Friday, July 18, 2014
My View: Sex Tape (2014) R A married couple, Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz), try to spice up their marriage by doing a sex tape. They wake up to discover that they have sent their video to the cloud network, where everyone they know can see it. Can they get the video back before the couple is exposed? Yes, there are quite a few shots of Segel and Diaz having sex, and all the shots are done for comedy, and we mostly just see a tangle of legs and arms. It’s a comedy that is slightly raunchy, and producers could have taken it farther, but they held back. There are some funny scenes, especially when the couple visits Annie’s potential boss’s home, but the film quickly runs out of steam and is incredibly predictable. It’s not a bad film, but it needed to be a whole lot funnier. And, I never want to see Jason Segel’s butt ever again. My Rating: Bargain Matinee Sex Tape Website
My View: The Purge: Anarchy (2014) R It’s time for the annual Purge, a night where everything is legal, and if you want to survive, you better lie low. A number of citizens, including a young married couple (Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez), get caught out in downtown L.A. How will they survive the night? This is a sequel to the surprise hit, The Purge (2013), but this one is a much better film. It has far more action and less political talk than the original. This is what I call a video game type of film - one that has lots of fighting and chases but not a lot of heavy dialogue. I enjoyed watching this film, most of which was shot at night on the streets of L.A. It moves at a quick pace, is easy to understand, and it keeps you guessing on who will survive and how. My Rating: Bargain Matinee The Purge: Anarchy Website
Indiefest: Wish I Was Here (2014) R Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is a 35-year-old man who is having a mid-life crisis a little early. He is at a major crossroads that will force him to reassess his life, his career and his relationship with his family. While at times funny and moving, this film too often goes for the easy joke or cliché plot point to make it a really effective film. Braff is basically playing a less successful version of himself and doesn’t really bring anything new to the screen. I did enjoy the performance of Kate Hudson, who plays Sarah, the wife of Aidan, who is in love with her husband and has supported his dream of being a full-time actor. Also, Joey King, who plays the older daughter of Aidan and who is wise beyond her years, brings an honest emotional tone to the film. I just wanted this film to be better than it is. It’s enjoyable to watch and, at times emotional, but Braff doesn’t deliver a complete story, as this film feels more like several sketches pieced together. My Rating: Bargain Matinee Wish I Was Here Website
Forgotten Film: Gone Baby Gone (2007) R A four-year-old is missing in the city of Boston. The family feels that the cops aren’t moving fast enough and hires two private detectives (Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan) to find their baby girl. The two P.I.’s start digging around and find out that this case is more complicated than just a simple abduction, and it could get them killed. Ben Affleck directed this smart and tense film that has you guessing until the very end. The casting is first rate, including Morgan Freeman, who plays a police investigator who is determined to find the girl. Casey Affleck is at his best in this part, showing great range and bringing an emotional impact to the screen. Ben Affleck knocks it out of the park with his first directorial job. My Rating: Full Price Gone Baby Gone Website
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Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You: Laggies (2014) R A young woman’s (Keira Knightley) life is in a rut. She decides to take a week off and lay low. She meets a teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) and convinces her to let her stay at her home. Is it okay for a grown woman to spend so much of her time with teenagers? This comedy film stars Moretz, Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Ellie Kemper and Gretchen Moll, so you know I will be there to watch it. Laggies Website
Until Next Time!