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Uncle John

MV5BMjI4MTg2NDIyMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjUwODc0NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_In this tale of small town intrigue, an urbanite returns to his quiet hometown on an impromptu trip as his Uncle, widely respected in town, struggles to evade suspicion of a murder. (IMDb)

I’m going to preface this by saying that I have been so busy, I had to watch this in 5-10 increments over the course of like two weeks. But, I actually think watching in this in one sitting may have made me give it a lower score. It just plods along in its two separate storylines, one about a guy in Chicago crushing on his coworker, and another about an older guy trying to cover up a murder he committed. It actually feels like two completely different movies. In my head, the writers Steven Piet and Erik Crary were writing two different stories, and couldn’t figure out where they were going/neither were that interesting, so they threw them together. The two storylines don’t intersect until the last half hour, which was thankfully more interesting than the previous hour and a half. The ending as a whole is also interesting, but at that point, I just wanted to finish the damn thing.

5/10

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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Steve Jobs

MV5BMjE0NTA2MTEwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzg4NzU2NjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. (IMDb)

I saw this one on a whim last night and I’m really glad I did. I was expecting another generic, yet well done, biopic. Obviously, this exceeded my expectations by tenfold. The three act play setup is wonderful. Instead of another generic biopic, you get a snapshot of a man at three very important stages of his life. Then, centering those stages in the minutes before a product launch is genius. It keeps the stakes high the entire time. Aaron Sorkin definitely hit a home run with this one. You also can’t beat the cast of this movie. Michael Fassbender is more than worth the price of the ticket. But having Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, and Jeff Daniels around doesn’t hurt either. Fassbender is brilliant. We already knew he would be, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate it. It was a really honest portrayal, no sugar coating. We saw the great side of Jobs and also the side of him that was, to put it bluntly, an asshole. Then, keep it going with it being beautifully shot, even including the integration of some projections, and you have a movie that will be remembered for quite some time.

8.5/10

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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