Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pollyanna

When I was a kid, I used to watch the movie Pollyanna on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on Sunday nights. If memory serves, they showed one hour one week and the second hour the next. I probably saw it two or three times over the years. I loved the characters and the story, it hit my sweet spot for optimism. A group in the DVD Nation Facebook page for Netflix got to chatting about movies we loved as kids, wondering if they still held up. I rented the film for a look. The film is still strong for me. The performances are outstanding and serve the characters well. The story has an interesting social message as well. I wish I had counted the number of times the word glad was used, it was a lot, but always to effect. I was happy to see that this movie was still pleasing, and I hung the prism I've had since childhood in the window so I could have my own rainbow-maker in my home. The movie reminded me that it had been tucked away in a keepsake drawer. Glad I watched this again. Thanks Netflix!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Shock and Awe

The film Shock and Awe is a reminder that the Bush administration got this country into a war on very flimsy evidence. The war in Iraq was sold to the American people as retaliation for 9/11, defending the US from weapons of mass destruction. 15 years later, we have lost thousands of young soldiers and have no evidence of these weapons. This film follows a group of journalists who pursued this story before the 2003 war began. It is a painful reminder of where this began, for apparently no reason at all. This film is excellent. The story is very sad.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Like Father

The movie Like Father is running on Netflix. It has OK reviews so I gave it a look. A driven young woman is left at the altar and ends up on her honeymoon with her estranged father. The story is treated lighter than it should be and there are huge plot holes. The cast keeps it going though, not bad.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach is a story of young love gone awry. As a young couple falls in love, there is sweetness and chemistry, but once they marry the woman has no interest in a physical relationship. There re back stories, there are emotions. I was not very invested in this story. OK rental.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Aardvark

In the film Aardvark, a man has delusions. Many involve his older brother whom he idolizes. He is seeing a therapist of sorts, who ends up getting involved with his brother. This is a story where it is hard to tell what is real and what is in the character's head. I had to watch a few scenes twice to keep things straight. I thought the performances were very good. This was a twisty film I liked.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Eighth Grade

Having been both an eighth grade girl and also the parent of eighth grade girls, I thought the character portrayals in the film Eighth Grade were pretty accurate. This film follows Kayla through the insecurities and discoveries in her last week of middle school. We get inside her head through the YouTune videos she makes while watching her struggle with the realities of adolescence. This film is smart and realistic. I liked it a lot.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Elvis: The Miniseries

A fascinating interview with Johnathan Rhys Myers brought up the TV series Elvis. When I learned how the actor developed the character I decided to rent it. Rhys Meyers gives a convincing performance as the late singer in his early career. A good dramatization of an interesting life. Good series.