Monthly Archives: September 2013

//September

The Grandmaster – 4.5

2013-09-14T23:45:26+00:00September 14th, 2013|Reviews|

Not a bad movie, but an absurd mess. I say not bad because there was a lot of beauty, and if you know a lot about kung fu those parts might have been interesting. All I know about kung fu after watching this movie is that it doesn't make you sweat, it allows you to [...]

Short Term 12 – 5.5

2013-09-09T04:16:09+00:00September 9th, 2013|Reviews|

This movie about troubled youths in...exactly what kind of facility?...exposed my lack of empathy, as I didn't find myself caring about anyone on-screen. Brie Larson had a Cate Blanchett-type role, but as much as I enjoyed watching her I couldn't believe her character. First, she was absurdly perfect and self-controlled as a counselor tending to [...]

We’re the Millers – 6.5

2013-09-09T03:57:58+00:00September 9th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Jennifer Anniston was way too good for Jason Sudeikis, let alone this movie, although she was seriously unconvincing as a stripper. Still, as spoofs go, there were plenty of cute, fun moments. I never looked at my watch, or worried that anything bad would actually happen.

The Spectacular Now – 5

2013-09-08T01:36:45+00:00September 8th, 2013|Reviews|

I'm not wild for films about losers, and Miles Teller, besides being a 25-year-old high-school senior, was definitely a loser. Shailene Woodley was wonderful in the Molly Ringwald role, but instead of making me happy, their reunion at the end was disappointing: she could do better. All he had done was pick her up to [...]

Blue Jasmine – 7

2013-09-08T01:24:18+00:00September 8th, 2013|Reviews|

Woody Allen looks back, through Tennessee Williams to Shakespeare and the Greeks, to give us a classic tragical heroine. There is no story 'arc,' as is the Hollywood norm; instead, we are left to watch the inexorable, inevitable descent of Jasmine French from Hamptons high to homelessness. When she appears to have a chance to [...]

In A World… – 6

2013-09-08T00:48:39+00:00September 8th, 2013|Reviews|

The funniest part of this movie was the way it treated voice-over artists as major players in the Hollywood scene, culminating in the Golden Trailers ceremony. I mean, when was the last time you saw a trailer that even had a voice-over? Maybe it was a metaphor for Hollywood in general? Lake Bell, a better-looking [...]