Gravity, but with a story. Interstellar was one of the most hyped movies of the year. Going in to this I was worried it would be over-hyped. Everybody has seen the damage that can happen when a studio gives a director a seemingly bottomless pit of money and tells them to go nuts. I’m looking at a certain “twist-ending” director. But, as always Nolan brings his all and delivers us a phenomenal movie with few faults. McConaughey, although still playing himself, delivers a performance that I certainly did not expect. With a stellar cast and a surprise small role this movie is of no shortage of good actors.The only large fault I can find is a left field ending that felt out of place. Though I will not watch it again for a long time, it has a first watch you will remember.
There is not a whole lot to say about Charlie Bartlett before I give too much away. It’s a great movie. But, that’s not all I can say so I will give it a shot. I went in to this movie expecting a good time, a lot of laughs and then to be done with it. I watched it a few days ago though and I am still thinking about it. This movie has so much emotion to it i can hardly believe it. There are moments when you are on the edge of your seat, rooting for these characters that are going through turmoil and in the end are left with a smile. The best part or parts of this movie the are Downey and Dennings. Their story as father and daughter and individual stories are amazing, the kinds you would find in a drama yet still make you laugh. I would watch it again any day.
I find it difficult to be too harsh with this movie knowing the struggles they went through after the untimely death of one of their lead roles, Paul Walker. But, I will do my best to keep that out of it. Furious is the 7th installment in The Fast and The Furious franchise, and 3rd since they switched over to heist movies. Since fast 4 they have been becoming more like expendables in their all star cast, riding off of the wow factor of the big names and faces. At first it was just cool to see all of your favorite people from the past movies in one, now its normal and they can’t ride on that anymore. I’ll be honest i was not excited to see Jason Statham in this as i am far from a fan of his, but now a days he fits this series well. What i was excited to see was Dwayne Johnson and awesome, over the top car scenes. Pretty much all of which for both we saw in the preview. Now again, i know the troubles this went through so i cant blame them too bad for the plot being all over the place, but at the end of the day you still have to watch the movie and its noticeable. Will i watch Furious 7 again? Yes, i love this series. Will i watch almost any other Fast and Furious movie before this one? Also yes.
I waited a few days after watching this to let it set in, see if any of my views on it changed. They didn’t, for its genre this was a good movie, and I liked it a lot more than the book (not that it matters in a movie review). Though not an amazing movie by any standards you get out of it as much as you could have possibly hoped for. It is in my opinion the best of all of these “teen post-apocalyptic dystopian book to movie adaptation” movies. When if you think about it for a second is ridiculous we are still somehow getting a new one every few months. Anyway, this is the best of the bunch so far. The world is large, the scope is wide, the action feels nerve racking. Twists and turns everywhere, and most of the characters are solid. The least of which is the chemistry between the two main characters, which should be most important. I still feel weird watching them together. The best of which is Peter played by Miles Teller. Miles steals the screen whenever he is on it with his never-out-of-role acting and supreme confidence, I don’t know if its him or the writer but either way it’s great. I couldn’t get through the third book but this definitely has me excited for the movie!
Blended is the third comedy pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Sadly, Sandler’s movies have gone way WAY downhill since the last pairing, so I didn’t go into this expecting much more than a few cheap laughs. What I didn’t expect is that although there were in fact plenty of cheap laughs, there were just as many earned ones, and I really liked the characters. Sandler wasn’t his obnoxious self we have all gotten used to. Barrymore really carried this movie in parts, and her chemistry with Sandler is as strong as it was all those years ago. A big fault I can find with this movie though is that it has lots of kid’s jokes but just as many adult jokes that are out of place in this movie. I would be wary about watching this with kids, anyone overly intelligent, or my grandparents. Now I’m not stupid, I know this is not an amazing movie and it’s definitely not in my favorites, but it is a fun movie with some surprising emotion. I’d watch it again.