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Maleficent (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

All I really have to say is this was a terrible movie. They ruined Disney's best villain and stomped on the remains. It was like they brainstormed ideas of how to destroy Maleficent and then took a giant CGI dump on it.
I'm not trashing Angelina Jolie's portrayal of the icon because she wasn't that bad. She looked the part and played it fairly well. However, I can't say the same for everything else. Elle Fanning was the biggest casting goof of the whole movie, making the king crazy was dumb, and making the fairies ridiculously stupid was even worse.

To spoil everything here, making Maleficent a hero was the dumbest thing I have ever seen. She is the only Disney villain who was truly, deeply evil. In this one she was a good fairy who went bad because she got her heart broken. It's so lame I could spit.
Not to mention her changing her pet crow into whatever she wanted. As a result, SHE NEVER TURNED INTO A DRAGON. That is like, the most famous thing Maleficent is recognized for. Plus, Maleficent's kiss awakening Aurora instead of Philip's? No.

I just can't. If you are a fan of Maleficent at all or of the Sleeping Beauty tale, do not go see Maleficent. You will be just as mad as I am right now.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm going to just go right into this and say this movie disappointed the hell out of me. I had very high expectations given how great X-Men: First Class was. I have to say I enjoyed First Class a lot more than Days of Future Past.
It has a great start bringing us into the future and re-introducing us to mutants we already know and it brought us into the past very well, but it soon became really jumbled together and it flipped back and forth way too freely. I have quite a few problems with this movie...

1. Character development was seriously lacking in this installment. There were way too many mutants that needed explanation and way too many with explanation of things we already knew. For example, there was no need to constantly explain what happened to Wolverine. He is probably the most developed and most utilized character of the X-Men franchise so far. He was a main character in the first three films and has two solo films. We know what happens to him and we don't need it explained to us all the fucking time.

2. Overhyped characters that were fairly irrelevant at the end of the day. The biggest offenders here were Bishop and Quicksilver. These two characters were hyped up at an alarming rate, especially Quicksilver, and they each failed to bring anything major. Bishop turned out to just be a surviving mutant battling Sentinels in the future. He had no explanation, no character development, and I don't think his name was said more than once.
Quicksilver was approached in the past simply because Wolverine said he knew him in the future. Again, no explanation other than the fact that he was fast. He has like 10min of total screentime and was one of the most hyped characters in the promos. Not to mention the Carl's Jr. commercial.

3. Despite being the main villain, Mystique was overshadowed heavily by both Trask and Magneto. Simple as that.

4. Not enough Sentinel action in the 70's. Actually, there wasn't enough action in the 70's at all. It was mostly Charles complaining and Wolverine struggling.

5. The time jumping got to be confusing. In the end, they focused more on the future than in the past and that was a huge mistake. The storyline we were invested in was not the mutants in the future. It was in the attempt to stop the Sentinels from being created. That was why Wolverine was sent back to begin with!

6. The way the mutants from First Class were utilized was stupid. Angel, Azazel, and Havok were completely wasted and would have been better off not being mentioned at all.

I think I just have to stop now. I am not saying I hated Days of Future Past because I didn't, but I did not love it like I thought I was going to. Definitely not the way I love First Class. There were things I enjoyed, but unfortunately they are a bit overshadowed by the bad. Nice try Bryan Singer, but Matthew Vaughn did a better job.

Godzilla (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It was pretty alright!

Her (2013)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I have been patiently waiting to see Her for months. I wanted to see it when it was first released but, as always, my city was not playing it so I have been waiting for it to come on DVD. I got especially excited when Spike Jonze won Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. After seeing the movie I have to say it was not only well deserved, but it should have won more.
Her is probably one of the most thought provoking and heartbreaking films I have seen in a very long time. The style was beautiful, the dialogue was funny and raw, and the acting by Joaquin Phoenix was spot on. I am not ashamed to say I cried three or four times during this movie. Aside from the emotion it confronts it really does leave you with the question of, is this advancing technology just going to hurt people in the end?

Starting with the plot, it was fairly simple. We are thrown into the near future where technology is advanced but not anything on the level of The Jetsons. People still walk places, there were no flying cars, people still had jobs, and people still communicated. However, we had fully interactive computers and games, the technology had replaced certain human things, and the introduction of the OS programs like Samantha. Theodore purchases Samantha under the impression that she will help him organize his life and help him through his day.
When I say the technology had replaced certain human things I am referring entirely to Theodore's job. His sole purpose in the company he worked for was to write letters for people. How is this technology replacing human work? He never actually wrote anything. He spoke to his computer which then translated his voice through a program that handwrote the letter for him. All he had to do was say "print" and boom, you have a handwritten letter... written by someone else. The saddest part is I think that is a very plausible future for us as a society, but let's keep moving.
I was somewhat impressed with the level of believability Jonze gave our future society. Unless I missed it, you don't find out what year this takes place in but I sat there after the movie was over and thought to myself, "man this could realistically be us in 10 years."

Back to what Samantha is actually programmed to do, the OS was advertised to help with organization. He buys the OS to help organize his emails and his life overall. Samantha quickly adapts to his personality, his work, and his routine in a way that is both impressive and scary. She organizes his emails and decides which are important based on his tone of voice, she adapts to his finances, sets up meetings with his friends, and persuades him to do certain activities. It truly felt at times that you were going to have some major reveal of a call center somewhere with people sitting at a computer working these so-called OS programs. The fact that it never happened is up for us to decide whether that is cool or creepy. I vote somewhere in the middle.
Before too long the OS programs as a whole begin to advance at a ridiculous rate and we see it purely through Samantha. She begins to wonder what Theodore is feeling, why he responds the way he does, and the way Scarlett Johansson voices the character you can often hear the emotion in her voice. It is as if he is talking to a real person who is trying to connect with him on a truly emotional level.
Before too long we find Theodore falling for the voice in his computer. The strange part is the computer is also falling for him. He seems willing to just let it happen and figures he has someone he can talk to and it's great, but Samantha struggles more with the fact that they can't truly be together physically and I thought that was the most interesting perspective of this movie. The computer was more concerned than the human which is not something I expected. Going in I figured Theodore would be the one who initially had these concerns. Turns out he was so lonely he didn't really care at first. Also the fact that Theodore is passing up pure, human opportunity with his neighbor (played by Amy Adams) to date his computer.

Without going into too much detail about how this story ended, I just want to say that it was a great foreshadow and oversight into our current culture. I mean, we are already in the world of online dating and people falling for someone they've only talked to in a chat room. That has already been our reality for 5 years. How much further can we take this before being human is truly lost? How much longer do we have before people stop talking to each other and just talk to their computers?

The better question is, what good does falling in love with an OS bring? Does it perpetuate loneliness or truly give us something to grow off of and get back on our feet to talk to someone?

In our current world it's hard enough to approach someone and see what they're all about. People are too busy on Facebook and Twitter looking for the next hashtag craze. Give us 10 more years of this, if not 5 more, and we will soon be Theodore and Samantha. It is both scary and intriguing. I applaud Spike Jonze for bringing us this story because it is insightful, intelligent, and heartbreaking. Oddly enough, it has more human element and emotion than other films that are not centered around technology and artificial intelligence.

Best movie of 2013 by far and the best I have seen in a long time.

Compliance (2012)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

All I really have to say is I don't know how or why these people didn't realize this was fake. That is when you hang up, call the police, and inquire about why one of their officers is making a fast food manager run their investigation. Ridiculous.

The saddest part is this is based off a true story. I wouldn't say this is a bad movie, it's just confusing. I didn't think people were this dumb. I don't even have anything else to say.