Jackie Brown (1997)

Pam Grier as Jackie Brown: when you absolutely, positively got to scam every mutha– in the room, accept no substitutes! When people talk about Tarantino, this movie isn’t brought up very often. It’s one of his more interesting films. It’s a very good heist movie, but it also rolls along at its own slow and steady pace. You find yourself loving each character in the film. From the beach bunny Bridget Fonda to the goofy ATF Agent Michael Keaton. If you can sit through this lengthy movie you’ll see a lot of twists and turns and awesome writing. Some of Tarantino’s shots are also incredibly interesting. My favorite part of this film is its use of music and also the use of shocking deaths that come out of nowhere. Excellent film!

87/100

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Repentance (2014)

Nothing like a bad movie to make you feel sorry… sorry you watched it that is. Repentance was utterly terrible. Its one saving grace was Forest Whitaker’s psycho performance as the grieving son, who wants revenge for his mother’s death. I’ve always liked Anthony Mackie, but he had very little to work with in this pile of a script. The writing was so bad it felt like the audience was being tortured, not Mackie. All the repentance in the world won’t make up for the ending. I’d take a belt-sander to the feet before watching that ending again. Avoid this like Whitaker avoided his psych meds.

11/100

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Noah (2014)

Uh… No. Sorry Aronofsky. You had me swept ¬†away in a deluge of wonder with Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream. This film, was a light drizzle of inspiration. I’m not going to go into a Biblical tirade, but I’ll just say this: if you are making a film based off of a written account (The Bible), at least attempt to make it follow the actual story. If a director did this with Harry Potter or the Hunger games, and changed so much of the story (Maybe Harry as a Slytherin or Katniss in District 1) people would have blown their tops. Also, the movie was all over the place. At one point I couldn’t tell if someone had dubbed over my movie with the Lord of the Rings. The sequence of Genesis was wonderful, I’ll admit. I love Emma Watson, but her character was unbearable in this film. I kept hoping she’d fall off the ark. If you have any basic knowledge of the actual story you’ll be shaking your head. Stone Golems building the ark? Yikes. It’s fine, but a choir of Angels won’t be singing any hymns about this film.

65/100

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All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

They might as well put their pom-poms down because this movie is lacking spirit. Not just school spirit but just spirit in general. It does have some funny and campy scenes but for the most part this film was a dud. I thought that they muddled the supernatural parts to this a little much. Were they zombies or witches? A little bit of both maybe? I did like the football player being the main bad guy, he did a pretty good job too. I think this film just wanted to be too many things at once, instead of just being entertaining.

61/100

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Good Will Hunting (1997)

This was very good, indeed! I hadn’t seen this film before. Just clips from movie trivia and I did a scene from this in an acting class. I’m really glad that I have seen this film now. It’s very touching and funny. Robin Williams is incredible and Matt Damon was very impressive for the most part. Yeah, it does have Ben Affleck in this, and he isn’t the best… but it hardly matters as this movie is written superbly by the duo Mattfleck. Minnie Driver was also quite awesome in this. Some really good lines and touching scenes make this a near perfect film.

97/100

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Heaven is for Real (2014)

Heaven sounds like a nice place. “No one will ever hurt you again”. If that is the one thing you can take from young Colton’s jaunt into Heaven, I think that is the best one. Who cares about all the details, what you should care about is the feeling of love and the lack of pain. I thought this was a very touching movie. It had some problems that most Christian movies suffer from such as: lack of budget, big name actors (This at least had Kinnear and Thomas Haden Church) and some corny acting. The little boy did well for his age and Kinnear had some really honest scenes, where his acting was great. Some additional story lines like money troubles and angry church members didn’t seem to make it a better film, just a longer one. All in all, I think the movie did a good job. I want to read the book now.

73/100

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Winter’s Tale (2014)

A tale that gave me chills. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed this movie the whole time. For a large portion of this film, I cocked my head to the side at stared at it in a confused fashion. Was this a romance film? Angels and Demons film? Was it a ripoff of Stardust? I really couldn’t piece it all together. I thought Farrell did a good job and Jessica Brown Findlay might be one of the most beautiful girls ever in film (I loved the sections she was in). Will Smith played Lucifer, which was funny and cool at the same time. The whole movie has a mysterious tone, that in the end doesn’t wrap up well, but just like Farrell did on his flying horse/dog made of light… I enjoyed the ride. It’s not for everybody, but if you’re a sap for romance like me, you’ll dig it.

79/100

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