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  • A Most Wanted Man

    A Most Wanted Man (2014)

    August 25, 2014

    Just when you want to see one last great performance by Seymour-Hoffman, you get him at this fattest, out of breath, most depressed character with a scratchy accent best. I found myself missing his usual voice but alas, a character is a character. The film has some interesting roles and dilemmas while being inconsistent with the abilities of what a spy can and can't figure out on their own (knowing where someone will be at an exact time, but not being able to look up an address of a relative). The film loses sight of a ticking clock and / or a antagonist and you find yourself a little bored or safe. You don't really care what happens because everyone's slightly unlikable and no one seems to really be in any danger. A man behind me was sleeping and I'm not mad at him for it.

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

    June 29, 2014

    The movie at least appears to be drawing from an interesting storyline... a mix of the 1986 animated film and some of the comics... but per Bay's usual hyper standard, it's being handled terribly. Several unintentional laugh-out-loud moments in the film. Wahlberg's character spends half the film drilling home the most cliche father/daughter banter we've seen in film history "You're my daughter, no man is good enough - don't ever date, etc" - Never seen that POV before, thanks Bay. -- The dialogue and scenes are all over the place. It should've stuck with it's basic plot --- and trimmed out about 45 minutes of fat. But then there's the dialogue, oh man. For the amount of money it's going to make - we should consider it one of the worst films of all time.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

    December 13, 2013

  • Captain Phillips

    Captain Phillips (2013)

    October 02, 2013

    This film is pretty straight-forward, simple dialogue and acting and not much depth. Just a guy who gets on a ship and starts to sail off. It's not really til the action kicks in that it simply becomes fascinating to watch - and to realize that this kind of thing actually happens. And once it does -- the acting kicks in. The Somalians are impressive and bring a level of realness to it. Towards the end is when the film kicks it up a notch higher... that's when it becomes very fascinating to see how far our US Government and Navy goes to put an end to this situation. It's a grand scale that must've been amazing to coordinate and film. And you can't help but feel like perhaps you're one of the Americans in trouble and maybe this is how far the US would go to get you back, too. By the time the film is over, you can't help but feel like you've gone through the SHOCK of a kidnapping with Hanks, who is a mentally cool and tough character the entire time... til the end... and when that time comes for his "play-it-cool" act to break, he crushes the performance out of the park. I wanted to curl up into a ball and cry, again, feeling like I was kidnapped on a boat. Like the scale and uniqueness of the film, Hanks' performance gets better and better as time goes by.

  • Gravity

    Gravity (2013)

    September 24, 2013

    There's a great score to this movie that takes you all over the place emotionally. You really feel like you're witnessing an event - the best movie you've seen in years.

  • Elysium

    Elysium (2013)

    August 02, 2013

    Unique. Look, plot, characters... all unique. Never was sure what was going to happen next. Just didn't FEEL as much as they'd hoped I'd feel. The emotion wasn't there. I was indifferent by the end of the film.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    August 01, 2013

    I never liked the idea of Batman being retired at the start of the film. Still, once accepted, I enjoyed the film. Lots going on. Almost too much going on... The film barely ever slowed down long enough for the emotions to kick in... I was tense the entire time. Ultimately, really enjoyed it. Especially how much it came together w/ the previous 2 films. I would've enjoyed it more if there were fewer characters and more Batman.

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim (2013)

    July 10, 2013

    The movie survives its handicap of a few extremely annoying characters and placeholder dialogue to be extremely visual, loud, intense and fun. It keeps the plot as simple as it can and unofruneatley some of the devices that we've seen and heard dozens of times in other films - Another big loud fun dumb movie. Too bad these big loud fun movies can't be GOOD plot-wise, as well. But hey, it's just a movie. There's just enough nice clever touches sprinkled in throughout the film to make it feel like an A list director is there from time to time. It's a movie that thrills you big time while you're there - but like most films these days, you won't take it with you when you leave the theater. Still, fun ride. Oh and P.S. -- the little Asian girl acts everyone else right off the screen. A+ to her! Ron Perlman, close 2nd (stick around during the credits).

  • World War Z

    World War Z (2013)

    June 25, 2013

    This one gives us something the other zombie movies don't. So gotta give it props for being unique, in a genre that's grounded in tradition. It's like "Outbreak" but with Zombies.

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel (2013)

    June 22, 2013

    Great, mysterious teaser. Love the "Gandalf just died" music. Some interesting choices. -- The trailer is a completely different pace than the film itself. I wish the movie slowed down enough to allow you to feel what they filmmakers are trying to make you feel. But just when you're close to feeling for someone, a building gets knocked down. The past Superman films have been too comedic, so I'm glad this one was less... but it could've had a tad bit more humor, just a tad. I wanted to get teary eyed, but I never did. At least they tried. Tight script, unlike what we're used to getting from the Orci / Kurtzman camp of plotholes and recycled plots.

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