Sunday, August 24, 2014

Magic in the Moonlight

The story told in the film Magic in the Moonlight is absurd. A famous, pompous a magician tries to debunk a woman posing as a psychic. He becomes smitten, and she falls for him. That is the absurd part. There was a twist I liked and the performances were great, but what a ridiculous turn of events.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What If

The classic romantic comedy plays out in What If. The charming cast and an ending that I did not see coming makes this worth a look. Very satisfying

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Giver

The concept of a future with no feelings is explored in The Giver. The concept is transmitted well with black and white. This world is presented as utopian and sanitary, but becomes increasingly creepy as The Receiver becomes more aware of the truth. A wonderful cast takes on a tricky story.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Calvary

Calvary is an interesting take on human drama. After his wife's death, a man becomes a priest in a small Irish village. His life is threatened and he has a week to get his affairs in order. Reflecting on his life and priorities with the help of family and friends takes many an interesting turn. Brendan Gleeson is outstanding in this film.

The Railway Man

The post traumatic stress of British soldiers held in Japanese railroad work camps, is explored in The Railway Man. The true story of Eric Lomax and his fellow soldiers, is a war story not often told. The fact that Lomax was able to confront his captor after the war and what happens from there is mind-blowing to me. Wonderful performances all around telling a fascinating story. If you watch this on DVD it is worth watching the making-of documentary. Well done.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Locke

A man in a car with a cell phone is the one scene setting for the film Locke. Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke deals with his family, his job and a one-time indiscretion for 85 minutes. This performance is riveting. Cool film.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

The opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy sets the tone of swagger and humor for an outer space adventure. A band of space-heroes defend the Galaxy against the bad guys with super powers, tenacity, big weapons and sarcasm. Chris Pratt emerges as a worthy hero. He and Groot make the film. Flashy and funny, this one even manages a bit of sentiment without getting sappy. A fun ride!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Boyhood

There is a quiet beauty in watching a life unfold. In Boyhood we follow a young man growing up. He has his struggles, he has his triumphs. Many of the moments are just life moments all of us deal with at one time or another. Director Richard Linklater made this film using the same actors for 12 years. As we watch lives unfold, we watch people age, we watch people change. The kids' changes are the most dramatic, and the adults show a lot of grace as they age. The script is engaging and there is some wonderful acting here. Music is used to set the eras and mood. Filmed in Texas, the setting adds to the tone of the story. An ambitious project that has given us a real cinematic gem.