So Many Movies, So Little Time

I’ve been MIA for so long, that I’ve seen way too many movies and can’t review them all in depth, since that would take way too long. Instead I’ll gift you all with a list of all the movies I’ve seen and sum them up in a few words along with my ratings! Alright, here we go, in no particular order

Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Horrible Horrible Horrible. I’ll get beef for saying this, but it was Scorsese’s guide on how to be a successful asshole. Drugs. Sex. Money. Too much for my taste. 2/10

Spring Breakers (2012): Art. I appreciated what this film set out to do, and didn’t overdo it like Scorsese did. 7/10

Evil Dead (2013 remake): Eh. I was bored. Not as good as the original. I was so bored that I went to see Spring Breakers right after because I was so let down by Evil Dead. 4/10

Cannibal Holocaust (1980): Holy hell what did I even watch. Everything looked so real. Also a little bit ashamed I actually watched it 6/10

Frozen (2013): 9/10. Come on, it’s Frozen.

The Lego Movie (2014): So fast paced, I couldn’t really keep up. Reminded me of Robot Chicken, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 7/10

Would You Rather (2o12 – available on Netflix): Yay Brittany Snow in a horror movie! Entertaining, albeit predictable. Cool twist on the would you rather game. Would you rather stick a screw driver into your own leg or slice your eyeball with a razor blade? Yikes. 6/10

V/H/S 2 (2013): Horror anthology, better than the first I think. Each segment has a cool way of being filmed (from GoPros to laptop cameras), it’s innovative. Plus the Safe Haven segment will give you nightmares till the end of time. Just watch it for that one. 6.5/10

August: Osage County (2013): Superb acting by a star-studded cast helped fuel the simple storyline. 7.5/10

Oculus (2013): Mind-bending roller coaster ride that you’ll strangely love. Keeps you very engaged from start to finish. 7.5/10

Triangle (2009): See Liam Hemsworth before he was famous. Confusing (but good confusing) with an ending that won’t let you down. 8/10

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013): True to the novel, lived up to my high expectations. 8/10

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her Review

 

This movie was absolutely beautiful and brilliant. I’m quite familiar of Spike Jonze from his days on Jackass, so when I noticed that he wrote and directed the movie her, I was worried I wouldn’t take it seriously. Boy was I wrong; Spike Jonze impressed me on so many levels, and it’s clear that he has some serious writing chops.

I was so captivated by Joaquin Phoenix and his heartwarming portrayal of someone who is heartbroken but learns to fall in love again. Spike Jonze adds a modern twist to this love story by involving an advanced super computer (an OS system named Samantha; played by ScarJo) into the mix, and creates a love connection between these two characters. It sort of reminded me of Lars and the Real Girl (starring Ryan Gosling), where he falls in love with his sex doll. Both movies parallel each other in the sense of falling in love with objects, but her goes way more into depth of exploring Samantha’s personality and giving her humanistic life. ScarJo’s performance is sensational, and even though we don’t see her face, she breathes so much passion into Samantha with just her voice. You feel that Samantha is actually a real person, and the line between human and OS system  is blurred quite quickly in the movie.

The film was around two hours long, but held my attention the entire time with it’s talented writing and acting. If I had to choose one word to sum up my impression of this movie it would definitely have to be impressed. The film is so much more than someone falling in love with an OS system. It explores relationships and connections in a much deeper way, and the film does such a fantastic job at touching your heart.

8.5/10

The Conjuring Review

It’s rare for a horror movie to strike gold, but James Wan does it successfully. This was a genuinely good horror film for me. Poltergeist Insidious (also directed by James Wan) was a fan favourite for a lot of people, but it let me down in comparison to the brilliance that Dead Silence produced. Plus, dummies scare the shit out of me, so it was already a winner there….

The Conjuring is about a family of 7 that experiences supernatural events when they move into a new home. The family asks for the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren; played by the handsome Patrick Wilson, and the captivating Vera Farmiga, to cleanse their house and rid their lives of the strange occurences.

The ’70s vibe was a very ‘refreshing’ scene, and it was really cool to be immersed into that time period. The costumes and the sets were retro ’70s and added to the chill factor of the movie. The transitions to certain scenes were seamless, and the camera would flip upside down, and change the perspective to a completely different scene effortlessly. It was very cool to watch from an artistic view.

The cool thing about the movie is that Ed and Lorraine Warren were real people, and this was a true story. They talk about Annabelle (a possessed doll) in the beginning of the movie, and before I saw the Conjuring I remembered reading about Annabelle the doll in high school, and it scared the crap out of me. That’s probably where my fear of dolls started… Then I remembered why the names of Ed and Lorraine Warren were so familiar to me. The book I read is entitled The Demonologist and it follows the career of Ed and Lorraine. A big part of the book talks about Annabelle the doll, and the story behind Annabelle portrayed in the movie is how it’s explained in the book. James Wan consulted the real Lorraine Warren as well as the real Carolyn Perron (the mother of the family) and both women validate the true events that are portrayed in this film. Having read about the multiple supernatural cases that were mentioned in the film, before script was even written for The Conjuring, make me believe that there is complete truth to this.

The film is genuinely creepy, and one of the better horror movies I’ve seen recently, along with the film Sinister. Here’s a comparison of the actors and the real life people they play in the movie. This source also goes into the real story of The Perron Family. *Warning, this source contains spoilers for the movie*. See it here.

9/10

The Heat Review

This movie had like a 6.5 on imdb before it was released into theaters. Now, having been released, the movie increased to a 7.0. I have no idea why this movie had such a bad rating. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock? Come on, that’s just the perfect setup for a great comedy. Also this movie brought back Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids.

I peed my pants laughing throughout this entire movie. It was hilarious start to finish. These two women are completely different, but are both equally hilarious. Bullock was more about the awkwardness, and McCarthy was wicked fast with her quips and one-liners. Apart from the brilliant acting, this buddy-cop movie had a great story to it to. Action-packed, with some surprises in the film, it’s hard for a comedy to focus on both. The movie that stuck out for me that was similar to this one was Rush Hour. The Heat was Rush Hour, with more swearing. I compare the two because both movies were able to be a hit with their comedy aspect, but at the same time not sacrifice the story.

A great team, a great story, an even better comedy, this movie does not disappoint. If anything it’s surprising since I was expecting it to be mediocre because of the bad imdb rating. Hey it was good enough for a sequel to be announced.

7.5/10

Monsters University Review

Being a huge fan of Monsters Inc, of course I had to see the prequel in theaters. Pixar does it again, seemingly never-failing with sequels of already loved films. Monsters University was the first Pixar prequel, and a great look into how Sulley and Mike came to be who they are.

I was 10 years old when Monsters Inc came out, and now being in university, I feel like the prequel was targeted towards our generation. I feel like the idea grew with us, much like the Toy Story trilogy. While the first movie was centered around Sulley, MU was centered around Mike this time.

Sadly I feel this movie was missing the aspect of Boo, but of course she wasn’t born yet! You’ll enjoy some old faces, and see some easter eggs from the first movie if you’re really paying attention (keep your eye out for George Sanderson – who attends MU and is part of the Jox fraternity) It takes place at Monsters University and tells the story about how Mike and Sulley became friends, and got their start at Monsters Inc.

This one was full of family fun, and I found it genuinely funny for being 21 years old. You’ll love it if you’re a Pixar fan, especially if you loved Monsters Inc.

8/10

Man of Steel Review

I’m not a huge Superman fan, and to be honest, I didn’t really know much about his character. Before going into this movie, I heard that the critic reviews tore it up. Naturally I had low expectations, especially since I wasn’t really on the Superman bandwagon. The one thing that I can say is that I absolutely loved Man of Steel.

One thing that the critics hated was Zack Snyder’s direction. I don’t know why, I thought the cinematics were brilliant. I also loved Sucker Punch and thought the scenes were beautifully shot. He also directed 300, Watchmen, as well as Dawn of the Dead, so he’s no director to mess with. The fight scenes in Man of Steel were delicious to watch, and the speed of the fight scenes didn’t make your head spin. The pacing of the movie was very well-balanced, and not focused on 20 minute fight scenes (Cough…Transformers…). The soundtrack was also thrilling, a no-brainer considering it was composed by the extraordinary Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, The Batman Trilogy, Inception – just to name a few….)

Amy Adams made Lois Lane seem less damsel in distress, and more strong, independent woman. The only complaint I have is about her character development of her relationship with Superman. There wasn’t enough time to build their relationship and I feel like they rushed through it. It was as if they just met and the next minute they were already kissing. There was no build-up to appreciate, so it was a little of a let down because you expected them to get together anyway. Kevin Costner really stuck out for me as Johnathan Kent, considering he did not have a huge role in this film.

Also, Henry Cavill, where have you been all my life? His muscles are real, not CGI. His beautiful, beautiful body is completely real. What am I talking about?

Can we just appreciate this for a moment

Charming as Clark, and kick-ass as Superman, he was the perfect mix of gorgeous and relentless faith in human nature. His film credentials are small right now, but after Man of Steel, his career is going to skyrocket. Who can resist that mesmerizing smile of his? Oh yeah, and Cavill’s European.

One more for good measure

Man of Steel is a great crowd-pleaser, despite what critics say. I mean they’re called critics for a reason I guess? From an outside perspective, someone who’s not familiar with the origins of Superman, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

8.5/10

Celeste and Jesse Forever Review

Celeste and Jesse Forever has so much heart. Written by funny girl Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who both star in this film, you know you can expect some good laughs.

This film focuses on high school sweethearts who get married, but then their marriage doesn’t end up working out, and Rashida wants to get a divorce from Andy Samberg. It follows the ups and downs of their relationship; their fighting, making up, meeting new people, all while trying to maintain a friendship with each other.

I liked this film a lot because of the rawness of the situations are. The constant push and pull, wanting and fighting of the relationship is as real as it gets. The feelings between them are made strong, and you are rooting so badly for them to get back together and just stop arguing. It’s not your typical romcom, and it’s a movie that should get much more credit than it does. It’s filled with drama, real emotions, tenderness, all wrapped up in a big comedic bow. I have so much more respect for Rashida Jones as a serious actress, and an even bigger crush on Andy Samberg.

It’s available on Netflix, and I suggest you watch it

8/10