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The Mind of Jake Paul documentary review

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond documentary review

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond documentary review

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is an incredibly difficult watch. Not because it is boring, far from in fact, but because it is such an extreme subject, awkward at times, and sometimes even highly uncomfortable. Yet, at the same time as all of that it also manages to be beautiful and a work of art much like the movie that caused it itself… Jim & Andy opens on Jim Carrey in a hotel room, he begins to tell the story of becoming Andy Kaufman for Man on the Moon, and how, in his mind at least, he lost himself completely to the character and was no longer Jim.  It cuts back and forth from Jim to never before seen film from behind the scenes of Man on the Moon. That is where the beautiful and the uncomfortable collide. Jim truly was no more, he was lost inside himself, and Andy had surfaced to take over. Not just within the movie, but everywhere else as well. To the point of Andy’s actual family coming to visit Jim because they wanted to see Andy one more time… This documentary is a work of art, purely because of what Jim did nearly 20 years ago to honor his idol properly, and to many, went too far.

No Men Beyond This Point trailer review

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First and foremost I have to point out that if this movie was called “No Women Beyond This Point” and was reversed, every woman would be going crazy… No Men Beyond This Point is a mockumentary with a premise that I think will be absolutely fucking hilarious. The trailer shows that men are dying out and that the vast majority of women WANT them to die out and STRONGLY dislike men. At one point a women is seen throwing rocks at a man! Men are treated as African American people were in the 50s, being told not to congregate and being driven out of towns… The more I write the more I realize how much of an art piece on society and civil rights that was given a comical spin this is in order for us to watch it and really soak it in… Brilliant.

A Beautiful Planet trailer review

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So this is a little bit different of a trailer for me to review, but it was so absolutely beautiful that I had to. A Beautiful Planet is a documentary that shows us earth from outer space, and get this, it is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. What can’t this girl do? So I know nothing of this documentary yet as all I have done is watch the trailer. But, the trailer is absolutely beautiful. It is incredibly simple. Jennifer Lawrence introduces us to the idea of the documentary, then some powerful music kicks on and we see gorgeous shots of earth and astronauts. Sweet, simple, and beautiful.

Blackfish documentary review

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Blackfish is astounding because it made me care about something that I have absolutely no interest in. Blackfish is a film about the mistreatment of killer whales in captivity and the stress it causes them in life. Primarily the film focuses on Tilikum, a killer whale responsible for the deaths of three people. What this film argues though is that killer whales are docile creatures who we have tortured into outbursts such as this. Honestly, I’m not sure what made me watch this. The first time I watched it was two years ago and I still remember it perfectly. I remember them talking about how Seaworld lies about their lifespans. How Seaworld lies about their fins drooping naturally… Basically I remember that Seaworld is one of the worst places ever. Or is it? You have to remember that this is a biased documentary. After the release many trainers came forward saying that their words were taken out of context and they disagreed with the film. Seaworld stated that their facilities and care for the animals has been changed drastically and that the movie didn’t focus on the whales they saved… Honestly? I have no idea what to think. This is a phenomenal movie and an eye opening documentary. But, that is the problem. It is biased, and we have no idea how true it is or isn’t… It is a great film and I recommend you watch it, but, it is up to you what you believe.

The Big Short movie review

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I saw this movie on a whim, I had little to no clue what it was about, and did not expect much. I was very surprised and I am very happy I went to see this! The Big Short is the true story of the housing market crash, followed by the economic crash of 2007. Filmed in a strangely cut, amateur looking, fourth wall-breaking, in your face style that could have failed EASILY. This is a numbers movie. I didn’t understand half the things the people were saying yet I was still enjoying myself. And much more than enjoying myself, I cared. That is the real feat of this movie, the fact that it made me care about something that I had little to no interest in. After watching this movie I needed to take a minute and think, process what I just saw… Movies that do that are rare, and are a must see. Now, not every time they broke the fourth wall did it work, sometimes it took you out of the movie, and sometimes it was strange. An addition I did like however was bringing in stars to literally talk to us directly to explain these boring as hell banking terms… Speaking of stars, this movie is star studded! Whether they have huge roles or tiny, this movie is at no shortage of talent. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Karen Gillian, Finn Wittrock,  Max Greenfield, Mila Kunis, Margot Robbie… This list goes on! Each person gave an exceptional performance, clearly giving this their everything! Christian Bale shows just how much of a chameleon he is, hardly being recognizable as himself. Ryan Gosling serves as a narration and more or less plays Ryan Gosling, but it fits! Brad Pitt serves as an essential side character that brought a lot to this movie… But, the stand out of this movie is Steve Carell. Carell proves once again in this movie just what an amazing serious actor he is, stretching his range to places few thought he could go. Even if this movie is not your general type, go see it, if not just for the film making style. It will affect you, and it will make you think about the world we live in.

Religulous documentary review

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After doing a review on Citezenfour a LONG while ago, I said the likelihood of me writing another review on a documentary was unlikely, BUT it was not impossible. The only reason is that I don’t watch a lot of documentaries, but I have seen this one quite a few times! Religulous follows comedian Bill Maher on this comedy adventure of making fun of religion, while at the same time being informative and hilarious. Now, I don’t want to offend anybody, but I fucking love this documentary! Bill Mahers inability to care what people think and say what everybody wants to say is amazing! His jokes are spot on, and being someone that shares his views, I can’t get enough of this movie… I realize it is not for the vast majority of people. If you are religious I wouldn’t recommend watching it. If not, go ahead and have yourself a great laugh!

Citizenfour documentary review

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I have never done a documentary review, maybe never will again, but I had to do this one. Citizenfour follows Edward Snowden in him telling the story and releasing the top secret information about the NSA. I was inspired to watch this after first watching the Snowden trailer and wanting more, I then read almost everything about Edward Snowden and sat down at 2 in the morning to watch this. Citizenfour albeit is incredibly slow moving, yet incredibly moving at the same time. I am somewhere in the middle on a political standpoint, but I very much agree with what Ed did. Throughout the movie you see him reveal the information and it be leaked to the news bit after bit. Ed becomes more tense but never wavers or has regrets. One thing I really admire is the fact that he never once wants the story to be about him, he is perfectly happy to stay in the back. He wants the story to be about the story, not his personality. I don’t want to spoil much, but it is a great watch. Slow moving, but it really makes you think about what is going on around you, right where you live.