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Irrational Man
50 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A simple but fun film that would generally be considered good by critics had it been directed by anyone without such a renowned filmography.

45 Years
45 Years (2015)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A beautifully directed and acted portrait of an aging married couple who are having doubts prior to their 45th wedding anniversary. Every subtlety of the film enhances its sense of realism, making one really believe that these characters not only exist, but in one way or another represent a bit of every aging couple in the world. Timeless.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Great effects, sound, art direction, costume design... Peter Jackson does a fantastic job in bringing a fantasy world to life, but this overlong drama falls short on attempts at humour, features pointless scene after pointless scene, and has less than enough plot to last an hour and a half, let alone 3 hours.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The plot to this film is inexistent. Really, almost nothing changes between the end of the first film and the end of the second. Gandalf dies, and comes back to life. Viggo Mortensen's character dies, but comes back to life. We are introduced to the king who is under an evil spell, but the spell is broken. Frodo and Samwise are captured, but then released. In between all of that, long battle sequences are shown that really don't seem to contribute much to the plot, and in reality, the only part of the plot I was actually interested in was the story of Frodo, Samwise and Gollum, but it only took about a quarter or less of the film's runtime. I would be much happier if the entire trilogy were shortened to one two-and-a-half-hour-long film, that didn't feature any of the Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom subplot. I mean seriously, other than the story of Gollum, the only thing that advances in the story of Frodo taking the ring to Mordor is that they were briefly captured, and that plot point really only merits 20 minutes, not a whole 3-hour-long film! In addition, the screenplay really isn't very good. The dialogue features extremely basic, single-clause sentences that are used only to explain the plot. Nothing is said that makes me think, "Wow, that was a good line" or made me think twice about any belief I ever had. The dialogue is not complex, and any attempts at humour went over my head. Credit to the amazing set design, visual effects, costume design and makeup teams, but this film was content-less. Put it next to any actual great film in history, and it should be clear other than to fantasy fanboys that these Lord of the Rings movies are empty and unimportant. Even the cinematography is a result of good CGI work and expensive camera equipment. Yes, Peter Jackson did a great job to create this world, and clearly the films pay tribute to the novels, which is why the films have such a huge fan-base, but for someone who isn't easily impressed with fantasy elements such as the many creatures, the complex names or the fictional locations, there is little to be gained by watching this film.