Tuesday, December 31, 2013

American Hustle (2013)

Written By Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Directed By David O. Russell
Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper

This film is a really well done film. It’s a period piece set in the 1970’s. Bradley Cooper is a favorite of mine and he is the center part of the story. Amy Adams is this centuries queen of the screen. She is electrifying in American Hustle. Jennifer Lawrence is good to but she’s more like the bell of the ball.

I watched this film glued to my seat. Every frame keeps you interested in how this thing will resolve. The story is told in a Scorsese style film dialogue that keeps it feeling realistic, Or at least nostalgic. All the characters are well written and heavily motivated. Even Lewis C.K. makes a large cameo part in this film.

Ultimately this story becomes confusing and I found it to be a bit to clean to wrap up the way it does. It’s a positive ending but for whatever reason I felt unsatisfied at the end. Maybe I’m just rooting for the wrong characters but I suppose this film has no true hero character.

No rating. Just a good film to see.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Anchorman 2 (2013)

Directed by Adam McKay
Written By Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell

I love lamp! And I love this movie. Everything about anchorman I love. It not that it’s a hilarious movie pocking fun at media culture and pandering news channels… I just really like how stupid they all are. Every character in this film is terrible. Its like slapstick comedy during an earthquake. There is really no “anchor” to help keep perspective. This is the genius part of the film.

This one has an all-star cast and even drake and Kanye make a special camio. All the old characters are still a big part of the film and the story just keeps going. Everything changed in new media and the change revolved around Ron Burgundy and that exactly how it should be.

The greatest part of this film is that it doesn’t take away from the first film. A lot of sequels and trilogies tend to change how the first film played out. But not anchorman 2! This film has all the class and dignity of the first film but all the swagger of a sequel. They did a good job of making the film stand on its own even though it pays tribute to the original.

Top 5. This film won’t but should make history.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Written by: John Ridley
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt

What can I say about this movie? It was sad. Very sad. The situation of the main character is tragic. Basicly a free black man is captured and forced into slavery in the deep south of The United States in the time period when slaver was legal. And of course, it was ilegal to enslave a free man and it was a terrible experience to go through... for 12 years!

The film making was good. Long drawn out scenes of torture and brutality that clearly show the dark side of slavery. How horrible it was for the men and women who were subjected to slavery. This movie focuses our minds on how unkind it was to enslave a people and force them to live in bondage.

The soundtrack and cinematography are very good. The acting and directing was done very well. Each scene has a beautiful backdrop of Louisiana and the time period is wonderful done. Despite the subject matter the film is beautiful and well produced.

Unfortunately, it ending of this movie doesn't quite capitalize on the message. The entire movie portrays slaver as a horrible practice that leave no indication of humility or respect for humanity. And yet the ending of the film leaves us with an emptiness. I couldn't find a message to take away from the film except 'slavery was wrong.' but I already felt that way.

No rating. Its a depressing movie but beautiful done with an all-star cast.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ender's Game (2013)

Written By: Gavin Hood
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield

Ender's game is based on a very popular book. I read that book over 10 years ago. Now that I think about it over 15 years ago. I'm old... the point is I can't remember how it ended. And so the movie was a great surprise to me.

Ender's Game is simply a sci-fi adventure exploring the idea of Alien warfare and human survival tactical. The basis of the story is kill or be killed... by aliens. Interestingly enough, there is no war going on during their training.

Ender is a main character and a brilliant commander for tactical warfare. He is promoted up the rank during training to the point were he is in complete command of the entire military force as the simulate the end-all of battles.

Whats so great about this movie? Harrison Ford! This man can play a role and he was born to be on screen. Ford steals the show. He is a great addition to this movie and makes one hell of a general commander. (or whatever rank he holds in this film.) This film has some great acting. Also lots of action and battles that make for a fun experience.

No rating. This film was good but I’m guessing the next film will be twice as good.


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Written by Simon Beaufoy, Suzanne Collins
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson & Philip Seymour Hoffman

This was a surprisingly great movie! Really, I genuinely enjoyed every second of this film. From the first frame to the last I was swept away in the story. It was masterfully thrilling to try and figure out what is going on and watch the story unfold. Everything was much more suspenseful this time. Apart from the “ritualistic brutal sport killing for a sloth of commercial onlookers” I found this movie to be compelling. Something about modern society is lurking in the background.

The basic story goes down like the first one. Jenifer Lawrence has to fight and she doesn't want to. The twist is that this time, everyone wants her to defy the powers that be. She becomes a symbol to the onlookers and rising up out of oppression. Jenifer Lawrence does a great job of embodying this character and we have all grown to love her since the Oscar... Right?

The cinematography is great. We don't even notice its there. The story flows perfectly through each shot. The acting is on pair with the first movie so don’t expect much there. But everything starts to really fit together. Its nice to see such a strong story being created out of that predictable plot line the last hunger games gave us.

Top 5. This film will pleasantly surprise you if you had low expectations. 

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