A hilarious movie featuring Jeff Bridges in an iconic role as a lazy,… MoreA hilarious movie featuring Jeff Bridges in an iconic role as a lazy, unemployed stoner who gets himself mixed up in a dangerous situation. This movie has so many good actors and interesting characters, although I would've personally liked to see more of Tuturro's and Elliot's. Some of the characters are just flat out weird (like Julianne Moore's) and belong in another movie, because they don't really bring anything of importance to this one. Bridges and Goodman are a formidable team, and are reason alone to see this thing.
A nice slice of the revenge genre concerning an ex-hitman (Keanu… MoreA nice slice of the revenge genre concerning an ex-hitman (Keanu Reeves), who shortly after losing his wife, is sent on a vengeful rampage after a couple of thugs break into his house, steal his car, and kill his new dog that was helping him cope with his wife's death. When given the right vehicle, Reeves is fun to watch, and this is that movie. The build-up is handled extremely well, and although the movie devolves a little at its conclusion, the action sequences and style this film possesses are enough for me to give it a recommendation. At the end of the day, this is a fun, if familiar-feeling, ride that should be seen by anyone who enjoys these types of movies.
An intense, unforgettable masterpiece about the troubled relationship… MoreAn intense, unforgettable masterpiece about the troubled relationship between a brilliant music instructor (J.K. Simmons) and a young drumming protégé (Miles Teller), and how the teacher employs harmful mental abuse and torture techniques in order to bring out the best in his students. This is without question one of the best films I have seen, thanks mainly to the riveting turns from both Simmons (who gives a legendary turn that will not be forgotten) and Teller (matching his co-star every step of the way), but also how director Damien Chazelle develops his story and introduces shocking twists and turns along the way. This movie is a masterpiece, and every sequence, especially the grand finale, is masterfully handled.
An intriguing, unsettling look at a naïve, sheltered housewife… MoreAn intriguing, unsettling look at a naïve, sheltered housewife (Julianne Moore) who becomes very sick, only to have her doctors tell her they have no idea what is wrong with her. When she decides to move to join a group centered on wellness led by a charismatic leader (Peter Friedman), her health continues to plummet. What makes this thing watchable and interesting is director Todd Haynes take on environment and how sometimes where we live and who we surround ourselves with is the true poison to one's overall health. Moore's rock-solid performance anchors this movie throughout its entirety, and it still has a chilling effect on one after the credits roll.
A dynamite action film concerning the waning days of WWII and a crew… MoreA dynamite action film concerning the waning days of WWII and a crew of tank soldiers who are led by a no-nonsense figure named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), and how the group welcomes (or initiates) their newest, youngest member (Logan Lerman) once he is assigned to help them. As always, Pitt is commanding in what really is a little brother to his 'Inglourious Basterds' character, but the real revelations are Shia LaBeouf (when he has the right vehicle, he can really act) and Lerman (who absolutely crushes it). The story itself does not really kick into gear until the second half, but when it finally gets rolling after a slow-footed set-up, it remains interesting up until its action-filled conclusion. A solid war film that should be viewed.
An insufferable vehicle for the great Robin Williams, where he… MoreAn insufferable vehicle for the great Robin Williams, where he portrays a Russian immigrant who defects from his country during a visit to the United States, and attempts to start a new life with his Hispanic girlfriend and African-American best friend. While Williams is spectacular and the movie itself probably has good intentions, it aims to stuff culture and diversity down the viewer's throat in a pretty insulting, juvenile way, which feels more fake and hollow than genuinely authentic. Most of all, this is just a boring movie where you get what it is trying to say about a half hour into it, but somehow this thing goes on for two hours and leaves one exhausted by the time it is over.
An intense, powerful portrayal of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the… MoreAn intense, powerful portrayal of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, and his tours in Iraq as he struggles to keep his relationship afloat with his wife (Sienna Miller) back home. Director Clint Eastwood has crafted his best film in nearly a decade, as he fully captures the horrors of war and the brave men who put their lives on the line to defend our country. Cooper, in his finest performance, fully embodies Kyle, and the PSTD and depression he deals with but harbors up inside. The action sequences are masterfully handled, and the movie wisely sidesteps being a political one and instead focuses on our military and the orders they carry out to keep us safe.