Thursday, June 30, 2016
The old west was a hostile environment and in Jane Got a Gun we see a magnification of how tough people had to be. When Jane needs help for her husband, she turns to a past lover and a gun to fight off the gansterish men attacking them. This is a dark, gritty film that was a decent rental.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
It is good that reminders of racism and discrimination live on in film. In the film Race themes of hard work and talent overcome these issues. We need to be reminded of these historic behaviors so that the awful ones will not be repeated and the redemptive ones are our role models. Great story, good film.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Pixar's latest, Finding Dory, is cute enough on its own. It is challenged with standing in the shadow of Finding Nemo. Fans have spent 13 years watching beloved characters over and over. On first view this film is fine. Not one of Pixars best, but I'd put it alongside Cars. I wonder how I will feel once I get to know the new characters. The fish spent a little too much time out of the water for me. I loved the short Piper that was shown before. The credits were fun and the post-credit scene was worth the wait. The kids sitting behind me seemed to love it.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Living in New England, the film Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket strikes a local chord. I saw the film maker on The Rhode Show and was happy to see that the story would be told on film. This documentary is well structured, dramatic, insightful and sometimes funny. It shows the passion that the workers and customers of Market Basket had and how far quality and compassion goes. Check it out if you can.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Terrance Malick strives for the abstract and totally delivers in Knight of Cups. A series of scenes follows a man in a trance-like state. The scenes are short, beautifully shot and effective. When I started to feel frustrated I reminded myself that with all Malick films you just have to relax, give in and enjoy. A bit like poetry. Cool film.
Friday, June 17, 2016
I have seen the film Love & Basketball on many Best Sports Film lists over the years. In finally watching it, I found a good story about growing up, goals, identity, love and sports. The ending was a little too pat for me, but overall this film was excellent.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The music business is tough. In One More Time we see the collision of an artist trying to break in and another desperately trying not to exit. Family dynamics play a big part and there is high drama at times. A bit quirky, I liked this film.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Though the movie Get a Job tries to appeal to an older generation at times, this is more of a story about 20 somethings. They are all in various states of employment and unemployment after graduation, and it is a bit of a roller coaster ride entering the adult world. The main character's father also finds himself thrown into the world of the job search and we see the differences and the similarities. They help each other with strategies and encouragement. This film was often very funny and earns its R rating with sex, nudity, language and drug use. A decent rental.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
A refreshing turn on the romantic comedy, Maggie's Plan is a wonderful film. Maggie has trouble maintaining relationships, but wants to have a child. She forms a plan, the plan derails. She forms a new plan. That plan goes south. She comes up with the ultimate plan. The writing and performances in this film are excellent. An interesting, funny, sometimes complicated love story. The lesson for me? Always be ready for a new plan. I loved this film!
Saturday, June 11, 2016
It is possible that The Lobster is one of the strangest films I have ever seen. When a man's wife leaves him he must go to a hotel where he has 45 days to find a mate or he will be turned into the animal of his choice. He chooses a lobster. In the time he is there, we see strange interactions, awkward misunderstandings and weird behavior all around. There are flirtations, rebellion and attractions. This film has a very bizarre ending.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Mental illness is a tough subject, but popular in independent film. In Touched with Fire a man and woman with bi-polar disorder meet and fall in love. We ride the ups and downs with the couple and their families. Well done, touching and realistic. I liked this film.
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Oh how I love a snarky superhero and Deadpool is the poster-child for that. From the opening credits to the last frame the snark is front and center, fueled by one-liners and crazy characters. I enjoyed this film much more than I expected to. Earns its R rating, not for the kids.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
What happens when you fall for a man who is a hired killer? Mr. Right is so charming, yet so dangerous. The fact that the main characters are played by Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell elevates the charm of their characters. A very dark comedy with a dash of crime and a sprinkle of romance. I liked this one.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
A game of who's who is at the center of Enemy. A film where it is hard to decipher what is real and what's in the main character's head.The main confusion comes from the fact that the main characters look alike and are played by the same actor. As they interact and try to figure out what's going on the film gets very dark. This film has a very strange ending.