The Past (2013)

In the past, I wouldn’t have liked a film like this, but I thought this was pretty darn good. The characters that you think you should hate, end up being the most level-headed ones. The actors were all great. I loved Berenice Bejo as the mother. The drama was strong and there is quite the little twist towards the end. It did feel overly long at times, but it was nothing compared to Blue is the Warmest Color. I actually wanted to sit through the movie to the end and see how everyone’s tangle lives turn out.

83/100

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The Great Beauty (2013)

The Great Beauty was a great disappointment. The opening scene was overly loud and trashy and then just got into some weird territory. It’s not even the fun kind of weird, it’s the long, overdrawn gouge your eyes out with a spork weird. This is also another film to add to my “Movies about writers that I hate” category. Writers love to write movies about being writers. It’s so egocentric and overdone. Very few of them succeed as being entertaining. If you want weird dance parties and crawling Nuns, you found your movie. Otherwise avoid this like you would running headfirst into a brick wall.

01/100

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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

After the last movie, the Muppets were on my most wanted list. I enjoyed Amy Adams and Jason Segel so much I had to see them again. Sadly, I was disappointed that they really weren’t in this film. The good news is that the movie still was a riot for the most part. The songs were catchy and the jokes were fantastic. Ricky Gervais as Mr. Badguy (pronounced Bad-Gee, since it’s French) was great. The Muppets are always so lovable. The best part of the film is its first song talking about how sequels aren’t as good as the original.

85/100

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

A howling good time! The Wolf of Wall Street is such a crazy character, you probably wouldn’t want him over at your Grandmother’s house. This film is DiCaprio’s best along with Jonah Hill’s best as well. I’ve honestly never seen a movie filled with so much craziness and debauchery. From crashing helicopters in the back yard to having a drooling, slurring fight on the kitchen floor with a phone cord, this movie gets bizarre at times. This movie is incredibly long but it’s one of my new favorite Scorsese movies. Just don’t ever watch this with someone who is offended by drugs, profanity or nudity (it has all of it, and a lot of it!)

89/100

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Gravity (2013)

I can’t help but sing “Defying Gravity” in my head as I type this review. I defy the fact that this movie is good. It is by far one of the worst disaster movies that I have seen and I thought that the Day After Tomorrow was going to hold that title for the rest of my life. Horrible acting by Sandra Bullock (her monologues made me turn away from the screen in embarrassment) George Clooney couldn’t have been spaced into the atmosphere any sooner, as he was just playing himself. The plot device was really cheap and made no sense…
Also, Sandra Bullock having six months of formal NASA training (after working in a hospital): 1. Can fly escape pods. 2. Read Russian. and *SPOILER ALERT*
3. Land an escape pod in a fresh water lake (a frog is seen swimming by her and there is only one species of Frog that can really live *near* saltwater) where she can just climb on to land and be ok.
*END OF SPOILER*

I also loved that when on the Russian Space Station there are floating chess pieces and on the Chinese Station there are ping pong paddles (since Russians only play Chess and Chinese play space ping pong).
There is so much wrong with this film that I would go triple or quadruple over my short length I set for my reviews. So I will end with this: The movie is over-hyped due to its visuals and 3D effects that people saw in movie theaters and IMAX. Otherwise, on the small screen, it’s a made for TV movie.

0/100

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The Sixth Sense (1999)

I feel like once you know the twist at the end of this film, you have a Sixth Sense about things when you watch it again. It doesn’t totally spoil the film, in fact it’s fun because you watch it in a different light. Haley Joel Osment is cute but mega creepy (he’s even creepier now grown up) and Bruce Willis is very solid in his role as a Child Therapist. Toni Collette is a good burnt-out mother who is trying to figure out what is up with her creepy child. A fun thriller, that’s amazing the first time and fun other times.

86/100

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We Bought a Zoo (2011)

They bought a Zoo, I didn’t buy this movie, but I’m glad that I watched it. Cameron Crowe brings another heartfelt movie into the mix with We Bought a Zoo. Matt Damon is the single father/widower that you just have to root for. The others in the cast also have great chemistry and you just fall in love with them. The story is a little predictable but that isn’t totally bad. There are quite a few laughs and a lot of cute and beautiful moments. Also, zoo creatures that are really cool. Lions and Tigers and Bears… oh, my!

80/100

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