Movie – Her: A-

herA-
While the story flowed along the normal lines of a relationship drama, the film was really more of a philosophical treatise. Using such an archetypal approach was probably part of the point, actually, and the obvious parallels to contemporary relationship issues fell into place easily, but it lingered at times and failed to stay consistently engaging. Everything was visually stunning and beautifully shot though. I’m also into The Singularity as of late, so this approach to the concept pleased me, as most are more anti-AI.

Movie – American Hustle: B+

american hustleB+
American Hustle had all the ingredients for a favorite; five actors I like, a director whose previous works I’ve enjoyed, and critical acclaim. Alas, all that didn’t congeal into the cinematic dish I was salivating over. It had the humor of Silver Linings Playbook, but not consistently. The characters were strong, but not as strong as in The Fighter. The performances, however, were absolutely up to expectations, especially Bale, Lawrence, and Renner. The soundtrack was also awesome and perfectly utilized.

Movie – Man of Steel: B-

man of steelB-
I’m trying to look back and think of a moment where I thought, “that was awesome!” But I can’t. And when none of the attempts at substance work, a film needs those moments. The pseudoscience was bad, but not quite “reverse time by spinning the earth backwards” bad. The CG fight scenes looked cartoony, which is where I think Superman should stay. Remarkably unremarkable.

Movie – The Master: C

masterC
With all the competent film technique and acting prowess this film flung at me, you think I’d like it more. But alas, nothing significant caught my attention. I think I wanted a harsher attack on scientology. Not that it portrayed the subject lightly. It just meandered a bit too much for my tastes.