Thursday, September 13, 2018

Oceans Eight

Loving all of the Oceans movies, I was skeptical of Oceans Eight. My fears were laid to rest by the strong cast and hi-tech heist. The winks to Oceans 11 are well placed. I liked this one.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hearts Beat Loud

The transition time from high school to college is emotional for both students and their parents. In Hearts Beat Loud this time in a young girl's life is explored. The situations are sweet and real. The resolution is satisfying. There is a lot of love for music in this film that carries the story nicely.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Filmworker

I am an implementer. Leon Vitale is an implementer. There was so much to relate to in the documentary Filmworker for me. As a right-hand man to Stanley Kubrick, he made things happen on many important films. Anyone interested in film and film history will enjoy this film...I did.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

The Last Laugh

When is humor offensive? Where is the line? This is explored in The Last Laugh, a documentary that specifically asks , "when can you make jokes about the holocaust?" An interesting study from some of the most accomplished comedians of all time. Good, thoughtful rental.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Do the Right Thing

It is wild to watch a movie like Do the Right Thing and have the themes all still ring true. The in-fighting in a neighborhood in Brooklyn accentuates the class and ethnic lines. There is a survival story, a love story, an identity story, a family story. A film that stands the test of time.

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.