2015 log (6)

(2 Jun) Django Unchained (2012, Quentin Tarantino) [ review ] 71 86

(3 Jun) Love & Mercy (2015, Bill Pohlad) 82
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(4 Jun) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014, Jonathan Liebesman) 43
[ The original TMNT movie was pretty much my favorite of the year when it came out in 1990. I was 10! I also enjoyed the two sequels, but then, you know, I grew up and shit. Nostalgia wasn’t enough to motivate me to pay to go see the reboot on the big screen last summer, but now that it’s on Netlfix, I figured, why not? So it starts and it’s all bright and colorful and dynamic and silly, basically like a cartoon. Except with sex doll Megan Fox as April O’Neil and a supporting cast that includes Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, SNL’s Abby Elliott and Taran Killam… As for the turtles themselves, they’ve been created with motion capture and CGI, with Johnny Knoxville (Leonardo), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) and Jeremy Howard (Donatello) doing the voices, and they’re fun, dumb gags and all. One thing that bothered me is the retcon bullshit tying their origin to April and her scientist father. “They were my childhood pets!” Really? There’s a long stretch in the middle of the film with way too much exposition, none of which makes much sense… But then again, this is a flick involving a rat sensei and a robot samurai! And there is at least one awesome action scene, an insane snowy mountain chase that would be at home in “Fast and Furious” movie. If only all of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” could have been on that level! ]

(5 Jun) Spy (2015, Paul Feig) 55
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(7 Jun) Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE (2004, David Leaf) [ review ]

(8 Jun) Antoine et Marie (2015, Jimmy Larouche) 66
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(9 Jun) Inside Out (2015, Pete Docter) [ review ] 94

(23 Jun) Jurassic World (2015, Colin Trevorrow) 57
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(25 Jun) The Terminator (1984, James Cameron) 90
[ I hadn’t seen the original in years and I’m surprised by how well it holds up despite some dated special effects and distracting ‘80s music and hairstyles. Schwarzenegger is at his iconic badass best as the killing machine and there’s tragic emotional resonance to the story of a man who travels back in time to save a woman he loves even though he’s only seen a picture of her. Cameron can craft thrilling action scenes like the best of them and this is a practically uninterrupted chase/shoot-out, stopping only to sketch out an intriguing post-apocalyptic possible future. Trivia note: I noticed for the first time that the blue-haired punk the Terminator kills in the first scene is played by Bill Paxton! ]

(26 Jun) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, James Cameron) [ review ] 90

(27 Jun) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) 43
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

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