Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

I was 7 years old when I first saw The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. At that tender age I was rocked. I grew up with their music, but did not know much about heir early touring years. In the documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, those days are presented in archival footage and interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. In their own words the band expressed their feelings about the music, travel and fame. The hysteria was crazy! There is a 30 minute film after the documentary of their concert at Shea Stadium. Amazing stuff. Well worth seeing.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037

I work in manufacturing. I love music. These two things made the documentary Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 a very satisfying film for for me. Along with the artistry involved with making a Steinway piano, the dedication, logistics and people is fascinating to me. Beautifully filmed, the year long process of making one of these beauties is detailed by it's craftsmen. We learn the history of Steinway as well. This is the second time I've seen the film and I still love it. It inspired me to sit down and play a few tunes at my own piano. Haven't done that in a while. Nice film.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2? Disappointing. Clunky and awkward. What a mess. Nuff said.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Snowden

Laura Poitras is a documentarian who traveled to Hong Kong to film Edward Snowden as he spoke of his story. Citizen Four highlights Snowden's whistle-blowing on the US government in regards to internet survelence. In The film Snowden, Oliver Stone dramatizes this. Some see Snowden as a traitor, some see him as a hero. The fact that all of our communications are being monitored is disturbing. I really liked the way the film ended. It will be interesting to see if he ever returns to the US and if he ever stands trial. I thought this film was very well done and very interesting. Nice job.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Little Men

Rave reviews brought me to see Little Men. A quiet film about a friendship and several family struggles. There are ethics and feelings involved on a complicated level.The pace of the film was a little slow for me, but the relationships and the struggles make the film worth a look.

Now You See Me 2

I liked Now You See Me better than the critics, and now it appears I feel the same about Now You See Me 2. The plot is a bit thin and far-fetched, but I found the characters entertaining and engaging. A decent rental enjoyed.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

I'll admit to a bit of superhero fatigue as I watched Captain America: Civil War. The battles are tedious, the snark overdone and the storyline a bit melodramatic. Avengers have become vengeful, desperate and sad to me. I will say, this is a fantastic cast and a few new characters are interesting. The teasers at the end of the film sucked me in for what Marvel has in store. An OK rental.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

I don't get the title Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. I also realize that I am not the audience for the music in this movie. The story of fame and success in the music industry is not new, but it is funny and corny here. Lonely Island's performance at the end was the only song I appreciated, as this is a hard R comedy. I'm guessing that in the end, I got it. An OK rental.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sully

Not only is the Miracle on the Hudson portrayed several times, in several ways, but the film Sully presents depth and closure to an amazing event. The editing and performances pleased me. As in many films based on true stories, photos and clips of the actual people and event are nice. Well done.