It may just seem like a "Cars" rip-off, and it certainly is, but at… MoreIt may just seem like a "Cars" rip-off, and it certainly is, but at least they acknowledge that and say in the titles that it is from the world of cars. Also, having the story thought of by John Lasseter is a huge plus, so he must have had some faith in this project. "Planes" does not come anywhere near close to Pixar's legacy, nor does it even touch the original "Cars" film, but "Planes" is a very fine animated kid's flick that may not be remember to anyone as a huge success, but for what it is (and as clichéd as it may be) I enjoyed it. Did I hate how predictable it was, of course, but I didn't let that take away from the film's nice animation and cool racing scenes. Going into this film I honestly thought I was going to hate it, so I think that is why I give it some credit. You'll either like it or you'll hate it, and this time, the latter is not quite for me.
Bizarre and enthralling are two of the best words to describe this… MoreBizarre and enthralling are two of the best words to describe this spectacle. Notice how I do not use the word film here, because it is much more than that. The filmmakers behind this film are almost too smart, hiding the actually plot in the back of your mind as you watch engaging visuals. As we follow a woman who is seducing men, you really think the film is going to get even darker by the end, and it does, but definitely not in the way you would expect. "Under the Skin" is s surprisingly unnerving feat that I would recommend to any film fanatic out there, but I do not think it will appeal to anyone who is not willing to think hard about what they are watching. Scarlett Johanssen is fantastic and I actually felt dirty watching this picture. With breathtaking visuals and a very clever way of telling this story, "Under the Skin" is one of my favourite films of 2014.
Starting off predictable in it's own fairytale world, "Enchanted"… MoreStarting off predictable in it's own fairytale world, "Enchanted" makes you believe that you about to enter a classic disney fable, whether you like it or not. It even seems that way when the characters enter our world, until the self-awareness and hilarity ensues. About halfway through this film is when I started to believe this was going to be a great film. "Enchanted is very well-written and the story (although predictable) is very charming and a blast to watch. As predictable as it is, it seems fresh in almost every way. I really really liked this film. From it's goofy humor to it's sweet conclusion, "Enchanted" is great!
"Annie" is the epitome of a family film in every way. From it's very… More"Annie" is the epitome of a family film in every way. From it's very catchy musical numbers to it's strong heart shown by it's talented cast, this film will make your heart sing even if you are in a bad mood. This film has some obvious faults, as it does not need to be two hours long and some plot devices seem to be thrown in to push the story along, but all-in-all, I had a blast watching it. For the type of film that it is, it's dialogue and lyrics are all well-written and it is very well-produced. "Annie" is the type of kid that you wish you could have been friends with growing up, due to her sheer likability. "Annie" is one of the most enjoyable musicals I have seen. For anyone ho has not seen it, it definitely earns a recommendation from me.
The highlights of this film truly are the standout performances by the… MoreThe highlights of this film truly are the standout performances by the entire cast involved, and although "Joe" may seem a little slow moving at times, it is necessary to capture the emotion that each character shows in almost every scene here. To me, the film shares many elements from other from it's Texan tone to it's rundown families in need of money. As great as Ty Sheridan is, his performance last year in "Mud" is clearly showing once again here, as he played a very similar character. This is why I think actors (although they should do what they are good at) should try a bit more broadness to their careers. Again, he is just starting so I give him props for his great performance in this. Nicolas Cage has always been up and down with his films, but this is his best performance since "Bad Lieutenant." With a very solid story and fantastic performances, "Joe" is a very well-made film that I appreciate, but will probably never find myself watching again. The underlying tone was very off-putting to me and some of the shocking moments did not really need to be so graphic. Overall, it's a good movie that I am sure many will love.
As a romantic comedy, this is one of the worst films I have ever seen,… MoreAs a romantic comedy, this is one of the worst films I have ever seen, but what it actually is, is a clever spoof on every single cliche in the book and it pulls off nearly every joke it sets out to achieve. I enjoyed every second of this film, and it definitely helped having such a funny cast. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are fantastic together and they embrace the world they are making fun of. Something that a bad romantic comedy tries to do seriously is also done in this film throughout, but it is hilarious. Well-written, well-directed, and well-acted, "They Came Together" is one of the biggest surprises of 2014 for me. It's not a perfect film by any means, but it is way too much fun to turn down. One of the most enjoyable films I have seen all year!
Mixing "The Goonies" with "E.T." is definitely an intriguing idea, but… MoreMixing "The Goonies" with "E.T." is definitely an intriguing idea, but so many films use the found footage style these days, and they all seem the same, which is one aspect I think "Earth to Echo" did not need. These four kids all worked great together, but due to the fact that the found footage style is probably difficult for them to work with, it did feel like they were acting and not trying quite hard enough at times. If you can look past the similarities to older classic films of the like, you may find yourself loving this picture. I can't say that I loved "Earth to Echo," but I accepted it for what it was, and it is a very enjoyable film that is well handled in almost every way and I will definitely be watching it again. I was really looking forward to this film and hoping that is would surprise me and go beyond my expectations, and did it? Well no, but I got exactly what I hoped for. "Earth to Echo" is a well-crafted kids found footage film that any age can enjoy. You do not need to rush out and see it, but I definitely recommend a watch, especially to fans of the genre.
This is as mediocre as coming-of-age stories can possibly get.… MoreThis is as mediocre as coming-of-age stories can possibly get. Elizabeth Olson and Dakota Fanning play their characters fairly well and I did buy them as best friends, but it seems to be written by somebody who knows some things about teenage girls, but also seems to be guessing about the rest. I will say that The cast gave it their all, but the film is so predictably written, with an obviously cliched conclusion, "Very Good Girls" is a big flop. I was really looking forward to seeing this film, because it is nice to see an indie film come of actors who have been in the public spotlight for so long. Based solely around sex and jokes, there is not much of an impact when the climax f the film hits, and I felt empty-handed when the credits rolled. Overall, if you like the cast you may find some enjoyment, but it is a pretty lackluster story. Nice try for this first time director though.
Unfocussed on it's story and pretty much every theme it is trying to… MoreUnfocussed on it's story and pretty much every theme it is trying to explore, "Transcendence" is one of the most confusing films I have seen in a very long time. The first 30 minutes of the film seems interesting and simple enough, but once the main event occurs and sends the story into full swing, it becomes so convoluted in it's messages that I became very lost. There were quite a few times where I had to stop and think about certain aspects, because they had not been set up beforehand and it seemed like it was being made up as they went along. The cast is top-notch, but not even they can save this sloppy script from falling apart on screen. From it's poor writing, to it's unfocussed narrative, to it's overly ambitious plot, "Transcendence" could have been great, but it ended up being one of the worst films of 2014!
With a fairly low-budget compared to it's A-List cast, "Snowpiercer"… MoreWith a fairly low-budget compared to it's A-List cast, "Snowpiercer" not only embraces it's small scale, but it does wonders with it, making this my favourite film of 2014! Every post-apocalyptic film you have ever seen will have a run for it's money, because instead of just having a banned wasteland or a ruptured city, the entire globe has been frozen over. The only survivors are aboard a train that has been created by an inventor, running the train from the front, as he secludes himself from the rest of the crew, feeding them the most disgusting foods on the planet and forcing them to do very inhumane things. Chris Evans gives a career defining performance as Curtis, and the rest of the cast give it their all as well. The suspense, the story, the action, and the drama all have their fair share of time to present themselves and I honesty cannot find anything to complain about. My only complaint was Tilda Swinton's over-the-top performance that took me out at times, but then again, that was her character. "Snowpiercer" is the must-see film of the year! It is not very often I call a film from this generation a masterpiece, but this film without a doubt is.