The Theory of Everything (Movie Review)

Movie Review
The Theory of Everything
2014
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
Directed by: James Marsh

On paper, the story of Stephen Hawking would seem quite intriguing. He is one of the greatest minds that the world has ever produced despite the fact that he suffers from ALS and was given only a few years to live decades ago. In the film, The Theory of Everything, director James Marsh examines the life and times of Stephen Hawking by using Hawking’s wife Jane as the main character of the film. In some ways, it makes the film quite interesting in offering a unique perspective on how Hawking has lived his life but, in other ways, takes away from possibly some of the more interesting possible storylines that the film could have demonstrated to see him progress as an educator and theorist. Regardless, the story takes a bit of a backseat as the performance of Eddie Redmayne as Hawking is simply incredible.

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St. Vincent (Movie Review)

Movie Review
St. Vincent
2014
Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Jaeden Lieberher, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Theodore Melfi

St. Vincent is a perfect example of how even though a film can seem so formulaic and basic, it can still be a heartwarming and fantastic film. Theodore Melfi does not really change anything with the whole “old grumpy guy befriends young kid and becomes less grumpy” formula. Bill Murray plays an old curmudgeon perfectly while Jaeden Lieberher showcases a character who is so wondrous in his intrigue, it’s no surprise that Vincent and Oliver become very close. The movie will not surprise you but it will leave you with plenty of laughs and tears.

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Wild (Movie Review)

Movie Review
Wild
2014
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Why? This was the question that kept coming up upon viewing Wild. Why does the film’s protagonist feel it necessary to go on a several thousand mile long hike? Why even care about Reese Witherspoon’s character? Why does it matter if she makes it to the end? Jean-Marc Vallée presents us with a movie that feels low on substance. It tries to be about a woman’s struggle with infidelity and drug use, her trials in overcoming these problems and what she does to cleanse herself. Instead, it feels like an aimless exercise that’s only strenuous hike is from opening to closing credits.

Whiplash (Movie Review)

Movie Review
Whiplash
2014
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser
Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Whiplash is about jazz drumming. Now, that may seem as exciting as a movie about hardcore knitting but this movie is very enjoyable and makes drumming one of the most exciting things ever. This is a collaborative effort as the directing efforts of Damien Chazelle and the great acting performances of J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller make this a very complete package. That’s not to say this movie is not without its problems but it will probably be the best movie you’ll ever see about jazz drumming.

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Foxcatcher (Movie Review)

Movie Review
Foxcatcher
2014
Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by: Bennett Miller

On paper, if you were looking at any given movie and it had Channing Tatum and Steve Carell as your top stars in the film, you would be expecting some low-fare comedic romp (maybe with some action scenes) that would appeal to some and cause others to turn their noses into the air. However, that is not the case with Foxcatcher. Instead of a cheap comedy good for a good laughs, Bennett Miller gives us a chilling film about the story of the Schultz wrestling brothers who dominated Olympic wrestling in the 80s. The problem is that this movie does too much to be like a work of art and does a mediocre-at-best job of telling a very interesting and harrowing story.

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Oscars Page is Now Available

Sorry about the delay but the Oscars Page is now up on the site. The page is accessible through the top menu by accessing the 2015 Film Awards section. My voice and throat are still in rough shape so I will not be recording a podcast today but I will eventually record a podcast about the Oscar nominees.

By the end of next week, most of the Oscar nominated films will be reviewed on this site.

Golden Globes Recap Podcast

2015 Golden Globes Recap Podcast (24 mins – 22.4 MB)
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The 72nd Golden Globes was here and now gone. The big winners are Boyhood, Birdman, and The Theory of Everything. The big losers were the people (including me) who had to sit through that insufferable telecast. It was really bad and it was truly three hours of my life wasted. If you didn’t watch the show, you can download my recap of the broadcast where I not only discuss the winners and talk about the high and low moments of the show but I offer up some analysis as well as where we are heading as the Oscar nominations are coming out this Thursday.

There will be the usual Weekly Movie Podcast on Tuesday as well as a podcast talking about the Oscar nominations on Thursday.

For any other information about the Golden Globes, check out the page on this site dedicated to this year’s event (by clicking on this link).

72nd Golden Globes Play-by-Play

Welcome to the Madness Brewing live blog of the 72nd Golden Globes. I will be offering my opinions on the telecast and spouting nonsense all night long. If you haven’t yet heard my predictions for tonight’s show, you can download the podcast with this link. I will be recording a post-show podcast after everything is wrapped up.

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2015 Golden Globes Prediction Show Podcast

2015 Golden Globes Prediction Show Podcast (19 mins – 17.9 MB)
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It’s finally up (it took four attempts to record)! I’ve given the predictions I could for this evening’s Golden Globes. I will be live-blogging the event on the site starting at 8PM and recording a wrap-up podcast later tonight after the show.

Just a note about the podcast…I’m only talking about movies on the podcast. I will be live-blogging the entire event but for the prediction show, I only went over the film categories.

Weekly Movie Post–January 9, 2015

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Weekly Movie Podcast – January 9, 2015 <8 mins – 7.3MB>
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Top 5 and New Films for the Weekend Ending
December 28th, 2014

Rank Title $ Wknd. $ per Theatre $ Overall Weeks
1 The Hobbit:
The Battle of the Five Armies
$21.7m $5.6k $220.6m 3
2 Into the Woods $18.7m $7.4k $90.9m 2
3 Unbroken $18.2m $5.7k $87.7m 2
4
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death $15.0m $5.8k $15.0m new
5 Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb
$14.5m $3.8k $89.8m 3
*All data coming from www.the-numbers.com
 
Theatrical Releases This Week

Wide Release

Inherent Vice (Expansion to Wide Release)
Selma (Expansion to Wide Release)
Taken 3

Limited Releases

Black November
Beloved Sisters
Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife
Predestination
Preservation
The World Made Straight

 

New Home Video Releases This Week

Wide Release

Boyhood
Get On Up
Left Behind
No Good Deed

Limited Releases

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt?
The Guest
Horns
The Pleasures of Being Out of Step
Two Night Stand