Why does nobody talk about Pleasantville? The movie is so relevant to modern social issues that it’s hard to believe it’s so underrated. Pleasantville of course is another movie I grew up with. Tobey Maguire was everywhere in the late 90’s early 2000’s. In case you’re unfamiliar, Pleasantville is about a 90’s teen and his sister getting stuck inside a 50’s sitcom. A show called Pleasantville, which satirizes the “perfect town and family” premise of that era. Things take an unexpected turn when the duo introduces change into their perfect little world. Arguably the best thing the movie is its special effects. Characters and objects will turn to color and everything else will stay black & white. It’s really quite beautiful. Another strength is the movies humor. Especially if you get 50’s sitcoms. Definitely check out Pleasantville, it really deserves way more attention.
Whiplash is about as perfect as a movie can be. I’ve never played the drums before, but if it’s half as demanding as it appears in this movie, then no thank you. Why do I say that? Well let’s examine the premise. Whiplash is about a young drummer who joins a studio band and receives lessons from an instructor. Simple right… wrong. This instructor happens to be abusive, insulting, and ruthless. Played to pure perfection by J.K. Simmons who is most known for playing J Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man Trilogy. J. K. Simmons manages to make his character both unlikeable and likeable at the same time. I will admit that there were times where I tried to contain a laugh. The insults he hurls out are just so creatively vicious. Whiplash is definitely one of my favorite films of the last 5 years.
Well it’s Presidents Day. I thought I’d review a presidential movie. So I chose to review The American President (and I ain’t talkin Trump). No I mean the 1995 movie The American President. I first watched the movie in my Junior year government class. Honestly if it wasn’t for that I probably would never have seen it. This is actually a very charming movie about the personal life of the President. It brings up interesting questions like “what if the President was dating?” An interesting scenario that would only be worse in this day in age. Even if you’re not that into politics, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the romance, humor, and subtext.
School of Rock rocks! I first saw the movie in class and I was instantly hooked. The movie mostly benefits from Jack Black’s signature brand of manic man humor. It’s probably Jack Black’s most career defining role as well. For those who don’t know, School of Rock is about a deadbeat rock star who pretends to be a substitute teacher in order to make some extra money. He later learns that the stuffy kids actually have musical talent. So he teaches them how to rock. It’s a really fun movie with lots of catchy songs. Even those who don’t like rock music will love it.
Ironic that a movie about food can be so tasteless. Obviously I’m talking about Sausage Party. Warning this movie contains strong adult content. Well that probably didn’t stop some moronic parents from taking there children to see it. It may be animated, but its Rated R for crying out loud!!! Adults only! But enough about that. When I first heard about this movie I thought, really. There hasn’t been a successful R Rated animated movie since South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut. How is this supposed to work in a market saturated with animated movies that cater to both kids and adults. However, once I found out that the movie was about living food I was a little curious. Then I saw the red band trailer and everything became clear. So is it any good. Well yes and no. While I do get the cleverness of the story and I did get a few chuckles out of it. It’s just not my kind of movie. Seth Rogen’s brand of highly offensive, disgusting, goes to far humor is just to much for me to enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong I do laugh at raunchy humor. It’s just the offensive stuff that I can’t get past. I would not recommend this to anyone and I can not stress this enough, NOT FOR CHILDREN!!!
You’d have to be crazy not to like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. It’s one of those out of the box Best Picture winners. It’s one of only three movies to ever win the Big Five which is Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. So what makes the movie so special you may ask. Well One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is set in a mental hospital and centers on a man who chooses to go there instead of prison. The only problem is the atmosphere which he decides to liven up. The most boasts some incredible performances from Jack Nicholson and Brad Dourif. But especially Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched. Who gives a chillingly evil performance as one of cinemas most unlikable characters. At its heart One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest is a remarkable movie about the human spirit.
Gladiator is groundbreaking. Interesting story about the movie. I didn’t see the movie until I was about 19, but I felt like I saw the movie thirty times already. The reason being that my mom was a big fan of Russell Crowe. So she used to have the movie on all the time. However after seeing the movie beginning to end, it all came together. Sword and Sandal movies were not popular at the time Gladiator was released. After the overwhelmingly positive response, Sword and Sandal came back in a big way. Gladiator succeeds with devoted performances and spectacular action sequences. It will probably make you want to learn more about the time period. A high recommendation, especially for Oscar season.
Spoiler Alert! The Cabin in the Woods is far better than it looks. I definitely thought I was just going to watch an average cliche filled horror movie. Boy was I wrong. The Cabin in the Woods actually takes those cliches and uses them to perfection. The movie is actually about an underground organization that orchestrates every horror movie scenario. Specifically a group of teens vacationing at a cabin in the woods. Things really start to get good when it turns out that every kind of monster or slasher is being held in this underground organization. You name it, it’s there. Zombie, vampire, werewolf, demon, robot, clown, giant animal, merman, ghost, unicorn, etc. The movie also has the famous nerd king Joss Whedon’s signature brand of humor to balance out the horror. I would strongly recommend this movie to any horror enthusiast.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Of course I had to review the 2010 movie Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day. In short, this movie is mushy, cheesy, and kinda pointless. Valentine’s Day is the first in a sort of trilogy of movies directed by the late great Garry Marshall. With each movie being a romantic anthology set on a specific Holiday. As well as a whole bunch of paycheck hungry celebrities. Compared to the other movies I’d say Valentine’s Day is the best. However that’s not saying much. I don’t really want to go into every short story in the movie, mostly because all of the blur together and leave barely any impression. I will say that it has just about every romantic scenario in the book. Including: close friends who become a couple, a proposal, the cheating spouse, young love, serious young love, a child with a crush, the causal couple, an old married couple, a coming out story, and mutual attraction. So if you’re looking for a sappy romance then this is the movie for you. Otherwise just take your significant other out for dinner.
The Princess Bride is fun little fantasy picture. Although I didn’t see the movie as a kid, I still feel like a kid watching it. The movie is a perfectly harmless kids movie. While the movie isn’t deep it doesn’t mean adults can’t still enjoy it. The Princess Bride is funny, endlessly quotable, and sincere. The strongest part of the movie would have to be the romance. You really feel the chemistry between the two leads Westley and Buttercup. Not that there isn’t still enough for the boys, the action fantasy is enjoyable as well. So pop this one in and enjoy, if you haven’t already.