Not having known about the original source material of this film, I… MoreNot having known about the original source material of this film, I watched the trailer and was blown away with great characters and stunning visuals and I just had to see it. After viewing this film, I must say that I may have overhyped myself a bit for it, because it had a lot of great puns and genuinely funny jokes, but some of them are repeated a bit too much. As expected, the visuals are fantastic and the voice acting fit the characters quite well. It is not film you have to prepare to see, it will immediately put you in a good mood and it's something the entire family can enjoy. I would definitely recommend "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" for all it's exciting and clever plot points, even though most of the film is pretty predictable. It was a very very fun watch!
After watching many of their skits through the years, I was very… MoreAfter watching many of their skits through the years, I was very anticipated to see "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," but I must say, that even though I had a blast watching this movie, it is nothing compared to the hilarity of their show. This film gives them an actual plot which takes you out a bit, because their shows has all been about randomness. To be honest, I do not even think a feature film was necessary, but it was inevitable I guess. The writing in this film almost seem absent at times, which is fine, because that is pretty much what their show is, but the jokes are very hit and miss. Since everything in this film was intentional, I will give them major props in pulling it all off. I am not a huge fan of this film, but I really enjoy these guys!
Spoof movies come and go, and there will always be the ones that are… MoreSpoof movies come and go, and there will always be the ones that are great, but as time goes on, this genre of film is what really makes this industry hurt inside and out. The fact that these films continue to make money blows my mind. I just have to accept the fact that these films are not going anywhere. This time around, the plot of "The Hangover" meets "The Hunger Games" and while there are a few jokes that did genuinely make me laugh, they got repetitive and tiring and the film spiralled out of control just like all of these films do. As it begins, you feel hopefully, but the slaps in the face come very rapidly. I do not know why I made myself suffer through this film, but for every bad film, there will always be a good one to look forward to. "The Hungover Games" is exactly what you think it is, nothing more, nothing less.
1, 2, 3... Okay tears go ahead. "Short Term 12" is the kind of film… More1, 2, 3... Okay tears go ahead. "Short Term 12" is the kind of film that you do not get very often and is so genuine in it's story that you feel compelled to applaud when the credits role, even if you are sitting alone for the viewing. The story follows a group of young adults as they take care of a facility for abused adolescents and do their best to correct what their parents have done throughout their lives. Once you get to know these characters, every story, and almost every line of dialogue that these kids deliver will have you tearing up. These young actors were chosen perfectly and I really believed I was watching these lives evolve before my eyes. I cannot complain about any aspect of this film, because everything, down to the editing and sound, was done very well. I have no reason not to say this is one of my favourite films of 2013. It's a must see, but have a strong heart ready.
"The Lone Ranger" takes it's source material (somewhat) from the… More"The Lone Ranger" takes it's source material (somewhat) from the classic television series, and for the most part, this film fails miserably on all levels. Sure it's action sequences may be fun to watch, but the writers honestly had too much material to work with and it seems like too much is going on all at once, while still feeling very slow. Johnny Depp plays the same persona as always, and Armie Hammer just feels miscast in every way. This film has been bashed by critics and normally I would give sympathy to the filmmakers, who in this case have done a technically good job, but it is just one mistake after another and one cliche after the next. "The Lone Ranger," with better direction, better casting, and a much better script, could have been fun, but it's one of the most forgettable films in recent years.
"Omar" surprised me. With such a short running time, I did not expect… More"Omar" surprised me. With such a short running time, I did not expect the film to have such emotional depth to it, but it really took advantage of it's 98 minute run time, which I really admired. The lead actor steals the show with his very gentle and kind performance, but when his character needs to be reckless he really let's loose. As Omar grows up hanging around his friends, all they do is terrorize the town at night, and when one of his friends commit murder, they are on the run, and Omar's love, family, and friends are all at risk. This is an emotionally satisfying film with a perfectly executed conclusion. Such a great picture!
"The Broken Circle Breakdown" is a hard one to review, because it's… More"The Broken Circle Breakdown" is a hard one to review, because it's overwhelmingly depressing tone will definitely make you not want to watch the film, especially because it get's more and more depressing as the film goes on. It is essentially about a man and a woman's love story, told very non-linear as they fall madly in love, have an unexpected daughter, and have to deal with the fact that she has cancer and may not make it out. Growing up as country singers, each time they sing on stage was in English which was great shift in tones, and the performances are some of the best to come from 2013. It is definitely one of the best films of 2013, but it is just very very hard to watch. I highly recommend watching this film, but at the right moment.
The cinematography, no matter what the screenplay is like, how the… MoreThe cinematography, no matter what the screenplay is like, how the acting is, or even if the direction was awful, really sold me on this film. Everything technical needs to be praised before any negativity, because this films' visuals will blow your mind. I could not look away from the screen at any moment during the fight sequences, because the choreography and camera work was so beautiful and deserves it's Oscar nomination. Now on to the story. It is a very well-told and well-paced screenplay, but the film is a lot of style, and seems like it overshadows everything. To me, it took me out of the film's messages a bit, but that is always why it has it's nomination, so it's a bit of a tug of war. The acting is very good and the direction is not bad, although it seems he left it up to the cinematographer to plan the action sequences for him. At it's core, this film centers the Ip Man, who would move onto his later years after this film, to be Bruce Lee's trainer. I will definitely recommend this film to people who enjoy true stories or martial arts, but I think that is as far as it will reach. I really enjoyed watching this film though!
This beautiful little film tells the story of a world made up of only… MoreThis beautiful little film tells the story of a world made up of only Bears and Mice, where the Bears live up above and are feared by the mice. But one day when one of the mice is cast away and hated, she meets up with e bear who is living on the streets. When they start bonding, the town goes insane and they are on a huge chase around town. This is a wonderful film that deserves all the praise it is getting and the animation is absolutely perfect. This story is one you may have seen before, but the way it is told here, separates it from all others. It may not be a perfect film, but as far as kids animation goes, it is. I loved watching this sweet innocent film, and it is very well-written. I highly recommend "Ernest & Celestine."
While extremely painful to watch, "The Act of Killing" displays a… MoreWhile extremely painful to watch, "The Act of Killing" displays a brutally honest story about the life of Anwar Congo, a gangster who helped the mob kill millions of communists. This film displays he himself re-enacting scenes of actual events that he remembers from the past. He puts on display for the world to see, the horrific ways of killing people and sometimes you feel like throwing up while you are watching. Anwar begins to realize that even though what he did back then was legal, he himself, after personally experiencing the effects, has a complete turn around with his feelings. This film is something that needs to be shown to the world, but only to those who are mature enough to view. I will never say I love this film, based on it's subject matter, but it is a brilliant documentary that almost feels like a shoe-in for the Oscars. "The Act of Killing" is superb in it's messages.