La La Land (2016)

Sometimes I think actors must live in a constant state of La la land-ness to live in Hollywood. I guess if you are making money it’s nice, but the struggle doesn’t seem worth it. This movie was cute for the most part, but honestly it didn’t stay with me. I watched this a few days ago and normally review films right away… but I got busy and now I’m struggling to even remember this movie. Ryan Gosling was cool in this and Emma Stone is always cute, but I’ve seen way better musicals. The ending was also quite deflating. Maybe the movie wanted you to feel like you were handed a best picture Oscar and then have it taken away.

76/100

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La La Land (2016)

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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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Birdman (2014)

Here’s the final word on the bird… I thought this movie was cool, but just not great. I thought the acting by Keaton and Norton was fantastic. I think they could have given a bigger part to Watts and Riseborough. Zach Galifianakis was hardly recognizable because he looked so skinny (oh and he also was good in this). I think that this wasn’t Emma Stone’s best movie, but I’m glad she’s starting to do more noteworthy projects. The director of this has an off and on good and bad relationship with me. This wasn’t his worst or best film though. I think that the pace of the film was too frantic and there was a little too much dialogue, it started to make me tired and I wanted to stop listening to potentially good lines. I also think the ending left me wanting more, I never understood whether Keaton had powers or was just crazy. It was a very interesting backstage look at the egos of Broadway. It definitely had some entertainment but it wasn’t a home run film for me. I would still check it out if you like movies that march to the beat of their own drum.

84/100

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The Croods

A beautifully animated comedy of Historic proportions. Well, this movie won’t make history but it is a really fun time. The visuals were quite good, I was especially impressed by Cage’s facial hair. The little animal named Belt was probably my favorite character. The film is basically a road trip/disaster film so plot-wise it won’t blow you away. The pre-historic jokes will make you laugh or at least smile. Excellent voice work from the whole cast. I was very impressed.

82/100

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Gangster Squad

This movie was fantastic mindless entertainment. Sure, the plot wasn’t very deep but it is an action movie after all. You don’t see Arnold up for any Oscars do you? I thought that this whole thing was well cast. I especially loved Gosling, Pena and Brolin. Emma Stone was a gorgeous dame and seemed to fit right in the period the film was set in. My one problem I had was Sean Penn. He’s just not a convincing bad guy, no matter how brutal he was hurting people. Still, a really fun flick to watch.

86/100

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The Amazing Spider-Man

I’m as disappointed as I thought I was going to be with this movie. I felt like this movie really didn’t bring anything new to the table that Sam Raimi hadn’t already done in his Spiderman Trilogy. I thought that Andrew Garfield was a good actor but a terrible Peter Parker. First of all his Edward Cullen hair did not scream Peter Parker to me and his skateboarding antics made me roll my eyes. The bad guy was boring and Emma Stone did what she could to save the movie along with Sheen. Next.

73/100

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Easy A

So I have decided that I really like Will Gluck as a director. I really loved Fired Up and this movie. Emma Stone was great in this! The whole cast was a great ensemble and it just had a fun story. The movie is loosely based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”. Obviously more modernized and set in a high school. Emma Stone played a high school student well and didn’t come off as too old. Amanda Bynes on the other hand didn’t do as well. A fun movie with an excellent soundtrack.

89/100

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Easy A (2010)