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I am glad I spent time with HER

16 Jan

HER-FILM

Spike Jonze’s latest film ‘Her’, set in the not-too-distant future, tells the story of writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), who finds himself falling in love with Samantha, an advanced operating system (Scarlett Johansson), while he is dealing with a divorce from his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara). The film emits warmth and intelligence with its exceptional production design, cinematography, and performances. There is a charming quality to Jonze’s dialogue with both of the characters being tormented by loneliness. Her does not shy away from topical subject material, such as modern society’s dependence on technology. If it has not happened yet, it will in the near future, unless people are to compartmentalize and measure technologies contribution to a better life. Phoenix tops his performance in The Master with this grounded performance while Johansson, captivates our senses with her sultry voice. Her reminds audiences to appreciate the moments with our loved one. I am glad I spent time with Her.

WORD COUNT: 156

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Man of Steel fails to be super!

18 Jun

Man-of-Steel

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!

The Man of Steel is a re-interpretation of the Superman franchise. Under the guidance of Hollywood’s own superhero, Christopher Nolan produces the latest version by employing screenwriter, David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder to bring this all to familiar story back to life. I am not going to bore you with the story of Jor-El (Russell Crowe), his newborn son, and the Clark family. Henry Cavill’s (Superman) most amazing feat was landing the role in the first place. His past projects and stiff performances were nothing special to warrant the red cape, but his chiseled body and good looks certainly fit the part.

The film’s main strength is Snyder’s ability to deliver thrilling action scenes, but it is the same old story with a predictable ending and one of the most annoying romances in comic book history. Not so super.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: C+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

The Fighter is worthy of a title shot

21 Nov

The Fighter is based on the true story about boxer, Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his brother/trainer Dickey Eklund (Christian Bale). Ward spent years fighting, but his efforts were overshadowed by his brother, who’s known as the Pride of Lowell for going toe to toe with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978.

The film begins with Ward stuck in a rut because of his mother’s micro-managing his career and his brother’s destructive crack addiction. This film is more about family than it is about boxing, but director, David O. Russell finds a balance between these two worlds. He successfully captures the time period and location, as well as the Ward family’s strengths and weaknesses.

Mark Wahlberg holds his own in the ring, but the Academy Award winning performances by Bale and Melissa Leo (Ward’s mother) are championship caliber. The Fighter was worthy of a title shot (Best Picture Oscar), but the film falls just short of greatness.

WORD COUNT: 155

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B+

The Master is just shy of perfection

22 Sep

Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson provides audiences with another amazing character to study. In my opinion, this one is the most fascinating to watch. Joaquin Phoenix gives the performance of the year as Freddie Quell, a deeply troubled man on the verge of a psychological meltdown. One night he meets Lancaster Dodd aka “The Master” (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), an intellectual who has created a faith-based organization. Dodd makes it his goal to help Quell through the organization, but soon Quell begins to question it and The Master himself.

The Master is one of the most breathtaking cinematic achievements in recent years. I am an admirer of Anderson’s work and I had high expectations for this film. Fortunately, he exceeded them. Everything in this film is superb, especially the cinematography, direction, score, editing, and production design. Some people may find the script a little difficult, but I think for the most part it is just shy of  perfection.

WORD COUNT: 156

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B