WHIPLASH [2014] movie review – recommended

February 7, 2015

One of the tightest, leanest movies I have ever seen, WHIPLASH [2014], of the movies actually nominated for Best Picture, would get my vote.  I noticed the editing right away, especially in the music scenes, but thinking about it now, the editing throughout the movie was extremely tight.  The camera does not ever linger longer than need be, nor does a scene play one millisecond longer than need be.  It is on to the next, on to the next, just like the fierce music teacher Fletcher, WHIPLASH does not have time for an even slight slacking.  I was not surprised to see that WHIPLASH was also nominated for Best Editing.  The only surprise was that Miles Teller was not nominated for Best Actor, his performance was intense and raw.

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INTERSTELLAR [2014] movie review — highest recommendation

January 24, 2015

The first masterpiece movie of 2014 I have seen, INTERSTELLAR [2014], truly mind-blowing without any exaggeration. My mind has been resonating in a different plane from the start of the movie and come the end, it was just blown and now as I sit here at my desk on a late Saturday night, in my own darkest times, I feel that beyond all fathomable belief, a way to salvation is possible. That is a powerful feeling for a movie to evoke. That is how a movie gets called a masterpiece. [Read more]

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

November 22, 2014

Splitting the final Hunger Games book into two movies was a mistake.  THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 was left being a very scene repetitive, claustrophobic half-movie at best.  Katniss was the exciting center of the first two movies, in MOCKINGJAY she is just reacting to bad things such that it seems she is just crying all the time and that is not enough to base a movie around. [Read more]

BOYHOOD [2014] movie review – recommended

November 9, 2014

Almost 20 years ago I watched my first Richard Linklater movie, BEFORE SUNRISE, then the next day I watched the movie again I was that amazed by it.  The biggest compliment I think you can give a movie director is to say he/she has a signature style that is totally evident on screen.  Linklater definitely does, and I am a fan of his signature style, and it is on display throughout BOYHOOD [2014].  In addition to that, the movie features the same actors reprising their roles every few years as a boy grows from age 5 to age 15 over the course of 165 minutes.  This is no gimmick, it is amazing. [Read more]

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [2014] movie review

October 18, 2014

I guess I really knew nothing about THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [2014] other than it was a young romance coming of age type movie.  I did not even know that both main characters had cancer.  This added to my experience watching the movie discovering everything from nothing. [Read more]

EDGE OF TOMORROW [2014] movie review

September 19, 2014

The previews did not at all make EDGE OF TOMORROW [2014] look like anything more than just another CGI video game type action movie. Yet it had an 8.1 rating on IMDB, which could be inflated by fans, but something made me think it just might be good. It was! [Read more]

LOCKE [2013] movie review

August 22, 2014

I heard about LOCKE [2013] on the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast and did not listen long as to not want to hear too much about the movie because the premise alone had me interested. This movie can easily be described one man in a car (BMW X5 to be exact) the entire time talking hands-free on the phone to five different people. Obviously this is a dialogue driven movie especially since he is driving at night and there is no scenery to be scene at all. [Read more]

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [2014] movie review

August 2, 2014

It might be easy to think of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as a really good movie, or at least certainly a very entertaining one. To think so would only consider its contemporary competition. Standards are so low for movies now, simply not sucking, I feel, is often confused for being an actually good and recommendable movie. GOTG is yet another massive CGI sci-fi comic book movie. Yes, the characters have some witty lines and how they come together is rather interesting, but there is no exceptional story, no exceptional acting, and certainly no exceptional action sequences. The movie simply has some witty dialogue here and there and a bit of chemistry between the cast. [Read more]

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