|Movies I've Seen Lately|
1. Spring: An indie film about a guy who loses a family member and decides to run away from his California home to France. It is the first big adventure he’s ever been on. There he meets a beautiful girl who harbors a dark secret. Don’t wanna give too much away but if you’re a fan of horror/sci fi then you should check this one out. It establishes a great premise in a clever way that most movies of its kind wouldn’t be nearly as successful attempting. 7/10.
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The Afterman: Ascension
2. Jupiter Ascending: This movie was an incomprehensible mess with a lot of ideas that just didn’t gell very well. If they’d established a more cohesive story for this with more interesting protagonists this would have been a much better film. This might be the worst acting of Mila Kunis’ career thus far. Main villain in this is absolutely hysterical though. You should see it at least for that. 5/10.
Fifty Shades of Grey
3. 50 Shades of Grey: I was curious, ok? The main female character in this is a joke and Dorian Grey is almost as bad. The whole experience would have been better if they’d dialed up the sexual stuff because the end result was pretty vanilla for a movie that was supposed to be about fucking. 3/10.
4. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead: Do you like zombies? Do you like Mad Max? See this movie. It is both-an aussie indie film set in a zompocalypse where they use zombie blood to fuel vehicles. Trust me, it’s really fuckin’ cool. Lot of neat ideas. 8/10.
The Dark Knight Rises
5. Batman Vs. Robin: DC hasn’t been doing as well with their animated titles post Flashpoint Paradox (which was awesome, see it if you haven’t). This film is a sequel to “Batman and Son” and takes the “Court of Owls” story from the comics and fuses it with Damian Wayne’s story. The result is a film that feels like a poor counterpoint to the excellent Court of Owls arc. I know a lot of folks really like Damian for some reason but I can’t stand him in the books or this movie. I’d recommend skipping this and maybe just read the first two Batman trades from the New 52. 6/10.
Shadows of the Damned
6. Avengers: Age of Ultron: I liked this more than I was expecting to. Didn’t get the hate for Ultron who I thought made for one of the better portrayed villains in the MCU thus far. Didn’t really care much for the Vision or his role in this film but other than that I had a good time watching. 8/10.
Everybody Is Going To Heaven
7. Citizenfour: Good documentary on HBO centering around Ed Snowden and the initial turmoil of him coming forward with his info. Worth a watch if you want to see some of the inner workings of that controversy. I did find myself fast forwarding a lot through unnecessary narration, etc. 7/10.
8. The Wind Rises: Miyazaki’s latest film. Beautifully done as always. Recommend for fans of Miyazaki, World War I, or just good stories about world history. 8/10.
9. Kingsmen: The Secret Service: This is a fun British spy movie from the guy who did kickass. Samuel L Jackson is great in it. 8/10.
10. The Babadook: An enjoyable thriller/horror film with a lot of interesting metaphorical ideas about human darkness. Found it to be a bit too “Amityville Horror” in its approach but it was entertaining. Some of the animation, sound fx, etc were pretty cheesey though. 7/10.
11. Focus: Will Smith is a con artist. It was okay. I don’t have much to say about it really. 6/10.
Mad Max: Fury Road
12. Mad Max: Fury Road: Somehow better than the trailer made it look. I know the hype is intense for this one but it really is the best movie I’ve seen in the action/spectacle genre in some time. George Miller’s ideas really help sell this one. Feels like a natural extension of the Mad Max universe. The world feels lived in and immersive. The characters are all well fleshed out. The stunts are magnificent. I have no problem giving this one a 10/10.