Review: The Theory of Everything

Overall I did like this movie but it was very slow and long in some areas and of course watching Steven Hawking die of Lou Gehrig’s disease is a very depressing thing to sit through. What was never explained in the movie was how when he was in his 20’s and was told he was only going to live 2 years that he was able to live to age 72 and is still alive today. Something should have been said about this medical miracle that he was able to achieve.

I was impressed with the machine that was invented that allowed Hawking to speak and write which for him was a major live saver and is definitely one of the reasons why he is still alive today and still working in science.

The actress in the movie who played his wife, Felicity Jones is very good in the role with her acting but she is miscast because she is far too attractive to be involved with the lead actor in this movie or Steven Hawking. I also thought that more should have been shown about Hawking’s genius and more of his discoveries.

I do recommend this movie.

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Review: Horrible Bosses 2

This movie actually made me laugh out loud about 6 different times and in my experience going to comedy movies that is VERY rare.

The dialog is certainly stupid but its supposed to be stupid and the stupidity of 2 out of the 3 main characters in this movie becomes very funny over time. Jason Bateman is perfect and funny being the straight main to the two other main characters in the movie. The overall plot is mostly good too, its ridiculous but not too ridiculous as to be unbelievable as a plot of a comedy movie.

One thing to remember is that this is NOT a kids movie and there are some very sexual dialogue in this movie mostly from Jennifer Anniston’s very oversexed character. If your planning to bring your 13 year old boy or girl to see this movie, think again.

I recommend this movie.

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Review: The Hunger Games Mocking Jay

So what is the Mocking Jay anyway? This is never explained in this entire very bad movie.

The sign of a good movie that was derived from a popular book is that a person who has not read the book or books would understand what is going on in the movie. In none of these 3 very bad Hunger Games movies so far, nothing is ever really explained. On top of this why an original book and movie entitled the Hunger Games would ever become so popular considering that it is based on the premise of a TV show where children murder other children is beyond all comprehension. I will never understand the mass popularity of this story when you consider how outrageous the entire idea is.

In this 3rd and unfortunately not last installment of the Hunger Games series, there is no TV game show where young children are killing other children. The main premise is a deal made between Jennifer Lawrence’s character to be the Mocking Jay to save some of her friends. Again, what a Mocking Jay is, is never explained. There are some scenes in the movie which make no sense and have no connection between other scenes and in the end there is a 2 hour movie that makes absolutely no sense. This is part one of Mocking Jay, which suggested there could be 1 or 2 more Mocking Jay movies in the future.

The biggest mystery about this entire movie series is why I keep going to see them.

This is a bad movie, avoid it at all costs.

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Review: Beyond the lights

This movie is essentially a re-do of the Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. That movie was very good, this movie was average.

There is a sub-story that makes no sense for this movie, with the security guard/police officer involved with some domestic violence issue which has no place in this movie. The resolution of this story line made no sense and was rather strange and made no sense.

The female lead in this movie was very attractive and some of the singing was good.

We have seen movies like this many times, and this one is just not worth the money.

Overall, I cannot recommend this movie.

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Review: Dumb and Dumber To

This is a bad movie.

In over 20 years I was amazed that even with a collaboration of writers they could not really come up with a story and a story line that was almost exactly the same as the one 20 years ago. Its a road movie with some criminal traveling with them, they play a gag on him he dies, they are in pursuit of a woman, this time they think its the daughter of Harry Dunne.

Some of the sight gags were funny, but not funny enough, but most were not funny at all. This was a very disappointing movie and I cannot recommend it.

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Review: Whiplash

Excellent movie – 100% WILL RECEIVE multiple academy award nominations, perhaps even best picture. However this movie is hard to watch because of the depictions of constant abuse of power and horrible abuse of a group of young men and specifically one young man.

The best example in a movie I have ever seen of “Power corrupts absolutely”. The acting is great throughout the movie and the scenes of abuse are both powerful but hard to sit through.

I highly recommend this movie.

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Review: Interstellar

Very obviously a very good movie and a very good idea for a movie.

However, in the attempt to be new and different, several of the story directions and scenes either made no sense or were so unbelievable or convoluted that they just made no sense or were just too far fetched.

While its definitely very hard to be new and different, you kind of wish that more thought was put into a better ending and as far as one ending – I completely knew that this would happen long before I saw this movie.

This movie is very good, but I thought that the main point and the actual conclusion just didnt make much sense.

I recommend this movie

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Movie Review: Birdman

I can certainly understand the need for any new movie to be new and different. Thats why a studio takes a risk to make a movie because its going to be something never seen before. Unique is definitely one word I would use to describe this movie – however – good is not a word I would also use. This movie definitely falls into the artsy category, but its just too weird to make any sense.

The acting is very good on all levels and it was unusual to see an entire movie shot inside an old Broadway theater in New York, but most of this movie didn’t make much sense.

At the end of the movie your left wondering why they made it in the first place? Its different and strange but it leaves you feeling empty because you don’t really get the point of the whole thing.

See this movie for the acting and because its different, but I cannot recommend this movie because overall its just not that good.

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Movie Review: Nightcrawler

This movie is highly unusual and different and has never been done before. Just one of the most unusual things about this movie is that its mostly about just one main character, the one played by Jake Gyllenhaal. He is very poor and desperately trying to get a job and is turned down by everyone and even turns to collection scrap and stealing a watch after assaulting someone to make money, in the beginning of this film.

What he does find out is that he can get a police scanner and take videos of crimes in progress or the aftermath’s of car accident or major crimes. What does not surprise you in this very good film is that he degrades into a person who would do anything to make the big score, because a local television station will pay him more money, the more dangerous and sensational his films are.

I have never seen a movie like this before, and as a screenwriter I remember while watching this movie that I wished I would have thought of this idea as myself because this is a great idea for a movie.

This movie was well done and I highly recommend it.

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