After numerous attempts and failures, newcomer Dean Israelite directs… MoreAfter numerous attempts and failures, newcomer Dean Israelite directs a refreshing spin on this dying genre. This found-footage film follows David, a teenager who has been accepted to M.I.T for science. After finding an incomplete project his dad left behind, he and his friends set out to finish the design for a time machine, unlocking infinite possibilities. Overall, "Project Almanac" is a really fun film, but it's pacing issues really hurt it. For the first half you are just waiting around for it all to begin, and once it does, it picks up and slows down constantly. You have seen this style of film done to death by now and if you can not find any enjoyment out of it, there is nothing new to see here. In the end, it is not an original film, but they make the best of it and I enjoyed myself. "Project Almanac" is safe fun!
Having everything that is missing from modern day horror films, "The… MoreHaving everything that is missing from modern day horror films, "The Babadook" reassures us that even though the genre may be on it's way out, it is not quite there yet. Beaming with fantastic cinematography, every shot in this film has a purpose toward eeriness feel that it is going for. What really stood out was the genius editing style that cuts from the focus of the scene to something totally out of left field that contributes to the characters emotions. The story is also very powerful, as a book is found by a little boy, his mother reads him to sleep with it, only to bring a creature into the house know as "The Babadook." The deep meaning behind the creature is really the core of this story and by the final act, I was blown away at the originality of such a basic premise. Not only is this one of the best horror films in years, but it is also eligible for one of the best films of 2014 in general. My only complaint with this picture is that once it picks it's unique tone, it doesn't go too far beyond it, which I think was needed. Overall, a brilliantly executed horror film.
Let me first start off by saying that I am not and will not ever be a… MoreLet me first start off by saying that I am not and will not ever be a die hard fan of Paul Thomas Anderson. His films really drive home many confusing undertones throughout them, and this film is no exception. "Inherent Vice" is about many things, a lot of which will require a second viewing to fully grasp. Paying full attention when I viewed this picture, I can truthfully say that I understood the film about half of the time, which is a very frustrating movie experience. Joaquin Phoenix is great as the leading man, as is every secondary character, but each film plays as a setup for the next and while you will be focussing on dialogue in scenes that reference scenes before that, you will eventually begin to get lost in the script. However, the dialogue in this film is extremely well-written, making for a very funny execution. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, but it is too off-beat to warrant any kind of recommendation unless you are a fan of this director's work. Overall, "Inherent Vice" is a stylish, yet overly plotty film that just didn't hit me as hard as I had hoped.
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Johnny Depp plays Johnny Depp once again, in a wacky and outlandish story that misses so many marks, it might as well be a Saturday Night Live skit. Once a precious photo is stolen, it must be tracked down by the best investigators/criminals. This film is pretty much a wild goose chase to see who can locate it first and it does not nearly turn out to be the fun film it should and could have been. "Mortdecai" marks one of Johnny Depp's weakest films in recent memory. I found myself wanting to doze off a few times before being zapped back in by a chuckle or two that worked only for the context of this film and nothing else. The fact that I chuckled here and there was really the only positive note to give to this film, however, that is definitely saying something as the rest of the film becomes too dull to care about. "Mortdecai" is the definition of an easy January release that will get fans of the actors to see. In the end, you will not remember much of this picture, in fact you won't even try to, but I will say that it is not exactly as bad as I was expecting.
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What happened to you Rob Cohen? Dating back to the early days of the 2000's, he began his feature film career with "The Fast and the Furious," and only going downhill from there, he directs this film in one of his weakest attempts yet. Being shot in only 25 days, "The Boy Next Door" follows a teacher who is going through a rough patch with a cheating husband and a son who get's picked on in school. When a new kid moves in with his uncle next door, a little fling slowly turns into an obsession between them and so the cliched plot ensues. This film is one of the worst films to come out in a while and I have no recollection of any mildly enjoyable moments throughout this film. I mean sure, if you are drunk with some friends you will laugh your ass off at the bombastic plot twists and terrible acting, but that does not make this a good film. Jennifer Lopez is nothing special, Ryan Guzman was fun in the "Step Up" films, but he has lost his touch as well. Dull filmmaking, horrible script-writing, and acting that is incredibly wooden, "The Boy Next Door" is an atrocious picture. Stay away.
Going into this film, I did not know much about it, and quite… MoreGoing into this film, I did not know much about it, and quite honestly, a little research on the premise of this film may be helpful. A man with an average skill set of violence, returns to his hometown, where he is not only faced with killing the people necessary, but possibly members of his own family. By the end of this short picture, I wish I had gotten to know a few of the characters a bit more, because some of their moments in the final act did not really matter to me. Dwight, played superbly by Macon Blair really is the highlight of this film, and the slow transformation into the darkest part of his life, is so well-acted that you may squirm at how creepy and eerie some of the moments are throughout this film. Well-written, greatly acted, and wonderfully directed, "Blue Ruin" is a great film that I wish had a little more development as far as it's characters go. Overall, it is a great film that I recommend to any fans of film.
Almost too ambitious for it's own good, "I Origins" pulls off the… MoreAlmost too ambitious for it's own good, "I Origins" pulls off the impossible in creating this belief that human eyes can be produced through Science and that they have a way of regenerating and used by life and death as they are passed on. Most of the film will be scientific mumbo jumbo to viewers who do not have an open mind for stories such as this, but I opened my mind as much as I possibly could, resulting in a perfectly flawed film. I do not believe this has ever happened to me before. I fell in love with this film right from the start, and by the end I was in tears, but most of the events in between, you kind of just have to go with. Each scene in this film sets up the next scene and the scene after that, and so on, but you really have to be intrigued in order to fully appreciate the story at hand. "I Origins" is one of the most flawed films of 2014, because the sole beliefs about the human eyes is what keeps the film moving along, and if you do not buy into it you will have a pretty depressing viewing experience. Although it is extremely flawed by it's premise, it kind of finds the right groove and creates something beautiful. After reading this you may not expect me to say this, but "I Origins" is one of the best films of 2014. Thought-provoking, enlightening, and mysteriously engaging, I loved this film.
Not having grew up with the original children's television show, I… MoreNot having grew up with the original children's television show, I went into this film with fresh eyes, and I must say, you definitely do not have to be familiar with this story to enjoy it. Out of nowhere we receive a January film that jumps right from the screen and puts a smile on your face. Once a bear loses his father and is abandoned by his mother, he but fend for himself and find a new home in London. Meeting a family whom he begins to love, this picture deals with family loves and hardships throughout, while still managing to keep a consistently humorous tone. I must say, for most of this film, I was loving every second, until Nicole Kidman "kidded" it up a bit too much. She was fun to watch in the film, but her storyline felt the most tired and boring. Overall, "Paddington" is probably the best January film you will see this month and I highly recommend it. What a pleasant surprise!
While nothing to write home about exactly, "The Wedding Ringer" has… MoreWhile nothing to write home about exactly, "The Wedding Ringer" has quite a few laughs and a surprising amount of heart to make up for it's tired plot. I will say this, be ready to have your head thrown through a loop during the conclusion, because you will think it is both cliched and original due to the twists. Kevin Hart and Josh Gad have great chemistry together which is really what sold the film as a whole for me. After realizing he has no friends to be his groomsmen at his wedding, Doug (Josh Gad) decides to hire a professional best man to plan out his wedding for him and hilarity ensues. While a lot of the film is hit or miss, the hits do hit with style and I was laughing pretty hard throughout. Going into this film, I expected a bland rip-off of "I Love You, Man," and although there are many similarities here, there is enough new to compensate for the old. This film is getting shredded by critics, but I had some fun with it and it is definitely not the complete train wreck it could have been, and quite frankly should have been. Overall, a lot of the jokes are well-written, the cast is great together, but the story just feels old and tired and it is impossible to ignore that aspect. "The Wedding Ringer" is hilariously mediocre. Take that how you will, but I had fun with this film!
Choppily edited and clumsily directed, this unnecessary remake of the… MoreChoppily edited and clumsily directed, this unnecessary remake of the awesome film "District B13" is more depressing than it is entertaining. Being one of Paul Walker's final films, I feel bad that he chose to do this, because he is capable of so much better. This film feels like a mix of parkour and the worst parts of "Fast and Furious," but done even worse. Farfetched action can be fun, but when they are just originary people, you really just do not buy into it, and sadly, that is how I felt throughout almost this entire fim. There is nothing dreaful about this film, but there is not one aspect I would consider even mildly enjoyable, so for that, it is a really bad movie. "Brick Mansions" boasts a talent cast that has nothing to do, a cliched premise that hardly pays homage to it's original, and editing that must have been thrown together in a weekend. Some of the fight scenes seem so wquick that they must have been edited down in the final product and it shows perfusely. In the end, I am extremely disappointed, because I am a huge fan of the orinigal film.