Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Last Stand (2013)

Written by Andrew Knauer
Directed By Kim Jee-Woon
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker

The last stand is an action movie about a cop who does the right thing. There is a mob boss who’s breaking out of jail. And if he gets passed this small town copy he will make it back to Mexico and become infamous again.  So it’s all up to this rag tag team of cops to stop this big mob boss. Excited?
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in the movies with this film. He’s making cars explode, he’s jumping through doors and windows, he’s shooting guns at bad guys. Yes, he is 65 years old in this film and yes he still has what it takes. Unfortunately Hollywood has really let him down in this film. They gave him a bad script. But who cares if you love Arnold you’ll love this film.
The movie is basically a no surprise action movie. Nothing really surprising about this film, it’s just basically a good action flick. if you like explosions you’ll enjoy this one.  I don’t really like these kinds of movies but I also don’t hate them. These fly by the seat of your pants actions movies have a place for those who love this kind of film.

No rating. If you’re debating whether it’s worth it then you should pick something else. If you gotta see it… then do what you gotta do!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jack Reacher (2012)

Written By Christopher McQuarrie
Directed By Christopher McQuarrie
Starring Tom Cruz, Werner Herzog

This film is a spy movie. It’s about some sniper guy who kills 5 random people. Then an investigation uncovers a much bigger plot that blows your mind… hopefully.  Does it feel like mission impossible? Yes! Is it Mission Impossible? No! Jack Reacher is his own thing. Don’t blur the lines like that.

Tom Cruz is Jack Reacher. That’s it, I’m done. That is all you need to know about this movie. Is it great?... I will answer that with another questions… is Tom Cruz great?... if yes then yes, if no then no. Basically I loved this film. Why? Because Tom Cruz kills it in everything.

The action, drama, and cinematography is all outstanding. Nothing about this film is lacking. It’s got comedy, love interested, explosions, gun play and investigative espionage. If you like Tom Cruz they see this film. If you are on the fence, then you will not be disappointed but this film won’t blow your mind.

No rating. Enjoyable. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Frozen (2013)

Written By Jennifer Lee
Directed by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck
Starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

Frozen is a fabulous film. It’s a musical animation done by Disney. This is not a Pixar movie and they make that a big deal in terms of marketing. (I’m not really sure why, Pixar is wildly successful.) The plot of the film is basically two sisters, one does magic and is dangerous, and the other is innocent.  The magical sister is dangerous because she can’t control her magical powers regarding freezing things.

The music in this film is what sets the tone. Everything about this movie makes you feel like a kid again. Each character has an emotional connection with what they are doing and it feeds the story. Menzel is an amazing voice actor and singer. Her song alone is worth the price of the ticket. Everyone does a great job in this film. The singing, acting, and animation all play perfectly on screen.

The style of the film is Pixar-esk although they say its hand drawn. I can’t really tell but it looks good. If you like kid movies, musicals, or even Nordic culture then you’ll like this film. I particularly like the song in the opening scene of the film because it’s so angelic and at the same time Celtic Nordic folk sounding. The musical alone will make you love this film even though the story is dynamic and moving.

Top 5. This film will win some awards for sure. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Drinking Buddies (2013)

Written by Joe Swanberg
Directred by Joe Swanberg
Starring Olivia wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick & Ron Livingston

The movie is basically about four characters. Two couples that both have feelings for the counterpart’s partner. Confused? So is everyone else. Ultimately, this film explores the ideas behind forbidden love and the age old question can men and women be friends? Obviously this film is full of sexual tension.

Olivia Wilde does an amazing job of portraying the stereo typical tom boy. She makes every seen her own by being graceful yet hard skinned. Jake Johnson is his brash unforgiving self. He does this character very well in most of the roles he takes. Surprisingly, Anna Kendrick steals the show in a sweet perfect girl kind of way. She really shines as the innocent damaged girlfriend.

The cinematography along with the art direction is non-obtrusive and simple. Everything feels real and natural. Nothing shines in this film because its about real life and an honest portrait of confusing emotions and relationships. The editing and dialogues keeps you interested because its as if you’re a fly on the wall trying to keep up with each scene. You like this movie if you like beer, sex, and living in the moment. If that’s you this movie could even speak to you.

No rating. Just a solid rental film that makes you a bit more of a person after watching it.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Margin Call (2011)

Written By J.C. Chandor
Directed By J.C. Chandor
Starring Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons

Margin call was an awesome movie. J.C. Chandor has caught my attention with this film. There is something to be said about making a small film about a big subject and making it interesting. Chandor has done that with Margin Call.

I enjoy the genre Thriller and this film fits the bill. It has a lot of great situations that make for an exciting viewing experience. The structure of this film is very well thought out and enhances the films dramatic arch. It takes place over one night and everything must be resolved by morning.

The all-Star cast really sinks their teeth into each character. The 3D characters squabble and confuse the issue at hand making mountains out of little numbers. I found myself getting excited over the stock market mambo jumbo even though I know little about it. Each character diverts the problems of morality and honesty to show the bigger picture. Oddly enough, this film paints with large strokes of gray.

The sets and cinematography are simple and don’t distract from the plot. Its important to understand what’s going on but not be wowed by the craft. The film takes a lot of human situations and makes them much more clear in our minds as to what life is like in the inner circle of the stock brokers world. This helps us understand exactly what goes on with these big numbers and how they affect us.

Top 5 film. The Writer/Director is someone to watch out for to see what he does next.

Watch it on Netflix