Martian Scorsese at his finest; my favorite of his films since Goodfellas. DiCaprio is excellent as a perversely heindous Wall St. stock broker who snorts, drinks, fucks, cons, and climbs his way up the corporate ladder with his group of nobodies. I laughed, I was thrilled, I was moved. I had a blast watching this movie.
I suppose I can understand the resentment this film gets from those who are too ignorant to see it for what it really is: a stylized sexploitation flick featuring Disney channel stars pissing in gutters and committing crimes. Simple enough premise, and yet all people seem to pass it off as is nothing more than a movie intending to capitalize on the exploitation of young and famous stars. But that it is not, for this modern-day-Scarface is much deeper than that cheep gimmic.
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
It’s no surprise Ryan Gosling is among of favorite actors working in the industry today. He’s not only an attractive actor but one that oozes with talent and seems to gravitate toward the best independent movies rather than selling out and sticking to mainstream vehicles. I also have to give credit to Mr. Cooper, who I’ve never would have guessed could pull of great parts (see: Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle). This is a great and honest film following an interesting cast of characters, switching between the juxtaposition of a luckless man doing what he can for his family, and the honest man upholding the law.
A good old fashioned slasher movie, plain and simple. I haven’t had as much fun at the theaters since, well, probably since last year’s Cabin in the Woods. Like Cabin, You’re Next is an independent horror movie made for horror fans, but not fan centric enough to alienate regular movie goers, and had a hard time getting distributed. Going to show you that Hollywood makes you wait for the good horror flicks, (in return churning out crappy Paranormal Activities each year), but it’s worth the wait. Loaded with creative gore gags, humor, and wit, You’re Next is an excellent and entertaining spook show.
The cast is phenomenal. Amy Addams is a fireball, Jennifer Lawrence is loaded with sass, Bradley Cooper is at the top of his game, and Bale knocks another one out of the park.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES
Drive is among my favorite movies of all time, so expectations were high for Refn’s follow up. While i was somewhat disappointed on my first viewing, I was still moved by the style of this movie. On a second viewing, I came to terms with the film. It’s a representation of violence, much like A Clockwork Orange was (speaking of Kubrick, many shots here seemed to be derived straight from one of his movies). Refn prooves style over substance can work, and pack a punch.
12 YEARS A SLAVE
This is an example of how sadistic, cruel, and horrifying humans can be to one another. Oscar bait, sure, and unquestionably the top of every critics’ list this year, but 12 Years is a great tale of one man’s harrowing experiences. The last scene will have you in tears.
Great lead performances take this simple thriller a step above all the other simple thriller’s that pollute the theaters and tv screens. It’s no Se7en, sure, but it does a good job of keeping you on the edge of your seat. I can see countless people finding themselves enjoying this on a Saturday afternoon when it’s broadcasted as a movie of the week on cable television in the near future.
OUT OF THE FURNACE
Much like 12 Years and Prisoners, Furnace is a dark and real tale of actual people, and not just A list actors portraying said people.
I usually DESPISE any movie dealing heavily with cgi effects, let alone being centered around it. Initially I figured this movie could go one of two ways, a fun cartoon of a movie or it could go the Transformers rout, and be a shitty cgi-fest that’ll bored me to an aneurism. But fortunately Del Toro, ever the boundary pushing filmmaker, was at the helm and took all my doubts and shoved them right up a Kaiju’s ass. I grew up watching saturday morning cartoons and old school monster flicks, so this was right up my alley and brought out the kid in me. The most underrated blockbuster of the year, but without question the most entertaining.
ABC’S OF DEATH
An incredibly ambitious indie undertaking, ABCs features a whopping 26 short films from the top independent filmmakers across the globe. While they can’t all be winners, ABC is loaded with enough scares and laughs to have you and your drunken friends entertained. Creativity is above substance on this one, and creativity is among the many things ABCs spews onto the screen.
I’d say the same applies to this independent horror sequel as ABCs of Death; as with all anthologies, some segments are well worth the watch, while others are filler. Another film with it’s aims set for a party environment, with the quality relying on the amount of fun YOU and YOUR friends make of it, and sometimes the experience is all it takes to enjoy a movie.
THIS IS THE END
Hilarious. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I did in a theater in my life. Excellent homage to classic horror flicks. The cast are hilarious, the gags are actually funny, the jokes are immature but will have you rolling with laughter. A great comedy.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
The premise is simple, sure, but it’s the stars of the film that take it to new heights. McConaughey and Leto are superb.