RYAN ANDERSON BLOG


February 11, 2014

For a second season, New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson is providing periodic blog updates on Pelicans.com, delving into many of his experiences as a resident of New Orleans and other topics. In his latest update, the self-describe “wannabe movie critic” reviews some of the films he’s seen recently.

In the past few weeks, a lot of awesome movies have come out. Going to the movies is obviously something that I can do while I’m injured. I love the movies anyway, but I’ve tried to see a lot of them lately. Here are my ratings for each film, on a scale of 0 to 3 stars (listed in order from best to worst):

HER
This may come as a bit of a surprise, but this was one of my two favorite movies from the past year. It’s based in the future, but there’s no exact date placed on it. It’s kind of your job to determine how far in the future it is, whether it’s the near future or a long time from now. Everything is moving toward social media and people being on their phones, Bluetooth, and this movie sort of exaggerates that, but it’s very believable. Joaquin Phoenix does a ridiculous job in it. If I had to choose the best actor of the year, I feel like he’d have to be it with his role.
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LONE SURVIVOR
In my book, it’s a tie for best movie of the year between Her and Lone Survivor. This was amazing. I heard a lot of good things about the story before I saw it, and I have the book, which everyone told me to read. It was really well-done, and I love Mark Wahlberg. I was asking some people, did you almost cry at the end? It’s a tear-jerker at the end, to see what these American soldiers sacrificed.
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THE HOBBIT 2
I’m a huge Lord of the Rings nerd and love those kinds of fantasy movies. Lord of the Rings is one of my top five movie experiences. It’s amazing how someone can create a different world and different characters. It’s so detailed, down to there being different kinds of hobbits. The first “Hobbit” I actually saw with Robin Lopez last year. We saw the second “Hobbit” together when he was in town with Portland in December. It was great. I can’t wait to see the third one.
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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
It was intense and a little vulgar, but I love Leonardo DiCaprio. Anything that he’s in, I’m going to go see. In this movie, he’s a character who takes advantage of people and the stock-market system. He sort of gets taught on Wall Street legitimately, but he’s not very successful or making a ton of money. He meets this guy who tells him he needs to sort of cheat the system a bit. It’s a long movie – three hours – but the majority of it is about this guy’s crazy lifestyle. Those true stories are always cool to see play out.
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AMERICAN HUSTLE
I really liked it. A great movie.
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THOR 2
I loved the first one, and again, the nerd in me loves anything that is fantasy or sci-fi. I think I like the first one a bit better, but it was still entertaining. They cast this movie very well.
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GRAVITY
We saw this as a team. I enjoyed the movie a lot. When I go to the movies, I want to see some action, give me a little bit of romance and take me on an adventure. That’s why I like Indiana Jones, Star Wars and those types of movies. Gravity was beautiful and had amazing special effects and it really felt like you were in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. It was entertaining, but it was very slow. And to be honest, Sandra Bullock had way too many last-minute saves. Give me one, like her foot gets caught on a cord, but she escapes, otherwise she’s floating in space and dies. But she also almost drowns, almost gets burned alive – there are too many last-second calls that she survived. There were so many things like that, I literally thought a shark was going to eat her and that was how the movie would end.
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DELIVERY MAN
Horrible movie. Vince Vaughn is now playing the same character in every movie he does. I have this little impression of him I do in the locker room, because it’s the same thing every time. I love Vince Vaughn and always will because of his amazing past roles, but in this they were trying to have a serious twist to it, but I just couldn’t take it seriously.
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THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
It’s about three guys making a pact with each other that they’re not going to date around, but they all end up secretly having these relationships and finding someone that they fall in love with. Michael B. Jordan was one of the main actors, who I had seen in Fruitvale Station. Fruitvale Station was a super-deep, amazing movie, so I was really excited to see this one because of Michael B. Jordan being in it. But I didn’t enjoy it very much. I expected a little bit more, and I didn’t get a whole lot. You didn’t really care what happened to the characters.
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GRUDGE MATCH
I saw this at Pyrtania Theatre. It wasn’t three stars.
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THE INTERNSHIP
The Internship also really let me down, because you expect a lot from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson together. Wedding Crashers was one of the funniest movies of all time, but this was like taking those same two characters and putting them in a not-funny scenario and a not-funny storyline, yet still trying to force it and make that work. I was so disappointed in it that it only gets a half star.
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