Boyhood (2014)

Oh boy. This movie was terrible. I normally like Richard Linklater movies, but this one was a colossal waste of time. It may have been a film twelve years in the making but with a run-time of almost three hours, it felt like it took twelve years to watch. I also think that they took a huge gamble choosing a project with such a young kid. Child actors don’t always work out. Ellar Coltrane really wasn’t very good at acting, and don’t even get me started with Linklater’s daughter who shouldn’t be acting in films either. Ethan Hawke seemed bored in the role and made me miss him in better movies like Gattaca. Patricia Arquette did a better job but still, I think an Oscar nomination for her performance was definitely undeserved. Linklater needs to go back to good movies like Bernie and School of Rock… because this art-house 12 year ambition, not only wasted my time but years of other people’s time. Skip this movie and watch something a lot better like American Sniper or just about anything. This movie was painfully boring.

40/100

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American Sniper (2014)

This film has the Oscars in its cross-hairs. Bradley Cooper plays the part of an excellent American hero, Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle. This film is riddled with tense moments that will have you gripping your seat, mixed in with some touching moments and hilarious parts to give some levity (thank goodness). Sienna Miller surprised me in her role as Kyle’s wife and Clint Eastwood does it again with a very well made film. One of the sniper shots Cooper takes in the film goes into slow motion and is just perfectly timed, you just want to leap out of your seat and clap. I’ve seen a lot of movies but not since the Green Mile have I walked out of a movie theater and heard silence as the crowd walked out. The movie shook everyone up, you could hear a pin drop leaving the theater. That’s a powerful film.

96/100

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The Hangover (2009)

I watched this so late last night, I was afraid I’d get a hangover from this film… luckily it just left me energized the next day. This was my second viewing of this movie and I must say I liked it a lot better the second time around. The sequels to this film have their pluses and minuses but this one has mostly pluses. Cooper and Helms were awesome, Galifianakis has his moments but sometimes I really dislike his style of humor… it’s like a dry humor mixed with disgusting jokes. Just not a fan, but luckily everyone else pulled this movie up and made it a really funny buddy bonding movie in Sin City. I laughed a lot and really grew to like this crazy crew that just wanted to send their friend off into marriage with an insane night in Las Vegas. I’m going to say that this will be considered a classic comedy in the future.

84/100

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Looking at the animation from this film, something dawned on me… whoever does the animation for this is simply amazing. Everything looks so real in this film. The facial expressions of the apes is superb. Caesar has some of the best acting I’ve seen from a computer generated creature… of course Andy Serkis used his immese talents to give rise to this ape on our planet. Gary Oldman was an interesting choice for the film and I liked Keri Russell in this, albeit she was underused. I didn’t really recognize Jason Clarke, I’ve seen him in many films he didn’t really leave a big impression on me, he still didn’t advance his status with me in this film, I just didn’t like him too much. The real star of this film was the excellent scenes with wonderful animation. The movie is picture perfect and it really helps you get immersed into the film. I hope to see more movies in this series.

87/100

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Akira (1988)

Akira didn’t blow me away as far as the storyline goes but its animation for when it came out was very nice looking. This is one of the oldest anime films I can remember watching, I think I saw this the first time on V/H/S. The main character Kaneda (seems to be pronounced at times as “Canada”) is pretty goofy for the hero. His rival Tetsuo becomes quite powerful due to an accident and he has to bring his frienemy down. Some of the voice acting ranges from amazing to downright silly… but man that animation still looks good even by today’s standards. The story also gets into some weird territory when you see giant teddy bears leaking milk from their faces and people exploding into giant organ/tissue monsters. It’s not for everyone but I’m glad this movie exists because it helped popularize Japanese anime in the west.

80/100

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Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla was missing its spark. This movie bored me to tears for an action/sci-fi film. It started off pretty well with Bryan Cranston being an eccentric Nuclear plant worker… and then it all fell apart after that. Ken Wantanabe wasn’t used nearly enough and I thought that both Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen were strange casting choices for this film. I have to give props to Aaron Taylor-Johnson for bulking up in this film, I barely recognized him. My main complaint for this film was the utter darkness most of the action took place in. I found myself squinting at the tv over and over trying to decipher what was going on, just hearing beastial sounds echoing over my speakers. I felt like I was sitting blindfolded during a UFC match just listening to the grunts of the contestants attacking each other and missing out on all the brutal action. The only time you get a good look at Godzilla is after the fighting is over and he walks away for the long goodbye shot. So the only time they showed anything in any good lighting was when the story was already over. A true disappointment. I’ll take Pacific Rim over this any day.

52/100

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Ida (2013)

Ida is a beautifully shot film it’s just too bad the film strings you along on this journey to find her parents just to have a very cliche and predictable ending. I loved how nice this looked in black and white and the shots they took were really good. I even liked some of the music with some great saxophone playing scenes. I just really didn’t connect with the characters and just ended up being disappointed with Ida in the end. I would like to see Agata Trzebuchowska in more films though, she’s beautiful. Hopefully next time she’ll be in a film that can showcase her with a little more emotion instead of hiding behind her habit.

61/100

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