May's Short Movie Reviews™

Straight to the point.

A Walk Among The Tomstones (2014)

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife

Well, I have watched some good movies lately, and I knew that sooner or later I was going to watch a rubbish film. Well this was it. 
Basically this is Taken 3. Story is poor and I stopped paying attention, instead I thought about my current project.
Avoid it. Watch it when it is on TV (not cable) and even then have it in the background whilst you iron your shirts/ clean the house or something. 

A Walk Among The Tomstones (2014)

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife

Well, I have watched some good movies lately, and I knew that sooner or later I was going to watch a rubbish film. Well this was it. 

Basically this is Taken 3. Story is poor and I stopped paying attention, instead I thought about my current project.

Avoid it. Watch it when it is on TV (not cable) and even then have it in the background whilst you iron your shirts/ clean the house or something. 

The Riot Club (2014)

Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

I really enjoyed this. I was a bit worried because the director of this movie also directed ‘An Education’, which I really hated and I never watched ‘One Day’ because it just didn’t look that interesting. 
Do check out this film. It is very rude, but also quite funny at times. 
P.S. I have always had a little crush on Max Irons!P.S. 2: Sam Claflin gave a very strong performance. They all did but I really enjoyed his dark character.P.S. 3: Douglas Booth has such a beautiful face. His character was charming and very very menacing. Yikes. 

The Riot Club (2014)

Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

I really enjoyed this. I was a bit worried because the director of this movie also directed ‘An Education’, which I really hated and I never watched ‘One Day’ because it just didn’t look that interesting. 

Do check out this film. It is very rude, but also quite funny at times. 

P.S. I have always had a little crush on Max Irons!
P.S. 2: Sam Claflin gave a very strong performance. They all did but I really enjoyed his dark character.
P.S. 3: Douglas Booth has such a beautiful face. His character was charming and very very menacing. Yikes. 

Pride (2014)

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

An inspirational and very moving story. Highly recommended. 

Pride (2014)

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

An inspirational and very moving story. Highly recommended. 

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

I really enjoyed this film. The ending left me a little unsatisfied. It is a very good film though.
Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) was as wonderful as ever in this film. I felt a bit of sadness when I watched him on screen. He was so special. 
Rachel McAdams’s German accent was spot on. If I didn’t know her nationality, I would have thought of her as German. 
Do check it out. 

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

I really enjoyed this film. The ending left me a little unsatisfied. It is a very good film though.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) was as wonderful as ever in this film. I felt a bit of sadness when I watched him on screen. He was so special. 

Rachel McAdams’s German accent was spot on. If I didn’t know her nationality, I would have thought of her as German. 

Do check it out. 

The Guest (2014)

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

In four words: Bourne Identity gone mental!
This is very very entertaining and a dark humoured movie. 
If you are going to watch one movie this week or month, make it this film!
P.S. Dan Stevens did good by leaving Downton Abbey. He is really very good here and carries the movie so well. His American accent is very convincing. 

The Guest (2014)

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

In four words: Bourne Identity gone mental!

This is very very entertaining and a dark humoured movie.

If you are going to watch one movie this week or month, make it this film!

P.S. Dan Stevens did good by leaving Downton Abbey. He is really very good here and carries the movie so well. His American accent is very convincing. 

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.

A beautiful and a feel good film. I highly recommend you watch it. I came out of the cinema smiling and happy :-)
Oh and do not watch this film on an empty stomach.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.

A beautiful and a feel good film. I highly recommend you watch it. I came out of the cinema smiling and happy :-)

Oh and do not watch this film on an empty stomach.

Frank (2014)

Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

This is a very weird (in a good way) and quirky film. It is also quite funny and made me laugh out loud a few times. 
It is a totally crazy film.
I really enjoyed it.

Frank (2014)

Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

This is a very weird (in a good way) and quirky film. It is also quite funny and made me laugh out loud a few times. 

It is a totally crazy film.

I really enjoyed it.

Ceremony (2010)

Two friends are off on a weekend outing. Marshall thinks the trip is to re-establish their friendship, but Sam has ulterior motives in mind as he crashes the wedding of a woman he still loves.

Could have been interesting, but it was too slow and Michael Angarano’s character and bad acting by Uma Thurman spoiled it for me. 
Not sure why Lee Pace had to do that British accent, but he was the best part of the film. He is gorgeous and so versatile.

Ceremony (2010)

Two friends are off on a weekend outing. Marshall thinks the trip is to re-establish their friendship, but Sam has ulterior motives in mind as he crashes the wedding of a woman he still loves.

Could have been interesting, but it was too slow and Michael Angarano’s character and bad acting by Uma Thurman spoiled it for me. 

Not sure why Lee Pace had to do that British accent, but he was the best part of the film. He is gorgeous and so versatile.

Tracks (2014)


A young woman goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.

It is directed by John Curran and he directed ‘The Painted Veil’, which I love so I really wanted to watch this film.
Now this film has an interesting story but it is painfully slow and to be honest with you, I lost interest half way through. I don’t even know why she did that long journey through the desert? Maybe they explained it, but I stopped paying attention after a while. 
Maybe enjoyable for people who are obsessed with camels. Otherwise it is very boring and I felt like as if I was on that 1,700 mile journey with her and not in a good way.

Tracks (2014)

A young woman goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.

It is directed by John Curran and he directed ‘The Painted Veil’, which I love so I really wanted to watch this film.

Now this film has an interesting story but it is painfully slow and to be honest with you, I lost interest half way through. I don’t even know why she did that long journey through the desert? Maybe they explained it, but I stopped paying attention after a while. 

Maybe enjoyable for people who are obsessed with camels. Otherwise it is very boring and I felt like as if I was on that 1,700 mile journey with her and not in a good way.

Sex Tape (2014)

A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.

It is such a bad film that I can’t even be bothered with this review. Avoid it. It isn’t even funny. 
Question: how do these shitty movies get funding?

Sex Tape (2014)

A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.

It is such a bad film that I can’t even be bothered with this review. Avoid it. It isn’t even funny. 

Question: how do these shitty movies get funding?

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

Predictable and yet still enjoyable. Another feel good film and worth checking out.
P.S. Jon Hamm is incredibly dashing!

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

Predictable and yet still enjoyable. Another feel good film and worth checking out.

P.S. Jon Hamm is incredibly dashing!

Begin Again (2014)

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

This is a really sweet and feel good film and I highly recommend watching it. Usually Kiera Knightley can be a little irritating, but in this film she is quite tolerable (but only JUST). 
I was having a rough day today, but this film totally lifted my mood.

Begin Again (2014)

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

This is a really sweet and feel good film and I highly recommend watching it. Usually Kiera Knightley can be a little irritating, but in this film she is quite tolerable (but only JUST).

I was having a rough day today, but this film totally lifted my mood.

Get On Up (2014)

A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

I absolutely LOVED this film. Why don’t they make good music like this anymore? 
I love funk and soul and James Brown was the man.
It was entertaining to see most of the cast of ‘The Help’ in the movie :)
I also think that Chadwick Boseman is absolutely dashing. He has such a beautiful smile and quite a screen presence. He also really impressed me ‘42’. 
Last week I read an article, can’t remember where, about finding the “next Denzel Washington”. Well Hollywood, your next Denzel Washington is right here in Chadwick Boseman. He is very talented and I hope he gets an Oscar nomination/win for this.
Do check it out!

Get On Up (2014)

A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

I absolutely LOVED this film. Why don’t they make good music like this anymore? 

I love funk and soul and James Brown was the man.

It was entertaining to see most of the cast of ‘The Help’ in the movie :)

I also think that Chadwick Boseman is absolutely dashing. He has such a beautiful smile and quite a screen presence. He also really impressed me ‘42’. 

Last week I read an article, can’t remember where, about finding the “next Denzel Washington”. Well Hollywood, your next Denzel Washington is right here in Chadwick Boseman. He is very talented and I hope he gets an Oscar nomination/win for this.

Do check it out!

Zulu (2013)

The policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate a massacre which apparently took place because a new illegal substance became recently available. The film is based on Project Coast, the program for biological and chemical weapons of the South African apartheid regime.

This was surprisingly interesting. It wasn’t the best film yet but it is an Indy so I think they did good with their limited budget. 
I thought Orlando Bloom was just spectacular and there is this chase scene in a Namibian desert which must have looked amazing on the big screen. 
An enjoyable film.

Zulu (2013)

The policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate a massacre which apparently took place because a new illegal substance became recently available. The film is based on Project Coast, the program for biological and chemical weapons of the South African apartheid regime.

This was surprisingly interesting. It wasn’t the best film yet but it is an Indy so I think they did good with their limited budget. 

I thought Orlando Bloom was just spectacular and there is this chase scene in a Namibian desert which must have looked amazing on the big screen. 

An enjoyable film.

The Rover (2014)

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

One of the most pointless movies ever. Sure the acting and the setting is good but the story is an absolute pile of rubbish.
This movie is pretty pretentious in my opinion. 

The Rover (2014)

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

One of the most pointless movies ever. Sure the acting and the setting is good but the story is an absolute pile of rubbish.

This movie is pretty pretentious in my opinion.