A 20-minute sitcom story stretched into a 90-minute feature film that is sloppily constructed and actually would have a bit of potential in better hands. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal are fine as the leading duo and their interactions with people after their sex "file" is released can be quite funny, but that is only due to the fact that the film has a funny and likable cast. In the end it just throws lame and over the top cliches at your face while hammering in some family life lessons that you will not care about, because it doesn't have anything to do with the movie. Moral of the story, don't make a sex tape unless you are in the business, because it will not lead to anything good. Something I could have read in an online article. "Sex Tape" hits a few times and I chuckled, but it's basic premise and unoriginal climax ruins anything the film had going for it. Would I ever recommend this film? Oh hell no, but if you have nothing else to watch on television, give it a go just to see the mediocrity for yourself. I may not be as harsh on this as I should be, but the actors elevated it for me.
In Richard Linklater's first feature film, there are clear moments of technical mishaps and set issues, however, with such an ambitious project most of that is forgivable for being his first film. There is no linear plot in this film, but it feels more like a relay race/hangout film, as one scene with characters seamlessly leads into another scene with new characters, and so on. "Slacker" is all about the lives of burnout teenagers as they live their lives after college. It was just very interesting to see how alike and how different some people are from each other. This film is brilliantly written, but that is what Richard Linklater's films are (character driven). Aside from some technical issues that may or may not take you out of the film, you should be able to really enjoy this film. It is a fantastic first attempt for director Richard Linklater, who Produced, Directed, Wrote, and appeared in this film. "Slacker" is great!
In possibly the most emotional performance of his career, Tom Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a man who is one the way to the birth of his son, but the woman giving birth is not his wife. Taking place entire in a car and driven by phone calls, the pacing of this film is nothing short of perfect. It is a very simple premise that has been made the right amount of complicated to get you engaged the whole way through. Films that are filmed like this and succeed with flying colours really do impress me and this one was no exception. "Locke" is a riveting thriller that will hold your interest until the end. I felt like I was sitting in the car with him as his life continues to fall apart. By the end, I felt the impact by the events of the film and left me wanting to see where else his life would be taken. "Locke" is very well-scripted, Tom Hardy is phenomenal, and the director knew exactly how to capture every moment. This is one of the most impressive films I've seen in 2014.
Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfus play off each other so well that I really believed they were those characters. When a man with issues get's assigned a new shrink just as that shrink is about to go on vacation with his family, he follows him all around to make himself better and overcome his phobia's. Due to this, unintentional hilarity ensues for them and I found myself busting a gut every minute. No, "What About Bob?" is not a masterpiece in an regard, but if you look at it as a straight up comedy then you can have a blast with it. Well-written, well-acted, and well-directed, this film is very solid all around, but there was just something about Richard Dreyfus's character that pissed me off. He never really has a full character arch and he becomes more and more of an annoying dick as the film comes to a close, almost to the point of me not caring about his character anymore. Overall, this a very very funny movie that I would highly recommend.
Well there you have it, finally, a film that is not a film, but a life that unfolds in front of your eyes as if you are watching a 12-year-long documentary. Being filmed in portions over the course of 12 years, you truly feel like you are growing up with this actor and his family, due to the fact that the entire cast remained committed and devoted their time to making a great product. Exploring pretty much every aspect of a child's thoughts into his teenage years, nothing felt forced or staged and I found myself tearing up, not due to the emotional impact, but because of how true the subject matter was and how everything in the film was so natural. Not having a script was the best choice Richard Linklater could have ever made, because the way technology and personas change throughout the years, is captured seamlessly here and you really feel like you have gone through these exact milestones as they pass you by in the film. At almost three hours long, it felt like no time had passed, because I was so invested in what I was watching. "Boyhood" is one of those films that are one of a kind and nothing that imitates it will ever be as good. Richard Linklater is one of my favourite filmmakers and this is nothing short of a masterpiece in filmmaking. Groundbreaking, breathtaking, heartfelt, and true, "Boyhood" is a perfect film, but for reasons you really need to see the movie for to understand. My only complaint: It had to end.