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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The Walk (2015)

This is a walk I’d rather not take, but I’m glad Philippe Petit did. He seems to have made the Twin Towers of New York famous for not just being the target of a gigantic tragedy. I thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was incredibly adorable in this film, yes, his accent wasn’t spot-on all the time… but I loved him nonetheless. Charlotte Le Bon was gorgeous and interesting to watch. I also liked seeing Ben Kinsley in this as well, he’s in a lot of films but he adds a lot. The movie is very entertaining with an Ocean’s Eleven style set-up and the final scenes will scare the crap out of you if you have acrophobia like I do. I also just felt like it was a touching tribute to the World Trade Center that focuses on life instead of death. I love Zemeckis as a director and I’m glad he’s still working hard in Hollywood.

91/100

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Black Mass (2015)

There wasn’t a mass amount of excitement in this mobster film. I felt like it was just another to add to the body pile. At least with a show like the Sopranos there is some more humor layered in. This could just as easily been just about any other mob movie. It just didn’t stand out. The best thing this film had going for it was the make-up on Johnny Depp. He looked like a completely different person. The cast was also very talented but nobody other than Depp really stood out. I’m getting a little tired of the crime dramas. I’d like to see something more fresh, than this bloated corpse in a trunk.

68/100

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

This film had attitude. I loved it. I must admit, I have a secret love for rap, at least really excellent rap. This movie takes you down the winding path of the group N.W.A. You get to see the triumphs and pitfalls of the music industry. You get to see Paul Giamatti, the whitest guy I know, handle a group of hardcore men from Compton. Which he doesn’t do a good job, plus who needs that guy anyway? I love, love and love the music in this film. It makes me want to go out and buy the soundtrack. All the actors did a great job, but I loved young Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. Eazy E also had a really hard role to play, but Jason Mitchell handled it perfectly. Okay, I’m straight outta things to say so I’ll just say, see this movie if you enjoy the music or just like a good music biography of an interesting time in the United States.

90/100

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Steve Jobs (2015)

It’s starting to become a full-time job keeping up with the multitude of Steve Jobs movies coming out. Will it ever stop? iCan only hope. I have nothing against the man, but I’m not a huge Apple person. After seeing this movie, I don’t think it did any favors for the memory of Steve Jobs as he looks like a colossal jerk. The writing by Aaron Sorkin is incredible though and the main reason the movie got such a high mark from me. The directing from Danny Boyle was really good too. Michael Fassbender was really good and so was the supporting cast. I just sat through my second Steve Jobs movie in so many years and I just wonder why? The film is also a little formulaic as it’s talking, talking and talking (Sorkin’s forte) and then a product reveal. Rinse and repeat. That was the Steve Jobs movie. Let’s just hope this satiates the fans long enough to give me half a decade before the next adaptation. Is iPod the movie next? iWonder…

75/100

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Everest (2015)

While watching this movie I thought… Will the filmmakers ever let me rest? This film has a lot of scary scenes and suspense. Mother nature is not to be messed with and I found myself asking several times “Why do people do this to themselves?” I was tired just watching the climbers get tired. The movie is really beautiful with its picturesque views. The acting is all really good especially from Jason Clarke. I wasn’t too happy with Keira Knightley, but her part was smaller in this luckily. The movie is very suspenseful but be ready to feel the sadness as movies like this don’t always turn out to be hopeful ones. Still, despite the fact that it wasn’t uplifting, it did climb to great heights with a different experience. I’ve said this many times, I don’t love disaster movies, but at least this movie had some better character development and you felt bad when you lost a character.

71/100

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The Big Short (2015)

My attention span is pretty short when people discuss financial matters to me. The whole process is set-up to be so convoluted and confusing. This movie is about all that stuff and yet they did a great job explaining it all. My favorite part was when they would break away and say “and now Margot Robbie will explain this, while taking a bubble bath”. The whole thing sounds ridiculous, but it actually helps. The humor is pretty good in this film, despite the whole story being a total tragedy. I feel like among this star-studded cast Ryan Gosling was my absolute favorite, with Christian Bale a close second. Yes, this movie is about banking and mortgages and money… but the film is on the money for keeping you engaged in the story. It did lose me a little bit towards the end, but this was still a very solid, fun movie to watch.

89/100

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