Fascinating, fascinating, fascinating. "The Death of "Superman Lives,"… MoreFascinating, fascinating, fascinating. "The Death of "Superman Lives," What Happened?" follows writer/director John Schnepp as he uncovers the mysteries behind the film "Superman Lives" that never was able to get off it's feet in the late 90's. Everything about the story that you have heard before, throw it out the window, because those are mostly propaganda lies that never dove into enough detail. This is a wonderfully made documentary that shows the extremely creative ideas throughout Hollywood, but also how film studios do not trust those ideas enough to make them money. It is a sad situation that this production had to go through. With interviews from Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, and many many others, the insight given throughout this film is superb. Behind the scenes stories are always interesting to watch, but a behind the scenes story about a canned film is that much more fascinating to watch. Here, they did everything they possibly could, putting together a great documentary. One that I think every fan of superhero films, and just film in general should watch. Not only an interesting documentary, but one of my overall favourite films I have watched in 2015. My one large gripe with the film is that I wish a few more people were interviewed, because it felt a tad repetitive cutting to the same people. That is just one mishap in an otherwise fantastic documentary. Highly recommended!
Even though this is an unpopular opinion, I was a fan of the first… MoreEven though this is an unpopular opinion, I was a fan of the first film "Divergent," and so I was mildly looking forward to this film in hopes for it to be at least as enjoyable as the first. Sadly, that is not the case. Somewhat picking up from where the previous film left off, we are on the run with the few Divergent's that have formed together to run away, as they are pursued by Erudite Elite. It seems simplistic, because it is very simplistic. The first two acts of the film are pretty much just exposition to set up the final act, which was less interesting than the exposition that pre-ceeded it. That is probably my biggest issue with the film, due to the fact that the final act is there just to set up the next film. The "Divergent" series better have some grand conclusion, or all of this filler will feel like it was for nothing. Shailene Woodley gives it her all once again, giving a great performance in any role she does, but that is not enough to make this a good film. Aside from a few cool action scenes and some nice character moments, this is a pretty flat picture. I admire the world building here, so I am not going to totally rip this apart. There is some enjoyment to be had, it's just not that good.
With a very interesting, yet simple premise, "Leon: The Professional"… MoreWith a very interesting, yet simple premise, "Leon: The Professional" is a very smart, stylistic thriller about a young girl whose family has been murdered. Trying to cope with that while being on the run by a hitman who is saving her life, the bonding between the two is unlike anything you will get in most films out there, from any generation. I loved this picture from start to finish. From it's extremely drab look, to the creepy vibe Leon gives, even though you know his intentions are great, this is one film you surely shouldn't miss. In the end, this is one of the best films in this genre that I have ever seen. Jean Reno and Natalie Portman are phenomenal, the script is undeniably brilliant, and the score will have your heart racing, even in moments you would least expect. The final act of this film had me on the edge of my seat, and I believe it will do that for everyone. I highly recommend this film to fans and non-fans of this genre. "Leon: The Professional" is a brilliant picture.
"Blade Runner" is the type of bizarre film that you really need to be… More"Blade Runner" is the type of bizarre film that you really need to be in the mood to watch. Harrison Ford leads this film as a Blade Runner hired to track down replicants. The main story seems simple enough, and while it is, there is much more going on, most of which is not as interesting. However; the cast puts their heart and soul into these roles, making you really believe that you are watching a futuristic world gone terribly wrong. I love watching "Blade Runner," but there is the complexity of such a simple story that kind of turns me off each time. This film is brilliantly written, beautifully shot, the effects are ahead of it's time, and the direction by Ridley Scott is commendable as always. Watching this film is like taking a step into the worst possible future. That is why I can highly recommend it. It's weird tone and characters will turn some people off, but if you are willing to accept creativity at it's finest, you will enjoy this movie. The picture does drag on a little for me, but it is undeniably a great film. "Blade Runner" is really, really good.
Love or hate Jesse Eisenberg, he has his hits and misses, I am sure we… MoreLove or hate Jesse Eisenberg, he has his hits and misses, I am sure we can all agree on that. However, it is much harder for Kristen Stewart to deliver a genuine performance that the audiences love. "American Ultra" follows both of them as they portray a stoner couple on the run from the government, as they uncover secrets about themselves. This picture had the potential to be a lot of fun too, but what do we get? A big messy "comedy" that has far more drama than it needed to. The actors are really just playing themselves as far as their line delivery goes and the plot really doesn't go anywhere new, especially since the opening scene of the film rewinds through the entire film, showing every action beat, which was a really bizarre move. Sometimes a ballsy movie that is just ballsy for no reason can work, as long as the story and script are there to make up for it. This is not that film. Everything about "American Ultra," from it's dumb dialogue, to it's ridiculous story, to it's very unfunny cast, there really is not much to enjoy about this film. I will admit there are some fun action scenes, and the fight scene in the last act was quite a bit of fun, but it is definitely not worth sitting through just for that. "American Ultra" is a film that came out of nowhere that nobody will see, both due to the fact that they had never heard of it, and because it is just not all that good. Definitely does not warrant a recommendation sadly. Just a bunch of wasted talent, that is all it is.
Coming out of nowhere, Jon Watts (Director) and the child stars (James… MoreComing out of nowhere, Jon Watts (Director) and the child stars (James Freedson-Jackson & Hays Wellford) are all going to be ones to keep an eye on. "Cop Car" follows two kids who find a cop car and get into trouble with the law/crime. Yes, that is as simple as the film is, all the way through, but it is executed so well that it is undeniably impressive. The screenplay and cinematography are what really sell this film for what it is, and the director was able to harness such honest performances from the young leads, that there really are no complaints to be made anywhere. From the score, to the acting, and even to the locations, everything about this picture was pristinely thought out. I may be a sucker for smaller independent films such as this, but this is one that I truly believe everyone should check out. Does it have a big extravagant or twisty ending to keep you enthralled? No, and does it need it? Absolutely not. This film is great for what it is. My one gripe, which is kind of a big one, is the way the writers chose to wrap up a certain storyline. It happens so abrupt and then the film is over. I would have liked to see it play out a little more, as would most viewers, I assume. Everything about this picture is great, but it is almost too simple to warrant a critical praise. It is a very easy watch that I highly recommend. "Cop Car" is great!
All things considered, with every pun intended, this film could have… MoreAll things considered, with every pun intended, this film could have easily been a "Trainwreck," due to the fact that nobody has seen Amy Schumer leave her comfort zone as far as creating a feature film goes. I can say with certainty, that "Trainwreck" is one of my favourite films of 2015. Not only is it one of Judd Apatow's best films to date, but the dialogue and events that played out throughout this film felt so natural. As a reporter (Schumer) is hired to write a new article on a doctor (Bill Hader) who performs surgeries on major sports icons, she finds herself falling in love, which is something she never intended. As stale as that sounds, it is the freshest take on this type of story that I have seen in the last few years. I was laughing hysterically throughout this picture, and that is due to the great writing, tremendous acting, and a slow paced editing style that always adds that next level to Apatow's best works. "Trainwreck" does exactly what it sets out to do, and for that reason I can find no faults in this film. The one big fault that this film does suffer from however, like every Apatow film, it is just a tad too long. I am normally not a fan of this type of comedy, but it is so quick that I was laughing throughout almost every scene, and I was in tears on multiple occasions. Yes, a Judd Apatow comedy made me tear up... This film really is something special to the genre. It may just be me, but I believe this film is fantastic. "Trainwreck" was a huge surprise for me and I highly recommend it.
The horror genre has been on a downward slope for the past couple of… MoreThe horror genre has been on a downward slope for the past couple of decades, as remakes and sequels seem to flood the genre more than any other. Every now and then however, a little independent gem makes it's way into a few theatres and then becomes a loved hit on DVD. "It Follows" fits the ladder half of that description, being one of the creepiest pictures I have had the pleasure of viewing in a very, very long time. Make Monroe leads this film, and wow does she ever deliver a raw and true performance. She really makes the audience believe that things like this actually could happen "in someones mind." From the work of art that is the cinematography, to the amazingly eerie score that sent chills down my spine in almost every scene, "It Follows" has the rare suspense that you just cannot find in horror films today. I was genuinely creeped out during the broad daylight sequences, and that is saying something. Overall, the film could have been pure perfection if it wasn't for the open ending that I think was great, but left a little too much to be desired. In the end, "It Follows" is one of the best recent horror flicks you can find on the shelves today. Definitely recommend, especially to fans of the genre.
Surrounded by believable performances, a great story, and characters… MoreSurrounded by believable performances, a great story, and characters that you will not want to look away from, "Frank" is an immersive little indie film that is not easy to resist. Domnhall Gleeson leads this wacky picture, as he is recruited by a band who makes terrible music, as they are in their mindset of making their first album. Going off to a secluded cabin to record, many new group memebers are met. Namely, Frank, a man who refuses to take off this weirdly shaped mask, and the story that unfolds to that story is not all that surprising, but more appreciative. I loved every minute of this film, from it's great cinematography to the fact that the terrible music they played through the film could be passed as decent. Although I think the film ends on an easy note, it is the best way to quietly end the film. This picture is the perfect length for the story it is trying to convey, and it is a very easy watch. I highly recommend "Frank," it's terrific.
"Wet Hot American Summer" follows a group of camp friends as they live… More"Wet Hot American Summer" follows a group of camp friends as they live life to the fullest on their last day of camp. That is literally the only plot to this film, notwithstanding a few character arcs along the way. It really just boils down to the comedy and whether or not you buy into it. For as dumb as this film is, I had a blast watching it. Almost all of the jokes worked for me, even the ones that made no sense, because I felt like that was their plan all along. This cult classic has been really making the rounds ever since it's initial release, and I must say, I completely see why. This film is certainly not for everyone, especially those who watch comedies for something profoundly clever in the writing. This film is exactly what it is. The cast was hired all just before the peak of their career, so it's nice to see them interacting with each other before they became rich and famous. In the end, "Wet Hot American Summer" is the type of film to just sit back, relax and enjoy with friends. I had a blast, and even though the movie really isn't all that great overall, I have no regrets recommending it.