The LEGO Movie does what it sets out to do, and it does it way better than most people expected, probably. It begins with an exuberant joy of mere existence, and while the story is fairly typical kids movie fare, the sideways winks and cameos make up for all that. A lot of people are complaining that the LEGO group wants to have its cake and eat it too, that doesn't really bother me. LEGO can be two things to two people, but foremost it's a toy. A really fun toy.
I don't know, I love LEGO bricks.
I love Woody Allen movies. There's something about the neurotic characters and story structure that just appeals to me. Blue Jasmine is structured far more non-traditionallty than other Allen films, which makes it a bit hard to figure out in the first 15 minutes or so, but Allen telegraphs were the movie is going, so it's both redeeming and a little disappointing.
Allen isn't in it (and it isn't as funny as usual, no known connection), but Jasmine (played by…
It was really weird to me when people would say they didn't understand Inception, but if they saw it again, they'd probably get it. It's not a hard movie to understand. The only truly confusing part is the first thirty minutes, but once Cobb explains everything to Ariadne, the audience proxy, it's not hard to follow at all. Every part of the movie's logic is explained at least three times, which becomes detrimental to rewatches.
The Prestige is less easy…
I've never listened to any of Daniel Johnston's music, but this documentary puts you in his head and doesn't let you escape even when the demons come. You see the people who inadvertently hurt him and the people he inadvertently hurt. You see a musician's descent into madness. It's heartbreaking at points. I don't think there's anything sadder than seeing a father crying because he doesn't feel like he can do anything to help his son. But it's heartwarming. It's the story of a deeply troubled musician, but it's a story of love too.