Whiplash is one of the better movies to come out in 2014, thanks in… MoreWhiplash is one of the better movies to come out in 2014, thanks in large part to Damian Chazelle and J.K Simmons. Chazelle does a great job capturing the tension of a serious band practice/audition and the nerves of all of the players. J.K Simmons, however, steals the show. He is one of those characters that excites the viewer every time he shows up on screen because you just know something interesting is going to happen when he does. His performance is fantastic and his character is even better. Apart from that, the screenplay is decent, as is Miles Teller, but this film really leans on it's director, editor and the performance of Simmons.
This film does a good job illustrating the trauma caused by war and… MoreThis film does a good job illustrating the trauma caused by war and the struggle a soldier can have re-acclimating to normal society. The performances are good, the story is what I expected, and the action sequences were very well done. The pacing of the film, especially in the beginning, is noticeably off, but that's not that big of a deal. This movie met all of my expectations, but in no way exceeded them. Basically, what you see is what you get with this film.
This movie teeters on the line of funny and stupid. Franco's character… MoreThis movie teeters on the line of funny and stupid. Franco's character can be really annoying, but I'd be lying if I said he didn't make me laugh out loud a number of times throughout the film. The story is ridiculous and poorly paced, but the funny bits, cameos and controversy around it make it worth a watch.
This movie is worth seeing for the performances. Tatum, Ruffalo and… MoreThis movie is worth seeing for the performances. Tatum, Ruffalo and Carell all do great jobs, particularly Carell, who not only looks and sounds like John E. Dupont, but also captures is overall ilk. The screenplay is restricted to factual events, so it is not overly interesting, but this movie still serves as a great character study.
Seeing this in 3D with the HFR is beautiful, and it, along with Martin… MoreSeeing this in 3D with the HFR is beautiful, and it, along with Martin Freeman, completely carries this film. The shots and effects are great, but can only do so much. In the end this is movie is just one incredibly long action sequence. There is not much else to it story-wise.
This is a solid and fresh movie. It has cool action sequences and a… MoreThis is a solid and fresh movie. It has cool action sequences and a nice story. The casting, other than Gordon-Levitt, is a bit questionable but the fast paced action, interesting story, humor and great narrative come together to form a good movie.