This was a really good movie. Lots of story with 3 really good actors - Brian Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman and everybody's favorite Australian, Mel Gibson - just kidding - Nicole Kidman. It's all about a paraplegic that needs a new care-giver. Yes a bit trite, it does set up fun scenes for people do their thing. Nicole Kidman could have had more to do, but it wasn't really about here. I liked that Kevin Hart was just a crazy person. What can I say? I liked it! 4 paws
Well, Will Ferrell has had his ups and downs, with perhaps more downs than ups. I personally liked "Everything Must Go" the best, but that just goes to show you what I like in a movie - not what Will Ferrell fans like. Clearly his screwball comedy must please a bunch of folks since he still does it.
This one - a rework of the idea that Watson was (or is) the real detective was done back in 1988 with Ben Kingsley in "Without a Clue". That was genuinely funny. This movie on the other hand is one joke told over and over. Holmes (Will Ferrell) is full of himself, and spends all of his time preening and lost in details that don't mean anything, while Watson figures it out and tries to get Holmes to get going.
I know when I really don't like a movie - I start to fall asleep, and have a terrible time keeping my eyes open. Oh well, 1 paw.
VICE - oh boy what can I say? It's so hard to really like a movie about a man you hate so much. But I have to say, it was pretty good. So why do I hate Dick Cheney so much. Well, mostly because I have the sense that the only thing he really wanted was power. In the beginning of the movie when he first goes to Washington as a legislative intern, he is in a group of many interns listening to various congressmen talking to them, and Donald Rumsfeld speaks to them, and shows that he has no scruples whatsoever. Another young man is sitting next to Cheney, and asks if he would mind if he took the job with a democratic congressman, and Cheney says, "what's Rumsfeld?" The other guy says, Republican, and Cheney say, "Oh well, that's what I am" - clearly not having ever thought about it before that second. He just liked the way Rumsfeld seemed to be ruthless.
Which just so happened to be exactly what Cheney was. There may have been other people who were involved in our country going to war with Iraq, but there was nobody who was more conniving, more sneaky and more ruthless than Dick Cheney. So enough. I couldn't stand it, but the truth is - it was actually a very good movie. I say 3 paws.
I have to say that I find Clint Eastwood movies to be generally pretty good. But it's not universal by any means. This film, The Mule, was definitely one of his weaker adventures. I guess I'm just tired of movies in which the protagonist just ambles along making decisions with out any real thought. Just kind of off hand. "Oh you want me to drive some drugs across the country? Well, I've never had a ticket! OK sounds good to me" La de da!
And then let's do it again, and again! Combine this with an ex-wife and a daughter, and you got yourself a movie. 2 paws.
I have to admit: I didn't really know much about Queen before I saw this movie. I guess I did but I didn't know that I did. I don't think I ever saw them perform, but I knew their music - We are the Champions; We will Rock you! and of course Bohemian Rhapsody. There were many many more but I didn't know anything! So when I went to see this I was almost a blank slate. And because of that, the minor liberties that the screen writer and director with the timing of parts of Freddie Mercury's life didn't matter to me at all. It was all new to me. I didn't even see LIVE AID, but boy was I glad to see it now. Wow! The guy who plays Freddie was amazing. Rami Malik is captivating in his look, his acting, and evidently some of his singing. It was flawless in the film. The range of Mercury's voice and the quality of it, and of course the writing of some of the great rock anthems of all time make him one of the true rock legends of our time. This will rock you! 4 paws
This was a really good movie. It could have been really violent and cliche, but I don't think it was. Yes there is violence - an unarmed black teen is shot, and if you saw a trailer, you know that already. But the question is how are they going to deal with that. What are the ramifications of this tragedy, particularly for the young black girl who was in the car with this guy, and who was a close friend from the time they were little?
It explores this from a black cultural view, and we get to see lots of interactions that are never really shown on TV when something like this happens. I really hope you take the time to see this. 4 paws
Such a deal. John Kennedy declared that the United States was going to the moon - before the end of the decade. Imagine that. We barely had computers. We had people who were called computers, because that's what they did - they solved math problems. And in the middle of this movie, when one of the most important trials was on the verge of failure, it was another computer, named Neil Armstrong, who while floating around in space, takes out a pencil and paper (I know it was a pencil because pens don't work in space) and solves the problem. Before you know it, the spacecraft moves to find the other piece that it was trying to find, and they get it hooked up.
Time and again in this movie, Neil Armstrong figures stuff out, or has the coolest head, and you get the sense that maybe nobody else would have gotten us to the moon, and put his "small step for man" down in the lunar dust. I really liked this movie. It was not what you might expect. It's frankly as mundane as suburbia was in the 60's. So it's actually very subtle, while simultaneously being scary and exciting. I say 4 paws.
Well, this looked to be a much quirkier and interesting movie in the trailer than it did in reality. That's the trouble with trailers. It can take a 2 hr. movie (maybe longer?) and condense it into a two minute clip that looks fun, crazy, perhaps exciting. About all these people who you assume are going to be coming together to do a bunch of crazy things - looks like a fun afternoon delight to me. But it was just an average afternoon - the popcorn was pretty good. So here was the problem - they hired a writer, or an editor that just could seem to "tighten up, let's do the tighten up" as Archie Bell would say. 2 paws.
This was a crazy movie. Not crazy in that there was mad violence - more crazy like it wasn't what you would expect, or at the least not what I expected. Most of this arose from the fact that it was a french movie - that is, made by french men. The writer of the book was Patrick Dewitt, a Canadian novelist, and the movie takes place in 1852, while they were still getting gold out of the rivers in California.
But the feeling of the movie is very french - in English but still. By that I mean that even though it's a pretty straight ahead Western theme. Two guys - The Sisters Brothers - are hired to chase down a guy with a formula that reveals gold. Along the way, many many folks are killed, but the actual focus of the movie is the relationship between the brothers. This of course was fascinating to me because of my new project, Tribe: Blood and Belonging. I'm not so sure it would be as fascinating to many other folks.
The look of the movie is amazingly authentic, which is to say, french! These guys know more about the old west, cowboys and Indians, than just about anybody. For some reason they seem to really taken with all that is old-time western culture. Who knows? It's also just the fact that it's much more about relationship than it is about violent killing. I say 3 paws.
Searching & Pepperment
Well, it's fall, and finally some interesting and fun movies have started to
come out, so I had to do 2 movies this week. I started with Searching. I had read about this flick and also heard a long interview with the star, John Cho, and the director. Evidently this is the first film with an Asian person as the lead. I'm not sure how they define this - first film?? What about Bruce Lee, or Jackie Chan? I'm not talking about the Charlie Chan movies since the star of those many many films was a Swedish actor. But frankly that doesn't mean a whole lot to me. I mean, why not a Chinese guy as the lead? So what? OK, enough.
As for the movie, the other thing that got a lot of attention is that the entire film, each and every shot was from a screen: phone screen, facebook live, iTalk, Television and others I think. And for me it really worked, because it was an integral part of the plot. A teen girl disappears, and her dad can't find her. He discovers that he doesn't know his daughter very well at all. I really liked this film - 4 paws.
This was another interesting twist on a murder/revenge film. In this one, it's the mom who is driven to a bunch of violent to revenge the death of her family. This one had some nice twists to it. Not alot to describe, but still it was fun - if you think lots of people getting beaten and killed is fun. I say 3 paws.
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