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2 Guns
2 Guns (2013)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

As you would expect, mindless junk - Denzel Washington could do so much better. Mark Wahlberg could not - he is born to make drivel.

The Wolf of Wall Street
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

An entertaining look at the depraved behaviour of 90's stock swindler Jordan Belfort and his band of cohorts from the time he utterly abandoned his morals in the name of the American Dream to the collapse of his empire and imprisonment.

Matthew McConaughey is a seriously emaciated Wall Street player sporting a brown Norman Bates mother wig, who gives Belfort a crash course in stock trading in an upscale restaurant while snorting coke off a sideplate.

Jonah Hill is effective as Belforts overweight sidekick who's suitable lack oof morality becomes apparent at the outset when he tells Belfort the reasons that he married his own cousin.

Jon Bernthal is hilarious as the drug dealer Brad, who manages to get himself arrested after attracting the attention of drive by police officers while carrying a suitcase of cash, in a classic argument scene with Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill).

This tale of excess, Roman style debauchery, outrageous behaviour and charlatanism might be offensive at times, however it is compelling because it is 100% true.

In the end, the whole definitely compensates for the crudity of the parts.

Bram Stoker's Dracula
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Probably the most faithful cinematic rendering of the Bram Stoker novel you could ever hope to see - it would without doubt be approved by the author were he alive. With all the skillful deliverance of the concept, the legend (given impetus by a prologue that references actual European imperialist history) and the story, the movie doesn't flow as well as an entertainment piece. In its stylishness however, it is several notches above the plethora of heavy handed gore fests and teen cult productions and their associated sub-junk send-ups that inundate contemporary cinema.

Don Jon
Don Jon (2013)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Completely over the top - I switched off after 45 minutes. There are some funny scenes, such as the macho exchanges between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his father (played by Tony Danza), however Scarlett Johansson is excruciating, as is Tony Danza (for the most part). Julianne Moore is just plain unnecessary.

American Hustle
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

More of an in-depth character study and showcase for contemporary a-listers - not veterans - than an entertainment piece.
The script was no doubt hard for the actors to interpret and although coherent, had a "broadway play" type of structure - Additionally, the three male leads had outrageous hairstyles indicating that the period costume and production design were rigorously and thoroughly worked to generate humour.
When the movie is over, you feel that it was made more to tax abilities of the actors and the rest of the cast and crew than to be recognized as a good thriller / drama.
Loosely based around a late 70's sting operation which saw some corruption exposed at the high levels of politics - one feels that it could so easily have been altered to garner a larger audience enjoyment factor. To be fair though, the final quarter - where the movie was wrapped up - provided some solid entertainment.