Inside Out (2015)

I wanted to love Inside Out. I love the premise. I love the cast. I’ve loved many Pixar films. I loved when I heard the film was getting great reviews. I loved the fact Pixar was making a film opening up a dialogue about mental issues with children and their parents. I loved finally sitting…

The Martian (2015)

The Martian is very well-made, very enjoyable, a very fun way to spend two hours. But I didn’t find it very interesting. I can totally see how some would find the film exceedingly interesting – the science of it is well-explained and the man vs nature angle is executed well. But the whole film I…

Jackie Brown (1997)

Wow. Jackie Brown was absolutely fantastic. It’s not just the excellent cast (seriously, what a cast), the brilliant soundtrack, or the great cinematography (the car-street shot around a third through the film is extremely memorable), it’s the writing that really makes this stand above a lot of Tarantino’s other films. While I’m a huge fan…

The Big Short (2015)

The Big Short is a comedy about a tragedy. McKay excelled at making me both laugh and get enraged at the very real activities and events the movie depicts. His propulsive anger drives the film. I liked a lot of the zany editing; it’s a far cry from the lazy camerawork in McKay’s comedies like…