Birdman

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One Sentence: This is not going to be the last time you hear about Birdman.

Rated: R

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

It is hard for me to put into words what I thought about Birdman without going hyperbolic.  Saying things like this is a new front in film making.  Birdman is a fixed point in film history and you will see movies change because of it.  We all deserve to see and fall in love with Birdman.  Ugh, I feel dirty just writing things like that, but it is how I feel.  Birdman is an amazing piece of art.  It is very rare that I will ever call a movie a piece of art or something that will change how we view movies in the future. Birdman has made me do that.

I don’t really want to say what the movie is about.  So find that elsewhere if you need to know.  What I want to write about and say is that this movie, has done things that have never been done before.  They effect is so amazing that people will want to keep doing it and we will see it more and more after Birdman.  The way this movie was made pulled so much out of the amazing actors in this movie.  It truly delivered powerful commanding performances that were some of the best I have ever seen.  Everyone’s name on that poster deserves all the awards and accolades they can possibly get for this movie.  It was an amazing experience.

So it is pretty clear that I think everyone that can should go see Birdman.  If you have to wait for DVD, then add it to your queue right now, so that you can get it as soon as your possibly can.  I am sure it will be out before oscar season on DVD so you won’t have to wait too long if it is not in a theater near you.

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John Wick

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One Sentence: A comic book story without the comic book.

Rated: R

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

So John Wick is not a comic book, as far as I can find.  So this movie that has no back story and no history comes out guns blazing.  I am not saying we need that story.  I was actually fine with the pace and the fact that we didn’t have very much back story, I was just expecting to find something because of how the movie just started.  I figured it was fan service to the super fans of this hidden loved comic or book.  Nope, they just made a movie about a guy and he is John Wick.

John Wick is focused, lives in a weird world where people use big gold coins to pay for things, and doesn’t take kindly to people messing with his life or things.   This is pretty much all you get as far as plot.  The rest is highly focused gun choreography and some fight scenes.  It works for the most part, except for a few scenes where Keanu looks a little old and shouldn’t be doing somersaults.  I had a lot of fun with John Wick.  I didn’t know what I would be getting into and what I got out of it wasn’t much.  But I was happy with what I got.  A dumb, loud, gun movie with some style.

I think this movie might not be for everyone and is not a date movie.  There is very little here of substance past the guns.  No guns, no love scene, no love interest.  It literally is just a gun fight movie, so you are going to have to decide on your own if you want to see this one.  If it does sound good to you, I would see it in the theater though.  If you are looking for this type of movie, then seeing it on the big screen will help it.

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Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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One Sentence: Family fun time.

Rated: PG

Nudity: None

After Credits: During

I consider myself quite unlucky when it comes to dice rolls, random pulls, and other things of this nature.  I am on the bad side of the spectrum most of the time when random things might happen.  So I think I feel like I am a little bit like Alexander, who always seems to have a bad day, while everyone around him has all the luck in the world.  I know how he feels to just have everything go wrong.  I think that is why I wanted to see this movie so much.

Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a solid, fun family movie that will make you laugh and make you smile.  It is a good balance of stuff for everyone in the family.  High School issues, 8th grade issues, elementary issues, baby and parent issues.  It all comes together very well in this very bad day.  High stress and family unity carry the movie in that Disney way.  If I had any complaints, it is that it isn’t hilarious.  It is a funny movie, but I would say that the comedy is tame, and nothing so hilarious that your could not stop laughing.  Also the baby cries a lot.  They could of edited him down a little.

These are minor complaints though for a fun movie that does a good job in bringing everyone together.  I think everyone would have a fun time with this one this weekend.  So go check out this one in a matinee this weekend.

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The Judge

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One Sentence: You don’t really want to root for the guy who peed on someone on purpose.

Rated: R

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

When I got out of The Judge, every person who was screening it said that they loved it.  One lady said, BEST ROBERT DOWNEY JR MOVIE EVER.  The 44% on rotten tomatoes shows that the critics do not agree with the audience on this one.  So take my review as you like.

The Judge is about a horrible lawyer who loves his job, told his daughter that her grandfather is dead to him and peed on a guy on purpose.  This guy has a strained relationship with his father.  He must go back to see him and the rest of the family, which includes 2 brothers, one that is mentally challenged, when the mother dies.  So long story short, cliche, cliche, cliche, leads to murder trail because of cliche, cliche, cliche, and ends up cliche, cliche, cliche.  This was like the transformers of drama courtroom movies.  Drudging through all of these stubborn stupid emotions did not make me care about these horrible people, or that they should have a movie made about them.

Ugh writing about this had made me think about it even more.  The ending is so bad.  It did not even have an amazing courtroom scene.  Those amazing replayed scenes that we see in courtroom movies, this even lacked that punch.  I would say steer clear of The Judge, it just did not work for me.

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Hector And The Search For Happiness

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One Sentence: Simon Pegg was excellent.

Rated: R

Nudity: Light

After Credits: None

Well I am happy to say that this isn’t the same old independent movie format that we seem to have been stuck with for the last 5 years.  It does have some of the same things, a single solitary person looking for his place in the world, a love interest that might or might not end up being part of the plan and a search inside as well across whatever world they are in to find what they are looking for.  However that is where the similarities end.  The journey of getting to the end of this movie didn’t feel like the same old movie done but this time with British accents.  It was fun, funny, and had a lot more to it.

First Simon Pegg is the champion of this movie.  He had to play a more straight man character in this movie that he has had to in the past and he delivered.  I think he was an excellent choice for the role and made me laugh and feel more of what this Hector was searching for.  I really enjoyed this character a lot.

For the most part this movie is a long journey and is funny, while dotting in these cute little happiness nuggets and it works pretty well.  There are some issues with the pacing and the ending seems to come abruptly.  We are up and down and up and down, which some might argue is the point of life, but it did feel a little out of balance.  Something just didn’t make me totally love this movie, and it had to do with this up and down pacing.  This pacing issue isn’t enough to make me say that this movie is not worth seeing though.  It was a great little independent, and with so many of them following that format, this one stands out above most others.  I would go see it on a Autumn Sunday afternoon.
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The Good Lie

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One Sentence: The conflict is at the beginning of the movie.

Rated: PG-13

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

I am not sure what The Good Lie is supposed to be.  It feels like it is another movie like The Blind Side or The Million Dollar Arm but without the sports.  White people save black people and make them better.  However The Good Lie does this after the first act.  So then we are left with this movie where the situation of these refugees just keeps getting better and better.  There is a secondary conflict but it is very tame compared to the first one and doesn’t really feel like anything compared to the horrible things shown in the first act.  The movie felt backwards.  It felt like everything bad is behind us, and it has all been solved.  So there is no build up, no ending really and just the movie fades away as it slowly had been for the last hour.

I guess outside of the odd structure of the movie it is fine.  It actually opens with some powerful moments, and paints a picture of the fighting in Africa that we do not really see.  From the eyes of Children and it is done very well.  It is some striking footage that is haunting and very real.  After these scenes is where the movie falls into a very tame, boring coast to the end.  Reese is hardly in the movie, and doesn’t really help it at all.  It was just a very odd format and stuck out as odd.

I think this is rental material for sure.  If you want to see it at all.  I don’t think you really need to see this one.  It doesn’t have anything that is truly worth seeing or is new.  It isn’t powerful enough to make it an important movie and it isn’t uplifting enough to go see it to have that feeling of doing good by going to see a movie.

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Annabelle

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One Sentence: That doll was creepy even before it was possessed.

Rated: R

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

Is this movie scary.  Yes.  It actually has some scenes that are quite scary.  It has a slow build at first and then it all leads to some very scary scenes.  The audience in my theater seemed to have a good time with it.  Nothing felt gory or cheesy.   It felt a little bit more like a classic horror movie with some new angle shots that are popular now.  Background movement and things like that.  So as a horror movie, where you are going to go see it to be scared, I think it works.

As a movie, I didn’t like Annabelle.  This lady leaves her baby all the time, the baby that is being chased by a demon doll.  They do not get rid of the doll.  They make all kinds of poor decisions and then the ending is just awful.  So as a movie where you have to think about suspension of disbelief, and structure and the words that people say, Annabelle is not a great movie.  So I am torn between caring about the bones of this movie and the fact that it is a scary movie.

I think it is safe to say that you do not need me for this movie decision.  You already know if you are going to go see a movie about the origins of a demon doll.  So trust your gut.  You are going to a horror movie that was directed by the guy you directed Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.  I think you know what you are getting into.

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