My Life in Cinema

Timothy Patrick Boyer goes to the movies.

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Anonymous asked: Guillermo del Toro?

I love Guillermo!! I’m doing all of his… I just can’t keep this man down to 3…

1. Pan’s Labyrinth

2. Hellboy

3. Pacific Rim

4. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

5. Cronos

6. Mimic

7. The Devil’s Backbone

8. Blade II

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rackjiddle asked: Ben Wheatley or Brian De Palma!

Ben Wheatley:

1. Kill List

That’s the only film of his I’ve seen, sadly. I really liked it, and I’m interested in him as a filmmaker, but I just haven’t gotten around to checking out his other works. However, A Field in England is very high atop my “I need to get my hands on this film” list.

Brian De Palma:

1. Carlito’s Way

2. Dressed to Kill

3. Blow Out/Body Double (I know that makes it four… but it’s really a tie right now… I just can’t choose one over the other without going insane.)

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My Week in Reviews: April 18, 2014

The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)

Visually stunning. Very well acted, too… however I feel I need to see it again before really judging it as a whole. I loved parts, others didn’t quite connect. As it stands, it’s a… - 6/10

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller, 2013)

I went in kinda hating it. The trailers left me chilly, the fact that Ben Stiller was starring and directing left me cold, and the inclusion of Sean Penn left me frozen. But still, I gave it a go. By the time the credits began to roll, I kinda loved it. Some cliche/predictable moments aside, this film tells an effective, inspiring, and (most importantly) wholly entertaining story with a great visual flair and a great balance between fantasy and real-life. Ben Stiller kinda killed it… you go Ben Stiller, you go! This is the best thing he’s been involved in since Reality Bites. (I forgot Tropic Thunder while typing that sentence, but I’m leaving it as is anyway.) This is going to go on to be one of my favorite films of 2013. - 9/10

Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet, 2014)

Slow. Very slow. And good. Very good. My biggest complaint is the inclusion of so many completely unnecessary characters and scenes. Better editing (to trim the fat and improve the pacing) could’ve turned this into this decade’s Carlito’s Way. Instead, it’s this year’s We Own the Night (only not nearly as good). - 5.5/10

Ride Along (Tim Story, 2014)

A few genuinely hilarious moments aside, this was a complete pile of shit. Tired formula and the overuse of short jokes (we get it, Kevin Hart, you’re short… hahahaha) made this even worse than the last awful buddy cop comedy… and that was Cop Out. (Ouch…) - 2.5/10

Delivery Man (Ken Scott, 2013)

I tend to enjoy Vince Vaughn movies. Yes, even the terrible ones. This time it was almost too terrible, though. A. 533 is just too high a number… B. I just didn’t care about any of his “kids”… (none of them… not one.) and C. It came to a point where I only continued watching because of Chris Pratt. (Seriously, how awesome is he? Right?) - 3.5/10

Enjoy!

-Timothy Patrick Boyer.

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My Week in Reviews: April 11, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony & Joe Russo, 2014)

This trip into the Marvel universe feels almost nothing like a superhero movie. (That’s a compliment.)

The action here is violent and fast and raw. The story is espionage meets war. The world created is grounded in science and never dwells on the ‘super’ aspect of its characters/events. It’s missing everything that makes the other Marvel films glow, yet glows brighter than most of them.

It’s a great departure that suits the characters very well, and is never not exciting/interesting. - 8.5/10

Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam, 1981)

I loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Funny, creative sequence after funny, creative sequence. The Robin Hood chapter is a favorite of mine (and the funniest), but they’re all pretty damn great. I can’t believe I’ve never seen (or don’t remember seeing) this one before. - 9/10

Enjoy!

-Timothy Patrick Boyer.

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Questions, Suggestions & Requests

Sorry for being so scarce lately… it’s just that I haven’t been watching a lot of movies these days (too much TV and too many concerts to photograph). Hopefully this will be changing soon, what with the IFFBoston, the Summer Movie Season starting and the upcoming onslaught of promotional material for the 2014 Fall Movie Season. Until then, ask away… it’s always a good way to get me out of a rut, and I love conversing/hearing opinions and suggestions from my followers. This is a social network afterall, right? Let’s get social, folks! Thanks!

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