Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DVD Review: The Voices

Lucky Ryan Reynolds kept his shirt on.

There's no way these accounting chicks wouldn't be throwing themselves at him otherwise. I mean, the women in the accounting department at the company I work for are all somewhere in their 40's-60's and make a ton of dick jokes.

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is extremely awkward. He hears voices, mainly from his beloved dog and asshole cat. He doesn't exactly admit this to his shrink, Dr. Warren. (Jacki Weaver) He has a massive crush on Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and jumps at an invitation from their fellow coworker, Lisa (Anna Kendrick) to join them on an outing. When Fiona stands him up on a later date, he accidentally kills her, and of course he just can't go to the police with something like that. 

It's always amusing to me when a film like this gets all these good actors in it, because it's weird as fuck. It has it's amusing points, and all the actors do well. (Even Arterton, whom I normally hate) I wouldn't go as far to call this "good." It just kind of exists. I suppose it's good enough for a boring afternoon viewing.

Recommended: Sure

Grade: C+

Memorable Quote: "I am SO sorry." - Jerry (Ryan Reynolds)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dream Vacation Blogathon

Katy over at Girl Meets Cinema has a wonderful idea for a blogathon. She asks us to pick places in films that we'd like to visit, and to pick characters to tag along on our journey. I've been thinking on this for awhile, and I couldn't just decide on one place or one person. So my dream vacation will be about jet setting all over. 

Who I'm bringing:

I decided to make this a group thing.

Luis from Ant-Man - because you know he'd tell a good story. Plus he likes art and wine so that makes him perfect in my book.

Ariande from Inception - because she's clever and down for adventures. (And the least crazy of most of Ellen Page's roles) 

Adam and Kyle from 50/50 - because 1) I'm a shameless JGL lover and 2) Kyle is fun.

Kim from Trainwreck - Amy might be the party animal, but Kim is level headed and funny. She can leave her weirdo husband at home and join us. 

I'm bunking with Adam if you're wondering. 

First stop

Paris - and not just regular Paris, time travel Midnight in Paris. We'd hit all the touristy spots, then go back in time and dance during the 20's. 

Second Stop

We head over to England to visit Harry Potter's world. We start with a drink at The Leaky Cauldron. Then hop on the Hogwarts Express on platform 9 3/4. We hang out at Hogwarts, then go down to Hogsmeade and have another drink at The Three Broomsticks. (We're here to get drunk and see weird shit, basically)

Third Stop

We decide we absolutely need to be In Bruges. We may or may not buy some weed from Jimmy. But mostly, we're taking in all the beautiful scenery. 

Fourth Stop

Tracks made us want to go on an Australian walk about. But we're going to nix the camels and isolation and stay near Gold Coast instead. This is a very calming stop, where we do a lot of reflecting. 

Fifth Stop 

Now we head up to Tokyo. We decide that we need to get a bit of partying out of our system so we look for the seedy neon light flooded parts of Tokyo from Enter The Void. Only we don't shoot anybody.

Sixth Stop

Back in the U.S.A, we take a page out of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and stop in Hawaii at the Turtle Bay Resort for a little R&R. 

Want to come with us? 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Review: Infinitely Polar Bear

That's too much routine!

Cameron (Mark Ruffalo) suffers from manic depression and bi polar disorder. When we first meet him, he's having an episode. He lost his job, keeps his kids out of school, and is running around in a speedo. His wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana) is patient and understands that he's ill. After he's committed, they lose their house and Maggie and their two daughters, Amelia and Faith (Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide) are forced to live in a small apartment, with Maggie barely making ends meat. She gets a scholarship to Columbia for their business program, determined to get a better job and get her kids a better education. Cameron stays back in Boston to watch the girls while Maggie is away.

Ruffalo is so great here. It's almost weird for me to think that about 5 years ago I didn't like him as an actor at all. Now I think he's just brilliant. Having been around people suffering from these illnesses, I think Ruffalo was really spot on with the highs and lows. Wolodarsky and Aufderheide were absolute gems, sometimes hilarious, some times heart breaking. Saldana was solid as well.

I expected this movie to be sad, but it was actually very funny. My only issue was the score. The way they used the musical interludes almost bordered on a cheesy Lifetime feel. Not that the music wasn't good, on its own it probably is. But mixed here it just felt a bit off.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B+

Memorable Quote: "I vow to never cry again." - Faith (Ashely Aufderheide)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

DVD Review: Inherent Vice

Hippies, man!

Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a PI in 1970's Los Angeles. His ex girlfriend, Shasta (Katherin Waterston) comes to him for help when she believes her current boyfriend is about to get into a load of trouble. Soon, that boyfriend goes missing, SHE goes missing, and Doc is being set up as a suspect in a murder and is found by LAPD Detective Bjornsen (Josh Brolin) who has an interesting relationship with Doc.

I have to be blunt, this movie is fucking weird. It's very weird, and very long. It's an interesting, and often times very amusing ride, but since it dragged out so much it got a bit hard to follow, for me anyways. I can appreciate the complex layers this film had even though I'm not sure I'm fully comprehending them yet. 

I have to say, I love this cast Joaquin and Brolin are fantastic. Reese Witherspoon makes a bit of a cameo, and I really enjoyed seeing her chemistry with Phoenix again. They play off each other so well. I really liked the use of a Narrator too. Joanna Newsom has a very pleasant voice.

Over all, I'm not sure I fully grasp everything that went on in this film, but I laughed and was never bored. 

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorabe Quote: "Inherent vice in a maritime insurance policy is anything that you can't avoid. Eggs break, chocolate melts, glass shatters, and Doc wondered what that meant when it applied to ex old ladies." - Sortil├Ęge (Joanna Newsom)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Indie Gems: Mommy

Parenting isn't easy.

No one knows that more than Diane. (Anne Dorval) Her son, Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) has recently been kicked out of a detention center. She sent him to that one in the first place to avoid a stricter jail-like setting that wouldn't help him. He suffers from ADHD, ODD, and as she puts it "some attachment disorder." After losing her job, she's forced to try to raise him herself, despite is violent outbursts. Their quiet neighbor, Kyla (Suzanne Clement) eventually becomes an important part of their lives. 

This film got so much buzz at Cannes that it's not one of the most unheard of "gems" that I talk about here on my blog, but the release this got in the U.S was so pathetically limited. It's a shame, because this film, like nearly all of Dolan's work is stunning. Sure, the ratio that this film is shot it a bit hard to get used to at first. But Dolan wanted the focus to be on the characters and nothing else, and it really works in his favor. There's two scenes where the picture goes fully in frame, and it's even more breathtaking after watching the smaller, condensed scenes.

The acting is flawless. I knew Dolan favorites Clement and Dorval would be, but it was Pilon that blew me away. His performance was so spot on. There's not much to gripe about this film. I only wish we knew more of Kyla's story. Why her husband and daughter never visit, what caused her stutter, why she's on her break, those were all answers I was expecting to get, and didn't. Sure, it wasn't Kyla's story. But those would've been nice to know.

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "I don't want you to think these last few months didn't mean anything to me." - Kyla (Suzanne Clement) 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Sequels

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is sequels. I'm going to go all Kanye for a minute and just say THE DARK KNIGHT WAS THE GREATEST SEQUEL OF ALL TIME! But I already used it, so that's why it isn't here. In fact, I left all super hero movies off because I could've easily made this list all out of sequals. Here are some of my favs, and no they're not very original. (Can sequals really be original? Only popular movies get sequals)

1) The Empire Strikes Back

This is my favorite of all the Star Wars movies. It just worked so well. It was action packed, it had a lot of character development, and even though I knew Vader was Luke's father before I saw it for the first time, that reveal was still intense. 

2) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

I suppose it's technically a "threequel" but, the Lord of the Ring movies got better as they went, and this is one by far the best. I wasn't even mad at the movie's 10 false endings. 

3) How To Train Your Dragon 2

The animators that worked on this film do not get enough credit. The way they aged their original characters was flawless. It was so detailed and I'm glad they decided to bump them up into their 20's instead of leaving them as teenagers. The score was still beautiful, and the story was even more complex. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

This Is How I Work Blogathon

This excellent idea for a blogathon comes from the lovely Mariah at A Space Blogyssey. Since my own work life has been a bit ridiculous lately, I spectacularly missed the cut off date for this one. (My drafts folder is ridiculous) So hopefully no one minds my late entry - totally unacceptable for work by the way. It's less about the movies, and more about the blogger process. She asks us to answer these simple questions:

What apps can you not live without? - Twitter and Netflix. Twitter is my #1 way to stay in touch with my fellow film fans. There are no video stores near me so Netflix is how I rent and stream. Plus, being the mother of a three year old, Netflix is so nice to have at a restaurant. 

What is your favorite blogging app? I don't actually blog with any aps. I think Blogger's mobile app is genuinely terrible. I do it all on my computer.

What gadgets (besides your phone) you can't live without? My lap top, obviously. I'm way too addicted to the internet. Also my iPod, because I'm still a loser who uses that for music instead of having it all on my phone.

What lifehacks make your life easier? Exercise is a big one. I love getting out to run, rollerblade, or ride bike with only my music to listen to. Reading is very soothing as well. 

Where do you get your news? BBC is my main news site now that CNN's new web page is so ugly and not user friendly. Though a lot of the times I just click links people tweet.

What are your favorite social media apps? Twitter by far because it's my favorite form of social media. Tumblr is nice too, but the ap itself needs some work, particularly with the tagging system.

How do you blog? I typically blog early in the morning before I go to work, or in the evenings after I've put my little one to bed. I always schedule my blog posts for 6:30am, because that's around the time I get to my office and I can just tweet them out before I start working. 

What is your day job? I work in a rehabilitation facility for teenagers.