Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
Based on: Ernest Cline’s novel
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch
Seen on: 14.4.2018

Plot:
Wade (Tye Sheridan) spends every possible second in OASIS, virtual reality world where he can be Parzival and kick ass. When one of the creators of OASIS, James Halliday (Mark Rylance) dies, it is revealed that he left OASIS to whoever is able to find three hidden elements in it that could be anywhere. Obsessed with OASIS and Halliday as Wade is, he figures, he will give it a shot. But he’s not the only one trying to get it.

Ready Player One is really, really bad. It’s insufferable, illogical and generally induces eye-rolling until you’re sore. At least there’s Lena Waithe to make things a little better.

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Based on: The Marvel Comics series
Sequel to: X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas HoultOscar IsaacRose ByrneEvan PetersSophie TurnerTye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor, Olivia MunnZeljko Ivanek, Hugh Jackman, Stan Lee
Seen on: 25.5.2016

Plot:
Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is busy with running his school for mutants and finding misunderstood and mistreated mutants around the world with the help of Raven (Jennifer Lawrence). In the meantime, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) has decided to disappear into a quiet and very normal life. But when an immortal, very dangerous and most powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), finds himself returned to consciousness after millennia of sleep, it becomes clear that they can only oppose him together.

So far, I really enjoyed this generation of X-Men movies and X-Men Apocalypse was a another thoroughly satisfying entry into the series. Especially after my rather lukewarm reaction to Captain America: Civil War, it was nice to get a superhero movie that manages to keep the quality of its predecessors, even if it doesn’t really add anything new to the story.

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Joe (2013)

Joe
Director: David Gordon Green
Writer: Gary Hawkins
Based on: Larry Brown‘s novel
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye SheridanGary Poulter, Sue Rock, Heather Kafka, Ronnie Gene Blevins
Part of: Viennale

Plot:
Joe (Nicolas Cage) is an ex-con who managed to build up a successful, if illegal woodchucking business. He generally plays a rather big role in his community. When Joe is approached by 15 year old Gary (Tye Sheridan) who admires him and asks for a job for his and his alcoholic, violent father (Gary Poulter), Joe gives him a chance. But not everybody loves Joe and Gary gets caught up in the middle.

Joe (the movie) didn’t work for me. Mostly because Joe (the character) didn’t work for me at all. Which has less to do with Nicolas Cage and more with the script but in any case it makes the film pretty much unbearable.

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The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life is the newest film written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan.

Plot:
The film centers on Jack (Hunter McCracken) who grew up in the 1950s with his family. He has a very difficult relationship with his dominating father (Brad Pitt) and his mother (Jessica Chastain) can’t really protect him or his two brothers (Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan). Having the story as the centerpiece, the movie also goes way backwards and forwards in time.

The Tree of Life is an absolutely gorgeous movie. It is really, really stunning to watch. Unfortunately it’s also about an hour too long, boring and just way too esoteric-spiritual for my taste.

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