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Rudderless

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A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis. (IMDb)

I was really curious about this. Considering it’s William H. Macy’s directorial debut and features Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin singing and playing guitar. In terms of the directing part, it’s nothing revolutionary, but he did a nice job. As for the singing, they both have nice voices. Actually, the original music for this movie was one of my favorite parts. It’s really good. The story is really interesting and heartfelt. Then it gets to this twist. It’s unnecessary and doesn’t quite fit in, not only with the beginning of this movie, but also in terms of other movies that have tried to tackle the same issue, and did it better. I hope that didn’t give it away, but those are my thoughts on that. But I would say it’s worth at least one watch.

7/10

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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Diplomacy

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A historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling. (IMDb)

When I saw the trailer for this, I was skeptical. It looked like basically two old white French dudes talking for an hour and a half. And it totally was. But. I was actually quite engaged the entire time. The back and forth dialogue is quickly paced, and even though we know how it ends, I was watching intently. The two old white men are actually Andre Dussollier and Niels Arestrup, the original cast of the play this movie was taken from. They fell back into their roles easily and were really interesting to watch. This may not be the most thrilling movie ever, but it’s a fascinating, well-acted and written, piece of history that I personally didn’t know about.

6.5/10

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Hitchcock

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A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959. (IMDb)

I went into this not really knowing what to expect. Was it going to be more about the movie behind the scenes, or about Hitchcock himself? It ended up being a little bit of both, but I’ll be honest with the you, the stuff that concerned the making of the actual movie was more interesting to me than his personal life. Thankfully, Helen Mirren was there to make the other side of the movie not as dry. But, when has Helen Mirren ever not been an asset to anything she’s in? Anthony Hopkins makes a faithful Hitchcock. But it was the ladies of the movie that made more interesting. Along with Mirren, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and Toni Colette as Peggy Robertson, his assistant make this a little more watchable. There are some really fun moments and bits from Psycho itself, but unless you’re a fan of Psycho and/or Hitchcock himself, a lot of it will go over your head. Overall, even though there are some great moments, those don’t balance out with the slower ones.

5/10

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Maze Runner

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Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape. (IMDb)

I have learned a valuable lesson about reading the book first. Fun fact. I’m super scared of spiders. There is a good 10 minutes of LOTR that I have not seen because of the giant spider thing. So, I’m just sitting watching this movie and then the griever thing pops up, and it looks like a giant mechanical spider thing. Needless to say, it scared the shit out of me. The reason I wasn’t too concerned about reading the book first was because of the whole “teen dystopian trilogy” thing. And I enjoyed this for the most part. At the beginning, I was waiting for something to happen, it just felt like we were doing a modern Lord of the Flies thing, but once he ran into the maze for the first time, it started to get interesting. What also helped this was it’s strong cast. I’ve never seen Dylan O’Brien act (not a Teen Wolf person), and I liked his performance. And I haven’t seen Will Poulter (Galley) act since Chronicles of Narnia, so that was fun (and he seriously bulked up too!) Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt) is never a bad choice, and I don’t know where Aml Ameen (Alby) or Ki Hong Lee (Minho) have been hiding, but I really liked them as well. Something else that was a pleasant surprise was that nothing was sugar coated for a younger audience, there was death and destruction, and they just went for it. The last five minutes is a lot to absorb for someone who hasn’t read the book. Overall, this wasn’t radical or genre defining, but it has piqued my interest enough that I wouldn’t mind picking up the books or seeing the sequel.

6.5/10

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Rise of the Guardians

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When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (IMDb)

You all know I hold a place in my heart for animated kids movies. Good ones anyway. I’ve been told to watch this multiple times, so I was excited to see it. Not going to lie, the first half hour I didn’t get what all the hype was about. It was definitely cute, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t get what made it so great. But, as it went on, it got better and better. At the end, I got it. The voice cast is great. You wouldn’t think Alec Baldwin as Santa with a Russian accent and Hugh Jackman as an Australian Easter Bunny would work, but it actually did. Having Chris Pine and Isla Fisher around as well is never a bad decision. I still don’t think it was quite as amazing as I was led to believe, but I thought it was an absolutely adorable movie, that kids will love and parents won’t mind sitting through.

6/10

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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