An exceptionally crafted and absolutely thrilling sci-fi adventure… MoreAn exceptionally crafted and absolutely thrilling sci-fi adventure concerning an apocalyptic future where most of mankind is extinct and the survivors of a nuclear strike reside on a moving train, which is broken down into compartment based on the classes of society. However, when one mysterious figure (Chris Evans) plans a revolution and to make his way to the front of the train in order to overthrow the corrupt upper-class, led by a charismatic leading lady (Tilda Swinton), there appears to be hope on the horizon. This film is everything "Elysium" tried to be but failed. Where "Elysium" had a moral code of "all rich are evil and uncaring", this film instead acknowledges that there are selfish and corrupt parts of the upper class, but if you put your head down and fight your way up the ladder, you can find success along the way. Evans is once again phenomenal in the leading man role, with a bunch of supporting characters played by Swinton, John Hurt, and Ed Harris, that are incredibly arresting. The last hour especially is pedal to the medal action, and the way this film is shot and handled throughout is admirable.
One of the most ambitious and enthralling films ever assembled of a… MoreOne of the most ambitious and enthralling films ever assembled of a dying Earth and humanity's one last try in attempting to start life in another galaxy led by a solemn pilot (Matthew McConaughey) who chooses to leave his family behind in order to jumpstart our society. To put it simply, while the movie might have occasional cheesy dialogue and some stretches in key parts of the plot, this is one of the biggest, grandest, most epic pictures we have ever seen given the scope of the story. The characters are given a good enough back story to make us care for them, and the images of space and the haunting silence and various planets they encounter are absolutely riveting. The performances are all great and the way director Christopher Nolan continues to push the boundaries with the topics of space and time is both refreshing and daring. This movie wants to be viewed as a brother of "2001: A Space Odyssey", and it actually pulls it off because of its direction, incredible music score, and the final journey McConaughey's character embarks upon. This is just a special kind of movie, and one that should be seen if you love the movie watching experience.
An intriguing documentary on the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan and… MoreAn intriguing documentary on the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan and the day to day operations our troops go through, captured through the lenses of a father and son who are both journalists. While there is not as much back story on the soldiers as there should be, this is still a riveting documentary that shows the hardship our military goes through ever y day fighting a war that will seemingly never end. The ending will tear your heart out, with an emotional final scene that should stick in your mind for a long time.
One of the most powerful films I've ever seen, with an incredible lead… MoreOne of the most powerful films I've ever seen, with an incredible lead performance from Edward Norton. The overall message of the movie is extremely important - that even the most heinous and hateful of people can change, as seen by the slow-burn approach of Norton's friendship with a black man in prison. The ending always gets me, it's a heart-wrenching finale that is hard to watch but extremely appropriate. This is a film everyone should see.
An average satire of the cancerous political platform known as the… MoreAn average satire of the cancerous political platform known as the campaign for public office, with two of the most powerful comedic titans of the industry (Will Ferrell, Zack Galifianakis) at the helms. It starts to head in the right direction near its conclusion, but sadly it is already too late. Ferrell sports another over the top performance that we are all used to, while Galifianakis and his silly southern accent are not as utilized. Americans need a movie with a ferocious political bite like say, "Wag the Dog", especially now, when the future of our country looks bleak. Sadly, "The Campaign" is not that beast, instead it comes across as somewhat likable but largely forgettable, and probably a film that should have been on Ferrell's "Funny or Die" website as a 5-10 minute sketch, not an hour and a half long film.
A decent, though heavily flawed and uneven reboot of the "Godzilla"… MoreA decent, though heavily flawed and uneven reboot of the "Godzilla" story, with an interesting spin on the central character that is definitely a breath of fresh air. With that said, character development has seen better days, with a pretty bland background offered for each of the individuals outside of Bryan Cranston's. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's average performance can only carry this movie so long, even if the visual effects are really outstanding and the film almost coasts on this alone. It is not nearly as bad as the Matthew Broderick reboot from '98, but it is also pretty easy forget once the credits begin to roll.
A slow, thoughtful, and brutally realistic look on a family torn apart… MoreA slow, thoughtful, and brutally realistic look on a family torn apart by a father's infidelities, and after his death how violence erupts between the two families he started in his life. Michael Shannon, a method actor who is on the verge of typecasting himself as the "psycho" guy in movies, plays the part of a quiet man well. It is not a film for everyone because as said, it is paced almost to a crawl, but the character development and rising action are both well constructed by director Mike Nichols. If you like urban dramas that offer a different slice of life that are not seen in many movies, this is worth a view.