Congrats to Zach Braff. He does a great job both acting and directing… MoreCongrats to Zach Braff. He does a great job both acting and directing wise here. I thought this was a better film, than Garden State. I could sympathize and relate to Zach's character in the film. I loved the songs that are in the film.
The film is well casted. Kate Hudson is really good here and has a great on screen chemistry with Zach. Mandy Patinkin is wonderful here play Zach's dying father in the film. Josh Gad is funny and touching as Zach's brother in the film. Joey King and Pierce Gagnon are great as Zach's kids. I loved the Scrubs reunion in the film, with Donald Faison's cameo appearance in the film. Jim Parsons was hilarious in his minor role in the film.
The only thing that I didn't like with the film, has nothing to do with the film itself. It was that Zach got the financing through kickstarter. Kickstarter and Indiegogo should be for up and coming independent filmmakers that are trying to raise the financing for their films and not for people who are already famous and established in the business.
i definitely recommend this film.
The film is really good. It kind of in a weird way reminds me of… MoreThe film is really good. It kind of in a weird way reminds me of movies like Music and Lyrics, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, and Serendipity. I was surprised that some of the film was shot in my neighborhood. The film really does comment about music now and the hardships of an independent singer trying to make it. I know singers like Keira's character. If you like shows like American Idol and The Voice, then you will like this film. The music in the film is really good.
Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo shine here. Keira has a great singing voice. She has a great on screen chemistry with Ruffalo. Both Adam Levine and Ceelo Greene are great in their supporting roles.
I definitely recommend this film.
Great job James Gray. This film surprised me, I wasn't expecting it… MoreGreat job James Gray. This film surprised me, I wasn't expecting it to be this good. In my opinion, it is one of James Gray's best films to date. The cinematographer is great. The last shot of the film, is amazing. The performances are really good.
The film kind of reminded me of movies like Moulin Rouge, The Illusionist, and Unfaithful just to name a few. I am surprised that the studio released the film now during the Summer rather than wait till Fall for Oscar consideration. The film deals with how women, especially immigrant women were treated during those times. There is a theme of forgiveness and redemption in the film. The only negative was the pacing, however, cause the performances were really good, and it was well shot, I didn't mind the slow pacing of scenes here.
Marion Cotillard is very good here. She gives an Oscar worthy performance. Joaquin Phoenix is also good in a complex role here. This is his 4th time working with Gray. Here Phoenix plays someone who mistreats and disrespects Marion and the other women that work for him, yet at the same time, you feel sympathy towards him. Jeremy Renner is also good. The film has the romantic love triangle. I was kind of surprised at the outcome of the confrontation between Phoenix and Renner towards the end of the film. Renner's character is the only male that treats Marion's character with respect, yet he has flaws too.
I definitely recommend this film, especially for the cinematography and the performances of Marion, Joaquin, and Jeremy.
This is now my new favorite film of this summer so far. The apes have… MoreThis is now my new favorite film of this summer so far. The apes have done it again. This film is a bit better than the previous film. One thing that I love story wise is the evolution of the characters, mainly the apes. Here they can speak. I also do like that they use sign language too. The special effects here are amazing. Also Matt Reeves does a great job here directing wise. This film will make you laugh, cheer, and even cry.
I have said it before and I will say it again, Andy Serkis should get some Oscar for this film and his performance as Caesar. He is amazing here. In addition, Toby Kebbel is also amazing as the evil ape Koba. The big showdown at the end between Caesar and Koba does deliver. Jason Clarke is good in his role. I am curious to see what his take on the John Connor character will be like in next year's Terminator sequel. Keri Russell is also very good.
The surprising weak link of the actors comes to Gary Oldman. I was kind of surprised by the short screen time he has in the film. The showdown between him and Clarke at the end was a big disappointment. Gary does have some good scenes in the film. I am wondering if they shot more scenes with Gary and left them on the cutting room floor. That might have hurt his character, which wasn't fleshed out well.
I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in the franchise. I feel it is leading to the apes ruling the planet. I definitely recommend this film.
I had a mixed reaction to the film. The film seemed a little… MoreI had a mixed reaction to the film. The film seemed a little predictable. I was also questioning their casting choices. What bugged me the most was that the film felt like a TV show and not a movie. It kind of reminded me of movies like Primal Fear, Class Action, The International, The Firm, just to name a few.
Eric Bana was ok, but I thought that Clive Owen would have been better in the role. With Rebecca Hall, she was also ok, but thought that Rosmand Pike would have been better in that role. I didn't think that Bana and Hall had a good on screen chemistry. Jim Broadbent was a bit over the top in some scenes. The best one in my opinion was Julia Stiles. She steals the film and she is in a few scenes. She also seems like she doesn't fit with the rest of the cast.
The performances are the best reason to see this film. Shailene… MoreThe performances are the best reason to see this film. Shailene Woodley gets better in every role I see her in. She has a great on screen chemistry with Ansel Elgort. I find interesting that in this film they are lovers and in Divergent they play brother and sister. Both shine here.
I didn't read the book. The problem I had was the style of the film. It felt too much like a Lifetime Cable TV movie of the week and not a theatrical release. I think another director could have done a better job here. I also found it very predictable and not surprised at all by what happens in the film. I did like the scenes where they text and the audience sees the text captions on screen.
Besides Shailene and Ansel, the film has a good cast. Nat Wolf, who was great in Admission, also does a good job here. I actually wanted to see more with his character. Laura Dern is very good as Hazel's mother. She has a great chemistry with Shailene. Sam Trammell is good as Hazel's father. Willem Dafoe was ok in his role.
I would say, see it for Shailene and Ansel. I can't believe they cut her out of The Amazing Spider Man 2.
Congrats to Michael Bay for delivering a brand new Transformers film.… MoreCongrats to Michael Bay for delivering a brand new Transformers film. I like that he brought in new characters and still acknowledged the events from past Transformer films. I do love that he continues the same tone of the last film, Dark of the Moon, which was dark and serious. The Autobots and Decepticons look really good here. The special effects and action sequences are amazing.
The only negative I had with the film, was the running time. The film could have been at least 30 minutes shorter. It felt like the final battle of the film was dragging on a bit.
Wahlberg does a good job here. In a weird way, he kind of reminds me of Bruce Willis in Armageddon, being an overprotective dad. Jack Reynor was good here. Stanley Tucci seems to be replacing John Turturro for the over the top comic relief in the franchise. I thought Kelsey Grammar and Titus Welliver were great as the human villains in the film. I do like that they have human villains, not just Decepticons in the film. Peter Cullen is great as always as the voice of Optimus Prime. I like that they brought in Galvatron and have Frank Welker doing the voice. I also liked John Goodman's voice work here.
One of the big highlights in the film is the dinobots. On the show, the dinobots, like Grimlock were not smart. You don't get any of that here. The dinobots here look like robot versions of the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. Also they don't show up till the last 1/3rd of the film. Michael Bay could have introduced them earlier in the film.
Overall, I liked the film and this one establishes a whole new path that future Transformer films could take.
The franchise is more focused about the buddy buddy friendship between… MoreThe franchise is more focused about the buddy buddy friendship between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill and less focused about the TV show. I loved the TV show, but not a fan of the films. This one is more a spoof, especially of movie sequels. I felt like it was spoofing movies like Bad Boys, Point Break, Revenge of the Nerds, American Pie, and Beverly Hills Cop just to name a few.
I found both Jonah and Channing a little annoying here. I thought they were better in the first film. Ice Cube steals both films. I love that they expanded on his role. The film lacked a really good villain. I did like the celeb cameos and the future episodes that was teased at the end of the film. I did get my wish and they did bring Richard Griecko back to play Booker. I also did like that Dustin Nguyen from the original show was in the film.
Who knows what the third film in this franchise will be like? I just hope they bring back more of the original cast members from the TV show.
This is one of the worst films of the summer. Melissa McCarthy needs… MoreThis is one of the worst films of the summer. Melissa McCarthy needs better scripts than this. I felt like I was watching a bad episode of the Golden Girls. Susan Sarandon's wig was terrible here. A lot of the celebs that appear in the film probably did it as a favor or got paid a lot of money to be in it. I hope Melissa will choose better for her next film.
The film was a big disappointment. From the trailer I was expecting it… MoreThe film was a big disappointment. From the trailer I was expecting it to be something like Bad Santa. But that is not the case here. The problem with the film is that it doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy or drama. The tone is off. The pacing is also off. Some scenes are too slow. They needed more humor here.
Giamatti, Rudd, and Hawkins are good in the film, but they need a better script than this one.