A Most Wanted Man (2014)

I mostly wanted a good ending and I didn’t get one. This movie made me miss Philip Seymour Hoffman. He did a great job as the burnt-out spy, just trying to make a difference in the war on terror. Of course, it doesn’t help he has to deal with people like Rachel McAdams, that make his spy craft much harder by defending the people he’s looking into. Willem Dafoe was also in this movie, but I’m not sure why he was. He didn’t really have much to do that a unknown actor could have done. I thought there were some good tense scenes, and I loved Hoffman’s crack team of agents… sadly, this movie ends on a real bummer and ends pretty abruptly. I wanted to know more, but I highly doubt we would see a sequel and of course due to Hoffman’s passing, it wouldn’t be the same without him. They were after the most wanted man. I just wanted the story to finish the most.

79/100

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Wall Street (1987)

Greed is good, and so is this movie. It’s not living in a penthouse good, but it has some fun moments. I loved seeing Martin and Charlie Sheen as father and son. I feel like I haven’t seen Daryl Hannah in a while and it was good to see her, although her character was supremely unlikable. Michael Douglas plays a great business shark that will take a bite out of anyone and smile. Oliver Stone paints a pretty vivid picture of how Wall Street works behind the scenes. You can tell he doesn’t love Wall Street people as both Sheen and Douglas are pretty villainous for the most part. The film is a lot more enjoyable as Sheen is working up the corporate ladder, when he starts getting successful the movie becomes quite boring. Still, I loved the performances and both the start and end of the movie. It’s just that pesky middle part that felt like I was watching the stock ticker on the bottom of the news.

76/100

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A Most Violent Year (2014)

This film felt like a most boring year. The acting in this film was good. Really good… but excellent acting won’t save a boring film. You’ll gasp at all the paperwork being filed. All the meetings that will enthrall you! If Oscar Isaac wasn’t such a great actor, I would have fallen asleep. Also, this movie has Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo, but does the movie use them to their full potential? Nope. Aside from a deer incident and a payoff scheme Jessica and David were practically background characters. I guess this is supposed to be a mobster movie, but this film was as mobster as using your turn signal while driving in a Grand Theft Auto game. Unless you just love the actors in this film, I’d see a different movie this year… because you’ll find other movies much more violent than this.

50/100

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Cop Car (2015)

They copped out a bit with some of the story, but I enjoyed this tense film about two kids who steal a cop car from a shady Policeman. Kevin Bacon does a good job of trying to remain calm while his whole corrupt world is falling apart around him. The kids were both pretty great, although I’m still not a huge fan of child actors. They sure had me nervous while they were playing with guns and defibrillators. I had a few laughs and I loved watching the kids walk through a field just cursing and doing what boys do, exploring the open wilderness with a friend. I really wish this movie would have answered some of my questions like what the heck Sheriff Bacon was up to and why he had all that crazy stuff in the trunk. Oh well, the film had my attention arrested so I won’t file any charges.

70/100

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

If you are looking for a cool action spy movie, this one is King. This movie felt a lot like James Bond should be, before they got all serious with Daniel Craig. It has cool gadgets, a really fun bad guy with an interesting way of creating violence and death. The movie is really fun, I love that it has a mix of training, earning the job like in Hunger Games and Divergent, mixed with a James Bond-style spy movie. The blood effects seemed like they were done a little poorly at times, which is why this lost a couple of points, but otherwise this movie had some really epic moments. The fighting style was really cool and it made me want to start wearing tailored suits and drinking brandy. I guess there is nothing else to say, if you don’t mind violence and general British sexiness then you have to see this movie.

97/100

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The Lost Boys (1987)

To quote someone online, in the 80’s the Vampires didn’t date you, they ate you. This movie is pretty darn good, but it suffers from a bloodless beginning. The movie only really v(amps) up until the last fifteen minutes or so. I think Kiefer Sutherland was an awesome vampire and I thought the make-up and special effects were really great. The person who stole the show was Corey Feldman. His gruff Batman voice and awesome vampire killing attitude really added some bright spots to the movie. The two main characters were pretty forgettable but Jami Gertz playing the part of Star was not. If this film would have been as good as it was in the last fifteen minutes, it probably would have earned a perfect score. Put a stake in me, I’m done.

77/100

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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

I feel like I’ve gone through war with this film. Let me start off by saying that his movie should not be watched for entertainment. It is sad. Very, very sad. There are glimmers of hope for the two main characters, the brother and sister duo who lose their home to war. There are some beautiful and touching moments and some moments that will just make you mad. The worst is the Aunt who treats her homeless niece and nephew like dirt. The ending is done wonderfully, even though it will crush your heart into little pieces. I’ve been through an emotional battle in this movie, and I hope to have some more time go by before I have to deal with this kind of stuff again. Still, a great movie and an anime that has aged really well.

88/100

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