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Sexy, funny and cool drama comedy series about life, relationships and family!, 26 January 2015
9/10

HBO has scored another winner with this new series from brothers Mark and Jay Duplass it's called "Togetherness" and it's about the life and relationships of two couples one married one not all living under the same roof. It's a funny comedy drama that shows how people differ in life and true life is up and down with struggle and uncertain. Set in Los Angeles married couple Brett(Mark Duplass) and Michelle(Melanie Lynskey) have two small children and their marriage is rocky especially in the bedroom as Michelle is insecure and a little different and it's tough for Brett to come home after his hard work on movie sound stages and make hot passion! Now enter Brett's best friend from school Alex(Steve Zissis)a guy who's near 40 and he's watched his acting dreams fade away to nearly no jobs at all after getting out of shape as now only off beat advertisement companies call for his service! Now enter the sugar and spice of the series and that's Michelle's younger sister Tina(the always hot and sexy Amanda Peet)who follows big sister out to L.A. and this blunt free spirited colored bra wearing woman still can not find the right guy for some reason! Will Alex be her man? Overall wonderful series that's funny showing that life, sex, love, and family is all a challenge and a struggle that's worth it and it shows how each person is so different still different people have to interact with one another to find love. "Togetherness" is one series that should keep all together in a fun happy way!

Cake (2014/II)
Emotional and raw a film that shows life is full of pain and sorrow while dreaming for hope., 26 January 2015
8/10

When you watch a film of Jennifer Aniston it's typical that she's a beauty and looks fit to kill, however with this role in "Cake" it's the exact opposite! Jennifer is Claire an ex UCLA grad and lawyer living in California who's now on the downside of life as she lives in constant pain from an accident a personal tragedy that also lost her only son. And this also lead to the loss of her marriage, now life is all about a support group for chronic pain and it's a daily and nightly dose of pain pill after pill for Claire she just can't get enough. Claire is just a mess as she wears no makeup and has bad hair day after bad hair day! Her only hope and looking forward to in life is her daydreams and nightmares about Nina(Anna Kendrick)as this was a young woman from her support group that committed suicide. Overall this film is dark and a struggle about fighting pain all to be happy as our dreams and memory thoughts can give anyone hope just like Claire. And just to mention this was a real stand up emotional raw performance from Jennifer.

2 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Feel good pleasure film, that's sexy, entertaining, and a thriller that's wicked!, 24 January 2015
8/10

I just knew from the poster and the previews that "The Boy Next Door" would be a hot erotic thriller to see that would be deviant feel good fun! And I was right it didn't let me down as just the chance to see the hot and sexy Jennifer Lopez was a nice eye candy treat(that sexy black bra scene and then the bed scene of her and Ryan was so hot!) Set in sunny southern California just divorced single mom Claire Peterson(Jennifer Lopez)is a hot high school English teacher that all of the kids love. All of a sudden right across the street a new guy appears a hot young man named Noah(Ryan Guzman)and at first he appears real nice as he even takes up with Claire's shy son, however the game changes as after a hot one night stand it's soon that Claire finds a dangerous cat and mouse game awaits as Noah is really a dangerous and deviant young man. The game is deadly in the form of stalking, computer hacking, spying and you name it Claire and her whole family have a Noah problem. Overall this film isn't awards material still it's a sexy and deviant dangerous thriller that will have a good cult following proving that lust and obsession will always hurt and burn your love heart in the end and this film was made even better by the sexy Jennifer Lopez!

10 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
A hero in many eyes still yet being a patriot is a tragedy., 22 January 2015
8/10

Upon seeing "American Sniper" many can form their own opinion as to if it's good or bad still it's a drama of bravery and sorrow a drama of life and pain the good and the bad of a patriot as it ends in tragedy! Based upon the true tale of navy seal sniper Chris Kyle(in a good performance by Bradley Cooper)it shows piece by piece the battlefield and war days of his lethal killings by sniper fire! And it's still hard to believe that Clint Eastwood is still directing movies, yet still he proves with this one that he can still make good pictures! As really this is a good drama of life and love as Chris falls in love with a sexy lady gets married has kids and continues the life of a warrior, only to meet tragic means. Overall good film that showcases the good and bad of service life even though it may not be everyone's cup of tea it's worth a watch!

Whiplash (2014)
Raw and different a film of mind numbing and physical pain. All while trying to get great!, 21 January 2015
8/10

Finally saw "Whiplash" I must say it's one film that takes a look at what's it's like of trying to gain success and conquer your own working demons all while trying to please yourself and others. The film has Miles Teller as Andrew who's a young up and coming want to be drummer who after enrolling in a music school finds that life behind the drum is tough. It's when Andrew sees that his march to the beat of his own drum instructor Fletcher(J.K. Simmons in a very deviant and sadistic like teacher role and maybe his best performance)is one not to play with as the note and key must strike to his hand right on the drum! It's a pain taking task as you will see Andrew play the drums till his fingers bleed! Overall okay film about toughness, sacrifice, discipline, and coming to terms of your own success and failure while meeting the expectations of others.

Big Eyes (2014/I)
11 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
Not typical Tim Burton, still a nice drama that's fun and it inspires with love, and finding artistic discovery., 1 January 2015
8/10

I'm a big fan of Tim Burton and with his latest "Big Eyes" it clearly is not typical Tim Burton it's more of a serious tone and manner it's different from comic book tales and animation of the dark senses and world of Tim. This film is actually a true take on the life and times of female painter Margaret Keane as it's a true tale of discovery, fate and getting to know your world thru the eyes of art. Set in the 1950's California Margaret Keane(Amy Adams)is a single mother who decides to set out on her own as her talents of the brush and drawing is her only hope to earn her bucks for her and her daughter. Upon meeting Walter(Christoph Waltz)a sharp and arrogant know it all showman type, it's under the spell that Margaret soon becomes Mrs. Keane. And success and fame and public notice comes from the couples paintings only the Mr. takes all the credit! This film becomes a legal dispute as who is claiming the work is in question yet you as the viewer know who's best at the brush! Overall nice little sentimental film from Tim it's different yet that's what makes a director and a film work that's a different take that appeals to the big eyes of viewers!

Wild (2014)
4 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
A self discovery journey of thought that showcases flashbacks of painful memories of life., 20 December 2014
9/10

I must say that watching "Wild" was a treat it's one journey of discovery and self thought and most of the film is done in flashback manner which is a focus of a painful past of one Cheryl Strayed. This is an actual true tale which was also a best selling memoir, as in the mid 90's Cheryl Strayed did indeed hike and travel the Pacific Crest Trail and it was a 1,100 mile solo hike! And director Jean Marc Vallee has taken this film with the direction of grace and gut. To get more into detail of the journey and for real the character it's story is of Cheryl Strayed(in an act turning rejuvenation performance from America's girl Reese Witherspoon)a young woman who's had a bad luck life and been dealt a tough deck. As thru flashback we see that Cheryl has left Minnesota after a split from her husband and with the loss of her mom Bobbi(Laura Dern)from cancer, it's clear that this lady needs a journey to get away to take her mind off of her problems and the only way is on a long journey on the Pacific Crest Trail all thru the west coast states. This film with it's scenes are tough and raw from her mom's death, to the heroin use and it showcases all of the causal sex that Cheryl has along the way. It's important as this film shows that peace and being away on a journey creates a sense of solitude as life is a journey of self discovery and finding a recovery sense and trying to forget the wicked past of loss and hurt still that's what life is full of and all about as Cheryl would not have changed a thing or have done anything different her story was all about a life and hike on the wild side.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
A compelling and educational love story drama that's a restrain but loving romance., 15 December 2014
8/10

I for one was never no math geek or a big book worm, still I thought it would be good to check out the Stephen Hawking biography, and I was glad I did as "The Theory of Everything" it's a fine romance drama of patience and love. It tells of Stephen's early days of him trying to prove the black hole theory and it starts with his meeting of the cute and bright Jane the woman who would later become his wife. Mostly the film shows a lot about the work and times of accomplishment of the famous physicist, yet it's most touching and hard to take scenes are showing how the motor neuron disease destroys and cripples the body of one Stephen. I must say the role of Stephen Hawking is played just wonderful by Eddie Redmayne his speech restrain and movement scenes in his bound wheelchair though tough to watch are played to near perfection by Eddie and the performance from Felicity Jones as Jane from her girlfriend to wife days are just adorable. This is a film that shows life is full of unexpected things from the mind to the function or dysfunction of the body, yet still it can't destroy love, relationship, or thought.

6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Somebody is watching me! Oh how true plus they listen to phone call monitor emails and collect computer data! An eye opening film!, 11 December 2014
8/10

Director Laura Poitras has made an interesting and eye opening documentary called "Citizenfour" which showcases the story and the actual interviews in Hong Kong of whistle blower Edward Snowden. Everyone remembers in the news the story of the NSA scandal it became clear to everyone that the federal government was doing privacy invasion on nearly all citizens of the united states. I know you feel the same way it's clear that a lot of times you hear your phone and cell calls monitored and true at work, when you shop, or go to the bank or even drive thru a traffic red light your on camera! Simple no one has privacy in the world, true as mentioned in the film 911 changed a lot of things still the NSA in my opinion has took it to far with their worldwide programs with the spying on emails and the data collection that is sold to other agency types it's like the feds know where you go everything you do and who you see! It's sad that we as citizens have to give up our privacy because of terror of other nations. Still it's an ever lasting issue really see this documentary it's revealing, provocative, educational, and blunt as it proves we as citizens don't have any privacy when it comes to freedom as your calls, emails, viewing choices, travels, and data is all looked at and matched it's time we had more people like Edward Snowden as a whistle blower can be a hero.

Foxcatcher (2014)
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Real life drama of tragedy brought to the screen just fine, as it shows how ego, passion and greed destroys friendship., 11 December 2014
8/10

Finally watched "Foxcatcher" and I for one was not aware that the film was based on a real life drama that ended tragic, I was to young to remember anyway when it was. You have the real life story in which director Bennett Miller brings to the screen just fine of the Olympic wrestling brother team of one Mark(Channing Tatum)and David Schultz(Mark Ruffalo)who are getting ready to train for the 1988 games in Seoul. And Mark is the younger up and coming stubborn guy who wants to escape out of the shadow of his older straight laced and wise older brother a family man husband and dad David. Oddly enough a strange millionaire makes his appearance that's one strange and lonely odd guy in John E. DuPont(in a wicked and odd transformation role for funny guy Steve Carell)and he lets both Schultz brothers train at his farm like estate and he even lets the guys along with other wrestlers share the estate. And John becomes a father like figure to Mark only slowly but for sure the ego of John takes over as the unlikely relationship was not meant to be as this millionaire lives in one strange world. Overall this film is a great showcase of real life greed, ego, compassion, and the need for friendship in a lonely world as it shows how a mixture of these issues lead to real life tragedy as "Foxcatcher" is one film that tears a little bit of your viewing heart.


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