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Nerve

An interesting idea that failed to capture the essence of the game. Theme In the second half, the movie focused on the Watcher aspect of the game and preached against the dangers of anonymity. Aside from the cringe-worthy, after-school-special morality, that danger is so obvious it wasn’t enough for the movie and Nerve overlooked the […]

The Bling Ring

An interesting topic that was handled flimsily. Character The main character, the gay guy, was looked down upon at the new school and, without any hint of a reason, the cool Asian girl spoke to him and invited him to the beach. While there was a sense of what motivated the guy, nothing was revealed […]

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Like most, I felt the movie failed to reach the heights of the first. Unlike most, I think the reasons are fundamental and not about the limitations of the MCU. Character (Ultron) The hero is only as good as the villain is bad. That’s the guiding light in these movies and, while Ultron was bad […]

Tammy

Yet another movie on the long list of duds proving that a good comedian is not enough to make a successful comedy. Premise An uncouth woman and her carefree, alcoholic grandmother go on a road trip. The problem? There’s no conflict, irony or hook in that pairing. Look at the classics like Planes, Trains and […]

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Man, I so wanted to like this. Character The story seemed to start well showing Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) at home building up the nerve to contact Kristen Wiig. Then there was the first fantasy of him jumping in to the burning building…and I wondered why I didn’t care or feel anything. Then it hit […]

Prisoners

Many good things, but ultimately a frustrating movie. Plot A big part of the story was Hugh Jackman torturing the dim-witted suspect in order to get information about his missing daughter. Problem was, it was not fully explored. His best friend Terrence Howard objected at first, but then helped, albeit unenthusiastically. Then Terrence’s wife went […]

Killing Them Softly

There are two types of bad movies, one by premise and one by execution. Premise means the logline or summary sucks and execution is where the logline is intriguing, but the movie still fails. For the latter type, they don’t get much worse than Killing Them Softly. Theme, Show, Don’t Tell, and Dialogue The idea […]