Friday, June 27, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction

My ViewTransformers: Age of Extinction (2014)  PG-13 Four years after the invasion of Chicago, a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) find a broken down semi -truck. It turns out the truck is a deactivated Optimus Prime.  The mechanic fires up the truck and starts a chain of events that could destroy the world. If you like dumb, pointless movies with loads of bad dialogue and action sequences that make no sense, then this is your movie. It’s one long (almost three hours) mess of a film franchise that has never valued its human actors over the robots.  The first third of the film was promising, as we got to know Wahlberg’s character and his first interactions with Optimus.  But, by the end, we really don’t care what happens. Yes, there are robots riding dinosaur robots, but, at this point, we don’t care, and  we just want all the robot violence to end. By the there are so many product placement products in this film, it would make a great drinking game.  The film is not worth seeing in 3-D, and there are no bonus scenes during the credits. Mr. Bay, I would like my 3 hours back, now!  My Rating: You Would Have to Pay Me to See it Again  Transformers: Age of Extinction Website
IndiefestObvious Child (2014) R A standup comedian (Jenny Slate) gets dumped by her boyfriend in the bathroom of a comedy club. She finds out that her day job, at a bookstore she loves, is closing.  After doing a miserable standup routine while drunk, she meets a nice guy and sleeps with him.  A few weeks later she discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to have an abortion. Now, the question is, does she tell her parents, and, more importantly, the guy she slept with? This is a downright funny film, and Jenny Slate is perfect in the role of a girl with a wicked sense of humor whom you just can’t help rooting for.  The film is getting a lot of attention due to the topic of abortion is the centerpiece of the film, but it’s really a movie about relationships.  How we try to hang on to old ones, how we need our close friends and family for support, and how we must be open to new ones is what this film is about.  I laughed throughout this romantic comedy, finding myself falling in love with Jenny Slate, and I think you will too.  My Rating: Full Price  Obvious Child Website
IndiefestIvory Tower (2014)  PG-13 A documentary about the high cost of college and dealing with the mounting problem of student loans. This is an interesting film that looks at the high cost of higher education and how the student loan system has become such a big business.  What I liked about this film is it explores a number of solutions to the problem, whether it be online education or non-traditional education (like a college in Death Valley that is on a working ranch). It’s a film that any parent needs to see and the debt of student loans (more than the credit card debt in this country) is something that needs to be explored. My Rating: Full Price  Ivory Tower Website
IndiefestWe Are the Best! (2013) Three girls, Bobo (Mira Barkhammar), Klara (Mira Grosin) and Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) in 1980’s decide to form a punk band.  The only problem - they can’t play any instruments. Oh, and, by the way, they are told that punk is dead.  This is a joy of a film to watch as the three actress give incredible performances.  Grosin, who plays the outspoken Klara, pinballs from scene to scene with energy of a girl who wants to get everything she can out of life.  LeMoyne, playing the more restrained Hedvig, has real musical talent and a nice presence on screen.  The film relies on Barkhammar as Bobo, to carry the film and she does so with ease.  The musical soundtrack  helps the film move along, using old punk songs from the late 70’s and early eighties.  This is one of those films that you are glad you spent some time with the characters. My Rating: I Would Pay to See it Again  We Are the Best! Website  
Forgotten FilmTie Me Up! Tie Me Down!  (1989) NC-17 A former mental patient (Antonio Banderas) seeks out a former lover (Victoria Abril), who happens to be an actress and part-time porn star.  When she rebukes his marriage proposal, he kidnaps her and holds her prisoner.  This film isn’t for everybody, but I found it funny and extremely witty.  Banderas is the best he has ever been in this film and has chemistry with Abril, who plays the woman he is trying to make love him, even though his methods are a bit extreme. Directed by Pedro Almodovar, it’s a film that never takes itself seriously. It’s a movie that just should be enjoyed. My Take:  Full Price  Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down! Info
Weird Credits:  From the credits of Transformers: Age of Extinction: sculptor gang boss
Coming Soon to a Theatre Near YouBoyhood (2014) R The buzz from critics on this Richard Linklater film is hitting a fever pitch.  The film about a boy growing up, was shot over a 12 year time period. The film stars Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and  Elijah Smith. Boyhood Website
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