Sunday, August 28, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), a New York heiress who wanted to be an opera singer despite having a horrible voice, and her very supportive husband St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant). 

•Looks like Meryl Streep will most likely be getting another Oscar nomination. Once again she completely transforms herself. Truly one of the best actresses out there. She and Hugh Grant (who also gave a great performance) had amazing chemistry. You really bought them as a loving couple devoted to each other. 
•Director Stephen Frears does a wonderful job making the movie look like New York City in the 1940s. Everything from the buildings to the costumes. 
•Beautiful score by Alexandre Desplat. 
•Story was very charming and had a good amount of humor. 

•This is probably me just nitpicking, but there were times the make up they used to make Hugh Grant look older (in real life Grant is in mid 50s whereas the man he's playing was almost 70) was very questionable. 

My Rating: 9.5/10

Friday, August 26, 2016

Don't Breathe

A group of three friends (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto) break into the home of a wealthy blind man (Stephen Lang) thinking it'll be an easy heist. They couldn't have been more wrong. 

•Stephen Lang's performance. He's so good at playing bad guys (which is weird because I've met him a few times and he's such a nice guy). Definitely not someone you should fuck with. Honestly, I was rooting for his character for most of the movie. 
•Camera work 
•Sound editing
•The night vision scene. 
•The house itself is a character

•The last third just got so dumb. 
•Inconsistencies and plot holes galore.  
•Didn't feel sorry for the three younger characters. What did they think was going to happen? Those dumbasses for the most part got what they deserved. 
•The whole twist toward the end and the scene that follows really took me out of the movie. If it wasn't for this I'd probably give it a slightly higher rating. Ugh!! Wish I could say more but then I'd be giving too much away. 
•Multiple endings. 

My Rating: 7/10

Friday, August 19, 2016


Based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid- a dangerous secret mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich (Hitler's third in command), led by Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan) and Josef Gabcík (Cillian Murphy). 

•Damn it Jamie Dornan!! Why the hell did he have to go and get involved in Fifty Shades of Grey? He's actually a decent actor. I'll go as far as to say he  gave the best performance in the movie. 
•Cillian Murphy was good as well. I've liked most of the movies I've seen him in. 
•Director Sean Ellis does an amazing job building the tension throughout the whole and by the last act I was literally on the edge of my seat. 
•Nice cinematography. 
•They're able to pull off the accents pretty convincingly. You don't see that often in these type of movies. Major props to all of the actors. 
•Robin Foster's score

•This has always been a major pet peeve of mine- for the love of God, unless you know what you're doing, DO NOT use shaky cam. Anthropoid is a well directed movie over all but there were a few scenes where I had to turn away from the screen because I thought I was going to be sick. 
•The romantic subplot. It's a very small part of the movie and I'm not saying it's done poorly, it just wasn't needed. 
•Editing was a little choppy. 

My Rating: 8.5/10

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Cafè Society

Set in the 1930s. A young man from the Bronx named Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood and falls in love with the secretary (Kristen Stewart) of his Uncle Phil (Steve Carrell), who is an agent to the stars. 

•After the bullshit that was Batman v Superman, I'd forgotten that Jesse Eisenberg can actually act. He's charming in this. And I thought he and Kristen Stewart had great chemistry. They're very sweet together. 
•I'm not the biggest Woody Allen fan, but I'll admit his movies are well made. The cinematography is beautiful and you can tell he's a big fan of the 1930s. There's so much attention to detail. 
•Soundtrack fits perfectly with each scene. 
•Dialog was well written. 

•Editing was a bit odd at times. 
•Felt a little rushed. 
•Very predictable. 
•Didn't care for the ending. 

My Rating: 7.5/10

Renoir: Revered and Reviled

A look at the collection of paintings by artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. These paintings bring out extreme reactions (both positive and negative) to this day. 

•Most of the paintings are beautiful. There's no doubt that Renoir was a talented artist. 

•Unless you're a huge art fan, this movie will bore you. It's very dry. I found myself nodding off a few times. 

My Rating: 6/10

Friday, August 5, 2016

Suicide Squad (IMAX 3D)

US Intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) recruits a team of super villains to undergo dangerous missions in exchange for time off their sentences. This team includes- Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Killer Croc, and more. 

 •Will Smith and Margot Robbie's performances. Both characters were the most fleshed out (Deadshot especially which is no surprise). Harley Quinn was hilarious (didn't care for the accent though). 
•The character introductions were fun, those that actually got introductions. 
•Viola Davis being a total badass. 
•Jai Courtney believe it or not was good in this. He looked like he was having a blast. 
•The Batman cameo
•Looks great in IMAX 
•Mid credits scene

•VERY poor editing. The way it would jump from one scene to the next... What the fuck was that?!
•Jared Leto as the Joker. Sorry to say I didn't care for it. I was okay with his look but that's about it. He was a little too over the top. To be fair though, he's not in it that much and he's following in the footsteps of Heath Ledger who's performance is impossible to top. 
•I feel so bad for David Ayer. You can tell he tried and that there was a great movie here at one point until the studio fucked with it. I'd love to see his original version. 
•The last maybe 30 minutes. HOLY SHIT that was a hot mess. The effects, and I didn't think it was possible, were Gods of Egypt level bad. Just the last 30 minutes though. The rest of the movie they were fine. I really want to say more, but then I would be getting into spoiler territory. 
•FUCK YOU ZACK SNYDER!! You didn't even direct this movie and I'm blaming you. If you hadn't fucked up so bad with Batman v Superman than none of this would've happened. 

My Rating: 7/10