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Big Eyes

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Big Eyes is the unusual true story of painter Margaret Keane and her husband Walter rising to notoriaty in the art world. Margaret painted, but Walter took credit for it in order to "market" and sell the paintings. This works great, for a while, until things inevitably snowball out of control.

This movie is directed by Tim Burton and stars Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in the leads.

Big Eyes has charm. The visual style is very vivid, bright, and colorful. It echoes the sensibilities of the 50's and 60's, when the story takes place. I liked some of Tim Burton's visual choices, like when some of the television shows the characters watch are in an obvious black-and-white with an exaggerated fish eye lens effect. It doesn't detract, but adds to the personality of this movie.

It is also fun to see Margaret Keane's strange big eyes paintings and Tim Burton's fondness for them is obvious.  I particularly enjoyed one scene in a grocery store. ( I won't sp…

While We're Young

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While We're Young is an art film drama / comedy from writer / director Noah Baumbach. It stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried.

Noah Baumbach is a New York based director known for The Squid and the Whale (2005), Margot at the Wedding (2007), and Greenberg (2010). He has a new comedy called Mistress America coming out August 2015.

Since Baumbach wrote and directed While We're Young, is it good?

1. The Good
While We're Young is full of great ideas. Ben Stiller and Namoi Watts play a 40 something couple with no children who are coming to terms with their increasing age. This is what interested me. I'm in my mid 30's and my wife and I don't have any kids. This made me curious about the movie, and this is where the title is derived, "while we're young." This is a compelling and interesting idea that has lots of potential for comedy and drama.

Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) befriend a 20 something couple and quic…