Dice, Jimmy, and whoever: I've only found the Hobbit movies entertaining on the surface. As soon as you start thinking about them, they completely fall apart. I actually thought the second was worse than the first. My review is in here somewhere, so I'm not re-treading it all. Too long, too much CG, too many bad action scenes, superhuman(elven) Legolas and Elf lady, and much more.
Drinking Buddies -
While the title makes complete sense, it doesn't get you in the right mind set for what this movie turns out to be. It is NOT a rom-com. Yes, it looks like one, but it plays out nothing like what we all think of as the stereotypical (crappy) romantic comedy. This is actually GOOD. Really good. This is a drama about relationships and life. And drinking beer. A LOT of beer. Honestly, that part kind of bothered me, as so much alcohol is consumed in this movie, it's ridiculous. I let it slide due to the movie completely circumventing tired cliches, and actually being realistic in it's depictions of people in troubled relationships. A nice surprise.
A quiet drama about a crazy old dude who gets one of those stupid sweepstakes packets in the mail, and thinks he's won millions. The movie is basically about the trip, and his eccentricities. It's slow, and can get a little boring at times, but seems to be aware of this. Little bits of humor are interjected throughout, and the movie is about a lot more than a silly roadtrip. I did find the old dude annoying, but I guess that was the point. Not a bad movie, but I don't think I could recommend it to your average movie goer.
This is a pretty intense film. We have some great actors doing some fine work in a drama about kidnapped little girls, and how it affects people. It's probably a half hour too long, and spends far too much time on Hugh Jackmans character being angry, and acting like an idiot. It's pretty obvious from the start where it's all headed, but I still enjoyed the story, as dark as it was.
Inside Llewyn Davis -
A pretty good story here. although a bit slow. I had heard amazing things about this movie, and was, admittedly, let down. It's not bad, by any means, but was not the powerful, moving, experience I was hoping for. Oscar Isaac is pretty great as Llewyn Davis. He sings great, too. The movie never really goes anywhere, though, which I guess is the whole point. It's a more realistic, non-Hollywoodized, story of a musician trying to make it. No perfect, million dollar, ending here.