"Moonrise Kingdom" seems very much like a throwback to the coming-of-age movies of yesteryear, the kind of movies about childhood they hardly make outside of Europe anymore.
Of course, this is still a Wes Anderson movie so there are plenty of "Andersonian" quirks to set the film apart from, say, "The Blue Lagoon" or "Paradise".
It's also IMHO Anderson's 2nd best movie, right after "The Royal Tannenbaums".
"Moonrise Kingdom" focuses on a pair of "emotionally disturbed" children (a boy and…
I second everything Corey "Goon" Pierce said even though I liked it more than he did. Listen, this movie has been overhyped and overrated like crazy. This is not revolutionary, "game changing" filmmaking, it's just a pretty darn solid popcorn horror-comedy with good performances from Whitford, Jenkins and Fran Kranz as well as some cool cameos (although Jodelle Ferland is wasted which should be punishable by law!) I won't spoil the last half hour but the effects were terrible in…
I have to be honest: I only watched about an hour and hour minutes of this movie. I have nothing against slow movies but this was just totally BORING and I didn't care about the characters or the mystery in the least. For does who have seen it: Does it get better past the 1:11 mark?
Not much happens in Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" and I'm perfectly ok with that.
I love movies where you just watch characters live their lives and Frances in "Frances Ha" lives a very Greta Gerwig-y life and that's because she is played by Greta Gerwig.
We see Frances move several times and drift in and out of her life from "undateable" to possibly dateable.
We see Frances go to Paris and other stuff, she goes back to like college and stuff too.
Sorry I can't really describe the movie.
I get what Marty (do I have the right to call him Marty yet?) was trying to do but it feels way too much like a film about the history of film restoration/preservation (which I feel it is) and not enough of the Children's adventure that was advertised. Don't get me wrong, I like film preservation as much as the next guy but the stuff with Sacha Baron Cohen feels forced and I found Moretz' British accent unbearable at times and I like her a lot (though not as much as my mother does but that's another story for another time).
"There once was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in the bathtub"
Don't get me wrong, I totally dug "Beasts of the Southern Wild", which has been hailed as one of the year's best by many a critic but the film, which plays like Malick's "Tree of Life" in (a fictional part of) New Orleans is very unsettling and filled with stark, near-gag inducing images I haven't experienced in a movie since Steve McQueen's "Hunger" (anything with bugs…
"Safety Not Guaranteed" is perhaps way too simple a movie.
Based very loosely on a real (but tongue-in-cheek) classified ad, the film is about a magazine writer and his 2 interns who go to investigate an ad placed by a seemingly mentally disturbed man (Mark Duplass) who believes he has invented a time machine and is looking for someone to go with him.
The writer does none of the work and instead hooks up with an ex-girlfriend while his intern…
"Cause I don't want no Robocop
You moving like a Robocop
When did you become a Robocop
Now I don't need no Robocop"
- Kanye West
Kanye West put it perfectly. Jose Padilha's very "studio" remake of Paul Verhoeven's seminal satire "Robocop" misses the point almost entirely, replacing all the pointed satire and anti-corporate humor of the original with a very self-serious hodgepodge of revenge movie and "The Wire", even though there is a little humor in the movie thanks…
Acclaimed Scottish Director Lynne Ramsay's own unique take on the "evil kid" subgenre of film (IE. The Omen, Joshua, The Bad Seed, Orphan) is a visually sumptuous unnerving tale of a mother and her truely evil child. Swinton is off-the-charts here (why wasn't she Oscar nominated?) and Ezra Miller is creepy perfection as Kevin, Swinton's "demon spawn". This is a very good movie even though it is depressing. Definately not the feel-goodmovie of the year as it will probably make you never want to have children of your own.
Lenny Abrhamson's "Frank" was probably one of the most hyped-up films of 2014. You probably know it as the "Michael Fassbender Wears a Paper Mâché mask on his head" movie. Thing is, it is so much more than that, "Frank" is surely one of the best movies of 2014, for real.
Based very very VERY loosely on the popular British tv character Frank Sidebottom, the film tells the story of a struggling songwriter played by Domnhall Gleeson who finds himself…