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The Night Before

MV5BMTkyNDY1ODQwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzA2MjUwNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. (IMDb)

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this, just a run of the mill Christmas comedy. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I was consistently laughing almost the entire movie. This is mostly thanks to Seth Rogen, who completely steals the movie. His drug induced Christmas Eve is one that me and my family were quoting for the rest of the night. He had some of the best moments. What I really appreciated about this was that it actually tried to balance the typical raunchy humor with some real moments, and for the most part, they worked. Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves some credit for basically being the one that had to carry the dramatic moments, and then switch immediately back. Throw in Anthony Mackie, and the three main friends have great chemistry together. Throw in Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, and Jillian Bell in the mix along with a pot dealing Michael Shannon and this movie provides consistent laughs. It won’t be a Christmas classic, but it’s a really funny diversion from the normal Christmas movie.


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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Premium Rush

premium rushIn Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. (IMDb)

This is essentially a typical action/chase movie. Yet, I enjoyed it. It’s quickly paced, the acting is good, and the bike chase scenes are really fun to watch. Yeah, it’s a little thin on the plot side and character development of things, but for once, I didn’t mind too much. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is mostly to thank for that. He keeps you interested in a character that’s not written really deeply. Michael Shannon is always so interesting to watch. I also liked Jamie Chung as Gordon-Levitt’s client. So, even if you’re not a huge action fan, give this one a shot.



Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


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returnA soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life. (IMDb)

This was the longest hour and a half of my life. Mostly because I tried to watch it last night, got half way through, fell asleep, watched another chunk of it while drinking coffee this morning, and then finished the movie after I got back from classes. Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly on the edge of my seat during this one. Which sucks, because the story is interesting enough, Linda Cardellini and Michael Shannon are quite good, and there is a lot of potential here. The big thing that is missing from this is conflict. There is none. There is one scene of real conflict that doesn’t happen until there is about 45 minutes left in the movie. And there is so much POTENTIAL for conflict. Him sleeping with the girl from the car dealership (which is never really answered) Her getting a DUI (which I didn’t even get until she said she got one, I just thought she was falling asleep driving), Her trying to get pregnant so she doesn’t have to go back (Shit there’s an entire movie in that alone.) And it goes on. See what I mean? So much could have been done, but instead we had an hour and half of a woman wandering through her life. Which, yes I get that was kind of the point. But in the end, I wanted more.


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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Take Shelter

take shelterPlagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (IMDb)

This was a really fascinating movie. It is led by extremely strong performances from Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Shannon is fantastic. He plays this guy who is walking the line between wanting to believe his visions and wanting to be realistic. I don’t want to say anymore because I don’t want to give anything away. Chastain gives an equally powerful performance. She plays a wife that is both patient and caring, but also headstrong and strongwilled. I absolutely loved this character and her portrayal of it. While the pace of the movie overall is a bit slow, I was still interested in what was going on throughout. Like I said, I don’t want to give anything away, but the last 15 minutes of this are worth the entire 2 hours.


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Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Uncategorized


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