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Ugh. A film that shamelessly uses product placement to get what excess money it can, because god knows you'd have to be mad to wilfully want to PAY to see this movie. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are surprisingly bad, despite their somewhat tolerable chemistry. A film that is neither unique in it's story arch or in any of it's "comedic" scenarios, and seems more hell-bent on kissing the iPad's ass than it does trying any scene genuinely funny or witty. Sex Tape brings a new meaning to the phrase "cheap comedy" and is one of really an typical "watch to see how bad it is" films. The only reason I'm giving this movie any respect whatsoever, is that Jack Black and Rob Lowe's shameless cameos had me somewhat amused. With that aside, the shit stain that is Sex Tape is a movie that time had better forget, lest it be haunted by a shoddy plot and shameless product placement.
A film that was filmed over a 12 year period, which is an extraordinary feat and an huge accomplishment in general, let alone in cinema. Boyhood follows the transition of childhood to adolescence to adulthood with Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane (whose performance was excellent). Ethan Hawke also stars in the movie, as the eccentric and hip Dad, and is one of the more outstanding cast members, though all performances were great. However, despite the amazing story that is portrayed, the film is way too long, stretching to nearly 3 hours. Unfortunately, all 3 hours of the film are not always engaging, and parts of the film are occasionally tiresome. It would have been better for the film to cut short by about 40 minutes or so. In the end, Boyhood reflects the journey of a lifetime (literally) in a breath-taking and amazing way, that sometimes overstays it's welcome.
A riveting and often times gruelling film, compelled by likes of Miles Teller and J.K Simmons (who'd better bloody win the Best Supporting Actor). Whiplash is an intense and usually horrific story about an aspiring drummer and his monstrously abusive instructor. It is intense to say the least, and doesn't distract itself with sub plots or a cheesy twist. Miles Teller and J.K Simmons have incredible chemistry, and both give their all in their performances, and general plot of the film feels refreshing and intriguing. Whiplash was definitely a confronting experience, and it's not by any means a feel good film, but it still manages to make you smile at the big finale. A greatly intense film and undoubtedly worthy of it's Oscar nod, with J.K Simmons giving a performance of a lifetime.
An intriguing and artistic insight into the inner working of a washed up actor, and his attempt to become relevant again by the means of a Broadway production. One thing that is a unique addition to cinematography styles in film, is the seemingly "one-take" shot approach during the entire film, which I can only assume was the idea of exceptionally genius Alejandro Gonzales. Edward Norton was undoubtedly hilarious, and quite obviously had a lot of fun with the role of a stage diva. However, the two big acting highlights were Emma Stone and Michael Keaton, a father and daughter duo with impeccable chemistry and great lines to match. I also thoroughly enjoyed the purely drum based score. However, the movie was a tiny bit long, and there were a few times were it could have harmlessly ended the movie there, but it kept on going. I also can't say I'm a big fan of interpretive endings, but that's just me. Despite it's abundant and vague metaphors, Birdman is pretty light entertainment, and both produced comedy and drama in a way that is rare to find in movies these days. An intriguing and artistically refined drama.
Refined direction from James Marsh and spectacularly impressive performances from Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne produce yet another 2014 biopic, a year that has had quite the count of biographical films. The first twenty or so minutes of the movie are without direction and conflict, and I had a terrible feeling the film would continue on like that throughout. Luckily, it picks up right when the theoretical "shit hits the fan." The script, though occasionally poorly written, is quite impressive for the most part, especially when delivered at the hands of the impeccable chemistry duo that are Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. It also manages to produce raw emotional scenarios, where you can't help but feel like you're as lost and sad as the characters. The film, while taking a while for it's ambling plot to set it's sights, is an impressive and entertaining biopic, and Eddie Redmayne will be my pick for the Best Actor award, in a performance that just screams "acting career breakthrough."