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Ted (2012)

When I heard Seth MacFarlane was working on his first big screen movie, I was ecstatic. I have always loved Family Guy and couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with live actors and this CGI bear aka Ted.

My expectations were met in this case because I loved Ted and thought it was extremely funny. I thought the cast was deep and well executed. The main dish may have been different than Seth’s cartoon shows but there was definitely a nice touch of that pop culture humor throughout the movie. Well done Seth!

Rating – A

Recommend it – Yes

 

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Oz: the Great and Powerful (2013)

Maybe it should have been called “Oz: the Not So Great and Rarely Powerful.” I can’t say I didn’t have high hopes for this movie and I also can’t say I that I didn’t hear all about the poor reviews. The movie isn’t good and that’s disappointed because I do love The Wizard of Oz, and the thought of going back to Oz was very exciting. The characters were fine, even though I didn’t particularly enjoy James Franco’s performance. He seems to be hit and miss with me and I just found him too cartoony in this movie. I know it’s a kids movie but even for that I thought he was over the top with it.

I did hear that they weren’t able to get rights to several things from The Wizard of Oz, and had to make some slight modifications and changes. Regardless, I do realize this is a Disney film and I’m not their target audience. The film is aimed at kids obviously and I can only hope it stirred up interest in one of the greatest family films ever in The Wizard of Oz. Also, the ending wasn’t bad. It probably saved this movie a whole letter grade for me. I did see they all signed on for a sequel and I know I will be seeing it still. I’m a gluten for punishment sometimes.

Rating – C

Recommend it – Yes, but only if you have kids.

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This film flew under the radar for me up until award season and ended up being my favorite film of 2012. Not exactly something I want to admit, especially when you look up the cast and see who the wrote and directed it. Regardless, when award season rolls around I always try to catch as many of the films as I can. So in late November/early December my fiancé and I had to go check this one out. We both walked out loving it and I pre-ordered it on iTunes when i got home. When it was released recently I downloaded it and finally got around to watching it again this weekend. I still love this film.

David O Russell was able to take these two characters, with a tough topic in mental illness, and make the perfect combination of drama and comedy. If I had to make a list of the top 5 funniest films of 2012 this would be on it. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence had an incredible rapport and deserved all the recognition they received.  Especially the from the coveted Watched It’s.

Rating – A

Recommend It – Yes

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Identity Thief (2013)

Identity Thief was not a movie I was eager to see by any means. The trailer was bad and had to many potentially funny scenarios spoiled in this 2 minute preview. I have also never heard a positive review or comment about this movie, besides the all to common “it had a few laughs in it.” So right off the bat… I’m going in with low expectations.

So on this Saturday morning, as my two month old lay asleep in his bassinet, we rented Identity Thief off iTunes. The movie made me laugh a couple times but was far from hilarious. Melissa McCarthy is quickly becoming my favorite comedic actress. She is hilarious but unfortunately the script was not. Jason Bateman did the Jason Bateman thing, while Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) was great in his small part as Big Chuck.

The movie is fine as long as you know what you are getting; a couple laughs, a poor plot, and T.I., yes the rapper T.I., acting.

Rating – C

Recommend it – No

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Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is a smashing hit for me. I absolutely loved it and Christoph Waltz is a big reason why. That man can act and deserves all the recognition and praise he is getting. Without him this is a good not great film. Waltz is German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, who teams up with freed slave Django, played by Jamie Foxx, in search of his bounties as well as Django’s long lost love. This journey leads them straight to Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DeCaprio, and his Mississippi plantation. Here they find Broomhilda Von Shaft played by Kerry Washington who is Django’s long lost love. This film is filled with several other stars including Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, and of course a cameo by Quentin Tarantino himself.

Django Unchained was one of my can’t wait movies for this year and it met all my expectations and then some. Like all Tarantino films, it is long and nearly feels like 3 small separate movies wrapped in one. It combines hilarious moments of dialogue with extreme violence and harsh racial language.

Rating – A

Recommend it – Yes
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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a powerful film directed by Benh Zeitlin. It’s set around a 6 year old girl named Hushpuppy, played by Quvenzhane Wallis, who is growing up in a bayou community called the Bathtub. She lives there with her hot tempered father Wink, played by Dwight Henry, and follows them as Wink prepares Hushpuppy for a day when he is no longer around. Ice caps melt, the bayou floods, Wink’s health begins to fail, and prehistoric beasts called Auroches are unleashed. With Wink’s tough love combined with an almost desire for a daughter as tough as a man, Hushpuppy is ready to take on the world.

Quvenzhane Wallis’s performance as Hushpuppy is absolutely amazing. She steals every scene of the movie and captivates the audience, while seamlessly pushing herself into the Top Actress category come award season. For a young girl to fully wrap herself into a character and give a performance like this is rare. Dwight Henry was excellent as her father Wink and his repore with Hushpuppy was powerful, as you felt and saw his emotion. I love films with a heart and purpose bigger than their budget. It’s beautifully scored and the cinematography is amazing. The second the credits began to roll, I was ready to hit play again.

Rating – A

Recommend It – Yes

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom is a film that I was extremely excited to see once I saw the trailer and read a little about it. The film is set in New England on an island in the 1960s and based on a pair of kids who are in love. On one side of they island you have Sam Shakusky, an unpopular member of Troop 55 of the Khaki Scouts and is spending the summer with his troop at Camp Ivanhoe and on the other side of the island is Suzy Bishop, a somewhat angry child who is up for being rebellious and adventurous. The two pen pals decide it’s time to runaway together as a large storm is approaching the island.

The cast was able to be deep and filled with stars but didn’t cross that thin line of over powering the two young actors, Jared Gilman as Sam and Kara Hayward as Suzy. Those two kids were excellent and portrayed their roles very well. Bruce Willis plays Island Police Captain Sharp while Bill Murray and Frances McDormand play Walt and Laura Bishop, the parents of Suzy. Edward Norton was excellent in his role a Khaki Scout Master Ward, his scenes with his troop were some of the most enjoyable moments of the film. Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman also have small but engaging parts.

Rating – A

Recommend it – Yes

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