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Loving

mv5bmje4nti3njizof5bml5banbnxkftztgwnji0nti5ode-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. (IMDb)

Nomination: Leading Actress (Ruth Negga)

This story is so interesting, and definitely deserves to be told. I just found it interesting that it’s billed as “their fight” or “their legal battle”. In reality, while they most certainly dealt with discrimination, they also weren’t super active in their legal process-they weren’t even present when the case was in the Supreme Court. They went on living their lives and waited for the result. Which in a way, perfectly explains this couple. They weren’t looking to change the world, they just wanted to be together and “not bother anyone.” Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are wonderful together. They have an easy chemistry, and their opposing personalities weave very well into each other. I will say, this movie is definitely a slow burn and doesn’t quite have a climax. It’s all very quiet and understated. It doesn’t make for a truly riveting movie, but it does make for a simple, and yet still effective one.

6.5/10

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

the odd life of timothy greenA childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. (IMDb)

It’s no secret I like family movies. I cried watching How to Train Your Dragon 2 like three days ago. So I was willing to give this one a shot…wah wah. I don’t really know what Disney was thinking. The script and the story came off like a first or second draft, rather than a completed story. The basis is cute and heart-warming, it’s the execution that doesn’t work. There are a few touching moments, but for every one of those, there’s like three where I rolled my eyes. Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner give it a valiant effort, but everything about this is just so sappy and Hallmark card-esque that it could never come off as genuine. Skip this one.

2.5/10

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Warrior

warriorSet in the violent world of mixed martial arts combat, this gritty drama follows two brothers at war with each other, who have pursued separate lives. But preparation for a championship bout soon leads the siblings back into each other’s paths. (Netflix)

So, I go into this thinking it’s going to be a typical fighting movie. And it is. However, I loved it. I’ve always appreciated movies from this genre before (The Fighter, Cinderella Man, etc.) But, I thought this movie was fantastic. This is mostly thanks to the acting from Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, and Joel Edgerton. Nolte’s performance as the dad was fantastic, and completely heart breaking. Then, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton were great foils for each other, and they were fascinating to watch. The fight scenes are extremely well choreographed, and a lot of fun to watch, I was on the edge of my seat for them. The other side of this movie is about this fractured family and how they move on in different ways, which gives this movie the heart that it needs. I loved seeing Jennifer Morrison as the wife, it was something different from what I’ve seen of her and I thought she was great. The only downside are the typical fight movie cliches. (The underdog succeeding, having a huge reason to need the money and that being a factor in that success, the training montage, etc.) However, this movie somehow transcends those cliches, making it possibly my favorite fight movie that I’ve ever seen.

9/10

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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