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Macbeth

macbethMaintaining the gripping tone of director Rupert Goold’s acclaimed stage adaptation, this modernized version of the Shakespearean tragedy stars Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood as the ambitious couple driven to madness with paranoia. This conceptual interpretation of the Bard’s play transposes the Scottish setting to a 20th-century militaristic society, and features potent performances by Stewart and Fleetwood as the doomed king and queen. (Netflix)

I’ve had a few friends telling me to watch this for awhile now, and I’m glad I did. Overall, I really liked it. That being said, I did not LOVE it. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. Conceptually, I thought it was really cool, especially from a visual aspect. However, there were a few times I was like Really? As in: you’re really going to stick a sink in the middle of a long dark hallway? Or why are pivotal scenes taking place in the kitchen? But besides a few random things, I liked the dark feel to it. Also, there were parts of this that dragged, but thankfully the other scenes made up for those. The acting for the most part was really good. Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood are both fantastic. However, there were a few times where I  thought there was unnecessary yelling. The rest of the ensemble was really good. My only complaints were that the Porter overdid it, and the guy who played the injured lieutenant. The guy may only have one monologue in the whole show, but it’s the first one, and it sets up pretty much everything, so it’s pretty important. Yeah, I couldn’t understand a word that guy said. On the flip side of things, I absolutely loved the witches. They were absolutely terrifying. This was thanks both to the acting, and for the editing of their scenes. They were seriously scary. They also had a presence throughout the entire movie, which I think was a really bold and interesting choice. Overall, I enjoyed this, and it is worth a watch for any Shakespeare lover.

7/10

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Puncture

punctureDrug-addicted attorney Mike and his business partner Paul take on a case involving an emergency room nurse who has been pricked by an infected needle. Uncovering a web of corporate conspiracies, Mike and Paul quickly find themselves outmatched. (Netflix)

So, this is a pretty interesting true story law drama about the use of needles in hospitals. First off, it was a topic I knew nothing about, so that part was fascinating. The only problem was that parts of the script got really jargon-y, both from a law and medical standpoint. Basically, I understood the majority of what was going on, but I wish I could have had a full understanding. Also, this movie is a bit slow paced, which got a little boring. On the flip side, what really shone out was Chris Evans’ acting performance. Now, I love Captain America as much as the next person, but this gave him an opportunity to really play a character, and he did a really good job, it was completely different from anything I’ve ever seen him in. Overall though, a movie that could have been absolutely fantastic, is just decent.

6/10

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Machine Gun Preacher

machine gun preacherGerard Butler stars in this true-life story of Sam Childers, a drug dealer who turns his life around to become a spiritual warrior. His mission? Rescuing child soldiers in the Sudan from lives ruined by their forced participation in bloody conflict. (Netflix)

Meh…This actually could have been fantastic. Instead, it was just another vaguely interesting biopic. Don’t get me wrong, the subject is fascinating, and Gerard Butler is really good as Sam Childers. My problem is the movie itself. It’s slow paced, clunkily written, and goes nowhere. There is no climax to the movie itself, it just kind of ends. But the thing is, beneath the failures of the movie, the story itself has a ton of potential, and Sam Childers is an absolutely fascinating and complex character, but there is just nothing overly super compelling about this movie as a whole.

4.5/10

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Drive

driveA Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver is lured from his isolated life by a lovely neighbor and her young son. His newfound peace is shattered, however, when her violent husband is released from prison. (Netflix)

This is a movie that has been hyped up from my group of friends ever since it came out. Thankfully, it lived up to expectations. What really stuck out to me was the visual aspect of it. Because I didn’t even notice that there was barely any dialogue until about half way through. So, obviously there was something compelling going on visually. I loved Ryan Gosling, thought he was fantastic. It takes a lot to pull off a main character who is practically on screen the entire time, yet doesn’t say a whole lot. I thought he nailed it. I also really liked Carey Mulligan as Irene, she matched up with Ryan Gosling really well. The rest of the ensemble was impressive as well. Stand outs are Oscar Isaac, who played the husband. What was really nice about his performance was that he wasn’t a complete asshole. He actually wasn’t even that “violent” as the description says. He was a guy trying to be a better person, but he just couldn’t get away from his past, so I really appreciated that change from the typical just released from prison thug type. It takes a little bit to take off, but once it does, this movie doesn’t let go, and is a lot of fun to watch, all the way to the finish.

7.5/10

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Main Street

main streetWhen an outsider arrives and proposes storing hazardous waste in their small North Carolina town, the residents must weigh the risks against the financial rewards in this ensemble drama that explores the politics of survival for rural America. (Netflix)

I had high hopes for this one…and unfortunately this was really disappointing. Which is a shame, considering the caliber of cast that was assembled. Colin Firth and Patricia Clarkson were fine, considering what they had to work with. I got really tired of Ellen Burstyn’s long winded anecdotal memory monologues about her childhood, and there was little to no point for Orlando Bloom and Amber Tamblyn’s characters…poor Orlando Bloom. I’ve seen better. I think he was trying a southern charm type thing, but it just came off as oddly flirting with every character. The script was terribly slow, and not very action driven whatsoever. This could have been an interesting commentary on the lengths a dying town will go to in order to revive it, but Colin Firth’s character was met with virtually no opposition. Overall, a small, boring movie that should be skipped.

2/10

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Warrior

warriorSet in the violent world of mixed martial arts combat, this gritty drama follows two brothers at war with each other, who have pursued separate lives. But preparation for a championship bout soon leads the siblings back into each other’s paths. (Netflix)

So, I go into this thinking it’s going to be a typical fighting movie. And it is. However, I loved it. I’ve always appreciated movies from this genre before (The Fighter, Cinderella Man, etc.) But, I thought this movie was fantastic. This is mostly thanks to the acting from Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, and Joel Edgerton. Nolte’s performance as the dad was fantastic, and completely heart breaking. Then, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton were great foils for each other, and they were fascinating to watch. The fight scenes are extremely well choreographed, and a lot of fun to watch, I was on the edge of my seat for them. The other side of this movie is about this fractured family and how they move on in different ways, which gives this movie the heart that it needs. I loved seeing Jennifer Morrison as the wife, it was something different from what I’ve seen of her and I thought she was great. The only downside are the typical fight movie cliches. (The underdog succeeding, having a huge reason to need the money and that being a factor in that success, the training montage, etc.) However, this movie somehow transcends those cliches, making it possibly my favorite fight movie that I’ve ever seen.

9/10

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Reservoir Dogs

reservoir dogsQuentin Tarantino’s directorial debut is raw, violent, often mimicked — and unforgettable. A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors unravel. (Netflix)

I’ve become a fan of Quentin Tarantino over the last few years, but I’ve never seen some of his earlier work, and I am so glad I watched this. Normally, I’m not one for heist movies, but this was awesome. Fascinating characters, dialogue as crazy as its plot, basically, I loved it. I loved the four main guys- Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi and of course Michael Madsen. Overall, for a directorial debut, this is super impressive. It was really fun seeing Tarantino’s trademarks, before they were actually considered trademarks. A definite must see for any Tarantino fan.

8/10

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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