The Room

The Room (the experience)

I dislike the film Gravity. People’s response to this is typically “Well you need to see it in IMAX to get the full experience.” Perhaps, but should the “experience” of watching a film in theatres impact the overall quality of the film itself?

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Yes, yes it should!

SPOONS!!!!!

10/10

5 stars

A+

 

(Gravity still sucks though)

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Mike Myers makes an excellent directorial debut in this tribute bio-pic. It’s an incredibly entertaining portrait of a remarkable life infused with plenty of humour and fun.

The only drawback is that it plays a little too much like a Valentine to Shep. In fact, I’d be shocked if the film wasn’t designed as an elaborate personal ad. Perhaps excessive promotion for a man who spent his life promoting others is poetic, but it leaves the film a little unbalanced.

7.5/10

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John Lennon,Anne Murray,Harry Nilsson,Alice Cooper and Micky Dolenz in L.A 1974

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Two cancer patients go to Amsterdam, for the first and last time in their lives, to embark on new experiences, yet neither of them ingest marijuana. This movie never quite pulls away from its roots in fictional literature.

Better love story than Twilight, even if it does make cancer the new must-have accessory for hipsters. Failing that, they always have unlit cigarette “metaphors”.

This generation’s A Walk to Remember, take that however you wish.

6.5/10

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Neighbors

Neighbo(u)rs (Shame on you Seth Rogen, you’re Canadian!)

Seeing this movie influenced me to go on a misogynistic rampage…oh wait, I’m not a narcissistic sociopath and this movie, which passes the Bechdel test, has a couple of okay female roles.

It’s not my favourite Seth Rogen flick, but my diaphragm spasmed out some forced air preceded by an aspirate h (i.e. I laughed).

6.5/10

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Silent Retreat

Silent Retreat

This film anoise me.

Is it supposed to be scary? funny? It fails on both counts. 

Terrible acting, script, score, continuity issues throughout…

Points for using practical effects.

2/10

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Do you know how to act?

No…do you?

 

See Instead: Under The Skin

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

How can James Franco be a pervy soccer coach when he was a student, like, 5 minutes ago, in “Freaks and Geeks”? That’s kinda what I would rather have watched. Pretty good though, even if it makes me feel ancient and out of touch. 

Strong performances all around. 

6.5/10

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Being Ginger

Being Ginger

Fascinating subject matter…too bad the film centres solely around Scott Harris’s desperate quest for romance. Harris tries to evoke sympathy from the audience, but he comes across as incredibly superficial himself, and a little creepy.

3.5/10

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See Instead: The Lunchbox, also about lonely minorities, but there’s curry!

Locke

Locke

Was expecting the Locke Ness monster. False advertising.

I’m such a sucker for single location, real time thrillers, which made it all the more tragic that this was basically Bane in Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” music video.

5.5/10

My expression while watching…

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