Bizarre and distasteful, "White Bird in a Blizzard" may just be one of… MoreBizarre and distasteful, "White Bird in a Blizzard" may just be one of the oddest and unsettling films you'll see in 2014. Not sure the reason that's it's story is not good, but for the reason that the execution of the film just comes off as creepy. Shailene Woodley is good, as is the rest of the cast, but the characters they are portraying all seem off and I am not quite sure if the filmmakers captured the atmosphere they intended. There is a lot of build up to something you already see coming and in the end I was left unsatisfied after watching a film that I original had no interest in to begin with. It is the type of film you will either accept or let go, and I had already let it go after the first 20 minutes. I will say that the dialogue was well-written and they definitely chose a great cast, but during every scene (as well as they are shot), something just feels off. I wouldn't recommend this film unless you enjoy indie art films, because that is the closest category I would put it in. Boring and uninteresting, "White Bird in a Blizzard" is wasted potential.
Now here is a puzzle for you. Jason Reitman's "Men, Woman, and… MoreNow here is a puzzle for you. Jason Reitman's "Men, Woman, and Children" is one of the most ambitious films I have seen in a very long time, and that reason alone almost kills the film sadly. The first 20 or so minutes of this picture will have you mind-blown, chuckling, and possibly weeping if you are drawn to certain things, but none of that really pays off in the end which kind of pissed me off. The film builds on so many vague ideas that it almost forgets that it made so many of them by the end and only reveals a fraction of what this film is trying to be. Writing and Directing, Jason Reitman designed a story here, that may have scarily true elements throughout, but it's the fact that he overinflates everything that he thinks is true about the human condition that hurts it. I will say that every actor in this film does their absolute best and Adam Sandler is the most notable for giving a very down-to-earth performance here. These are the types of roles he should be taking nowadays. "Men, Woman, and Children" is a very easy film to admire and even fall for during your experience, but it is just not the immersive digital exploitation film it makes itself out to be. We live in a treacherous universe of sex and digital manipulation, and that broad idea is just not explored to it's fullest potential. I almost want to see a rewrite of this script, because the dialogue works in all the character moments and the actors were chosen very well, but there were some story lines being followed that I just did not care much for by the end. "Men, Woman, and Children" is a missed opportunity, but a great acting showcase for all of these stars and there is an amazing message hidden deep inside this film that you can see, but it is almost laughably deep once reflected upon after the first viewing. An admirable attempt at exploiting our flawed human condition.
"A Walk Among the Tombstones" tries too hard to be a transfixing… More"A Walk Among the Tombstones" tries too hard to be a transfixing thriller/mystery, and tries even less to be a "Taken-esque" action film, therefore falls somewhere in the middle. I am in a very weird state of mind after watching this film, because it felt like it was building up to something bigger than what you get, and for that reason alone I was a bit letdown. Having said that, there is no real issue with the ending of this picture, because it happens very naturally. Liam Neeson is very strong in this role, but it is not a very new role for him to embody. With some outstanding cinematography, a script worthy of telling, and a very dark tone that you need to be in the mood for, "A Walk Among the Tombstones" is a very surprising film, but unfortunately doesn't take any liberties in originality and I was not very heavily impacted when I left the theatre. Overall, a very strong thriller that could have taken more risks.
Whether or not you walk out loving or hating "The Maze Runner," you… MoreWhether or not you walk out loving or hating "The Maze Runner," you can definitely say that you had a blast during the build up to what is actually going on with the Maze. The film is lead by some great performances by some breakout stars and I can honestly say that I was enthralled almost the whole way through. "The Maze Runner" is genuine in all it sets out to accomplish, and even though there are a few generic and cliched elements throughout (notably the conclusion), it is an extremely fun and intense ride that will have you hooked. The sound design was incredible and I felt like I was running through the maze with them and I could not wait to see the outcome. There are a few lame lines of dialogue and the ending may not be the best in the world, but I would still tell people this is a great film."The Maze Runner" has it's issues, but it is very very well made.
Simple, yet complex, "This is Where I Leave You" is a very different… MoreSimple, yet complex, "This is Where I Leave You" is a very different film that challenges you to choose a character and feel for them. This is a very character-driven piece about hardships and loveships, even if it does not end in the conventional way that every romance does. After the death of their father, a family is brought together to spend the week in their mother's home where they must reconnect. It is a very basic premise, but the acting is so great that you are along with them the entire time and you almost forget you are watching a film at times. It may not be the greatest film in the world, but it is one of the most challenging films to watch of 2014. I found myself in tears and laughing quite often throughout the film, but there is something missing. For what I enjoyed, I really enjoyed, but there was a sense of story that was missing to me a little. "This is Where I Leave You" is thought-provoking and ballsy with all of it's cultural statements and archetypes and I loved that about it. Overall, it is a very solid film that I recommend.
"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It… More"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It is hilarious in almost every sense of the word, even if not in the conventional way, and it never falls short with the cheesy scares. It can be genuinely shocking at times but that is taken away immediately throughout the film, especially due to the lack of seriousness. This all being said, "Ghostbusters" is an extremely unique film that will never be able to be touched by any filmmaker. It's smart, cool, slick, witty, scary, and intense. The only issue this film has is that the title is not explored to it's highest potential. It sets up a great premise but it takes just a tad too long to reach the climax in my opinion. Overall, I loved every minute of "Ghostbusters" and it deserves the fame that it has.
A very lacklustre sequel in almost every way possible, "Ultimate… MoreA very lacklustre sequel in almost every way possible, "Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther" delivers on it's title character, but fails to feel like an Avengers film and more like a Black Panther film, which was cool for the first 10 minutes, but it just got boring and repetitive and by the end, there was nothing shown in this picture that was not in the previous instalment. With characters that are not as interesting as the main Avengers and side plots that might as well be cut right from the film, "Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther" is sloppily put together so that Marvel can pump out an unnecessary sequel to a film that never needed one in the first place. Overall, there are some fun action moments, but you will not remember this film for very long. I am already forgetting the highlights of it...
Fast-paced, action-packed, and really fun to watch, "Ultimate… MoreFast-paced, action-packed, and really fun to watch, "Ultimate Avengers: The Movie" may not be the most sophisticated Marvel film out there, but as their first kick at the can in returning to animated films, they definitely did not disappoint. Now don't get me wrong, as much as I enjoyed watching this film, it almost feels too short for the amount of substance lingering around the film and a lot more that was brushed over felt like it needed to be explored. The main goal of this film was to bring together all of the classic and well-known characters to fight an enormous threat, and while that aspect of it was awesome, I felt like they were too afraid of The Hulk for me to care about the main threat that had been set up. At times the script goes all over the place, but when it's on track, it hits every mark that it should. Overall, it's not a great film, but it is a blast to watch!
From Jesse Eisenberg at his best, to Dakota Fanning proving she is a… MoreFrom Jesse Eisenberg at his best, to Dakota Fanning proving she is a worthy actress, you would think that a film like "Night Moves" would have much more to offer than just that, but that is really all I got out of this film in terms of enjoyment. The cinematography is great and the director did an amazing job with the cast, but the story was just not interesting or exciting enough to justify these elements which ended up grabbing my interest and losing it in a matter of minutes periodically throughout this film. In no way is this a bad film, in fact, I can see how some people would call it a masterpiece, but it is a very slow moving picture with little else to offer than technical aspects and great performances. "Night Moves" had a screenplay that did not take any risks and that bothered me a lot. Overall, it is a very well-constructed thriller that I probably will never watch again.
Odd indeed. The premise of this film had me intrigued from the start,… MoreOdd indeed. The premise of this film had me intrigued from the start, and even though the idea behind this premise even happening is bizarre and silly, I was ready to accept and view as a kid. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" has some very solid moments, but when your film is overly sentimental to the point where you will begin rolling your eyes at it's attempt at emotion, that will hurt it very dearly. The cast is very likeable and the way of telling the story was interesting, but it just did not connect with anything going on in this film the way that I thought I was going to. The dialogue was pretty standard and the outcome seemed like the easy way out of this story, but in the end, it's a film children can enjoy, even though it's not a very good one. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is the definition of wasted potential.