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Shame

shameIn New York City, Brandon’s carefully cultivated private life — which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction — is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. (IMDb)

Interesting? Yes. Entertaining? Meh. From the interesting aspect, this is a fascinating character study on sex addiction that is led by a great performance from Michael Fassbender, and having Carey Mulligan around as the sister definitely didn’t hurt either. A lot of the cinematography was really cool, some interesting choices for different scenes. But, once it found a cool shot, it just stayed that way, never moved, which was way too stagnant for me. The reason I didn’t find it as entertaining was it just spent way too long in some scenes. I really didn’t need three whole minutes of Fassbender running down the street to classical music. Speaking of classical music, just because you put it as the backing music for a sex scene that’s basically porn, doesn’t make it artsy. It was still softcore porn. So, while I appreciated the story and the acting, I didn’t really love this one.

5/10

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Monsters University

monsters universityA look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. (IMDb)

So, I took my seven year old cousin to see this movie yesterday. And honestly, I don’t know who was more excited, me or him. Anyway. I thought this was adorable. A really fun prequel to one of my favorite pixar movies. Was it as good as the first one? Nah not really. I missed Boo, my favorite character from the last one. But, there are a lot of fun new characters in this one, and with those new characters comes a lot of great actors behind those characters, such as Helen Mirren (whose character was actually quite scary), Sean Hayes, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, John Krasinski, and more. Something that this movie nailed was the college movie stereotype. I was one of the loudest laughers in the theatre, considering I was the only 20-something, and there was some really funny college related humor in there. The best part of this movie is seeing how everything originated. And for me, once the credits on this one finish, and you think about the events in Monsters Inc., they actually become a little more meaningful in a way. So, while this doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor, this is still a fun movie that any fan of the original will love.

8/10

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A Dangerous Method

a dangerous methodA look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (IMDb)

Hm. This maybe should have stayed a play. Although this is well directed and acted, there’s something about it that seems missing. Honestly, one of the things that bothered me the most was that Keira Knightley at least tried to do an accent from the country her character was from. The men are Swiss and Austrian and Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen both had British accents. So. That bothered me. Also, if you don’t have at least a basic knowledge of the beginnings of psychoanalysis and Freud’s theories, you will be lost. Because while it is interesting to see a conversation between these two fascinating men, it’s full of lingo that if you didn’t at least take high school psych, you’re done. And, I think in an attempt to fit the 1900s, some of the writing was a little clunky. Lastly, I wish they would have made Knightley’s character the focal point of this entire movie. She was absolutely fascinating, and someone history has forgotten about, yet deserves to have her story heard. Ok. I may sound like I’m ripping on this one, but I didn’t hate it. Like I said, this is extremely well directed and acted. And while at times it was a little uncomfortable to watch, I think that was an achievement. Some of the subject matter isn’t pleasant, and I for one would rather feel something rather than be completely desensitized. All of my rambling aside, this is interesting enough, but it’s not a favorite or anything.

5.5/10

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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My Week with Marilyn

my week with marilynColin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. (IMDb)

I’ve been looking forward to watching this one because of all the praise Michelle Williams received for her portrayal as Monroe. And she deserved it. I thought she was brilliant. There was just so much going on in Monroe’s head and I just absolutely loved the way Williams played her. The rest of the acting all around is quite good. Kenneth Branagh makes a wonderful Olivier, Eddie Redmayne nails the young naive thing perfectly, Judi Dench is as charming as ever. Then there was Dominic Cooper and Emma Watson filling out the smaller roles and they did a nice job as well. Someone who almost stole it for me was Zoe Wanamaker as Paula Strasberg, I loved her. Something I liked about the movie as a whole was the behind the scenes aspect of it all. From seeing the beginning of her marriage with Arthur Miller, and how this was the period of her life when she got into Method Acting and wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. Overall, this is really a fascinating movie and is worth it on Williams’ performance alone.

8/10

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Muppets

the muppetsWith the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. (IMDb)

So of course I watched the Muppets as a kid, so this movie was like my childhood. It’s a lot of fun and super nostalgic. You can tell that the actors (especially Jason Segel and Amy Adams) are having a ton of fun. Also, the list of cameo appearances in this movie is absolutely ridiculous. My personal favorites are Jim Parsons, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Zach Galifianakis and Neil Patrick Harris. But there are a ton, and they’re a lot of fun as well. What made me laugh out loud was the meta, self-aware humor. It was some of the funniest stuff in there. So while this is nothing new, in fact it’s pretty much the plot of every Muppet movie ever (getting the crew back together for a show) it’s still a ton of fun and super nostalgic.

7/10

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Greatest

the greatestA drama that is centered around a troubled teenage girl and a family that is trying to get over the loss of their son. (IMDb)

So this was ok. A sad story about the death of a teenage boy and how it affects the people he left behind. It’s something we’ve seen a thousand times. Well, now its a thousand and one. Don’t get me wrong, this is a well acted, sweet story, but its nothing new. There was the opportunity for something with Carey Mulligan’s character in relation to the family, but there were just a lot of missed moments with the family as a whole. But like I said, the acting is quite good from Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Johnny Simmons, and even Pierce Brosnan. Actually, this is the best I’ve seen from Brosnan. I just wish the story could have better served this great cast.

5/10

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Saved!

saved!When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her. (IMDb)

I’m on the fence with this one. First off, the ensemble cast in this is great. They all work well together and are funny. My problem is that this starts off as a really funny satire, but as it goes on, it just becomes a movie about faith and challenging fundamentalism. Also, it kind of just…ends. You know prom night is going to be the big climactic scene, and it gets there and a whole bunch of stuff happens and then the movie is over. It was just wasn’t a satisfying ending. One more thing. I’m sorry. She must have been carrying Jesus or something because there is absolutely no way that she could have hid a baby bump for nine whole months, no matter how baggy the clothes are. Once she got to 7-9 months, her stomach was still tiny, like how it would look at like 5-6, so all that was just really unrealistic to me. So, while this does have its funny moments thanks to its cast, it was just meh for me.

5/10

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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