Simple, yet complex, "This is Where I Leave You" is a very different film that challenges you to choose a character and feel for them. This is a very character-driven piece about hardships and loveships, even if it does not end in the conventional way that every romance does. After the death of their father, a family is brought together to spend the week in their mother's home where they must reconnect. It is a very basic premise, but the acting is so great that you are along with them the entire time and you almost forget you are watching a film at times. It may not be the greatest film in the world, but it is one of the most challenging films to watch of 2014. I found myself in tears and laughing quite often throughout the film, but there is something missing. For what I enjoyed, I really enjoyed, but there was a sense of story that was missing to me a little. "This is Where I Leave You" is thought-provoking and ballsy with all of it's cultural statements and archetypes and I loved that about it. Overall, it is a very solid film that I recommend.
"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It is hilarious in almost every sense of the word, even if not in the conventional way, and it never falls short with the cheesy scares. It can be genuinely shocking at times but that is taken away immediately throughout the film, especially due to the lack of seriousness. This all being said, "Ghostbusters" is an extremely unique film that will never be able to be touched by any filmmaker. It's smart, cool, slick, witty, scary, and intense. The only issue this film has is that the title is not explored to it's highest potential. It sets up a great premise but it takes just a tad too long to reach the climax in my opinion. Overall, I loved every minute of "Ghostbusters" and it deserves the fame that it has.
A very lacklustre sequel in almost every way possible, "Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther" delivers on it's title character, but fails to feel like an Avengers film and more like a Black Panther film, which was cool for the first 10 minutes, but it just got boring and repetitive and by the end, there was nothing shown in this picture that was not in the previous instalment. With characters that are not as interesting as the main Avengers and side plots that might as well be cut right from the film, "Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther" is sloppily put together so that Marvel can pump out an unnecessary sequel to a film that never needed one in the first place. Overall, there are some fun action moments, but you will not remember this film for very long. I am already forgetting the highlights of it...
Fast-paced, action-packed, and really fun to watch, "Ultimate Avengers: The Movie" may not be the most sophisticated Marvel film out there, but as their first kick at the can in returning to animated films, they definitely did not disappoint. Now don't get me wrong, as much as I enjoyed watching this film, it almost feels too short for the amount of substance lingering around the film and a lot more that was brushed over felt like it needed to be explored. The main goal of this film was to bring together all of the classic and well-known characters to fight an enormous threat, and while that aspect of it was awesome, I felt like they were too afraid of The Hulk for me to care about the main threat that had been set up. At times the script goes all over the place, but when it's on track, it hits every mark that it should. Overall, it's not a great film, but it is a blast to watch!
From Jesse Eisenberg at his best, to Dakota Fanning proving she is a worthy actress, you would think that a film like "Night Moves" would have much more to offer than just that, but that is really all I got out of this film in terms of enjoyment. The cinematography is great and the director did an amazing job with the cast, but the story was just not interesting or exciting enough to justify these elements which ended up grabbing my interest and losing it in a matter of minutes periodically throughout this film. In no way is this a bad film, in fact, I can see how some people would call it a masterpiece, but it is a very slow moving picture with little else to offer than technical aspects and great performances. "Night Moves" had a screenplay that did not take any risks and that bothered me a lot. Overall, it is a very well-constructed thriller that I probably will never watch again.