RSS feed for richardfeder
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013

    ★★½ Added

    I wasn't a fan of the first film, so I might not be the best judge of this belated sequel.

    My problem with this was virtually the same as the one I had with the first. I like Will Ferrell and I think the character of Ron Burgundy is consistently amusing. I'm far less enamored of his supporting cast. I like the actors, but the equally cartoonish characters throw off the movie's comic rhythm. I hate to backseat screen-write, but…

  • August: Osage County 2013

    ★★ Added

    Dysfunctional family circus. Soap opera melodrama. Fancy cast film-play.

    What more needs to be said?

    If you're already into this type of stuff, I suppose it would be enjoyable. Meryl Streep is always good, but the character is your typical crazed Southern matriarch. It felt like a character I've seem a dozen times. Julia Roberts is decent but is locked into angry mode, so it's a one-note performance. Everyone else is serviceable, and Benedict Cumberbatch pretty much sucks. It's not really his fault, since his character is such a useless childlike cypher. Blame the writer for that.

    Who really cares about these ugly spirited people?

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Little Big Top 2006

    ★★★½ Added

    A harmless rainy Sunday movie. You kinda feel like a grouch criticizing it too harshly. It's a family dramedy at heart. It's nothing too special, but the languid pace and dry comedy becomes enjoyable it its own way. It helps to be a fan of the great cult actor Sid Haig. I'm a fan of his, so I enjoyed watching him in this simple tale. It's well directed for the most part. The editing is surprisingly choppy at times but…

  • V/H/S/2 2013

    ★★ Added

    I thought it was a big step down from the previous film, to be honest. Like its predecessor, V/H/S/2 is a found footage horror anthology. It looks like there was a slightly bigger budget than the first one, but already the concept is showing signs of fatigue.

    Mini-reviews of each segment, as spoiler-free as possible:

    Tape 49/frame narrative - Like in V/H/S, the framing story starts off fairly strong and quickly becomes tedious. The poor acting doesn't help. The climax…

  • V/H/S 2012

    ★★★½ Added

    I enjoyed V/H/S okay enough. If you're in the mood for some found footage horror, this should scratch the itch. It's an anthology, which feels even more of a throwback than the VHS technology featured in the film. It also means that it's of varying quality. Some shorts are better than others, but overall it's an okay watch for found footage horror fans.

    So, here's a mostly spoiler free collection of mini-reviews:

    Tape 56/frame narrative - Starts off intriguingly, but…

  • The Master 2012

    Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★½ Added

    I'm learning slowly but surely how expectations really color the film going experience. I was expecting a lot more from the good reputation this movie has, and ended up finding it only meh. The same thing happened to me in the first film, so maybe a rewatch after a year or so might be more enjoyable. The action, especially early on, is much better this time around, but the actual plot didn't impress me so much.

  • Nixon 1995

    ★★★★½ Added

    "Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself." - Richard Nixon

    Boy, Nixon sure learned that lesson the hard way, didn't he?

    "Nixon" is a great movie, taking extraordinarily difficult subject matters and moving through them expertly. It takes the epic life of this one man, and also tells the tale of the world he lived in. It helps a bit to have some knowledge of…

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★ Added

    Of course devotees of the cult film "Wet Hot American Summer" will be all over it, but "They Came Together" is not really inspired comedy. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are appealing as always. There are a few fitfully amusing moments scattered here and there, but in reality it smells more like a rewrite of an actual attempt to script a romantic comedy than something that was conceived from scratch to be the "Airplane!" of romcoms (which it is not).…

  • Muppets Most Wanted 2014

    ★★★ Added

    Doesn't really have the spark of vitality that the previous film somehow managed to conjure up, but I've sat through much worse Muppet movies *cough*MuppetsInSpace*cough*. This one was decent enough and did the job, with a few fun throwaway gags and a welcome video cameo from Jim Henson's Kermit. I'm also a fan of Flight Of The Conchords, so I again enjoyed the musical numbers. They were the highlights of the film. The evil version of Kermit was amusing, and it was fun to see relatively obscure characters like Sam the eagle boosted to supporting roles.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★★ Added

    Too long and not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but in my opinion a GIGANTIC step up from the previous film, which I thought was an abomination. Low expectations likely play into this review because quite honestly, my expectations couldn't get any lower after "The Amazing Spider-Man." Really, that movie was awful. Part 2 was enjoyable, much to my surprise.

    Andrew Garfield's twitchiness appears to have been toned down considerably, and he handles himself well in…