First time in a long time that I went to the movies 4 times in 7 days and really the first time in a long time that Ive gone to the movies 4 times in a month. I use to go 5-7 times a month but now I either never have time or I just don't care to watch whats out. Not to mention that going to a movie costs me $100+ bc it turns into a date with my @ScumbagGf bc "We never do anything together anymore blah blah blah" but as you all know that's a lie. She says I need to be more cultured bc she doesn't want her kids have a brute of a dad... dafuq? Ill tell you guys right now, being "cultured" is boring, expensive, and it doesn't taste very good. She doesn't understand how I prefer Pollo Loco's or Pop Eye's mac & cheese to Gordon Ramsey's mac & cheese.
In last weeks case I wanted to see 3/4 films and I told my niece I'd take her out too plus I had some down time and found myself around the movies all week. I even had time to rent another.
TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE
I like Clint Eastwood movies, I like baseball movies, and I think Amy Adams is hot. My girlfriend likes Amy Adams movies and so this was a win win. We originally set out to see End of Watch but it was sold out and I guess it was a good thing too. I didnt really want to see it opening night with the crowd that movie would attract...Mexicans. TWTC was more than half empty and had a bunch of old white folk there so not a single person spoke, yelled at the screen, shouted out stupid comments, brought half a dozen kids, or was using an electronic device (besides a hearing aid) the whole movie.
The movie is about an elite baseball scout (Clint) that is getting old and so he is losing his vision. The Atlanta Braves are his organization and since his contract is up in 3 months they dont know if theyll renew. Amy Adams plays is sexy, lawyer, baseball talkn daughter who feels abandoned bc he was and is always on the road so they end up on a scouting trip together to not only save Clint's career but their relationship.
I really enjoyed the movie and I knew I would bc I like Clint, baseball, and Amy Adams...even if Justin Timberlake was in the movie and well JT can only ever play himself in movies and thats ok since he's not an actor. The story was good, grumpy Clint Eastwood was good, think Gran Torino minus all the racist jokes. The only thing that bothered me about this movie was the camera work. The camera was in and out of focus a lot.
Another thing Ive noticed in just about all of Mal Paso's work (Clints production company) is that outside of the main characters they use local talent in the movie. I think thats a cool idea but sometimes its not as you can tell which actors are clearly the locals who have never been in front of the camera.
At the end of the day I recommend you see this bc it is a good movie but if youre not a fan of the three (baseball, Eastwood, Adams) like I was wait for the blu ray.
END OF WATCH
End of Watch comes to us from the same people who brought us Training Day. Have you seen South LAnd? Well its a longer episode of that and its a lot more graphic. Its actually a lot like Training Day only the plot isnt as involved.
The movie is about two cops who patrol a shitty part of LA and stumble upon a series of busts that are Mexican Mafia related. The mafia wants them killed and so people try to kill them. No twist no turns just a straight forward cop drama.
Its not as violent as Training Day but it is just as graphic. The movie is also shot in a stupid way. It was one of the things that bugged me. In the plot Gyllenhaal is taking a film course and so he is documenting his day to day activities. He puts a camera on himself and one on his partner. Both cams are on their chests. He also carries a third camera in his hand. So the movies cuts between these three cameras but when the filmmakers have too, for logistical purposes, they cut to a 3rd person camera which is held by the audience. I think this was stupid bc its breaks the flow of the film. Either make it like a documentary or shoot it like a narrative with the first person inserts. Not the other way around.
Second thing I didnt like was the scene at the end. It was thrown in there just for the hell of it. Im NOT talking about the ending. The ending was great. Im talking about the very very last scene before the credits.
Overall I really enjoyed this film, the dialogue, the plot, and the action was well done. The characters were funny and fun to be with. You also grow attached to these characters in 90 mins. The movie was intense and like I said pretty graphic. Some people in the theatre were crying. A film like this actually makes you appreciate cops a bit more. They get put in real fucked up situations a lot. This wasnt about a moral cop vs corrupt cop like Training Day this was about two cops who are out every day trying to do the right thing while risking their lives.
If you're local to Los Angeles like I am you'll also recognize a lot of the areas they shot in, hell you might even see your cousin Chuey in the background homes. The bad guys all looked like the crowd @Miss_DanielaM rolls with ese.
It was great. Go see this in theatres.
Ok get off of Batman and Robert Downey Jr's nuts for a second and listen to me when I say, "Looper is the best movie of the year."
Director Joe Carnahan saw my tweet and disagreed.
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Well as you probably guessed Levitt's future self, Bruce Willis, gets away and we have a film. The reason I think this is the best film of the year is bc it had everything I could ask for in a movie. I didnt have any complaints. My favorite part was how it was shot. It was seamless. You were in the film. You never noticed the camera controlling your point of view. The editing was there and bc it was futuristic it was even better bc it wasnt all stupid and flashy. The movie wasnt stupid and flashy bc it was futristic and that made it great. It had the grimy futuristic look of Robocop while still implementing technology so it felt like the movie "In Time". For some reason the future is always destroyed.
There was futuristic elements to it bc its in 2044 but they werent over the top. It also didnt rely on CGI or huge action sequences. Did it have both? Yes. Were they all the movie had to offer? No.
The make up and I assume CGI that were placed on Levitt's face looked great. You can see him there bc you know what he actually looks likes but if you didnt you wouldnt know it was him. Thats how good the combo of make up, prosthetics, and CGI were on his face. The story line was really good and Im sure there are already conspirators, English teachers, and movie jerks trying to get all Inception with it and look for plot holes, inconsistencies, and other crap but w/e it was what it was and this and DREDD 3D were the only two films Ive seen all year where I was like, "This should be a tv show. I want to see this shit weekly damn it!"
And there was also a kid in the movie...I hate kid actors and its bc they suck and over exaggerate everything and are just awful. This kid was fucking awesome. He was smart and funny and just on point. This kid was probably an adult midget. And really thats how the whole movie was. It was smart, funny, and on point.
Go see this in theatres.
My niece wanted to go see this film and so did my girlfriend and so off we were to the movies for the 4th time in a week.
I really really didnt want to watch this. Im not one for musicals or plays or people who are into plays and musicals. They just all come off as pretentious assholes. We get into the theatre and all I see are girls (not women), fat guys being friendzoned, and fat gay guys. I suddenly felt like I was being friendzoned. My girlfriend told me that Anna Kendrick was in it and so I was like, "Ok fiiiiine. Ill go see it.". I like Anna Kendrick. She's hot in that geeky girl next door kind of way and my gf doesnt get it. Then I realized that half the cast of this movie was half the cast of "What to expect when youre expecting" which we saw on rental earlier in the week and that Anna Kendrick was also in "End Of Watch". So I had seen three of her films in 7 days. Weird.
The movie is about Kendrick going to college but she's all like "No bro I want to rebel and be a music producer and move to LA bc college aint gonna get me nowhere!" bc thats all people seem to think these days when studios and labels wont even consider you as an intern if you arnt in college or have a college degree. Stay in school kids.
Bc she's antisocial her dad says to join a group or club and if she gives it a try he'll pay for her to move to LA, where she'll fail, become a barista or waiter, never have money, live in a tiny over priced Hollywood apartment with 3 dirty pothead roommates in the same situation, update her facebook/twitter with "in the studio!", and just cause more traffic before resorting to prostitution.
So she joins an a cappella group. The movie got me by surprise. Its really funny. Its funnier if you get the inside jokes. I didnt do glee club or play production but everyone in the audience did and so they laughed even more than I did. Its not a musical but there are a handful of performances in the film since they do competitions. The story was ok and you dont care too much for any of the characters but the dialogue and the situations were funny. Its a cute movie. Its PG-13 so the comedy isnt raunchy or explicit.
If you like these types of films or did glee club or are a fan of that show go see this in theatres. If youre not, its still a fun movie. Catch it on blu-ray
Thats it for now.
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