2015, Film, News, Viewing Log

Film Viewing Log: June 2015

July 3, 2015
JUNE2015
No.FilmDirector/YearGrade
070.The Age of AdalineLee Toland Krieger, 2015B- *
071.Still AliceRichard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, 2014C+
072.SpyPaul Feig, 2015B+ *
073.OculusMike Flanagan, 2013C
074.As Above So BelowJohn Erick Dowdle, 2014F *
075.Jurassic WorldColin Trevorrow, 2015C- *
076.The First Wives ClubHugh Wilson, 1996B *
077.Happy-Go-Lucky Mike Leigh, 2008A *
078.Bullets Over BroadwayWoody Allen, 1994C- *
079.Inside OutPete Docter, 2015B *

* First Time Viewings

2015, News, Television, TV Reviews

Mad Men (2007–2015)

June 24, 2015
madmen
Few shows get the opportunity to do a deep dive and examine a character over a decade of his life. Then again, few shows take the risk to explore a character deeply.

Thanks to creator Matthew Weiner and his team of writers on Mad Men, we have watched Don Draper struggle mightily with his secrets and lies, which naturally make him the best ad man in the business. For a show that has mastered the art of the slow burn, 92 episodes feels like just the right amount of time to tell Don’s story, along with the stories with Peggy, Joan, Betty, Sally, Pete, Roger and a rotating cast of surprisingly dynamic supporting characters.

Now that Mad Men has come to an end, here are my thoughts on each show’s season and why I consider the show as masterpiece.

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Spy

June 13, 2015
spy

Cert: 15  Running Time: 120 minutes.

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

I look like someone’s homophobic aunt!

Spy is Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig’s third collaboration (soon to be fourth with the upcoming Ghostbusters) and is easily their best. They struck gold with Bridesmaids, which became a hit, critically and finically. While The Heat didn’t reach that amount of success, it was by no means a failure. Spy follows Susan Cooper Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a former teacher who enrolled in the CIA hoping to change her life and make it more exciting. She’s saddled with a desk job as an analyst to work behind the scenes for her friend field agent, Bradley Fine (Jude Law) whose more of the typical James Bond-like spy that Cooper wishes she could be. A failed mission results in Fine having to sneak into the home of Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) to retrieve information on the location of a nuke bomb, but when Fine suddenly gets assassinated, she volunteers to be sent to the field so she could avenge her partner’s death.

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Film Viewing Log: May 2015

May 29, 2015
may2015
No.FilmDirector/YearGrade
057.X-Men: Days of Future PastBryan Singer, 2014C+
058.Kingsman: The Secret ServiceMatthew Vaughn, 2015B+ *
059.DreddPete Travis, 2012B+
060.Broadcast NewsJames L. Brooks, 1987B *
061.PaddingtonPaul King, 2015B- *
062.It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell, 2015C+ *
063.Sex TapeJake Kasdan, 2014D-
064.Deliver Us from EvilScott Derrickson, 2014F *
065.IdiocracyMike Judge, 2006F *
066.The Usual SuspectsBryan Singer, 1995B+ *
067.Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller, 2015A- *
068.The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of WaterPaul Tibbitt, 2015C- *
069.The DUFFAri Sandel, 2015C- *

* First Time Viewings

2015, Film, Film Reviews, News

Mad Max: Fury Road

May 18, 2015
madmax

Cert: 15  Running Time: 120 minutes.

In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland

We are not things. We are not things!

Wow! As for as blockbuster entertainment, this achieves a high bar. Frank Miller has created a landmark in the action movie genre. This is a true action film where the visuals are so refreshing and yet, in all the chaos there is a balance brought to life very methodically by George Miller. With all the reboots and remakes we’ve seen fail over the years, it’s so refreshing and intriguing to see something like this succeed. It’s been thirty years since Miller’s last romp through an apocalyptic wasteland and has certainly made an effective return to the Mad Max universe with Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Film, Film Articles, News

Let’s Talk About the Ending of ‘Still Alice’

May 7, 2015
alice

Still Alice is a good movie but what kept it from being really great was that it completely abandoned its most interesting storyline, which was the effect of the disease’s familial nature on Alice’s children. The movie could have been a great family drama but at the end of the day, Moore was brilliant and I look at Alzheimer’s in an entirely different light. She was the heart and soul of this film. However, there was something about the ending of the film that really moved me.

As Alice’s mind begins to slip, her relationships shift in surprising ways. Her apparently stable marriage begins to reveals its cracks even as she grows closer to her youngest daughter, an aspiring actress who has disappointed her scholarly mother by flatly refusing to go to college. Near the end, Stewart’s Lydia, preparing for an audition, reads her mother a long passage from Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America. “What do you think that was about, Mom?” she can’t resist asking, in an attempt to get inside her mother’s head.

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Film Viewing Log: April 2015

May 1, 2015
aprill

I watched a lot of crappy horror films this month via netflix.

No.FilmDirector/YearGrade
047.Furious 7James Wan, 2015B *
048.Best in ShowChristopher Guest, 2000B *
049.Nurse 3-DDouglas Aarniokoski, 2014F *
050.The Houses October BuiltBobby Roe, 2014D- *
051.The Devil Wears PradaDavid Frankel, 2006C+
052.ATMDavid Brooks, 2012F *
053.Gosford ParkRobert Altman, 2001B- *
054.A Prairie Home CompanionRobert Altman, 2006C+ *
055.PreservationChristopher Denham, 2014F *
056.Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines Declan O’Brien, 2012F *

 

 

2014, Film, Film Reviews, News

Mommy

April 15, 2015
Mommy

Cert: 15  Running Time: 139 minutes.

A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

We still love each other, right?

 

Warning: This Review contains spoilers!

Five months ago, I had no idea who Xavier Dolan was. Now, after watching ‘Mommy’, I have no hesitation in saying that he’s one of most talented artists to have come into prominence in the past few years. I heard praise for the film around the Internet but surprisingly paid no attention to it. It wasn’t until the hype surrounding the film moved to social media and I realized how enticing and intense the film looked. No surprise, I got exactly the movie I was hoping for. Emotionally engaging from beginning to end, the performances were out of this world, Dolan’s vision is a feast for the eyes and ears. It moved at such a brisk pace, I could have sat through another hour of it.

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2015, News, Video Game Reviews, Video Games

The Order: 1886

April 9, 2015
order

The Playstation 4 has been out for a little over two years now and The Order: 1886 was set to be the first high class exclusive for the console. However, after confusion on the game’s main plot and unimpressive previews and a delay that forced the game back into early 2015, things started to look a little shaky for the exclusive. Set in a steampunk-themed alternate 18th century London, The Order: 1886 aims to please audiences visually and immerse them into a world filled with wondrous dangers and breath-taking scenery. However, it is a hard game to recommend due to how uninspired the whole thing feels. The controversy surrounding the game doesn’t help it either, which is mostly centred on its short length and frequent cut scenes. There is also some dispute over the pricing of the game; when you buy a game for £50, you expect at least twelve hours of gameplay for that kind of money. I finished the game in less than seven hours so it’s completely understandable why there is such backlash regarding this.

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2015, Film, News, Viewing Log

Film Viewing Log: March 2015

April 4, 2015
APRIL2015
No.FilmDirector/YearGrade
035.Fifty Shades of GreySam Taylor-Johnson, 2015F *
036.The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese, 2013B+
037.Steel MagnoliasHerbert Ross, 1989B- *
038.Just Go With ItDennis Dugan, 2011D *
039.VacancyNimród Antal, 2007D+ *
040.MommyXavier Dolan, 2014A *
041.Top FiveChris Rock, 2014C+ *
042.Dazed and ConfusedRichard Linklater, 1993B+ *
043.Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn, 2014B
044.The End of the AffairNeil Jordan, 1999B- *
045.CinderellaKenneth Branagh, 2015B- *
046.Truth or DieRobert Heath, 2012F *

* First Time Viewings