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To Rome With Love

to rome with loveThe lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. (IMDb)

I haven’t seen a ton of Woody Allen, but I’ve really enjoyed what I have seen, and this has a great cast, so I was really looking forward to this. But honestly, I wasn’t really into this at all. It kind of came off like a New York I Love You/Valentine’s Day type thing, but in Rome. The acting was fine, some of the storylines were interesting, but there were honestly some lines that I was rolling my eyes at. The storylines didn’t mesh at all. Some seemed like they took place in one day, others over a span of a few weeks, and they just never really meshed together. Some were realistic, and others just did not make sense at all/had no rules. (Who could actually see Alec Baldwin? What was he doing? Could they all hear him? What was going on that entire time?) I will say, it didn’t help that my version didn’t have subtitles for the Italian parts, which was about half of the movie. So, I had a vague idea of what was going on, but I never really knew for sure. So, of all of Woody Allen’s movies, skip this one.

2/10

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

xmen days of future pastThe X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. (IMDb)

Real talk, I’ve been looking forward to this since I first heard of its existence. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. In fact, I was completely entertained the entire time. The movie is well written, quickly paced, great acting, awesome special effects, the entire package. One of the things that hasn’t worked for past X-Men movies is trying to cram back story in for every single side character/try to get us to know every single one in a two hour movie. This one let the side characters (Evan Peters’ Quicksilver is a great example of this) come in for a few scenes, do their thing, and leave, leaving the audience wanting more. Speaking of the people in the movie, I can’t say enough about the spot on casting. I said in “X-Men: First Class” that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were perfectly cast, and they didn’t prove me wrong in this one. This one also gave the two of them a little more to chew on content wise, which was fantastic to watch. The returning actors (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, and Ellen Page to name a few) paired with the new characters (Peter Dinklage as Trask and Josh Helman as young Stryker are standouts) make for an extremely well acted superhero movie. Also, throw in some cameos that had me bouncing in my seat like a five year old and I was thoroughly entertained. Like I said earlier, the special effects are awesome, leading to some exciting fight (and surprisingly brutal) fight scenes that had be gasping out loud.

Ok. I do have a few complaints. Gasp, I know. They mostly have to do with the timeline. This movie is supposed to take place after X3 and First Class. So…how did we go from a Cure not working to complete Apocalypse? And how did we get from the end of First Class to where they are now? And exactly how many years have actually passed between X3/First Class and this? I missed out on some details because I was too busy trying to figure out the timeline of it all.

But other than that, I was so completely happy with this. It’s a return to form for the X-Men franchise and I certainly hope it stays in this vein.

9/10

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

seeking a friend for the end of the worldAs an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. (IMDb)

This was actually really fascinating to watch. We’ve seen the whole “end of days” thing a million times, but it usually involves some random group of people traveling into space and miraculously saving the day. What I really liked about this was the more down-to-earth (no pun intended) approach, seeing how the average person would deal with it. Throwing in some great comedy didn’t hurt either. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley are great together. You wouldn’t expect them to work, but they totally do. I think Carell is fantastic in this. One of his greatest strengths as an actor is his ability to bring something a little deeper to what could be stereotypical roles (Little Miss Sunshine, Dan in Real Life, etc.), and he does it again here. I thought Knightley’s character got a little too crying manic pixie dream girl for me at times, but she managed to pull it off. I also really enjoyed the quick one scene cameos from actors like Patton Oswalt, Adam Brody, Connie Britton, and Rob Corddry. Parts of this movie can be a little slow, but the multiple comedic and heartfelt moments make up for that.

7.5/10

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Your Sister’s Sister

your sister's siterIris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family’s island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack’s drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris’ sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days. (IMDb)

This was an interesting little indie movie. First off, great cast. Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, and Rosemarie DeWitt all work fabulously off of each other. The three of them essentially run the show, and they handled it nicely. The characters also came off as very real people, which was nice to see. A lot of the scenes had really natural dialogue and felt improvised in a way, so that was a credit to them and to the writing. The story itself is really interesting and filled with tiny character reveals that keep you interested in these people. My only complaint is that it’s a little slow paced and can get really talky, which definitely lost my interest a couple of times. Overall though, this is pretty interesting and worth a watch if you’re into family centered movies.

6.5/10

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Safety Not Guaranteed

safety not guaranteedA team of journalists are sent to find out who’s behind a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel, then must decide how to approach him. (Netflix)

I was looking forward to this one because I really like Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson. They didn’t disappoint, and the movie overall didn’t either.  I thought it was really fun and somehow managed to make a movie that combines elements of comedy, romance, and sci-fi all in one. I’m used to seeing Aubrey Plaza as really dry/monotone April on Parks and Rec, so it was fun seeing her still be dry, but also have a softer side. Along the same lines, I’m used to seeing Jake Johnson be an adorable loser on New Girl, and his character in this kind of a dick, so it was fun seeing him play that. Mark Duplass also stands out as Kenneth, the hopeful time traveler. The writing is quick, funny, and really well paced. There are some subplots that go unresolved in favor of the main storyline, but overall I really enjoyed this.

8/10

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Lola Versus

lola versusDumped by her boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding, Lola enlists her close friends for a series of adventures she hopes will help her come to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman. (IMDb)

I’m on the fence with this one. On one hand, there’s some good stuff happening in this one. The acting is quite good with some really funny moments, especially from Greta Gerwig as Lola, Zoe Lister Jones as her best friend, and Bill Pullman as her dad. But, I feel like this movie has no focus. It just kind of meanders its way along, until it finally reaches its point in the last five minutes. Yes, the lesson of self-love/acceptance is really important, but we have to get through over an hour of the main character crying over a breakup. I also thought that some of the writing made Lola more pathetic, rather than someone to root for, but thankfully Gerwig managed to keep it light for the most part.So, this is not a bad movie, but it’s also not something I’m going to rush back and watch again.

5/10

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Prometheus

prometheusA team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. (IMDb)

I’m normally not a fan of sci-fi/horror survival movies where almost everyone dies. But I decided to give this one a shot because of its cast and positive reviews. And I really liked it. A quickly paced plot, awesome special effects, and a great cast really make this a super solid sci-fi movie. Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace play some badass women and its great to watch. One of the mot compelling performances belongs to Michael Fassbender, who plays an android named David. He was fascinating to watch every moment he was on screen. There were a few times where I was confused as to what was happening underneath all of the blood and gore and there were still a few things that went unexplained, but overall, I thought this was pretty awesome and would recommend it to anyone.

7.5/10

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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