The night is dark and full of… nocturnal animals? A violent, brutal, tension-filled ball of fury, Nocturnal Animals is a sight to behold. Telling a story within a story, think The Princess Bride but a lot more fucked up, the movie is about a woman named Susan (Amy Adams) who receives a manuscript of a novel dedicated to her from her estranged ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). Susan hasn’t spoken to Edward in 20 years after leaving him for the much more handsome Hutton. Once Susan begins reading the novel, she becomes transfixed with it and begins thinking back to her past relationship.
Neighbors has a lot going for it. A talented cast led by Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and the beautiful Rose Byrne and a director who knows his way around a comedy movie in Nicholas Stoller (also directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek). Naughty language and scantily clad women are littered throughout the film, and the jokes come fast and in abundance. It’s a raunch-fest, no way around it. It’s a movie that is definitely not afraid to go there, which I always appreciate. It also has a sweet side to it, with some real heart shining through more than once. The cast is rounded out by Dave franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lisa Kudrow, and Ike Barinholtz, with a slew of familiar faces in cameo appearances thrown in for good measure. Continue reading Neighbors Review
Man, Noah had a lot of shit to deal with. A giant flood to wipe out humanity, a meanie king who wants to steal his ark from him, and giant rock-angel-monsters. Who could forget the rock-angel-monsters. Noah is director Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, and stars Russell Crowe in the lead role of Noah, with supporting performances from Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins. Pretty stacked group of actors, right? Don’t get too excited, Noah does not capitalize on the talent and ends up being a dull, laborious, and unbelievable (not in the good way) affair.
Liam Neeson is 61-years-old. Let that sink in for a second. He kicks ass and takes names and oh yeah he’s older than my dad. I can only hope to be such a badass when I’m 61. And he certainly is a pretty BadAssMotherFucker in Non-Stop, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and starring Neeson and Julianne Moore. If you liked the Taken films then rest assured that you will enjoy this movie. It has the same vibe as those films with Neeson playing a similar character. Just, you know, in an airplane.
Let me start this off by saying that Nebraska is not for everyone. It is a slowly paced, character driven film that focuses on dialogue and character development above anything else. The film is beautifully directed by Alexander Payne and features strong acting from Bruce Dern, Will Forte, and June Squibb. You wont fall in love with it right away, but give it time and it starts to grow on you. It is definitely a movie you need to watch until the end.