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The Sapphires

MV5BMTQyNTk5MDk1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjgyODYxOQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_-1It’s 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. (IMDb)

I’ll just admit it, I’m a sucker for people who sing really well. Which is why I started even watching musicals. This isn’t a musical, more of a movie with music, but man can these ladies sing. Especially Jessica Mauboy (Julie). Wow. Chris O’Dowd actually doesn’t have a bad set of pipes either. But honestly, he’s kind of the reason to keep watching this, besides the wonderful singing. The story is really cool and inspiring, but it gets a tad over-sentimental, the writing and acting comes off amateur-ish in moments. I’ll admit, it also doesn’t help that I watched two really good movies that same day (Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Trainwreck). Maybe my expectations were too high. But, in the end, this music biopic is just ok.

5/10

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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Trainwreck

MV5BMTQ4MjgwNTMyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTc1MjI0NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. (IMDb)

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this. Amy Schumer is really funny, and I liked this her writing/Judd Apatow directing combination. It worked out really well. The thing that really sold it for me though is that I knew this was going to be funny. That part was obvious. What I didn’t expect (and was pleasantly surprised by) were the more emotionally poignant moments. They were there, you felt them, and then you were laughing a moment later. The fact that we as an audience completely go along with it is proof of how strong this script really is. I really hope to see more writing from her in the future. The same goes for her acting. Honestly, really well done. I know I’m talking about Schumer a lot, and she is one of the main reasons that this movie works, but the rest of the cast is nothing to scoff at either. This is one of Bill Hader’s more emotionally vulnerable roles that I’ve seen him do, and he does a really nice job. Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, and Colin Quinn are great as her family, they bring some of the more grounded moments to the movie. Then on the other side of the spectrum, you have Ezra Miller, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, and Jon Glaser as her really funny co-workers, and an unrecognizably hilarious Tilda Swinton as her boss. Also who knew that LeBron James and John Cena could act? And be funny? Super pleasantly surprised by that. I could literally keep talking about this. My only complaint is that it get a tad laggy in the middle and we all know how it’s going to end. But honestly, who cares, because the ride getting there is a ton of fun.

8.5/10

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

MV5BMjE1NTIxNzQ5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMDMzODA5._V1._CR0,1,265,404_SX214_AL_A transsexual punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. (IMDb)

So, because teleportation doesn’t exist (…yet), I don’t really have the opportunity to go see the insanely successful Broadway revival that’s been going on for over a year and is a revolving door of stars. So, this is the next best thing. And I say that in the best way possible. I love this movie. It’s funny, heartbreaking, boundary pushing, and has really catchy music to top it all off. You really can’t beat John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig. He did create the role after all. Miriam Shor (who I totally didn’t realize was Yitzhak until like five minutes in), is always wonderful to watch. Seriously, I love everything I’ve seen her in. But, I’m just going to keep gushing about this, so all I’m going to say is watch this movie. And go see the Broadway show (for me).

9/10

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Starbuck

MV5BMjMyMDczMzU1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzMwNzk1OA@@._V1_SX214_AL_As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. (IMDb)

This French-Canadian movie is actually the basis for the 2013 Vince Vaughn movie Delivery Man. (And by basis, it looks exactly the same, just with different actors and in English. i’ll have to see to really find out though.) What surprised me the most about this was how heartfelt it was. The “slacker turning his life around” thing is done a lot, but mostly for comedic effect. Don’t get me wrong, parts of this are quite funny, but you actually find yourself really rooting for him. Patrick Huard is great as David, aka Starbuck. He balanced the comedy and the drama of the script really well. Overall, this is a cute movie that makes me want to watch the American version. And that’s saying something.

7/10

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

What We Did On Our Holiday

MV5BMTQzNzgxMjUwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjgwNDY3NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability. (IMDb)

Come for David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, stay for the kids. Don’t get me wrong, Tennant and Pike are lovely in this movie, but the three actors playing their kids (Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, and Harriet Turnbull) steal the show. Smalldridge and Turnbull are right in that kids say the damndest things stage, to absolutely hilarious results. Jones shows an acting maturity far beyond her age, playing the oldest, and most insecure, of the kids. And having Billy Connolly around as the grandpa is never a bad idea. Honestly, I think this may be one of my favorite “dysfunctional family” movies I’ve seen in quite some time. I would be laughing out loud one scene, crying (like gross tears streaming down my face crying) in the next scene, and then laughing again. Also, having the Scottish countryside as the setting led to some really pretty shots. Overall, this is a really honest portrayal of growing up and growing old and I would have absolutely no problem watching it again.

8/10

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Eden

MV5BNzAxNTg3NTUzN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTMwMDcwOQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_A young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive. (IMDb)

To cut to the chase, this is a really heavy movie. Oof. But I hard Jamie Chung was in it so I really wanted to watch it. Her performance alone in this movie is worth the watch. She’s wonderful. The character changes quickly and drastically and she does it so well. Matt O’Leary also does a nice job as Vaughan, one of the higher ups at the organization. I was a little nervous going in with how brutal this movie was going to be, since some of these true story movies can get almost too graphic. Writer/Director Megan Griffiths takes the opposite route, and barely shows you anything, leaving the audience to imagine what these girls had to deal with. This, I think, is actually more affecting then showing six different brutal rape scenes. Overall, this is great. It’s well acted, well paced, and leaves a haunting impression.

7.5/10

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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From Up On Poppy Hill

MV5BMjMzMzM2NTM2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk4OTYwOQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. (IMDb)

I always like watching Studio Ghibli movies because of how beautiful the hand drawn animation is. It’s always so pretty to watch. This story is a lot simpler than their usual movies, but it’s still very sweet. This is probably the closest to an actual kids/family movie that I have seen from them. Having it rooted in history is really interesting though. It added a lot of context to the story. Also, having a voice cast that includes Anton Yelchin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Howard, Christina Hendricks, and Aubrey Plaza, (just to name a few) doesn’t hurt. Overall, this isn’t Spirited Away or Kiki’s Delivery Service, but this is still a sweet, family centric movie that is worth the watch.

5.5/10

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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