For a guy trying to make it as a screenwriter, it takes a lot for me to go out and pay to watch a movie. I think it’s, at least in part, because I don’t deal well with disappointment and particularly when I’ve had to pay for it.
Luckily, my friends had some luck dragging me out of the house this year, so below, I offer one-line critiques of the various films I saw in theatres (with hyperlinks to longer reviews I’ve written).
Taken 3: When the hell did I see this, and more importantly, why?
Paddington: Charming and a lot of fun.
Kingsman: A rollicking good time.
It Follows: It bores me
Ex Machina: Oh My Deus, was this written by a robot devoid of emotions?
Age of Ultron: Miss a movie, lose a thread; think I am out of this series.
Mad Max Fury Road: You will believe a man can drive…that is all.
Inside Out: Underwhelmed, but appreciate I am only one.
Self/Less: Flawed but interesting
Trainwreck: Not one, but Schumer can do better
Ant-Man: Most fun I’d had all year…Rudd is perfect for this
Man from UNCLE: Stylish throwback that I liked more than most people did
The Martian: Surprise hit for me; kudos to all including author of book
Steve Jobs: A metaphor for dysfunction…and sadly, not in a good way
In the Heart of the Sea: More like in the heart of my sleep
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Visually stunning, overly sentimental, disappointingly regurgitated story
Spectre: Good movie with a stupid ending…am I outgrowing Bond?