Watching List

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – I saw this one by accident. The movie we were planning on seeing was full so we ended up here. A great End-of-Year film and kind of inspiring too. Ben Stiller played a great character and it was nice to see Kristen Wiig play a normalish character. 4.5/5

The Wolf of Wall Street – highly visual, interestingly shot and directed but basically can be summed up as being 3 hours of sex, drugs and Leo. Not a whole lot of redeeming value there and really kind of disappointing. 3/5

The Hobbit 2 – It was a bit long but very good if you’re into hobbits and dwarves. The more I thought about it after I watched it, the more I realized I liked it. It is a bit annoying to see the middle movie of a trilogy but it was a good night. 4/5

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – so incredibly good! I daresay even better than the first one. 5/5

Every Day – sad times but rather good. 4/5

Drinking Buddies – It was a movie. About people. And drinking. 2/5

Jobs – The whole idea behind Apple is interesting as well as Steve Jobs the man but this movie just felt like it was going on and on. I stopped caring about 2/3 through… Did however make me love my apple products even more! 2/5

Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon) – I wanted to love this film SO MUCH! But I didn’t. Not even a little bit. I think Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson so perfected the last version that I’ll never be able to love another version. It just didn’t work. Was painful almost. 1/5

Something Borrowed – Yes, the epitome of chick flick but I vaguely remembered reading the book on a beach somewhere and so figured I’d watch it. It was a pretty cute movie. 3/5

Frances Ha – This was one quirky little film. I think I liked it. Sort of an adult coming-of-age story except that the protagonist is in her late 20s. It’s been compared to a Woody Allen film and I’d have to agree. 4/5

Shanghai Calling – Kind of a fun film, especially if you’re familiar with or are an expat in Asia. Basically nice story about a business man learning to develop a heart. 3/5

Blue Jasmine – A highly gripping tale. Woody Allen but feels like Tennessee Williams. Not exactly a happy experience but really a good strong film. 4.5/5

White House Down – Actually quite a good “boy” movie. Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum.. hello! And that cute girl who played Ramona.. fun cast, good film. Great way to kill a few hours. 3.5/5

Black Fish – A really interesting documentary about Killer Whales. Quite dark and will probably make you dream about them all night long. 4/5

Side Effects – This movie had potential but was rather unpleasant. Horrible people doing horrible things to each other. Not my favourite. 2/5

2 Guns – Denzel Washing and Mark Wahlberg should make for a good movie but… too many guns. 1/5

Girl Most Likely – Actually a rather good little Sunday night film. A little like Young Adult. I liked it. 4/5

Stuck in Love – Another good one I thought. Writers– love– family– relationships– Thanksgiving— keeping promises. Rather an emotional night at the movies… or maybe that was some dust in my eyes.. 4.5/5

Gravity – Best movie I’ve seen in a long time. Definitely a cinematic experience. Intense! Beautiful cinematography and convincing acting. Only a little bit of “only in Hollywood”. Overall it was brilliant! 5/5

The Way Way Back – One of the best films I’ve seen in ages! A great story, great characters, some feel good moments. Amazing cast. It just worked really well. 5/5

I Give It A Year – Hmmm.. some potential but also pretty disappointing considering I usually love British people being British.. 2.5/5

Now You See Me – This had some cool moments. Interesting to see magic stuff and pretty cool characters. 3/5

This is the End – Terrible. Total stupid boy movie and I’m sad to say I saw it. 0/5

The Internship – Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson are just so funny! Also fun to see what it would be like to work for Google. Amusing and light. 4/5

The Heat – Amusing but not as funny as I wanted it to be. However I love Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. 3/5

Mud – Don’t do it. Granted I was terribly tired while I watched it so perhaps that’s unfair. 2/5

Bachelorette – Awful. Just awful. 1/5

What Maisie Knew – Wow! One of the best films I’ve seen in ages. Beautiful and very, very sad. 4.5/5

World War Z – I do love end-of-the-world movies but I don’t like zombies, hence I feel rather conflicted in my review of this. Overall, it was entertaining and a decent viewing experience. I felt like it had potential to go deeper and deliver a stronger storyline but alas! … well it’s a zombie movie. 3/5

The Company You Keep – I actually liked this film. Stellar cast and intriguing storyline. At least I think it was. I saw it on the plane. 🙂  4/5

The Place Beyond the Pines – It’s no secret that I love Ryan Gosling. This film is deceiving as he is only in the first bit BUT Bradley Cooper takes over where Ryan leaves off so everyone is happy… except that it’s a sad story. A dark tale with some redeeming value. 2.5/5

The Big Wedding – Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton should be able to create the best film ever.  It was only okay and I think that was because I was watching it on a plane. 1.5/5

Star Trek Into Darkness – I really enjoyed this movie. Lots of action, lots of one liners, highly entertaining, cool characters.. it was a good night at the movies! 4.5/5

Man of Steel – Hmm

The Great Gatsby – AMAZING! I loved it at the time and then loved it even more as I thought about it. I think Baz Luhrman did an incredible job of adapting a classic American novel into something relevant yet true to the time period. The minuscule changes to the story only further enhanced it and really.. it was just very well done! I’m a fan! 5/5

Identity Thief – Highly disappointing. One of those movies where they showed you the funniest bits in the preview. I love both of those actors but found that the story line was irritating and overall.. just a bad experience. Watch the preview a few more times and give this one a miss. 1/5

Safe Haven – Good looking people, heart-breaking lines, perfect love story.. typical Nicholas Spark’s book based movie. Goes well with a blanket, kleenex and a pint of Haagan Dazs. 3.5/5

Star Trek – I don’t think I have ever seen an actual episode of Star Trek but I was still able to appreciate the movie. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I knew a bit more background information but it was a good way to spend a bit of an afternoon. 3/5

The Impossible – This was a great movie! Really really emotional so have your kleenex ready but definitely a powerful story. Watching the tsunami tear apart Thailand and then seeing people react was really heart breaking but I thought the film did an excellent job of telling this true story. Lots of little moments where kindness was shown and the goodness of people. 5/5

Iron Man 3 – I adore Robert Downey Jr. Strangely this movie was set at Christmas time… which was a bit odd to see it in May but I still liked it. Lots of cool gadgets and quippy one-liners made for an enjoyable night at the cinema! 4/5

Save the Date – I really did enjoy this film. A little bit of a toned down romantic movie. Some great lines and very artsy. 4/5

Beasts of the Southern Wild – This was a visual experience! Really interesting, very artsy and rather “out there”. The little girl is phenomenal. One of those movies that you feel the urge to re-watch right after it ends. 4.5/5

This is 40 – Amusing but kind of a depressing take on “real life”. 2.5/5

Playing for Keeps – A low key sort of romantic comedy but not a lot of comedy. Gerard Butler is fun to watch. 3/5

Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Oiy. Sometimes you just have to watch something to say that you’ve watched all of the Twilight movies. Then you hang your head in shame and go find a good book. 1.5/5

Celeste & Jesse Forever – Well if you’ve ever gone through a breakup.. this is a film one can relate to quite easily. A pretty touching story played by very cute actors: Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones. Not exactly a happy night at the movies but not a terrible one either. 3.5/5 stars

Silver Linings Playbook – Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence make an interesting duo. Quite a dark movie but I actually enjoyed it. Mental illness makes for a rather dramatic plot. Bradley Cooper spends most of the movie running around in a garbage bag so it’s a bit different from his other roles. Overall a good night at the movies. 4.5/5

Jack Reacher – Tom Cruise, bad guys, shooting, conspiracy theories, ex-military guys with issues, car chases and really slow acting skills. I do love seeing movies in the theatre and I must admit I thought this was a different movie going into it. Definitely not my favourite film ever. 2/5 stars.

Hachi- A Dog’s Tale – We showed this to the students on the bus on the way to the ski trip. Not a dry eye. I’m not really a dog person but even I was trying not to cry. It’s a simple movie but really very powerful. Plus it has Richard Gere and he’s a nice old dude to watch. 5/5 stars.

Looper – A cool night at the movies if you’re into time travel and sci-fi kinda stuff. Bruce Willis and my ever favourite Joseph Gordon-Levitt are fun to watch. Emily Blunt is great too. I find these kinds of movies to be a bit confusing but it provoked some good discussion with my friends after. Mainly along the lines of… “ok why did that happen?” Overall I’d say it was 4/5 stars.

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls – Gut-wrenching, heart breaking, informative yet inspiring look at the global sex trade. Not a light afternoon at the movies by any means but definitely a documentary worth watching. 5/5 stars

50/50 Sad but somewhat charming about a 27 year old guy who is diagnosed with cancer. Looks into his own feelings about it, his relationships and his coming to terms with being a young sick guy. Watch with kleenex. I’d say 4/5 stars but most of them have to do with my love for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The Words – Plagiarism eventually catches up with a person. I tell my students this all the time. The story of a writer who publishes a book that he actually didn’t write.. and the guilt and angst that follows. It was a good story and did a bit of the “story within a story” which I tend to enjoy. A decent night at the movies. 3.5/5 stars and at least 2 of them have to do with Bradley Cooper.

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