Something tells me Gravity is going to take this one.
Something tells me Gravity is going to take this one.
Not a bad film, but I was a little underwhelmed due to the high rating. All star cast including John Cusak, Rebecca DeMornay, Ray Liotta, and Amanda Peet among others. Worth a watch.
Have you watched Short Term 12? Brie Larson is fantastic in it, and I think the movie as a whole is great too. (Shoutout to Maui!) Cate Blanchett is also really good in Blue Jasmine. I also think Sandy Bulls was way better in Gravity than in Blindside. I haven't seen the Judi Dench or Meryl movies, but damn, there were no good roles for actresses in 2013, huh?
The Oscar nominations continue to baffle/underwhelm. It makes the year in movies seem a bit crappy, when it was actually pretty good, considering some of the great stuff we got at the end. I'll just say that, despite how great Her, Gravity, Short Term 12 and The World's End are, The Act of Killing is still the best movie of last year.
What an amazing movie. Second time I've seen it. A real head trip of a movie that really makes you think. It's the kind of movie that may have you still trying to decipher it days later. Starring Mellisa George, who is a seriously under-rated actress at this point. I've seen a lot of strong movies from her in the last few years. I would say this flick falls in the drama, thriller, and horror categories. Here's the premise:
When Jess sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realized when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety, a ship Jess is convinced she's been on before. The ship appears deserted, the clock on board has stopped, but they are not alone... Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror.
Little trivia in case you missed it. Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse the lone surviving pirate (Captain Phillips) is serving his sentence in the Terre Haute Federal Pen
Highly recommend this movie. Fantastic. And if you do see it, stay through the end credits.
And yes the Wolf of Wall Street was great. I laughed so many times, and the story was very well done.
I would put Leo in my second tier of imaginary movie actor rankings; he's had a great career with many good movies but he isn't an all-time talent with numerous super-memorable performances. For me, it just seems like he tries so ****ing hard to win an acting award every time he chooses a movie. For a guy who's really rich and just bangs a bunch of supermodels, he isn't very chill on screen, and he can come off as a one-note (an albeit high quality note) performer. (Seems like he never fully recovered from choosing Titanic over Boogie Nights.) I like his choices in Django and WoWS as semi-comedies, but if Cruise can do something like Tropic Thunder (and he's ****ing insane), why can't Leo show some range? Also, he's just simply not at the talent level of an RDJ or a Denzel or a Streep.
Also, I saw the Jack Ryan movie that's out right now. It doesn't deserve a review. I don't think I would give Kenneth Branaugh a high five if I saw him walking down the street at the moment.
I'm only an hour or so into Wolf of Wall Street but I don't know if I'm going to be able to finish this. Not because it's long, it's just really shallow and masturbatory to this point.
Lance + Starting SG = Awesome
Now really free Lance!
I thought Hanks' acting in that final scene was some of his best acting of the movie. I was just now reading about it and found out that wasn't the actual scripted ending at all but something that just happened to fall into place as they were getting some background on the incident from the real Navy personnel on the navy ship. After hearing about the real Capt Phillips state at that point they decided to craft and shoot that scene for the ending (instead of what was planned) right then and there.. And that included using real naval people and not actors. Wow...
O'Brien has been fired! Yay! What took so long?
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."
AMC had a giant Godfather marathon this weekend. Enjoyed that.
White House Down
Big Trouble Little China- typical cheesy 80s movie still liked it though
Criminal Law- good crime thriller and Kevin Bacon was soo creepy
The Lego Movie's good but the schtick ran thin pretty quickly
Really good film. I was pleasantly surprised.
"I'm not arguing; I'm explaining why I'm right."
The Lego Movie - Chris Miller and Phil Lord are stronger than all of Pixar at the moment. I have nothing but praise for what they were able to do with this; they had a lot of pop culture to work with, but I think they still could have successfully done The Dr. Pepper Movie or Battleship. Four hundred copywriters on Madison Ave just killed themselves. I don't think people quite understand that this is a 100-minute advertisement for Lego that is better than all of the recent super-expensive blockbusters, let alone anything shown during the Super Bowl. They took a creative brief from the 1960s and created a collection of stories and characters with all the clever winking and nudging of Clone High, Cloudy with, and 21 Jump Street. I haven't seen pop cultural-reference comedy done this well since Imaginationland. Plus, there's an filmmaking element introduced towards the end of the movie that seems INSANE, but they actually pull it off and bring everything together in an earned, emotional way. Maybe this will feel stale on a second watch, but for now, these two dudes are running amok. Recommended like The Incredibles.
Still a classic to this day. I know Richard Dreyfuss was a big name back then, but why does he always seem so goofy in the majority of his roles?
Yeah re: DiCaprio & WoWS discussion here, I actually thought WoWS was tremendously overhyped and felt like a really lazy effort from Scorcese, honestly, but I also thought DiCaprio was BRILLIANT in it. Only reason I kept watching. His best performance by a long shot, and he's had some dandies.
You'll never be able to convince me Jonah Hill is a good dramatic actor, though. No matter how many times you nominate him. He has zero range. He's Jonah Hill in everything.
We watched Bad Grandpa a week ago. Yes it was our Valentine's date movie. It was Knoxville, so we knew what we were getting going in, but it actually had a thin story line. I thought it was funny, especially the kid beauty pageant bit.