Every now and then, a movie comes along that makes you say, “WOW.”
In 2013, that movie — nay — that EXPERIENCE, is Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”.
Now it’s easy to gush on this movie. If you seen the trailers, it is everything those brief intense sequences promises and more. Cuaron, known for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and the also amazing, “Children of Men”, puts the audience on this space mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and his newbie spacewalking partner Dr. Stone (Sandra Bullock).
The results are one of the most intense and visually spectacular movies, not only of this year — but maybe….ever? Continue reading ‘Gravity’ is a jaw dropping masterpiece and maybe the movie experience of the year
Who’s in it?: George Clooney (From Dusk til Dawn, Out of Sight), Vera Farmiga (Departed, Running Scared), Anna Kendrick (Twilight, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ), Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express)
Great movie. I will just throw that out there. In fact, I’ve seen it a few times since the first time I saw it in June, so we can just get that out of the way.
Here’s the lowdown on this one. Clooney loves to fly. His job is to fly all over the country and fire people. I never said this was a happy story. So dude flies around from city to city and fires people…excuse me, ‘let’s them go’ so that the companies they work for don’t have to. Corporate downsizing, ain’t it a bitch? Continue reading ‘Up in the Air’ is a wonderful study of character in a world on the go — movie review
Who’s in it?: George Clooney (Ocean’s 11), Ewan McGregor (Revenge of the Sith), Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski) and Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects)
In this one, Ewan McGregor plays a reporter trying to do a story on a psychic spy (Clooney), who prefers to call himself a Jedi. Get it? Cuz Ewan played Obi Wan?… Well in The Men Who Stare at Goats, he spends nearly this entire movie trying to prove that Clooney is full of crap and Jedis don’t exist. It’s funny because most of the time he has this smug look like, it’s all part of the joke.
This is the real beauty and perhaps the downfall of this movie. It’s great if you’re in on the joke but the filmmakers throw so much at the audience, they are only going to catch so much. Continue reading ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ (2009) — movie review