BOOKS & FILMS

Return of the Diary of a Movie Junkie

February 15, 2017

A lot has changed in my life over the last few months. What hasn’t changed is how many movies Jean and I watch in the average week. It’s a problem. A wonderfully entertaining and relaxing problem.

Anyway, I thought it time I did a follow up on my first ‘Diary of a Movie Junkie‘ post! Just like before I have linked the trailer for each movie in the title. I have also added the Metacritic score for each movie, for you film snobs out there.

Happy watching, couch potatoes!

The Accountant

While I appreciate that so much money, time and effort was put into making accountants seem “cool”, this movie didn’t get much more than a shoulder-shrugging “okay” out of me. Obviously Ben Affleck is always great (Gigli forgiven), and Anna Kendrick was the perfect quirky, rambling counter-point to Affleck’s overtly macho “strong and silent” character. But. The movie had some huge plot gaps and random telenovela- style twists near the end, all of which makes the movie feel kind of ridiculous and inelegant. Honestly, my favourite thing about this movie is the Radiohead song in the trailer. Oh, and Jeffrey Tambor who deserves a post of his own.

Metacritic score: 51%

Masterminds

The only thing nearing laughter this movie got from me is a 2 second snort at seeing Zach Galafianakis in a blond wig and anaconda contacts.

Don’t bother.

Metacritic score: 47%

The Edge of Seventeen

I loved The Edge of Seventeen!

It follows Nadine, a neurotic Freaks and Geeks-style high school reject, who has to deal with her best (read: only) friend’s new relationship with Nadine’s popular jock brother.

The movie as a whole is far from perfect, but Hailee Steinfeld is truly great as the protagonist Nadine. Her fast-paced, snarky dialogue is perfectly delivered throughout the movie and Woody Harrelson is such a treat as Nadine’s witty teacher.

If you’re into coming-of-age stories, characters with awkward ironic charm, and many many cringeworthy adolescent incidents, watch this movie!

Metacritic score: 77%

The 13th

This is such an important documentary.

Every single person should watch it, especially if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t “get” why non-Americans care about Trump’s presidency. The 13th is very upsetting at times, but it is so necessary. This documentary is jam-packed with facts and informed opinions, delivered by some of America’s most knowledgeable scholars. It will change your perspective on what it means to be a “criminal” and the US prison system is general.

Watch it!

Metacritic score: 90%

Don’t Think Twice

This movie tells the story of ‘The Commune’, an improv group of best friends each trying to get their big break in the New York comedy scene.

I really loved this movie. It was a window into a world most of us know absolutely nothing about. The whole concept of improv comedy is damn scary – standing in front of strangers acting out scenes with no preparation, relying on those around you to catch your lines and act along – it takes balls of steel. So to see the characters in Don’t Think Twice deal with their own insecurities and personal obstacles in the pursuit of such a demanding art form was truly great.

This movie doesn’t glamorize the whole improv/ comedy scene. In fact, this movie feels very honest. Don’t expect to laugh for 90 minutes – Don’t Think Twice is a bittersweet portrayal of friendship lost, the cost of having great ambition and the sacrifices everyone has to make in the pursuit of their passions.

I really recommend it!

Metacritic score: 83%

 

Let me know if you end up watching any of these – would love to know what you guys thought!

 

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