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)

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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Trumbo (2015)

Entourage (2015)

Not a tour de force. I’ll admit, I’ve never seen the TV show Entourage. Still, I was curious to see what the movie would be about. It was exactly as I had imagined the show… 3 hangers-on friends with a celebrity friend. They get with hot girls, do drugs and party. They spend money on cars and houses and other celebrities come by. It was like a cameo marathon in this movie. Every five minutes or so Liam Neeson would come by or Kelsey Grammar… etc. You just become numb to the celebrity faces they parade by. Some of the movie was watchable and almost humorous, but let’s face it… this was a movie about making a movie, which has been done a hundred times and nobody should like Adrian Grenier.

62/100

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Entourage (2015)

Maps to the Stars (2014)

I wish this map would lead me away from this film. I really didn’t enjoy Maps to the Stars. Maybe I just don’t like David Cronenberg. I hated his last film and this one was at least palatable but it had a stupid ending and the subject matter of the movie was too easy of a target: Hollywood. Yes, everyone in Hollywood does drugs and fights and blah blah blah. Julianne Moore has good performance, it was nice to see Carrie Fisher in a movie again, Robert Pattinson is as awful as usual (just sporting shorter hair), Mia Wasikowska was good but why does she keep doing these roles where her face is burnt off or she has a giant birthmark on her face… you have a very very pretty face Mia! Stop ruining it! I loved the few short scenes with Sarah Gadon, who is becoming a rising star in my opinion. John Cusack has his moments but it felt like he had too much guy-liner around his eyes, it was distracting. The movie has some moments but not enough to call it a good movie, I’d rather wander around Hollywood lost with a star map in my hands than watch this again.

62/100

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Maps to the Stars (2014)

Movie 43

My theory on this movie is that a 4th grader with the dirtiest mind ever found a magic lamp. His first wish was to use some of Hollywood’s best stars and have them act in one of the most offensive movies ever. His second wish was to convince someone to actually produce this film. The last wish was for it to be funny but I think that final wish was ignored. This movie took some of my favorite actors and brought my respect of them down about ten pegs. Just awful immature horse manure.

00/100

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Movie 43 (2013)

War of the Worlds

Hollywood’s destruction of a great H.G. Wells book. The worst part about this film was the children. Fanning was either screaming or repeating the same line three times in a row “Robbie SLOW DOWN”, over and over. The boy had some strange obsession with the army and just wanted to take a closer look at the flame spouting robotic aliens, until Cruise finally just gave up on him. The only reason to watch this is the special effects. They are pretty cool. Plus this movie wins the most blood award.

59/100

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War of the Worlds (2005)

Somewhere

Sofia Coppola’s snooze-fest. This movie really wasn’t about anything at all. There wasn’t even any dialogue for the first ten minutes of the film. Sure, some of the direction was nice and I don’t feel like the writing was bad. I just don’t know what the point of the film was. My only guess is that we are supposed to feel sorry for big Hollywood actors because they have all these beautiful people throwing themselves at them and sometimes their Ferraris break down. This was so boring.

59/100

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Somewhere (2010)