Rather than making individual posts, here are some ratings of movies that I've watched in the past few weeks:
Recently, I had the pleasure of watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's a bit of a sappy movie, but I wouldn't go out and label it as a chick-flick. The film is more geared toward budding young adults, but the rest of my family enjoyed it quite a bit. There's no denying the fact that it's a bit of a tearjerker, but it isn't really an overly 'sad' movie - just thought provoking. The story - which, as you probably know, is based on the book of the same name - is phenomenal. At no point was I bored or wishing to press fast-forward, and I wish there was a continuation. Overall, 'Perks gets a solid 9.6/10 from me.
22 Jump Street is a fun, entertaining movie that I saw recently with some friends. No, the story doesn't drive you to ponder your existence and keep you awake at night, but it is relatively remarkable compared to what you expect from a summer comedy movie. The chemistry between its stars is undeniable, making for more laughs than you'll be ready for. I can't in good conscience give this flick a rating any lower than an 8/10.
Going back in time, I decided to re-watch the basketball-themed film He Got Game. Starring Ray Allen (yes, the basketball player himself) and Denzel Washington (as his father), I didn't know what to expect. I won't get into the details, but the film had an overall bittersweet feeling to me. I give it a 6.7/10.
Love or hate the franchise, Super Man isn't going anywhere. Regardless, I was fairly skeptical when I popped Man of Steel into my DVD player. Unfortunately, my skepticism was not unfounded; to me, the movie was nothing to marvel at. With sub-par (to my own preferences) camera work and production, this blockbuster was a bit more of just a bust to me. Still, it wasn't a complete flop. All in all, the film deserves a straight 6/10 in my book.
Quirky. That's the best way to describe The Spectacular Now, a movie filled teenagers faced with adult drama. Like in the above ratings, I won't get too involved with the specifics, but I will say this: the role player in the movie is hard to love, but even more difficult to hate. I felt angry, confused, and downright disappointed at him throughout the movie. With that in mind, I think it's safe to say that the film crew would have had it no other way. The Spectacular Now truly fed my emotions, but it wasn't perfect; my rating for it is a respectable 8.2/10.
If you're more adept to high-paced, action-filled thrillers, you might want to shy away from Argo. Though I do like my fair share of action, I though the film was worth giving a chance. Boy, I was right. An enlightening drama that tells the fantastic true story of the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran, this movie gets an 8.5/10 from me.
I'd like to keep going, but I would be here all night. These are just a few of the movies that I've had the pleasure of watching in the month of June, and I'll be back to present more at a later time. That's all for now!
[EDIT:] I couldn't help myself from continuing just a bit. I noticed that most of my ratings were quite high, so I wanted to add some not-so-great movies into this post! Let's go.
First up to bat is the movie Thr3e. I won't beat around the bush: my view is a bit biased, as I loved the book that it's purely based on. So, I'm sure you can imagine my disappointment when I sat down to watch this film. I'm not speaking just as a lover of the book when I say the film adaptation is awful. Downright awful! It doesn't compare to any of the films on the list above - even Man of Steel is a great movie in comparison. If you like good movies, do yourself a favor and stay away. 3/10.
Next is Stardust, a movie that - surprising to me - was well-received by critics. Perhaps the movie just wasn't meant for me. I can't really say much about why - I just didn't enjoy it. In my opinion, it deserves no more than a 5/10. (If you liked this movie, would you care to explain why?)
To be honest, the whole Marvel resurgence has been a bit annoying to me. I don't hate comics or specifically The Avengers, but I was very disappointed in Thor. Thor was hyped up beyond what I would dare say it deserves, and I was very unsatisfied with my experience watching it. The plot was iffy. The star sure has a lot of brawn, but seems to be lacking in the brains department (he could be intelligent in the real world - I have no idea). Still, the film was somewhat enjoyable and had some redeeming qualities. Overall, it doesn't get more than a 5.9/10.
I can't bring myself to leave you on a low note, so I have one more rating to present. Last December, I went to my local movie theater and watched what I truly believe to be the greatest film that I have seen. Of course, it pertains towards my interests and many people may not agree with my viewpoint. Still, I stand strong on my belief that Her is a gorgeous gem-of-film that can't be overstated. It's rare that I'll enjoy a movie so much that I'll go out of my way to pay to see it twice, but I saw Her three times in the matter of weeks. Like any other movie, it's not perfect, but nothing has come closer in my eyes. 9.9/10. The only thing I could ask for is more!
Edited by Deathly - 6/29/14 at 10:54pm