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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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

The Purge Review

I was really excited for this movie to come out, and ended up seeing it opening night. The theatre sold out naturally, and apparently this film is doing really well in the box office.

This was an all around fun movie to see in theatres. Packed with suspense and gore, it left me feeling real sympathy for the characters. My favourite part of this movie was the concept. It’s a fresh take on your typical home invasion horror, and not as predictable as you may think.

Cersei Lannister Lena Headey was the most impressive as a suburban american mother, and still as lovely as ever. Keep an open mind going into the film and don’t expect this movie to have an incredible ending. The final 20 minutes of the film will have you cheering the family on, and the ending really throws you for a loop. I’ve heard people say they disliked the ending, but I didn’t mind it so much, as I wasn’t expecting anything. I feel that’s the attitude you need before seeing this movie.

6.5/10

The Hangover III Review

It was way better than that train wreck of a sequel. In my opinion, Todd Phillips should have just taken the money from the first Hangover and ran. Ran away terribly, terribly fast.

The Hangover II was a carbon copy of the first, but I was glad to see that Phillips did something different with III, even though the plot was pretty predictable. III had some cringe-worthy moments where it just tried too hard to be funny, and failed, due in part to the script work, and in part to Zach Galifianakis’ portrayal of Alan in round III. Despite the bad moments of overacting, there were some genuinely funny moments that override the cheesiness of the film.

The addition of the talented Melissa McCarthy and Heather Graham were a nice touch. Phillips was smart in casting John Goodman as the villain, since you can do no wrong with that bear of a man. Stick around when the credits roll, it’s the hardest I laughed during the entire film.

All in all, it was just okay. I needed more of Ed Helms though, since I genuinely think he’s the funniest out of the  wolfpack, and I could always, always use more Bradley Cooper. Always. If you’re a Hangover fan, wait for DVD. If you’re unknown to the series, just watch the first film, It’s actually a very good comedy. Forget about the sequels though, you’re not missing much.

6.5/10

Sinister is Really Sinister

I’m such a huge fan of horror movies, it’s hard to find a good one that really gets under my skin. Sinister was one of the few that did just that.

The opening scene sets the entire tone of the movie, and will leave you extremely unsettled. Ethan I-can-do-anything Hawke’s presence continually reminded me that I wasn’t actually watching a snuff film. He always impresses me with his ability to adapt in any role that’s thrown at him. He’s such a wonderful actor, and he really makes the movie plot believable.

It’s best not to try and predict the plot. You should just go in with no expectations, especially since this movie was produced by the same guys attached to Insidious (a fail of a horror movie, which was such a bummer since I’m a huge fan of James Wan and Leigh Whannell) and Paranormal Activity.

Unlike Insidious, this movie doesn’t try hard to scare you. It takes raw fear and lets it sit in the pit of your stomach right till the end. Watch this movie, but avoid watching it in the dark.

7.5/10

Django Unchained Review

I normally am not a fan of Tarantino movies, but I extremely enjoyed this movie. I think a little too much actually.

This movie had a lot of bad rep coming from Spike Lee, but honestly people who were offended by this movie have to seriously reconsider what they’re actually offended by. Tarantino does use racial slurs quite freely and frequently in this movie, but I think in the context of the film, it made sense. Historically, that’s how people were treated during the slave era. With his harsh language, and controversial topics, Tarantino was trying to prove the point of how ridiculous people treated others based on racial difference. People who were outraged by this film need to calm their tits. It’s a movie.

The acting was superb and everything I would have hoped it to be. The actor who really impressed me the most was Leonardo Dicaprio. In the scene where he smashes his hand down on the table, he gashes his hand open and it starts bleeding profusely. Now most actors who injure themselves while the cameras are rolling typically would break character and say shit, I’m bleeding, but great actors are the ones that keep in character (Like when Viggo Mortensen actually broke his toe in a scene in The Two Towers). Leo, being a great actor, keeps his composure. He doesn’t even flinch when the broken glass slices his hand open. He even goes as far as to wipe his real blood all over poor Kerry Washington’s face! When the scene was done, he required stitches for his injury, no big deal or anything…

This movie kept me on the edge of my seat. If I could sum up this movie in one word, it would have to be intense. From start to finish, Tarantino keeps the intensity fresh and undying. Never have I been excited over a Tarantino film, but now I can say that I have been.

9/10