Friday, April 21, 2017

Live for Night

The grim film Live by Night was a disappointment. What tries to be a crime film of threatening gangsters, comes off as a bunch of mumbling bumblers. The love story is OK, but the ending is so sad. A sloppy film I did not care for.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Miss Sloane

I was expecting a strong drama in the film Miss Sloane, but I was not expecting an intense, emotional thriller. The look at lobbyists, and what it takes to pass a bill is both interesting and terrifying. The bill at hand is about gun control. Emotions are hit hard in the negotiation of the bill. There are dramatic twists and turns, the performances are outstanding. I liked this film a lot.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Founder

As in many films based on true events, The Founder is a bit heartbreaking. The story of Ray Kroc discovering the McDonald brothers' system for fast food, and turning it into an empire starts out as a rags-to-riches story. In the process, we watch a man take advantage of kind people in the interest of the almighty dollar. Not much of an interest in their philosophy or goals, just how do I make a buck. Kind of a sad story. Good film though.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Girlfriend's Day

A man with excellent greeting card writing skills is challenged to save his job and relationships in Girlfriend's Day. An endearing sad-sack struggles with relationships. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he fails. Bob Odenkirk is excellent. I liked this film.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bad Santa 2

I remember thinking Bad Santa was funny. Bad Santa 2...not so much. This is a poorly written, raunchy, vulgar and pointless heist film that was not funny and had no redeeming qualities at all. A talented cast was wasted on this awful film. Such a disappointment.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Collateral Beauty

Grief and coping are the focus in Collateral Beauty. When a man loses his young child to cancer he writes letters of desperation to Death, Time and Love. In an effort to get the man back to reality his friends employ actors to confront him as the receivers of the letters. Or so we think....who was helping who in this tale? This film challenges the heart and the mind. I liked it a lot. "Nothing's ever really dead if you look at it right."
"Be sure you notice the collateral beauty."

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Discovery

Filmed in RI, The Discovery is an interesting exploration of death and the afterlife. A mixture of drama and sci-fi, a scientist has scientific proof of the afterlife. There are a lot of philosophical questions. The structure of the film is intriguing and the cast does a good job. I liked this film a lot.