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3. The World's End (R) - Runtime: 109 minutes
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
The final installment of Wright's and Pegg's Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy is something brilliant. It deserves to be watched multiple times, much like the other entries, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, because there is just so much to take in. Homages, running gags and pop culture references are the flavor of this movie. Pegg and Wright manage to satirize and pay dues to the many post-apocalyptic, alien-invasion movies in a clever way. But the heart of the story is friendship and coming to terms with growing up and also confronting the dick in your group of friends. Needless to say, this movie filled up ALL of my expectations and I cannot wait to watch all the special features on the Blu-Ray over and over again.
Rating: See It!
1. Kick-Ass 2 (R) Runtime: 103 minutes
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Jeff Wadlow
This was my most anticipated title and I wish I could do full review justice to it, but sadly, I can't. Not only do I not have the time, but really, it comes down to the fact that Kick-Ass 2 was a big let down. I really had built up too much excitement for this movie in my head. And Kick-Ass 2 was enjoyable, it just didn't have the HOLY SHIT MACHINE GUN JETPACK! moments from the original. I thought Jim Carrey was excellent as the Colonel. But the movie just lacked any sort of cohesiveness. It felt rushed and there seemed to be mixed messages (Is Dave Kick-Ass? Or is he just Dave who becomes Kick-Ass?) This movie, along with the main character has a serious identity crisis. Plus it just wasn't funny enough. I'll have to watch it again to solidify my judgement, but from first viewing, this ended up being not even in my top 10 this year!
Rating: Rent It!
27. Don Jon (R) - Runtime: 90 minutes
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Writer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
JGL is extremely popular right now. And deservedly so, he's consistently churning out quality movies and earning a lot of street cred with his independent-minded production company, Hit Record. And I'm a big fan - I'll pretty much see anything he's involved in and I always come out delightfully happy. Giddy, in fact. And Don Jon is no different! This R-rated romantic comedy is a bit of an odd pill to swallow - the main thrust (pun most definitely intended and as Maggie would put it, most definitely enjoyed) is Don is addicted to porn. And the movie doesn't really shy away from showing the porn. But the brilliant move here is that the porn you see on screen is a turn off even though this is probably what most of us guys watch. A lot of our media and information is surrounded by sex and Don Jon attempts to showcase how detrimental that can be to us when we try to have real relationships. It's a clever and awfully funny movie that has a lot of heart and a really good message. The movie went in a direction I didn't think it would go and it was all the better for it, despite the typical, Hollywood-type ending. Make no mistake, you do not want to watch this with your family, hell if you've never breached the subject of pornography with your significant other, you may not want to watch it with them either. But then again, this movie is a good icebreaker into what can be an uncomfortable subject.
Rating: See It!
6. Gravity (PG-13) - Runtime: 91 minutes
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón
I absolutely love Cuarón, he's a brilliant filmmaker who needs to do more movies. He's only directed 2 movies in the past 7 years. I absolutely loved his last film, Children of Men, a tightly and meticulously shot thriller starring Clive Owen. Gravity is simply astonishing - it was a rush and thrill, but also very beautiful and mesmerizing. Space is a bitch and Cuarón doesn't pull any punches when it comes to portraying this character (make no mistake, the vast emptiness around Bullock the whole time is as much a character in the movie as is George Clooney's charming veteran astronaut.) I really don't mind 3D movies that much - I think they're fun, just not necessary, but Gravity is an exception - the 3D here is fantastic and smartly utilized. A lot of people have told me it's a one-and-done kind of movie, but I think the movie is so beautiful and lovingly made that I could find myself watching it over and over again to see all the detail. This is, by far, my favorite movie of the year so far!
Rating: See It!