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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The Conversation (1974)

I’ve overheard better conversations. I do think that the acting and sound editing were really good in this movie. It came out the same year as the Godfather – Part II, so it didn’t have much of a chance of winning best picture. I did like how paranoid Gene Hackman was in the film. Harrison Ford was an interesting mean guy, not exactly sure if I can call him bad. The idea of listening in on people was probably scarier back in the 70’s, today it seems like everyone just figures they are probably being listened to… it’s sadly a normal part of life. John Cazale apparently ruled the 70’s. I think I’ve seen like 5 movies from him already. I wish there would have been a bit more Robert Duvall, but his part was pretty important.

78/100

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

Normally you’d have to put a gun to my head to watch a 3 hour long Vietnam War movie, but this was pretty good. I would say my biggest problem with the film was the extremely lengthy Wedding scene at the beginning. I didn’t time it, but it felt like it was almost 40 minutes long and it was a lot of shouting, yelling and cheering with bad sound quality so all the lines were pretty much getting lost. Once it got to the war parts the movie gets a lot better. There are a lot of really hard scenes to watch but the acting coming from De Niro and Walken is top notch.It was also interesting seeing Meryl Streep so young in this movie, she was pretty adorable and put on a good performance. I don’t know if I’ll ever watch this movie again, but I am glad I saw it once.

82/100

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

This films plot ran like clockwork. I really enjoyed this movie. Yes, it does have some disturbing scenes and it’s morals are not on the up and up… but I thought it taught kind of a strange lesson. What happens to Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is almost like when you declaw a cat. He was sent out into the world pretty defenseless. There are some really funny scenes in this, and some really sad ones. It’s a really well made film by Stanley Kubrick. I loved some of the music and the costumes were really unique. I also just loved the concept of this movie. If you can stomach some violence and savageness this movie is totally worth watching.

87/100

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The Revenant (2015)

Revenant means a person returning from the dead and DiCaprio does this by finally claiming his long sought after Oscar. Sadly, this is one of the worst movies I’ve seen him in. It felt like a bear was climbing on top of me and… mauling me for almost three hours straight. The movie is so boring until maybe the last twenty minutes that a good scalping seemed nice at the time. In all honesty though, the acting was well done. It has some nice scenery… but so do screensavers of vistas with actors in them. The movie is BORING, for at least 2+ hours. It’s not annoyingly horrible like Gravity was, but I was missing a little Sandra Bullock floating through space acting after a little while. I would just watch the final half-hour of this movie and just know that you missed a lot of bleeding and crawling around for a few hours. There, I saved you some time. Just an umbearable spectacle to watch.

56/100

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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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Spotlight (2015)

I have doubts! Oh wait, this isn’t Doubt… but it’s has that same kind of feeling. Spotlight is about a team of investigative reporters (called Spotlight of course!) that spend months working on just one story. The story this time is about molestation in the Catholic Church. You follow all the clues and half-truths and the movie actually is pretty engrossing. I always get nervous watching a Best Picture movie, because my taste in movies doesn’t really line up with the academy. The acting is pretty great, I love Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci. Ruffalo is pretty funny and charming in this as the go-getter reporter. Liev Schreiber is always awesome in my book. Rachel McAdams didn’t really impress me in this though. Even though some parts of this were hard to hear or watch, the movie really does flow to make it very fun to watch. Check this out if you are a research nerd like me!

81/100

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