A Star Is Born (*****) Flawless Imperfection

#astarisborn "If you are tired of the trope where one star rises and another star falls, I think you should still see this film. It's better than any film I have seen this year by a long shot. That's likely because it's filled with several moments that are just one weakness shy of being perfect. Like life."

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Avengers: Infinity War (****) doesn’t need our opinions (spoiler free review)

#avengers #infinitywar You know what you're getting when you walk in to the theater. This is less a (spoiler free) review than a complaint about the inevitability of it all. Still, the only way you can be disappointed is if you know how meaningless it all is...or if you think they're never making another movie. 

The Midnight Meat Train (**) before he was Bradley Cooper and after he was Clive Barker

The Midnight Meat Train - 2008 Director Ryuhei Kitamura Screenplay Jeff Buhler based on the short story by Clive Barker Starring  Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Roger Bart, Ted Raimi, Vinnie Jones, Tony Curran Watching The Midnight Meat Train is a weird feeling. Looking back at Bradley Cooper before he found his acting mojo, he still seems like a kid here, even though he … Continue reading The Midnight Meat Train (**) before he was Bradley Cooper and after he was Clive Barker

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (*****): More please

o Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 - 2017 Written and Directed by James Gunn Starring  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell I am so happy this film didn't stink. It could be a little bit of an overreaction to the fact that it doesn't that I … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (*****): More please

War Dogs (***1/2) Laughing is Crying

In all War Dogs is a funny and sad film. To imagine a Guildenstern and Rosencrantz existence in the midst of George Bush's Hamlet with Dick Cheney playing Uncle Claudius is an image to behold.

Joy (****) – Norma Rae can stuff it

Joy - 2015 Written and Directed by David O. Russell Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Bradley Cooper, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco If there is a special ability portrayed by the actors and director of Joy, it's that none of this feels that much like a movie. This half-fiction portrayal of the life of the creator … Continue reading Joy (****) – Norma Rae can stuff it

American Sniper (****1/2): Bleeds carefully with Eastwood’s heart

American Sniper - 2014 Director Clint Eastwood Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Max Charles, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Navid Negahban Screenplay Jason Hall based on the book by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice When looking into the game plan of documenting a martyr, it's not easy to present the subject as a whole person, flaws and all. One of the … Continue reading American Sniper (****1/2): Bleeds carefully with Eastwood’s heart

Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1

Guardians of the Galaxy - 2014Director James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz Screenplay Gunn & Nicole PermanI just saw the movie event of the summer.  And I waited until I saw it twice to … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1

American Hustle: Like flowers, but with garbage

American Hustle - 2013 Director David O. Russell Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence Screenplay Eric Warren Singer and Russell There is a feeling of barely restrained whimsy in the events of American Hustle.  Instead of being the kind of film that aspires to be truthful while embellishing the facts, Russell and co-writer Singer make the … Continue reading American Hustle: Like flowers, but with garbage

The Hangover Part III and Kick-Ass 2: Delightful if not so funny

The Hangover Part III - 2013 Director Todd Phillips Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, Jamie Chung, John Goodman Screenplay Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin Kick-Ass 2 - 2013 Writer and Director Jeff Wadlow Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Clark Duke, Olga Kurkulina, Lindy Booth, John Leguizamo, Morris Chestnut, Donald Faison Two notable comedies had sequels in the summer of 2013, and both … Continue reading The Hangover Part III and Kick-Ass 2: Delightful if not so funny