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Movie Ratings and Reviews

August: Osage County
½

Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, and the Weinstein Company? I'm in!

Don Jon
Don Jon(2013)
½

This is the one movie I'm most looking forward to this Fall season. The cast is very solid, the story is promising, and I believe Jo Go Le is talented enough to write and direct. Plus I'm a big Julianne Moore fan, which make this a must watch :)

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

First Superhero I'm watching in a very long time. Hope it's good. Amy Adams looks like she'll make a great Lois Lane. Great cast with Michael Shannon, Russel Crowe, and Kevin Costner.

The Iceman
The Iceman(2013)

Winona Forever!

That Aside, just saw the trailer and this definitely looks to be an intense thriller. Can't wait.

Django Unchained

A Very Entertaining Movie

I did not go into Django expecting very much, but after all the hype this movie recieved, I decided I might aswell give it a shot. What I found is one of the most entertaining, thrilling, and undeniably hilarious films I have ever watched.

I'm not very prone to blood and gore movies, being a large reason for which I tend to stay away from Tarantino, but this beyond a simple minded gut-gushing movie was a very intellingent, witty, and crude dark comedy portraying one of the ugliest chapters in American History. It worked on every level. From the first polite and sudden killings of Dr. Shlutz, to Django's choice of costume, to the failed KKK lynching, and the ultimate massacre, Django Unchained was full of fun. That isn't to say the plot didn't have its flaws, but it was ultimately a worthwhile experience.

Kudos to Tarantino for the direction and Cinematography. The locations they decided to film were beautiful. The plantations, desert towns, and the winter plains especially submerged me in every scene, making the movie a visual joy. I really enjoyed the scenes where Django and Dr. Schlutz were riding with the Bison and the Elk. Very well done.

The acting was also superb. All the palms go to Christoph Waltz in this one: what a great actor. He managed to give his Dr. Schlutz all the audacity and fiestiness he needed, and ultimately made the character the most endearing in the whole story. I couldn't help but feel throughout most of the movie that I wasn't watching the story for Django, I was watching the story for the doctor. He provided the deepest performance, aswell as the most hilarious. That's not to say Jamie Foxx wasn't great, but when you're paired with an actor like Christoph Waltz, it's very difficult to not be devoured and pushed to a side in every scene. Kerry Washington was also great as Django's wife, making us feel all the fear, emotion, and pain in her character's best scenes. DiCaprio; what can I say? He's not only proven himself one of the best actors of his generation, he's also proven to be the most versatile. His performance was one of the most interesting as we saw him portray a ruthless and cold-blooded plantation owner, sweet and charismatic only to those who could afford it. He got the southern Mississippi accent spot on too.

Alot of complaints were heard during awards season that DiCaprio should have been nominated, or should have even won, for the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in Django Unchained. Note however, that although DiCaprio was great as Calvin Candie, he was nowhere near as good as was Christoph Waltz, and didn't receive nearly as much screen time. On this occasion I agree with the Academy: Christoph Waltz earned a much deserved Oscar.

Now, as I mentioned before, the movie did have its flaws. One of the most disturbing was the grotesque use of violence. Although, especially at the beginning, I enjoyed most of the violence and action, it got to a point where it was just gross and unnecessary. The final massacre was just excessive, and I think it was mostly Tarantino's way of disposing of all the left over corn syrup. The movie could have ended without all that bloodshed, but everything that happens after (SPOILER!) Dr. Schlutz kills Candie and dies in return could have easily been avoided, and just added to having the film drag on for another thirty minutes. The film would have been perfect if it had stopped right about there, but alas, it dragged on to leave on the same happy note it could've ended on if it had stopped there. I won't start with the historical inaccuracies because all films have them, and Django was meant for pure fun, using the historical background only as premise for Tarantino's insanity.

Flaws aside, Django Unchained is a highly recommendable movie for anyone looking to have a blast (and isn't squeamish or of a delicate stomach).

Les MisÚrables
½

An Amazing Musical

Musicals in my opinion are a very difficult genre: you can either get everything right, or everything wrong. For me, Les Miz got everything, mostly, right.

Les Miz was a wonderful experience. It consisted of an excellent story, beautiful cinematography, and superb singing and acting.

The story takes place in Nineteenth Century France, years after the French Revolution, and follows the story of Jean Valjean, a prisoner convicted for stealing bread. We see Jean as he finds redemption, becomes a new man, helps a poor prostitute, takes care of her daughter, and escapes from the wrath of Javert, a policeman who's had it out for Jean ever since he was released. We also see Jean forming part of a second revolution, saving the love of his daughter's life, and learning to let go.

Hugh Jackman's performance is truly admirable in this picture. You get to see him in a truly deep and moving performance as Jean Valjean, the selfless soul who is the spirit of this movie. Second to him is only Anne Hathaway, the factory worker who after being discovered having a daughter, gets fired from her job. The only way she finds of making money to send to her daughter Corsette is by taking on the life of a prostitute. Hathaway makes you feel truly sorry for her character, in every scene she's in you feel your heart strings pulled for this poor woman. It's a pity her performance lasted so little, but she comes back at the very end. I must say, the final scene is one of the most moving I have ever seen.

Asides from Hugh and Anne, the rest of the cast does a fine job aswell. I particularly liked the performance by Samantha Barks. She lights up the screen and her scenes are some of the saddest in the movie. Russell Crowe, as usual, gives a great performance here. I liked his Javert, although at the very beginning, his singing was the most awkward of the whole cast. But as the movie goes on, he improves dramatically. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are just a whole lot of fun, their scenes bring out all the laughs in this movie. Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried are great aswell, and its nice to see Amanda outside the typical Rom-Com role. Redmayne's voice however is rather strange and it's difficult to listen to him without almost laughing at the way he belts out his songs.

Some of the song highlights for this movie were I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Look Down, At The End of the Day, Suddenly, Bring Him Home, Stars, and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.

Simply an excellent movie. Fans of musicals will hardly be disappointed. Now, this is a musical more along the lines of Evita than let's say Moulin Rouge, as there is few to none spoken dialogue which makes it more difficult to follow at times. It is also very awkward hearing the first portion of this film, you have to wait to get used to it before it finally sinks in. The fact that it is fully sung means it needs your full attention aswell, or you'll miss important details. Overall though, it's hard not to enjoy such a beautiful picture.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)

The Best Film of 2012

Despite what all those Awards Ceremonies have been dictating over the past couple of months, in my opinion, Lincoln was the best film of the year. It is a must watch for any fan of history, period pieces, or great acting in general.

Lincoln tells the story of our 16th President in the months leading up to his death. More importantly, it is the story of Abraham Lincoln, the man, the abolitionist, the husband, the father, the president, and the human being we rarely get a glimpse at, full of virtue aswell as flaws.

Daniel Day-Lewis is spotless as Lincoln. The characterization is remarkable, and while watching the film, you get the feeling that you are actually watching Abraham Lincoln, alive and fighting on the big screen. What Daniel Day Lewis does is amazing. From the voice to the gestures to that non-chalant serenity, we see Lincoln reincarnated in Lewis' body. The character is very well portrayed. We see a man who had the weight of a country on his shoulders, and knew that the passage of the thirteenth amendment would split the country more than it already was. In the middle of a civil war he fought for his beliefs and was willing to do anything to uphold them.

The rest of the cast doesn't fall behind. We get excellent performances by the rest of the cast members, especially Tommy Lee Jones. His portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens was a real scene stealer, and he was a vital part in making the story so interesting. The radical abolitionist who had to compromise his beliefs for the advancement of all, everything Stevens did to aid Lincoln, although not completely agreeing with him, was astounding. The scene where he speaks in front of congress was very funny, and to me the most memorable. Sally Field as the long suffering Mary Todd is also very well here, showing the pain of a mother who has just lost her son, fears losing another, and is trying very hard to live with her husband's problems and almost indifferent behavior. Joseph Gordon Levitt as the rebellious Robert Lincoln is another very good performance, and his strained relationship with his parents is shown very well.

One can't compliment all these performances without recognizing, of course, the director. Steven Spielberg shows yet again why he holds the position he holds, and his direction is amazing. The whole atmosphere created in every scene keeps you on the edge of your seat, and although we all know the outcome, it's still riveting to see these events taking place and feeling as uncertain as if we were living in the age.

Overall, Lincoln is an excellent movie, full of excellent performances, enchanting political insight, strong emotions, and even occasional laughs.