but after seeing this i have zero complaints about it at all. He has done a fantastic job in all of his Bond films so far. This movie is also masterfully directed by Goldeneye director Martin Campbell. Goldeneye is still my favorite Bond movie for nostalgic reasons, but this one comes pretty damn close as well. It's almost two and a half hours long, but it breezes by like nothing. I would have had no problem sitting through two more hours of this. Everyone in the cast are fantastic as well. Eva Green is probably my favorite Bond girl so far and Mads Mikkelsen was a fantastic villain as well, even if his ending was a little underwhelming. And while i do love the movie, the last 15-20 minutes or so felt a little tacked on. Apart from one action scene in a sinking house it gets really slow compared to the rest of the movie. But this is still a fantastic Bond movie and it's getting me really pumped for Spectre this Friday.
"See, you're done with the past, but the past is not done with you."
Now this movie really took me by surprise. I was expecting just another generic thriller about a couple being stalked by a creepy person. But this movie ended up being so much more than that. It had a few twists and turns i didn't see coming and the ending really fucked me up. I don't really want to say anything about the film in fear of spoiling anything. This is definitely one you should go into knowing almost nothing like i did. This was written and directed by Joel Edgerton and he did a great job with it. He really knew how to build up tension and had me glued to the screen for the most of it. He even managed to put in a couple of jump scares that actually made me jump. He also plays the creepy guy and does a great job at it. The best actors in the movie however are Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. Jason Bateman gave probably his best performance ever outside of comedy. I'm so used to seeing him as Micheal Bluth at this point i was worried that was gonna take me out of the movie, but he quickly made me forget about that. This is definitely a movie worth checking out if you are a fan of thrillers. I hope Joel Edgerton continues writing and directing after this. He definitely has the talent for it.
"Maybe it was a bear?"
"There are no bears in San Francisco."
"I saw a really hairy guy, he looked like a bear."
FINALLY a fantastic movie from Pixar again! After many years of mediocre at best film they return with another classic. This movie actually took me back to when i was a kid and saw Toy Story for the first time. It gave me the same roller coaster of emotions, which makes sense since this is literally about emotions. The characters are all different emotions in this 11-year old girls head and it works way better than it has any right to do. When i first heard about the concept of this movie i thought it sounded really stupid and that it would never work. But Pixar made this their return to form and completely proved me wrong. All the characters in this movie are hilarious. I especially loved Anger.
But the story is also great. The story about the girl and her family is a simple one. They move to a new place and she doesn't like it. It's a story we have seen a million times before. But it's what goes on inside her head that is the interesting one. It's filled with so many original and clever ideas and i never knew what was gonna happen next. I don't want to say too much about it because i don't wanna ruin any surprises. So yeah, this is definitely a movie worth checking out and my favorite of the year so far. I think this is the first movie of 2015 i will be giving a perfect score to. It's a shame that most of Pixar's announced movies after this is mostly sequels again. And while i would love a sequel to both Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, i think some more original movies from them would be better. And less Cars movies. Definitely less Cars movies.
"I think i would rather go back in time than forward in time. Because when you go forward in time it's gonna be disastrous."
Back to the Future is probably my second favorite movie of all time so when i noticed this documentary on Netflix today i just had to check it out. I don't know why this was made in to it's own movie instead of just some extra material for the 30th anniversary box set though, because that is exactly what this felt like. It was fun to watch all of the creators and actors talk about the making of the movie and all that, but when it got to all the fan stuff i quickly lost interest. I really don't like these hardcore fan communities and stuff like that that certain movies and TV shows get. I'm a huge fan of Back to the Future, but you couldn't drag me to one of those fan events for it even if my life depended on it. I just cringe at the mere sight of it. Now Back to the Future fans are far from the worst when it comes to this, but it's still annoying to me. It's the same reason i have zero interest in going to something like Comic Con or anything like that either. I like the stuff they display there, i just hate the people. Maybe i'm just a cynical asshole. I would have loved to see this documentary focus more on the making of the movies than the fans. Get some more interviews with more of the actors like Tom Wilson, Elisabeth Shue, Mary Steenburgen, Billy Zane and maybe even Crispin Glover and Eric Stoltz. It would be interesting to see what those two was thinking about this franchise after all these years at least. But instead we get a million stores of people buying Delorians. They really should have just kept this as a DVD extra.
"I've never even heard of the original vacation."
"Doesn't matter. The new vacation will stand on its own."
As a huge fan of the original Vacation movie and Christmas Vacation i wasn't really sure if i was looking forward to this or not. One part of me always wanted another good sequel to the franchise, but without Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in the lead i didn't really see the point. I am a fan of Ed Helms though so i decided to give this a shot anyway. Even if almost all of the reviews were horrible. But i have to admit, i kind of liked it. It's nowhere near as good as the original or Christmas Vacation, but it's definitely better than European Vacation and Vegas Vacation. That's not a huge accomplishment though. I have always been a sucked for road trip movies as well and i thought this one had some funny set bits, even if most of it has been done better in other movies before. I really liked the weird car they were driving in for the most part. Now is this gonna become an all time classic or even a movie i will remember a few months from now? I doubt it. But i had fun watching it. It's worth checking out on a lazy Sunday when you have nothing better to do.
"The drugs I took seemed to light up my brain. Suddenly I realized the power I held, the power to rule, to make the world grovel at my feet."
I really love these old Universal horror movies and this was one i had not yet seen. It wasn't as good as Dracula or Frankenstein, but still pretty damn entraining. It had that cool classic Universal horror movie style to it that looks great on blu-ray. The story was a little far fetched, even for a movie like this, and the acting was all way over the top, but that is all part of the charm. The effects in the movie were all really impressive though. Especially considering the movie is from 1933. It looked genuinely creepy when he was taking his bandages off and there was nothing underneath. If you enjoy these old Universal horror movies, this is definitely worth checking out as well. Especially now so close to Halloween.
"I like you, Amy. You're clever but you're not too brainy. You're prettyish but you're not too gorgeous. You're approachable."
I have always liked Amy Schumer so i got excited when i heard she was writing and starring in a movie directed by Judd Apatow. Now i absolutely hated Judd's last movie, This is 40, but i was still optimistic about this. Now did it live up to his classic comedies like The 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up, sadly no, but it was still pretty good. Amy Schumer is always funny and she even proved she could be a good dramatic actor here. This movie was more of a comedy drama than a straight up comedy. The dramatic stuff is where the movie fell flat for me a lot of the time tough. Especially the stuff with Amy's father in the movie. What happens to him is very predictable from early on in the movie and i was just waiting for it to happen. There was also the usual romantic comedy plot shoehorned in here with Amy and Bill Hader falling in love, the argue and break up, but eventually get back together. And it's not even done in a new or clever way. Just the same story that has literally been done hundreds of times before in romantic comedies. The movie was also way too long. That is something Judd Apatow has a real problem with it seems. He does not now how to edit his movies down to a reasonable time at all. This movie is over 2 hours long and it did not need to be that at all. This was not a bad movie, but i hope whatever Amy Schumer does next turns out better.
"You sick fucks. You've seen one too many movies!"
"Now Sid, don't you blame the movies. Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!"
This is one of my favorite slasher movies. It's not one i try to watch yearly like Halloween or Nightmare on Elm Street, but i have still watched it a ton of times. The cast are all perfectly cast as their over the top characters. The script is also great, but it could get a little too self referential at times, even if that is what this was all about. I love movies as well, but i don't go around quoting them all day and then say what movie and actor the quote is from. That always felt so forced to me. But apart from that it's still a very fun movie. Now i gotta talk about the director, Wes Craven. I was so stunned when i found out he had passed away on August 30th this year. That was a real sad day not just for horror movie fans, but all movie fans in general. He directed a lot of classic and managed to start two iconic movie franchises. Not a lot of directors manage to do that. I'm personally more of a fan of Nightmare on Elm Street, and i am planning to watch that one as well closer to Halloween, so i'm probably gonna talk even more about him then. Rest in peace Mr. Craven.
"You can't just eat the teachers, man."
I wasn't really expecting all that much from this, but it turned out to be a surprisingly funny movie. It had a clever take on the tired zombie formula and the cast were all really funny. Elijah Wood, who has proven himself to be a great comedic actor lately on Wilfred, was just as good here. Rainn Wilson was also great. He was pretty much playing Dwight from The Office if he had become a gym teacher instead of a paper salesman. And i love Dwight so i'm okay with that. The movie did have a few dull moments though, especially between Elijah Wood and Alison Pill, and the ending was really abrupt. It felt like there was an entire last act just cut from the movie. I guess they were setting up for a sequel, but it could have been done better than that. But overall this was still a funny zombie comedy that is worth checking out this Halloween season.
You're Next (2011)
"Why the fuck not?"
This was a pretty decent new slasher movie. It was still the usual story of annoying characters getting picked off one bu one. It's just that this time it was a family and not a group of partying teenagers. So i guess that's original. The main girl was pretty cool though and the actress portraying her did a good job. The rest of the cast nothing to brag about though. This was a good slasher film, but it's not the next Halloween or Nightmare on Elm Street.
"Give me the drive!"
This movie was both funny and smart at the same time, and it had a great cast. I have never seen Shameik Moore in anything before, but he did a good job as the lead here. I hope we get to see more big roles from him after this. I'm not feeling very good today, so i'm just gonna end it here. This was a very good movie and it's definitely worth checking out.
The Uninvited (2009)
"I love you. And I have a condom."
I expected this to be a generic horror thriller with a generic mystery, and that is exactly what i got. This was never a movie i was all that interested in checking out, but it's October and time to watch horror movies, so i decided to watch it when i noticed it was on Netflix. It also starred Elizabeth Banks and i can never get enough of her so that was a plus. She did a good job here, but the rest of the cast weren't much to brag about. It's your typical teen horror flick acting. And as generic as the movie was, i will admit i didn't see one of the plot twists coming at the end. It didn't make much sense when you think about it, but at least it took me by surprise. It's filled with cheap jump scares, but it has a nice and creepy atmosphere at times, so overall it's not a bad movie to check out building up to Halloween, but there are a lot better choices out there.
"Oh no. She got you guys too?"
"Oh, you don't care! You don't even know our names."
I have been a fan of the 5 Second Films on Youtube for a long time now so when this movie was announced i got really excited. I loved the fake trailer for the movie that came out a few years ago as well. It was a pretty funny movie, but it also had a lot of slow parts as well. A lot of the jokes got kind of tiresome after a while or just didn't really work at all, and the whole police sub plot just felt unnecessary and seemed like it was these just to pad out the running time. But it did also have a lot of hilarious parts, especially when they are going to rent paddle boats, so the movie is still worth checking out. Especially if you are a fan of their videos on Youtube. This movie also had a lot of great practical effects for a small budget movie. It is a parody of cheesy 80's slasher flicks, and a lot of the death scenes seems like they could have been taken straight out of one of them. It got really gory at times. This was definitely a fun horror comedy to watch building up to Halloween, but i doubt it's gonna be a yearly watch for me.
"I'm your number one fan. There's nothing to worry about. You're going to be just fine. I will take good care of you. I'm your number one fan."
This is actually one of those movies i have been putting off watching for years because it looked too scary. I had only seen clips and images before, but even then Kathy Bates just creeped the living hell out of me. And now that i have seen it i can honestly say i was right to put it off for so long. Not because it was a bad movie, it was great, but it really did scare me. You can throw all kinds of monsters and demons on screen and i usually wont bat an eye, but something like this that could actually happen. With the kind of psychopathic person that actually exists. That is when i get chilled to the bone. Especially when it's done as great as it was here as well. Kathy Bates really disappeared into this role and became one of the scariest and creepiest movie villains i have ever seen. The way she went from sweet and innocent lady into a psychotic rage so flawlessly was something not many other actors could have done. She just proves again why she is one of my favorites. James Caan was also great as the writer she kidnapped. His reactions to her creepy mood swings are just perfect. Man, Rob Reiner used to be such a fantastic director back in the day. He made nothing but great movies in the 80's and then a few in the early 90's as well and then he just stopped. Nothing since A Few Good Men has really been that noteworthy. He could direct everything from silly comedies to dark thrillers and it was just as great each time. I really hope he makes a comeback as a director soon. He had potential to be one of the greats.
"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach; all the damn vampires."
It's finally my favorite time of year again, October and Halloween month. I love Halloween and i love watching as many horror movies as possible building up to the day. This year i decided to start with a personal favorite of mine. This is a great horror comedy and one of the most 80's movies ever. Every persons fashion style in this movie could never be from any other era. Especially Corey Haim's style. Joel Schumacher gets a lot of hate for his Batman movies, but after this movie he will always get a pass in my book. I absolutely love it.
"Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children."
I never got around to watching this until now and that's a shame because this was a great movie. Everyone in the movie gave great performances. Especially Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr.. It's a shame Cuba is stuck doing direct-to-video action movies now because he can be a great actor when given the right script. Even Ice Cube was good in this movie. I like his music, but i have never really been impressed by his acting, be he did a good job here. This movie seems to be just as important these days as it was back then from what i have seen on the news and such lately.
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"I'll be back."
Oh boy, this is gonna be a long one. Terminator 2 is probably my second favorite action movie of all time behind Die Hard so it has been really sad to see all of the bad sequels it's been getting over the years. Terminator 3 was alright, but forgettable. I can barely remember a thing from it because there was nothing special about it. Terminator Salvation was just a boring mess of a movie that made me question why anyone would ever hire McG to direct anything other than a local car dealership commercial. But i was hoping that this one would be the one to break the curse and we would finally get a great Terminator movie again. I knew it wasn't gonna top the second one or even the first one, but it had to be better than the last two. And well, it's better than Salvation at least. But sadly not by much.
This movie was just a mess. It had some decent action scenes, but nothing stood out. I wont remember any of them a few weeks or even days from now. Arnold was back in form as the Terminator though. He was definitely the best part of the movie. Hell, he was even the best actor of the movie. Yeah, in a movie co-starring J.K. Simmons and Jason Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the best performance. He really was the only one that seemed like he cared about the movie. Everyone else was just kind of sleepwalking through it. Jai Courtney gave the same performance he always does though. Bland leading man with the acting talent and charisma of a bag of potatoes. Why does he keep getting cast in big movies like this? First he was in a horrible sequel to Die Hard and now he is in a bad sequel to Terminator. At this rate i'm willing to bet he is gonna be Rambo's sidekick in his next movie.
Emilia Clarke, who i love on Game of Thrones, was also very miscast i feel. I'm guessing the studios and producers would never let a woman get as muscular and tough looking as Linda Hamilton was in T2 in a movie anymore, girls need to look nothing but sexy all the time in movies now no mater who they are playing, but Emilia looked like a teenager cosplaying as the character. But what really is this movie weakest point by far is the script. Genesys is some kind of app that Skynet has made that is gonna destroy the world and over a billion people has apparently pre-ordered it. Not even a new Facebook app would get that many pre-orders. I have never even heard of anyone pre-ordering a fucking app.
And they are really getting overly fucking convoluted with this whole time travel story line now. In the first two movies it was nice and simple. A killing machine has been sent back from the future to kill a certain person and someone has to stop it. That is all you needed. Now we are apparently time traveling all over the fucking place and creating all kinds of different time lines and all that crap. This is a Terminator movie, not fucking Star Trek. And holy shit i was bored when they went away from the action to talk their sci-fi mumbo jumbo. Every five minutes or so the movie has to stop so one character can explain what is happening to another one and i just didn't care at all by the end. The story made no sense and the character trying to explain it for the hundredth time didn't help.
And now i have to talk about the new Terminator that was set up as a surprise, but spoiled in pretty much every trailer and the fucking poster as well, the John Connor Terminator. If they hadn't spoiled that bit fucking everywhere i'm sure that would have caught me by surprise. They definitely built the reveal up long enough. But now i was just waiting for it to happen. Whoever was in charge of the marketing for this movie should be banned from working on a movie or TV show ever again. But i will admit the new Terminator was pretty cool. Or could have been, but Jason Clarke portrayed the character completely wrong and didn't make him intimidating at all. Robert Patrick literally gave me nightmares as the T-1000 when i was younger. He created an iconic movie villain in that movie and so did Arnold with the first movie. Jason Clarke was too jokey and casual. That made sense in the beginning when he was still pretending to be John Connor, but he kept that persona up until pretty much the end of the movie. That didn't make him scary at all.
I never felt any tension at all in this movie. Not once. The fact that this movie was rated PG-13 instead or R probably helped that as well. I have liked PG-13 sequels to R rated movies before. I really enjoyed Die Hard 4 and hated Die Hard 5 when they went back to the R rating again, so if it's done right i really don't mind. But that PG-13 rating has so far not done the Terminator franchise any favors. In fact, i believe that is one of the many reasons this bombed at the theaters in America. It was marketed at completely the wrong crowd. Teenagers don't care about the Terminator. So if they actually decide to make another one, please make it an R rated movie at least. For the actual fans of the franchise. I was gonna give this movie a 5/10, but the more i think about it the less i actually liked it.
I can't really think of anything i really enjoyed here. It had some nice nods to the first movie in the beginning and like i said a few of the action sequences were decent enough, but i don't really think that is enough to give this movie anything close to a good rating. It's still better than Salvation was, but i would not recommend it to anyone. Not even fans of the franchise. Or maybe i should say especially not fans of the franchise.
"Earl! This is it! You've gone too far! You've leaked the un-leakable secret because you hold nothing sacred. Cause you're a dick head!"
This has been one of the movies i have wanted to watch the most this summer, but it never played anywhere near me. But i finally got around to it and it turned out to be one of the best films i have seen so far this year. Everything about it was great. The story, directing and acting were all top notch. Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler and most of all Olivia Cooke were all excellent as the main three characters. Often in movies like this actors can go really over the top in their portrayals of dying or grieving characters in order to get attention during awards season, but here it was all perfectly subtle. The movie was also really funny. Way funnier than most straight up comedies i have seen in a while thanks to the supporting cast. Nick Offerman just stole every scene he was in. But the movie also made me tear up a few times. Especially near the end. This is definitely a movie that's gonna end up on my top 10 list at the end of the year.
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