Best picture winner at the 2016 Academy Awards, Spotlight delves into the real life story of The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, the oldest newspaper investigative journalist team in the United States, in uncovering the systematic child sex abuse in Boston by Roman Catholic priests. The team consists of the editor Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson (Michael Keaton) and reporters Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). Watching this movie feels more like seeing a documentary, it’s very meticulous in portraying how these reporters craft their article that later won the Pulitzer Prize, beginning from the story idea and then followed by gathering of information that involves mundane yet very realistic scenes of these reporters taking notes, making phone calls and chasing sources. This film is all talk and no action but it shines a spotlight on how important investigative journalism is in uncovering abuses of power and corruption.
Action-packed, fascinating and an incredibly enjoyable movie to watch! Some times it is nice to watch an action packed movie with an outlandish plot. #TombRaider is what I would describe as the perfect popcorn movie because it does not require your full attention because of tricky plot avenues. Instead it is seriously fun and wildly entertaining. #AliciaVikander in my opinion is not the most convincing as #LaraCroft however she is a brilliant actress and gave it her all. I am looking forward to seeing her develop into a badass character who cries less. #TombRaider gets four stars out of five from me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MovieReview#Movie#LaraCroft#AliciaVikander#DominicWest#NewRelease#Cinema#Film#Beautiful#moviebuff#moviegeek#moviegram
Killer Joe Review: While movies like Evil Dead were slapped with an NC-17 rating when they originally came out, they have since been downgraded to a R. Killer Joe is the first film I have seen that proudly boast the NC-17 like a true champ, and it most certainly earns that. What else would you expect from the director of the acclaimed and reefed The Exorcist. First off let’s talk character. I love how absolutely grungy and twisted the characters in this film are. The turn around their arcs take them on and their bleak twisted morals make for some truly unforgettable characters. A truly masterful aspect is how our initial protagonist eventually becomes our antagonist and the supposed antagonist becomes our anti-hero. Watching all these characters just exists and make their way through their hick lives is played to perfection. Mathew McConaughey Kills it as the twisted and murderous hit man. I loved how they broke his seemingly most normal character person down to showcase he was no better than anyone else. The romance, the witty dialogue, everything is pristine here. Then there’s the plot, and it’s killer. The movie is a dark comedy thick and thin and it gets really dark and really funny. The humored is without a doubt acquired, but even if it’s not your taste you cannot deny its skill. The story itself is a phenomenal tale of backwoods desperation and how far things can escalate when no one is there to hold these idiots back. The final thing I’ll mention is the style. This movie has a truly striking visual tone that sums up its blue and bleak brutality. Overall Killer Joe is a relentless force of dark comedy at its most deprived and finest, and all in all I can say this is the best performance McConaughey has given in my lifetime. This is one of the best films I have ever seen soupy due to its mastery in the macabre and depraved. 9.1/10 #movie#movies#moviereview#moviereviews#killerjoe#mathewmcconaughey#comedy#funny#texas#hick#south#money#weekend#springbreak#friday#saturday
Reel Rating = 8.9/10
This movie is not really a hilarious laugh out loud movie but rather a subtle comedic movie. None the less it is probably one of the better movies of 2017. Definitely worth watching.
Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.
Movie Name: The Devil’s Candy
“Not necessary a great horror but The Devil’s Candy is better than your average horror. Don’t let the clichéd vibe of the movie pull you away from its disturbing and fearful layers.”
SharpRatings: 6 - #Okay
I would even call #DevilsCandy a horror it’s more of thriller than horror however its supernatural elements can easily be taken as horror. #TheDevilsCandy is about a family of three, Jesse (#EthanEmbry) the painter father, mother Astrid (#ShiriAppleby) and heavy metal enthusiast daughter Zooey (#KiaraGlasco) after buying a new house Jesse is controlled by supernatural forces whole a mysterious and unstable man Ray Smilie (#PruittTaylorVince) who lurks and stalks the family with some dark and deadly intentions. I believe movie starts of real nice, setting up only the dark world but also its fine characters. The dark world the movie is set in is pretty bloody, kids disappearing, painter painting some very disturbing portrait and not to mention the man, who is outright dark. The Devil's Candy contain heavy metal as its background music which also connects with Devil theme. Much of the score relied on guitar solos and screaming vocalists. As indie film goes I believe Devil's Candy also holds fine and well situated frames. The camera doesn't moves much making the shots feel close to voyeurism. The Devils Candy is very short movie you won't even notice when the end came, because of its gripping story, the blood and gore are fine and not overdone. There's a lot going on in the plot, but mercifully its way too straight arrow, the one most interesting to follow, with a bloody end, also the ending which I crave in a movie. Highly recommended. It feels small, low budget and simultaneously ambitious with what they were provided. Definitely a must for horror fans. Horror fans give this a try because the end is satisfying even with such silliness.
Poignant, eye-opening and inspiring are three words I would use to describe #MaryMagdalene. A supremely acted film with a stellar story that will show you who Mary truly was. I did not know what to expect with #MaryMagadalene however I was pleasantly surprised by the compelling nature of the movie. Some moments could be slow but mostly it was a stellar watch. I am going to award #MaryMagadalene three stars. The reason I have given it three instead of four was because of the slightly slow moments but if you take that away then it would be incredible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MovieReview#Movie#Jesus#RooneyMara#JacquinPhoenix#NewRelease#Cinema#Film#Beautiful#moviebuff#movienight#movietrailer#movie#movie_time
You're probably familiar with Kenneth Lonergan from Manchester By the Sea. But before that, he suffered through Margaret, a movie that finished filming in 2005, but was stuck in an excruciating limbo until a dreadful debut in 2011. Widely recognized by critics as a messy masterpiece, does Margaret live up to the hype? In many respects--yes.
Margaret is the kind of sprawling yet searing drama that only comes out every few years. I would count this in the same vain as Magnolia, The Hours, and Synecdoche, New York. The vastly underrated Anna Paquin gives, no joke, one of the best performances of this century (so far) as Lisa, a high schooler who grasps for some kind of closure after witnessing a gruesome accident she was partially responsible for. Like in Manchester, Lonergan has us observe a high-strung, dysfunctional human who's always on the verge of some kind of outbreak. They need love--or some semblance of a stable relationship--but they've built a wobbly exterior of indifference that's blind to the struggles (or assistance) of others.
The cast is stacked with A-list names like Allison Janney, Mark Ruffalo, and Matt Damon. While it's very difficult to separate these actors from their roles, their riveting, authentic portrayals are things of harsh beauty.
All this emotion complexity is masterfully conveyed via Lonergan's exquisite ear for dialog. This isn't a showcase of Tarantino-esque quippy repartee. In Margaret, the dialog and characters are uncomfortably realistic. The way that people say what they don't mean, jump to conclusions, and become defensive plays out in aching displays of miscommunication.
Despite the glorious story and characters, the film is tragically marred by its peculiar, not-quite-finished editing. Scenes either go on too long or are cut short before they come to fruition. At times, I got the nagging feeling scenes were missing from the movie.
Move over “Blades of Glory”. “I, Tonya”is the best ice skating movie ever made . This movie is wildly entertaining and funny as hell at times. Margot Robbie was great as Tonya Harding. She went through a lot of crap dealing with her physiologically abusive mother, physically abusive husband, and the skating judges bias of her at every turn. Aside from all that, she skated her A$$ off and was easy to sympathize with.
I can see how “I, Tonya” was heavily influenced by “Goodfellas”. There was frequent voice-over narration mixed with dark humor throughout the entire movie, added with a killer 1970s-80s soundtrack. There was a lot of crazy scenes in the film I couldn’t believe actually happened. I won’t give it away, but it was literally amateur hour for some of the characters in “I, Tonya”. Overall this movie was a lot of fun to watch. It was dark, sad, entertaining, and hilarious. 8.6 out of 10 #itonya#margotrobbie#tonyaharding#blackcomedy#biography#film#sebastianstan#allisonjanney#bobbycannavale#nancykerrigan#figureskating#bladesofglory#goodfellas#mockumentary#movie#moviereview#bestsupportingactress#movielover
IT COMES AT NIGHT is this weeks READ INTO IT post. (5/6)
As the days wear on, the trust between the families wear thin. After a contagion scare, the families agree to segregate each other off in their perspective bedrooms. Spoilers—eventually, it comes to light that the boy of the other family is infected. As expected, the newcomers wont go quietly into the night, or give up their ill boy. They become reactionary and fearful.
Everyone goes about the situation in the worst possible way. And in an ending that ranks up there with The Mist and The Road as one of the happiest endings of all time, a savage fight ensues between the families. Will lies dying on the ground, wheezing for his wife as she cradles her lifeless child. Paul ends her weeping with a bullet. The scene attempts to drive home the idea that there is no monster, only man.
Just a heads up guys, do not watch the trailer for the movie if you decide to check this out. It shows like 90% of the movie, and it’s also a bit misleading. However, if you go in blind like I did, there is a hell of a lot of fun to be had with this movie! It’s just such an enjoyable time. It’s a great little low budget thriller, that infuses a lot of great dark comedy elements into it. Most of the fun comes from just how modern this movie feels, tackling the whole online dating scene, and they turn it into a great little thriller. The cast is charismatic, with the two leads really standing out. They both have a fun on screen presence together, and Lili Simmons is great. They play absolutely horrible people, but that’s half the fun honestly. It’s a perfect premise for a dark comedy, and I’m so glad they took advantage of it. Now I’m sure most people won’t catch the humor here, as it’s incredibly subtle; however, for the people who do manage to pick up on it, it really elevated the movie. Now what truly made me appreciate the film is the great filmmaking. Towards the last act, the movie really utilized some inventive shots, and a great use of color. The score is also up beat, and just adds on to the fun of the film. Now no.. this movie isn’t perfect. It’s far from it. It’s incredibly cliched, and super predictable. Also, some of the supporting cast weren’t nearly as good as the leads. Other than those few flaws, this movie is just such a fun time. However, I feel the need to warn everyone again, stay away from the trailer.
Score: B+ #badmatch#horror#thriller#movie#netflix#funny#scary#review#moviereview#music#dating#tinder#twitch#nerd#darkcomedy#meme#gamer#xbox#gearsofwar#fortnite#art#artist#digitalmedia#ign#marvel#comicbook#batman#dc#captainamerica
After watching the film I realised the studio's brief was simple:
1. Make the film more colorful so kids will like it
2. Make the cast younger so kids can feel its relatable
3. Let's keep tone super fun and light for the most part because.... Again, kids.
4. Let's have a buttload of Chinese people in this so we can make a gazillion dollars in China.
This film delivers all the above in a neat little bow while still keeping it somewhat entertaining for fans of the original. It's just that I feel that the story is a little too convinient for my liking. I also sincerely miss Idris Elba's presence in this sequel.... Nobody cancels the apocalypse like he does.
One of my favourite films is La Femme Nikita, so I went to see @RedSparrowMovie tonight with some trepidation. Too many times have we been teased with the anticipation of a good espinage film, only to be inadequetely let down.
I have to say that Red Sparrow did not pull any punches. Francis Lawrence does a good job creating a gritty film that tries to deliver what it says on the tin. There's been a lot of talk about ultra violence, but I felt like Lawrence got the balance right. This wasn't torture porn, this was definitely a story trying to depict the underside of what you usually see in a Bond film.
The acting was good, Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Douglas Hodge, Ciarán Hinds and Jeremy Irons all turned in good performances and helped the story move along.
The two issues that seemed to be hampering the film though, were the twists. Because everytime a revelation came and then we're shown how this was possible, you find yourself wondering "but when could xxx have done that". The other sticking point was attachment. Even though you know these bad things have happened to Dominika Egorova, you just don't fully feel anything.
These two points though shouldn't make this seem like Red Sparrow is a bad film. It's far from it and I applaude it for having the convictiont to be the dark, murky film that it is. And I'd say this is a good foundation for more.