Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The Happytime Murders

The raunchy comedy The Happytime Murders is a disappointment. The story of crime in the land of puppets and humans had so much potential, but so much of the story and dialog fell flat. Such a shame.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The Conjuring 2

I liked The Conjuring quite a bit, so I thought I would like The Conjuring 2 as well. The story of the investigators traveling abroad to investigate a demon was OK, but I did not get the same feeling of suspense that I got in the first film. It was almost melodramatic and was shot too brightly. An OK horror film.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

The Ballad of Buster Skruggs

In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs we are told 6 stories set in the old west. Joel and Ethan Cohen put their dark twist on each of the stories. I parceled them out over a couple of days. I liked the first one, with Buster Scruggs the best. An interesting anthology.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hotel Artemis

In a futuristic sci-fi story, Hotel Artemis is an exclusive emergency room for criminals. The premise is super weird, but after a while I settled in and it grew on me. The performances are very good, I wish I liked sci-fi more. Well done.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Skate Kitchen

Skateboard culture is the setting for Skate Kitchen, a heartfelt coming of age film. I think I would have enjoyed this film in the theater more. There is a lot of brooding that is meant to build a feeling that was lost on a middle aged woman in her living room. Still, I appreciated the story and performances. A good film.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ralph Breaks the Internet

For his eight birthday party, my grandson chose the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet to share with the family. I liked Wreck it Ralph and remembered enough about the characters to follow the set up. The characters are still cute and charming. The quest part of the story takes Ralph and Vanelope to the internet. I loved the way the internet was depicted, creative and giggle inducing for me. The other bright spot was a story line with the Disney Princesses. So funny. The kids said that they preferred the first movie, but I preferred this one. Lots of fun.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians

The beauty and joy in the movie Crazy Rich Asians gave me all the warm feels. All the synopsis I had real made the female lead sound like an idiot which turned me off. Watching the movie I learned that she wasn't dumb, she had been lied to and bullied. The good part was that her character used her support system, her smarts and her words to get through it all and left me with a good feeling. This film is visually gorgeous and well written. I look forward to more time with these characters. This movie left me wanting to read the books. Good stuff.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindewald

Visiting my family for Thanksgiving, we chose Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald as our post-holiday movie. I was a bit lost in the first Fantastic Beasts film, so I read the Wikipedia entries on both films. At breakfast my grandsons were a fountain of details and refreshers on the world and I felt prepared. As we watched the movie I felt so grateful for that conversation. After the film the chat around details and backgrounds was lively and detailed. It was delightful. The movie was OK. Not much plot, but all kinds of asides to the wizarding world which are more in the books than the films. I still enjoyed it, but more-so the conversation. Thanks to my family for enhancing my movie experience.