War Dogs (2016) Film Review

David (Miles Teller) is a college dropout who is working as a masseuse and trying to find his way in the world when he comes across an old school friend, Efraim (Jonah Hill). Efraim is a success, supplying the US military with minor items for a huge profit. They start working together and things get out of hand.

A lot happens in this film, and yet I kind of felt that it didn’t really get started, and when it ended, I felt like the story had not run its course. I have been going over and over this trying to figure out why, and just cannot quite put my finger on it. All I can say is that despite being almost two hours, I felt that I wanted more.

War Dogs was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Jonah Hill).

Insurgent (2015) Film Review


Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are in hiding after thwarting the effort of Jeanine (Kate Winslet). They make their way back to the big city, and they have the option of hooking up with another group of rebels. Things get a lot confusing along the way, but there is a box. It opens up if a divergent does a strange challenge type thing. But, no matter how many divergents Jeanine hooks up, they all just keep dying. It’s a real shame. Of course, it has to be Tris who unlocks it. But it is not what they expect… oh, where to next, dystopian future?

I liked it, a lot more than the last couple of Hunger Games films. And I liked the end a lot. I’m interested in seeing more, I want to know where it is all going. I reckon that makes it a somewhat decent flick. But I’m not shouting its greatness from the rooftops, perhaps I’m just a bit over this genre?


Whiplash (2014) Film Review


Andrew (Miles Teller) is a drummer who wants to be the best. He is at an elite music conservatory, desperate to become part of the top jazz band led by Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). When he does, he finds that Fletcher is a bully, physically and emotionally abusing top performances from his students, and Andrew drives himself to his absolute end to be the best.

The trailers gave me no inspiration to see this film. And I watched it, and found for the most part, it was good, tough, but a pretty decent and strong film. And then I got to the last fifteen-minute scene, and the film was transformed to a work of genius. Just thinking about it a couple of months later moves me. There is a bit of an issue with the almost sole female character in the film, though her character performs a necessary function. It raises the question for me – if a story is essentially about two male characters, should I expect women to be well represented? Some stories are just not about gender. Ah, feminism. I love most of you, but sometimes, you break my brain.

Incidentally, every I know who has seen this film has loved it a lot. That is rare.

Whiplash was nominated for Oscars for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Damien Chazelle), Best Achievement in Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. Itwon a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons) and has been nominated for BAFTAs for Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), the David Lean Award for Direction (Damien Chazelle), Best Screenplay (Original), Best Editing and Best Sound.