Ghostbusters (2016) 4 out of 5

Ghostbusters (2016) 4 out of 5

I must say, I was truly impressed! Lots of hate for this all-girl ghostbuster team from the very start. It still has a low rating on IMDB though which I can’t quite understand. Perhaps it’s like making a movie remake of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer and they decided to replace her with a male lead – which would drive me insane! I guess from that perspective, I can understand the hate, especially from the loyal fanbase since 1984. I’m not a fan, mostly impartial. If you are somewhat impartial and looking for a fun movie night out with the girls or snuggle buddy, I truly recommend it =) Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig did not disappoint! Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon (new in my personal actor database) really tied the team together. So IN LOVE with the character Jillian Holtzmann! CGI, music and storyline were all pretty awesome. Understand the hate, but damn…. this is still a pretty good movie in my very bias opinion. 4 out of 5.
The Do-Over (2016) 3 out of 5

The Do-Over (2016) 3 out of 5

Starring Adam Sandler and David Spade. This is definitely a feel good movie and not of the rom com variety, which is refreshing. It’s a unique and hilarious tale of two high school best buds getting together again after meeting up at their school reunion. It has a hint of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) but this time, middle aged men hoping to get a second shot at life and done in quintessential Adam Sandler style. Not everyone’s cup of tea though, but I personally find his movies awesome. My favourite would be 50 First Dates (2004) and The Wedding Singer (1998). I remember watching 50 First Dates with old high school friends, Sonia and Cheryl during my mini trip to Melbourne waayyy back when. Most movies and even songs for that matter, have specific sentimental values usually coinciding with particular phases in my life, friends and yes, attached emotions. I can recall feeling young, vibrant and happy during that little Melbourne movie outing. There is something uplifting about meeting up with old friends, catching up, learning to be independent as adults, chasing individual dreams – I guess, it’s the case of ‘growing up apart, together’ if that makes sense. Back to The Do-Over, Adam’s movies tend to be humorous visually, less talk and wit needed. A direct comedy punch and not everyone can take it. I like his movies and this movie in particular despite the (at times) uncomfortable visuals, there is a brilliant storyline and true to Adam’s style, it’s heartwarming and gives you the warm feel-good fuzzies.
Filth (2013) 5 out of 5

Filth (2013) 5 out of 5

James McAvoy plays Bruce Robertson, a corrupt, junkie Scottish cop with bipolar disorder (well predominantly, because mental illness in itself is a vast overlapping spectrum). I watched up to only 75% of it because truly, it became a little too hard to watch. Really gritty, dirty, perverted bits in the storyline, but in its defence it wasn’t the entire storyline. It still was done in good artistic taste. It was beautifully executed and director Jon S. Baird did a stunning job and definitely did this novel by Irvine Welsh justice. I finally got it! I finally understood the movie and its objectives. No, no epiphany on my part. I stumbled upon an interview podcast with both James and Jon. It achieved its goal of being a non general viewing crowd pleaser and a movie that makes you decide and gives you power in terms of developing a perspective. It is up to you to decide if you love or hate Bruce Robertson, or love and hate him at the same time or worse, feel nothing at all. In many ways, this movie brings you to the dark (and also delicious) side of mania. It forces you to walk in his shoes through his inner painfully disturbing monologues. Lets just say, I was not at all prepared. I didn’t read the movie synopsis beforehand although the movie poster of him snorting lines of cocaine should have been an indication. After watching the 30 minute podcast. It made me realise that perhaps it wasn’t the crudeness of the character that I couldn’t take. It was my unwillingness to decide that made me stop watching. I still don’t intend to finish the movie. Some things are best left untouched and undecided. With that strong reaction alone, 5 out of 5. Any movie that takes you to the edge (and hopefully back) deserves acknowledgement of at least it’s brilliant originality. Watch with extreme caution.  
The Night Before (2015) 3 out of 5

The Night Before (2015) 3 out of 5

I’m really in love with this particular crop of comedians! It’s the same group that made This Is The End (2013) and that was pretty awesome. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie make one heck of a team. It’s a very trippy, very druggy Christmas movie. It’s a feel good movie. Lots of appearances by other hilarious comedians. Nuff said. It’s pretty f*ckin funny *grin*
Joy (2015) 3.5 out of 5

Joy (2015) 3.5 out of 5

This movie has the same cast as Silver Linings Playbook (2012) which happens to be a fav of mine, so in many ways this movie had quite an expectation hurdle to cross. I’m happy to report, that yes, this movie is pretty darn awesome. I love the childlike flow of the movie, the funny and slightly dysfunctional characters and the gist of the movie about not giving up on a childhood dream. If you are a female entrepreneur or aspire to be one, this is a great movie to help you get out of that funk you fall into once in awhile, ESPECIALLY when people start doubting you and worse, when you suddenly doubt yourself. What resonates with me is that – when you hide yourself away from the world, you are truly hiding from yourself as well. When you put yourself out there, pain is inevitable. This movie is about working through the pain. Side note, Jennifer Lawrence, please stop being so awesome.
Burnt (2015) 3 out of 5

Burnt (2015) 3 out of 5

I can’t quite put my finger on Bradley Cooper, I’m not entirely sure how to place him. I really liked him in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Limitless (2011). I can definitely say he’s come a looonggg way since the TV series Alias. I kept thinking about The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014). Although that movie was a lil’ more entertaining. Burnt is a good movie, not a-mahzingly good but still would recommend it especially if you go weak in the knees for Mr Bradley C. It’s an existential type movie, but in the world of culinary arts – passion, redemption, love, acceptance and a lot of throwing away good food.
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