Lego Movie

For anyone who’s been a kid in the last handful of decades, you must see The Lego Movie. It’s seriously fun and the animation is just so so cool. Plus, I dare you to keep “Everything is Awesome” out of your head.

American Hustle

Clay and I spent Christmas Eve with my parents, eating a delicious dinner at Cafepino and then seeing American Hustle at the Cine Capri. I’d already heard some amazing reviews of the film, especially that the acting was beyond superb. And they weren’t kidding.

American Hustle follows confidence man Irving Rosenfeld and his lover Sydney Prosser, played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams, as they find themselves helping FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) catch other white collar criminals. The film relies on exceptional acting and little else. Christian Bale is so good, both physically and emotionally transforming. And Jennifer Lawrence is pure perfection, as usual.

Besides the acting, the story is compelling and the ending is definitely worth the journey. And a delightful performance from Louis C.K. will keep you smiling. I definitely recommend it.

Catching Fire

Catching Fire is amazing. It’s everything it should have been. It incorporates a cool, fantastic sense of style the first film lacked. As these couture promo shots hinted, the fashion in the film is just as exciting as the victory tour and the arena. Go see it. Immediately.

Summer Films So Far

I absolutely love summer. Warm weather, swimming pools, and summer movies. Some were just ok and some were exceptional.

World War Z
One of the better zombie movies I’ve seen. Exciting and well-paced, it shows a zombie apocalypse from a global perspective. Like Contagion but with scary fast zombies. And it once again proves Brad Pitt is the ultimate movie star.

Now You See Me
A movie about magic tricks. It’s a little cheesy at times and Isla Fisher’s performance is painful, but it’s seriously fun to watch. It features great talent like Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson, and especially charming is French-accented Mรฉlanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds). Plus, the ending will make you want to see it again immediately.

Despicable Me 2
Ugh, the cuteness. The lovable minions are back and funnier than ever: the epitome of physical comedy. Agnes, Edith, and Margo are still charming and the new characters are hilarious. It’s sillier than the first one and just as wonderful.

This Is the End
There’s not much better than actors poking fun at themselves. This movie takes it to the extreme and it’s awesome. There’s plenty of raunchy humor to go around too, including some truly memorable cameos. Michael Cera’s few minutes are worth the price of the ticket.

The Lone Ranger
This movie was 45 minutes too long, and truthfully, the last 15 minutes are what the first 90 should have been. I wanted to love Johnny Depp, but no thank you. The landscapes are beautiful and the train scenes exciting, but overall it’s pretty dull.