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The Guest (2014)
Slick and Fun
The director understands the fact that a good soundtrack goes a long way with the right ambiance of a film, and the the soundtrack in this film is terrific. It's excellent in fact.
On that note, Dan Stevens cuts glass in this character, he is a bad ass and a half. Stevens' 'David' is a cross between Maverick, Iceman, Patrick Bateman and Ryan Gosling's character in 'Drive.' Monroe and Meyer are also terrific in this film, well acted all around.
Furthermore, the genius of this film lies in the fact that they don't give too much away, they leave it for you, the viewer's imagination, to guess what exactly was up with everything and that mixture works perfect for a movie like this. You don't want to give everything up in a movie like this, very smart writing.
Lastly, you will love the ending. The ending will have you cracking up and saying this was a great freaking movie. Great ending! Most definitely watch this film.
Worth Watching for One
This is a great cast of actors, a great talent pool within this film. However, Sisters is not that funny of a film unfortunately. I probably would have given this film a 4 or 5 if it hadn't been for one who stole the film, and made every one of his scenes hilarious. Tina Fey is beautiful and a great actress, Amy Poehler is a good actress, Dianne Wiest is a great actress and so forth and so on.
Except for a few funny scenes that Maya Rudolph has, the one who steals the show and makes this movie worth watching, in this worthy talent pool, is John Cena. He is absolutely hilarious in every scene. He has great comedic timing, he's a natural. He was very funny in Trainwrecked too.
The only reason I recommend this film is to see the laugh out loud, scene stealing John Cena. He's a riot in this one. Check it out for him.
Into the Woods (2014)
My Personal Preference
Honestly, Into the Woods is a good film. Rob Marshall did a fine job with this movie. The acting, and singing are good. The set design is slick, the movie is solid overall. Rob Marshall is a good director (loved Memoirs of a Geisha), so my critique of this movie is nothing against him. When I watch films I like to see reality of life in them. I like that a lot. But when I watch a musical, in a musical I want to see the happy ending (with the exception of West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Sound of Music). I want to see the fairy tale. This is the only time I like seeing the happy ending, in musicals.
I get the metaphors and everything that Into the Woods was going for, and I respect what it was because almost no musical ever goes there, dealing with real life themes of not getting your way, tragedy and so forth and so on. But I just, subjectively, don't like seeing it in a musical.
The Yank (2014)
You can never go wrong with Fred Willard. He's hilarious and he doesn't disappoint in this movie either. Colm Meaney is great in this movie, as he is a great actor, fantastic in everything he's in. Well acted all around and actually a decent little love story which develops throughout the movie.
I enjoyed the banter and anticipation as the love story developed between the two leads. Good chemistry. A low budgeted film, but that doesn't matter because The Yank is a fun movie all around, and worth the watch.
This film will also make you thirsty for some beerski afterwards.
The ending is what brought this film together, the ending is what made this film transcend itself from the rest of the wolf pack. A film that should be looked at as a metaphor for our society. How we're brought up and how things like movies, music, et al, can give the ones with unbalanced neurological brain deficiencies the extra push they need to go off the deep of the ocean.
Also shows in Marty, how as a society, we're afraid to stand up to tyranny, we're afraid to do anything before it's too late as we've been taught and conditioned to mind our own business, if it's not happening to us-to just look the other way, etc.
A society that loves gore, porn, and bdsm is brought to a head by the end of this film, and to truly find the sickness in us all, and to not medicate it, but to truly get to the root of our problems, that's when we're found, we find ourselves.
Dream Within a Dream
The Nolan Brothers, wow, what can you say. Writer's of Conscious, genius what they come up with. Christopher Nolan is so specific and particular to everything to where it makes most of his movies great. There's so much going on in this movie that I would do Interstellar injustice by putting it in a vacuum, so I will simply state that I wasn't sure how I felt about this movie until the last 20 minutes came and brought it altogether where it hit you out of nowhere on how brilliant it was. Amazing how certain films can do that. Lost in Translation and Found are the same way. Not sure how I felt about the films until the very end, and then the ending is what brought it altogether. The ending for Interstellar, Lost in Translation and Found are what made these films beyond great, the ending of these films are what made these films transcend themselves beyond the boundaries of greatness. And somehow Nolan's genius transcends greatness with this film.
In a way, Interstellar is almost a spiritual sequel to Inception i.e. 2 days after I had finished watching Interstellar, I had a dream about something in my life that then went to the scene where Mcconaughey's character is crying profusely as he drives forth, leaving his daughter behind. I woke up from my dream and thought about that scene all day, and then thought about how great Interstellar was, and all kinds of different emotions, feelings and sensations were filling my body. As if I had gone through Inception, a dream within a dream. As if an idea and feelings had been put into my head. It felt like Inception. I thought how genius it was for the movie Inception to lead you to Interstellar. I thought perhaps this was how Nolan had been lead to the idea, the concept of it all.
Yes to the Hank
Charles Bukowski's essence was found in this movie, by the director, by the whole production and by last, but not least, Matt Dillon (Henry Chinaski is Charles Bukowski). Finally a film that nailed Bukowski's essence dead on! I was very impressed. A very beautiful and funny film. It's funnier in the beginning and starts losing steam towards the end, but still, all around a great film. The final voice over monologue will leave you with chills going up your spine by how spot on Chinaski is about life. Some beautiful moments in the film are moments where they just are, you just observe the characters.
Eckhart Tolle fans will appreciate this movie, this is the stuff Eckhart is talking about, these moments that are shown in this film. A movie that was not going to make money, but that was true to the master, the genius in Charles Bukowski. Very well done. Matt Dillon is excellent. Lili Taylor is superb. She is one of the most underrated actresses of our time.
Check this film out. Bukowski lovers will love it, and if you don't know who Bukowski is and you love this film, do yourself a favor and go buy one of his books right away. You are in for a big treat, one that will leave you wanting to read more and more of this brilliant man's work.
Project X (2012)
The Ultimate Party
Todd Phillips has always liked making movies with ultimate partying i.e. Old School, The Hangover, Road Trip, etc. So it doesn't surprise me he produced this film and I'm sure he was very big part in the final product which is Project X (some producers are, some aren't, some just fork over the cash and stay out of the process). In all honesty, you don't really care much for the characters, this movie is about pure partying, pure exploitation, pure entertainment. The film shots are so incredible, I have never seen a party movie like this before which such beautiful and elaborate film quality shots of people partying. One has to see it to believe it and you will believe it once you watch this film, it is the ultimate party. I just crack up at the end when all chaos finally breaks loose as the fire starter enters the picture, cracks me up because of what is not see (on what all the neighbors on the street must be feeling at that moment in time, that's what cracks me up). Absolute pandemonium. A very slick film overall.
Step Up (2006)
A Feel Good Movie
Just a really cool-feel good movie for all walks of life, for all ages. You smile at times, you cry at times. You know you're not watching something too deep, but at the same time you really like the characters and care for them. Pretty good acting all around, awesome dance sequences, truly a film that one could even call a modern day Dirty Dancing (kind of). Rachel Griffiths is always fun to watch and you could definitely see the appeal of Channing and Jenna when you watch them on screen. Even cooler watching the chemistry between Channing and Jenna knowing they got married later in life and had a child together. You can definitely understand how this movie spawned a franchise of sequels. A must see for anyone who is a sucker for feel good movies.
On the Road (2012)
I Dug It
I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of Jack K., nor was I a huge fan of the novel. So in first watching this film, I was thinking how much this movie was sucking it up, but then it just kept hooking me in and it came to a full circle at some point to where I was hoping the film would go on forever because I was liking the characters so much. I loved these characters, and I didn't want it to end. On the Road to nowhere, on the road to finding yourself, on the road to discovery, to change, to never changing, just a really cool film overall. I recommend this film for all of the free spirits and artists out there. I dug it baby, I dug it. These guys were the hippies of their time, drifters, until some of them grew out of it.