Kayvaan Ghassemieh's Movie Ratings - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Ratings and Reviews

Hell or High Water

Wow. West Texas is fucked up. This is a spell-binding movie. Jeff Bridges is amazing. As are all the cast.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hilarious and touching. Take the kids.

Birdman
Birdman(2014)

Great dialogue. And - drums. That is all. And Edward Norton. Gppd dialogue, good drumming and Edward Norton. Seriously? You need more?

Interstellar
Interstellar(2014)

Not ALL the science was accurate but it's still cool to see a movie at least trying to get the science right. The long distances. Time dilation. Etc. Cool stuff. And trying to wind that all into a human story about exploration, love, family, loyalty and hope. Recommended.

Mad Max: Fury Road

This is an awesome movie. Holy smokes!

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Some fun scenes but too long. And the attempts at serious character development don't work. Go over the heads of the kids but mostly trite and shallow for adults. Better to go for the Guardians of the Galaxy model.

Also - I love RDJ but his smart ass character is too snarky even for me. đ~

Song Of The Sea

Magical movie. Go see it with your kids.

The Homesman
The Homesman(2014)
½

Good story. But grim.

Oz the Great and Powerful
½

Some really cool visuals and Franco was good. But the whole personal drama between the witch sisters - which is a big part of the plot - fell flat.

The Shawshank Redemption

I will watch this movie EVERY SINGLE TIME I come across it on TV. Every time. This is a true classic.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
½

Well cast, powerful performances, great source material, well shot, well-directed and great music to boot. Yeah, they're all a little too good-looking and perfectly put together to be real misfits. But that doesn't really detract. I really loved it.

Argo
Argo(2012)
½

Now THAT'S a movie!

Searching for Sugar Man

A story just waiting to be told. See it. Mystery, real-life fairytale, and amazing music - all rolled into one. A genius songwriter and musician who never knew he was a huge rock star half way around the world finally has a homecoming to the musical home he never knew.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

How can you not be impressed by this little girl? And I really liked the fable-like quality that came from the relative lack of any contemporary references from outside this tiny community. Very imaginative and poignant. Sometimes the soundtrack gets a little precious.

The Intouchables

It's a feel-good movie. If you are looking for dark or sophisticated or quirky - this isn't it. But it does "feel-good" really well. Not syrupy at all. Great cast, great music. But Omar Sy really carries the movie. He's incredibly charismatic and funny. I may have a mancrush on him.

Moonrise Kingdom

Fantastic cast. The kids are really great. Hilarious and poignant and retro and nostalgic and happily campy (pun intended). Classic Wes Anderson. Loved it.

Monsieur Lazhar

Beautiful little movie. Where did they find these kids? They are amazing little actors.

Jeff Who Lives at Home

Nice Wednesday night flick. Had some lough out loud moments and a solid cast and a charming through line with Jason Segal and his ruminations about fate and destiny. It fell off the rails a little with the dénouement getting a bit unrealistically dramatic and thus feeling forced, but if you can look at it more as a fable you can get past that. Also, Ed Helms needs to keep working on his dramatic acting.

In Bruges
In Bruges(2008)

We saw this on a whim, because we like the actors in the cast. Turned out to be quite a nice movie. While I generally think hitmen as movie subjects is getting kind of tired, this movie had much more going for it than simple action. The director did a fine job of interspersing pensive urban scenery shots coupled with moody music with great comic relief from Colin Farrell, a very sympathetic character played by Brendan Gleeson and an over-the-top in a good way angry boss played by Ralph Fiennes.

Also, there was a theme of sin and redemption going on that, coupled with the medievil setting was quite spot-on (though ultimately I find it hard to have sympathy for hitmen, no matter how conflicted or charismatic).

Recommend.

Wedding Crashers

Boring. What was all the hype about?

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)
½

This was a fun bit of western fluff. Russell Crowe was charming, Bale well-cast.

Pan's Labyrinth

DARK. DISTURBING. But really amazing too. NOT FOR CHILDREN. The movie is marketed poorly as a kind of fantasy adventure. It is, but the subtext is of suffering and pain. It is a powerful movie, brilliant and sad.

Lars and the Real Girl

Sweet, funny and a bit odd. I loved this movie. Such a great cast. Bianca was great - I wonder who that actress was? She's going to blow up.

Margot at the Wedding
½

I thought it was well-acted and the dialogue was great. Thank god Jack Black was in it, though, because the pace was sometimes a bit pondering and heavy and Black definitely gave some well-needed comic relief.

I liked the Squid and the Whale better.