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Belle (#86)

Clearly I’m a sucker for period romance dramas but this one stands apart from the others with its depth and current social discussion. Carefully and intelligently crafted by director Amma Asante (girl power!) and writer Misan Sagay, this film based on true events is affecting without ever preaching; an incredibly difficult task. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson lead a strong cast, each playing their parts magnificently. The scene where Dido looks at herself in the mirror and pounds on her own skin is heartbreakingly perfect with restraint. Plus, amidst the politics and social discussion there is a truly affirming romance. Definitely worth watching.

Punch-Drunk Love (#85)

It’s the definition of an off-beat romance and I really liked it. All the film guys I know are goo-goo over Paul Thomas Anderson but I actually haven’t gotten around to seeing too many of his movies. I really liked this though and with the strong trailers for Inherent Vice constantly covering my path I’m excited to watch more. Adam Sandler turns in a surprisingly layered and strong performance while Emily Watson is absolutely fabulous. The use of colors (that blue!) is fantastic but it’s Robert Elswit’s cinematography that really steals the show. Though a little weird it’s ultimately a heartwarming movie about two oddballs in love and I really liked it.

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Gone Girl (#84)

I spend a rather surprising amount of my time berating David Fincher. In three interviews over the last month I have (for some reason) made it a point to answer the question, “So what directors do you like?” with, “Well, I hate David Fincher.” Partially I think I do it because of my inherent contrariness and because it makes me stand apart from other Hollywood peeps but I can also back it up. I find him quite repetitive tonally, always dragging at the hour-twenty-minute mark, and he always uses the same colors and camera filter and it drives me insane. All this is to say that I really enjoyed Gone Girl. I’ve made a point of avoiding the book or any spoilers so I got to sit down and be embraced by the mystery. It’s a fantastically tense and creepy story (and ultimately horrifying) and I think he and Gillian Flynn pull it off wonderfully. Though I’m not sure how much I liked Rosamund Pike (she’s gorgeous but I don’t know if she hit a level of brilliant) but Ben Affleck is terrific, as were Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Tyler Perry. Unfortunately I do think Neil Patrick Harris was a colossal mistake in casting. There were plot holes but I think I forgive them and I enjoyed what felt like an incredibly dark return to the erotic neo-noir thrillers of the mid-90s. Definitely worth the watch.

The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (#83)

A perfect semi-spooky romance courtesy of the best love factory of them all - Old Hollywood. Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison are cinematic and beautiful as the impossible titular characters and despite their improbability their is a wonderful romance to their story. Lovely writing from Philip Dunne and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s standard high caliber of direction. I liked it and would watch it again.

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I’m sorry, but why did no one emphasize to me that Cillian Murphy AND Ben Wishaw are in In the Heart of the Sea?

You guys know these things should go straight to my inbox so that I can clear my March calendar for repeat viewings.

Kick-Ass (#82)

It has taken me 3 different sittings across multiple years to finish this movie, which is a little bizarre as I actually quite enjoy it. I mention the fact not to detract from the movie’s quality but because I do think it shows a certain lack of stickiness that should be considered. This aside, I really like Matthew Vaughn’s direction. Though it’s mildly irksome to see elements clearly lifted from Guy Ritchie (it makes sense of course), Vaughn brings such a color and open joviality to his dark humor that everything becomes pure fun. The cast is fantastically strong: Nic Cage is sublime, Chloe Grace Moretz completely holds her own, Christopher Mintz-Plasse is funny and well restrained, and Mark Strong (!!) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson offer flawless American accents. Really smart and funny and action packed but - again - there was that issue of craving to see the end.

Cuban Fury (#81)

I went into this with real expectations. Ugly duckling-into-swan against the setting of Latin music? The hilarious Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd paired with the always delivering Rashida Jones? Ian McShane?? It had to work! Perhaps it would be cheesy and slightly formulaic but I had faith and those are ingredients that really can’t lead you astray. Alas, they failed to fully work here. While moments are laugh worthy and the story quite good, this movie fails to reach the level of tongue-in-cheek hilarity other semi-mock-genre films have (see Dodgeball or even Strictly Ballroom). Try is I did, Nick Frost didn’t sell the lead to me and there isn’t enough of Rashida Jones to make me feel a real stake. Though rather amusing, most of Chris O’Dowd’s jokes are so crude that there is really no one for me to cheer for aside our lead. Very funny side turns from Rory Kinnear, Olivia Colman and Kayvan Novak save the fringes and keep this from being bad. It’s just a disappointment when you know it could have been brilliant. Still sweet and full of dancing though.

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Warm Bodies (#80)

I appear to have stumbled into an unexpected (but very enjoyable and sexy) Nicholas Hoult kick and I must say that I am enjoying it thus far. Hoult is a very good quirky lead and his ability to a) pull of an American accent, and b) show a zombie’s transition into humanity, is very impressive. Jonathan Levine’s writing is speckled throughout with unexpected laugh-out-loud moments (particularly from Rob Corddry) and everything culminates into a surprisingly romantic and comedic movie - just as it promised. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quirky romance — especially during horror season.

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Jack the Giant Slayer (#79)

For all the bellyaching I do about intelligent, artsy cinema, there is a large part of me that LOVES a good adventure movie (reference: Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Mummy). And there is also a part of me that will follow Bryan Singer to the ends of the earth in continual gratitude for The Usual Suspects and X-Men. But, unfortunately, Jack the Giant Slayer fails to meet any of these dreams. Far too VFX heavy for any story to support, the film runs too long and spends too much time in unnecessary sequences. Nicholas Hoult is a good lead and well backed by Ian McShane (YESSSS), Ewan McGregor doing his best cheesy Kenneth Branagh impression and the underutilized voice of Bill Nighy but Stanley Tucci (who I normally love) is far too hammy and made me want to look away from the screen. There’s an attempt at a fairly active female character but the princess ultimately accomplishes little, even if she is dressed in armor, and Eleanor Tomlinson ends up feeling fairly vanilla. It’s a shame really, but this was a pretty C-level adventure flick and not overly worth the time to see.

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