2015: The Year in Reviews (September)

Look, this is the fifth year I’m doing this. You guys know what it is by now. Every January I go over everything scheduled to come out, and about 200 more movies, just to be safe. I guess what I’m gonna think about them, and then immediately forget I did it. Then, in December, I recap everything I saw and see how I did.

I put up batches of reviews for everything I saw, once in April, once in August, and once… yesterday. Those contain my initial thoughts on the films after I saw them. I take those thoughts and match them against what I said back in January, plus I take some time to reflect upon how my thoughts have changed in the time between when I saw the movie and now (since only crazy people develop a final opinion on a movie after a single watch). It’s very straightforward. Plus… five years. I know you’re supposed to treat every person as if they’re reading for the first time, but there’s only like twelve of us who read the crap I write anyway.

Today we’re recapping September:

Oh, yeah, also, so my ratings system makes sense, here’s how it works:

* * * * * (5 stars) — I really loved the film. Five stars essentially guarantees the film a spot in the top ten. I’ve never had a five star film not make the top ten. (2014 examples of 5 star movies: There actually were none.)

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars) — I loved the film, but not unconditionally. Four and a half stars is usually the ranking for films in the top ten and top twenty. Rarely does a four and a half star film fall below top 15. (2014 examples of 4.5 star films: Birdman, Fury, Interstellar, Whiplash.)

* * * * (4 stars) — I liked the film quite a bit, but it’s not one of those that I would automatically say is a top ten film. It could end up being one, but typically a four star film is one of those that I’ve solidly liked, and will openly say is a really good movie. Three and a half, I’ll say that I really enjoyed it. But four stars is where I’ll say that it’s really good. Four star movies are either in my 11-20 or tier two. It’s also not unheard of that a 4 star movie makes the top ten. (2014 examples of 4 star films: Boyhood, Cher, Godzilla, The Guest, Snowpiercer, Top Five.)

* * * ½ (3.5 stars) — The film stood out to me as being particularly solid. I always differentiate three and a half from three by saying that three stars is for a film that I just enjoyed enough to give it the thumbs up. Three and a half is when I go, “That was actually really solid and I enjoyed it quite a bit.” It’s not alway a mark of “this was better than I expected” or, “It’s better than you think.” Sometimes it’s just, “That was really solid,” or, “That was awesome,” even though the film itself wasn’t particularly a masterpiece. It’s a very verstaile ranking. Usually it’s for something I enjoyed, but didn’t love enough to put it near the very top of my year-end list. Three and a half star films never make it above tier two, and most of them are tier three. You’ll see only a few populating tier two, but mostly they’re tier three. (2014 examples of 3.5 star films: American Sniper, The Babadook, The Double, Edge of Tomorrow, Frank, Still Alice.)

* * * (3 stars) — Three stars is for films that were pretty good. Usually for a three star movie, I’ll say, “I enjoyed it well enough.” Or, probably the most common phrase I use is, “You can get through it.” But without qualification. For a two and a half star film, I’ll say, “You can get through it, but…” Three stars don’t have the qualification. Mostly three stars is for a film I enjoyed enough to say it wasn’t bad. I found it watchable enough that I wasn’t completely indifferent toward it. If I give a film that seems like it should have a higher rating three stars, then it means I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else. And if there’s something you’d think was a piece of shit at three stars, it means I thought it wasn’t actually that bad. But most of the time, three stars just means, “Yeah, it was okay. I enjoyed it well enough.” They’re just entertaining enough for me to not be indifferent. (2014 examples of 3 star films: Beyond the Lights, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Lego Movie, Need for Speed, 22 Jump Street, White Bird in a Blizzard.)

* * ½ (2.5 stars) — Two and a half stars is my ultimate indifference ranking. I didn’t necessarily think it was a bad film, I just didn’t give a shit about it whatsoever. I thought it was utterly generic. Nothing to make me like it, and it wasn’t bad enough to make me dislike it. It wasn’t memorable to me in any way. Odds are, if a “classy” movie is here, it means it was particularly disappointing, and if something that seemed like an Unforgivable is here, it means it actually wasn’t the piece of shit we were all thinking and was actually just about passable. It’s also my way of saying, “You might have liked this, but I certainly didn’t.” And also my way of saying, “This wasn’t very good, but at least it was competently made.” But for the most part, two and a half stars means I just didn’t care whatsoever and will not remember much about the movie in two years. They may also be Unforgivable, depending on my reasons. (2014 examples of 2.5 star films: Hercules, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ride Along, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Veronica Mars.)

* * (2 stars) — Two starts means that the film was mostly competent and all, but I just didn’t like it. Either it wasn’t for me, it was a genre that I don’t like (horror movie), I just found it boring, or it was one of those generic shitty genre movies that populate the early months. Or it was just a giant piece of shit that at least looked like a good movie. So two stars is for — “They tried… it just wasn’t very good.” Depending on how bad they are, they do have a shot at the Unforgivables list. (2014 examples of 2 star films: Dracula Untold, Dumb and Dumber To, I Frankenstein, Wish I Was Here.)

* ½ (1.5 stars) — One and a half usually means the film was terrible, but it’s not a surefire Unforgivable. Probably because it’s a shitty thriller, a shitty horror movie, or a horrible sequel in a franchise that has churned out nothing but horrible sequels. Or it’s for films that could have gone two stars, but I just have a particular dislike for them. These have a pretty good shot at the Unforgivables list, and should for sure make my bottom 25 list. (2014 examples of 1.5 star films: Blended, Sex Tape, Tammy.)

* (1 star) — I really didn’t like the movie. It was so bad it was almost unwatchable. Typically a one star film is certain to be Unforgivable. Sometimes one star movies get saved by virtue of being a certain kind of sequel (like Big Mommas House: Like Father, Like Son) or being something that’s too easy to make Unforgivable (like Marmaduke, or a Friedberg and Seltzer movie. Movies we knew were gonna be pieces of shit going in), but in any case — they’re really awful movies that shouldn’t exist. (2014 examples of 1 star films: Addicted.)

0 stars — It means I hated the film. Guaranteed Unforgivable. It’s a film that should never have been made, and has actually lowered the bar for cinema as an art form and has actually detracted from a culture that’s in the toilet to begin with. A film with no redeeming qualities whatsoever and one that physically made me angry while watching it. (2014 examples of 0 star films: Heaven Is For Real.)

September

A Walk in the Woods

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s two guys in the woods. So how badly can that be fucked up?”

3.5 stars.”

“I’m ignoring the director choice. Sounds like fun.”

What I actually thought about it:

It’s fine. It’s exactly what you’d expect it to be. Two old guys in the woods. Has its fun moments, has cringeworthy moments (mostly owing to cliched scenes and one-dimensional characters they run into). It wasn’t quite 3.5 stars for me, but it was definitely a meaty 3 stars. This felt more substantial than most throwaway 3 star movies. I was hoping it would be good, and I got fairly good. I’m all right with that.

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s fine. It’s an adult comedy. Give me this over some mediocre raunchy comedy or horror movie anyday.

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

The Transporter Refueled

What I said about it back in January:

“Yeah, this sounds nice and all, but Jason Statham isn’t in this movie.”

“How could I possibly think that’s going to be good?”

2.5 stars. This has to earn the 3. It won’t take much, but just because you have a title does not mean you earn the rating.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Why would you do this? People barely cared about these movies with Statham.”

“Sure, this is a serviceable action movie, but your star is not Jason Statham and it’s generic all the way through.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

There’s no reason this movie should exist.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Before We Go

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing? I’ve been aware of this movie for a while. Hmm. Okay.

What I actually thought about it:

“This was in development for years. Finally got made because Chris Evans directed it.”

“It’s fine. It’s a perfectly acceptable indie movie. Gonna come off as a vanity project by the star, but that’s what happens.”

“The reason this is an indie is because (spoiler alert) they don’t end up together. But it’s enjoyable enough to get through, and there’s a lot of New York on display. So that’s nice. Otherwise, you’re not getting anything you haven’t seen before.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s decent. Nothing more. The one night aspect makes me like it more, but still, it’s just okay at best.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Was interested to see it after I saw Steve Jobs. Part of the great documentary purge of 2015.

What I actually thought about it:

“It was interesting and I was engaged. It’s hard for me to actually like documentaries, though.”

“Mostly this is the dark(er) side to the film. Where they show you all the horrible shit the man did aside from being a marketing genius. Otherwise it wasn’t something I’d rather see than the movie.”

“More of a companion piece because I was interested in the subject after seeing the film.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s fine. Didn’t love it. Mostly shows how much of an asshole he was.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Perfect Guy

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Maybe I was hoping it wouldn’t come out or get a wide release or I’d have to see it.

What I actually thought about it:

“I’m not gonna waste time on this. 90% of people don’t even know what this is. But it wasn’t good. So we’ll leave it at that and move on.”

* * (2 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Nope.

* * (2 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Coming Home

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Foreign Language film came out and happened to be part of my Directors List, so I saw it.

What I actually thought about it:

“This one had good intentions but didn’t entirely come together.”

“It’s a heartbreaking set up, but doesn’t feel like it works here.”

“Maybe it’s the politics of it all. But it’s a very classic 30s/40s kind of setup that appeals to me, so I was fine with the film.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

That about covers it. Good set up, doesn’t entirely come together in the end. Oh well.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Visit

What I said about it back in January:

“Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.”

“Remember those days?”

“I don’t think we need to run down the career he’s had, but I think we can safely say that… he’s seen better days. Quality wise.”

“I pretty much can guess everything that happens in this movie.”

“So 2.5 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“M. Night Shyamalan. Blumhouse. Was there any doubt I wasn’t going to like this movie?”

“It’s found footage, and it’s not scary. It’s old people acting weird for the whole movie, then a twist that happens in the last fifteen minutes for no reason and amounts to nothing.”

“Really did not like this movie at all.”

* * (2 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Still debating how far I want to take my dislike of this movie.

* * (2 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Sleeping with Other People

What I said about it back in January:

“I’ll give the writer the benefit of the doubt.”

3 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“This is more of a straightforward romantic comedy than anything. So as nice as some of the moments are, there are some moments that have to adhere to genre conventions which drops my opinion of it back to where it ended up.”

“It’s hard to make a romantic comedy that works nowadays. I applaud this movie’s effort, but it became too easily resolved for me to really like it.”

“It’s cute, its likable, but I can’t honestly say I really liked this more than 3 stars.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s a solid 3 stars, but it’s still 3 stars. I needed more out of this to love it.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Goodnight Mommy

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Popped up during the year. Lot of buzz as a fucked up horror movie, and a country’s entry into the Foreign Language race, which is rare to see a horror film get that distinction.

What I actually thought about it:

“This movie is FUCKED UP. Even if you can guess what’s going on (which isn’t that big a deal), it’s still pretty terrifying what happens in the last 25 minutes of this movie.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s pretty fucked up.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Time Out of Mind

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing? Must have thought it wouldn’t be done in time or actually released this year. Definitely knew about it.

What I actually thought about it:

“It’s plotless. It’s mostly following Gere for the whole film. Which is something Moverman does well. He focuses on characters over plot.”

“This was good. Really engaging. Gere was great. And it’s one of those movies that no one will see that’s actually one of the better films of the year.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Very solid film that deserves to be seen. One of the hidden gems of 2015.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Black Mass

What I said about it back in January:

“Couple of interesting things about this movie. The least of which is that Johnny Depp is playing Whitey Bulger.”

“At this point, I think we’ve just kind of lost Depp as a great and/or interesting actor, since he’s seemed to withdraw into playing weird characters with a lot of jewelry and ornate costumes and stopped caring about giving interesting performances.”

“There’s a lot to think this could be really good.”

“Scott Cooper has a history of 4 star movies, so I’m gonna say 4 stars. I feel like 3.5 is the most likely scenario and the best way to go, but why not give him the benefit of the doubt?”

What I actually thought about it:

“Loved this.”

“There are problems, yes, and that’s why this won’t be a top ten for me this year.”

“Mostly, this is about the Depp performance.”

“It’s nice to see Depp actually act again, after seven years of turning his screen persona into a cartoon.”

“Maybe it could end up 11-20 by year’s end. Definitely tier two, though. Very solid.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Very solid, we’ll see how high it ends up. Really liked this quite a bit.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

What I said about it back in January:

“Wow. They actually are managing to get a sequel out a year after the original.”

“Not sure where this one goes. I was more interested in the first movie than other YA adaptations because of the premise… but the result wasn’t that much better than the others. It was just slightly more interesting than indifference.”

“I imagine now that they’re not in a maze, they’re gonna make the world bigger and I’m not gonna care. So let’s go with my initial instinct and say 2.5 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“I can pretty much sum this up in two words: don’t care.”

“The franchise is structured around someone who runs through mazes. The first movie featured an unacceptable amount of mazes and maze running. The second one has no maze.”

“This isn’t for me. All of these movies start off with vaguely interesting premises and then turn into the same thing. Futuristic governments, oppression, groups trying to hurt children. I just don’t care about any of this.”

“At least here, I can say I truly wasn’t paying attention, whereas with Divergent, I’m openly talking about how horrible it is. At least here the storytelling is competent.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Those two words still sum everything up.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Captive

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Probably was hoping I could skip it.

What I actually thought about it:

Haven’t seen this as of yet, but it’s due out on DVD really soon, so I’m very confident I will have seen this within the next 10 days. Which I’ll point out, I’m only doing for the cast.

Final Thoughts:

How close was I?: N/A

Everest

What I said about it back in January:

“I’ve been excited for this since last year. They pushed it to now.”

4 stars. I’m so excited for this, I don’t even care. I know me and I’m gonna be excited as shit to see this movie.”

What I actually thought about it:

“It’s basically what you’d expect it to be. A lot of famous people, a lot of thrilling sequences during the climb, but mostly it’s an engaging story about people trying one of the most difficult feats on Earth and a terrible accident happening and a lot of people dying.”

“There’s not as much action as some people will want and there’s not enough drama for the other people. I, personally, had trouble differentiating the characters at the end once they started dying.”

“I feel like I might actually enjoy this movie more when I see it regular. But overall, I was completely satisfied with the experience. I got exactly what I needed to out of this movie, and I wish they made more mountain climbing movies.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

I really need to sit down and watch this again to finalize the 3.5, but I’m pretty sure this is a 3.5 and not a 4 for me. It’s really entertaining, but not great. But I’ll always enjoy a good mountain climbing movie, so I don’t care.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Pawn Sacrifice

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m gonna go 3.5 stars, just because it is an interesting story, though them pushing this doesn’t give me a lot of faith in this being legitimately great.”

What I actually thought about it:

“It’s an Ed Zwick movie. Which means the cast will be solid, the subject matter will be interesting as hell, and the film will just be pretty good.”

“It tries to be entertaining and mainstream and appeal to as many people as possible (and you might say be as Oscar bait-y as possible) and doesn’t actually transcend to the status of ‘great movie’.”

“You know what you’re getting with Ed Zwick. Which is a shame, but at least it’s that and not anything worse.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s really a superficial movie. I wish it got more in depth than it does about what was going on. Because it glosses over some really interesting stuff. Still, it’s entertaining.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Sicario

What I said about it back in January:

“Emily Blunt becomes an action star.”

“Denis Villeneuve is directing, which automatically makes me in and automatically makes me guess 4 stars.”

“There’s pedigree all over the place here.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Holy shit.”

“This movie is bold, this movie is beautiful, and this movie is thrilling.”

“The way it doesn’t give you an information at all, the border sequence, the way it shifts POVs out of nowhere and somehow completely works — Roger fucking Deakins.”

“Everything about this movie worked for me. I’d love for this to end up in my top ten.”

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Still would love for this to end up in the top ten. Curious to see how it turns out.

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Cooties

What I said about it back in January:

“Still excited for this, but gotta go VOD downgrade.”

3 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Horror comedy. It was okay. I see why it went VOD. Kind of ridiculous, doesn’t really amount to much, not overly funny or scary. It was fine, though.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Amusing enough to get through once.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Pay the Ghost

What I said about it back in January:

“Do I even need to tell you who is starring in this?”

“The answer, of course, is Nicolas Cage.”

3 stars. The blanket Cage paycheck movie rating. Unless he goes nuts, it likely won’t go higher. And it’ll only go lower if it’s boring as shit.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Nicolas Cage will star in your movie about child kidnapping.”

“This one has an added twist, because this time his kid was kidnapped by a ghost.”

“This is a generic thriller that I’m sure was done to make the IRS happy.”

“Pretty much since Bad Lieutenant and Kick-Ass, Cage has seemingly stopped trying. And by stopped trying I mean, he’s even stopped doing the batshit crazy stuff that made him so entertaining in the first place.”

“I want my Cage back.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Is this why he makes these movies? Is there a ghost he has to pay?

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Keith Richards: Under the Influence

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Part of the Great Documentary Purge of 2015.

What I actually thought about it:

“It’s all about music. Which makes it interesting. Yes, the title is a partial play on the fact that Keith Richards has done lots of drugs, but this is entirely about how he loves music. And it’s great.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Keith’s the man.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Finders Keepers

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Part of the Great Documentary Purge of 2015.

What I actually thought about it:

“A documentary about two idiots fighting over a severed leg. Dude lost his leg in a plane crash and put it in a grill in storage. He didn’t pay the bill, so his stuff was sold. The guy who bought it refused to give it back to him. Welcome to America.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

This actually happened.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Green Inferno

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars if it gets a theatrical and I care enough to see it. Otherwise, don’t care.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Yeah. I think we all knew what we were getting here.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Just watch Cannibal Holocaust.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Ashby

What I said about it back in January:

“Wonder how this is gonna turn out.”

3 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“This actually surprised me.”

“It’s much more of a coming of age story, more indie than teen comedy.”

“Mickey Rourke was an odd choice, but he’s fine. Emma Roberts playing a nerd instead of a raging bitch is a change of pace.”

“It’s actually very okay, and I actually give it a moderate thumbs up. I thought for sure this would be one of those VOD 2.5 star specials, but I actually did enjoy this one.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s actually okay. Don’t go out of your way to see it, but if it’s on Cinemax or something and you’re bored, you could do worse.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Racing Extinction

What I said about it back in January:

Part of the great documentary binge of 2015.

What I actually thought about it:

“The Cove, but less interesting and more preachy.”

“It’s basically 90 minutes explaining why we suck and how we’re killing off animals without the entertainment value of The Cove.”

“Not for me.”

 

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

We’re killing animals, here’s why we suck, the end. It’s fine, but not as impactful as The Cove was to me.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Stonewall

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay.”

3 stars.”

“I assume closer to Anonymous than… I don’t really have an alternative. I just think it’ll be okay.”

What I actually thought about it:

Haven’t seen it yet, but it’s due out on DVD in a few weeks. I’m hopeful I see it before the year cuts off. We’ll see.

Final Thoughts:

How close was I?:

99 Homes

What I said about it back in January:

“Ramin Bahrani loves him some real estate drama, doesn’t he?”

3 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Really liked this.”

“Strong performances, intimate drama, and it’s about people hurting people.”

“Michael Shannon is terrific, and it’s both fascinating and heartbreaking what happens to innocent people in this movie. Everyone should see this.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Completely whiffed on the original comment. For some reason I thought Bahrani did House of Sand and Fog. Either way, this movie was great.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a full star.

The Keeping Room

What I said about it back in January:

“So this is Jane Got a Gun, but actually empowering.”

“Let’s say 3.5 stars. I’m interested in this. I feel like 3 is the floor on this.”

What I actually thought about it:

“It’s engaging, but not great. Didn’t even get a western bump.”

“It’s very solidly made, and I found myself quite engaged by it, but it just didn’t do enough for me to merit more than a very solid 3 stars.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s very well-directed and I did like it quite a bit. Still, it’s staying at 3.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Labyrinth of Lies

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Got it as a screener.

What I actually thought about it:

Technically I haven’t watched this yet either. It wasn’t shortlisted, and now we’re in holiday mode, so I’m not in any rush. Today, tomorrow, Saturday. I’ll see this. So check for an update later and I’ll get this in.

Final Thoughts:

How close was I?: N/A

Mississippi Grind

What I said about it back in January:

“Based on Boden and Fleck’s track record, I have no reason not to think at least 3 stars. But it’s poker, so I’ll say 3.5 stars.”

“Just feels like it’ll hold my interest more with card scenes.”

What I actually thought about it:

“This is that weak 3.5 that Boden and Fleck movies get from me. I like them, but they don’t amount to a whole lot and I wouldn’t rush to see them again.”

“I like that Ben Mendelsohn got a lead role. I like that Ryan Reynolds is quietly turning in good dramatic work in movies not many people are seeing (I also liked Self/less, for the record).”

“I think this is a solid little movie that’s worth checking out, even if it’s not gonna end up on a top ten list or a best of the decade list any time soon. ”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Mendelsohn is great. Reynolds is good. This movie is engaging. It’s the same weak 3.5 you get out of Boden and Fleck. Which I’m very okay with.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Hotel Transylvania 2

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh god.”

2.5 stars.”

“And ONLY because Mel Brooks is voicing Vlad. If Mel Brooks weren’t in this, 2 stars, and I expect I’d not like it at all.’

What I actually thought about it:

“It was fine. It’s for kids. The first one was enjoyable enough. This one was the same, only I cared less because I knew what I was getting.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Maybe they won’t make a third one?

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Intern

What I said about it back in January:

“This is a Nancy Meyers movie.”

“Since it’s Nancy Meyers, and I can see where her movies usually go for me, I’m gonna say 3 stars, I’ll think it’s fine (just perfectly fine and nothing more), and I’ll expect it to be somewhere in the Golden Globe conversation next year.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Oh dear god.”

“It’s not the movie, it’s the message. And the way it deals with the current generation of twenty-somethings.”

“Overall I was okay with the movie, but it still made me pretty angry that the entire movie is about a company deciding to exploit free labor. The general idea of an older intern is funny and can make for a good movie, but not this way.”

“I probably shouldn’t hate this movie because it’s about people and not superheroes, but shit, man.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

I strongly toyed with the notion of making this movie Unforgivable. But I think it will end up being safe. Still, this movie annoyed me despite being moderately okay.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

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Tomorrow is October.

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One response

  1. fabulous

    December 24, 2015 at 2:59 pm

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