Bulls eye, Hit, or Miss: New Releases for the Week of September 21st

Pitch Perfect 2: Bulls Eye

  • Check out of video review of this one!

The Overnight: Miss

  • Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) have just moved in to Los Angeles. Wanting to make friends as soon as possible, Alex and Emily meet an eccentric couple Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and Charlotte (Judith Godréche) who invite them over for an all night party.
  • Let me be the first to warn you, there is a lot of penis in this movie, a surprising amount. We were somewhat appreciative of this though because that is rarely shown in films so you go Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman.
  • This is a very short film running at only approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Adam Scott plays a character we are so used to seeing. In this movie however he is the perfect guy for the role a completely neurotic, under confident guy trying to make friends.
  • Although Taylor Schilling and Judith Godréche are the secondary characters, the male leads really steal the movie for us.
  • Why Miss? Sometimes over the top and way too short.

Love and Mercy: Hit

  • Love and Mercy shows the story of Brian Wilson, lead singer of the Beach Boys. The movie follows his journey through mental illness in the 1960’s into the 1980’s in which he is under constant supervision of a less than qualified shrink.
  • Having been someone who did not grow up with the Beach Boys nor know their story, this movie did a good job of telling the story. The only issue we had with it was, since it was the story of Brian Wilson, we would have appreciated a little more history into his life rather than simply divulging into mid career Brian Wilson.
  • The film focuses on a present day story of Brian Wilson’s life and his past story. In the present day story Brian Wilson is played by John Cusack who does a really great job of depicting Wilson at some of his worse moments. Young Brian Wilson is played by Paul Dano and we see him go from a fun, energetic, musical genius to a sad, psychologically stunned Wilson.
  • The development and downfall of Wilson’s life is very well done in the film. Although it takes a little bit to get into it (you are simply pushed into his story while he is already celebrating fame from the Beach Boys) once the movie catches your attention you are drawn into it.
  • Why Hit? We would have appreciated a little more history (sorry we are so young) but the performances and story are absolutely fantastic.

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