In my quest to see all the Oscar nominated movies, I came across… MoreIn my quest to see all the Oscar nominated movies, I came across "Wild". A movie about a woman who has essentially lost herself ever since her mothers death. Her life has done nothing but spiral downwards, so she sets off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, and hopefully find a new beginning. Reese Witherspoon stars as Cheryl(the woman described above) and this is her 2nd best performance("Walk the Line" is still number one to me) and very deserving of her Oscar nod. Heck, if it weren't for Julianne Moore in "Still Alice" I'd say that Reese will win by a landslide. She is fantastic here, and you go on the journey with her, through her eyes. Laura Dern plays her mother and is also nominated, in the supporting category. Dern does great, but she isn't in it very much, and for that reason I think the nod is unwarranted, but what do I know? Very well made movie, and hey, Emily stayed awake for the entire thing. If she does that, then you know it has to be good! Check it out!
So here is a movie that has been completely blown out of proportion… MoreSo here is a movie that has been completely blown out of proportion and the controversy surrounding it makes the movie bigger than what it is. This is a silly comedy about a talk show host(Franco) and his producer(Rogan) going to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un. Only they've been recruited byt eh CIA to kill him as well. If you like Rogan and Franco then you know what to expect, and you will enjoy this. I thought it was ok, but nothing special. Had quite a few funny spots, especially the beginning with Eminem. Is it worthy of all the controversy? Not really, but it got people to see the movie. I had no intention of seeing it in the theater, but when it became available on Christmas Eve, I jumped at the chance to watch it online. Mainly to see what all the fuss was about. Here it is a month later and it'll be on netflix in a day or two. I know some that hated it, and I know some that loved it. I enjoyed it for what it is, and if you're one of their fans, then check it out! Otherwise, just skip it.
Alan Turing. There is a name that I had never heard before, but it's… MoreAlan Turing. There is a name that I had never heard before, but it's a name that everyone in the world should know. Alan Turing(Benedict Cumberbatch) creates a machine that would help the allied forces defeat the Germans in WW2, along with being the blueprint for the modern computer. However, he lived a secret life as a homosexual in a time when it was illegal. This film is fascinating, uplifting, and sad all at the same time. Rarely does a movie end and I go"I need to read the book this was based on!" But that's exactly what I said to myself when it ended. Cumberbatch is absolutely amazing in this. His portrayal of Turing is one of the best performances of the year. I believe Eddie Redmayne will win the Oscar, but if anyone can snatch it away it's Cumberbatch. Is this movie for everyone? Not really. It is a sensitive subject of closeted homosexuality, but it also does drag a little in the middle. It's shorter than most of the award movies, but it does feel longer than what it is. In my opinion, this is a must watch. I liked this a lot more than I originally thought I would. Check it out!
"American Sniper" is the true story of Chris Kyle(Bradley Cooper), the… More"American Sniper" is the true story of Chris Kyle(Bradley Cooper), the deadliest sniper, in American Military history. Even though this all takes place in the last 10 years or so, I honestly didn't know much of this story. The name was familiar to me, but I didn't know much other than that. Having said that, what a story! This movie has a lot in common with "Hurt Locker". It's about a man addicted in some ways with war, while balancing a normal life here in the states. Cooper gives the best performance of his career to date. I mean, the guy seems to get better with every movie, and this is what his 3 nomination for best actor in 3 years? Clint Eastwood directs this, and just like Cooper he continues to get better and better with each passing movie. This is the type of movie that will stick with you got a while afterwards. Important film that people should see. To see a good portrait of what a true war hero is. Absolutely deserving of any and all award recognition. I don't think it will win any of the major awards, but it's definitely in the race! Check it out!
My Dad always says "if your gonna kill a guy, you shoot him in the… MoreMy Dad always says "if your gonna kill a guy, you shoot him in the head, and let the dog live". Well the 3 thugs at the beginning of this movie didn't get that memo. 3 guys still a car and kill the dog of a man known as John Wick(Keanu Reeves). Better known as "the man you send to kill the boogeman". This is a lot like "Equalizer" and "Taken" in that it's basically a badass good guy just running through an endless stream of bad guys. Reeves is awesome here, and it's great seeing him in good action movies again. The guy may be a wooden actor, but he is a star. I would love to see this become a series of movies, but it'll be hard to top this. I bet this has the world record of people getting shot in the head in a movie. If there is anything to complain about, I wish it had more funny one liners. It's a pretty serious movie, where some humor could have gone a long way. But having said that, this is a lot of fun, and just a great jolt of adrenaline. If you like your action movies to be a good, hard R, then this is a must see!
When I finished this I said "Denzel makes Brian Mills look like a… MoreWhen I finished this I said "Denzel makes Brian Mills look like a punk!" Now, they may be an overstatement, but this is the best Denzel has been(or at least the most badass) since "Man on Fire". Here he plays McCall, a man with a mysterious past who befriends a prostitute. When she is mistreated he tries to "buy' her freedom, but is rejected. From there, oh man it gets crazy. Cork screws and nail guns, 'nuff said! If you like movies like "Taken"(and who doesn't?!) then this is a MUST see! Absolute blast of a movie that will have you cheering and in sheer awe of Denzel. I truly hope this becomes a series, because I wanna see more of McCall kicking some bad guy booty. Fantastic movie. Definitely a must watch!
I enjoy movies like this. Action/comedy/family movies don't come out… MoreI enjoy movies like this. Action/comedy/family movies don't come out nearly enough anymore. I thought about that on new years eve when we introduced my 3 year old to "Jumanji". They just don't make em like that very much anymore. But here is a good example of a franchise that gets it right. This is the 3rd installment of the Ben Stiller series about a museum that has an ancient tablet that makes the exhibits come to life. This time the tablet is losing it's power, so they have to go over to England to find a Pherroh(Ben Kingsley) to restore the power before it's too late. For a family movie, it's pretty good and probably my favorite of the series. Grant and my nephews all loved it, and we all agreed Rebel Wilson(or "Fat Amy" as my wife always refers to her as) stills the show. But there is something very special about this movie that I will always remember. First it's Mickey Rooney's last movie, even if he is only in it for about 10 seconds. Second, at the end of the movie Robin Williams does something that gets a very good laugh from the crowd and it made me realize something. This is the last time I will have a new Robin Williams laugh at the theater. Stupid to some, but everyone has been watching him for decades. Knowing he isn't around anymore, when you think about that it'll tug at the old heart strings. For a good time with a movie you can do a lot worse. Worth a watch, especially with the kiddos.
I knew very little of this movie when I saw a small tv advertisement… MoreI knew very little of this movie when I saw a small tv advertisement for the dvd. I thought man, James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy, this HAS to be good. So, I gave it shot. It's about 2 guys that work at a drop bar that gets robbed. One of them may or may not have had something to do with it, and from there a web of lies and deception forms as the police investigate the robbery and a murder of a neighborhood local. I don't want to go too much into it, because I knew very little going in, and that plays to the strength of the movie. This film is pretty slow, and about an hour in you may check your watch and be like "this has to go somewhere!" But I PROMISE you, STICK with it! This movie has a great payoff and unlike a lot of movies nowadays, it finishes strong. Gandolfini gives a great performance, and it's so hard to believe he is gone. Tom Hardy proves once again he is one of the most underrated actors out there. The guy has IT and is just something special when he is in a movie. If you like movies like "The Departed" or "The Town", then you should check it this out. Not as good as those, but it's in the same ballpark.
I'm not much of a musical fan, but every now and then they are ok.… MoreI'm not much of a musical fan, but every now and then they are ok. "Into The Woods" is a musical about a couple who want to have a child and make a deal with a witch(Meryl Streep) in order to reverse a curse that has been placed on their home. The story weaves a lot of old fairy tales together. Cinderelle, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the beanstalk, among others come together to form this unique tale. The music is catchy and the effects are good, but the performances are what really stand out. Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep all do fantastic. Johnny Depp is the big bad wolf, and he has like 5 minutes of screen time. But he is great as well. It's just a good, ole fashion musical that the whole family will enjoy. I watched it with my 3 year old and he seemed to enjoy it for the most part. Is one of the best movies of 2014? Naw, not really. But it stands good next to a lot of the musicals that have come out in years past like "Les Mis". Check it out if your in the mood for a neat fantasy filled musical.