The Big Short | Trailer

Reaction: With the cast involved, I wasn’t exactly sure of what kind of film we were getting. I mean a lot of them have comedy chops and I wondered where this movie leaning toward and this “OK” trailer has at least answered that. It’s a drama with a dash of comedy to alleviate the heavy subject matter.

Did it excite me for the film? No, but I’m still interested in seeing it, what about you?

The Finest Hours | Trailers

Review: I saw this trailer at the movies in front of Ant-Man, and I have to say it looks epic. The trailer sucked me in within seconds, the action does not looked too CGI-ish, and it showed enough about the story and the characters to peak my interest. The Finest Hours looks like a good dramatic thriller with award worthy performances. 

I like the cast, the time period, the accents, and the action but what about you guys what did you think of trailer?

Admission | Review

Directed by Paul Weitz and starring Paul Rudd, Tina Fey, Nat Wolff & Lily Tomlin Admission is an adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel of the same name.

The premise is about a Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

Review: Tina Fey’s character Portia is very interesting, her life is monotonous and predictable, she’s the opposite of her mom, who is brilliantly played by Lily Tomlin. Portia is almost obsessed by the idea of not turning into her free spirited mother, so she has one of those boring, perfectly controlled life, and it made for an interesting journey when everything started to crumble.

The movie is not as predictive as I expected it to be. It’s not the best movie ever but it has its charms, and feels very realistic at times. Obviously with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd there is some comic relief but giving the premise it would have been foolish to expect a full on comedy – that would have been a mistake – so the movie is a little bit of both a drama and a comedy with some romance thrown into it. It has a British feel to it but giving that it’s an American film it seems a bit off.

Admission is a quirky little film with a lot of charms and a British flair about it. I enjoyed it, what about you?

Dark Places | Review

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Is a mystery film based on Gillian Flynn novel and brought to the screen by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. It stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Cory Stoll, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan & Drea De Matteo.

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Premise: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.

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Review: Dark Places was interesting but not as riveting as I had hoped. I never had a chance to read the book – because the movie came out very early in France – so I watched the film with fresh eyes not knowing what I was in for. Problem solver that I am, I watched the film looking for clues but I fairly quickly had all the right suspects lined up before I even got through a quarter of the movie. I don’t know if it’s a testament to my “mad” deductive skills or a lack of mystery in the story telling. The exact same thing happened to me with Gone Girl – the book – which is why I didn’t finish reading it. I guess I was hopping for more of a challenge with Dark Places, something that would have surprised me at the end.

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Anyway, I still enjoyed the film, particularly how Libby’s past memories were shot. They had an 1980s feel to them, I mean in the quality of the images, they had an old VHS tape look to them. They were grainy and shaky, which also gave them an horror movie vibe, while at the same time illustrating how Libby feels about them.

The film is like the title suggest dark, and I’m not just talking about the murders but the whole context the characters are in. It’s socially realistic, you really feel for the struggling mother (Christina Hendricks) and her kids, the poverty and the hardship of their situation is almost palpable and that’s thanks to Hendricks’ performance. The rest of the cast is good but Christina Hendricks and Corey Stoll stand out and elevate the movie.

So to me Dark Places really depicts how prejudices, despair, and a bunch of white lies can snow ball and change people’s lives forever. It’s definitely not thriller of the year but the film is not boring. What are you thoughts on it?

Men, Women & Children | A Freakishly Good Movie

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Inspired by Chad Kultgen the novel of the same name and adapted on the silver screen by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the air) & Erin Cressida Wilson. The film stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dean Harris, Judy Greer & Kaitlyn Dever.

Premise: A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.

Review: The film Men, Women & Children is another societal exploration of American / western culture by Jason Reitman. It is a freakishly good movie. I didn’t really know what to expect, to be honest the trailers were not that engaging, but this character driven movie captivated me. It’s a little long and the slow pace is not helping but every minutes were worth the cramp I got on my ass from sitting too long in the movie theater.

Every character had their kinks and quirks, a singularity about them that some people might call one dimensional, I disagree. The message wouldn’t have been so loud and clear if the characters didn’t have a stereotypical aspect to them. By the way what was the message? It sure feels like there’s one but the at the same time it doesn’t feel like it’s patronizing message. I think it is whatever you feel it is, you will definitely leave with something, but it might not be the same as the people who sat next to you. In that sense the movie feels neutral, showing you how it is and how it can affect lives.

The movie is not as heavy as the trailers suggest, well it is heavy but there were light and funny moments that helped not making the film a drag. The way Reitman opened his subject made sense and it was tastefully done. Unlike the web he left some things to the imagination or implied them. The film goes to “scary” places, revealing some heavy uncomfortable things about teenagers, parents, couples, and society. You go to these places because it’s done every so slightly, tastefully, step by step.
It was a great assemble of a cast, there is not a bad performance in this movie. Each of the actors play their part on this beautiful movie that is Men, Women & Children
If you haven’t seen this movie, please check it out, and do me a solid follow me on Tumblr, Facebook and tweeter.
How about you guys? Did the movie resonated with you?

Rating: 8 out of 10.