21 Jump Street: B+
I saw this in Australia before it was released to the public. Somehow our school got the first rights to show it. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum even showed up and answered some questions. It was definitely one of the most unique movie-watching experiences I’ve ever had, and it was a solid film as well.
Probably my favorite movie of the year. I’m glad it won Best Picture at the Golden Globes. Hopefully that’s a good sign for the Oscars.
The Avengers: B+
I didn’t like The Avengers as much as others did, but I thought it did a good job of bringing all the Marvel characters together for the first time.
The Dark Knight Rises: A-
It was hard – probably impossible – to top the last Dark Knight movie. But I think Christopher Nolan did a great job of capping off the trilogy. And Hans Zimmer never disappoints with his score.
Django Unchained: B+
It wasn’t Pulp Fiction or Inglorious Basterds, but it was still classic Tarantino. Christoph Waltz is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.
The Hobbit: B-
I was never much of a Lord of the Rings fan, but I have always respected how groundbreaking Peter Jackson’s trilogy was. I think he took a major step back with The Hobbit. Then again, it was nearly impossible to live up to those expectations.
This movie had such a huge buildup with an awesome trailer. It was directed by Ridley Scott and served as a prequel for his 1979 hit Alien. There was so much buzz around the film, and it had the makings of a summer blockbuster. But when I finally saw it, I walked away feeling less than impressed. The visuals were great, and there were definite moments of suspense, but there were also major plot holes with some poor acting.
Funny, quirky, and serious at parts. But I was expecting more out of Seth MacFarlane’s first foray into the movie world.
Safety Not Guaranteed: A-
A quirky, low-budget, and smart film. I watched it on a plane, expected nothing, and was pleasantly surprised by how awesome it was.
Silver Linings Playbook: A-
A dark, romantic comedy with a great cast (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro). This movie had a very different pace than what I am used to, using unorthodox shots and dialogue. But I think that was part of what made this movie so enjoyable. Oh, and they also got permission to use a Led Zeppelin song.