‘The Theory of Everything’ is better suited for a BBC TV series

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(2014 – Director: James Marsh   Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones)

The Theory of Everything is a movie that never lives up to its potential. Instead, it’s a movie stuck being very ordinary. Read More…

Oscar Predictions 2015

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With the awards season consisting mostly of talk surrounding snubs, it will be nice to finally have the actual Oscars ceremony and be done with it. I’m a firm believer that this year is top heavy in regards to movies that will be remembered far in the future. At the same time, I think it’s a diverse year with lots of races far from wrapped up. There probably won’t be any dominant film like Gravity was last year or The Artist 3 years ago. Maybe that’s because none of the Best Picture nominees look capable of sweeping any of the technical awards.

My bold prediction is that best picture nominees Selma, The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game get shut out.

Here are my predictions for the 2015 Oscars. (And here’s a look at all the nominees) Read More…

Pod, James Pod Podcast: Episode 0018 – ‘Casino Royale’

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This month, Carlin and I promise to talk about the 2006 version of Casino Royale; not those earlier versions. We also come up with some brilliant options for who to cast as the next Bond once Craig is finished. (Hint: It will add some much needed diversity into the franchise)

Click below to listen or visit us on iTunes or Stitcher.

Catch-up Mini-Reviews

Chef

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Jon Favreau delivers a gentle, touching, and humorous film that hits so many good notes. The film meanders through weird first act script choices before catching its groove in the second and third acts. It ends up being a lot of fun and worthy of subsequent viewings.

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John Wick

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John Wick answers the question, “What’s the least acceptable reason someone would go on an all-out killing spree?” Despite having an ultra-simplistic plot, the movie has well-executed action sequences and creative atmospherics. But, all together it feels too much like a video game cinematic.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

fourstars

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Marvel just proves that it can take the most obscure source material and make a hit blockbuster movie out of it. Fun. Great cast. ‘The Avengers In Space’– except better.

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The Interview

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It’s weird saying that The Interview will be remembered as a historically significant film. Whether or not you like this movie is dependent on whether or not you like typical Seth Rogan movies. I, for one, was amused throughout this film.

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Magic in the Moonlight

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When it comes to Woody Allen’s lesser films, it’s hard for me to be too nitpicky. I’ll hold him in high regard no matter what kind of movie he concocts year after year. MM isn’t very memorable, but it is gorgeous to look at. It also has great actors, and a manageable script; and that’s enough to be entertained.

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Non-Stop

three_andhalfstars

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One of Neeson’s better performances with a script that updates enough old tricks to keep you guessing.

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The November Man

two_andhalfstars

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It’s sort of awkward how, in this film, Olga Kurylenko plays the exact same character as her one from Quantum of Solace. All she did was switch up her Bond counterpart.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Marc Webb has his moments, but it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be too disappointed if a third addition to this series never came to fruition.

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A Walk Among the Tombstones

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This movie starts out really well. The always reliable Liam Neeson does what he does best. The directing and script seem to be going in a good direction. And then, we get to know the villains. Any threat or interest in where the story was going after that faded into TV melodrama.

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