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  • The Relationtrip

    The Relationtrip

    ★★★★

    I enjoyed this film on a Monday afternoon at the 2017 Nashville Film Festival. Had I watched this on a Tuesday, I may have liked it more, or possibly less.

    One of the directors and lead actor were both in attendance and did a Q&A afterwards. It made me like the film even a bit more.

    It's outlandish in many ways. Overall - it's a story about two people falling in love very, very quickly, and it's told in an over-the-top way that is enjoyable, quirky, bizarre, and funny.

  • What If

    What If

    ★★★★½

    I just wrote a cheesy review of What If. I said a bunch of things other people said about it, and I said it in a way that was flat and kind of boring.

    Funny.
    Quirky.
    Heartfelt.
    Zoe Kazan.
    Overall great casting.

    It's kind of everything you want in a romantic comedy. Unless you hate heartfelt indie rom-coms. If you hate those, then you will want to avoid this film. Seriously.

    I will probably re-watch this film.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★½

    Technical. Beautiful. So well done. The acting was great at times. The times it wasn't, I believe it wasn't supposed to be, so that's interesting. I really want to love this film. But I don't. But I really, really appreciate it. In my heart it's a solid 3 stars, but I want to give it 5 stars, because BRAVO.

    This is the same way I felt after I watched The Master, Gravity, and to a lesser extent, Tinker Tailor Soldier…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    First of all, I saw this on a plane on a tiny screen. I didn't want to watch it for the first time on a plane flying over an ocean, but I did. Even on a tiny screen with the sounds of jet engines blasting beside me, it was pretty spectacular.

    A couple of the scenes made the lead character, Andrew, less likable, and if those scenes were different, I think this movie could have been even better for me. A well crafted film with an incredible performance by JK Simmons.