Saturday, June 25, 2016
Living in New England, the film Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket strikes a local chord. I saw the film maker on The Rhode Show and was happy to see that the story would be told on film. This documentary is well structured, dramatic, insightful and sometimes funny. It shows the passion that the workers and customers of Market Basket had and how far quality and compassion goes. Check it out if you can.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Terrance Malick strives for the abstract and totally delivers in Knight of Cups. A series of scenes follows a man in a trance-like state. The scenes are short, beautifully shot and effective. When I started to feel frustrated I reminded myself that with all Malick films you just have to relax, give in and enjoy. A bit like poetry. Cool film.
Friday, June 17, 2016
I have seen the film Love & Basketball on many Best Sports Film lists over the years. In finally watching it, I found a good story about growing up, goals, identity, love and sports. The ending was a little too pat for me, but overall this film was excellent.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The music business is tough. In One More Time we see the collision of an artist trying to break in and another desperately trying not to exit. Family dynamics play a big part and there is high drama at times. A bit quirky, I liked this film.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Though the movie Get a Job tries to appeal to an older generation at times, this is more of a story about 20 somethings. They are all in various states of employment and unemployment after graduation, and it is a bit of a roller coaster ride entering the adult world. The main character's father also finds himself thrown into the world of the job search and we see the differences and the similarities. They help each other with strategies and encouragement. This film was often very funny and earns its R rating with sex, nudity, language and drug use. A decent rental.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
A refreshing turn on the romantic comedy, Maggie's Plan is a wonderful film. Maggie has trouble maintaining relationships, but wants to have a child. She forms a plan, the plan derails. She forms a new plan. That plan goes south. She comes up with the ultimate plan. The writing and performances in this film are excellent. An interesting, funny, sometimes complicated love story. The lesson for me? Always be ready for a new plan. I loved this film!
Saturday, June 11, 2016
It is possible that The Lobster is one of the strangest films I have ever seen. When a man's wife leaves him he must go to a hotel where he has 45 days to find a mate or he will be turned into the animal of his choice. He chooses a lobster. In the time he is there, we see strange interactions, awkward misunderstandings and weird behavior all around. There are flirtations, rebellion and attractions. This film has a very bizarre ending.