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The Fault In Our Stars
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

'The Fault in Our Stars' has most of what one might expect from a Young Adult film. However, it is unique enough to feel refreshing. The heavy thematic content from the novel, which is concerned primarily with the necessity of pain as a part of life, is treated faithfully and respectfully. Never at any point does the film insult or exploit its terminally ill heroes, something that would have been a certainty from a less tactful writer. The script is tight and flowing. It brims with wry wit, clever dialogue, and moments both genuinely heartwarming and heartbreaking. Of course, there would be no present difficulty for even a teenage cynic to find most of the film just a trite contrivance, but nothing is out of step with the script's tone. Now, on a technical level, the film is gorgeous. Director Josh Boone chose to photograph his sophomore effort with an Arri Alexa, the most impressive digital camera on the market, giving the film a gorgeous and classic look. The cinematography serves the needs of the story with its simplicity, yet it is stylish and creative enough to keep your eyes interested. The pace of the editing is clean and smooth, creating a comfortable two-hour viewing experience. Although, it is apparent that some expository information was left on the cutting room floor for the sake of time. Boone and crew also did the logical and unavoidable move by shooting on location in Pittsburgh and Amsterdam, offering interesting locales interspersed with well-designed interiors. TFiOS also features minor use of computer generated effects, mostly to show the text messages between our lovers in a fashion other than just pointing the camera at their iPhones. The primary source of music in the film comes in the form of a non-diegetic soundtrack, which I must admit was my favorite part of my theater going experience. While the songs aren't exactly in style with what's currently topping the charts, they will undoubtedly appeal to anyone who would read John Green, hence my great adoration. Lastly, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are a sickeningly adorable onscreen couple as Hazel and Gus. Seriously, these youngers are tremendously talented performers, particularly Woodley. If you see 'The Fault in Our Stars' for any reason, see it for her. And you can see it if you feel like having a good cry. TFiOS is NOT just for teenage girls. It's for anyone who's ever loved and lost.

Movie 43
Movie 43 (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Unequivocally, Movie 43 is the worst movie I've ever had the misfortune to see. I'll even assert that it's the worst movie ever made. It pains me that Rotten Tomatoes doesn't allow me to give this 0 stars. After reaching the sketch that revoltingly mocks a young girl's first menstrual period, I couldn't take any more; I had to shut it off. No, I could not, nor do I believe I could ever physically bring myself to finish this film. But from what I was able to stomach, I can only assume the film steeps irrevocably lower into the hell of tactless storytelling. Hell, I can't even say story; there is no story! All Movie 43 offers is offensive, tactless and tasteless--and I use this word as loosely as humanly possible--humor, toilet jokes to the enth degree, sexism to the point of female humiliation, and the utmost laziest "filmmaking" to ever disgrace Hollywood. I hate this film, and I'm ashamed that it exists. Anyone who finds anything to enjoy about movie is a lowly form of life.