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Paranormally Activity

Posted : 3 years, 6 months ago on 16 June 2015 01:29 (A review of Paranormal Activity 2)

I am surprised by how good this nanny camera horror film was compared to the first. I might actually be interested in checking out the third one...

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I Want to Eat Cheese with Jeff Garland

Posted : 3 years, 6 months ago on 16 June 2015 01:18 (A review of I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With)

Garland is pretty funny in this relatively unique indie film about finding someone to love. Silverman is funny in a toned-down version of herself.

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Salinger review

Posted : 3 years, 6 months ago on 8 June 2015 04:38 (A review of Salinger)

This documentary on the reclusive author makes it clear an hour would have been enough to cover this author. Perhaps if I were a huge fan of his I would have loved this, but it just got to be too much insight, making this not a documentary for the average fan.

Apparently this documentary took several years to make and they clearly worked very hard for the final result... so I've got respect for their perseverance.

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Little Fodder for Comedy

Posted : 3 years, 6 months ago on 30 May 2015 01:14 (A review of Little Fockers (2010))

What a drastic change from the first two movies. This reminded me of a lazy Adam Sandler movie. It seems like the only actor that actually wanted to be in this movie was Jessica Alba. But it was nice to see Owen Wilson playing a larger role, it's too bad his character was written to become a sillier unrealistic caricature.

Luckily it did still illicit some laughs and it's difficult not to continue to enjoy the relationship between the main two characters, but oh how I wish they actually tried to make a decent end to this trilogy.

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Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 23 May 2015 06:13 (A review of Freakonomics)

With all these great documentarians and a plethora of source material you would expect this documentary to be awesome... but it's barely above average.

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The Biggest Deception of the Summer

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 23 May 2015 02:42 (A review of Now You See Me)

An entertaining, albeit barely believable, first half gets almost forgotten as we are forced to believe Mark Ruffalo's acting and the finale's ridiculous twist.

Somehow this became a breakout hit, which I was happy with before I had a chance to see it, as it was up against obnoxious action blockbusters; but in the end it was more deceptive than any other film I had a chance to see in the summer of 2013, because it looked good...

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Are You Hearing Yourself? It's not bad.

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 9 May 2015 02:48 (A review of Are You Here (2013))

It's incredible to find such low ratings for a film much more deserving.

My belief on this poor reaction is because it was directed by the genius television director, Matthew Weiner. Which, first, gives people too high of expectations; second, gives him too much freedom. Freedom in the fact that it was structured much like a television show, not a single-packaged movie. People expected something clear, plot driven, and finalized.
This is is none of them.

But this all doesn't mean it isn't good. The symbolism, the characters, the philosophy, the relatable struggles of life... these are all strong elements of this movie. Wilson and Galifianakis are great, while Poehler's talents are underutilized.

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A Top Five Chris Rock Film

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 9 May 2015 02:32 (A review of Top Five (2014))

Chris Rock is funny and the supporting cast is strong enough, although Tracy Morgan needs a larger role.

There wasn't really anything inventive about the film, pretty standard stuff. The areas in which they seemed to want to be different ended up being awkward and over-the-top.

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Tough to Get Into the Woods

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 4 May 2015 11:13 (A review of Into the Woods)

This film had potential to be as good as Sodheim's "Sweeney Todd" but it becomes clear early on the film is rushed. They should have allowed a lengthier running time and allowed moments to happen. There is too much going on, and knowing not a lot of people have seen the stage play the filmmakers should have been kind to the audience and given them a chance to appreciate the moments and the music, instead of speeding from one song to the other and one story to the other.

It's a shame because the production value is top notch - production design, costumes, hair/make-up, sound design, and the source music is solid. The one fault of the music is similar to the hasty editing, there are too many songs and by the time you're finished you might be saying, 'Gee, I like the songs and the music, but I can't really name any of the songs."

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Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 26 April 2015 02:42 (A review of Albatross)

Felicity Jones and Jessica Brown-Findlay are a lovely duo who don't quite the hit the highs and lows necessary to make them a dynamic duo.

The story is lacking a bit, but the performances and characters are what keeps it worth your time.

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