Sunday, July 13, 2014

Begin Again

When a romantic story ends the way it should, I feel such a warm sense of satisfaction. Begin Again gave me that feeling. There are several relationships in this film. Some go well, some do not. The journey of a record producer and a song writer making an album all over New York City is fresh and uplifting. Relationships change, grow and evolve. In the end everyone ends up where they should. I liked the music so much I bought a few of the songs when I got home. I really liked this film.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

I like a good documentary. I like Portland, OR. I like baseball. I like a good story. The Battered Bastards of Baseball is all that and more. Bing Russell left acting in the 70s and bought a baseball team. The circumstances and story are colorful and entertaining. A great sport story.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

In a lot of movies about other worldly creatures and humans, the conflict is usually with the humans. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the ape on ape conflict took me by surprise. I found the apes fascinating in their camaraderie as well as conflict. Through much of the film, all I could think was "If you give a monkey a gun...." Though this film is receiving well-deserved accolades for its technical achievements, the story and the performances are strong as well. Cool film.

The Raid 2

I'm often surprised when, in the middle of a bloody crime drama, I think "this film is gorgeous." While watching The Raid 2 that thought was continuous. Artfully shot and action-packed, it's bad guy vs bad guy in fight after fight. There are many different kinds of weapons and assailants. This film has one of the best car chase scenes I've ever seen. Thrilling and brutal, quite a ride.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Le Weekend

Being a couple for many decades has it's ups and downs. In Le Week-end we see a little of both as a couple takes a trip to Paris. We learn of their past lives and future dreams through conversations. Even when they argue we see the strength and heart of their relationship. Many charming moments make this film worth a look. Very sweet.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer was nowhere on my radar. Thanks to the chatter on Twitter I went to see it. What a pleasure! A visual extravaganza, this futuristic story is gritty, violent and creative. The performances are outstanding and the action never stops. What a film, one of the best this year!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Obvious Child

In Obvious Child we learn that even when you screw up life goes on. Though Jenny Slate's character makes poor decisions, she perseveres with heart, and seems to learn from her experience. This is a story about being a young adult and finding a place in the world. It tackles tough subjects, but left me with a smile.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I loved How to Train your Dragon for it's joy, spunk, characters and visuals. How to Train Your Dragon 2 continues the story, even aging the characters, which is nice in the animated world. There are a lot of battles and even more dragons than the first. I did love the baby dragons. Clever and satisfying, another good adventure with the Vikings.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Normal Heart

The AIDS epidemic has had a lot of battles to fight and The Normal Heart goes inside the war. It is still amazing to me that people would have to fight so hard for decent medical treatment no matter what. This world's hang ups in regards to sexual orientation is sad and pathetic. It's the fighters that win. This film has wonderful performances and tells quite a story. Well done.