Mini Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (out Nov 20) isn’t up to scratch. By splitting Suzanne Collins’ concluding novel into two movies (for studio $$$$$$$), we’re left with a film that never gets out of first gear. It’s heavy on padding and light on action. The finale isn’t even close to matching the excitement from the earlier releases. Am expecting much more from Part 2 next year. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Dark Horse
The Dark Horse (out Nov 20) is a New Zealand film that follows a troubled man who starts a chess club for kids in his community. Not everyone is a fan though. A few moments are over-dramatised but this drama (based on a true story) hits the right marks when it needs to. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - My Old Lady
My Old Lady (out Nov 13) follows a struggling American writer who travels to France so that he can sell a property that he has inherited from his late father. It won't be that easy though. There are parts that will tug at the heartstrings but for the most part, the characters are difficult to like and it's a film that pushes its messages too forcefully. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Drop
The Drop (out Nov 13) is a crime drama that begins with a simple bar robbery and escalates into something much bigger. Thankfully, the film isn't ruined by overly convenient moments or unbelievable twists (as can often be the case). It's a little slow in places but the ending is worth it. Also nice to see the late James Gandolfini in his final role. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Let's Be Cops
Let's Be Cops (out Nov 13) is a dumb comedy about two losers who impersonate police officers and stumble across a major crime ring. There’s only so far you can take this concept and I quickly grew tired of the crude, endless chatter between the two leading characters. I can think of many other buddy cop comedies (Bad Boys, Hot Fuzz, The Guard, The Heat, Lethal Weapon) that I'd rather watch. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Love, Rosie
Love, Rosie (out Nov 6) is the story of two great friends who take 12 messy years to finally figure out they're in love with each other. Every emotion, every action feels over exaggerated here. It's just a myriad of convenient plot devices (complete with musical interludes) that push the characters together and then pulls them apart. Pretty actors but struggled to sense the connection. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Interstellar
Interstellar (out Nov 6) follows a group of astronauts who slip their space shuttle through a worm hole and go in search of a new, habitable planet. It's a bold film but I struggled to get my head around many of its concepts (time travel, 5th dimensions, gravity). It's also pushing a few messages that don't really fit the narrative. A rare miss for director Christopher Nolan. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - My Mistress
My Mistress (out Nov 6) is an Aussie film about a 16-year-old who strikes up a friendship with a middle aged woman from the same neighbourhood. Turns out she's a prostitute/dominatrix! There are flashes of intrigue but for the most part, I struggled with these characters. Tough to figure out why they act the way they do. Grade: C+.
Matt's Weekly 612ABC Podcast
You can hear me review the latest movies every Thursday at 6:40am with Spencer Howson on 612ABC Brisbane. We're Brisbane's highest rated breakfast show! My latest podcasts are below.
|Podcast from 20 Nov 2014|
|- Reviewing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay & The Dark Horse|
|Podcast from 13 Nov 2014|
|- Reviewing Let's Be Cops & The Drop|
|Podcast from 6 Nov 2014|
|- Reviewing Interstellar & Two Days, One Night|
|Podcast from 30 Oct 2014|
|- Reviewing Pride & Kill The Messenger|
|Podcast from 23 Oct 2014|
|- Reviewing Whiplash & Fury|