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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Raw
Raw(2017)
½

While American films go for cheap thrills, leave it to the French to make horror films of substance and depth that while may somewhat shock it is not for shock value alone.

Alien: Covenant

A dash of the Original, a dash of Prometheus and a bit of sneaky ending to set up the next one.

Angel-A
Angel-A(2005)

An overlooked gem from Luc Besson

Take Shelter
Take Shelter(2011)
½

Michael Shannon has proved his one of the most under-rated actors around

2001: A Space Odyssey
½

While it succeeds from a visual standpoint, it fails as a drama to almost boredom and who knows what he is trying to say from a philosophical standpoint.

Passengers
Passengers(2016)

Cast Away, meets Titanic, meets 2001 Space Odyssey, meets...well you get the ideal...FAIL!!!

Mistress America

Another quirky Gem by Noah Baumbach with Greta Gerwig leading the way.

24 Hour Party People
½

Awesome film about a great time in music history.

In a Valley of Violence
½

Was good half way through until it turned into a paint by the numbers and predictable revenge western.

Eagle vs Shark
½

A quirky, endearing gem of a film about misfit characters in the vein of Napoleon Dynamite.

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids(2011)
½

Hilarious and Heartfelt. Probably the last good comedy Hollywood has put in.

Ghost in the Shell
½

Despite the murky story and dialogue, I enjoyed its visuals, its evocative soundtrack and its ideas. Looking forward to the remake to see if it can improve on the writing and story.

The Wackness
The Wackness(2008)

One of my favorite lines in a movie, "Life has a funny way of turning you into the one thing you don't want to be"

Love & Friendship

Whit Stillman's second dud in a row!

Broken English

One of the greatest movies made about being alone and the hardship of finding someone to be with. It totally reflects a lot of my experience This would have gotten five stars had it not been for the happy ending that HOLLYWOOD probably made her make.

Goodnight Mommy
½

It could have been better. Still ,a good slow building suspense horror where you know something just not right, but what can it be? Then you find out.

Where to Invade Next

A must see for every American. MIchael Moore's best to date.

Joy
Joy(2015)

Not sure why this got mediocre reviews. I guess you have to identify with what entrepreneurs go through to be successful.

Hateship Loveship

modest and toned down drama with good performances butt a story that is hard to be believed at least in the way it was told.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
½

Basically a remake or reboot more than a continuation of the saga. Think the original with the names changed.

Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak(2015)

A lush atmosphere is wasted on a predictable plot leaving the viewer to sit back and wait for what they already know is going to happen.

Mississippi Grind

The cast makes this one of the better "gambling" themed films.

Sicario
Sicario(2015)

Despite the great cinematography of Roger Deakins, the bruising Johann Johannsson score and the gripping performance of Emily Blunt, the film ultimately fails at having a clear message and a premature unsatisfying ending.

The Martian
The Martian(2015)

The most unrealistic film I've seen. Another Ridley Scott bomb. If you want sci-if 3-D, Gravity was a much better film.

The Visit
The Visit(2015)

Despite developing a great creep factor that works great, the faux documentary style was a bad choice and way over-done. On top of that, if you figure out the twist early on like I did, it just ruins the creep factor and suspense that was so well developed.

Irrational Man

Going into a Woody Allen movie you know it will either be a hit or miss. You can't put out a masterpiece every year. Unfortunately this was a miss. Have to look for his next one in a year.

Far From the Madding Crowd
½

Not a bad adaptation of the novel, still a disappointing follow up to "The Hunt" from Thomas Vinterberg.

Coherence
Coherence(2014)

A great idea fora mindbending sci-fi suspense film that ultimately went to waste as the filmaker did not know what to do with it.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

My favorite Martin Scorsese film!!

Oculus
Oculus(2014)

Well crafted and shot without relying on typical horror gimmicks. Though, I felt it was a bit miscast.

Clerks II
Clerks II(2006)

This sequel is a lot better than the original. Laughed all the way through it. Can't wait for Clerks 3.

Ghost World
Ghost World(2001)

One of my favorite films of all time!

While We're Young

It's this a story about a Generation gap, or a couple going through a mid-life crisis, or a story about a con job....whichever none of the ideas are fleshed out. Having said that the first hour is worth a watch, then it's like watching the titanic sink.

Adult Beginners
½

A somewhat touching light brother/sister drama with nothing really interesting going on. The similar and recent film "Skeleton Twins" is a much better version of this type of film.

John Wick
John Wick(2014)
½

Everything you would expect from a Keanu Reeves movie; bad plot and bad acting. "Shoot Em Up" with Clive Owen would be a much better choice if you're looking for this type of action film.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Beautifully animated epic film that tackles a number of relevant themes about life.

The Captive
The Captive(2014)

The idea for this twist on the kidnapping genre had promise, but poor storytelling via flashbacks killed any suspense or drama there was. The idea would have made a great cable series with David Lynch directing.

Blackhat
Blackhat(2015)

Not the director's best, still a worthwhile film for those Michael Mann fan's.

Inherent Vice

Perhaps the only way to enjoy this film is to be as stoned as the majority of the characters in this film.

The Skeleton Key

Normally not might kind of film, but this supernatural thriller was quite entertaining and the twist ending sealed the deal.

Love Is Strange

Starts out really great, but then loses the plot and leaves it hanging all wrong.

Life During Wartime

I'm not sure how I missed this gem from Todd Solondz who lives up to "Happiness" in this really good but not Great film.

The Squid and the Whale

If you are a child of divorce like me much of this film will ring true on some level.

Dumb and Dumber To

Remember when The Farrelly brothers made funny movies....Remember...!

Interstellar
Interstellar(2014)

A less than memorable science fiction film. Too bad there wasn't a wormhole to get through the 3 hours. Very disappointing film by Christopher Nolan.

Rambo (Rambo IV)

Delete First Blood Part 2 and Rambo 3. This should have been The sequel to First Blood. Grindhouse style but with a heart.

Fury
Fury(2014)

Average war film.

Elena
Elena(2012)

While billed as a suspense film, this film stays along the dramatic side without taking any real unexpected twists or turns. As a drama though it does a brilliant job of showcasing the family dynamic of a "bad seed" always needing bailed out of something and the person who goes to extremes to always satisfy their "duty,"

Enemy
Enemy(2014)

Good to watch as a "pure entertainment" but also operates on more levels not obvious to the causal film goer. Reading the book first might give one a better context of the films motivation.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)

Perhaps my favorite thing about this films is it's stab at the constant barrage of tabloid TV coverage..especially Nancy Grace.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson does it again with this oddball gem of quirky characters, oddball humor and his always unique visual perspective.

Oldboy
Oldboy(2013)

Remaking a cult classic is usually not a very good idea. This is another example.

American Hustle

This is what happens when David O Russel tries to make a conventional film. It kinda sucks with a lot of good acting.

12 Years a Slave

Not a bad movie, just feels like I've seen this before.. Why this was Best Picture will be a mystery to me.

The Wolf of Wall Street

A great director and great actor in a great disaster of a film.

Dallas Buyers Club

Good film, great performance by McConaughey.

Blue Is The Warmest Color

Great performance by Adèle Exarchopoulos,not sure it deserved all the awards though compared to other great French films of similar themes.

Some Velvet Morning

Classic Neil LaBute, with a the twist ending that might possibly have spoiled the unsettling rest of the film. Nonetheless very solid return to form.

The Family
The Family(2013)

Luc has lost his mojo, and this is just one recent example

Gravity
Gravity(2013)

Though lacking in substance, gorgeous and intense, the only movie that MUST be seen in 3-D!

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Glad it only cost me .99 cents to rent in iTunes.

The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola underwhelms again.

The Way Way Back

Been there, done that. Even Sam Rockwell couldn't save this one, but he tried.

Trance
Trance(2013)

I'm not sure if I lost the plot, or if I just lost interest.

The Canyons
The Canyons(2013)

This is like something you would see on Cinemax at 3 in the morning, only without all the nudity and simulated sex. I can't believe this came from the hand of Bret Easton Ellis.

The Great Gatsby

The only thing Great about this movie is Leo's performance. So far the best J. Gatsby performed on film.

Spring Breakers

Great soundtrack with good directorial chops being shown by Harmony but his script which showed promise, failed to deliver on that promise in the second half of the film.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Best Ang Lee film since The Ice Storm. I was pleasantly surprised.

Killing Them Softly

A mob movie that brings nothing new to the table and a waste of good talent.

Hitchcock
Hitchcock(2012)

For a movie about the master of suspense, the only suspense in this movie was when is it going to end!

Lay the Favorite

A disappointment for a Stephen Frears film, the Rebecca Hall character is the only saving factor to give this film a slightly positive review...oh and seeing Laura Prepon topless doesn't hurt either.

Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

This movie should have been Taken off the list of films to be made! Oh, and just heard Taken 3 is in pre-production....Who's gonna get taken this time?...Anyone who pays to see it!!!!!

The Master
The Master(2012)

Wonderfully filmed as is all PTA films, but produced no significant insights on the subject matter. The highlight of the film is the performance of Joaquin Phoenix whose character is perhaps more interesting than the film's concept only too lightly painted.

Zombieland
Zombieland(2009)

A really fun film. Good performances all around.

30 Minutes or Less
½

Despite the sub par ratings, I rather enjoyed the humor in this film, especially from the Danny McBride character.

Savages
Savages(2012)

Another Olive Stone bomb. At least he's consistent.

The Bourne Legacy
½

A decent continuation for The Bourne films, but suffers without the direction of Greengrass or my favorite director of the original series Doug Liman who directed the first film.

Let Me In
Let Me In(2010)

The best vampire film since Addiction. Of course it's an adaptation from a foreign film called "Let The Right One In" which I had tried to watch years ago but the subtitles were messed up so I can't compare the two.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Perhaps a quirky metaphor for love where no one wants to go through life alone but in trying to find some one, safety isn't guaranteed. Aubrey Plaza shines.

The Dictator
The Dictator(2012)
½

The same type of jokes you would expect from Cohen are hilarious but not consistently funny. throughout. Perhaps some lessons from Woody Allen's "Banannas" on writing a winning slapstick comedy that involves a third world dictator would have been helpful.

The Hunger Games

I haven't read the book, but I have to hope it's better than the movie. There's not real story told here or characters developed, mostly just the action that occurs in the game.

Safe House
Safe House(2012)
½

A well done action film, though nothing special about it. The only complaint I had was It used an overdone cliche of moles within the C.I.A.

Marvel's The Avengers

Another boring and uninteresting super hero movie.

Priceless
Priceless(2006)

Charming romantic French farce with the always delightful Audrey TauTou.

American Reunion

I feel the same way about this one as all the other sequels to American Pie. It would have been much better had the original writer and directors had been involved in the same aspect. But, it does have a few funny moments.

Beginners
Beginners(2011)

I just didn't understand the overall sadness of the Ewan McGregor character and his love interest. It was never really explained. The father/son relationship was much more interesting than the romance. It was neither that funny or that dramatic. I'm not sure what the director was aiming for. I expected much more from Mike Mills after his last film.

The Raven
The Raven(2012)

Had better hopes for this considering the director was the director of V for Vendetta. But, it was an Idea that has been done so many times in film, the only difference is the backdrop. And, the love story should have been built up much more. Worth watching on dollar day at the discount theater.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

In order to make through Tinker Tailor Soldiers, you really need to be drunk.

The Devil's Double

Amazing double acting performance and a lot of good ideas that didn't really go anywhere.

J. Edgar
J. Edgar(2011)

The worst film Eastwood has directed in a long time. Even Dicaprio could not rescue this terrible script. A biopic that give you almost no information about the subject of the biopic.

Sleeping Beauty

a good idea but perhaps a film that needed the touch of a director like Catherine Breillat

Melancholia
Melancholia(2011)
½

a visually appealing subdued and dramatic disaster film by Lars Von Trier.

Waiting
Waiting(2005)

Very true and hilarious depiction of life working at a bar or restraunt.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

Hilarious satire from Mike Judge about life of an office worker. He nails it right on the head.

50/50
50/50(2011)
½

Funnny in parts but lacks any real depth given the subject matter.

Colombiana
Colombiana(2011)

Another bad film from co-writer Luc Beeson. Rumor has it there's a Taken sequel in the works also; ugh. Will Luc ever write/direct anything good again?

Everything Must Go

Finally a good movie with Will Ferrell!

Win Win
Win Win(2011)

Tom McCarthy delivers another great film following up the visitor with a great family comedic drama.

The Adjustment Bureau

Great idea, no character development and the idea was poorly executed

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

Finally got to see it!