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La Vie En Rose

la vie en roseThe life story of singer Édith Piaf. (IMDb)

So I’m a big fan of Marion Cotillard, but for some reason, I have not seen this one yet. I know, shameful. So, I watched this one, and holy shit did she deserve that Oscar. She was absolutely amazing. Cotillard, who is so elegant and poised in real life, nails this woman’s physicality and for me, was a total transformative performance. I can’t say enough good things about her. As for the rest of the movie, I enjoyed it, but for me, there were things missing. And a lot of people screaming each other’s names in French while being held back by other people. But I digress. I felt a little on the outside because I personally do not know Piaf’s life and work. (Like when she sings the song at the end, I literally said out loud “Oh that’s the Inception song. If that’s any indication) And I think that definitely affected my view of this movie. It made the jumping out of chronological order confusing, and I often lost track of where we were in her life. And we only spent a little time in each of these places, and instead of seeing a complete story, we saw brief snapshots of certain times in her life. And it totally confused me. Like, she was interviewed for being an accessory to the murder of her boss, and then it jumps in time and we never really visited that again. And like I said, the fact that I don’t know Piaf’s life story to being with may have affected all that. However, all of that aside, this is worth a watch on Cotillard’s performance alone.

7.5/10

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

the mortal instruments city of bonesWhen her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld. (IMDb)

So. To preface all this, I tried to read the book. I got like a fourth of the way in and was like I’m bored. So I stopped. And I decided to tag along for the movie last night. And, I’m kind of glad I did? I think? Ok. Because from a strict movie adaptation standpoint, this was terrible. The script was completely laughable, the love triangle was pushed way too hard, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers simply cannot rock dread extensions. I don’t think anyone can for that matter. And when I talked to my friends I went with, who are fans of the book, they were freaking out over how much the movie completely screwed the book over. On the other hand, I haven’t had that good a laugh in awhile. So….take that as you will. But in my opinion? Skip it. Save yourself the two hours.

1/10

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Haywire

haywireA black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. (IMDb)

So this was a decent enough thriller. The plot jumps were confusing though. It took a lot to keep up with the plot. It was all tied together nicely in the end though. Steven Soderbergh does have nice direction in this. There’s this one section where she’s walking down the street and it’s very tension filled and you’re just waiting for something to happen. Also the fight choreography and execution is impressive all around. I mean, she’s a former MMA fighter, so that’s not surprising. Gina Carano was decent. Better than I thought she would be, especially in the fighting aspect, and her acting wasn’t terrible, but it also could have been better. But a really solid beginning for her. The rest of the impressive ensemble cast that includes Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, and more helped fill in the gaps for this decent action/spy movie.

6/10

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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We Need To Talk About Kevin

we need to talk about kevinKevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (IMDb)

So. This was some heavy shit. Like this is a lot. Don’t get me wrong, this was a good movie, but you just need to be in a certain emotional state for this. Tilda Swinton is completely on par in this one, as is Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly. The jumps back and forth in time take a bit to get used to, but they are effective. I will say that the whole red/blood imagery is a heavy-handed and overused. Like I was like “I get it. Red Leaves. Red Paint. Blood. Let’s move on.” But anyway, still a good movie that even though it’s a lot, is still worth a watch.

7.5/10

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Joyful Noise

joyful noiseG.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir’s newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group’s direction as they head into a national competition. (IMDb)

So this was terrible. The writing was just horrendous. I will say, there were some endearing moments, and Jeremy Jordan’s voice is to die for. And yeah yeah Keke Palmer, Queen Latifah, and Dolly Parton can obviously sing as well, and the songs are pretty. But other than that, woof. This movie is bad. There are more southern metaphors than an episode of Spongebob, people die and no one cares, and just no. So yeah, if you want to watch Jeremy Jordan be a bad boy and sing awesomely, just go watch Smash.

1/10

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Monster

monsterBased on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (IMDb)

I’ve always been told to watch this based on Charlize Theron’s performance. And they were right. She is fantastic in this role. Not only is she unrecognizable, but she acts the role in such a way that you actually feel for her, want her to succeed, which is odd, considering who this woman is. Christina Ricci also turns in a really great performance as Selby. The movie itself was interesting, but there were multiple times where I thought the pace was way too slow and it needed to move along. But overall, this was interesting enough and at least worth it for the acting.

7/10

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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War Horse

war horseYoung Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (IMDb)

So. Please excuse me as I go cry in a corner over this movie. In all seriousness though, I loved it. It was so heartfelt, well acted, directed, edited, all of it. I don’t know how they did it, but that horse totally had a personality, it was great. The ensemble cast is collectively impressive. I actually wanted to see more of specific characters, especially David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and David Kross. The cinematography is as beautiful as the story. I do wish they could have found some places to condense, but overall, I really don’t have any big complaints about this one. If anything, I’m mad it made me cry about 5 times. So. A thousand points for Spielberg.

9.5/10

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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