Powerful documentary about the Kids for Cash scandal but is ultimately more about how the juvenile correction system fails trouble youth (big surprise, right?). The best thing I can say about this documentary is that it took what little I knew about the scandal and presented an unbiased look from all facets including a small portion of the families affected, the kids themselves, and even the judges responsible! Which honestly threw me for a loop because you don't often see…
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Pacino and Walken have good, believable chemistry as aged criminal friends but the movie only works when they are examining their lives, friendships, past, and futures and not getting involved in the Hangover style antics.
For the ending, I get they wanted to have a Butch Cassidy, going out in style shootout, but when the whole film builds up to this climax, it felt like a total cop-out to end it mid-scene.
Alexander Payne is the master of good, quirky family drama without dialing up the quirk. This movie wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for but I am a definite sucker for Father-Son drama, black & white cinematography, and movies about small towns. All the acting is superb especially Bruce Dern and June Squibb who are never affectionate but feel so real as an old couple. Actually the whole family feels extremely real and that's what I loved most about. Even Will…
One of my most anticipated of 2014 turns out to be one of the best of the year for me. Some people will go into watching this expecting something straightforward or a standard thriller. This film is definitely more of a complex, psychological film that is creepy and engulfing to watch. Jake Gyllenhaal nails the dual roles, the camerawork and score are all moody and add to the atmosphere. I wish the film was longer and explained some things but Holy Shit, did my heart stop at that ending. Wow.