Well I certainly left confused yet satisfied.
Interstellar is yet… MoreWell I certainly left confused yet satisfied.
Interstellar is yet another mind-bending cinematic adventure brought to you by Chris Nolan. I heard it got the thumbs up from Degrasse Tyson on its principles for quantum physics as one of the most accurate portrayals of worm-hole travel in movie history. It doesn't disappoint. This movie reaches beyond the stars, literally, to amaze and expand your thoughts on space travel between galaxies. It's extremely thought provoking...but it can also be overwhelming. The first 20 minutes is pretty tame and a bit underwhelming for character set-up. In fact, you become a bit confused as to whether this film wants to be a father/daughter picture as opposed to a straight science fiction romp through space with just a family side story.
Just like most of Nolan's flicks, this one takes some intense concentration to really figure out what is going on. There are a few plot holes that beg the audience to ask 'what the hell just happened' needing some explanation, but if you take it for what you get, it's a brilliant romp through space.
As for the acting, Matthew is great. There was a point half way through when he's progressed so far into the future due to time refraction and his acting is on POINT. Most of the cast is pretty accurate, but I just couldn't get over Hathaway as a convincing doctor.
Overall, it doesn't strike me as one of Nolan's strongest epics in his long line of thinkers, but Interstellar will surely bring out the geek in you with the worlds they visit and the possibilities you wish you could be a part of in your lifetime.
David Fincher has a well-known grouping of movies that fall into the… MoreDavid Fincher has a well-known grouping of movies that fall into the category of "mind f***". They are very good. From Fight Club, to Seven, to Zodiac and GWTDT. Gone Girl is yet another 5-star accomplishment for him and the actors to hang their hat on. I didn't read the book. I went in fresh to the theater not knowing how anything would turn out and, to say the least, I wasn't disappointed until the credits started rolling. My only nitpick was the last 30 minutes felt rushed compared to the nice pacing of background and storytelling we got in the first 90 minutes, but nothing was left out.
Ben Affleck scores again with another studly effort. However, he's not who you need to see this movie for. Rosamund Pike makes you believe she's the reason men should never marry crazy. Subtle yet it builds and then explodes. Great support work from Tyler Perry in a role suited for him...not a role he's in a fat suit. Even though you find out the kind of guy NPH's character is, he still does such a great job making you feel for his character.
It feels like nothing was left out in terms of the plot and with the ending coming as a surprise to the audience, as long as you haven't read the book or had it spoiled, what makes it even better is the ending surprises the characters in the film as well.
Birdman. Not to be confused with Harvey Birdman nor the basketball… MoreBirdman. Not to be confused with Harvey Birdman nor the basketball player. Michael Keaton helms the lead role in this black comedy. It's a dark look under the hood of Broadway plays and the egos of the actors who embody them. Keaton somehow finds a way to tap into a real piece-of-work of a person to bring his character to life without making you think Keaton may actually be this kind of person in real life. Keaton's range has always been his strength from Batman to Beetlejuice to Birdman.
Ed Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough are all great supporters. Norton probably plays the exact opposite kind of character as he is in real life as a real brandish and over-confident egomaniac. Unfortunately, he sits out most of the final act. Stone comes in second as the troubled daughter who is both endearing and repulsive in nature with her bad habits and carefree attitude.
The real strength of this film is the direction. Alejandro pulls of one of the most outlandish feats I have ever seen in a movie; making the entire film seem as if it was one entire long cut without any cuts or breaks. I heard the actors talk about the trouble and difficulty with this kind of technique, but it really made everything feel fluid and suspenseful. This and the entire premise of the film of a washed up, old actor trying to revive...maybe refurbish...his one historic career in a new avenue just to prove he still has it gives Birdman a real presence.
There is enough to like here with Liam Neeson alone in Non-Stop, but… MoreThere is enough to like here with Liam Neeson alone in Non-Stop, but what I can't help but feel is the entire cast was under used for a majority of the flick. How can you have Julianne Moore on screen and not have her play an integral role in the film? How can you have Corey Stoll not feature as a main character? The movie follows a typical 'who-dunnit' theme on an international flight filled with only 120 passengers. That seems a little light in my opinion and experience. The death of a passenger every 20 minutes was pretty uneven. Especially considering two of the passengers were killed the same way. Not much variability. The cat and mouse aspect of it all was actually well done with the text graphics popping up on screen, but you were never fully convinced he had found the killer even when the director sure felt like he wanted you to believe it. The fake outs were dismal. But again...why this still deserves a watch is Neeson's presence and command in a lead action-hero role. There's a decent bit of combat here to feel like you're getting a classic Neeson role. Overall, while you might not be invested in any of the passengers or crew or even Neeson's character, the escalating intensity over the last 70 or so minutes gives this enough of a boost to warrant a ticket.
Bad Boys on laughing gas. Let's Be Cops is a super extended episode… MoreBad Boys on laughing gas. Let's Be Cops is a super extended episode of New Girl, this hit Fox TV show both these clowns are in. Jake Johnson is one of my favorite unsung actors, and he's got a knack for pulling of the silly and stupid characters. Damon Wayans Jr, much like his character on the TV show plays more of the straight-laced side of the duo. For being rated R, it actually wasn't as vulgar or as violent as I was expecting from a comedic standpoint. Clearly the two leads have chemistry better than most cop duos you see on the silver screen, but I'm not sure their full range is shown behind a tame script with a bad guy who comes off more as a low-level thug than an actual crime boss. I'm not saying the movie stands tall with any of the other buddy-cop comedy films, but it can tag along in the rear as one of the more watchable movies thanks to its two leads.
Jake Gyllenhaal has had one of the quieter careers that should still… MoreJake Gyllenhaal has had one of the quieter careers that should still be considered one of the best. In the last 10 years, he's come out with more quality than quantity. He's got a knack for these weird, quirky characters who you don't necessarily love or want to see succeed, but you can't help but stay interested in. Lou Bloom is one of the most selfish versions of a human Gyllenhaal has played. The things he does to scavenge and move up the ladder in life and work is disgusting for most of us. Gyllenhaal hollowing himself out by losing some weight was the right move for this too. I wouldn't say this is the best film he's done, but it is one of the best acting performances he's come out with.
And the movie finally made sense in the final minute! It took a bit… MoreAnd the movie finally made sense in the final minute! It took a bit to get there, and it wasn't always clear what this was entirely about, so The Rover sits near the bottom of the totem pole of films based off the collapse of society. The pacing was very slow from director David Michod. It takes place in the outback, and it's a real dark and grisly place to be when the apocalypse hits, but the lulls were too long. The acting was near perfect though from a stoic and silent, but deadly, Guy Pearce. Bigger props go to the transformation of Rob Pattinson from Englishman to insufferable goof. He did a great job of making the viewer care about his plight even if you didn't full understand the entire scope of why he was in it in the first place.
Keanu Reeves may have found THE film to re-energizer a somewhat… MoreKeanu Reeves may have found THE film to re-energizer a somewhat dormant career over the last decade since the Matrix. John Wick is simple, silly, and satisfying to watch. Mindless killing may overrun much of the details, and there aren't too many to keep track of, but Wick does it so efficiently and with such technique he really keeps the audience invested with him succeeding.
Let's look at the plot. Guy is a hitman. Loses his wife to an unexplained illness. Wife gets him a dog with her departing gift from this life. Russian boss's son steals his car after running into him at a gas station, kills dog. Revenge.
It's pure silliness. But there is a real affinity from viewers to see such a brutal revenge flick because of the want to live vicariously in such a lavish lifestyle with those particular sets of skills. The movie gets a little artsy with some of the subtitles, but it adds a clever bounce to the tempo.
Nobody in this film is really trying to come off as a role model. Keanu doesn't stray too far outside his comfort zone of one-liners and sad/intense/plain faces, but John Wick allows you to enjoy justice served in the only way these guys know how.
Korea comes out with some pretty good action thrillers when they want… MoreKorea comes out with some pretty good action thrillers when they want to. Decently choreographed and with a story that isn't all that foreign from fans of the genre, think Leon the Professional, The Man From Nowhere really fits a lot in during its two hour time frame. While the acting tends to venture on the silly side from some of the supporting cast, the main actor isn't asked to stray much with his emotions as the hardened ex-military-cop-turned-pawn-shop-owner. There are some good hand-to-hand combat scenes with a little more gunplay than the former, but when it comes to gangster flicks from the East, it's pretty solid. With plenty of revenge to fuel the film, outside it's brief slowdown about an hour in and an unclear bad guy from the first act, it settles in nicely with emotion and grit for any art house adventure flick.