Thursday, August 30, 2018

Point Break

I first saw Point Break at least 10 years ago and remembered it as a surfer movie. I remembered liking it, but these days that did not make sense to me. To alleviate my confusion I watched it again recently, and realized that it's really a crime movie. That's why I liked it. An FBI agent goes under cover to try to infiltrate a band of bank robbers who are also surfers. The cast is great, the story is great and the scenes are great. This movie is action-packed. There is a skydiving scene near the end that was my favorite. This is an enjoyable film to watch and re-watch.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Book Club

The premise of Book Club was interesting to me, but when the books in the title were The Shades of Gray books I was out for seeing this in the theater. After renting the movie I was correct in my assessment. Four women over 60 go down their different paths of life.No matter how successful, they are all mooning over men and their relationships or lack thereof. I found their complaints to be trite and their solutions often immature. Interestingly, the least annoying part of the movie was the third act, the beginning was a mess. This was an OK rental.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Deadpool 2

I had forgotten how raunchy the first Deadpool movie was. Deadpool 2 continues in the same style. The character is so inappropriate, that it almost gets old. The jokes and snark are still there and I do like the characters. The story is typical superhero stuff. This was an OK rental. Glad I waited to rent it.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bamboozled

The social satire Bamboozled is a look at historic culture in black America, specifically, black-face. It takes on the tough subject of the misrepresentation of blacks in entertainment throughout history. Spike Lee has been called a universal humanist and tries to present this from the modern-day perspective. A thought provoking subject and film. Excellent film.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

First Reformed

In First Reformed a clergyman is riddled with grief over the death of his son. In trying to counsel a parishioner and organize an event at the church, he is overwhelmed with emotion and inner turmoil. This drama plays well until the last 10 minutes.  The ending of this film is odd, abrupt and not very conclusive. I usually find that thought provoking, but in this case it was just annoying. It was an OK rental.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Kodachrome

The premise of Kodachrome has to do with a dying man's last wish. The problem with the dying man is that he's an arrogant asshole who has been estranged from his son. The son is a sympathetic character, the father is not. This is a road-trip movie with good performances and a bit of an edge. A decent rental.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

McQueen

IN 2011 I saw the exhibit Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Met in NYC and was blown away. The work was creative, raw and gorgeous. The way I looked at fashion was changed. The documentary McQueen digs into the career and motivations of the young artist and his all too short life. It is inspiring, but ultimately very sad. The walk through his shows and collections is a pleasure.