September 5, 2018 at 12:57 #430
The first Deadpool was quite the parody of a superhero film. Sequels are usually less than the original, all too often a mere shadow of the original. If anything this was better than the original. Rude, crude and hilarious. There are few redeeming qualities to this movie but then every so often that’s a good thing and this is one of those occasions. When the gag reel is anticlimactic compared to the film then you know the film was well done. This film has a great sound track. If you are fortunate enough to watch this on a DVD you will enjoy the extras, especially the Celine Dion performance. If you like senseless slapstick, you aren’t offended by crude language, you enjoy a well acted parody, you should love this movie.
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"If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy." David Frum, Republican, January 18, 2018
September 12, 2018 at 04:34 #690
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
3 Stars (So sue me already.)
I love old movies; The Thin Man series, Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers (I tend to zone out during the singing numbers of those) the great Cary Grant movies such as Arsenic and Old Lace and Topper. . . see a pattern here? Comedies. The dramas, not so much. I have only seen the first half of Gone With The Wind and I don’t feel cheated. So too, Treasures of the Sierra Madre. There were enough stereotypes that it made me cringe at times but overall, it was just a drama with a bit of melodrama. Not bad, just not, for me, a real winner. Of the three main stars I thought Holt was the best. Oh well, I guess it’s just a matter of taste.
"If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy." David Frum, Republican, January 18, 2018September 12, 2018 at 05:54 #691
ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958)
Another old film I’d never heard of, but very good. John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Harry Andrews et al in a military ambulance during WWII trying to get through North Africa as the Germans take control. Quite a nail-biter.September 12, 2018 at 17:22 #701
I’ll have to see where I can find that, it isn’t available on Netflix. It sounds good.
"If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy." David Frum, Republican, January 18, 2018September 13, 2018 at 08:33 #742
I Kill Giants
So many reviewers on Netflix didn’t care for this film. I did.
I found it wonderfully beautiful, complicated and heart wrenching and so very well acted. Ms. Wolfe was 13 when filming began but showed the chops of a veteran actor. Actually the entire cast did with Jackson playing a wonderful bully (just the role and acting was wonderful, bullies are not) and Ms. Wade a good if conflicted friend. Saldana is a gifted actor and she didn’t let us down in this film.
The cinematography was excellent as was the CGI. Well directed and on top of that a story that was felt in my soul. A young adult drama fit for a senior citizen. I’ll let you guess which of those I am.September 20, 2018 at 11:39 #1322
While a decent movie and overall well acted, this film didn’t have the chutzpah of some of the other great science fiction films; E.T., Close Encounters, Star Wars, Star Trek, Men In Black to name but a few that hoover around the top of the list. Shannon is a good actor that I fist saw in Boardwalk Empire and the same with Sparks. I felt that there were some very good actors in this cast; Shepard, Dunst, Driver, that were under utilized. Not a bad film but there are better ones out there.September 23, 2018 at 00:20 #1513
Delirium – one of the best horror/suspense movies I watched for a long time.
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“When the people of truth remain quiet against falsehood, the people of falsehood start believing it is the truth.”September 23, 2018 at 07:49 #1522
I’ve just added that to my queue. You steered me well with A Man Called Ove so I’ll trust you on this.October 2, 2018 at 13:00 #2223
A MAN CALLED OVE
Good movie. Wasn’t sure at times but it all came together by the end. Good story.October 2, 2018 at 16:15 #2226
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
I thought I had seen this movie but after what I thought was a rewatch I now know that I hadn’t. My loss; this is one helluva movie. I’m a fan of the Coen Brothers. They are the ultimate creators of the comedy macabre. Whether it’s film noir or a hard boiled crime story or just played for laughs, these brothers are the cream of the crop. They write with certain actors in mind then go out and get those actors, such as Elliott as The Stranger or Bridges as The Dude. They also have a group that they come back to often such as Goodman, Buscemi, Huddleston, Stormare, Turturro. This ensemble cast was so very well directed, the script superbly written and cinematography by Deakins, their go to guy for shooting a film, with excellent results. I could talk about the plot and individual roles in this film but it’s been around long enough that most know it quite well. Let me just say that if for any reason you’ve missed this film, you enjoy odd ball comedy and great acting, don’t delay, watch it as soon as you can.October 3, 2018 at 15:18 #2301
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
3 (reluctant) Stars
There are non typical Marvel movies; Deadpool for an example. This was far more typical; threat, fight, wisecracks, more fight, more wisecracks, not much else. The heroes have become parodies of the originals and the quantity of them requires a scorecard to see who is making what wisecracks. One of the most ironic roles is Dinklage (a very good actor to put it mildly) as a giant dwarf. I suppose that’s an oxymoron but it was at the very least, interesting. Disney and Marvel are making millions. . . scratch that, BILLIONS! So I suppose that I’m in the minority in my negative judgement but hey, I’m entitled to my opinion This film earned its third star simply due to the excellent CGI. The ending of this movie shouts SEQUEL! I imagine that film will be released once Disney has milked every last dollar they can from this one.October 7, 2018 at 04:32 #2461
THE ITALIAN JOB (1969)
A thumping good film of classic British understated humor, especially the ending. Caine shows us why he’s won 2 Oscars (and some would say deserved more). We see an ensemble cast of classic British actors, not the least of which is Noel Coward. There is little one can say about this film that hasn’t been said before. It was released in 1969 and though it didn’t do all that well in the United States when it was released, it has achieved cult status and has been parodied and copied multiple times. It bears little resemblance to the 2003 release by the same name starring Mark Wahlberg. This is a comedy crime caper and pure British.October 10, 2018 at 02:27 #2602
JURASSIC WORLD, FALLEN KINGDOM
There is little new in this movie from the previous ones. A different location, an erupting volcano, but that’s not enough to say that this is but a replication of those that have gone before. Crichton got it right the first time. The second time wasn’t so bad. Now we have seen the third and fourth of the series and it is more of the same. This is not a bad movie but it’s not a good one either. It’s just a movie. Good to excellent CGI, very decent acting for the most part, an ensemble cast with actors of great repute, and a story told more than enough times. Eddie Izzard tells us that the story is the most important part. I think, at least in this case, that he’s spot on.October 17, 2018 at 05:37 #2954
SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE
To me, this was an art film and not a good one overall. Excellent acting especially by Dafoe and Malkovich, but overall I thought there were too many disconnects from a “true” vampire story for it to be believable. Yes, certain films call on us to suspend our perception of reality and believe what we see on the screen. When done right that is when we jump when the monster suddenly appears, which makes us cringe when the actor is about to go into the room where the killer is lying in wait, when we cheer when the hero gets the girl. When one isn’t able to live in that fantasy then the movie doesn’t work, and this movie didn’t work for me. There were other roles that were done well but Dafoe and Malkovich are the ones that stand out. This is a classic and I’m glad I watched it but I wouldn’t watch it again.October 18, 2018 at 10:24 #2995
THE ICE HARVEST
I’m predisposed to like a movie with John Cusack as I’m a fan of his, whether the film he’s in is comedic, a thriller or drama. When you add Billy Bob Thornton and Oliver Platt; well, that’s like two cherries on top of your hot fudge sundae.
This film was well written, based on the book of the same name, and quite well directed by Ramis. It had moments of humor in it and much of that humor was dark, but I would not call it a dark humor film. To me it was quite the film noir, hints of early 40s and 50s thrillers. The cinematography was excellent and as expected with this cast, so was the acting. I kept wondering where I had seen Officer Tyler before. He’s the dumb one in the Sonic commercials.
I have several Cusak films in my queue that I haven’t seen but this one makes me want to get to them sooner rather than later.October 19, 2018 at 00:29 #3030
2007 Anthony Hopkins movie – good plot.
“When the people of truth remain quiet against falsehood, the people of falsehood start believing it is the truth.”October 19, 2018 at 02:06 #3032
Agreed. Ryan Gosling did a very good job also.October 22, 2018 at 19:16 #3263
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO
You start off a movie with Del Toro and Brolin, add a very good director and cinematographer, give them a supporting cast that does their job very well, add a young lady with lots of experience but all light compared to this movie but who does a very good job and what’s not to like? Action, suspense, a plot and script that make you think. A very good movie indeed.October 31, 2018 at 17:36 #3825
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION
I liked this movie. Cute, funny, but with the third replication of this series didn’t offer much that was new. Yes, a new story but it’s the same sort of situations. I did like the addition of Tinkles. Sandler has gathered a good set of actors to lend voice to the characters and the animation is quite good.November 5, 2018 at 19:37 #4140
EDDIE IZZARD; UNREPEATABLE
Eddie Izzard is one of those geniuses of comedy. In my opinion he should be mentioned in the same breath as Robin Williams, Paula Poundstone, Billy Crystal and so many others. He is a master at taking the ordinary and making us look at it in a different way and sometimes we walk away laughing but then we tilt our head to the side and say “Hmmm.”
Nothing is sacred, not politics, religion, dogs, cats and certainly not humans. It was in this presentation that I first realized that there are no car chases in books. You’ll have to watch the presentation to see what I mean, but as an avid reader I had never thought about that.
Funny, biting, thought provoking. This material is exactly why I am an Izzard fan. If you aren’t familiar with his comedy and you aren’t worried about language then I urge you to watch just one of his DVDs. If you don’t like it then you’ve wasted at most a bit over an hour. If you do you will have gained an episode of hilarity and god knows we all need that.
I would suggest turning on the closed captions. Not everything Mr. Izzard says is clear and he is British so that accent can be difficult at times.November 7, 2018 at 14:52 #4251
I read a Koontz book once and found that parts of it were fairly decent but others were much less so. When he described a sex scene I found it laughable.
So too, this film based on a Koontz book. I didn’t find any real depth and though the acting of Yelsin and Timlin was OK, it wasn’t much more than that and much of the acting was B grade movie level at best. I am a fan of Dafoe but on this one he mailed it in. When a film is this overall underacted you immediately think of the director. Whether this is true or not I don’t know but this is a horror story that felt all too contrived to be enjoyed at any level past tepid.
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