Self/less (2015)

Less is sometimes more. I’m still not sure why the slash is in the title, but I do pronounce it Self-slash-less, because it’s more fun that way. Ryan Reynolds does an okay job in this movie, Matthew Goode plays a creepy psycho as usual and nails it. Ben Kingsley is in for a short time and does okay with what he had to do. I was also happy to see Victor Garber again, hooray Alias! I feel like I can’t say much about the details of the film without giving a lot away. It has some interesting sci-fi moments and some decent action scenes. I was pretty underwhelmed by the ending, but it also made sense. It’s a good movie, just on the low end of good though.

70/100

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

I don’t want to dog on this movie, this afternoon but I do have a few complaints about this movie. First and foremost it has some bad spots where it really drags on. I watched this right after the exorcist (which really moves at a good pace) and then this movie. They are both about the same length of time to watch, but Dog Day Afternoon felt like a MUCH longer movie. I also think the twist about his lover was a little weird, and was confusing at first. I’ll get to the good stuff now… Pacino was pretty amazing in this. I loved how he whipped up the crowds outside the bank. The crowd was it’s own character too in the movie. They made me laugh over and over. I also just loved the whole cast, especially the ladies inside the bank. The head teller was really great. The start of the movie is really strong, and the end is quite shocking. If you can make it through the sluggish middle you won’t regret watching this bungled heist. I should also note that John Cazale was really good too, he just has such a unique and strange look.

79/100

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The Godfather (1972)

This movie was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I don’t know why it took me this long to see this classic film, but I finally did. Luckily it doesn’t have to sleep with the fishes. This movie is a horse head above the rest. I really enjoyed it and I enjoyed watching all the characters develop (or die). After watching shows like the Sopranos, I’ve felt like old mobster movies have lost their shine, this movie still holds strong even to this day. It’s filmed wonderfully, has great music and I just love all the characters and drama that goes on. It’s the quintessential film on crime. So even if it’s the day of your daughter’s wedding, you should probably not turn this film down.

97/100

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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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Wall Street (1987)

Greed is good, and so is this movie. It’s not living in a penthouse good, but it has some fun moments. I loved seeing Martin and Charlie Sheen as father and son. I feel like I haven’t seen Daryl Hannah in a while and it was good to see her, although her character was supremely unlikable. Michael Douglas plays a great business shark that will take a bite out of anyone and smile. Oliver Stone paints a pretty vivid picture of how Wall Street works behind the scenes. You can tell he doesn’t love Wall Street people as both Sheen and Douglas are pretty villainous for the most part. The film is a lot more enjoyable as Sheen is working up the corporate ladder, when he starts getting successful the movie becomes quite boring. Still, I loved the performances and both the start and end of the movie. It’s just that pesky middle part that felt like I was watching the stock ticker on the bottom of the news.

76/100

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Rocky II (1979)

A rocky start but with a solid ending this movie is the reigning champ. I loved how the start of this movie was the very last couple minutes of the first film, getting fans caught up if you forgot what happened at the end of the first Rocky. I also liked how they showed what money and fame can do to a person and how newly minted athletes really should hire a financial adviser or take some personal finance classes. Rocky goes on a spending spree and ends up having to take some menial jobs to get by. I still absolutely love Adrien and Rocky together. They are a fantastic movie couple, one of my favorites. I also love the idea of Apollo Creed not being satisfied with a split decision and wanting to knock out Rocky. I loved the training montage again and rematch. Just a really fun sports movie in general. If there wasn’t so much drama that you have to sit through in the middle of the film before the fight, this movie would be better than the first. Still, it’s a really good movie and compliments the original nicely.

82/100

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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Put on your nice all leather outfit and enjoy this crazy film by Wes Craven. A young boy nicknamed “Fool” needs money for his family. He joins up with two guys to rob the rich landlord’s house. Unfortunately the landlords are super crazy and have people living in their basement and walls. I remember watching this film when I was younger and being scared to death of this movie. Now that I’m in my 30’s, this movie cracks me up. It is quite funny and has some cheesy moments. I did jump a couple times but mainly I just smiled at how silly this was. It is pretty entertaining and think that if you like campy movies, you’ll like this one. Plus, you hardly ever see many horror films where the kid is younger than a teenager. Check this one out, it was a fun Halloween film!

73/100

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