Senna (2010)

An artist of racing in the rain. I’m not much of a racing fan, in fact I used to make fun of it a lot. I’ll never be a Nascar fan but I do have a newfound appreciation for Formula One racers. Ayrton Senna was incredible on a track. This documentary about his racing career was full of victory and drama. Senna was handsome and really talented. He represented his country of Brazil really well. I loved the rivalry he had with that mean ol’ Frenchman Prost. An inspiring and sad story, God took Senna from us too soon, but at least he lived life in the fast lane.

88/100

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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

This is an interview where I wouldn’t accept the invitation. These Vamps are not the wussy sparkly kind that you see today. These will burn in sunlight and drain you like a juice box. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt work excellently with each other. Kirsten Dunst steals the show as the bloodthirsty killer girl with killer curls. Christian Slater doesn’t have a huge role, but an important one. Plus I think he’s awesome. It was nice to see Thandie Newton in this, I’ve always liked her and although Banderas had a limited role in this movie, he did a great job. The movie flows really well and you start to really like the characters. Anne Rice is an excellent writer, so it was nice she did the screenplay for this movie. A classic 90’s Vampire film.

81/100

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Hell or High Water (2016)

It wasn’t hell to watch this and instead of high water, it had some high-larity all around! The writing was my favorite part of this movie Taylor Sheridan did a great job and gave the actors some really good dialogue that made you connect with all types of characters. I loved the setting of Texas with its wide open vistas and muted color palate. When there was action, it was really good and some shocking moments came out of those scenes. Jeff Bridges stole the show of course but I did also really like Ben Foster’s performance. I was unsure about Chris Pine as a Texan (he seems more Midwestern) but he did a fine job too. An excellent crime movie, that also sticks it to some bad people. A fun experience everyone should see.

88/100

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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

A tale of a whale. This actually was a lot cooler than I was expecting. I was thinking this was just a Moby Dick movie, but it’s actually about the author of Moby Dick getting the details about a giant whale attack for his story. I love that kind of framing device, just like Finding Neverland wasn’t exactly just a Peter Pan movie. Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy were really good. Chris Hemsworth was a great leading man. I love the whale in the film too, it has an interesting behavior to it that made the film seem fresh. I just thought the whole thing was surprising and really good.

80/100

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Trumbo (2015)

No this isn’t about an elephant that can fly… it’s about a blacklisted Hollywood writer in the 40’s. This is an interesting movie to watch today, considering Hollywood is conjuring up their own red scare. I wonder when they made this movie, if they knew they would look foolish just a year later shouting that Russian’s were around every corner? Still, if Communism is your thing, go for it… it’s a free country. I’ll feel free to ignore you as it is your right to ignore me. I thought Trumbo was an interesting character and I loved hearing about the different movies he was involved in. He was both very likable and unlikable at the same time. Bryan Cranston did a great justice for this character with some excellent acting. I was also happy to see a well rounded cast. The movie is pretty long, and sometimes felt that way, but for the most part I found it to be quite enjoyable. I didn’t like the witch hunt that was happening to those writers then and I don’t like them today either. I probably won’t watch this again, but I do have a hankering to watch Sparticus and Roman Holiday.

83/100

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American Ultra (2015)

American Ultra violence, just the way an action movie should be. I love movies like this and the Kingsman and Kick-Ass. They don’t require a lot of thinking and you get to see some pretty bloody attacks in neat battle scenes. Sure, I wouldn’t pick Jesse Eisenberg to be a CIA badass, but maybe that’s the point of the film. Kristen Stewart was mostly petty likable and I love Bill Pullman. I wish Bill would have had a bigger part, but it’s good to know he’s still alive and kickin’. I could have done without John Leguizamo. His character was pretty stupid and then finally there’s Topher Grace, wow, what a choice the the film’s villain. I must say I kind of loved how bold that choice was. I had a ton of fun in this movie, is it sort of a brain-dead stoner kicks the rogue agency’s butt movie? Yes, but that is what made it a blast.

88/100

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

This was quite an interesting documentary. There are for sure many problems with many religions… none are perfect and sinless in their histories, but Scientology goes to a whole new level. I thought they were exaggerating in South Park when they talked about aliens and dropping atomic bombs into volcanoes but wow… Really though, the things that upset me the most were the cult-like behaviors going on. The constant needling for more money from people who probably couldn’t afford it, the abuse (Physically, they never mention any sexual allegations) and the shunning that they do when they “disconnect” from members who leave. I’m a little embarrassed that  L. Ron was born in my state, not too far from where I live. I’ve never read his books, but I’ve heard Battlefield Earth may be one of the worlds worst movies. I also think that Tom Cruise and John Travolta are pretty insane. This is a pretty in-depth look into a dwindling religion that seems to possess great amounts of wealth and power. This documentary was my cup of tea, but the organization of Scientology is closer to toilet water.

88/100

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