The Kids Are All Right: A Two Mother Family Unit

Hello everybody! Today we have an interesting suggestion, The Kids Are All Right.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

DIRECTOR: Lisa Cholodenko

STARRING: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta

GENRE: Comedy-drama

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her “nine to five” life, sometimes trying to start a business – always unsuccessfully – or being the stay at home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni and Laser, Nic who is Joni’s biological mother, and Jules who is Laser’s biological mother. Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni’s eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat …

I decided to finally write this review after watching The Kids Are All Right for the second time, as my first viewing was in 2011 for my American Indepedent film studies course. My favorite aspect about The Kids Are All Right is that it is an awesome example of the common two mother family unit that is oh so prevalent today. Also, Annette Benning’s as well. Julianne Moore’s performances were spectacular. It made me actually believe that they were in a homosexual relationship with each other. I can also completely see Mark Ruffalo as an estranged father/sperm donor. Let’s typecast him, anybody?

The Kids Are All Right is definitely far from perfect. I didn’t enjoy Mia Wasikowska’s or Josh Hutcherson’s performances at all. All they succeeded to do was piss me off to no end. Also Mia, why do you look like you are just regurgitating your lines? Your only job is to read lines/put on a show and you just couldn’t do it for me this time. The whole film I just wanted to jump through the tv and hit you and Josh Hutcherson. Get the hell out of here Peeta, you aren’t wanted! On a side note, why does Hollywood think that lesbians can change their way of think so quickly when a hot guy comes by?

PROS:

 

  • Annette Benning, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo performances.
  • Balance of comedy and drama.
  • Interesting take on traditional family unit.

 

CONS:

 

  • Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson performances.
  • Sexual preference changes.
  • This is not the Hunger Games.

 

SCORE: 6.3 / 10

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Runner Runner: The Online Gambling World

Hello everybody! Today we have a film about the online gambling world, Runner Runner.

RUNNER RUNNER

DIRECTOR: Brad Furman

STARRING: Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, Ben Affleck

GENRE: Crimer-thriller

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Princeton grad student Richie, believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.

Runner Runner caught my eye, as it is in the realm of what I call “gambling films”. A few films in this sub genre are 21, Rounders, and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. I thought that Justin Timberlake was decent in his role, when he rattled off the math he uses to prove cheating online gambling I actually believed he knew what he was talking about. Ben Affleck is hilarious in this as well, he was just the right amount of insane for his character to actually work.

I was disappointed that after the first act of Runner Runner, the film turns into any typical thriller. The plot is a simple crime thriller, which could have been changed so much to make it so much better. Also I have to include Gemma Arterton. Her performance was disappointing since she should have been on the same level as Affleck and Timberlake.

PROS:

  • Online gambling casino math.
  • Inside jokes.
  • Justin Timberlake performance.
  • Ben Affleck performance.

CONS:

  • Simple crime plot line.
  • Gemma Arterton performance.

SCORE: 7.2 / 10

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Flight: Let’s Roll the Plane!

Hello everybody! Today we have Denzel Washington’s drama Flight.

FLIGHT

DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis

STARRING:  Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo

GENRE: Drama

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States

Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there’s a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he is intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems…

Flight follows the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) who is an alcoholic, drug addict pilot who crashes a plane, but kills 6 people. Flight analyzes Whip and his addictions and we are allowed to see what his life is like. This analysis is done expertly, even if the film doesn’t ever reach the pace or excitement of the plane flight (the first act). The film is shot amazingly in the first act (especially when the plane is upside down), but then there isn’t anything special in the remaining acts. Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, and John Goodman performed spectacularly and they definitely were the right actors for their characters.

Flight suffers from a huge pacing problem after the first act. Zemeckis intends to give us a slightly more depraved version of Washington’s usual charismatic hero, then pull the rug out from him. But Flight‘s true downward spiral is its own loss of momentum. Flight turns out to be a disappointingly standard addiction story in its second half also serves as a reminder that Hollywood tends to be more invested in these types of self-serious movies than most actual audiences.

PROS:

  • Character analysis.
  • Perfect cast choices.
  • Amazing shooting during first act.

CONS:

  • Second and third act pacing.
  • Too little coverage on controversial themes.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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