Mental. Hard to believe most of it was true. The debauchery was kind of sickening. Odd that it made me think of 12 Years a Slave. Horrible to see what money can do to a person. Certainty stellar performances and directing.
The Way Way Back
Unusual for Carrel, type cast for Collette, but wonderful performance by Rockwell and the young lead Liam James. Not what I expected, much more serious, but beautifully produced and directed. Coming of age: one obvious, a few others more subtle. Rockwell and the waterpark crew added that much needed humour to a rather serious plot.
It actually took us three goes to complete the viewing of the Burn's indy gem. Quite Allenesque in it's deep examination and joy and the humour of everyday relationships. Superbly acted, interestingly shot, but most importantly, very truthful. A normal couple gets turned every which way with Shakesperean ease and we can relate to the finesse of dealing with family. Burns was type-cast, but his supporting cast were tremendous. Delighted to see the range from Bishé (who I loved watching in Halt and Catch Fire). I think the title is rather disappointing. Worth opening a good bottle of wine for and enjoying with the love of your life.
I'd read rave reviews of the Japanese original. Rating of this Version was poor, but I couldn't resist Brolin and plot.
Stylish, scary with a pretty interesting plot. Not too bad actually. All the ingredients of an smash, but I'm thinking something was lost in translation.
Edge of Tomorrow
Loved the Groundhog Day premise with the intensity of fighting a alien invasion. A few bits of humour, Blunt was lovely as the war heroine and Cruise did his thing well. Cool fx with lots of action. Didn't like the ending, but overall, pretty entertaining.
As quirky as expected, but enjoyable in a art gallery meets school playground kind of way. Superb young leads supported by deadpan major star power. Young love, obscure families, good and evil and beauty.
And time travel elements done quite well with only one tricky bit. I found it very entertaining.
And the first movie review of 2015...