Very much a character piece, "Nebraska"'s use of black and white zones… MoreVery much a character piece, "Nebraska"'s use of black and white zones in on the raw emotions of this family road trip and focuses on the relationships each have with one another and the people around them. There is humour and there is sadness, and this comes through in various shades of black and white. Bruce Dern and June Squibb are deserving of their nominations, but Will Forte should just as well have been recognized for his efforts.
"Captain Phillips" definitely got me on the edge of my seat. It's… More"Captain Phillips" definitely got me on the edge of my seat. It's gritty and emotionally gripping, but the slower parts are quite unmemorable. Tom Hanks and Barkhad Adbi are great in tandem, feeding off each other's energy.
What Leonardo DiCaprio made me feel towards his character probably… MoreWhat Leonardo DiCaprio made me feel towards his character probably warrants praise, but "The Wolf of Wall Street" was this overlong debauchery that I just wanted to end. That said, I do think Martin Scorsese has done brilliantly in bringing this story to life on screen. Leo's Oscar is due, but I hope this isn't the one.
I wanted to see this film so badly when it was in production, and now… MoreI wanted to see this film so badly when it was in production, and now that I have, I'm utterly disappointed. This probably explains why it never got a wide release here in North America. The visuals, while gorgeous, sometimes came across just as amateurish, leaving me confused as to the style "Upside Down" was trying to achieve. Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess are both actors I like individually, but they had little chemistry together, and the cheesy dialogue didn't help. An intriguing sci-fi Romeo & Juliet storyline, but ultimately, poor execution turned it upside down.
Compelling commentary and performances all around, "The Master" is… MoreCompelling commentary and performances all around, "The Master" is beautiful to look at, thanks to Paul Thomas Anderson's direction, and, now, bittersweet, to experience with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's magnetic portrayal as The Cause's enigmatic leader. Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, like in "Her," give great performances here as well. The film is weird to watch, but weird in the best of sense.
If you had any reservations on seeing this film, don't. This… MoreIf you had any reservations on seeing this film, don't. This heartbreaking drama captures the powerful emotions that are at play when searching for a lost loved one, with intermittent comical relief that adds to an experience of rediscovery. I raged, I laughed, I weeped. Dame Judi Dench knocks it out of the park with a poignant portrayal of Philomena Lee.
I wished I saw the cast in a different movie. It wasn't that "American… MoreI wished I saw the cast in a different movie. It wasn't that "American Hustle" wasn't entertaining, it was that an ensemble of talent felt underused. They still turned out great performances, but I was left wanting more from this fun silliness with all the hype. Christian Bale and Amy Adams, who should have been recognized more for her work on "Her," shone, but dare I say, Jennifer Lawrence's role is overrated? That there is how the hustle works.
Amazing performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto elevate… MoreAmazing performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto elevate this film. "Dallas Buyers Club" surprised me by how watchable it was, even through the pain and grit. A true underdog of a character and story.