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Rudderless (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I love "music" films and I love Anton Yelchin so I was really looking forward to this. Overall, I did really enjoy the film. But I do have some nitpicks.

I know the story is really about Sam (Billy Crudup) and his journey. But I would have liked to see more insight on his son Josh. Especially since the twist reveals him to be the shooter. The movie never really gives us that sense that he is a kid about to go off his rails. If the movie couldn't have given us that insight, then I think it would have been better just making him one of the victim's of some nameless shooter.

Secondly, Selena Gomez was the weakest actor of the bunch. I thought her first scene was good, but then when we see her again she was just so over dramatic to me.

I didn't totally buy Quentin (Anton Yelchin) being so invested in Sam to the point where he would show up at his home the next day with coffee and doughnuts already wanting to work together. Based off one song he heard.

I also didn't care for William H Macy inserting himself into his own film.

The movie makes up for it though with really good music and a shining performance by Billy Crudup. It's worth a see.

Jupiter Ascending
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Jupiter Ascending is the story of a woman named Jupiter (Mila Kunis) who gets thrust into a whole new world when it is discovered that she is the reincarnation of a queen. This now gives her rights to Earth. Of course, there are people that aren't too happy about that because they have their own plans for Earth. Caine (Channing Tatum) goes along for the ride serving the purpose of being Jupiter's protector.

Now, I didn't go into this film expecting a whole lot. I mainly was just looking for something fun. And on that aspect, the film delivered. It was a fun movie to watch from start to finish. That being said there were some things that bugged me about the movie. For starters : Eddie Redmayne's weird accent. So for all those people who scrunched up their faces when Jodie Foster spoke in's kind of like that. A weird choice for sure. I also didn't care much about Jupiter. Which I know is weird considering the movie is named after her and all. But, she was just the least interesting to me. She was too much of a damsel in distress. Always needed saving, relied on too many people to make decisions for her. There was one scene towards the end where she actually stood up for what she believed in that I liked, but even then she still ended up getting rescued by Caine for what felt like the billionth time. I just wanted more out of her. There were also some things that never really got resolved. And the one example I'm gonna use is a bit of a spoiler, so maybe just skip past this if you don't want to know. Titus (Douglas Booth) basically owns up to the fact that he planned on murdering Jupiter after marrying her (so he could then have the rights to Earth), but nothing ever becomes of it. You see Caine in a later scene that "He'll make sure Titus pays", but you never see anything happen to him. He's never arrested or taken in front of a council, you don't see Caine take revenge on him. Nothing. In fact, he pretty much disappears after that. What happened to him? And the last thing that bugged me was this action sequence right after Caine first rescues Jupiter and they're about to board his ship, but they end up getting thwarted by some aliens (i forget what their species name was). It was an incredibly cool scene, no doubt. However, I couldn't believe that Jupiter survived all that. In the very least she should have had whiplash. But no, she's totally OK. *Eye roll*.

Despite those things though, there were some things I did like about the film. The visuals are amazing. Special effects were great. There were some amazing, gorgeous costumes (I do hope it gets a nomination from the Oscars next year) as well as make-up and hairstyling. All deserving. I also liked Channing Tatum in this. What is wrong with me? Since when is Channing Tatum a highlight of a film? I don't know, but he is. I also did like the plot of the film, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of that universe expanded. The action sequences are great, lots of fun, and keep you on the edge of your seat. The dialogue was a bit iffy at times, but nothing that bugged me too much. I also really liked Caine's anti-gravity boots. It was cool how he used them to "skate" through the air.

The film did give me vibes of Star Wars. Not just because its a space epic where a protagonist discovers their true self etc. But majorly because the score of Jupiter Ascending sounded very similar to the Star Wars prequels score. It also reminded me of Cloud Atlas a bit. Mainly the "Somni-451" segment of Cloud Atlas, in terms of the ships and landscapes. Which isn't surprising since both were The Wachowski's. Also another similarity was the fact that Doona Bae's hair in this was very Lana Wachowski-esque.

All in all, I did enjoy the film. It could have definitely been better though. But I would be up for a sequel, if that ever happened.

Only Lovers Left Alive
3 years ago via Flixster

I love that the film had a different feel from other vampire films. I really liked Tom Hiddleston as the brooding vampire Adam. But for me I felt like the film really picked up when Ava (Mia Wasikowska) showed up. I just love how "childish" she was in comparison to Adam and Eve. I think I laughed my ass off when Adam and Eve discover that she drank Ian. I think it was just the non-chalant delivery of the line. And them continuing to lay and sit next to the now dead Ian. I also laughed a lot during the scene before that when they were in the club and Ian was trying to be "as cool as them" by also wearing sunglasses and wanting to drink out of their flask too.

I did think the film dragged in parts. But overall it was pretty interesting. I don't know why they all had ratty hair though. Just because you're vampires doesn't mean you can't use a comb.

The Giver
The Giver (2014)
3 years ago via Flixster

It was a pretty decent movie. Do I think it could have been better? Yes.

Let's start out with the problems. Jeff Bridges. He was doing something weird with his lip. It was like he was pushing it out to make himself sound older if that makes sense. It was distracting and weird. I didn't feel like Brenton, Cameron or Odeya were particularly strong actors. They weren't bad, but a little flat. I'm sure with time they will grow. And although I didn't totally mind them aging up the characters, I really did not feel like the romance subplot was necessary. Also, I'm not sure I buy Katie Holmes or Alexander Skarsgard as parents of an 18 year old boy. Another thing I felt that did not make sense was the whole sled thing. I mean, its the first memory that Jonas recieves, but at the end (when he's in Elsewhere) he finds the same sled and the same house with carolers. Was that merely a coincidence or The Giver know about the place? Like, I don't think he has abilities to show him the present or future, so it just seemed weird and too contrived that he just so happens to arrive at the same place.

But I really felt like it got the beautiful and emotional side of what life is right.

As for book to movie changes, the only really glaring were ages and romance subplot. All other changes were really minor and not bothersome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
3 years ago via Flixster

One of the things that still amazes me about this movie is how life-like the chimps really are. Its easy to forget that they are completely CGI.

I also really liked how there wasn't one true villain. Sure Koba and Dreyfus were the antagonists (Koba more so). But at the end of the day, they were both doing what they thought was necessary to keep their race alive. Its refreshing and nice to see some flaws, some conflict.

I was also quite impressed with Jason Clarke. I thought he really sold the movie for me whereas Andy Serkis really sold it for me with the previous film.

The only thing I wish they had done, was keep the humans being enslaved. We know it does eventually happen (thanks to the originals),so it would have been nice to see "Ahhhhh, so thats how it happened". But I guess that wouldn't have made for a "happier" film. Oh well.