This gets a point added just from Meryl Streep's performance. God damn that woman can act
Otherwise decent flick with some solid performances, Roberts, Martindale, and Sam Shepard (always great) being the standouts. There are some nice dramatic scenes, especially the dinner tirade/fight following the wake. Tends to skew on the melodramatic side though, but makes sense considering it started as a stage play. I thought Blanchett had the statues in her pocket this season, but Streep will definitely give her a run for her money.
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i never knew there was an original, i f'ed up badly watching it now would be so uninspiring
Well, from what I understand, it's mostly shot for shot and pretentious people will never give a remake any real praise, so who knows? Be blissful and enjoy what you saw and if you want to rewatch it, try the original.
Wolf of Wall Street 7/10 - don't see how people are considering it the "GOAT". Yea there's A-list actors but the movie is a bit stretched out and I already knew what was going to happen. TBH, the movie is pretty much the same story line as "Boiler Room" which came out in 2000.
Bad Grandpa 3/10- Literally had to close the movie out after 35 minutes
Gravity- 6/10- Too slow and Sandra Bullock was being such a ***** in the film.
You have to be high to truly appreciate this movie. There is no f'n way they made this film for anyone than those high off of something; no downers, i'm talking sativa/cocaine type high. This movie is hilarious, it has everything. There are scene where they are talking about nothing for about five minutes, its insane! You don't put such scenes in a movie for sober people, as it would annoy the hell out of them eventually. But i loved it. Jonah ****in Hill, damn this guy has really grown over the years. He may be the Paul Giamatti of the next generation. Leo was leo, great, but its always the same character. His character in this one is if his Basketball Diaries character took a left turn somewhere and this is where his life went. Great movie, its long, but i plan to watch it again. Definitely go into this expecting a cartoon. This is nothing more than a live-action cartoon. That's what makes it work for me though; they didn't hold back in trying to be that.
Wolf has sat with me better than I expected it to. I gave it a so so score when I reviewed it in here, I think a low 80s. But it's kind of stuck in my craw, moreso than American Hustle, which in the moment I definitely liked more.
What Lonestar is saying up there makes more sense even than this is just a good drug movie. In retrospect, and I got this with some research, the movie is really shown from the perspective of Leo's character, so it is in fact disjointed and out of place and focused on some things more than it should be, because that's how the character is seeing things. It's given away in his to camera monologues. And it's flat out said in the scene where he talks about the technical end of what they're doing, and then says to the audience that we're not interested in that stuff (which is really sort of him talking to himself I think).
It looks great. It's certainly funny even just in a vaccuum. But I do still, even after mulling it more, believe that it suffers from some missteps in pacing, even if some of it was on purpose, it's too much. But I do like in looking back the sort of quilted quality of it. Like they just shot all this debauchery as tonal stuff, then sort of sewed it together, patchwork like, like an addict looking back and telling this story, but the recollection is spotty and uneven.
It absolutely warrants a second viewing. And I don't think it's Scorcese's best work or even close, nor do I think it's really in the best stuff this year, although with the expanded field it fine as a nominee as I think it's close.
A Fistful of Dollars- 9/10: Clint fvcking Eastwood. First old spaghetti western that I've seen and can see how Django was influenced.
Her- 9/10: Joaquin Phoenix is one of the best actors in Hollywood. Also, amazing script and beautiful scenery
The Wolf of Wall Street- 9.5/10: My favorite movie of 2013. That was a fvcking blast. There were definitely scenes that could have been cut and parts could have been trimmed but don't blame Marty considering he had to trim 4.5 hours worth of film. DiCaprio had his best performance ever only after What's Eating Gilbert Grape. First time I think he should win the Oscar. Direction had Scorsese written all over this especially the lemmons scene which had me for 5 minutes. Really funny movie and the controversy is BS. Not sure why people think Scorsese was glamorizing this lifestyle. Thought it was pretty clear that these guys were messed up when you consider it was told through Belfort's point of view.
I worked a very long day today but decided to go see this tonight after work despite being very tired. Very glad I went, what a wonderful movie. I agree with what thorp said about it a few pages back. I can see how it's not for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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I just watched Prince Avalanche on netflix streaming. I'd give it a 6.8...
It's a small movie with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.
Basic plot: Rudd and Hirsch are repainting the lines on a road in the middle of nowhere in Texas, after a horrible wildfire in 1987. Rudd is dating Hirsh's sister, and got Hirsch the job. It's essentially just a simple character study. 95% of the movie is the two of them together, or one of them alone.
It genuinely looks amazing. Lots of great wilderness settings, looks like mostly natural light.
It's very well acted. I'd call it a light drama with a few funny moments.
Overall it was satisfying but not mind blowing or amazing. Worth checking out if you like either actor or just watching a 'slice of life' type movie.
Side note, although I've been excited to see Her for a while now based on who was involved I hadn't seen the trailer yet. About 5 minutes ago watched the trailer, and man, I know it's going to be special. I really got the Eternal Sunshine vibe out of it and I know that's what people have been saying.
It's coming to my indie theater next week. Definitely going to the first show I can get to.