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Better than expected is the best thing that can be said about this movie. No, it is not great, with only very young actors in the cast theBetter than expected is the best thing that can be said about this movie. No, it is not great, with only very young actors in the cast the performances are weak (except for the leading actor maybe), the movie ends without really explaining anything and it is prepared for a sequel. It will not move you or stand the test of time. But it is surprisingly entertaining but slightly better than a similar film released the same year like Divergent. It was not needed to see it in theaters but you can stream it and you will have a good time.… Full Review »
Absolutely terrific film. One of 2014 best if not the best. Flaw free. Intense, raw, realistic, empowering, perfectly paced and with two ofAbsolutely terrific film. One of 2014 best if not the best. Flaw free. Intense, raw, realistic, empowering, perfectly paced and with two of the best performances of the year. Miles Teller is a total revelation to me in this and shows how such a young actor can be an outstanding one already. Amazing performance. A crime that he has not been nominated for best actor at the Oscars. Co-lead actor J. K. Simmons is equally great and will win his Oscar for supporting role no doubt. And the film does this with just two main characters, music and a great screenplay. No more is needed when we are talking about real art. It will be impossible because of politics, but if this film gets the Oscar for best picture it will be the biggest deserved surprise in Oscar history. A must see!… Full Review »
All the artistic value and ambition and all the effort from Christian Bale does not stop this film from being boring. As boring as a film canAll the artistic value and ambition and all the effort from Christian Bale does not stop this film from being boring. As boring as a film can get. I am all for artistry and definitely prefer a small film with a lot of artistry than a blockbuster. But nothing justifies this type of boredom Slightly over rated film, although not many people know about it. They are not missing much.… Full Review »
Firstly, I have to say it was refreshing to finally see a movie fully deserving of all the accolades and awards it's being nominated for andFirstly, I have to say it was refreshing to finally see a movie fully deserving of all the accolades and awards it's being nominated for and winning... After seeing the horrible and over-hyperd Boyhood and the lackluster Gone Girl, this was a much needed glimmer of hope.
This film grabbed my attention from the get-go. It was a mish mosh of arthouse, big-budget, independent but with a theatre feel to it. I was about 5 mins in before I had to ask myself, 'Is this all one shot?!" The film flowed scene to scene effortlessly, giving the feeling of one continuous shot, a remarkable feat by director, cinematograher and editor (all deserving of awards). It gave a sort of theatre atmosphere to the film that brought you into their world and made you feel like a fly on the wall, observing but not intruding.
The dialogue was well-written and the acting performances all around were top notch. Michael Keaton is phenomenal, as he portrays an actor in the twilight and dwindling years of his career, trying to stay relevant and risking everything to do so. His alter-ego subconcious plays a significant role in his psyche that appears to affect the world around him. It gives us a glimpse into his world and allows us to better understand the character.
You can easily tell that a lot of planning, consideration, care and thought went into making this film. It's not a gimmick, but an amazing accomplishment by everyone involved in the making of. It's not a movie that needs to be explained or defended, it stands on it's own, delivers a clear message, but still leaves a little personal interpretation for the audience.
For those of us who grew up with Keaton films, there's the added nostalgia and links to his film past as the Batman and his alter-ego (Birdman) almost as a Beetlejuice feel to it. I can't say enough good things about his performance, watching him reminded me of what real acting should be and I have no doubt that his co-actors raised their game to this new standard.
The arthouse-like score blended the film together from beginning to end, giving a more anxious feeling and sense of urgency, appropriate to the scenes and story. There were few slow spots in the film, but were necessary for the audience to relax before bringing us back into the moment. The SFX were very well done and again, major kudos have to be given considering this appeared to be a single shot throughout (I'm still blown-away by it).
NYC was the perfect backdrop; the landscape and sounds virtually took me there and for 2 hours I forgot I wasn't.
This is a must-see film for anyone (except those who only like $200 million Michael Bay action/explosion-porn movies). Easily in my top 5 of all time… Full Review »
"The Gambler" is passable, but it's forgettable and there's a huge waste of potential that detracts from the film. Director Rupert Wyatt"The Gambler" is passable, but it's forgettable and there's a huge waste of potential that detracts from the film. Director Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") and writer William Monahan ("The Departed") ought to have delivered something with a lot more substance than this. It's relatively entertaining don't get me wrong (John Goodman's comic timing is impeccable) but unless you're a Mark Wahlberg fan I'd give this one a miss.… Full Review »