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Movies for the Week of May 2nd, 2014

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Charley McMullen: I’m not quite enough of a pretentious asshole to be into this one. Maybe I’m judging a book by its cover here, but a period drama, wearing its film festival ejaculate on its sleeve like the golden ticket it is, is not my cup of tea. It seems a bit early for the 2015 Oscar orgy, but points for at least trying to be ahead of the curve. Plus, the message behind this movie appears to be nothing more than “People were really racist back then. We’ve made progress, everyone! Hooray for us!” Choir, you may consider yourselves preached to. Movies built around a premise its impossible to disagree with or learn anything from have always been a pet peeve of mine. Enjoy, ladies and gentlemen. If anyone needs me, I’ll be over hear looking for a movie with at least a semblance of communication.

Justin Widerski: What?! White people are racist assholes?! I never would have guessed!? In all seriousness this movie looks blatantly mediocre. A simple plot with lots of pretentiousness around its rather serious message. I doubt said message will be conveyed as well as the message in a film like “12 Years a Slave,” because it lacks the raw emotional punch that “12 Years” had. While “12 Years” was a pessimistic and harsh look at our dark past, “Belle” prefers the optimistic route, concentrating on those who try to help then the masses who won’t. Putting that aside it looks SO boring. So mind-numbingly boring. Unless every performance is on an Academy Award level I don’t think anyone will be able to make it through this movie. Hmmm speaking of the Oscars… this does look like quite the Oscar-bait. It is under the “Fox Searchlight” brand so we shall see…

Alex Jowski: I’m sure it’s a great movie and I’ve nothing against what it’s trying to say but this style just isn’t my thing.  It’s not that I’m burnt out on the message of old-timey racism and social inequality (though I am all 12 Years a Slave’d out).  It’s just that this movie doesn’t look like any fun at all besides just pointing out social injustice again and again and again and again.  It’s a 2-hour marathon of white guilt I’m not prepared to sit through.

Martha Page: BORING

Mistress J: Ooooo an olde time movie! Looks decent enough. However, if that court scene is a whole kind of “Let’s absolve prejudice” thing, we already KNOW how that turns out, so no suspense there. I did kinda chuckle at the line, “I didn’t know she’d be so… black” – seems like something you’d hear from stuffy prejudice parents meeting their son’s new girlfriend or something on a sitcom. But anywho, bring on the powdered wigs & buckle shoes!

mister X: despite how this appears to be thought-provoking…


well made n’ heartfelt…


and probably a fine piece of cinema, for some strange reason this trailer makes my mind…wander

but seriously, i’ll probably watch it at some point…even tho’ as i’ve said many times now i KNOW these kinda stories already so i’m really not the audience for this kinda stuff

Mike White: I saw this trailer recently in front of an art house film. We’ve got British accents, powdered wigs, lots of longing looks, and violin music.  And now we’re looking at race, frankly, and through the lens of an idealized Victorian setting because that’s how the bourgeoisie likes to roll.

Someone please let my mom know when this movie opens because I’m sure she’ll love it.

Glenn Criddle: I’m not generally given to watching period pieces but this actually looks rather good. There’s an interesting and engaging story and some apparently decent performances here. The ‘based on a true story’ thing is again something to be taken with a pinch of salt but the ideas are pretty true to the Abolitionist times as far as I can see and it’s interesting to see a film focused on the end of slavery in Britain as obviously when people think of Slavery it’s often America’s history that pops to mind first. Yeah, this looks rather good.

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Matthew Coats
Matthew Coats
Formerly known under the pseudonym of Alex Jowski. Site owner, movie aficionado, and film school grad. Matthew Coats presents reviews, some written, some as vlogs, and some as weekly shows, for a variety of different movies and television shows. After years of struggling to get his own projects off the ground amidst the normal routine of living, Matthew Coats decided to create a site in order to share and promote movie reviews, video games and much much more from talented and original people all across the internet.
  • Mike White
    May 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Kind of sad by the geek hate against the Rami Spiderman. I still contend that the first two were pretty great.

    • jwiderski
      May 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Yes they were! In a way they’re forgotten classics like the rest of the “Last-gen” super-hero movies

    • May 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      At the time of it’s release I called “Spider-man 2” the best and most perfect superhero movie. While I don’t necessarily find it that near-perfect in hindsight, I still find it to be a very well-done movie.

  • May 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    so really…NO one noticed dem victorian titties but me?

  • Charley McMullen
    Charley McMullen
    May 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Referring to the Green Goblin as “Gobby” and putting an actor as expressive as Willem Dafoe in a stationary helmet are my two main beefs with the first Sam Raimi Spiderman film. I didn’t like it at all.

  • MsK
    May 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Didn’t like the first Spider-Man that much…didn’t like the choice of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. But the second one made me change my mind. Andrew Garfield perfectly grew into the role and looked like he was having the time of his life. Overall the performances were great…especially Dane DeHaan.
    As to “Where is my elephant 2″…I was disappointed as hell. It had some nice ideas but overall it was nothing new.

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