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Uncertainty

Posted by james on Aug. 1, 2013

(post.rating: 3)
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This was a "Sliding Doors" type movie; what if a simple event cause the timeline to change? What would happen in each case?

It feels indie, which it is. And that means the ending is unfulfilling & pointless; that's pretty much a requirement of the genre.

Things happen, you get a little background. But not enough, and there's a lot of downtime & shots of "normal life" - things not relevant to the plot. It's like going to a multi course meal, but between each having to sit & eat a lot of dry bread. That's not really entertaining.

It's not bad. Just in the end, not really enough to make this movie good. Some will like it for the feel & peek into their lives. But the plot device really isn't a big factor here, and doesn't give the audience much.

Jack Reacher

Posted by james on July 30, 2013

(post.rating: 4)
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Fun to watch, since it's action. But it's like someone took the cover of one of those disposable action book series and just ... moved it around a little.

This movie unfolds like an Amazon description of a book series. Hard-fighting ex-military 6' 5" (really? Tom Cruise? Really?) guy roams the country doing good, then disappearing. Who was that masked man?

But it feels like someone read the book, then translated it line for line into dialog. And that doesn't bode well for this noir-ish movie. They're missing the saxophones & smoke, but the rest is there.

The dialog is just... awful. There's constant quips, which really don't work well ever for any character, but esp. not for the straight-laced Cruise in this one. All the characters are just flat. They're just plot devices.

I'm not sure how they could have fixed this one, or if they should have. I wonder if the book series is much more in-depth, with more meaningful characters and much less campy dialog. But I suspect that may not be the case. At any rate, this movie is just... obvious & flat.

Silver Linings Playbook

Posted by james on July 25, 2013

(post.rating: 8)
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I'd heard all the buzz before I knew anything about this movie. I finally got around to seeing it once things died down. I think I expected a heavy drama, lots of emotional conflict & fights, some tear jerking heart warming, and some indie-style bokeh shots. It's easy to skip this one in lieu of an easy action movie most of the time.

It did hit everything on that list, and yet I wasn't really prepared for how good this movie was. It's amazing. I can't say enough about it. It shows so much about the two leads; they're really what pulls this off. But then again, there are so many things right in this movie (overall plot, feel, dialog, characters, the slow pace, the (not quite) subtlety).

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence - who knew. Cooper I'd seen in some comedies, I wouldn't have thought he could pull this off. He does. And Lawrence - I know she's done some serious roles (Winter's Bone) but I haven't seen them yet. I've mostly seen more action ones (Hunger Games, X-men). But this really cements both in my mind as amazing actors.

Good job guys.


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