Friday, November 29, 2013

C.O.G.: Movie Review


A dichotomous journey through religion and homosexuality.
“C.O.G.” is the journey of one man based on the real life journey of writer David Sedaris. David (Jonathan Groff) is an academically-minded man in his twenties who has destroyed every relationship with his own arrogance. He’s not entirely aware of it, as he thinks he’s on a journey with his girlfriend after they read The Grapes of Wrath and decided to get back to nature. But really his ex-girlfriend had no such journey in mind. 2013

Directed by: Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Screenplay by: Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Starring: Jonathan Groff

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Girl Most Likely: Movie Review

A girl has lost her way and comes back home with quirky comedy.
“Girl Most Likely” is Imogene (Kristen Wiig); a girl once likely to become the next big playwright in New York City, now she’s desperately hanging on to the upper-class lifestyle convinced that it’s all about who you know, where you live, and who you are with. A failed attempt of a fake suicide attempt sends Imogene back where she came from. All the way to New Jersey. 2012

Directed by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Screenplay by: Michelle Morgan

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon and Darren Criss

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club: Movie Review

A character with conflicting ideals provides a drama with charm and humour.
Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) has been diagnosed with AIDS in 1985. But surely that’s a mistake because he “ain’t no homo”. “Dallas Buyers Club” does a good job of establishing the character of Ron Woodroof with that of what he needs to do to survive. He lives in Dallas, lives a very disgusting lifestyle and should be close to dead. But he also likes making money and disregarding authority. 2013

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Screenplay by: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner

Friday, November 22, 2013

Kill Your Darlings: Movie Review

The story of Allen Ginsberg during some of his more interesting years.

“Kill Your Darlings” is the story of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) as he arrives at college and is ushered into a new generation of writers. Ginsberg is young, naïve and innocent. He was raised by his father – a writer (in the very traditional sense), and his mentally unstable mother. Columbia University presents a whole new world, a bright future for this talented man. 2013

Directed by: John Krokidas

Screenplay by: Austin Bunn and John Krokidas

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Captain Phillips: Movie Review

Walks the obvious Hollywood line but Hanks keeps us hanging in every moment.

“Captain Phillips” is the harrowing adventure of a US ship captain encountering pirates off the coast of Somalia, based on the real-life 2009 hijacking. Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) is a veteran captain, always doing what’s right and can draw the respect of his crew, even if they think he’s a bit of a hard ass. If it sounds like a role that’s perfect for Tom Hanks, that’s because it is. 2013

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Screenplay by: Billy Ray

Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi

Friday, November 8, 2013

12 Years a Slave: Movie Review

A story where bad becomes worse becomes worse and may never get to worst.

Set in the 1840s, “12 Years a Slave” is the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York who was abducted and sold into slavery. The beginning of the film has a number of scenes out of order and out of context. When all is said and done the point appears to be to give some “interesting” vantage points into the character of Solomon, but it does just add to an overly-long runtime when most scenes in the movie provide an interesting vantage point to the character of Solomon. 2013

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Screenplay by: John Ridley
Based on "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Prince Avalanche: Movie Review

Just a simple conversation between hilarious characters by great actors.
It's 1988. One year after wildfires destroyed much of central Texas. The explosive opening of raging fires gives way to destruction, and the isolation that destruction can cause, and the loneliness that isolation can cause. It's an appropriate setting for two men alone in the woods, working for the state repairing the roads. 2013

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Screenplay by: David Gordon Green

Starring: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thanks for Sharing: Movie Review


A lot of addicts, but some comedy and empathy help us get to the point.
“Thanks for Sharing” follows a group of men who meet at a sex addicts anonymous meeting. Mike (Tim Robbins) is the veteran, who is married and has been on the road of recovery for a long time. The film opens with Adam’s (Mark Ruffalo) five year anniversary with Tim as his sponsor. And Neil (Josh Gad) is the new-comer. He wants Adam to be his sponsor, but what he really wants is to pretend that he’s not an addict but continue behaving in inappropriate ways. 2012

Directed by: Stuart Blumberg

Screenplay by: Stuart Blumberg, Matt Winston

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad and Gwyneth Paltrow