Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jimmy's Hall: Movie Review


A premise of fun combined with fascinating history of Ireland.
Jimmy's Hall is the true story of Irish activist Jimmy Gralton. It's a story that very few people probably know, but after hearing it, it's the type of story that needs to be told. The movie opens in 1932 but tells the history of everything that happened previously – most notably, the Irish War of Independence from 1919 to 1922. 10 years later, the citizens of a small community are getting ready for a more peaceful existence and a more optimistic future. 2014

Directed by: Ken Loach

Screenplay by: Paul Laverty
Based on the play by Donal O'Kelly

Starring: Barry Ward, Jim Norton

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paper Towns: Movie Review


A fun and enjoyable teen journey of comedy, adventure, mystery and coming-of-age.
A beautiful girl moves in next door to a geeky little kid, and the boy immediately falls for her. It's not hard to see why; she's beautiful with alluring eyes that can make good guys fall for bad girls. She's not the girl next door, but the mysterious girl next door, and he's going to watch her and admire her from not too far away. Paper Towns starts with the boy and girl at age 8 and she's baiting him into their first adventure. 2015

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Screenplay by: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Based on the novel by John Green

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Trainwreck: Movie Review


Too many sex jokes almost derails this very funny romantic comedy.
Trainwreck opens with a perfect setting scene where a father explains to his two young daughters that he's divorcing their mother. Monogamy is not real and used a metaphor with the young Kim's doll. Why play with one doll when you can play with multiple dolls? And why can that first doll tell you which dolls to play with? Don't all dolls deserve to be played with? Younger sister Kim seemed to understand, but it was older sister Amy who took the advice to heart. 2015

Directed by: Judd Apatow

Screenplay by: Amy Schumer

Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Breakup Girl: Movie Review

Leads three different sisters through life with a perfect mix of comedy and drama.
The Breakup Girl is Claire (Shannon Woodward). She's 29, a writer, and happily in a serious relationship. Well, maybe not happily. She's described as the type of girl who always finds something to stress about. Whether it's the meddling of her older sister or the free-spirited nature of her younger sister. She doesn't have a great relationship with her sisters. And then her boyfriend dumps her. Claire just wants to be upset but her family finds ways to impose further. 2015

Directed by: Stacy Sherman

Screenplay by: Stacy Sherman

Starring: Shannon Woodward, Wendi McLendon-Covey and India Menuez

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

No Way Jose: Movie Review

Not enough comedy to break up the pessimistic monotony.

No Way Jose stars Adam Goldberg as Jose, born as Joseph Stern but he's 1/8th Mexican so Jose it is. There's a lot of humour present in the lead character but he's also very tiring, pessimistic, passive aggressive, and did I mention tiring? He complains for the full hour and a half run-time of the movie. While some of his complaints are funny, there is just no reprieve from his verbose pessimism. 2015

Directed by: Adam Goldberg

Screenplay by: Adam Goldberg, Sarah Kate Levy

Starring: Adam Goldberg, Ahna O'Reilly