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.
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.
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.
Movie Review Up in the Air 2009 Starring: George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga Directed by: Jason Reitman
Every so often you watch a film and afterwards you think to yourself “damn, that was good”. You know it’s not perfect and there could have been improvements made but you still really enjoy it nonetheless. You might like enough to be willing to pay to see it a second time. Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air is one of those movies. Starring George Clooney, the story about a man whose only real home is aboard an airplane makes for an interesting story. Clooney plays the self-inflicting loaner perfectly with a mix of charm and sharpness. Everything meshes together so well and makes for a fantastic ride.