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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Son of Saul (2015)

Son of a… Hungarian movies and I just don’t get along. At least this movie wasn’t a hundred hours long, but I’m getting a little tired of Holocaust movies. Schindler’s List is impossible to beat and this movie just copied the over-the-shoulder camera angle from Birdman. I was glad that you could tell horrible things were happening but you didn’t have to see them up close and personal like a Saw movie would do. The acting from Géza Röhrig was excellent, but that’s about all the glowing review I can give this film. It was cramped and depressing like a concentration camp… which maybe was the movie’s point. I just got done watching the movie Irrational Man before this and I must say, that title fits this movie a lot better. Saul is just incredibly irrational through the whole film, then again he was a Sondarkommando so that isn’t a very rational choice either. I’d pass on this one, unless you just love the movie Birdman, then maybe you’ll find this one interesting too.

33/100

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Irrational Man (2015)

I feel a little irrational that I keep watching Woody Allen movies. I know that some people adore him, but I just don’t think he’s my style. I am starting to notice that maybe Emma Stone needs to watch her back with Woody. She seems to be in all his movies now, and he has her only in outfits where her beautiful legs are seen. So, I’m thinking he’s just being a perv with her, but I guess work is work right Emma? I found this story a little gag-inducing. I know that girls fall in love with their professors but Emma Stone with a fat Joaquin Phoenix? Nope. He’s also a hot mess and she’s very put together, and although women also like a project sometimes… uh, nope. I just didn’t buy the relationship and the whole story just felt really uncomfortable. I think the parts where Phoenix was alone were the best parts of the movie. The ending was also not very satisfying. A waste of time if I say so myself. I can rationally state that.

56/100

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The Jungle Book (2016)

As I wade through the jungle of live-action remakes from Disney I come to a conclusion. This was a money-grab all the way. The film is hardly different at all compared to the 1967 animated version. One difference is notable, there is a single live-action person in the movie played by a young boy named Neel Sethi. He’s quite young, so I shouldn’t be too hard on him, but honestly I wish Mowgli would have just been animated. The acting would have been better, and a great voice actor doing that role could have done it justice. The animation is awesome in this film and I must say I loved Bill Murray and Christopher Walken in this. Idris Elba also has an amazing voice. I’m afraid these movies are going to just keep being made as they make money. It’s just so terribly lazy of Disney to do. How about create something new instead of just stealing Star Wars, Marvel franchises and making semi-live-action remakes of all your animated classics?

75/100

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Mustang (2015)

I’m not much of a car fan but I almost wish this film was about Ford Mustangs. Instead, I get a torturous movie that even though it has a short length for a foreign film, it felt like it went on and on. I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist but this movie treats girls like crap and I felt like crap for being an observer of it. These girls are subjected to being locked in a house, forced marriage to men older than them and basically everything I don’t stand for when it comes to treating a woman right. The movie was shot nicely and it had some interesting scenes, but honestly I just felt like puking afterwards because it just felt so sad, and I hate to know that women get treated this way in the current year. Full disclaimer, I watch movies to be entertained. I know that this movie obviously made me feel something and that should earn it points, but I shouldn’t feel sad and sick afterwards… that’s not why I watch movies.

0/100

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While We’re Young (2015)

I feel as if I get older every time I see a Noah Baumbach film. I’m just not a fan. This was at least a better attempt than some of his other films. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts were actually not a bad couple together. I liked Adam Driver a lot better than Amanda Seyfried, but I think my interest in her is waning. The movie has a cute premise. An older couple gets Youth-inized by a young couple. Instead of being cranky and not doing anything, they go to dance parties and create art. The meditation scene was one of the better parts of the movie, I could have done without all the puking though. I just wish this film wouldn’t have had such a bummer ending. I guess I don’t know how I would have ended it, but I felt pretty empty after it was over, like I wasted my time and got a little older in the process.

62/100

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45 Years (2015)

I’d normally make the joke that this film felt like it took 45 years to go through, but I just won’t. The movie actually went by faster than I expected… but this movie wasn’t just dry, it was mummified. Dull, boring, tedious. I did get an excellent talking to about climate change though, so thank goodness for small favors. The movie just felt like a boring anti-smoking ad and teaches us that no matter how old and tired you get, you will still get jealous of your lovers ex’s. Some of the acting was pretty good, but for the most part everyone looked like they had sucked on a lemon too long. A total waste of time, probably why the Oscars loved it!

0/100

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