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May 18, 2015


Headhunters

This movie was pretty dang awesome. It was a random Netflix pick, and I almost turned it off because it was in Norwegian (and getting late), but I decided to just go with it, and, man, was it worth it. It’s a pretty unique film, as far as heist-type movies go. There are lots of twist and turns, but not in a “I would’ve never seen that coming” way. The film is just good at moving along and going all over the place. And it works! I saw somewhere that they’re planning on doing a U.S. version of it in the future, so look for it to be ruined in English at a theater near you! Oh, and Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones is in it! If you can get past having to read the subtitles, this one is definitely worth checking out.
A


They Came Together

Oh man, I loved this movie. So dang funny. If you like anything David Wain does (WHAS, Childrens Hospital), you’ll like it. If you don’t know who that is, you might not. The cast is fantastic, although Sheena pointed out that maybe Amy Poehler wasn’t the best choice for the female lead, and I definitely agree (as much as we love Amy). Warning: It’s dumb. Like, really dumb. In the best way ever.
A


Mad Max: Fury Road

Badass.
Seriously.
It’s non-stop awesome, with a, surprisingly, solid plot.
If it looks at all intriguing to you, see it in the theater.
You won’t be disappointed.
A+


Ex_Machina

This wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, although I’m not sure what I thought it would be, but… I really liked it. It’s a very slow, subtle film, that’s quite thought-provoking. If you like smart sci-fi, and can live without much action, this is definitely worth checking out.
A


Focus

This is a decent little con movie. It’s honestly nothing all the special or new, but it wasn’t boring. There were quite a few loopholes in the plot, but it was still kinda fun to try and figure out what was real, and what was a con. Do with that what you will.
C


The Imitation Game

The fact that I watched this movie right after watching Ex Machina is really messing with my head. The movies are connected in so many ways. This movie is a biopic about Alan Turing, who is considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Although this movie focuses on his work building a machine to crack Nazi codes in WWII, there are hints here and there about his curiosity and theories on computers actually being able to think and reason. While watching, I kept thinking back to Ex Machina, and was even thinking about how The Imitation Game almost felt like a prequel. It didn’t hit me until the credits started rolling that the test they were using in Ex Machina to decide if actual intelligence was realized was called the Turing Test. The Imitation Game is about Alan Turing! They were using the test he created! What is going on here?!?! Am I taking crazy pills?!?! Seriously… what a coincidence that’d I’d watch these two movies in the same weekend. It instantly makes me like both of them more.
Onward… this movie is interesting, well acted, and well done. It’s a crazy story, and one that needed to be told. It’s not full of action or adventure or anything, but it’s definitely worth seeing.
A

c.

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