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This is 40
This is 40 (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I really loved this couple in "Knocked Up" and couldn't wait to see an entire movie based around Debbie and Pete. Turns out spending any more time with these people is just stressful and annoying and now I don't really like them that much. "This Is 40" is 2hrs and 15mins of mean fighting, vexing children and story that kind of goes nowhere. I get the whole slice of life concept but come on Judd Apatow hire a new editor this movie was all over the place and the laughs were few and far between. Overall very disappointing.

Flight
Flight (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Although the marketing for this film would have you believe otherwise, this is not a movie about flying. Denzel Washington is outstanding as Whip Whitaker the heroic pilot struggling with alcoholism (perhaps his best performance since Hurricane). Watching him fail time and time again is remarkably sad and tragic and at the same time frustrating and angering. A great supporting cast in Don Cheadle and Kelly Reilly, an amazing plane crash sequence and a cliche yet appropriate soundtrack make for a very entertaining and powerful film.

Your Sister's Sister
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A very enjoyable, seemingly improvised, funny, awkward look at love, life and siblings. Real-life performances from Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt make it a real slice of life and unassumingly good rom-com.

Beasts of the Southern Wild
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Because this story is featured around the well being and security of a child you really can't help be emotionally drawn in. This is the story of a change in the wind, an on coming storm and change. Conceptually the point of view of a child mixed with reality is a difficult thing to pull off, it only works about half the time here.

Skyfall
Skyfall (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Action, intrigue, suspense Skyfall has it all but is short on fun. Skyfall is a great spy movie but not my favourite Bond movie. Director Sam Mendes knows how to make a movie look good and bring out the best in actors which he does here in James Bond #23. Daniel Craig is clearly the greatest Bond ever and the old and new supporting cast, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris and Bernice Marlohe are great in this story.

Skyfall is a tough one because I can't say anything bad about the actual movie, it has a great villain, tragedy and several nods to classic Bond flicks but lacks any memorable "Holy Crap!" moments like the crane jumping scene or the poker scene from Casino Royale and glamorous locations like Venice, Austria or The Bahamas.

Another personal issue I have, is that too much is revealed about James Bond's past, who he was a kid, which I didn't want to know. I love that international man of "mystery" quality about him, opening up about his childhood takes away from the mystique of the iconic character.
This is a slower, darker more melancholy "not as much fun" Bond but still Bond none the less.