“I am not gonna die sober!”
Wolf of Wall Street, by Martin Scorsese, marks yet another crowning achievement in his long run in the director’s seat. He once again delivers a film that can give both the drama, humor, and narrative that makes everything work so well together. Most of this has to do with Leonardo Di’Caprio’s role. He delivers one of the most energetic performances of his career and it is clear he had a lot of fun with this role. While the length (bordering 3 hours) might drive some people away, it is definitely a must see, just to get another glimpse into the crazy mind of Scorsese.
“This just feels right! The news team is back!”
(Minor Spoilers Ahead)
The news team is certainly back. 9 years after the first Anchorman became a sweeping start up for the comedian foursome, they have all reunited and return to the characters that brought them so much fame. Director Adam McKay returns for the sequel as well and continues to deliver the same hilarious non-sense and unstructured story that made the first film so great. While there are plenty of jokes and plot points that fall flat, there is enough in the film to warrant a second or third watch, as well as a finale that will go down in epic film moments. Continue reading
“Did you ever have to find a way to survive.”
American Hustle marks the next film in David O’Russels long list of success. From the guy that brought us The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, this film marks even more greatness from not only the director, but the actors as well. A film that focuses so much on the moral gray area of actions and shady deals, still consistently delivers heartfelt drama, and shows how well O’Russel can mesh so many genres into one film. This is a film everyone should see and will certainly be all over the Oscar nominations.
“Beyond darkness… beyond desolation… lies the greatest danger of all.”
The second chapter of the Hobbit series did not disappoint. We pick up where we left off in the previous installment with Thorin (Richard Armitage) leading his company of dwarves and hobbit as they continue their quest to reclaim the dwarves’ homeland of Erebor away from the powerful Smaug. They learn quickly that they will be continuing on with their journey without the aid of the friendly wizard, Gandalf (Ian McKellen).
*Small Spoilers ahead!!!*
The creative minds behind Tangled and Wreck it Ralph strike again. Frozen is a wonderful callback to the Disney movies of old with music and magic in full force. While the music part at first feels unnecessary, it quickly brings some catchy songs that many little kids will be singing for days after they see this film (maybe even some adults too).
“Remember Who the Real Enemy Is.”
Last year Gary Ross brought forth the first rendition of an amazing book series, The Hunger Games. While there were some gripes with shaky cameras and pacing, overall the film delivered some talented actors and a story that pulled at the heart strings of millions as they watched children fight for their lives in this tragic dystopia. Fast forward a year and a half later with a new director, Francis Lawrence, at the helm and all of a sudden a movie of immeasurable worth is brought forth for old and new fans alike. Lawrence fixes problems from the past, while staying true to the source material, and what ensues is a beautifully done film with all the dark aspects one would expect from this depressing world. Continue reading
Being based off a novel, that’s based off of real life, really can trouble a movie from really accomplishing the sheer emotion of the events. With Twelve Years a Slave these worries are put to rest. Steve McQueen directs one of, if not, the best films of the year and it’s certainly going to be up for multiple Oscars this coming December.