Movie to Watch-Looper

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In my opinion, Looper is one of the most forgotten and under-rated movies. Whenever we talk about the best modern sci-fi, we talk about Inception, Source Code, Ex Machina, The Matrix, Twelve Monkeys, but never Looper. Even when we talk about the best movies of its leads, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, we talk about 500 Days of Summer or 50-50, The Die Hard Series and The Devil Wears Prada respectively. But Looper is almost always certainly overlooked and forgotten in such discussions.
It’s a shame really truly. Looper is a well-crafted, genius, inventive and bold and innovative movie that is refreshing and unflinchingly shows that a science fiction movie can have a story, a well-crafted and well-acted drama story with a ground work of science fiction. And that a science fiction movie doesn’t have too incorporate a science fiction plot or delve into the mechanics of the movie’s science(In this case, Time Travel) in order to be a good science fiction movie. Most people, after watching this movie, whine how the time travel mechanics are never cleared up or were too vague. Those people, I believe truly missed the essence of the movie. Because writer, director Rian Johnson himself has stated that Time Travel is only a part of the overall narrative and the movie is not a study of time travel. And all the characters in the movie, when faced with the question about time travel, very carefully deflect it, with the most memorable one being, “We would be sitting here all day making diagrams with straws.” But there are some details given, some background given as to how time travel functions a bit, leaving us with only an outline and allowing us to work on the nitty gritty details. And that’s just how it should be. It satisfies you, but leaves you curious as well.

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Josepg Gordonn Levitt or Young Bruce Willis (Time Travel Joke) XD

Looper has some of the best writing, acting and direction combination of any movie I’ve seen. One of the best, up there with The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Half Nelson, Sideways, Good Will Hunting and so many more. Its script is tight. It has no branching side plots or complicated characters. Looper is a mix of sci-fi, drama, neo-noir and thriller. It’s a fast movie, it has to be, but it gives time to its characters. Carefully showing their motivations, their lives, how they think, what they think and so on so forth. The characters feel natural and organic and sympathetic and the moments in the movie hit you hard. The script alone would be powerful enough to hit you, but the sheer class of writing and acting make it more impactful.
Rian Johnson is undoubtedly the star of the movie. He wrote and directed it. Which meant, he made up the world he has set Looper in, he made it come to life, he cooked up the story, he told the actors how to act out their characters, he told where to film the scenes. All in all, Rian Johnson is like a one man army. It gives me so much confidence that Johnson is helming Star Wars Episode 8. Disney might not be able to go much better than this guy. His scenes are beautiful. His words are engrossing. His characters are motivated. And most of all, there is boldness in his writing and direction, which shows in the choices his characters make.

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Bruce Willis, meet your younger self.

Looper is set in 2044, and instead of showing an advanced, almost cybernetic world, 2044 is more like an advanced slum. There is technology, no doubt, but Kansas is a dump. There are beggars, prostitutes, garbage, thievery you name it. It is this unconventional setting that pulls you in from the start. It intrigues you, coupled with Joseph Gordon Levitt’s narrative. What kind of a world is this? Is this really the future? Seems crappy. Let’s see more. The setting is so unconventional. I’m pretty sure half the production must have had a heart attack. But then again, Johnson makes bold choices.
Acting wise, this movie is top class. The actors have intensity, clear motivations, and don’t mince with their feelings. They cry, get mad, grow angry et cetera et cetera. Joseph Gordon Levitt once again proved with this movie that he deserves a better crop of films. His acting was so confident, so subtle and nothing too pretentious.
Bruce Willis’ acting in this movie really makes you wonder. Why the hell does this man still do crappy action movies that are critically reviled when he has amazing acting chops? Bruce Willis kept his own in the movie and showed why he was the senior most actor in the movie and deserved his role. Something similar goes for Emily Blunt. Given her skills, you look at her filmography list and wonder why she hasn’t done better roles.
But the real star of the movie is Pierce Gagnon as Cid, the son of Emily Bunt’s character, Sarah. He is the new Haley Joel Osment in AI. I have the deepest and most amazing respect for Pierce Gagnon. He was seven when he starred in Looper. And the kind of acting he pulls off shows just how much talent Pierce Gagnon has. He outshined the three major actors in his moments. He is the backbone on which Looper found wide success and a powerful third act. I act as well, in theatre. But the amount of skill Pierce Gagnon brought is unimaginable, for me.


The supporting cast as well, Paul Dano, Noah Segen, Paul Daniels are fantastic as well. The praises heaped for the leads apply to them as well. Even though they have small roles, they make you remember the acting as a cohesive whole rather than discrete parts.
In today’s time, Science Fiction is a genre plagued by its own legacy. Ever since we’ve known science fiction, we’ve associated it with big action sequences, massive production values and sets, philosophy and complicated science theories. So most science fiction movies of now a days falter under the weight of the genre’s legacy. We’ve seen so many movies failing for being too trite and repetitive. So may movies that have tried to be big and bold, in sets and have failed, like 2012, Independence Day: Resurgence, Battlefield Los Angeles, the Divergent and Hunger Games and Maze Runner series to name a few. The directors try to evoke the same sense of awe we have for the science fiction movies made years ago. Sadly, they fail, because they don’t understand their own sensibilities and abilities in making those movies.
Looper, Ex Machina, Inception, Primer have brought the science fiction genre back on track. I feel they’ve given the genre some much needed new direction, away from the massive production values and sets and scopes of the old movies, like Star Wars, 2001, Blade Runner, Dark City and so on. Of all the movies that have given the genre new direction, Looper stands as one of my favourite. I won’t shy away from saying this, but Looper is, for me a better movie than both, Primer and Inception.
Looper is the kind of movie that really makes you feel. It hits you right in the gut. It’s dark, it’s gritty, but it leaves an awkward smile on your face. Also, before I end this, Looper has quite possibly one of the most amazing, “OH MY GOD”, “THIS MOVIE IS THE BESTSSTSTSTSTSTST” ending ever. No really, I know friends who re-watched the last twenty minutes of this movie twice, because the ending is just that good. It’s a movie worth watching at least once. And then a couple hundred times more before you die!


Looper! Oh the memories attached with the first time I saw this film. Just came back home after my JEE-Advanced paper, my dad was packing to go abroad, I got home two Subs and had a kilo of pasta made(giving the JEE-Advanced was a big deal).  It was 2 June, 2013, that amazing day.
Looper had been on my list for a lot of time, i was just waiting to get JEE-Advanced over with to finally enjoy it. And on 3 June, 2013, it finally got off! Finally! And I marvelled at this film!
A beautiful and impactful film. I’ll be damned if there has ever been a more innovative or original sci-fi movie made in the past so many years. Like I said, this movie beats Primer and Inception, both for me. This movie is fantastic!

 

Movie To Watch-A Brilliant Young Mind

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Asa Butterfield as Nathan Ellis

A Beautiful Young Mind is a beautiful, beautiful movie. It’s a movie which I can switch on any time I want and still feel all the emotions the first time around as strong and feel for the characters just as much.
A Beautiful Young Mind was originally a documentary “Beautiful Young Minds” which portrayed the selection process of the UK for the International Maths Olympiad (IMO); most of the children selected had some form of Autism, which the documentary links to increased mathematical ability. Then, seven years after the documentary, in 2014, Morgan Matthews, the director of the documentary put his head to make this movie, A Beautiful Young Mind, also called “X+Y” in the UK.
A Beautiful Young Mind follows one of the students in the documentary, Daniel Lightwing, who is named as Nathan Ellis in the movie and played by Asa Butterfield.
While the premise of A Beautiful Young Mind comes from maths, its true message is coping. Nathan Ellis coping with his autism and the sudden loss of his father in an accident. His mother, Julie Ellis, portrayed by Sally Hawkins, who must cope with her son’s autism, single handedly and the loss of her husband. Then the two of them having to cope with each other, with their relationship solely based on each other’s exterior, never truly going through the surface and understanding each other. Leading to Nathan getting angry over at times silly things, such as his food not being perfect and blaming his mother, unable to see her coping to raise him single handedly; Sally on the other hand at times losing her handle over her son’s outbursts, but primarily being supportive to him all throughout. Even though she cares for her son, and her son does love her, there is a gap between the two, caused by the death of Nathan’s father which Sally desperately tries to overcome.
As much as the movie is about Nathan’s autistic life and his confusions and problems, socially and emotionally, and his abilities, it is as much about a parent and their struggles to care for their child and give them the best, no matter what. It’s also about Julie, who is a single mother caring for her child the best she can, and trying and trying desperately to get through to her child; never giving up, like all parents.

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Sally Hawkins as Julie Ellis

Then there is Martin Humphreys, Nathan’s Maths teacher who teaches him maths and trains him. There is his story about coping with his disability and marijuana addiction and pill addiction and his struggles at coping with his life. And there is Zhang Mei, a Chinese girl Nathan meets at camp and falls in love with. How she must cope with the expectations her family has placed on her to be good at mathematics.
As much as the movie focuses on Nathan, it delves into these characters and shows that life is tough for everybody, not just a person who is autistic or who has a disability. And we always want the best or the people we love, and when somebody loves us, it adds values to us (I didn’t create this line. It’s from the movie and its delivery is so superb and brilliant, you feel it hit you.).
There is so much this movie teaches you about life. There is poignancy in this movie, from being singular, simple but at the same time uncompromising and avoiding clichéd tropes to make the characters relatable. This is a brilliant movie *Wink*.

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Humphrey’s as the teacher!!! I did love his acting and character


This is a terrific movie. So many people going on about so many movies but rarely anybody I talk to has seen this movie; and more often than not, they always confuse this with A Beautiful Mind(I, with utmost frevor and bottom of my heart hatred hate them :D). This is a must watch movie, no matter how kiddish or simple it may seem.

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Movie to Watch-Garden State

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For starters, the state of New Jersey, USA is called as The Garden State. The meaning of Garden State baffled me for four months till I saw a billboard in Forrest Gump which said, “Welcome to New Jersey, The Garden State”.
Garden State is awesome, speaking as bluntly as is possible.

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Garden State revolves around Andrew Largeman, an actor who is drifting in life. He has no direction in life per say, primarily, my guess is due to the medications he is on which make him completely fucking numb, emotionally.
The character of Andrew Largeman, of having no general direction in life and not being able to feel his emotions is such a relatable one. To everyone in college, drifting in between classes to what they really want to do. To what is the meaning of life, or not being as happy as they thought they would be, or simply being unable to give their emotions enough time or process them. The issue of life just going on and on and you not even hating it. You nothing it.
The movie starts with Andrew Largeman going back to his hometown in New Jersey, the Garden State. Andrew lives in Los Angeles, where he is an actor who had a big role in a movie a while back but has been still since then. Coupled with the fact he is on meds, he aims through life with no aim and no strength for to launch a struggle against it. Back in his hometown, due to some impulse, a deep hidden wish, Andrew stops taking his medications. In that time, when he is off his medication, he lives. He makes new friends, drives his grandfather’s old scooter which has a basket sort of at the side (I’m forgetting the proper term). Meets old friends, and fixes his relationship with his father. But most of all, Andrew realises that his life is his, and how for his life to be amazing, he has to take charge of it.

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Despite being low budget, Garden State makes no compromises on the beauty of the scenes.

Garden State is Andrew Largeman’s journey of becoming better. It’s a story about just a man, but one which resonates with almost anyone in the 18-25 age group who will watch it. In Andrew Largeman or any of the other characters in the movie, there’s a good chance you’ll see yourself or somebody you know.
Zach Braff, ladies and gentlemen, is quite possibly the true star of Garden State. He is the lead actor, the director, and writer and also designed the soundtrack for the movie, which eventually went on to win a Grammy.
There is a stamp of authority and realism on this movie. I believe it’s because Zach Braff has himself stated he based the movie on his own experiences while drifting in life when he was in his mid-twenties.
Zach Braff has done an amazing job in all the departments. He transcends the movie to being life like. The life of a man in motion, but with awesome background music, especially The Shins. The Shins stole my heart with “New Slang” and Coldplay and Frou Frou mad me fall for them with their well-timed songs. I was jealous of Andrew Largeman for having such great background songs. I’m pretty sure other people will be too. Which speaks volumes about us. Normal sane people jealous of an emotionally numb out of work actor for having great background music. Can’t have everything, disappointingly.
New Slang was one of the stars of this movie. Every person I’ve recommended this movie to has most often fallen in love with sex things: Andrew Largeman, Natalie Portman’s acting, the screaming scene (Yes, there is one. And it is one of the best I’ve seen), the dialogues and vocal interplay, Zach Braff and the soundtrack, especially New Slang by The Shins. I still listen to New Slang at times, in the summer morning when the sun is not too harsh and the air is still not full of heat. New Slang is an amazing song. It will change your life.

 

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~The Screaming Scene

Zach Braff’s acting as Andrew Largeman is top notch. He shows a straight face at the start of the movie in every situation. As the movie progresses, he starts showing more and more emotion. And finally, the end of the movie is his return to the land of the emotionally sane, if that’s a thing. Zach Braff’s technique was impeccable. It didn’t feel too abrupt or stagnant. It was just right. Smooth.
Then there are Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm, the three most important side characters in my opinion.
Natalie Portman plays Samantha “Sam”, the eventual love of Andrew Largeman. Andrew meets Sam at a clinic and Sam, being a pathological liar herself, hits it off with Andrew. Sam and Andrew have their moments, showing us how broken they are, and how it doesn’t matter even a little bit.

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Getting the gang together!

Peter Sarsgaard, of Jarhead fame, plays Mark. An old childhood friend of Andrew. He works as a grave digger, where he often steals the jewellery decorating the dead. On first impressions, Mark comes off as a wheezy, get high, do all drugs. Get wasted, fuck life, and fuck emotions kind of a guy. But there is depth in him there. Mark’s character was riveting as well, with all his oddities. Peter Sarsgaard played Mark perfectly.
Ian Holm plays Andrew Largeman’s father, Gideon Largeman; also, his doctor. Gideon has always prescribed the medicine for his son Andrew, and like every parent, wanted the best for his son and himself. This has driven him to the point of obsessing over making his family happy. To go back to a time nobody even remembers.

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Ian Holm as Gideon.

The characters are the genius of the script. There is Andrew Largeman and these three, but there are also some very very side characters who give us light into some part of Andrew Largeman’s life or some wisdom.
In every movie, the lead characters has good depth and fleshing, it’s a must. But a great movie has great side characters as well, with their own side stories and fleshing out. Their own pains, travails, hurts and what not.
I’m just getting warmed up here. There is still so much more to tell all of you. So many more beautiful scenes, so many more laughs and ideologies. Garden State is truly one of the most under-rated and fantastic movies I have ever seen in my life. I could go on and on and on and on about how I’ve seen it three more times since the first time about two and a half years ago and how I’ve rewatched it in bits and pieces, here and there about over a hundred times. Or how I recommend this movie to everybody or how it has place in my Top 10 movies list (which is under construction, as always). Like Star Wars or Good Will Hunting or Up in The Air or Piku or Dil Dhadakne DO or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, I could talk about this movie till the wee hours of the morning, till the sunlight is not as harsh. Then I would play New Slang.


Garden State! The one and only! Garden State is one of the most under-appreciated movies of all time. Most people I talk to have never seen this movie. Hell, most don’t even know it exists.

Garden State is a must watch, especially or the 18-25, like I’ve written in the article itself. Garden State is a gem of a movie which works on so many goddamn levels. It’s easy to brush aside a movie like Garden State thinking it won’t be amazing, but it’s movies like these which make get you. Like Half Nelson. Another amazing movie, starring Ryan Gosling in one of the finest movies he has ever acted in. These movies deserve to be seen so many times, because they are just that good!

Movie to Watch-Up in the Air

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Up in the Air is one of those rare movies, that when people ask how, “Dude, how do you make a movie?” you tell them to watch this movie. From start to finish, every aspect about this movie is perfect. There is not a single flaw in this movie.
The script of this movie is superb. Up in the Air was originally a book. Hence it has various aspects in its characters that can only be found in books. Such as the various philosophical and psychological themes of the movie, which are pretty easily read. Such as a person doing a particular thing, in this case the lead character, which is contrary to what he believes in at times. These may not come easy, but they are there. Also, the characters are wonderfully full of these little little contradictions and fine details not usually present in a screenplay. Also, the story of the book lends smoothness to the movie. The movie flies along in clear open skies, facing no turbulence.
Though that is not to say the script writers did little work. The dialogue of this movie is amazing. Usually in other movies, there isn’t a lot of dialogue. In Up in the Air, there aren’t any consecutive five minutes without dialogue. The characters are always speaking, enjoying what they are talking about and whom they are talking with. The movie covers so much ground with the dialogue, such as priorities changing as you grow, living alone, family and so on so forth. Since most of the movie revolves around Kendrick, Clooney and Farmiga’s characters, there is a clash in perspectives between Kendrick’s young girl and Clooney and Farmiga’s more experienced characters. The dialogue is witty, intelligent, funny, and most of all, memorable and quotable.
Up in the Air has a plethora of scenes. The movie is full of these scenes in different places with different situations. In a way, these scenes are small. They aren’t big scenes like a plane going crazy or a huge fight scene or huge confrontation. This movie stays very close to real life. There are little, momentously sweet scenes. Kind of like moments we all have in our lives. These moments are the ones that make us smile, on film as well as real life. They give us that huge smile that covers our entire face and we are left smiling there like an idiot. These scenes make you feel happy and optimistic and makes the characters feel organic, allowing them to have their moments and live like us and show us that they are like us. It Brings in that relatability factor for us so whatever these characters do and say, doesn’t seem superfluous or pretentious.

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All this works because Up in the Air is a snappy movie. Snap, and the scene changes. The movie has this beautiful progression of scenes. It keeps the movie pacy and doesn’t dwell too long on one particular thing. It moves from one place to another with ease. Yet at the same time, the movie has a lot of patience with the characters. It allows for the characters to take their time and let the audience enjoy the characters. It just works. The balance between the pacy scenes as well as characters is perfect. This is important, because the scenes are driven by the characters and their dialogues. Too much edging to one side and the poise this movie has would’ve been ruined.
I especially loved Anna Kendrick’s Natalie Keener. Natalie was the star character. She was often pushed into these situations, either of her own accord or forced to and the way she reacted to them was beautifully captured. By the end of the movie, the Natalie Keener you see is very different from the Natalie Keener at the start of the movie. And that goes for all the characters (actually only Kendrick and Clooney’s). The movie matures these characters by putting them in situations they haven’t experienced before, either by choice or lack of opportunity.
And the actors pull it off with such great elegance and poise. The three leads, George Clooney, Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga are the stars of this movie, alongside the direction. Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a man who professionally fires people. Because of this, the movie at times feels very morose and outright depressing in its portrayal of the people being fired and the places where they are being fired. Clooney has this cool, almost total mechanical precision with which he plays his characters. He doesn’t miss a beat. He doesn’t mince his expressions. He lives each moment as if it were his. George Clooney is Ryan Bingham. No surprise he was nominated for an Oscar.
Anna Kendrick keeps up easily with all the emotional and psychological fluctuations her characters has. Kendrick’s 23 year old Natalie Keener was pretty much forced through hell, she faced people in limbo and came out alive. None of that would have ever made it out had Kendrick not had such a good read on her character.
Vera Farmiga my god! Her character, Alex Goran blew me away in every scene she was in. The energy, dynamism and also the wisdom she brings into every scene is amazing.
And it hasn’t only been these three. Even though most of the movie has revolved around these three, there have been short cameos done perfectly by various other actors, such as Jason Bateman as Ryan’s boss, J.K Simmons and Zach Galifianakis as employees who are being fired, Amy Morton and Melanie Lynskey as Binghman’s elder and younger sister respectively. In their short and brief cameos, these characters have amazing quotes and have been portrayed amazingly. Otherwise this movie would bust a bit.
Now, coming to the one aspect of a movie everyone wants to know. What is the movie about? The movie has a simple premise. It’s about a man doing his job and living his life. That’s it. That’s all. The whole movie revolves around Clooney’s Ryan Bingham and his job and his love for flying. The movie shows why he loves certain things and why he doesn’t love certain things. The movie talks about how his life changes and how, in a rudimentary yet at the same time, destroying sense as well, he sees the err in his own views after he meets these two amazing women, in the form of Natalie Keener and Alex.
When you pay close attention to this movie’s dialogues and characters, it feel s revelatory. It gives various simple little truths about life in those dialogues in such a way it is refreshing and impactful. Even though the movie has a really dark tone, with Bingham firing people, the end leaves you with a sense of optimism. And the movie also toys with the idea of firing all throughout the movie, making it a very important theme. And if you read past the surface of the movie, you’ll see so many things in the movie related to firing and it’s after effects. The whole movie does that. I don’t know why, but the movie leaves you thoroughly satisfied when you watch the end credits.

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UP IN THE AIRRRRR!!!!!! This is the movie!!! Everytime I watch this movie, I don’t know, I feel happy and satisfied and elated.

I still remember the first time i finished this movie. It was a warm Indian March night. Cool enough to wear a light jacket, but not so warm you switch on the fans. I finished watching this movie right after Garden State and I loved it. It taught me so much about the art of making a film, acting, writing, but most of all, a great tale of the human life and the human condition and the afflictions of the human heart that will, one time or the other, ail us all.

It is a fantastic movie. It is a special and masterpiece-y movie by my standards! Happy Watching Movies and Reading!

Movie to Watch-This is Where I Leave You

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This is Where I Leave You has to be one of the most polarized movies I have ever seen. Let me explain. Every critical review I read, or every person who has reviewed “This is Where I Leave You” has said that it’s a bad movie. Something that was left floundering in mediocrity despite the fact it had Oscar level actors (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver (Hello Kylo Ren) (And did I just do a parenthesis within a parenthesis? (Has an epic Deadpool moment.)), Timothy Olyphant, Corey Stroll, Jane Fonda and the likes). The people who saw it without reviewing it loved it. They loved Jason Bateman’s acting and his character’s entire arc. They loved Tina Fey’s character and her struggles. They loved the quotes in this movie.
Now given how I’m writing a “Movie to Watch” segment for “This is Where I Leave You”, I belong to the latter category. I give it 3 stars on 4. To me, this movie is just about as great comedy movies can get with great character driven humor, beautiful quotes, characters giving the audience some amazing life lessons by coming to terms with the truths about themselves.
The movie is set around the Altman family, that is Judd (Jason Bateman), the youngest brother and eternal baby Philip (Hello Kylo Ren), the eldest brother who holds ship, Paul (Corey Stroll. Hey, that’s Yellow Jacket. With Jason Bateman being almost evil in The Gift, we can make like a Suicide Squad right here), Wendy (Tine Fey) and their mother, Hilary (Jane Fonda). Then there are a few other people as well with them, such as Linda(Debra Monk), their neighbour, Lorrie( Timothy Olyphant), Linda’s son who has a brain injury, Penny(Rose Bryne), who used to have a huge crush on Judd back in the day, Annie(Kathryn Hahn), Paul’s wife and they have been trying to conceive for a long time now, Quinn(Abigail Spencer), Judd’s wife who was cheating on him for over a year. These seem to be the most important, for the remaining cast list, hail IMDB or Wikipedia!
The Altman family is united at the start of the movie for their father’s funeral. His last request was that his family sit Shiva. Shiva is a weeklong mourning period in Judaism for first degree relatives, such as father, mother, son, daughter, spouse, brother or sister.

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Welcome to the Shiva!

All the Altman kids have their own issues when they reach. I won’t be discussing their issues, that’s for you to enjoy. All the Altman kids haven’t been together for a long time, which they themselves admit that it was going to be a long week.
The center of this movie is Judd. Judd is there in almost all the scenes of the movie. So, most of the advice, the life lessons you’ll be getting through Judd. But that doesn’t mean he’s in every scene. There are various scenes that exclude him, and I think that’s the key. That’s why this movie feels so great.
Since primary focus is on Judd, and his perception of the world and his interaction with the characters. But there are also scenes in the movie where the characters interact with each other, without Judd. The characters here are the Altman family only. This helps in keeping the movie focused while at the same time branching out to bringing depth and a real life feel to all the other characters.
Most of all, the characters act as though actual humans would. Their reactions can at times feel exaggerated, but they don’t feel mechanized or depersonalised. I wouldn’t expect anything less though, given how the screenplay is adapted from a book.
Acting wise as well, the actors brought in a lot of depth to the characters. They feel authentic and very natural. They’re not Oscar level no, but very subtle and very clear with their character’s lives and the direction their characters were dictated in the script. The acting, and even the script never felt inconsistent.

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Who said this movie isn’t funny? Just look at Rose Bryne!

Though in this movie it’s the comic timing and the life lessons that make you stay. Most of the characters you see in the movie have some flaw, some hamartia and we see how they’re not perfect. And the root cause of most of their problems is being unable to express their emotions, especially Judd. Or being confused about the kind of lives they’re leading, or trying their hardest to grow out of their reputation. I think one of the lines in this movie, those who do not want to know about it in advance, please skip to the next paragraph, really takes the point home. “You show me one happy adult. Everybody is sad, or angry, or lying, or cheating.”
It’s moments like these that take your heart away. Because while this movie has its substantial dose of humor, it also has all these little little moments that hit you in the gut. Because you relate so much to them. You go in for the comedy, you love it instead for the quotes. They just feel real. Wisdom-ous practically. I don’t know why, but they do. They make the characters feel human rather than caricatures who just joke around all the time. That’s what differentiates this movie from so many other run of the mill comedy movies. This movie has heart.
I love this movie and all the parts in it. Though at the same time I also understand the criticism thrown towards it. And I defend this movie because a lot of the criticism thrown at the movie makes no sense, such as one memorable one-“It has very pedestrian like results with such great actors”. I’m sorry. But how can only the actors be the sole responsible for a movie? Will the actors make the movie very amazing? Yes, the performance becomes memorable and the movie is elevated, but the performance alone can’t save the movie. Had The Dark Knight been a bad movie, we wouldn’t label it a masterpiece just because Heath Ledger was astoundingly amazing in it. No. And this movie just does very well what it sets out to do and the reason people find the script so, off at times is because we have a certain idea in our mind about how a certain movie should be. How the characters should react, how certain things could pan out better. We view them as how they can be made better, rather than appreciate how they are. This movie is absolutely wonderful if given a chance. And with this, I end this “Movie to Watch” segment. This, is Where I Leave You.

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A new blog post and a new Movie to Watch! This is Where I Leave You is a personal favourite I see time and again. It’s a movie worth watching and experiencing once. You may not like it, or you may love it, but either way, you’ll watch another movie you’ll easily be able to talk about! (And also judge my movie watching tastes!)