A gripping and emotional drama that engages watchers from beginning to end. Focusing on neglected children, Short Term 12 faces touchy subjects with steady direction and perfect execution. Brilliant performances by all involved, some notable mentions being Keith Stanfield and Brie Larson. Some very emotional scenes, and some great dialogue between each character. Short Term 12 centres around neglected kids in a care home, with most of them facing family issues. It is both educational and engaging, with the whole movie focusing on different lives of the troubled youths, with Marcus quickly becoming someone to love and sympathise with. Destin Cretton creates a wildly emotional, perfectly executed and arty film, full of drama and excitement.
A star studded cast, with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron being as hilarious and raunchy as you'd want them to be, and good to see an Aussie (Rose Byrne) get in as well. Neighbours (or Bad Neighbours as it was called here) is a crude and humorously vulgar comedy starring the two actors that fulfil their role perfectly. A comedy that can fluctuate in it's hilarity, but undoubtedly maintains it's polished stupidity throughout. The dialogue is pretty good, and there were some great one-liners and scenes. Nick Stoller has definitely made his mark making great comedies, as well as making fantastic casting choices, and upholds both these things in Bad Neighbours. A stellar cast mixed with colourful performances uphold a hilarious and deserving R-rated comedy.
What the hell was this movie even about? A guy who wants the perfect sex partner? While the general storyline is pretty ordinary, the scenarios that fulfil it are pretty entertaining. I say entertaining, however, with an asterisk. It definitely ran out of steam and was way too long, which was funny since it wasn't really that long of a film; only that the premise of a guy watching porn and having sex doesn't maintain full entertainment for 90 minutes. I feel as though the pure enjoyment from the movie came from Don Jon (Joseph Gordon Levitt), and his extreme charisma and charm, as well as engaging and witty dialogue, also produced by Gordon-Levitt. Don Jon was interesting enough, and it was filled with great performances, but definitely overstayed it's welcome.
A touching and dramatic film, sustained by gripping performances by it's leads. Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a poor and desperate record company owner, who discovers a young new talent, Gretta (Kiera Knightley), singing in a bar. The two collaborate to create a record for Gretta and get Dan back up and running. It is a film that is wonderfully executed, and is a gracious mixture of comedy, romance and drama. Ruffalo and Knightley's chemistry adds an extra layer to this musical drama, while the antagonist (?) boyfriend Dave is untrustworthy, yet stunningly acted by Adam Levine, and performs a gripping and amazing song to finish up the film. Begin Again is an engaging, touching and dramatic piece that upholds great performances and amazing songs within.
A crude and somewhat entertaining comedy that surrounds two deadbeat colleagues, one a happy-go-lucky romantic, and the other a bitter and gloomy introvert. Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott, playing Danny and Wheeler respectively, have rather contrasting chemistry, but still work well when it comes to humour. The general plot of the movie is nothing special, and I found the conflict/problems that arose in the film were just put there so there could be a happy ending. Nevertheless, it is a bit of fun with your friends, and is filled with raunchy and crude dialogue and scenarios that will occasionally make you laugh out loud. Role Models lack a certain amount of conflict, but is forgiven due to it's solid cast and crude comedy.