Here's the first great R rated comedy of the year. The premise is simple and absurd. A 40 year old man(Jason Bateman, who directs) enters the nation spelling bee for 8th graders. Hence he says and does a lot of bad things to the parents and children who all object to him being in the competition. Bateman is hilarious, and he plays the a**hole to a T here, with some awesome one liners. He starts a friendship with a little Indian kid(Rohan Chand) that provides the best scenes of the movie, just go and watch the trailer for a taste. This movie will obviously offend some people, but if you know what offends you, then don't see a movie called "Bad Words". The title says it all! It lasts around 85 minutes which is absolutely perfect for a movie like this, because it never wears out it's welcome. Great comedy, and hopefully Bateman continues to direct, because this is a great start. Check it out!
Marvel Studios makes by far the best comic book adaptation films today. Each one gets better than the last. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" takes the superhero movie and turns it into a spy/espionage film that improves on the first film by a lot. Other than "Avengers"(and it's REALLY close), this is the best Marvel movie yet. It has some of the best action and one of the best storylines yet. I don't wanna give away too much, but things are fishy within S.H.I.E.L.D and Cap has to deal with the Winter Soldier, who is someone from his past. Chris Evans IS Captain America, much like Downey IS Iron Man. He is complacent in the role like other actors would. He gives Cap some new dimensions. I also LOVED his interaction with Black Widow(Scarlett Johannson). They have some excellent chemistry, and it's great that they didn't turn them into lovers. Anthony Mackie as Falcon is fantastic, and I really hope he finds his way into Avengers 2. The best performance of the movie may be Robert Redford(and I actually think in the 70's he would have made an Awesome Captain America). Between this and "All is Lost" the guy is on a real roll as of late with movies. Exciting, fun, and truly action packed this is the best movie of 2014 so far. Stay through the credits(it's a Marvel movie, so you have to!), and enjoy the ride. Can't wait to see where these movies go next!
This is one of the few movies that has clearly divided people. Friends on facebook, critics, doesn't matter. People have a LOT of strong feelings about this movie. Now, I'm not a religious person at all. I go to church every now and then, but I'm not devote or anything. Having said that I can see why religious people would not like this. It's Darren Aronofsky's interpretation of the Noah story. It's like when I read a book to my son every night. I always do crazy weird voices for the characters. Why? Because it's how I interpret it. I only know the basics of the Noah story. Even read Grant a Noah childrens book a lot. So I have no clue what is or isn't in the Bible, and actually feel compelled to find out, because it's a very interesting and thought provoking movie. Do I believe in rock monsters helping to build the ark? No not really, but it's an interesting idea. In the bible does Noah go a little crazy? No clue, but the way the movie does it, it is very believable as to why he would think the things he does. I thought the effects of the movie were pretty darn good, although the rock monsters did look a little cheesy. It does drag in spots and runs about 20 minutes longer than what it probably should have. All the performances were decent, nothing Earth shattering or award worthy, but very good none the less. Aronofsky is probably the most unique director today. I've seen all of his movies and some I really like, and a couple I just scratch my head and say "huh?", like I did during the "Fountain". He is a dangerous filmmaker who really makes you think and shows you something different. Don't believe me, watch "Requiem for a Dream". This is like him doing a big Hollywood budget movie, and it works some, but I think he works better in smaller movies. This movie is not going to be for everyone, but do yourself a favor and watch it for yourself. I liked it, not as much as I hoped, but it is what it is. I always tell people to watch and judge for yourself. If someone talks about how horrible it is, check it out for yourself. Just like the story of "Noah", everyone will have a different interpretation of it.
Vince Vaughn for a while was my favorite comedy actor. "Old School", "Swingers", and "Wedding Crashers" are all three amazing comedies. But Vaughn has transitioned away from those cutting edge R rated comedies to more family orientated PG-13 movies. Which is fine, if the movies are funny. His act doesn't really translate to tamer comedy as good as say Eddie Murphy. "Internship" was ok, and now here's "Delivery Man" which on paper sounds ok. A guy(Vaughn) finds out there was a mixup with a sperm bank he used to donate to and he fathered 533 children, whom all want to know who their father is. The problem is this is very lighthearted and Vaughn doesn't play to his strengths. The funniest moments in the movie are involving his friend/lawyer played by Chris Pratt. Pratt is awesome and on a real roll lately with movies. Vaughn on the other hand seems to be on the down slope. Hopefully his next movie is R rated and he can go back to doing what he does back. Lot's of fast talking, cussing, and being an egomaniac with charm. Otherwise he'll end up like Eddie Murphy in another version of "Pluto Nash". This movie isn't horrible, it has it's moments. But thinking of how good it COULD have been is a little depressing. Give it a shot, but keep expectations low and afterwards watch some "Old School" for some real Vaughn comedy.
Here's a case where the sequel absolutely sucks compared to the original. The first movie was so fresh, original, and creepy that it would be hard to follow-up. I give em props for trying, and actually taking this into a very almost hockey type of horror movie, but it just never really works. It picks up right after the first movie, and all the actors return. It just never settles into the same groove and goes into some weird directions, that eliminates the scares completely. I hope with the 3rd movie(there will be another one) that it goes in a new direction, which I've read is the plan. The would be wise, because this story doesn't have anymore juice at all. I think if they would have just done a different set of characters, and made each movie different(like "American Horror Story") it could really have worked. The other had such a great ending that this kind of taints it a little bit. I'm sure some people enjoyed it, and good for you. I'm just hopeful that the next one is much, much better.