Whether they’re grappling with the side effects of success or (more likely) licking the wounds of failure, I don’t have much sympathy for people trying to be superstars. And as much as 20 Feet from Stardom is primarily an affectionate profile of some of pop’s most noteworthy backup singers, it spends a little too much time entertaining assertions that these (mostly) women’s status as historical footnotes is some kind of gross injustice.
Granted, it’s not all pity party, and even…
A middle-aged, dying comedian sets out to preserve all his valuable life experience on video for his unborn son.
Fun, but pretty bad really, and not quite self-aware enough to be cool, though the thought was there.
There are some genuinely funny set pieces and even some heartfelt and seemingly good advice. It feels like the writer intended it to be Truth disguised as comedy, but most of the "how to be a man" stuff is fatuous fluff that wouldn't…
Just another indie movie with an indie soundtrack and mumblecore dialogue, although not as well written as Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, which it slightly resembles.
Kristen Bell is the titular Lifeguard (see what I did there?) who moves home to Connecticut after her New York life fails to live up to her expectations. She takes up the old job she used to have in high school, as the lifeguard at the local public pool, and develops an unethical relationship with…
Too awful to make it more than 20 minutes. To be honest it's too awful to make it more than 5 minutes, but I'm a bit slow. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. It's BAD. Skip it. We've done you a favour. If you want to find out how big a favour, you try to watch this film. There, are you happy? NO. OF COURSE YOU'RE NOT. I told you, don't do it. 0.5 stars is an offence to other perfectly good 0.5 star films.
This is a movie with some bad guys and some good guys, but the bad guys are unusually well played. They're not sympathetic characters at all, but you can sit there with your mouth open in horror and really understand where they're coming from. They're the heroes of their own stories, not generic Villains. Rare for an American Hero movie to allow the baddies some humanity. Classy.
Tom Hanks is there too, and holy heck, what a performance.…
David O. Russell's tale of cons, cocksuckers, & corruption. Bruce Wayne's hairpiece. Broken glass. Duke fuckin' Ellington. Fuck you pasties! The shit people leave at the dry-cleaners. Almost naked Amy Adams. Never tell a women the truth. London-banking-connections. Katniss, the annoying-as-fuck wife. Fake Razzle-Dazzle. Fuckin' bullshit. The Iron Sheik's step-son. Gambling creates jobs. What the fuck is in Bradley Cooper's hair? Business talk. The fuckin' disco. No more fake shit. A microwave. Michael fuckin' Pena almost looks Arab. International fuckin' protocol.…
Actual IMs sent while watching this movie:
7:35 PM omg what is this?! his beard is drawn on with a PEN
7:36 PM do I need to be high to understand this??
7:37 PM sean connery has a BRAID
7:54 PM why is sean connery wearing red nappies?
8:09 PM i love how in the future noone wears a bra
8:12 PM and now Charlotte Rampling is giving a lecture on what causes erections
8:18 PM the vortex men are…
A good performance by Cate Blanchett, as you've probably heard. I always find Alec Baldwin slightly unnerving. I'm not sure why. He doesn't seem real, somehow.
The many flashback sequences are handled in a slightly unconventional way, which I found jarring until I settled into the style.
Other than that, this is a pretty straight- forward retelling of A Streetcar Named Desire, with a few Woody Allen flourishes, including one or two awkward ad-libs that should have been re-shot.
If you enjoy the spectacle of beautiful, vapid socialites becoming mentally unhinged, watching this film is classier than many of your other options.
A staggering work of genius from the Coen brothers. Every image, every frame and every word is crafted to perfection. On the surface, this is a gloriously tense thriller with nods to films like The Terminator, but if you dig a little, there's a subliminal allegory in every moment.
You can enjoy it without thinking about it, and the beautiful land- and sound-scapes are hauntingly beautiful. Javier Bardem is breathtaking as the cold-as-ice, bat-shit-insane killer. Tommy Lee Jones' small-town lawman…
This is one of those films that I would have called "boring" when I was an ignorant youth. Now that I'm an enlightened intellectual (finally!) I can assure you that this is a really well crafted drama with four absolutely flawless performances.
Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman in particular are sublime, but all of the main cast really put their hearts into their roles.
The characters are magnificently written and directed as metaphorical instruments in a fugue, with their…