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Zero Dark Thirty
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Zero Dark Thirty" is a very insightful depiction of the manhunt for Osama bin laden. I particularly admired it for its lack of triumphalism and sanctimonious patriotism. A film like "Zero Dark Thirty" could have easily turned into a piece of wartime propaganda but it didn't. This is a movie that presents this manhunt as a situation with a large grey area. The viewer definitely cannot look at this movie and say "Muslims are bad" and "Americans are good." This is especially true with the film's portrayal of torture and the manner in which the last few moments of the film were crafted.
The death of bin laden was by no means cathartic. No huge celebration, no happy moment where the Seals revel in their deed. Instead we are given a long headshot of Maya (Jessica Chastain) with tearful eyes feeling the effects of what her 10 year manhunt has yielded.
Overall, this is a great film and it was done in good taste. Definitely a must-see for anyone interested films based on historical events or for anyone who just enjoys a good movie.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel (2013)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film was a good attempt to revive a long forgotten franchise but I'm glad this movie was entitled "Man of Steel" rather than "Superman," because there was nothing "super" about it. When I first discovered Christopher Nolan would be involved with the film, I was excited that he would offer some of the genius witnessed with his work on the Batman movies to a film about the father of all superheroes. I was sadly disappointed.
"Man of Steel" emulated the brainless modern day action flicks (like the Avengers movie) and rendered it shallow and formulaic. The film assumed too much about the public's knowledge about the Superman mythos and ultimately lead to weak character development. All this movie had to offer was action, action, action and more action and nothing deeper than action. This became mundane very quickly. You might as well have been watching someone play a video game.
That being said, I did enjoy Russell Crowe's performance as Jor-El and Henry Cavill was appropriately casted as Superman. However all he had was the look. His performance was nothing more than ordinary. I'm curious to see if they recast Cavill as Superman or seek out better talent.
This is a very forgettable, superficial film and you wouldn't be missing much if you decided to skip it.

This Is the End
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

While casually crafted scripts, plots, and casts rarely work, I believe in the case of this film, it's casual approach is its strength. This film to me was equivalent to a group of high school friends having some fun with a camera on a Saturday night (with a lot of drugs and booze). Fun right to the end, but also revolutionary in its style.
The only reason I say that not a lot of thought went into casting is because I am aware that the actors are good friends off the screen. This is most certainly not a bad thing with respect to this film. Their performance was extremely funny and I especially enjoyed the character twists. I definitely was not expecting Michael Cera to be a coked out douche, but he pulled it off and although his appearance was brief, it was a highlight in "This is the End."
I have never laughed so hard at people dying. Is there something wrong with that? This film made the most violent of situations hilarious and I commend Rogen and Goldberg for masterfully being able to do that. Again I have to comment on Michael Cera here. His death was painfully funny.
Overall, this film was great fun and surprises right to then end. I was at the edge of my seat anticipating the next cameo appearance. One would expect this excitement to subside after a while but Rogen and Goldeberg kept the element of surprise strong right to the end. Among the best camera appearances (aside from Michael Cera) were made by Emma Watson, Channing Tatum, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jason Segel, Rihanna and even the Backstreet Boys.

Django Unchained
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Beautifully lurid yet groundbreaking in its marriage of aspects of the classic spaghetti westerns and the modern action films. Django is a fresh, captivating film which is masterfully put together in terms of stylistic qualities, casting, props, and acting. The cinematography and the use of props were especially interesting; they cleverly paid homage to the classic Italian westerns while establishing a darkly hilarious tone throughout the film. Christopher Waltz, Jaime Foxx, and Leo DiCaprio were appropriately casted in this film and performed with capital "E" exceptionality.

This is film has proven to be one of the key works of the decade. It is a must see even if you are not a fan of Westerns or action movies.