IDES OF MARCH- 8/10
It started out slow but the acting was on point from every direction. Two thumbs up to Ryan Gosling and I’ve always like Phillip Seymour Hoffman. George Clooney was behind the scenes most of the time, but when he was in front of the camera, he was his usual “George Clooney” quality. It’s not a powerful political movie, but the theme of loyalty was what I found to be the backbone of the movie.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN – 8/10
A mother’s worst nightmare. This movie is based on a novel by Lionel Shriver and is told through the memories of a mother who is trying to cope with her son’s horrible actions that have lead him to prison. It’s very intense, deeply suspenseful and sad, but the style of the movie sometimes slowed it down. But overall, it was a good story and the acting by Tilda Swinton as the mother was very Oscar-worthy. I just found her relationship with her husband who was played by John C. Reilly not realistic or just very odd.
I loved this movie. The style, the acting, the direction of this movie, it was all just awesome. It has a real fighting chance to win an Oscar.
I don’t think everyone would enjoy this movie (which was based on a play). Basically two sets of parents meet to discuss their children’s recent encounter where one child hit another with a stick. In order to resolve the issue, they meet to discuss and end up discussing more than they should while sharing their skills on how to raise a child. The adults eventually stay in one room the whole time (and hallway, and washroom) and start sounding like children bickering amongst themselves while highlighting relationship issues with one another. It was good the first half but slowly got repetitive and predictable but what strengthened the movie was the strong performances by Kate and Jodie.
MONEYBALL – 9/10
A rare breed. Quality sports movies rarely exist and this is one of them. From the Oscar nominated movies I’ve seen so far, it is a battle between MoneyBall and Hugo.