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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:33 PM

Rush: Time Stand Still - Combination concert/tour film and rock documentary look at the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush (Geddy Lee on bass/keys/vocals, Alex Lifeson on guitar, Neal Peart on drums). The movie briefly recounts the band's history and some highlights, such as their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as covering the group's singular fanbase. All of this is interspersed with footage from what would eventually become the band's final tour, as age and heath issues has made performing at the top of their game impossible. The film therefore has a bittersweet feel, although for the most part it's very upbeat and positive. It's a engaging look at the end of an era in rock music, and a real delight for fans.   7/10

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:57 PM

Sully - Adequately filmed telling of the "Miracle on the Hudson", when US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) landed his disabled passenger jet in the Hudson river in NYC, saving the lives of all on board. The movie looks at the media frenzy after the event, the way NY embraced Sully as a hero, and the investigation into the event by the FAA and the airline. The actual events of the landing are shown a few times, from differing perspectives. Also featuring Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Jamey Sheridan, Mike O'Malley, Anna Gunn, Holt McCallany, Jeff Kober, Molly Bernard, Ann Cusack, Molly Hagan, Sam Huntington, Christopher Curry, Autumn Reaser, Jeffrey Nordling, Jeremy Luke, Jerry Ferrera, and Michael Rapaport.

 

Director Clint Eastwood presents things plainly and unadorned. The film manufactures drama that wasn't existent in real life, with most of the events surrounding the investigation twisted to create more uncertainty and doubt as to Sully's competence. Hanks plays Sully with quiet dignity and reserve. However, I found the film dull, with the exception of the actual water landing, and the fictionalization of events speaks the lack of dramatic heft in the story itself. This received a single Oscar nomination, for Sound Editing.   6/10

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:50 PM

The Trust - Average crime drama somewhat improved by inspired casting. Stone (Nicolas Cage) is a veteran Las Vegas police crime lab boss who's grown bored with the job. He recruits pot-smoking fellow lab worker Waters (Elijah Wood) to help him with a new project: a heist of unknown value but almost certain success. That "almost" is what always gets them, though, isn't it? Also featuring Ethan Suplee, Sky Ferreira, Steven Williams, and Jerry Lewis (yes, that Jerry Lewis).

 

The scope and tone of the film are low-key, and there's even little suspense through most of it. Wood seems like an odd choice for this kind of role, but he's good, and brings a different spin to the cliched proceedings. Cage stays within normal parameters through most of it, only going full "Cage" in one scene near the end. Comedy legend Lewis has two short scenes as Cage's dad. This movie won't garner much praise, but it's slightly better than most of Cage's recent outings.   5/10

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:49 PM

Sausage Party - Ceaselessly crude animated comedy and existential examination of religion and the meaning of life. Unbeknownst to the human population of the world, the products in the grocery store are alive and sentient. They have no real concept of who they are or why they exist. Instead, they believe that humans are gods and that when they are chosen (purchased), the gods take them out of the store into the Great Beyond, a place of wonder and happiness where their dreams come true. When a jar of honey mustard is returned to the store after having been inside a god/human's home, he tries to warn them of their true fate: to be mercilessly devoured and/or mutilated and destroyed. After Frank the hot dog (voice of Seth Rogen) and Brenda the hot dog bun (v: Kristen Wiig) are accidentally lost inside the store, they begin an odyssey to make it back to their proper shelves, although Frank also wants to learn the truth about what the honey mustard said. Meanwhile, another hot dog from Frank's package, the deformed Barry (v: Michael Cera), tries to get back to the store after being taken home and learning the awful truth. Also featuring the voices of Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, David Krumholtz, Nick Kroll, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Anders Holm, Harland Williams, and Salma Hayek.

 

Once you accept the silly concept (if you can), the humor gets a bit sharper, especially when it starts to dissect the origins and purposes of religion and the consequences of loss of faith. However, it is a Seth Rogen project, so the script never misses a chance to make a sex joke, the filthier the better, as well as throwing in a smattering of pot humor. If the screenplay had been a bit more fine-tuned, this might have been something really memorable, and as it is, I still wouldn't be surprised to hear that it develops a cult following, but for me it falls a bit short.   6/10

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:36 PM

Misconduct - Overly convoluted neo-noir stars Josh Duhamel as Ben Cahill, a Louisiana attorney whose wife Charlotte (Alice Eve) has recently had a miscarriage. Ben is also starting to get frustrated with his lack of advancement at his firm. Into his life comes Emily (Malin Akerman), a former college flame now engaged to billionaire pharmaceutical head Arthur Denning (Anthony Hopkins). Emily wants out of the relationship with Arthur, and she'll use Ben to do it, and to set it up so that she'll have plenty of money to use in her new life. Ben brings some compromising information on Arthur to his firm's boss, Charles Abrams (Al Pacino), who allows Ben to head the case against Arthur, which could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, a shadowy figure (Byung-hun Lee) seems to be stalking them all. Also featuring Glen Powell, Marcus Lyle Brown, Chris Marquette, Leah McKendrick, and Julia Stiles.

 

This attempt at a dark, twisty noir with multiple characters and motivations is admirable, and it may have been something more memorable with a different director, a tighter script, and a few casting changes. As it is, though, it gets confusing (I'm still not entirely certain what some of the character's plans were) and the performances range from good (Akerman as the femme fatale, Lee as the mysterious stalker), bland (Duhamel, Eve), bored (Hopkins), or hokey (Pacino and his cringe-worthy accent). This was awarded the Barry L. Bumstead Award at the Golden Raspberries. I had to look that up to see what it was, and it's a new award (this was only its second year) given to a movie that deserves to be nominated but can't due to some rule ineligibility.    5/10

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:01 PM

31 - Ineptly-filmed trash-horror from writer-director Rob Zombie. It's Halloween of 1976, and a van-load of traveling carnival workers is kidnapped by a group of powdered-wig-sporting crazies who trap the carnies in a large, decrepit complex, where the guests must try and survive the night while being hunted by increasingly bizarre circus-themed killers. Featuring Sherri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Kevin Jackson, and Meg Foster as the carnies; Roddy McDowell, Jane Carr, and Judy Geeson as the powdered-wig weirdos running the show; and Richard Brake, Pancho Moler, Lew Temple, David Uhry, Torsten Voges, and E.G. Daily as the creepy killers. Also featuring Esperanza America, Andrea Dora, Tracey Walter, Ginger Lynn, and Daniel Roebuck.

 

Between keeping the camera zoomed-in too much, shaking it around, and using strobe and other lighting effects, it's often difficult to tell what I'm supposed to be looking at. While Zombie retains his usual love of seedy 60s & 70s kitsch, be it with the soundtrack, the casting, or the production design, this is the first time that one of his films seems devoid of winking humor. This approach ends up rendering everything a sadistic, grueling bore. Zombie's films have never been A-list, professionally-slick productions, but this time around the inspiration just seems to be missing, leaving nothing to recommend it, with the exception of a stinging performance by Brake as one of the killers.   4/10

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:53 PM

Zoolander 2 - Belated, overblown sequel to the cult favorite 2001 comedy. World-famous male fashion model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) has gone into seclusion ever since his wife died in a terrible accident and his son Derek Jr. was taken away by Child Services. Fellow model Hansel (Owen Wilson) has also been in hiding, ever since his face was disfigured in the same accident that killed Zoolander's wife. They are both called out of retirement at the invitation of leading fashion house boss Alexanya Atoz (Kristen Wiig) and hipster fashion designer Don Atari (Kyle Mooney). But beautiful Interpol agent Valentina Valencia (Penelope Cruz) thinks that there's a sinister plot afoot, one that may involves Zoolander's archnemesis, crazed designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell). Also featuring Cyrus Arnold, Jon Daly, Christine Taylor, Jusitin Theroux, Milla Jovovich, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

There had been talk about a sequel to Zoolander a lot in the decade and a half it took to actually become a reality, all while the cult of the original grew. But much like the sequel to Anchorman, this is an overdone excuse for a lot of celebrities to make cameos and show that they are in on the gag. Pop stars, fashion models and designers, even a bunch of TV newscasters all show up in winking cameos. The elaborate sets and action-movie-spoofing chase scenes all add bloat where none was needed. As for the new characters, Cruz is lovely, Wiig has fun buried under bad-plastic-surgery latex and a ridiculous accent, and Kyle Mooney is a stand-out as an ironic hipster who mashes and mangles his catchphrases and 80s kitsch references. This wasn't quite the car crash I was expecting, maybe because all of the negative word-of-mouth had me prepared for the worst. But it's a very pale shadow of the original. It was one of the biggest nominees at the Golden Raspberry Awards, garnering nominations for Worst Actor (Stiller), Worst Supporting Actor (Ferrell), Worst Supporting Actor (Wilson), Worst Screen Combo (Stiller & Wilson), Worst Director (Ben Stiller), Worst Sequel, and Worst Picture. It won for Worst Supporting Actress (Wiig).   5/10

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:39 PM

Precious Cargo - Lame action flick stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Jack, the leader of a gang of modern-day bandits that only target other criminal groups. Jack's ex Karen (Claire Forlani) shows up unexpectedly pregnant and with a new score: an armored car heist which will net them a $30 million cache of diamonds belonging to crime boss Eddie (Bruce Willis). Naturally there are double-crosses and triple-crosses before all is said and done. Also featuring Daniel Bernhardt, Jenna Kelly, Nick Loeb, John Brotherton, Lydia Hull, and Sammi Barber.

 

This is another cheapie from the producing team of Emmet/Furla, filmed on the Mississippi coast, but made for the Canadian market. Willis sleepwalks through his extended cameo, and the rest of the cast spends their time shooting a lot but rarely hitting anything, while also engaging in a seemingly endless stream of poorly written "snappy" banter. Completely forgettable garbage.   3/10

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:04 AM

Yoga Hosers - Asinine comedy/horror misfire from writer-director Kevin Smith. 15-year-old high school students and best friends Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) are inseparable, and they both work in Collette's dad's convenience store. One night the two of them are attacked by miniature sausage Adolf Hitler clones called Bratzis (you read that right). They have to team up with world famous detective Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) to stop the Bratzis before they spread throughout Winnipeg. Also featuring Adam Brody, Vanessa Paradis, Jennifer Schwalbach, Tony Hale, Sasheer Zamata, Natasha Lyonne, Genesis Rodriguez, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Austin Butler, Tyler Posey, Stan Lee, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith as the Bratzis.

 

The second installment in Smith's proposed "True North" trilogy of Canada-set horror comedies following 2014's Tusk (which featured the same two convenience store girl characters), this is silly, stupid, and the low-point of Smith's career. Self-indulgent, lazy, and funny only to those making it, this is a family affair, with Johnny Depp, his daughter, his son and their mother appearing alongside director Smith, his daughter, and her mother. Long, Osment, and Rodriguez had all appeared in Tusk, but as different characters. This also lays on the Canadian stereotype comedy extremely thick, with over-exaggerated accents and cheap & easy gags about hockey, maple syrup and French Canada. A terrible embarrassment for all involved.   4/10

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:31 PM

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - Musical mockumentary from comedy trio the Lonely Island. Vacuous pop singer Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) is riding on a wave of success following his hit first solo album after leaving his boy band the Style Boyz. One of the Style Boyz, Owen (Jorma Taccone), has stayed with Conner as his DJ, while the last member, Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer), has quit music and works on a farm. Conner is preparing for his next album to drop under the watchful eyes of his manager (Tim Meadows), his publicist (Sarah Silverman), and his movie star girlfriend (Imogen Poots). But Conner's ego, as well as rising rap star Hunter (Chris Redd), may put a stop to his popstar status. Also featuring Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Joan Cusack, Kevin Nealon, Will Arnett, Justin Timberlake, as well as a number of music stars as themselves, including Mariah Carey, Pink, Nas, Carrie Underwood, 50 Cent, Usher, and many more.

 

Filmed like a typical celebrity-centered reality show, with testimonials and at-home footage mixed with concert scenes, this mimics the style to a T. The Lonely Island, the comedy trio of Samberg, Taccone, and Schaffer who wrote, directed and star in the film, rose to fame with their Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live, and if you're familiar with those, then you can guess the tenor of the humor here. It's ridiculousness and dense characters getting into absurd situations. I'm normally a fan of these guys, but for me, the jokes just weren't as strong, and I was left underwhelmed.   6/10

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 05:09 PM

The Shallows - Modest, brief woman-vs-nature thriller. American Nancy (Blake Lively) is in Mexico to visit a hidden beach that was favored by her recently deceased mother. After a day of sun and surfing, Nancy finds herself the target of a vicious shark that keeps her from reaching the shore, severely injuring her and stranding her on a rocky outcropping. Nancy must brave the elements and deal with her wounds while plotting her escape from the shark, since the rising tide will soon take away her one refuge. Also featuring Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo, Joseph Salas, Diego Espejel, and Brett Cullen.

 

Much of this movie is gorgeous eye-candy: the pristine beaches, the crystal clear water, and statuesque star Lively. She handles her role well, too, effectively emoting alternating waves of fear and strong conviction. The suspense is methodically built-up, and while a few moments stretch credulity, it stays mostly within the realm of the possible. The vibrant cinematography by Flavio Labiano and the on-point direction by Jaume Collet-Saura make for successfully nail-biting entertainment.   7/10

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 03:19 PM

Under the Shadow - Supernatural horror set in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war. Shideh (Narges Rashidi) is frustrated when her dreams of becoming a doctor are dashed but the fundamentalist Islamic regime. Her doctor husband Iraj (Bobby Naderi) has just been drafted into the military, and so Shideh will be left alone with young daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) in their apartment. They and the other tenants live in fear of the frequent aerial bombings and missile attacks, and as if that wasn't enough, Shideh and Dorsa are soon also menaced by djinn, disembodied evil spirits.

 

This is a British movie, filmed in Jordan, but set in Iran and in the Persian language. The setting, both geographically and historically, are unique to horror films, but the actual events of the "haunting" are almost purely cliche, with fast-moving shapes in the distance, loud soundtrack stings, and flowing garments evoking the ethereal. Rashidi is excellent in the leading role. This went over well with most critics, so you may like it more than I did.   6/10

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 01:19 PM

Deepwater Horizon - Intense true-story disaster film detailing the events leading up to the explosion aboard the title oil exploration platform in 2010. British Petroleum (BP) has contracted the Transocean company to establish an underwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, but they are now 43 days over schedule. BP supervisor Don Virdine (John Malkovich) is riding the crew hard to finish things up, much to the annoyance of Deepwater Horizon chief Mister Jimmy (Kurt Russell) and electronics officer Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg). When this rush to completion results in cutting corners, an oil blowout occurs, followed by massive explosions and rig collapse. Also featuring Gina Rodriguez, Kate Hudson, Dylan O'Brien, Ethan Suplee, and Trace Adkins.

 

Director Peter Berg does a tremendous job of explaining the science and engineering involved, showing every step of the way how and why things went wrong. The disaster scenes are terrifying, and the emotional scenes are earned. Russell and Rodriguez both turn in admirable performances, while Wahlberg is becoming very comfortable in the blue-collar hero mold. Malkovich lays it on a bit thick with his Looz-anna accent, though. This movie continues the trend of adapting very recent history, but this time it felt fresh and interesting. This is the second in Berg and Wahlberg's "American Heroes" trilogy, following 2013's Lone Survivor and concluding with 2016's Patriots Day. The movie earned two Oscar nominations, for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. Recommended.   8/10

 

 

I have not yet seen Deepwater Horizon, but I did see Patriots Day on DVD recently, and it was even better than I thought it would be. If you enjoyed Deepwater Horizon, I can recommend Patriots Day. I may have to wait a while to see another film in this trilogy because Berg brings in personal stories to flesh out the entire narrative, which makes the film both more intriguing/absorbing and more draining.

 

I happen to live in the Boston area, and the events depicted in Patriot's Day hit close to home for me. I couldn't bring myself to see the film in theaters when it came out, but I knew that I would get to see it at some point. I found it engrossing; time slipped right by, even though the film is over two hours long. It remained remarkably true to the events as I recall them, but that might not be a ringing endorsement for authenticity what with the way that memory works!

 

The extras that came with the DVD were worth a look. They got a bit repetitive because they were produced as separate segments, but it was fascinating to hear the people whose actions formed the basis of the movie talk about their experiences.


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Posted 15 July 2017 - 10:59 PM

Morgan - Slow science fiction thriller from director Luke Scott. Corporate risk manager Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) arrives at an isolated underground laboratory complex to assess the situation after a recent incident. The scientists there have been working on a new kind of lifeform, humanoid in appearance, but an amalgam of biological material and nanotechnology, resulting in fast growth and heightened abilities. The lifeform is named Morgan (Ana Taylor-Joy), and the scientists have raised her for the last 5 years, although she appears to be in her late teens. Morgan recently hurt one of the doctors, and Lee must decide if Morgan should be destroyed or not. Also starring Rose Leslie, Michelle Yeoh, Toby Jones, Paul Giamatti, Michael Yare, Chris Sullivan, Boyd Holbrook, Vinette Robinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Brian Cox.

 

This had potential, especially with the excellent cast, but unfortunately it's underwritten and blandly filmed. There's one stand-out scene between Giamatti and Taylor-Joy, but other than that the cast is wasted. The last act is a foregone conclusion, so you're waiting for it to happen. And the end twist should be obvious to most viewers about 20 minutes into the film. A disappointing waste of resources.   5/10

 

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 09:10 PM

London Has Fallen - Even more violent sequel to the 2013 action thriller. US Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is still protecting President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), but he's thinking of resigning since his wife (Radha Mitchell) is about to give birth to their first child. When the British Prime Minister dies, an official state funeral is planned, with leaders from many of the world's nations attending. Mike has to travel with the President, and wouldn't you know it? Terrorists attack, this time effectively taking over the streets of London. It's up to Mike to get the President safely out of the city and the country, but how can he when there are enemies around every corner? Also featuring Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Alon Aboutboul, Charlotte Riley, Colin Salmon, Patrick Kennedy, Sean O'Bryan, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, and Robert Forster.

 

This is rather brainless shoot 'em up action shenanigans, although it's more sadistic and bloody than most of these, with Butler's character seeming to take more visceral glee when he dispatches his foes with a knife to the throat or a windpipe-crushing punch. Eckhart gets to looked scared and/or disgusted, while Morgan Freeman gets to look at a big TV monitor. Pure action fans may like this more, but I thought it got repetitive and mind-numbing fairly quickly.   5/10

 

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:11 PM

Lion - Emotional true-story drama that follows the odyssey of Saroo, who as a small child (Sunny Pawar) falls asleep on a train in his native western India, only to awaken lost and confused 1600 kilometers away in Calcutta. Unable to find his way home, he wanders for quite some time before being adopted away to an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). 20 years later, the now adult Saroo (Dev Patel) decides to try and trace his origins back in India. Also featuring Rooney Mara, Abhishek Bharate, and Priyanka Bose.

 

I had seen a segment on TV's 60 Minutes detailing this story, so knowing how it all turns out ahead of time, I was afraid the film would be less than compelling. That proved not to be the case, as I was moved and engrossed throughout. Young Pawar is terrific as the little Saroo, never seeming affected. Patel also gets to stretch dramatically, and he rises to the occasion, although I'd argue his was a lead performance. Kidman, looking more matronly than ever before in a movie, gets a scene to shine in, as well. I was very moved by this, even to the point of tears, which is a rarity for me anymore. This was nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor (Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Kidman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Picture. Recommended.   8/10

 

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 04:25 PM

The Legend of Tarzan - Uninspired "reboot" attempt of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character from director David Yates. It's the late 19th century, and the King of Belgium has sent Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) to the Congo Basin in central Africa in search of a legendary land full of diamonds. The tribal leader of the region, Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou) agrees to give Rom access to the diamonds if he will bring him Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard). Tarzan, the former Lord of the Apes and jungle defender, has returned to England, where he's a nobleman and celebrity. American diplomat George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) pleads with Tarzan to join him and return to the Congo to conduct a survey of the region, as Williams believes that the slave trade may be going strong there. Tarzan reluctantly agrees, and he's joined by his headstrong American wife Jane (Margot Robbie). Once in Africa, though, the parties are separated, and it becomes a chase across jungle and savanna to be reunited. Also featuring Ben Chaplin, Casper Crump, Sidney Ralitsoele, and Jim Broadbent.

 

The Tarzan stories always had the whiff of colonialism about them, with the powerful white hero defending the helpless natives. The producers try to confront this aspect head-on by making European colonialism and exploitation the central premise of the movie. Admirable in a way, that's not really the best foundation with which to build a fun, summer action spectacle. And that's something this version lacks: fun. It's very dour, and often dreary looking. Skarsgard and Robbie look good, but neither bring much to their roles personality-wise. Waltz seems bored and barely paying attention, leaving only Jackson to try and enliven the proceedings. Despite only being 110 minutes long, this was a slog to finish.   5/10

 

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 01:23 PM

La La Land - Splendid musical romance that, through its infectious charm and colorful love of classic cinema, helps me overlook my normal aversion to the genre. The wafer-thin plot concerns would-be actress Mia (Emma Stone) and struggling jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) both trying to make their mark in Los Angeles. After a rocky first few meetings, the two fall in love, but as fortunes rise and fall, will their relationship stand the strains? Also featuring John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Damon Gupton, Tom Everett Scott, and J.K. Simmons.

 

As with writer-director Damien Chazelle's last triumph, Whiplash, I started out not really liking this movie. Before the first few songs were finished I found my attention drifting. But something clicked about 20 minutes in, and by the end, I was loving it. Stone, one of my favorite younger actresses, is very good, and Gosling handles himself well. The musical numbers don't feel forced, and their obvious debt to classic films is worn on their sleeves. Even with the bittersweet ending, this is an uplifting endeavor, and worthy of much of the accolades it garnered. The film was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Actor (Gosling), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costumes, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Song ("The Fools Who Dream"), and Best Picture. It won the Oscars for Best Actress (Stone), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Score, and Best Original Song ("City of Stars"). Recommended.   8/10

 

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 11:41 PM

Keanu - Comedy from TV duo Key and Peele. Rell Williams (Jordan Peele) and Clarence Goobril (Keegan-Michael Key) are kinda dopey average joes. Rell finds a stray kitten which he adopts and names Keanu. When his apartment is robbed and Keanu is stolen, Rell and Clarence set out to find him, crossing paths with killers, gangster and crazed movie stars. Also featuring Method Man, Will Forte, Nia Long, Rob Huebel, Anna Faris, Tiffany Hadish, Jason Mitchell,  and Luis Guzman.

 

The best bits here are when Key and Peele have to pretend to be hardcore gangsters, running their mouths and posturing like tough guys. Unfortunately there isn't a lot to the script, and the last act descends into generic action-movie territory. I still think Key is one of the funniest guys around, and hope to see him in better stuff soon.   6/10

 

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 11:11 PM

Meaning that you have seen, and written about, 14,000 movies?

 

I've seen that many. I certainly haven't written about them all. 

 

That number may not be entirely accurate, though, as I've discovered that not all of my ratings on IMDb seem to get saved, So the number could actually be a little higher.






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