We Are Your Friends (2015)

I think I missed my career calling as a DJ. Young Cole Carter (Zac Efron) is someone who loves music and making music. He has hopes and reams of one day hitting it big as a DJ. He spends his nights like any ordinary twenty-three year old that isn’t in college. He hangs out with his buddies all day and then comes home and begins to work on making some new tracks. He believes all that it will take is that one track to make it big. Opportunity arises when he meets big time disc jockey, James Reed (Wes Bentley). James sees something special in Cole and together they start making some tracks. Their friendship then starts to jeopardizes when Cole becomes interested in James girlfriend, Sophie (Emily Ratjkowski). This not only jeopardizes his friendship, but also the future that Cole may or may not have as a DJ.

This was just an all-around terrible movie. There was really nothing about this movie that I liked and I feel like it was incredibly boring, over-the-top and unbelievable from start to finish. There was just nothing that was interesting or even the slightest bit entertaining. It has been quite a while since I listened to this kind of music and I feel like even if I was still listening to it, I would hate the movie just as much. This is just another one of those inspirational movies to get people to follow their dreams and to be honest, it made me want to not go anywhere near being a DJ. I believe that this is going to be one of the worst movies of the year and you’ll understand why if you see this.

The acting in this was just simply horrendous. I was really a fan of Zac Efron in Neighbors, but in We Are Your Friends, he is just horrific. I’m not even going to just bash him for this movie. The only good actor was Wes Bentley and I have nothing bad to say about him because he kept me going throughout the entire film. If it wasn’t for him, this movie wouldn’t even be theatre worthy in my opinion. I understand that we are slowly getting back into the groove of good movies, but this was just a complete travesty. No if’s, ands, or buts! Nobody in this movie even had me interested in the least bit. There were no exciting or fun characters at all. All these characters do are leave you in pure boredom.

My main issue with We Are Your Friends is that it has no idea where it wants to go and also what kind of movie it wants to be. This movie just goes all over the place and you have no idea if it is a drama or just a movie about partying and drugs. They say this a movie that is trying to inspirer people to follow their dreams, but it falls short of that. It was very hard to get that message when the movie was so bad. This movie took somewhat of a solid idea and turned it into something that makes you want to rip your eyes out. This is one that I absolutely, positively do not recommend you go see, but if you do, know you have been warned!

Overall, We are Your Friends is nothing, but a travesty. Even though Wes Bentley was good in this, it could not save it from being a complete and total disaster. This is one that is a must skip!

Grade= D- (Terrible!)



Welcome To Me (2015)

Here’s a new movie that was just recently released that I got a chance to see. I can’t wait until I hit the lottery. Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), has borderline personality disorder. Alice hits the lottery and decides that she wants to spend it on what she always wanted in life: her own talk show on television. In this talk show, Alice will have no one else on the show besides herself and she will just talk about her life and her feelings. A lot of people think she is crazy for wanting to do this. Alice will pay whatever price the network wants for her to have 100 episodes. The whole entire show is completely ridiculous and everyone a the network understand that except for Rich (James Marsden). The network is failing and they need a lot of money and since Alice can pay for it, Rich will take whatever he can get. Problems start to arise when the show starts getting insane and she starts to forget about the people who mattered to her the most.

Welcome To Me is a nice, little indie film that actually surprised me and was a pretty decent film. This was a really brave move for Kristen Wiig. Taking on the role of someone who is mentally ill is really a tough task and she really pulled this one-off. Wiig turned the role of Alice into a funny, dark and often frightening character. That just shows the good acting from Wiig. That’s the whole thing about this movie. The acting is so good and the rest is kind of just whatever. The movie itself is just okay and I think it could have done a few things differently to make this a lot better than it was. I was really excited to see this movie and I left more disappointed than satisfied.

The acting we see in Welcome To Me is fine. I really like how there is some big time actors in this movie. We see some small appearances from Tim Robbin, who is one of my favorite actors of all time and we also see people like, Joan Cusack and Wes Bentley. To be truly honest, the acting is what really saved this movie because the premise is very goofy and extremely ridiculous. The movie itself was not all that great and the acting is definitely not to blame for it. Everyone we see in this movie are their usual selves, meaning that they were fine and delivered nice performances. So we can definitely say the acting wasn’t the problem with this movie because I think most importantly, Wiig gave an outstanding performance and nailed this role.

The reason this movie was not all that great is because it just could not put the missing puzzle pieces together. What I mean by that is the fact that nothing really came together by the end with what are some great actors. Welcome To Me left me very disappointed throughout most of the film. I think that it started off really well and then just kind of got completely messy and boring in the second half of the movie. If you are a person who likes to just sit down and watch a nice, little movie then this is one for you. Other than that, this is no more than an okay movie with some really good acting to try to hold it together. I do think this is one that you should check out, not only because of all its hype, but it can be somewhat enjoyable to watch at times.

Overall, Welcome To Me may not have all the pieces of the puzzle together and the only reason it was as good as it was is strictly because of the actors. Nothing more than an okay movie!

Grade= C (Okay)

Interstellar (2014)

Alright, this took a lot of time to think about. This movie is a lot to digest. After seeing Inception, you know that Christopher Nolan is the only one who could ever direct a film like this. The way the film starts off is that you learn planet Earth is not what it once was. Everything has changed in a way. Every few hours there are wind storms with dirt everywhere and it becomes a normal everyday occurrence for the people on earth. Earth is slowly deteriorating. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) was a former Astronaut who is now a farmer. Cooper and his daughter Murph are driving one night and find a place that was supposed to be hidden from the rest of the world. When they find this place, Cooper is asked to be sent out on a very tough task, to find whether there is another place that humans can live on. Now time is very different in space. What may seem like a few short years to Cooper and his crew, may be twenty years on earth.

Well, Christopher Nolan throws us another movie that is just insane. Christopher Nolan is well known for his intellectual storytelling of movies. Look at everything he has directed thus far. Interstellar is a movie that has a lot of great things about it. Having said that, there are a lot of problems with Interstellar as well. It seems as if Nolan hits kind of a dead-end with the way he is going with this movie. The best thing about this movie is that it’s awesome to watch on the big screen, especially the scenes when they are in space. Anytime I hear Christopher Nolan is directing a movie I get very excited and can’t wait to go see it. This movie was just disappointing in most ways.

Nolan did what he had to do to make you admire how great everything looks while you are watching this, but he still falls short of this being a great movie. I thought the movie was very well acted. The casting was great and McConaughey showed his true acting self in this. He makes you feel as if you are someone on earth rooting for him to succeed and find us a new place that we can all live.

Even after all the problems that Interstellar has, it is still somewhat of an awesome movie. I am just saying it makes me upset to see that this is a movie directed by one of my favorite directors out there and this was the turn out. This is definitely a movie you have to watch on a big screen. if you have a small screen, forget about it! You will absolutely not enjoy this movie if you watch it on a little screen.

Overall, Interstellar does have one too many problems, but in the end it still does make you say, “WOW.” As does every Christopher Nolan movie.

Grade= C (Okay)