"The Walk" is the type of film that you can appreciate no matter what,… More"The Walk" is the type of film that you can appreciate no matter what, for many different reasons. As we follow Phillipe Petit back in 1973, he begins to have a dream of stringing a wire between the twin towers and walking across it. Building up through friendships, romance, and fear, this film truly has it all. With a very good performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this is a very easy film to get behind. As both a breathtaking cinematic experience and a love letter to The World Trade Centre, beautiful is the perfect word to use. "The Walk" brought tears to my eyes at how they were able to capture the realism of this event, even though it was impossible to shoot it practically. Well directed, well edited, and very well executed, "The Walk" is a definite cinematic triumph. Going into this film, you may think it will be building up to bank on the tragedy that encompassed the entire world back in 2001, but it pays far too much respect, that you forget those events even happened, until the final moments. Again, "The Walk" is an absolutely beautiful film. The only fault is that the narration portion of the film may feel out of place to some viewers, but the payoff is worth it. In the end, aside from a few nitpicks here and there, this is an excellent film. One of my personal favourites of 2015.
Director Ridley Scott has hit the point in his life where it is as… MoreDirector Ridley Scott has hit the point in his life where it is as unpredictable as the weather, as to how good his films will be. I can gladly say, "The Martian" is not only his best film in a very long time, but it is also one os 2015's best overall pictures. After presumed dead and left on Mars by his crew, botanist Mark Watney must use his scientific skills to savour/grow food to last him up to four years. Filled with unexpected humour, this film is able to balance a light-hearted tone while digging deep into the emotion when necessary. This film had me chuckling quite a bit, and I give full credit to Drew Goddard d Andy Weir who penned the script. This witty sic-fi rescue mission is also as intense as it needs to be, ramping up to the conclusion. From the visuals to the directing, from the writing to the cinematography, and from the acting to the believability of this film, it really is one of the biggest achievements of the year by far. I was enthralled from start to finish. Although I have to fault the film for ending a bit too abruptly, I can forgive that for being the only true thing to bother me. In the end, "The Martian" is a damn fine piece of filmmaking. Fantastic!
While it feels very much like the "Before Trilogy" that was so… MoreWhile it feels very much like the "Before Trilogy" that was so beautifully created by writer-director Richard Linklater, "Before We Go" stars Chris Evans (Nick) and Alice Eve (Brooke) as they spend a night on the town together, looking for her purse and trying to raise money to get her home. As her marriage may be in jeopardy, Brooke has her purse stolen as she is about to get on a train and race her husband home. She happens to run into a subway musician who will make it his goal to get her home. The film plays out like one long hangout on the town that sparks a real connection between the two. Films like this heavily rely on the chemistry between the two lead actors/actresses, and I must say, they made me love these characters from start to finish. I will say that this premise has been done many time and the dialogue is nothing new, but the cast really makes it work. I believe this to be a criminally underrated indie film that is deifnitely worth your time.
While films such as "The Spectacular Now" and "The Fault in Our Stars"… MoreWhile films such as "The Spectacular Now" and "The Fault in Our Stars" really bring out the best in the indie-feeling young teen films, "Paper Towns" fails to do so. I was looking forward to viewing this film, but the story definitely misleads you in too many ways for you to really care. Aside from a few great character moments, this film is a bland-fest at best. After one fun night with a childhood friend (Margo Ross Spiegelman) that Quentin had, she leaves town without telling anyone where she is going. Leaving clues, her friends set out on a journey to find her, as Quentin is in love with her and wants to take her to prom. Along the way, we get to know Quentin and Margo's friends even more, which was a terrible thing, because by the end, I cared more about them than I did about them actually finding her. In the end, this film has a poor resolution, cliched writing, and a central story that is not interesting enough. I will say that there are some genuinely touching moments, but too few and far in between. "Paper Towns" is a let down for many reasons.
Spoofing blacksploitation films just seems like a risky game in the… MoreSpoofing blacksploitation films just seems like a risky game in the first place, but when you have a great cast and a hilarious script to go along with it, you are on a one-way street. Lead by the very talented Keenan Ivory Wayans, this film follows Jack Spade after he returns home to find out his younger brother has died from an overdose of Gold Chains. The plot just goes off on a tangent from there, but the ridiculousness is enough to keep you extremely entertained. I loved watching this film and laughing at each scenario that presented itself to the characters. This parody is not one to miss if you are a fan of this genre. In the 80's, parodies were at their peak, and this one is another home run. Although some of the jokes feel easy and a few seem redundant, I can forgive all of that, due to the films effortless humour. "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" is great fun!
Through all the cheesiest Disney Channel flicks to the big screen tear… MoreThrough all the cheesiest Disney Channel flicks to the big screen tear jerkers, "Ice Princess" comes along and falls somewhere in the middle. After going through a lifetime of handwork at school, Casey embarks on a school physics assignment that sends her on a life changing journey to find her true passion (figure skating). As she tries and tries, her passion just never came through, but when she factored in physics and calculated her moves and landings, things began to look up for her. This film is about self-discovery at it's core, and even though the dialogue is cheesy as hell, the actresses could have been better cast, and the story could have been toned-down just a tad, I did enjoy myself. "Ice Princess" is family fluff that shouldn't bother anyone if they know what they are in for. Recommended to young kids and teenage girls, which is what the demographic is anyways.
This movie is what it is. It may not be worth writing a review for,… MoreThis movie is what it is. It may not be worth writing a review for, but since it is a widely released film and is available to everyone across all platforms, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. "Smosh: The Movie" does exactly what films like "Fred: The Movie" did, except it actually embraces what it is, creates a unique storyline and runs with it. It may just be a series of events with characters that you may or may not like, but the film is worth a few chuckles and they did a pretty decent job sending the characters in and out of internet videos. Pop Culture is what this film runs on, but it does it in a somewhat enjoyable way. As a film it works fine I guess, but as a Smosh picture, it's as good as it could possibly be. For that, I actually had some fun with it. I recommend it only to those who know the characters and are not complete sick of them. "Smash: The Movie" is fun. That's about it.
In one of the most profound experiences I have had all year through my… MoreIn one of the most profound experiences I have had all year through my film watching, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" solidifies that there will forever and always be a few hidden independent films that may go off the radar, after their initial release. Following Greg, Earl, and Rachel, this film is about two friends who decide to have fun and take care of Rachel after she has been diagnosed with leukaemia. As Greg and Earl love to recreate their favourite classic films, they find an obligation to complete a goodbye film for Rachel. Everything from the cinematography to the clever scripting, this film showcases everything that very few films ever do nowadays, which is display true art. Each frame and camera movement helped to explain what was going on throughout the picture, and the final act has things come together that you would have never thought was relevant to the story. With incredible emotional heft, terrific performances, and a very raw and true story, this may just be the best film I have seen in all of 2015. This is a must see, especially for film fans. Odd, unique, and emotionally powerful, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is great filmmaking at it's finest. Superb!
While not one of Disney's best animated classics, "The Rescuers"… MoreWhile not one of Disney's best animated classics, "The Rescuers" offers a very fun-filled adventure between twice unlikely mice who are on a mission to rescue a little girl. With one-note villains, the movie could have easily been stale, but they were enjoyably over the top. With a nice message for kids, a very fun adventure for all ages, and a story that will brighten up anyones day, this is definitely a film to watch. If I had to fault the film, it would be for the sole purpose that the film is not even 80-minutes long, but it actually feels it's length. Following these characters felt a little dragged on to me, but that is just my opinion. In the end, I had a blast watching this film, and I highly recommend it to kids looking to watch something fun and clever. "The Rescuers" is great family fun.