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|Directed by:||Tom Ford|
|Written by:||Tom Ford|
|Cast:||Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Armie Hammer|
It is crazy to think that Tom Ford who is best known as a fashion designer could make the leap to movies so seamlessly with just two films under his belt. With Nocturnal Animals, he further proves his knack for visuals and storytelling with this tale of criminals and fancy art...[more]...
|Directed by:||Morten Tyldum|
|Written by:||Jon Spaihts|
|Cast:||Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne|
The script to Passengers was on the Blacklist for a long time which is a compilation of long sought scripts that haven't been made at the time. With that level of hype, it is easy to imagine how this movie could be a big hit with its plot involving space travel and the concept of loneliness. Add sci-fi and a romantic subplot and you have the formula for a smash hit. However, the promise of the script counteracted from the execution of the film to deliver a fairly entertaining yet disappointing film...[more]...
|Directed by:||Peter Sohn|
|Written by:||Bob Peterson|
|Cast:||John Lithgow, Judy Greer, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, Frances McDormand|
|Genre:||Adventure, Animation, Family|
The Good Dinosaur has faced a lot of problems in terms of production with it being delayed several times before finally being released in 2015. The movie itself places itself in the middling average section of Pixar's filmography. A gorgeous looking film that has some good moments, but it is dragged down by weak characters and a well worn story...[more]...
|Directed by:||Dan Scanlon|
|Cast:||John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi|
Monsters Inc was a great entry into Pixar's filmography. It didn't need a prequel. The story presented for Mike and Sully started and ended in the first film in a satisfying manner. However, Pixar decided to move forward with this prequel where we see Mike and Sully in college to learn about scaring. The end result is a typical underdog college film (aimed at kids) that while cliché it still manages to entertain.
Good: The animation is great as always is expected from the studio. The gags involving the college setting are fun and bring a few laughs. It follows the Revenge of the Nerds storyline to a tee, but they add some colorful side characters. The voice acting is strong from all involved.
Bad: The biggest drawback is just how unnecessary it is. We didn't need to see Mike and Sully meet and learn how to scare. It doesn't add much to the original in terms of story or character. The story is also predictable that when connected with the needless structure of the movie enhances just how unnecessary it is.
Overall, it's nothing offensively bad, but the needless nature of it does hurt it along with the cliché route of going back to college. It still provides some laughs worthy of one watch so if you are a Pixar completist.
|Directed by:||Kenneth Lonergan|
|Written by:||Kenneth Lonergan|
|Cast:||Casey Affleck, Gretchen Mol, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan|
Casey Affleck no matter what he does has always been under his brother's shadow. Even starring in his brother's film Gone Baby Gone, it seems the attention was on Ben. However, Casey finally stars in what I think is his true acting showcase with Manchester By the Sea. This film takes a fly on the wall look into grief and acceptance with powerful results without being too overpowering and packing with emotion...[more]...