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The Little Hours (2017)
Director: Jeff Baena
Rating: 7/10
It's always interesting to see a comedy where they take something seemingly innocent and turn it into something comedically dark, or in the case of "The Little Hours", raunchy. During the middle ages, a pheasant servant named Massetto(Dave Franco), flees from his master and takes refuge at a convent that is full of frustrated, horny nuns. Yes, horny nuns, with the three main nuns played hilariously by Allison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Muccici. The convent has recently lost their main servant due to his reason that the nuns constantly would disturb and trash his job. The priest of the convent, Father Tommasso(John C. Reilly) tells the nuns that Massetto is a deaf-mute, hoping it will cause the nuns to leave him alone, but instead it adds more temptation for the nuns. All the performances are comically hilariously, with each actor and actress getting their chance to shine. Some of the standouts include Nick Offerman as the master, who is basically typical Offerman but is still hilarious. Fred Armisen plays a visiting priest, who gets his chance to shine when he's listing off the sins of some particular characters. And Kate Miccuci as one of the nuns who explores herself and also has some hilarious secrets in her. Like I said, every actor gets their chance to shine as they are able to provide laughs all around. I liked the idea of the horny nuns, but sometimes it tries a bit too hard on shock value and it doesn't come off very funny. The scenes between the nuns and Dave Franco were by far the funniest, especially the way the act around him because they presume he is deaf-mute. "The Little Hours" doesn't do anything new or special, as the raunchy humor has been done before, but it's able to keep you consistently entertained at the hilarious antics the characters get in. All the actors are great, and the humor is very funny. It's a unique setting for an otherwise hilarious raunch film. Huh, horny nuns. #TheLittleHours #AubreyPlaza #DaveFranco #AllisonBrie #JohnCReilly #NickOfferman #MollyShannon

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Director: Joel Coen
Rating: 8/10
The Coen Brother's "The Man Who Wasn't There" is an engaging look into a seemingly boring man's life. At least, he was boring, until his life takes a dark turn. Set in Santa Monica, California in 1949, the film stars Billy Bob Thornton as Ed Crane, a barber living a seemingly average life, as he is married to his bookkeeper wife Doris(Frances McDormand). Without spoiling too much, he is given an opportunity by a businessman to invest $10,000 in a new technology called dry cleaner. All goes wrong when Ed decides to blackmail Doris's boss for the money, and his life turns into a downward spiral. Billy Bob Thornton is outstanding in this movie, bringing life to a seemingly boring character. He does narrate the movie, and even though you could call is voice boring, it actually becomes interesting because what he's saying. Frances McDormand is great as usual, and always being a staple in the Coen Brother films. Scarlett Johansson in an early role is fantastic as the daughter of one of Crane's customers. I liked the banter between her and Ed Crane as you're able to peer into their lives. They open up to each other and it seems generally sweet. The pacing is great as well, with the script always keeping you on your toes and interested. The black and white cinematography by Roger Deakins is beautiful to look at, while also being melancholic. The cinematography is able to suck the life out of you, creating this beautifully colorless film. There is one really weird thing the movie has, and it's this out of this world aspect. It's brought up early in the film and for some reason I just don't understand it's purpose. I get the movie was trying to be ambiguous, and I love most of the ending, but the direction of the out of this world aspect felt so out of left field that I'm not sure if it was needed. Still, this is a well crafted film with expert performances, compelling script beautiful cinematography and careful direction. It's a underrated Coen Brothers' gem. #TheManWhoWasntThere #BillyBobThornton #FrancesMcDormand #ScarlettJohansson

Election (1999)
Director: Alexander Payne
Rating: 8/10
Student elections. Were they pointless? Or were they just a showcase for smart people to show off how smart they are? Who knows, or maybe, who cares? In "Election", Matthew Broderick plays Mr. McAllistair, a beloved history teacher at Carver High School who is also the advisor of the student body council. He realizes the only student running running for president is Tracy Flick(Reese Witherspoon), an overachiever and obnoxious know-it-all who Mr. McAllistair can't stand. In an attempt to rid Tracy of being president, he convinces Paul Metzler(Chris Klein), a dimwitted but good student to run against Tracy. It however, causes some unexpected outcomes. Payne is able to take a seemingly boring subject in student elections, and turn it into a wildly funny and entertaining movie. Matthew Broderick is great here. When he's first introduced, he seems like the best teacher, the one you'd wanna hang out at lunch with every now and then. But as his life starts to turn sideways, the choices he makes become so outrageous you wonder where that nice man went. Reese Witherspoon was perfectly cast in this role, bringing her enthusiasm but also adding overdramatic personality. Her performance adds to some truly funny moments when interacting with teachers and other students about her campaign. Chris Klein is very funny as the good-hearted but ultimately idiotic kid. Certain decisions he makes can be stupid, but it works for the character he plays. The screenplay from Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne is both biting and satirical. It's able to make fun of the certain ridiculous of student elections while also being able to keep focused on the story. The way they use narration is fantastic, helping us peek into their minds. I only have a couple issues with the film. Matthew Broderick's subplot with his wife felt a little too much, and Paul's sister could've been handled in a better way. "Election" is a wonderfully smart and entertaining comedy with great performances from the cast all around and a hilariously well-written script. Of course Mr. Obama loves this movie. #Election #AlexanderPayne #MatthewBroderick #ReeseWithespoon

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Director: Craig Gillespie
Rating: 9/10
"Lars and the Real Girl" takes a strange and almost immature premise and turns it into something both funny and heartfelt, led by Ryan Gosling, who arguably gives the best performance of his career. Gosling plays Lars, an extremely shy man who likes to live secluded from everyone. He lives in a small town in Wisconsin with his brother, Gus(Paul Schneider), and his pregnant sister-in-law Karin(Emily Mortimer). Karin is concerned about Lars' loneliness, inviting him to dinner every day despite Gus constantly telling her he is just fine. Then Lars announces to them he has found a girlfriend, which causes them both to be overjoyed. But Lars' new girlfriend is a life-size plastic woman, whom he names Bianca. With utter shock and no way to convince Lars that the girl is fake, a doctor(Patricia Clarkson) says to Gus and Karin that the only option is for them and the whole community to go along with the delusion. Ryan Gosling is a joy to watch, with his performance is both awkwardly sweet and surprisingly emotional. He is able to depict the loneliness and reclusiveness so perfectly that the more he becomes attached to Bianca that it seems like a natural progression of his life. Paul Schneider is almost great as Lars' brother, and the conflicting nature that brews inside him adds a level of emotion. Emily Mortimer is so fun to watch because she has such this welcoming presence to her that I always smiled every time she was onscreen. The screenplay by Nancy Oliver is able to balance its dramatic tone so well in a story so bizarre. But it works because of how honest and human the emotion is. Each scene doesn't feel like it's setting up a punchline, rather slowly revealing each character's struggles and building themselves up. The performances are absolutely outstanding, with Gosling giving a career best performance. There's never been a movie that deals with loneliness quite like this.
#LarsandtheRealGirl #RyanGosling #EmilyMortimer #PaulSchneider #PatriciaClarkson

First They Killed My Father (2017)
Director: Angelina Jolie
Rating: 8/10
If you didn't know or forgot Angelina Jolie directs movies, this film will most certainly prove to audiences that her skills behind the camera are something to watch out for. The film is based off the autobiography of Cambodian Loung Ung, who in 1975 at only five years old, experienced her country descend in chaos when the reign of the Khmer Rouge forced her family out of her hometown of Phnom Penh. Ung's family moved from village to village, until they started to realize that the best way to survive is to disperse from each. Through Loung Ung's eyes, we see the horrors of genocide and its effects on others, as she tries to escape death at every time. And this film is harrowing and disturbing and emotionally powerful. The cinematography for this film is absolutely breathtaking while also being haunting, with each frame is able to evoke emotion and awe. The child actor who plays Loung Ung, Sareum Srey Moch, portrays the innocence so raw and beautifully and you really start to not just care for this one girl, but for everyone who was thrown into this tragedy. As she's involved in increasingly dangerous situations, you start to feel a degrading sense in her. In a sense, the movie is almost like an adventure, albeit a nightmare of an adventure. The rest of the unknown is great, and play their parts extremely well. The more violent sequences are filmed so viscerally that each gun shot and bomb sound feels like war. When you take out all the movie elements, the fact all of these events actually happened already brews some sort of madness in you. Jolie takes that and adds something both riveting and personal. She's able to avoid forced emotional tactics to create a beautifully harsh film. At times the pacing can drag a bit because it gets a little bit repetitive in what it is trying to tell, but for the most part, "First They Killed My Father" is a film made with passion, and a story told with honesty, and I admire the great lengths Jolie did to film a movie like this. It may not be an easy watch, but it is most certainly a worthy watch. #FirstTheyKilledMyFather #AngelinaJolie #LoungUng

My ten most anticipated movies for the rest of the year! I'm so stoked to see these films once I get the chance. Please tell me your thoughts! In no particular order, my most anticipated films are...
1. Suburbicon-Despite hearing that the trailer is misleading, I'm still excited to see this film because it's a crime-comedy film co-written by the Coen Brothers, directed by George Clooney and led with stellar cast with Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Issac.
2. mother!-Darren Aronofsky teams up with Jennifer Lawrence for a movie that looks psychological mesmerizing and haunting.
3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri-Martin McDonagh's first two films, "In Bruges" which I liked, and "Seven Psychopaths", which I loved, were both really well-written and did black comedy very well, and his new movie with that awesome cast led by Frances McDormand looks both depressing and darkly comical at the same time.
4. Battle of the Sexes-The third film from the married duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the film stars Emma Stone as famed female tennis player Billie Jean King when she famously played a tennis match against male tennis player Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carrell. It looks like a lot of fun and inspiring, and I'm stoked to see Emma Stone's Oscar followup.
5. The Killing of a Sacred Deer-Yorgos Lanthimos is known for making insanely weird and dark humor, as seen in "Dogtooth" and "The Lobster", and this film looks like another entry into surreal strangeness, and the addition of Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman could elevate this film greatly.
6. Molly's Game-Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut is filled with stellar actors like Jessica Chaistan, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera. Knowing how great a writer Sorkin is, I'm intrigued in how his director is.
7. The Meyerowitz Stories-Directed by Noah Baumbach and premiering at Cannes back in May, the comedy-drama looks like it could bring back dramatic Adam Sandler. It also stars Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson. This one could be a winner.
8. The Disaster Artist-There's already a crap ton of hype for this film, so I don't have anything else to add. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)

Grandma (2015)
Director: Paul Weitz
Rating: 7/10
Even though my thoughts on abortion are not on the positive side, I'm happy this film wasn't a movie about abortion more so a movie about family drama. The basic plot is an elderly lesbian woman named Elle(Lily Tomlin), is visited by her pregnant granddaughter Sage(Julia Garner), who asks for $630 to have an abortion. With Elle having no money to spare, the two embark on a quest around LA to come up with enough money to pay off the fee. Along the way, they meet up with old friends with past conflicts they may not have resolved. Lily Tomlin is fantastic in this role, having both a dramatic sense to her while also having some really funny lines. Her comic timing is on-point, but she was also able to pull off the more dramatic scenes. Her character is very broken inside, and we get to see some her past come back to her, which causes her to be frustrated and angry. The best scene showcasing that is a scene with Sam Elliott, in which the past comes back to them and Elle doesn't take what happened lightly. Julia Garner is really good here, and she's able to balance her emotions pretty evenly with the sad thoughts of abortion while also the lighter side of learning more of her grandma. Marcia Gay Harden as Sage's mother was great as well, adding to the drama between the three characters, and Judy Greer gives the best performance I've seen from her, even though she's only in the movie for 10 minutes. It's a very relatable topic handled in a human way, and it's able to be a very touching and sweet movie with good humorous moments as well as effective dramatic scenes. The characters are able to connect with you emotionally, and for the short 74 minute runtime, it's engaging and entertaining to watch.
#Grandma #LilyTomlin #JuliaGarner #SamElliott #MarciaGayHarden #JudyGreer

Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Rating: 6/10
If for no other reason, this movie is worth watching for the spectacular and extravagant performance by Michael Douglas as the famed pianist Liberace. The film depicts the final years Liberace's life and his homosexuality with his secret relationship with Scott Thorson(Matt Damon). It explores the ups and downs of their relationship along with keeping their love for each other hidden from the public. The sets and costumes are so lavish and beautiful, and the cinematography is wonderful and marvelous. Michael Douglas as I said is amazing, and his performance is so believable that he never becomes overly and obviously gay. His performance reminded me a bit of Sean Penn in "Milk", where he hits the right beats of his gay character and being so over the top. Matt Damon is also really good, and him and Douglas have excellent chemistry. Rob Lowe also was entertaining and lots of fun to watch on screen, even if his screen time was very limited. The film is essentially a struggling relationship, and the film kinda gets repetitive. I was never fully invested, and it was kind of a bore at points. It was only able to really hold my attention with its great performances and gorgeous cinematography. Soderbergh knows how to make a movie, but it doesn't make all his movies interesting. Other than that, I can't really find much else to say about this.
#BehindtheCandelabra #MichaelDouglas #MattDamon #RobLowe #DanAkroyd #DebbieReynolds

As we enter the great fall season of movies, here are my rankings of the movies I've seen so far in 2017!
1. Get Out-Smart and original and is able to blend horror and satirical comedy brilliantly.
2. Spiderman-Homecoming-A ton of fun with awesome actions sequences and great performances from Holland and Keaton.
3. John Wick: Chapter 2-Not as good as the first one, but the action and stunts are epic and the performances are still great.
4. Gifted-Sweet and touching, led by a delightful performance from McKenna Grace as well as the whole cast
5. Megan Leavey-Moving and poignant, and finally able to bring out a great performance by Kate Mara. It's a film every dog lover should see.
6. The Big Sick-Overhyped, but it's well-written, and Kumail Nanjiani is really funny and Ray Romano should do more indie movies.
7. Rough Night-Hilariously solid Hollywood comedy, with each cast member getting a laugh.
8. Wonder Woman-Gal Gadot shines as the title character, the action is a ton of fun and the message is profound.
9. Cars 3-Predictably entertaining even with its cliches.
10. Fist Fight-Solid comedy where Ice Cube basically plays Ice Cube playing a teacher.
11. Table 19-Adorkably awkward despite not connecting emotionally. It's worth watching just for Stephen Merchant.
12. Wilson-Woody Harrelson is funny as a loner, Laura Dern is always sweet, but it misses on its emotional core.
13. Kong: Skull Island-Fun action, crappy characters
14. Beatriz at Dinner-Stupid and dumb and leads to absolutely nothing, and quite frankly one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

The Rover (2014)
Director: David Michôd
Rating: 7.5/10
"The Rover", or what it should've been called "Guy Pearce wants his car back". But I digress. It takes place in a not so distant future where ten years ago, a worldwide economic collapse occurred simply known as "The Collapse". Set in the desert outback of Australia, the film follows a man named Eric(Guy Pearce), whose car gets stolen by a guy named Henry (Scoot McNairy), after he was involved in a car crash. Eric goes on a quest to get his car back, with the help of Rey(Robert Pattinson), the brother of Henry whom he was left behind because he thought he was dead. The film is basically about a guy who really wants his car back, but director David Michôd is able to create a bleak and vast look at the desert while somehow creating an interesting story about a guy wanting his car back. Guy Pearce is fantastic as Eric, a really gruff and get-to-the-point guy. His dialogue is minimum, but he's able to express so much emotion through his facial expressions. Robert Pattinson is at his best here as a really damaged human, both physically and mentally. His performance was able to suck me into his character in the way he talked and emit emotion, and he's almost unrecognizable. Pearce and Pattinson have some really great scenes together, with my favorite being around a campfire where Pattinson talks about himself and Pearce asks why he is tell him that stuff. I thought it had really good emotional weight and added to its characters. The cinematography by Natasha Braier is beautiful, and you can feel the isolation in the hot, dry desert. The film isn't for everyone. For one it is intentionally slow-paced, and not every scene is the most engaging. Also there's a random pop song that starts playing that I really have no clue what the purpose of it was. It was kind of funny cause Pattinson starts to hum to it. In the end, "The Rover" is a slow and effective thriller, led with fantastic performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, great direction from Michôd, and beautiful cinematography. Make sure you drink plenty of water during the film because you'll definitely be thirsty. #TheRover #GuyPearce #RobertPattinson

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Director: Stephen Frears
Rating: 8/10
We see in the opening minutes our main protagonist Okwe(Chiwetel Ejiofor), a front desk worker at a hotel called to clean up a clogged toilet in a room. When he pulls out the cause of the clogged toilet, it is a human heart. That is the setup for "Dirty Pretty Things", a unique and compelling thriller that becomes more and more revealing as the film goes along. Okwe is an illegal immigrant living in the UK, who fled Nigeria after being accused of murdering his wife. He sleeps on the couch of a Turkish-Muslim named Senay(Audrey Tautou), who also has struggles in her life living as an immigrant. Ejiofor and Tautou are both intriguing characters because they are both outsiders. They are both immigrants so the struggles they face are able to connect them together. Ejiofor is fantastic here, and his performance is able to capture the frantic and dramatic side his character faces. Audrey Tautou(in her English language debut) is also great. Where she is most well-known as her incredibly lovable performance in "Amelie", here she is able to capture a more raw and dramatic side to her performance, as we see she isn't the most emotionally stable person. The way she and Ejiofor get is fantastic. Sergi López as the hotel manager was stellar, and his motivation for what he does is both disgusting and real. His business makes sense for why he does it, but you question the morality of it. Also Benedict Wong was really good and the more lighthearted spot of the movie as Okwe's friend. The writing of the film keeps it moving at a brisk pace. Frears's direction was so good, and I was surprised because he doesn't films like this. His films are more lighthearted, so to see him direct a thriller this well and this excellently crafted was surprising. "Dirty Pretty Things" boasts fantastic performances from Ejiofor, Tautou, and López along with great writing and emotionally intense scenes. It's one of the most overlooked thrillers out there. #DirtyPrettyThings #ChiwetelEjiofor #AudreyTautou #BenedictWong #StephenFrears

The Intern (2015)
Director: Nancy Meyers
Rating: 7.5/10
"The Intern" is as delightfully cliched as a movie can be. It's got a warm and likable performance from Robert De Niro, paired with an equally good performance in Anne Hathaway. De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, a retired and aging widower who decides to take up an internship at a very successful internet company run by the CEO Jules Ostin(Anne Hathaway). When Ben is assigned to be Jules's assistant, they are at first distant, but as they gradually begin to bond and learn from each other. De Niro is such a lovely presence and he is able to add a level of maturity and humanity when talking to Anne Hathaway's character. Hathaway's performance is a more gradual progression, and as layers begin to peel her emotional state is able to bring out a more mature character. The banter between De Niro and Hathaway is absolutely outstanding, and it is so sweet and touching and just natural. You're able to connect to the characters through just small talk and it's engaging and entertaining to watch. There are still many subplots to the film which get heavy handed at times, but the film knows where its strength is and that's between its two leads. "The Intern" is a sweet and lovely film that has great performances from De Niro and Hathaway along with its likable characters and funny moments mixed in with heartfelt scenes. I gotta say also, that "Ocean's Eleven" parody was pretty funny. #TheIntern #RobertDeNiro #AnneHathaway #ReneRusso #AdamDevine #NancyMeyers

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