Shocking. Different. Original. Crazy. There are so many words I can use to describe Snowpiercer, but the one I mainly focus on is phenomenal. A tight story that could be interpreted as an allegory for a million different things, fantastic acting from Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and the rest of the (multi-lingual) cast, action scenes that feel fresh and new in a summer bogged down with enormous explosions, it's all fantastic. So far, it's my movie of the year, and it will be very, VERY hard to beat.
One of the best comedic sequels of all time, 22 Jump Street is a laugh a minute farce of comedy sequels that, while it does succumb to a few slow moments, is an absolute riot with all of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's signature comedy (including a few throwback references to Clone High!) and great comedic chemistry between Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube.
Going into X-Men: Days of Future Past, I was expecting it to be pretty good, like on the same level as the first Amazing Spider-Man or Thor: The Dark World. Pretty good, but nothing fantastic. Boy, was I off on that one. The film does a surprisingly great job balancing the past and the future timelines, with the past mainly being reserved for plot and character development, and the future being full of Sentinel action setpieces and mutant cameos that will satisfy the biggest Comic Book geek. The characters, mainly in the 1970's portion, are fantastic. Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic for what she's given, Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine, James MacAvoy and Michael Fassebender give magnificent performances as two equally broken men with different ways of attempting to fix themselves, and Evan Peters' Quicksilver, while only in the film for a short time, steals the show with one of the BEST uses of slow-mo in movie history. Overall, it's one of the only superhero movies to match the Avengers in size, scope and, as of just seeing it for the first time, possibly in quality as well.
Safety Not Guaranteed is one of those rare movies where I had no idea where the story was going, and it kept me hooked the entire time. At its core, this is a quirky romantic comedy with an engaging trio of protagonists, one mysterious almost antihero, and no clear villain (at least until the very end). The storyline takes some unexpected twists and turns, and the overall product is a refreshingly fun movie that, honestly, should have garnered a LOT more attention during its initial release.
Ahead of its time, insanely inventive, with witty dialogue and an interesting look at romantic relationships and 1970's culture through the eyes of a man who's so neurotic it's borderline annoying. There's just something about the way the film is written and shot that's just so different and, even though it's from 1977, feels new.
Where the first Amazing Spider-Man was very dark and serious in its tone for most of the film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the exact opposite. Bright, colorful, and a lot of the time downright goofy, it's like watching a 2 and a half hour live-action Saturday morning cartoon. That element works well with Andrew Garfield's portrayal of Spidey, and with Electro, but not at all with the rest of the story. The Peter and Gwen scenes are very nice, but feel out of place with the rest of the movie, and it focuses too much on attempting to build a cinematic universe akin to the Marvel movies. It's a fun time, and huge Spidey fans will appreciate all of Andrew Garfield's wisecracks, but overall it's an enjoyable movie that needs to find its footing.
Is this one of the worst movies I've ever seen? Kind of, yeah. Did it deserve to be the nail in Mike Myers' coffin? Probably. but was it so bad, it was funny? Oddly enough, I was laughing for a good 85% of it, purely at how terrible the story is, or how so many moments and jokes come way out of left field.
A fantastic summertime coming of age story, similar to what the late John Hughes would write. Sam Rockwell gives a hilariously engaging performance, Liam James is a surprise talent, and Steve Carell shocks as such a mean, MEAN character. The story is familiar, but very entertaining, and it's infused with a lot of charm. Sometimes the drama gets a little too heavy, and the pacing in the beginning is uneven, but overall The Way Way Back is a wonderful, classic coming of age tale for a new generation.
A MAJOR improvement from the first Captain America movie, "The Winter Soldier" is one of the best spy thrillers I've seen in ages, with plenty of unexpected twists, non-stop action, and a surprisingly big story. So far, this is the best Phase 2 film,and possibly the best standalone Marvel film overall (not counting The Avengers, of course). Just wow. Color me surprised.
David Fincher has to be one of the best directors of all time. The script is razor-sharp, the action is superb, the editing and cinematography can be jaw-dropping at times, and the story is nothing short of genius. I can't believe it took me this long to finally see this.