The Place Beyond the Pines is has three distinct acts, the first is excellent, the second is pretty great, and the last one misses the mark almost entirely. [Read more...]
For those of you not keeping track we are about to enter the second half of the year, full of just as many exciting things as the first half. So far some entries have disappointed, some have surprised, and some have lived up to and surpassed expectations so far, so lets keep our fingers crossed that there will be more of the latter options in the months to come. So what are you excited for? Let’s give you some options to consider with this list of what the writers of HST can’t wait for. [Read more...]
With giant food babies resting nicely in your stomach following Thanksgiving, renting some movies to help the lounging around become a little more entertaining sounds like a pretty good idea, right? Well, here are some ideas on what to get. (Batman: Year One; Crazy, Stupid, Love; and [Rec]2 for those too impatient to wait until after the break) [Read more...]
It’s very hard for me to get into anything involving politics: the news, debates, conversations, etc. Yes, I am one of those people. Just try to get me involved; I will give myself 5 minutes tops before the blank stare completely takes over my face as the droning noise of speech is washed away by thoughts of something more appealing to me, like food. Every once in a while I might throw out some thoughts on my moral standings, but it will be up to the other individual to connect it to the party in charge, the policies running the country, etc. I try, but I just wasn’t built for politics. [Read more...]
Following a young couple through the beginning and possible end of their relationship is where Blue Valentine takes us and the juxtaposition of these timelines is handled perfectly. The film is just a marvel from start to finish and as honest as a romance can be on screen. Raw and cutting no corners in showing these two’s emotions the film’s frankness will certainly surprise some. Getting into the plot of the film doesn’t help much here as there isn’t a plot per say. We follow the couple, Dean and Cindy, over a couple of days in the “present” in which their missing dog sparks a night out and a series of conversations that tries to get them to the bottom of their relationship. This is played against the origins of their relationship a few years back in which Dean and Cindy meet by chance and circumstances at the time push them forward faster than expected.
Ryan Gosling is fantastic in this quirky, silly, and a bit ridiculous coming of age story. Lars is lonely, damaged, quiet, shy, and avoids human contact pretty much whenever possible. He in a normal job, living in the garage of the family house which is occupied by his brother(Paul Schneider) and his expecting wife(Emily Mortimer). Mortimer is desperately seeking any kind of emotion out of Lars to show some companionship with his family or someone else. [Read more...]