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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The Danish Girl (2015)

Well the name Lili is ruined for me. I must say I didn’t care for this movie. I’m a huge fan of Alicia Vikander and she was really, really good in this. Eddie Redmayne is also a good actor, but I just couldn’t get into his acting for this role. The whole movie just felt like Oscar-bait. In 2015 the transgender movement was swelling into a tsunami and lo and behold this film was made to sweep the Oscars. I don’t mind a movie on this subject, but this whole thing just felt like pandering at the highest level. I’m just glad I only had to see it once.

50/100

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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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Amy (2015)

Poor Amy. I remember seeing some kind of spoof comedy where it shows Amy Winehouse as a cave-woman. She was swigging from a bottle and taking pills I think and then belching. At the time, I thought it was hilarious. I mean, what a hot mess right? After watching this film, I feel bad that I took glee in someone’s problems. She seemed like a nice girl that just wanted to write music and perform in small spaces. She didn’t want to be an international superstar. The problem was, she was immensely talented and her handlers wanted to make more and more money… pushing her to the extreme. A tragic movie, and pretty well made. The music was all really good and it made me remember that even though celebrities have interesting lives that we like to make fun of… they are people too. Don’t say no, no, no to this film.

73/100

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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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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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