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Boyhood
Boyhood (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A masterpiece, hands down. Writer-director Richard Linklater created a film that's as close to experiencing life passing by as you can get in the medium. Watching the cast age twelve years in front of you is not only an emotionally effective and intimate experience, but a reminder of how treacherous and fleeting time is. "Boyhood" chronicles the pain and joy of growing into adulthood, as we watch Mason struggle his way through school, family tragedies, peer pressure and, ultimately, as he struggles to find his way in the world as a recent high school grad. His parents, beautifully portrayed by Arquette and Hawke, take us into the world of adulthood to close off the circle of life and to reveal that the uncertainty and apprehension about his place in the world that Mason feels in his late adolescence never fully dissipates. In its portrayal of how ephemeral and unknowable is the human condition, "Boyhood" reminded me greatly of "Synecdoche, New York"-two films that bear great comparison in theme and scale, and that will be remembered among the best of the new century. "Boyhood" is a great cinematic achievement thanks to its innovative, epic conceit and its execution. And despite its almost three-hours running time, the film flies by and demands repeated viewing. I certainly look forward to seeing it again and again.

Wish I Was Here
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

"Wish I Was Here" clearly aspires to the cathartic, inspirational climax of writer-director first feature, "Garden State." Unfortunately, the ten-year wait is not quite worth it. This time around, the problems that plague Braff's protagonist seem a little too privileged (e.g. not affording private for his children, being an out-of-work actor who refuses to take on a second job) to make him sympathetic to audiences. It is perhaps because so many of his obstacles seem so easily surmountable that the action never seems to escalate in the film, and why Braff's character never seems to reach the necessary breaking point before the climax. The script is a bit ill-paced, and the editing and cinematography a bit choppy. Yet, the cast, primarily the young children, are undeniably charming and make the film an enjoyable experience, ultimately.

Lucy
Lucy (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Lucy" is either a 5-star or 0-star film, all depending how willing and able you are to turn off your brain while watching it (which is especially ironic, considering the premise of the movie). It is without a doubt the dumbest, most poorly plotted major release I have seen in a while (and that's saying something!), yet I has thoroughly entertained throughout. I don't imagine that writer-director Luc Besson hoped the movie would make any sense, and it's all for the best. Seeing him and star Johansson take ownership of LUCY's inherent silliness is what makes the film so ridiculously enjoyable. This is certainly in my pantheon of movies so bad that they are fun to watch.

Guardians of the Galaxy
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I must admit, I'm writing this review, less than an hour after the movie ended, so I'm still ridding on the sheer joy that it brought to this often cynical, though enthusiastic movie-goer. And granted, I'm a huge fanboy that goes crazy over anything that resembles "Star War," so my judgment may be a tiny bit clouded. Having said that, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is so gooooooood! An instant new sci-fi classic. It's so entertaining, funny, captivating, imaginative at every turn-more so than most other Marvel films to date. It never takes itself too seriously, always making light of the ridiculous situations its characters find themselves in. Whenever a character gets too self-righteous, the moment is interrupted with an anachronistic 80s song, or a curse word, or an untimely gunshot, as if the filmmakers were keeping themselves in check. The cast is superb: Chris Pratt is a true leading man, yet Bradley Cooper almost steals the show from him as a snarky, bitter, gun-toting raccoon. Oh, and Vin Diesel should never have to say more than three words in a movie-he had never made me laugh so much! Yeah, the villain and his plan to destroy the galaxy are generic, and the plot is a bit convoluted as the studio needs to set up future installments. But writer-director James Gunn understands this is a *comic* book adaptation, and doesn't aspire for nuance in his storytelling-simply to deliver a logically developed, convoluted space opera. And whatever dramaturgical finesse the movie lacks, it makes up with its beautifully designed and elaborately rendered alien worlds, beings and spaceships. Watching this film, I felt as excited as when I first saw "Firefly," and imagine this is what folks felt when they saw "Star Wars" back in the day. The Guardians can't return to the big screen soon enough... (Also, can James Gunn direct Episode IX?)

Chef
Chef (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

"Chef" is follows a familiar feel-good formula, but it's so well executed-in its writing and performances-that it will greatly satisfy even the most cynic of spectators. Favreau takes true delight in this impeccably cast, wittily scripted, charming film. Like the film's protagonist, Favreau takes a welcome break from commercial projects, and his return to the indie scene is truly delectable. If "Cowboys Vs. Aliens" seemed like an uninspired, pandering mess, fans of the director won't leave theater with a sour taste in their mouths after seeing this his latest project.